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Ous. And they, who provoke the rod, must Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father not be surprised if they smart under the
of Eshtemoa. stroke when it comes.
18 And his wife "1 Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.
And these are the sons of Bithiah the CHAPTER IV.
daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took. 1, 11 The posterity of Juduh by Caleb the son of Hur. 5 of
19 And the sons of his wife " Hodiah the Ashur the posthumous son of Hezron. 9 Of Jabea, and sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the his prayer. 21 The posterity of Sheluh. 24 The pos.
Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maachathite. terity und citics of Simeon. 39 Their conquest of Gedor, and of the Amalekites in mount Seir.
20 And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, THE sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron,
and Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. And the and 'Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.
sons of Ishi were, Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth. 2 And 'Reaiah the son of Shobal begat
21 | The sons of Shelah the son of Judah Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and La- were, Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the had. These are the families of the Zorathites.
father of Mareshah, and the families of the 3 And these were of the father of Etam;
house of them that wrought fine linen, of the Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the
house of Ashbea, name of their sister was Hazelelponi :
22 And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, 4 And Penuel the father of Gedor, and and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the
in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And these are sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the
ancient things. father of Beth-lehem.
23 These were the potters, and those that 5 And Ashur the father of Tekoa had dwelt among plants and hedges : there they two wives, Helah and Naarah.
dwelt with the king for his work. 6 And Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and
24 | The sons of Simeon were, "Nemuel, Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These and Jamin, "Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul : were the sons of Naarah.
25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, 7 And the sons of Helah were, Zereth, and
Mishma his son. Jezoar, and Ethnan.
26 And the sons of Mishma; Hamuel his 8 And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and
son, Zacchur his son, Shimei his son. the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
27 And Shimei had sixteen sons and six 9 | And Jabez was more honourable than danghters; but his brethren had not many his brethren: and his mother called his name
children, neither did all their family multiply, * Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with 15 like to the children of Judah. sorrow.
28 And they dwelt at Beer-sheba, and 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, Moladah, and Hazar-shual, saying, 'Oh that thou wouldest bless me in- 29 And at 16 Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at deed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine 17 Tolad, hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest 30 And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and Skeep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! at Ziklag, And God granted him that which he requested. 31 And at Beth-marcaboth, and 18 Hazar
11 And Chelub the brother of Shuah susim, and at Beth-birei, and at Shaaraim. begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton. These were their cities unto the reign of 12 And Eshton begat Beth-rapha, and
David. Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir- 32 And their villages were, "Etam, and nabash. These are the men of Rechah. Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five 13 And the sons of Kenaz; Othniel, and
cities : Seraiah: and the sons of Othniel ; 7 Hathath. 33 And all their villages that were round
14 And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and about the same cities, unto 20 Baal. These Seraiah begat Joab, the father of the valley were their habitations, and at their genealogy. of 'Charashim; for they were craftsmen.
34 And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah 15 And the sons of Caleb the son of the son of Amaziah, Jephunneh ; Iru, Elah, and Naam: and the 35 And Joel, and Jehu the son of Josibiah, sons of Elah, ''even Kenaz.
the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel, 16 And the sons of Jehaleleel; Ziph, and 36 And Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asareel.
Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and 17 And the sons of Ezra were, Jether, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah, Mered, and Epher, and Jalon: and she bare 37 And Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of
Caleb, ch. ii. 18.
Ex. vi. 15; Num. xxvi. 12.
Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, praying children, never let them say,
I have the son of Shemaiah;
borne him with sorrow.
Praying children 38 These mentioned by their names were princes in their families; and the house of
will make joyful parents and praising saints. their fathers increased greatly.
Let us attend to this man's prayer. “And
Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 39 | And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, Oh, that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and to seek pasture for their flocks.
enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might 40 And they found fat pasture and good, be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me and the land was wide, and quiet, and peace- from evil, that it may not grieve me! And able ; for they of Ham had dwelt there of
God granted him that which he requested.” old. 41 And these written by name came in the
Is not this a lovely specimen of the true days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote
spirit of effectual prayer? To whom did he their tents, and the habitations that were
pray? He called on the God of Israel. The found there, and destroyed them utterly unto
to God that heard and answered Jacob in the this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because day of his distress; the God that blessed him there was pasture there for their flocks. when he changed his name to Israel; the 42 And some of them, even of the sons of
God that promised to be with him, and keep Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and
him in all places, and never leave nor forsake Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons
him, was the God on whom Jabez called. of Ishi.
