1 Chronicles
The Bible Book by Book
Name. The name Chronicles was given by Jerome. They were the "words of days" and the translators of the Septuagint named them the "things omitted." They were originally one book.

Contents. Beginning with Adam the history of Israel is rewritten down to the return of Judah from captivity.

Relation to Former Books. It covers the same field as all the others. To this time the books have fitted one into another and formed a continuous history. Here we double back and review the whole history, beginning with Adam, and coming down to the edict of Cyrus which permitted the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem.

Religious Purpose of the Narratives. Several things show these books to have a religious purpose. (1) God's care of his people and his purpose to save them is given special emphasis. (2) The building of the temple is given much prominence. (3) The kings who served God and destroyed idols are given the most conspicuous place. (4) He follows the line of Judah. only mentioning Israel where it seemed necessary. In this way he was following the Messianic line through David. (5) The priestly spirit permeates these books instead of the prophetic elements as in the earlier historical books. The aim, therefore, seems to be to teach rather than to narrate. He seems to teach that virtue and vice, in private or in national affairs, will surely receive their dues-that God must be taken into account in the life of individuals and of nations.

Analysis of First Chronicles.

I. The Genealogies, Chs. 1-9.

II. The Reign of David, Chs. 10-29.

1. Accession and great men, Chs.10-12.

2. Zeal for Jehovah's house, Chs. 13-17.

3. His victories, Chs. 18-20.

4. The numbering of the people, Chs. 21.

5. Provision for the temple, Chs. 22-29.

For the Outline Study of the Bible by Books by J.B. TIDELL, A.M., D.D. Professor of Biblical Literature in Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1 Chronicles 1. Genealogy from Adam to Abraham; Abraham's Descendants

1. Adam's line to Noah.
5. The sons of Japheth.
8. The sons of Ham.
17. The sons of Shem.
24. Shem's line to Abraham.
29. Ishmael's sons.
32. The sons of Keturah.
34. The posterity of Abraham by Esau.
38. The sons of Seir.
43. The kings of Edom.
51. The dukes of Edom.

1 Chronicles 2. Genealogy from Jacob to David

1. The sons of Israel.
3. The posterity of Judah by Tamar.
13. The children of Jesse.
18. The posterity of Caleb the son of Hezron.
21. Hezron's posterity by the daughter of Machir.
25. Jerahmeel's posterity.
34. Sheshan's posterity.
42. Another branch of Caleb's posterity.
50. The posterity of Caleb the son of Hur.

1 Chronicles 3. Family of David and Kings of Judah

1. The sons of David.
10. His line to Zedekiah.
17. The successors of Jeconiah.

1 Chronicles 4. Descendants of Judah and of Simeon

1. The posterity of Judah by Caleb, the son of Hur.
5. Of Ashur, the posthumous son Hezron.
9. Of Jabez, and his prayer.
11. The other families of the same stock.
21. The sons of Shelah.
24. The posterity and cities of Simeon.
39. Their conquest of Gedor, and of the Amalekites in mount Seir.

1 Chronicles 5. Descendants of Reuben, Gad, Half-Tribe of Manasseh

1. Judah and Joseph preferred before Reuben, who forfeited his birthright.
3. Ruben's descendants; some of whom vanquish the Hagarites.
11. The chief men of Gad, and their habitations.
18. Ruben, Gad, and half of Manasseh, obtain a victory over the Hagarites.
23. The habitations and chief men of that half of Manasseh.
25. The captivity of the two tribes and half, for their sins.

1 Chronicles 6. Descendants of Levi; The Temple Musicians

1. The sons of Levi.
4. The line of Eleazar unto the captivity.
16. The families of Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
49. The office of Aaron, and his line unto Ahimaaz.
54. The cities of the priests and Levites.

1 Chronicles 7. Descendants from Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Asher

1. The sons of Issachar;
6. of Benjamin;
13. of Naphtali;
14. of Manasseh;
15. and of Ephraim.
21. The calamity of Ephraim by the men of Gath.
23. His posterity by Beriah.
28. Their habitations.
30. The sons of Asher.

