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his son,

his son,

46 The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of son of Shamer,

Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve 47 The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, cities. the son of Merari, the son of Levi.

64 And the chi en of Israel

gave 48 Their brethren also the Levites were the Levites these cities with their appointed unto all manner of service of the suburbs. tabernacle of the house of God.

65 And they gave by lot out of the tribe 49 | But Aaron and his sons offered upon

of the children of Judah, and out of the the altar of the burnt offering, and on the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out altar of incense, and were appointed for

of the tribe of the children of Benjaall the work of the place most holy, and to min, these cities, which are called by their make an atonement for Israel, according to names. all that Moses the servant of God had com

66 And the residue of the families of the manded.

sons of Kohath had cities of their coasts out 50 And these are the sons of Aaron;

of the tribe of Ephraim. Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua 67 And they gave unto them, of the cities

of refuge, Shechem in mount Ephraim with 51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah her suburbs; they gave also Gezer with her

suburbs, 52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son,

68 And ? Jokmeam with her suburbs, and Ahitub his son,

Beth-horon with her suburbs, 53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

69 And Aijalon with her suburbs, and 54 | Now these are their dwelling places Gath-rimmon with her suburbs: throughout their castles in their coasts, of 70 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh ; the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Aner with her suburbs, and Bileam with her Kohathites: for their's was the lot.

suburbs, for the family of the remnant of the 55 And they gave them Hebron in the sons of Kohath. land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round 71 Unto the sons of Gershom were given about it.

out of the family of the half tribe of Ma56 But the fields of the city, and the nasseh, Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son and Ashtaroth with her suburbs : of Jephunneh.

72 And out of the tribe of Issachar ; 57 And to the sons of Aaron they gave

Kedesh with her suburbs, Daberath with her the cities of Judah, namely, Hebron, the suburbs, city of refuge, and Libnah with her sub- 73 And Ramoth with her suburbs, and urbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa, with their Anem with her suburbs : suburbs,

74 And out of the tribe of Asher; Mashal 58 And 18 Hilen with her suburbs, Debir with her suburbs, and Abdon with her with her suburbs,

suburbs, 59 And Ashan with her suburbs, and 75 And Hukok with her suburbs, and ReBeth-shemesh with her suburbs :

hob with her suburbs : 60 And out of the tribe of Benjamin;

76 And out of the tribe of Naphtali; Geba with her suburbs, and 20 Alemeth with Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, and her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. Hammon with her suburbs, and Kirjathaim All their cities throughout their families were with her suburbs. thirteen cities.

77 Unto the rest of the children of Merari 61 And unto the sons of Kohath, which were given out of the tribe of Zebulun. were left of the family of that tribe, were

Rimmon with her suburbs, Tabor with her cities given out of the half tribe, namely, out

suburbs: of the half tribe of Manasseh, by lot, ten

78 And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, cities.

on the east side of Jordan, were given them 62 And to the sons of Gershom through- out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the out their families out of the tribe of Issa- wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with char, and out of the tribe of Asher, and her out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of

79 Kedemoth also with her suburbs, and the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen Mephaath with her suburbs : cities.

80 And out of the tribe of Gad; Ramoth 63 Unto the sons of Merari were given in Gilead with her suburbs, and Mahanaim by lot, throughout their families, out of with her suburbs,

Are we

81 And Heshbon with her suburbs, and serve God acceptably, with reverence and Jazer with her suburbs.

godly fear? Can any but the true believer (1) Or, Gershom, ver. 16. (12) Heb. stood.

draw nigh to God with favour and peace? (2) Heb. in the house.

(13) ver. 26, Nahath. (3) Or, Meshullam, ch. ix. 11. (14) Or, Zophai.

Do (4) Or, Gershon, ver. 1.

but true believers dwell in the secret (15) ver. 24, Shaul, Uzziah, Uriel.

any (5) Or, Ethan, ver. 42.

(16) Called Jeduthun, ch. ix. 16; place of the Almighty? Do any but they (6) Or, Adaiah, ver. 41.

and xxv. 1, 3, 6. (7) Or, Ethni, ver. 41.

(17) Or, Kushaiah, ch. xv. 17. walk in the light; feed upon Christ; dwell (8) Or, Izhar, ver. 2, 18.

(18) Or, Holon, Josh. xxi. 15. (9) Or, Zephaniah, Azariah, Joel, (19) Or, Ain, Josh. xxi. 16. under the shadow of his wings; and find ver, 36.