And for what did he pray? First, that he 43 And they smote the rest of the Ama- might be really and truly blessed. “Oh that lekites that were escaped, and dwelt there thou wouldest bless me indeed." Then, that unto this day.
his coast might be “enlarged;" that he might (1) Or, Chelubai, ch. ii. 9; or, | (12) Or, Jehudijah, mentioned be
spread abroad on the right hand and on the (2) Or, Haroeh, ch. ii. 52.
left. Then, that the power and strength of (14) Or, Jachin, Zohar.
the Lord might "be with him," that he might (16) Or, Balah, Josh. xix. 3.
prosper in all his ways. Then, that he might (7) Or, Hathath, and Meonothai, (17) Or, Eltolad, Josh. xix. 4.
(18) Or, Hazar-susah, Josh. xix. 5. be kept from all “evil” and all sin, that it might (8) Or, inhabitants of the valley. (19) Or, Ether, Josh. xix. 7.
not "grieve” him; and that he might not (21) Or, as they divided themselves (11) Or, the Jewess.
by nations among them. grieve the good Spirit of God by committing it. (22) Heb. coming
Is not this the prayer of every child of God?
Does not every believer in Jesus ask for the The names of the sons of Judah are recorded same blessings and the same mercies? Is in this chapter, and some of these will suggest this your prayer? Do you pray the Lord to much practical improvement. Two in parti- bless you ; to enlarge your heart in his ways, cular shall be noticed in this place.
truth, and salvation; to be with you; and to The prayer of Jabez. His mother called
keep you from all evil? Try the state of him Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with your heart by the nature of your prayers. sorrow. Ilow often are parents disappointed God granted him what he desired. So will in respect of their children! sometimes pain- he grant to you the desire of your soul for fully, sometimes pleasingly so. Eve called the sake of Jesus. Ask, and receive; that her first-born Cain, and thought she had your joy may be full. gotten a treasure; but he proved to be a The other name is that of Caleb. Jabez murderer. Her next she called Abel, a was a man of prayer. Caleb was a man of sorrowful little thing; but he was a saint, a faith. When the spies brought back an evil martyr, a child of God. In the present case, report of the good land, he told the truth. Jabez received his name because he was born He stilled their fears. He believed in the in sorrow. It was a sorrowful birth to his Lord. There was “another spirit” in him. mother; or, perhaps, she was sorry he was The people doubted, feared, distrusted the born at all. But he proved a most eminent
Lord; he was confident, courageous, besaint, and became a source of unspeakable lieving. They were cut off'; he was prepraise and thanksgiving. When parents have served. They were shut out; he entered in.
(3) That is, Sorrowful.
(15) Heb. unto.
who hegat, &c.
(9) That is, Craftsmen. (10) Or, Uknaz.
(20) Or, Baal-ath-beer, Josh. xix.8.
They distrusted the Lord, and perished in 12 Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, the wilderness ; he confided in his truth, and and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan. was brought in safety to his appointed in- 13 And their brethren of the house of their heritance. Do you not see here the value of
fathers were, Michael, and Meshullam, and faith, and the peril of unbelief? The case is
Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia, and just the same under the gospel.
14 These are the children of Abihail the believeth shall be saved; but he that believeth
son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Ginot shall perish in his sins. (John viii. 24.) lead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, Pray, then, for faith. Cherish the spirit of the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz; faith. Be strong in faith; and you will 15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni,
chief of the house of their fathers. glorify God.
16 And they dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of
Sharon, upon their borders.
17 All these were reckoned by genealogies | The line of Reuben (who lost his birthright) unto the cap.
in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in tivity. 9 Their habitation and conquest of the Hagarites. the days of Jeroboam king of Israel. 11 The chief men and habitations of Gad. 18 The num
18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, ber and conquest of Reuben, Gad, und the half of Manas. seh. 23 The habitations and chief men of that half tribe.
and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant 25 Their captivity for their sin.
men, men able to bear buckler and sword, OW the sons of Reuben the firstborn and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war,
of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; were four and forty thousand seven hundred but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's and threescore, that went out to the war. bed, his birthright was given unto the sons 19 And they made war with the Hagarites, of Joseph the son of Israel : and the ge- with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. nealogy is not to be reckoned after the birth- 20 And they were helped against them, right.
