1 Chronicles 12:32
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New International Version
from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do--200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;

New Living Translation
From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.

English Standard Version
Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.

New American Standard Bible
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.

King James Bible
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.

International Standard Version
The tribe of Issachar supplied 200 leaders, along with all of their relatives under their command. They kept up-to-date in their understanding of the times and knew what Israel should do.

NET Bible
From Issachar there were 200 leaders and all their relatives at their command--they understood the times and knew what Israel should do.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From Issachar's descendants there were 200 leaders who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. Their relatives were under their command.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And of the sons of Issachar, two hundred chief men, who had understanding of the times and were wise to know what Israel ought to do; and all their brethren followed their word.

King James 2000 Bible
And of the children of Issachar, who were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were under their command.

American King James Version
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.

American Standard Version
And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Also of the sons of Issachar men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should do, two hundred principal men: and all the rest of the tribe followed their counsel.

Darby Bible Translation
And of the children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their bidding.

English Revised Version
And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

Webster's Bible Translation
And of the children of Issachar, who were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.

World English Bible
Of the children of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.

Young's Literal Translation
And of the sons of Issachar, having understanding for the times, to know what Israel should do; their heads are two hundred, and all their brethren are at their command.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:23-40 When the throne of Christ is set up in a soul, there is, or ought to be, great joy in that soul; and provision is made, not as here, for a few days, but for the whole life, and for eternity. Happy are those who wisely perceive it to be their duty and interest, to submit to the Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of David; who renounce for his sake all that is not consistent; whose earnest endeavours to do good are directed by the wisdom that God giveth, through acquaintance with his word, experience, and observation. If any man lack this wisdom, let him ask it of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - Had understanding of the times (2 Chronicles 2:12; Esther 1:13; Job 24:1). Compare Tacitus, "gnarus temporum" ('Agricola,' §6). This verse does not tell the number of the "children," but only of the "heads" of Issachar. It is possible that the number has slipped out. The description of the characteristics of Issachar here seems an advance upon that of Genesis 49:14, 15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. children of Issachar, … that had understanding of the times, &c.—Jewish writers say that the people of this tribe were eminent for their acquirements in astronomical and physical science; and the object of the remark was probably to show that the intelligent and learned classes were united with the military, and had declared for David.

1 Chronicles 12:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
David's Army Grows at Hebron
31Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were designated by name to come and make David king. 32Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 33Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 12:31
from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king--18,000;

Esther 1:13
Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times
Treasury of Scripture

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their commandment.

understanding of the times That is, as the following words indicate, intelligent men, who understood the signs of the times, well versed in political affairs, and knew what was proper to be done in all the exigencies of human life; and who now perceived that it was both the duty and political interest of Israel to advance David to the throne.

Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens:

Esther 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by …

Isaiah 22:12-14 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and …

Micah 6:9 The LORD's voice cries to the city, and the man of wisdom shall see …

Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is …

Luke 12:56,57 You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; …

to know

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly …

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

all their

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

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