(20) Or, Almon, Josh. xxi. 18. (10) Or, Zuph, ver. 35; 1 Sam. i. 1. (21) See Josh. xxi., xxii-XXXV., pardon and peace at the mercy seat, Jesus (11) Called also Joel, ver. 33; und where many of these cities 1 Sam. viii. 2.

have other names.

Christ? Are they not, in every sense of the

word, a peculiar people; peculiar in their The families of another tribe are recorded in blessings; peculiar in their privileges on this chapter. Some of these names, likewise, earth; peculiar in their glory in heaven? will suggest some profitable reflections. That they are “made kings and priests unto

It is the tribe of Levi. When this child God” is the essence of their blessedness was born, his mother said, Now will my here, and will be the summit of their glory husband be joined to me. And she called his hereafter. (Rev. i. 5.) name Levi, which signifies “joined.” (Gen. But, are there not some names connected xxix. 34.) Now, as Leah spake of Jacob with the families of this tribe, which ought on that occasion, ought we not to speak of to impress our minds with a holy fear and ourselves at all tiines? Ought we not to salutary warning? Can we forget the reconsider ourselves as united to the Lord ? bellion of Corah; or the strange fire of Does not the apostle speak of a true believer Nadab and Abihu ? Can we forget how in Christ, as one that is joined to the Lord," the one was struck dead by fire before the and so is of “one spirit with him?” (1 Cor. Lord; and how the earth opened her mouth vi. 17.) We know not what you may think and swallowed


alive the other? of this word; but surely it is one of a very not hereby fearfully reminded of the imminent significant meaning. The children of Levi peril of venturing to contravene any divine were called Levites; that is, the joined ones. appointment; or denying, or setting aside, In a spiritual sense, all true believers in any divine truth? Do we not seem to see Christ are the truly “joined” ones. They the fire of the Lord breaking forth and concleave to him. They are one with him. They suming those two young men in their daring belong to him. They are interested in him. impiety? Do we not seem to see the earth They live upon him. In short, they are one rending asunder to swallow up Corah and with Christ; and Christ is one with them. all his company alive in the pit? Does not They are the true Levites. They are the the sound of their cry still seem to ring in people who are joined to the Lord. Can we our ears, as they went down, and the earth find here our state and character; our unity closed upon them? Oh, then, let us stand, and oneness with Christ?

and pause, and fear, and pray. Let us hear Moreover, of all the tribes, that of Levi the voice of the Lord still speaking from this was chosen to be, in a peculiar manner, nigh tremendous overthrow, “I will be sanctified unto the Lord. They were more especially in them that come nigh me, and before all engaged in his service. None but a Levite the people; and I will be glorified.” (Lev. x. 3.) could do the work of the sanctuary. None On the other hand, there is another name but a priest of the Levites could do the here mentioned, which may impress the mind service of the tabernacle. None but the with more encouraging sensations. Phinehas high priest of the sons of Aaron, who was the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the of the tribe of Levi, could enter the holiest priest; was zealous for his God. At a time of all. Are not these things significant ? when daring acts of impiety were openly Are they not spiritually verified in all the committed, he acted in the most zealous children of God; and, above all, in him who manner for the honour and glory of God, is the glorious Redeemer of the sons of the without any regard to man: and he was Most High? Can any but the true believer

to have the covenant of peace.

Let this



encourage all devoted Christians to stand were seventeen thousand and two hundred forth on the Lord's side in these degenerate soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle. . days. Spare no sin. Crucify every lust.

12 Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children Reprove the wicked. Rebuke the ungodly.

of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher. Evince the utmost abhorrence of their crimes.

13 | The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and

Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of And, while you pity and pray for their souls,

Bilhah. shew that you can have no fellowship with

14 The sons of Manasseh ; Asbriel, whom their evil ways. “Be not partaker with other she bare : (but his concubine the Aramitess men's sins; keep thyself pure.” (1 Tim. v. 22.) bare Machir the father of Gilead :

15 And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's

name was Maachah ;) and the name of the CHAPTER VII.

second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad 1 The sons of Issachar, 6 of Benjamin, 13 of Naphtali, had daughters. 14 of Munasseh, 20, 21 and of Ephraim. 21 The cala

16 And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a mity of Ephraim by the men of Gath. 23 Beriah is born. 28 Ephraim's habitations. 30 The sons of Asher. son, and she called his name Peresh; and the TOW the sons of Issachar were, Tola,

name of his brother was Sheresh; and his and 'Puah, Jashub, and Shimrom, four.

sons were Ulam and Rakem. 2 And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and

17 And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jib

were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, sam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's

the son of Manasseh. house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant

18 And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, men of might in their generations; whose

and Abiezer, and Mahalah. number was in the days of David two and

19 And the sons of Shemidah

were, Ahian, twenty thousand and six hundred.

and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam. 3 And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah : and

20 | And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, the sons of Izrahiah ; Michael, and Obadiah,

and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and and Joel, Ishiah, five : all of them chief men.