1 Chronicles 8. Genealogy from Benjamin to Saul

1. The sons and chief men of Benjamin
33. The stock of Saul and Jonathan

1 Chronicles 9. People of Israel; Judah's Genealogies; Saul's Family Line

1. The original of Israel and Judah's genealogies
2. The Israelites
10. The priests
14. and the Levites, with Nethinims, who dwelt in Jerusalem
27. The charge of certain Levites
35. The stock of Saul and Jonathan

1 Chronicles 10. Saul's Overthrow and Defeat

1. Saul's overthrow and death
8. The Philistines triumph over Saul
11. The kindness of Jabesh Gilead toward Saul and his sons
13. Saul's sin for which the kingdom was transferred from him to David

1 Chronicles 11. David Reigns over All Israel; Conquers Jerusalem with His Mighty Men

1. David Becomes King over All Israel
4. Jerusalem
10. David's Mighty Men

1 Chronicles 12. David's Supporters at Ziklag and Hebron

1. The companies that came to David at Ziklag
23. The armies that came to him at Hebron

1 Chronicles 13. Bringing Back the Ark

1. David fetches the ark with great solemnity from Kirjath Jearim
9. Uzza being smitten, the ark is left at the house of Obed-Edom

1 Chronicles 14. David's Family Grows, Defeat of the Philistines

1. Hiram's kindness to David
2. David's fortune in people, wives, and children
8. His two victories against the Philistines

1 Chronicles 15. The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

1. David having prepared a place for the ark,
15. the priests and Levites bring it from Obed-Edom
25. He performs the solemnity thereof with great joy
29. Michal despises him

1 Chronicles 16. A Tent for the Ark; David's Psalm of Thanks

1. David's festival sacrifice
4. He orders a choir to sing thanksgiving
7. The psalm of thanksgiving
37. He appoints ministers, porters, priests, and musicians, to attend the ark

1 Chronicles 17. God's Promise and David's Prayer in Response

1. Nathan first approving the purpose of David, to build God a house
3. after by the word of God forbids him
11. He promises him blessings and benefits in his seed
16. David's prayer and thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 18. David Strengthens His Kingdom

1. David subdues the Philistines and the Moabites
3. He smites Hadarezer and the Syrians
9. Tou sends Hadoram with presents to bless David
11. The presents and the spoil David dedicates to God
13. He put garrisons in Edom
14. David's officers

1 Chronicles 19. The Battle against Ammon and Aram

1. David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun, are villainously treated
6. The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai
16. Shobach, making a new supply of the Syrians, is slain by David

1 Chronicles 20. Rabbah's Capture; War with the Philistines

1. Rabbah is besieged by Joab, spoiled by David, and the people thereof tortured
4. Three giants are slain in overthrows of the Philistines.

1 Chronicles 21. David Incited by Satan, Forces a Census

1. David, tempted by Satan, forces Joab to number the people
5. The number of the people being brought, David repents of it
9. David having three plagues proposed by God, chooses the pestilence
14. After the death of 70,000, David by repentance prevents the destruction of Jerusalem
18. David, by Gad's direction, purchases Ornan's threshing floor;
26. where having built an altar, God gives a sign of his favor by fire.
28. David sacrifices there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel

1 Chronicles 22. David Prepares for Temple Building, Appoints Solomon

1. David, foreknowing the place of the temple, prepares abundance for building it.
6. He instructs Solomon in God's promises, and his duty in building the temple.
17. He charges the princes to assist his son

1 Chronicles 23. Solomon Reigns; Levites, Gershonites, Kohathites, Merarites

1. David in his old age makes Solomon king
2. The number and distribution of the Levites
7. The families of the Gershonites
12. The sons of Kohath
21. The sons of Merari
24. The office of the Levites

1 Chronicles 24. Divisions of Levites into 24 Orders

1. The division of the sons of Aaron by lot into twenty-four orders.
20. The Kohathites
26. and the Merarites, divided by lot

1 Chronicles 25. Numbers and Divisions of Musicians

1. The number and offices of the singers
8. Their division by lot into twenty-four orders

1 Chronicles 26. Divisions of the Gatekeepers, Treasurers and Other Officials

1. The divisions of the porters
13. The gates assigned by lot
20. The Levites that had charge of the treasures
29. Officers and judges

1 Chronicles 27. Army Commanders, Tribal Officers, Overseers, and Counselors

1. The twelve captains for each month
16. The princes of the twelve tribes
23. The numbering of the people is hindered
25. David's several officers

1 Chronicles 28. David's Assembly about the Temple

1. David in a solemn assembly having declared God's favor to him,
5. and promise to his son Solomon, exhorts them to fear God
9. He encourages Solomon to build the temple
11. He gives him patterns, gold and silver, etc

1 Chronicles 29. Gifts for the Temple; David's Prayer and Death; Solomon King

1. David, by his example and entreaty
6. causes the princes and people to offer willingly
10. David's thanksgiving and prayer
20. The people, having blessed God, and sacrificed, make Solomon king.
26. David's reign and death
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