and the Hagarites were delivered into their 2 For Judah prevailed above his brethren, hand, and all that were with them: for they and of him came the chief 'ruler; but the cried to God in the battle, and he was inbirthright was Joseph's :)
treated of them; because they put their trust 3 The
in him. of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, 21 And they ? took away their cattle; of and Carmi.
their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two 4 The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses Gog his son, Shimei his son,
two thousand, and of men an hundred 5 Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his thousand. son,
22 For there fell down many slain, because 6 Beerah his son, whom ? Tilgath-pilneser the war was of God. And they dwelt in their king of Assyria carried away captive: he was
steads until the captivity. prince of the Reubenites.
23 | And the children of the half tribe of 7 And his brethren by their families, Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased when the genealogy of their generations
from Bashan unto Baal-hermon and Senir, was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and and unto mount Hermon. Zechariah,
24 And these were the heads of the house 8 And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and * Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, | Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hoeven unto Nebo and Baal-meon:
daviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, 9 And eastward he inhabited unto the 'famous men, and heads of the house of their entering in of the wilderness from the river fathers. Euphrates: because their cattle were mul- 25 And they transgressed against the tiplied in the land of Gilead.
God of their fathers, and went a whoring 10 And in the days of Saul they made war after the gods of the people of the land, whom with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: God destroyed before them. and they dwelt in their tents thronghout all 26 And the God of Israel stirred up the the east land of Gilead.
spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit 11 | And the children of Gad dwelt over of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he against them, in the land of Bashan unto carried them away, even the Reubenites, and Salcah:
the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
xv. 29, and xvi. 7.
and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, Joseph had it. But the genealogy is not and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this to be reckoned after the birthright (v. 1). day.
He to whom it belonged by nature, as the (1) Or, prince.
(5) Heb. their goings forth. (2) Or, Tiglath-pileser, 2 Kings (6) Heb, sons of valour.
firstborn, and he to whom it was given by (7) Heb. led captive. (3) Or, Shemaiah, rer. 4.
(8) Heb. souls of men: as Num. choice, are both laid aside in the order of (1) Heb. upon all the face of the (9) Heb. men of names.
the genealogy to make way for another, to
whom the birthright in neither respect beSOME of the names and events recorded in longed. Why was this ? Because of a this chapter will suggest many profitable superior distinction belonging to that tribe. hints for improvement.
Judah prevailed above all his brethren; beThe case of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, cause of him came the Chief Ruler. Who is full of warning and reproof. He lost his was that Chief Ruler? The prophet Micah birthright, which was taken from him on (v.2), and the evangelist Matthew (ch. ii. 6), account of his sins, and given to another answer that question. It is Jesus Christ the
Profane Esau despised the birthright, Lord: he is the chief ruler. He is the and sold it for a mess of pottage, because prince of the kings of the earth. He is he was faint and weary. Reuben lost the King of kings, and Lord of lords. This birthright because of his great wickedness. gave the peculiar honour to Judah. Christ Neither of them placed any value upon the is head over all; and he was to descend distinction, as their actions clearly proved. from that tribe. “It is evident that our Lord Do not some act, in regard to the gospel sprang out of Judah.” (Heb. vii. 14.) See, salvation, as they did respecting their family then, the glorious character of Christ. He distinction, and all that was connected with is the chief ruler; the great captain of our it? Do not many despise the Saviour, and salvation. The government of the church, make light of his great salvation ? For the and of all worlds, and all things, for the sake sake of any gratification, any mess the world of the church, is vested in him. Hence, he can offer or Satan lay before them, are they is mighty to save. Hence, of all names, his not ready to renounce all hope of mercy, and is the most eminent; most instructive; most all prospect of that salvation which the gospel glorious. Other names
are edifying in a reveals? Do not others sin away both their degree: his name surpasses all: his name mercies and their souls? By their impeni- is above every name.