Eladah his son, and Tahath his son, 4 And with them, by their generations,

21 | And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah after the house of their fathers, were bands

his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand

of Gath that were born in that land slew, men: for they had many wives and sons. because they came down to take away their 5 And their brethren among all the families

cattle. of Issachar were valiant men of might, 22 And Ephraim their father mourned reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore many days, and his brethren came to comfort and seven thousand.

him. 6. The sons of Benjamin ; Bela, and 23 | And when he went in to his wife, she Becher, and Jediael, three.

conceived, and bare a son, and he called his 7 And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, name Beriah, because it went evil with his and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five;

house. heads of the house of their fathers, mighty 24 (And his daughter was Sherah, who men of valour; and were reckoned by their

built Beth-horon the nether, and the upper, genealogies twenty and two thousand and

and Uzzen-sherah.) thirty and four.

25 And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, 8 And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and and Telah his son, and Tahan his son, Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri,

26 Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and

Elishama his son, Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher. 27 “Non his son, Jehoshuah his son. 9 And the number of them, after their

28 | And their possessions and habitations genealogy by their generations, heads of the uere, Beth-el and the towns thereof, and easthouse of their fathers, mighty men of valour, ward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the was twenty thousand and two hundred. 5 towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns

10 The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan : and thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof: the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, 29 And by the borders of the children and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and of Manasseh, Beth-shean and her towns, Tharshish, and Ahishahar.

Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her 11 All these the sons of Jediael, by the towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, the children of Joseph the son of Israel.

30 The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, us into some snare, sin, or danger. In short, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.

whilst we are here, we are always on an 31 And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and

enemy's ground. We shall always need to be Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith. 32 And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer,

on our guard; always shall we have cause to and Hotham, and Shua their sister.

buckle on our armour; always shall we be 33 And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and

called to withstand in the evil day, and having Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children done all, still to stand. Happy for us, that of Japhlet.

we have the promise of every needful supply; 34 And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and that we have the great Captain of our salvaRohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.

tion to trust in; and that we have a complete 35 And the sons of his brother Helem;

set of armour to defend us from the assaults Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal. 36 The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Har

of our foes; and strength imparted to bear nepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah,

us up under their attacks, and victory en37 Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and sured by the covenanted word of One who Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.

hath already subdued them all for us, and who 38 And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, will now subdue them in us. (Eph. vi. 10—20.) and Pispah, and Ara.

Among other things recorded in this chap39 And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.

ter, we must not fail to notice the sorrows of 40 All these were the children of Asher,

Ephraim (v. 22). Several of his sons were heads of their father's house, choice and

slain by the men of Gath, because they came mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. down to take away their cattle. For those And the number throughout the genealogy of children, thus slain, their father mourned them that were apt to the war and to battle many days; and his brethren came to comwas twenty and six thousand men.

fort him. And when he had another son (1) Phuvah, Job.

(3) Or, Ahiram, Num. Xxvi. 38. (2) Or, Iri, ver. 7.

born, he called his name Beriah, because it (5) Heb. daughters.

went evil with his house. Now, whether

these sons were slain by the men of Gath in Names of several of the tribes are presented attempting to save their cattle from an assault to our notice in this chapter. First, here is made by Ephraim's sons to take them away; the tribe of Issachar mentioned; and the or whether they lost their lives in the endeamany thousands of that family are said to have your to save their father's property from the been valiant men of might in all their gene- effort made by the men of Gath to seize the rations. The same is observed of the thou- spoil; it was a very sore trial. That the sands of Benjamin, that they were all nighty | latter was the case is intimated in verse 13 men of valour (v. 5-11). May not this of the next chapter. To lose so many sons testimony teach us, that, as true Israelites, at once must have pressed heavily on his they were all mighty men of valour, and mind; and he was somewhat like Job in his valiant men of might; so we, as true Chris- distresses, when his friends came to comfort tians, should be valiant for the truth, as good him. soldiers of Jesus Christ? If they had ene- But is there not a voice in all our troubles? mies; so have we. If they had need to Do they not invite us to seek the Lord ? If exercise their courage and their skill; so it go evil with our house, should we not seek have we. If they would be called on to shew a blessing? If some comforts are taken attachment to the interests of the Israel of away, should we not be thankful for those God; so shall we. Every man's religion which are left ? Are there not blessings will be put to the test. In some way or

