1 Chronicles 8:1
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New International Version
Benjamin was the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second son, Aharah the third,

New Living Translation
Benjamin's first son was Bela, the second was Ashbel, the third was Aharah,

English Standard Version
Benjamin fathered Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,

Berean Study Bible
Benjamin was the father of Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was second born, Aharah third,

New American Standard Bible
And Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,

King James Bible
Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

Christian Standard Bible
Benjamin fathered Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was born second, Aharah third,

Contemporary English Version
Benjamin had five sons, who were born in the following order: Bela, Ashbel, Aharah,

Good News Translation
Benjamin had five sons. In order of age they were Bela, Ashbel, Aharah,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Benjamin fathered Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was born second, Aharah third,

International Standard Version
Benjamin fathered Bela his firstborn, Ashbel his second born, Aharah his third born,

NET Bible
Benjamin was the father of Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was born second, Aharah third,

New Heart English Bible
Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Benjamin was the father of Bela (his firstborn), Ashbel (his second son), Aharah (his third son),

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Benjamin begot Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third;

New American Standard 1977
And Benjamin became the father of Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now Benjamin begat Bela, his firstborn, Ashbel, the second, and Aharah, the third,

King James 2000 Bible
Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

American King James Version
Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

American Standard Version
And Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Benjamin beget Bale his firstborn, Asbel the second, Ahara the third,

Darby Bible Translation
And Benjamin begot Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

English Revised Version
And Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third.

World English Bible
Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

Young's Literal Translation
And Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
Study Bible
Genealogy from Benjamin to Saul
1Benjamin was the father of Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was second born, Aharah third, 2Nohah fourth, and Rapha fifth.…
Cross References
Genesis 46:21
The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.

1 Chronicles 7:6
The three sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, and Jediael.

1 Chronicles 7:12
The Shuppites and Huppites were descendants of Ir, and the Hushites were descendants of Aher.

1 Chronicles 7:40
All these were the descendants of Asher—heads of their families, choice mighty warriors, and chiefs among the leaders. The number of men fit for battle, recorded in their genealogies, was 26,000.

1 Chronicles 8:2
Nohah fourth, and Rapha fifth.

Treasury of Scripture

Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

Bela

1 Chronicles 7:6-12 The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three…

Genesis 46:21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, …

Aharah

Numbers 26:38 The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of …

Ahiram







THE SONS OF BENJAMIN AND BELA (1Chronicles 8:1-5).

(See Notes on 1Chronicles 7:6-7.)

Bela his first-born.--The Hebrew word for "firstborn" in Genesis 46:21 may have been turned into the proper name Becher, by an ancient mistake of the scribes. (See Note on 1Chronicles 7:6.)

Ashbel.--Probably the same as Jediael.

Aharah the same as Ahiram and Ehirosh.

(2) Nohah and Rapha.--These names do not occur in either of the other lists. The present series agrees with Numbers 26:38 in assigning five sons to Benjamin, of whom Bela is the first, and Ashbel the second. Further, there is enough likeness between the name Aharah here and Ahiram there to warrant our assumption of their original identity. But we cannot hence conclude that the Nohah and Rapha of our list answer to the Shephupham-Shupham and Hupham of the other. It is more likely that Nohah and Rapha represent different clans, which were prominent at the time when the present list was draughted. Rapha reminds us of the valley of Rephaim, south-west of Jerusalem, 1Chronicles 11:15.

(3-5) The sons of Bela here are nine, like the sons of the suspected Becher, 1Chronicles 7:8. But none of the names correspond.

(3) Addar the same as Ard, who in Numbers 26 is eldest son of Bela, but in Genesis 46 apparently his youngest brother.

Gera appears as brother of Bela in Genesis 46:21. The name is repeated in 1Chronicles 8:5, probably by a scribe's inadvertence; though there may have been two great Benjamite houses so designated.

Abihud (4) and Abishua are peculiar to the present list.

Naaman is a son of Bela in Numbers 26, a brother in Genesis 46.

Ahoah is peculiar, unless he be identified with the Ehi of Genesis 46.

Shephupham and Huram, younger sons of Bela in the present series, are in Gen. and Num. his younger brothers Muppim (Shuppim) and Huppim, or Shephupbam and Hupham. These fluctuations of statement are worth observing, because they demonstrate the vagueness of terms denoting various degrees of kindred, when used in describing tribal and clan relationships.

Verses 1, 2. - These verses give five sons to Benjamin. Of the non-appearance of Becher here (1 Chronicles 7:6) and the appearance of Ashbel in his place, also of the non-appearance here of Jediael (1 Chronicles 7:6) and the appearance of Aharah (i.q. Ahiram, Numbers 26:38) in his place, notice has been taken on 1 Chronicles 7:6-12. Of the two additions to the sons of Benjamin here, viz. Nohah and Rapha, nothing is known elsewhere; yet it may be possible to count five families from Numbers 26:38, 39. Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn,.... See 1 Chronicles 7:6. The genealogy of the tribe of Benjamin is reviewed, because it joined and kept close with Judah in the worship of God, went into captivity, and returned out of it with it; and this review is made chiefly for the sake of Saul, and his posterity, the first king of Israel, who was of it, and in whose posterity this genealogy ends:

Ashbel the second; supposed to be the same with Jediael, 1 Chronicles 7:6, see Genesis 46:21.

and Aharah the third; the same with Aher, 1 Chronicles 7:13, and with Ahiram, Numbers 26:38. CHAPTER 8

1Ch 8:1-32. Sons and Chief Men of Benjamin.

1. Now Benjamin begat, etc.—This chapter contains some supplementary particulars in addition to what has been already said regarding the tribe of Benjamin (see on [360]1Ch 7:6). The names of many of the persons mentioned are different from those given by Moses—a diversity which may be accounted for in part on grounds formerly stated, namely, either that the persons had more than one name, or that the word "sons" is used in a loose sense for grandsons or descendants. But there are other circumstances to be taken into account in considering the details of this chapter; namely, first, that the genealogies of the Benjamites were disordered or destroyed by the almost total extermination of this tribe (Jud 20:11-48); secondly, that a great number of Benjamites, born in Assyria, are mentioned here, who returned from the long captivity in Babylon, and established themselves—some in Jerusalem, others in different parts of Judea. There were more returned from Babylon of the families belonging to this tribe than to any other except Judah; and hence many strange names are here introduced; some of which will be found in the list of the restored exiles (compare Ezr 2:1-70).8:1-40 Genealogies. - Here is a larger list of Benjamin's tribe. We may suppose that many things in these genealogies, which to us seem difficult, abrupt, and perplexed, were plain and easy at that time, and fully answered the intention for which they were published. Many great and mighty nations then were in being upon earth, and many illustrious men, whose names are now wholly forgotten; while the names of multitudes of the Israel of God are here kept in everlasting remembrance. The memory of the just is blessed.



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