At the name of Jesus tence and unbelief; by their carelessness and every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, negligence; by their thoughtlessness and and things in earth, and things under the unconcern; do not many waste their time, earth; and every tongue shall confess that their opportunities, their means of grace, and Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God many mercies; and provoke God to swear in the Father. “How sweet the name of Jesus his wrath that they shall never enter into his sounds in a believer's ear! It soothes his rest? Look at the character now before sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away
Ages after the event took place, the his fear.” (Philip. ii. 9–11.) fact is reiterated with a loud and solemn The deliverance of the Reubenites, farther warning. And, as Esau, so neither Reuben, on in the chapter, demands our notice. In nor any other sinner, when the blessing is their conflict with the Hagarites, when sorely irretrievably gone, will find any place for pressed, they “cried to God in the battle, repentance, though they carefully seek it and he was intreated of them; because they with tears. Beware, then, of slighting spi- put their trust in him” (v. 20). Is not this ritual blessings. Beware of sinning away a word in season to us all? Are you sorely spiritual mercies. (Heb. x. 26–31 ; and pressed in your spiritual warfare? xii. 15–17.)
fights without and fears within ? Remember Judah, it is said, prevailed above his the prayer of the Reubenites. Nothing could brethren; and of him came the chief ruler; avail them, but the Lord's help. They were but the birthright was Joseph's. This is skilful and valiant (v. 18); but neither skill remarkable. Reuben lost the birthright: nor valour could prevail against their enemies.
Cry unto God in the day of your battles : 21 5Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his he will deliver you. Put your trust in him; son, ?Jeaterai his son. and you will never be ashamed. He will
22 The sons of Kohath; 8 Amminadab his interpose on your behalf.
son, Korah his son, Assir his son, He will silence
23 Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, the enemy. He will grant you the victory.
and Assir his son, He will make you more than conquerors, 24 Tahath his son, 'Uriel his son, Uzziah because you trust in him.
and Shaul his son.
26 As for Elkanah: the sons of Elkanah; CHAPTER VI.
10 Zophai his son, and Nahath his son, 1 The sons of Levi. 4 The line of the priests unto the cap- 27 Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah
tivity. 10 The families of Gershom, Merari, and Kohath. 49 The office of Aaron, and his line unto Ahimaaz. 54 The cities of the priests and Levites.
28 And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn HE sons of Levi; 'Gershon, Kohath,
11 Vashni, and Abiah. and Merari.
29 The sons of Merari; Mahli, Libni his 2 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar,
son, Shimei his son, Uzza his son, and Hebron, and Uzziel.
30 Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah 3 And the children of Amram ; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron;
31 And these are they whom David set Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
over the service of song in the house of the 4 Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas
Lord, after that the ark had rest. begat Abishua,
32 And they ministered before the dwell5 And Abishua begat Bukki, and Bukki ing place of the tabernacle of the congregabegat Uzzi,
tion with singing, until Solomon had built 6 And Uzzi begat Zerahiah, and Zerahiah
the house of the Lord in Jerusalem: and begat Meraioth,
then they waited on their office according to 7 Meraioth begat Amariah, and Amariah
their order. begat Ahitub,
33 And these are they that "waited with 8 And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok
their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: begat Ahimaaz,
Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of 9 And Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and Aza
Shemuel, riah begat Johanan,
34 The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, 10 And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is
the son of Eliel, the son of " Toah, that executed the priest's office in the temple 35 The son of "Zuph, the son of Elkanah, that Solomon built in Jerusalem :)
the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai, 11 And Azariah begat Amariah, and Ama- 36 The son of Elkanah, the son of 'Joel, riah begat Ahitub,
the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah, 12 And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok
, begat 'Shallum,
the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, 13 And Shallum begat Hilkiah, and Hil
38 The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, kiah begat Azariah,
the son of Levi, the son of Israel. 14 And Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah 39 And his brother Asaph, who stood on begat Jehozadak,
his right hand, even Asaph the son of Bera15 And Jehozadak went into captivity, chiah, the son of Shimea, when the LORD carried away Judah and 40 The son of Michael, the son of BaaJerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. seiah, the son of Malchiah, 16 The sons of Levi; Gershom, Kohath,
41 The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, and Merari.
the son of Adaiah, 17 And these be the names of the sons of
42 The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, Gershom; Libni, and Shimei.
the son of Shimei, 18 And the sons of Kohath were, Amram, 43 The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.
the son of Levi. 19 The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. 44 And their brethren the sons of Merari And these are the families of the Levites stood on the left hand : 16 Ethan the son of according to their fathers.
17 Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch, 20 Of Gershom ; Libni his son, Jahath his 45 The son of Hashabiah, the son of son, Zimmah his son,
Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,