sometimes in the greatest trials ? May not other, God will try every one, whether he be sweetness be found in the bitterest draughts? sound in the faith, or not. There is the May not gain be extracted from our greatest world always an enemy to the soul. There losses? If your troubles, losses, or bereaveis the flesh always opposing our progress. ments, lead you to ponder your ways; to There is the devil always seeking to resist repent of your sins; to seek the Lord; to our path, or allure us from the Lord, or draw taste of his tender love; to wean you from


the world; and fix your heart more on 25 And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of heaven and heavenly things; can you say,

Shashak; it “goes evil with your house?” Must it 26 And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and not be a wise, loving, merciful, and gracious


27 And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, dispensation, however painful, that leads to

the sons of Jeroham. such blessed results ? Cheer up. Pray the

28 These were heads of the fathers, by Lord for his blessing; and you will soon their generations, chief men. These dwelt say, All is well.

in Jerusalem.

29 And at Gibeon dwelt the father of

Gibeon ; whose wife's name was Maachah : CHAPTER VIII.

30 And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, 1 The sons and chicf men of Benjamin. 33 The stock of

and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab, Saul and Jonathan. 31 And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher.


32 And Mikloth begat Shimeah.
OW Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn,
Ashbel the second, and Aharah the

these also dwelt with their brethren in Jeruthird,

salem, over against them. 2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.

33 | And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat 3 And the sons of Bela were, 'Addar, and

Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and MalchiGera, and Abihud,

shua, and Abinadab, and Esh-baal. 4 And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah,

34 And the son of Jonathan was 8Merib5 And Gera, and 'Shephuphan, and Huram.

baal; and Merib-baal begat Micah. 6 And these are the sons of Ehud : these

35 And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants

and Melech, and 'Tarea, and Ahaz. of Geba, and they removed them to Mana

36 And Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehath :

hoadah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and 7 And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he

Zimri ; and Zimri begat Moza, removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud.

37 And Moza begat Binea : Rapha was 8 And Shaharaim begat children in the

his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son: country of Moab, after he had sent them

38 And Azel had six sons, whose names away ; Hushim and Baara were his wives. are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, 9 And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab,

and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham,

these were the sons of Azel. 10 And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma.

39 And the sons of Eshek his brother were, These were his sons, heads of the fathers.

Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and 11 And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Eliphelet the third. Elpaal.

40 And the sons of Ulam were mighty 12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham,

inen of valour, archers, and had many sons, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with

and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All the towns thereof:

these are of the sons of Benjamin. 13 Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads

(1) Or, Ard, Gen. xlvi. 21. 1 (5) Or, Zechariah, ch. ix. 37.

(2) Or, Shupham, Num. xxvi. 39. (6) Or, Shimeam, ch. ix. 38. of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon,

(7) Or, Ish-bosheth, 2 Sam. ii. 8. (3) Or, Shema, ver. 13.

(8) Or, Mephi-bosheth, 2 Sam. who drove away the inhabitants of Gath :

(4) Called Jehiel, ch. ix. 35.

iv. 4; and ix. 6, 10. 14 And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth,

(9) Or, Tahrea, ch. ix. 41. 15 And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader, 16 And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the

This chapter speaks of the chief men of the sons of Beriah; 17 And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and

tribe of Benjamin; and describes the stock, Hezeki, and Heber,

or pedigree, of Saul and Jonathan. Some 18 Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, things may be observed about this son. Two the sons of Elpaal;

things are mentioned when he was born. His 19 And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi, mother called him, the son of her sorrow. 20 And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel, His father named him, the son of his right

21 And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, hand. She died in the birth. He lived many the sons of 'Shimhi; 22 And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel,

years to enjoy the comfort of his son in his 23 And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,

declining years. Oh, how few are the chil24 And Hananiah, and Elam, and Anto- dren, of whom their parents can say, they are thijah,

the sons of my right hand! How many are

See ch. vii. 12.

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