1 Chronicles Chapter 2

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1 Chronicles 2

1 These are the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun,

Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of theLord; and he slew him.

And Tamar his daughter in law bore him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

The sons of Pharez; Hezron, and Hamul.

And the sons of Zerah; Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara: five of them in all.

And the sons of Carmi; Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the thing accursed.

And the sons of Ethan; Azariah.

The sons also of Hezron, that were born unto him; Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai.

10 And Ram begat Amminadab; and Amminadab begat Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;

11 And Nahshon begat Salma, and Salma begat Boaz,

12 And Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse,

13 And Jesse begat his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimma the third,

14 Nethaneel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,

15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh:

16 Whose sisters were Zeruiah, and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah; Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three.

17 And Abigail bare Amasa: and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmeelite.

18 And Caleb the son of Hezron begat children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth: her sons are these; Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon.

19 And when Azubah was dead, Caleb took unto him Ephrath, which bare him Hur.

20 And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezaleel.

21 And afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was threescore years old; and she bare him Segub.

22 And Segub begat Jair, who had three and twenty cities in the land of Gilead.

23 And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from them, with Kenath, and the towns thereof, even threescore cities. All these belonged to the sons of Machir the father of Gilead.

24 And after that Hezron was dead in Calebephratah, then Abiah Hezron’s wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa.

25 And the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were, Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, and Ahijah.

26 Jerahmeel had also another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

27 And the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were, Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.

28 And the sons of Onam were, Shammai, and Jada. And the sons of Shammai; Nadab and Abishur.

29 And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bare him Ahban, and Molid.

30 And the sons of Nadab; Seled, and Appaim: but Seled died without children.

31 And the sons of Appaim; Ishi. And the sons of Ishi; Sheshan. And the children of Sheshan; Ahlai.

32 And the sons of Jada the brother of Shammai; Jether, and Jonathan: and Jether died without children.

33 And the sons of Jonathan; Peleth, and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.

34 Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.

35 And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.

36 And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad,

37 And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed,

38 And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah,

39 And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah,

40 And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum,

41 And Shallum begat Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begat Elishama.

42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, which was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.

43 And the sons of Hebron; Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema.

44 And Shema begat Raham, the father of Jorkoam: and Rekem begat Shammai.

45 And the son of Shammai was Maon: and Maon was the father of Bethzur.

46 And Ephah, Caleb’s concubine, bare Haran, and Moza, and Gazez: and Haran begat Gazez.

47 And the sons of Jahdai; Regem, and Jotham, and Gesham, and Pelet, and Ephah, and Shaaph.

48 Maachah, Caleb’s concubine, bare Sheber, and Tirhanah.

49 She bare also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah, and the father of Gibea: and the daughter of Caleb was Achsa.

50 These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah; Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim.

51 Salma the father of Bethlehem, Hareph the father of Bethgader.

52 And Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim had sons; Haroeh, and half of the Manahethites.

53 And the families of Kirjathjearim; the Ithrites, and the Puhites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zareathites, and the Eshtaulites,

54 The sons of Salma; Bethlehem, and the Netophathites, Ataroth, the house of Joab, and half of the Manahethites, the Zorites.

55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.

35 thoughts on “1 Chronicles Chapter 2

  1. The people were all numbered and explained very detailed and if they did evil in the sight od rhe Lord or did good for the Lord. I hope that the goodLord dorsnt look doen on my life and say that I do evil in the sight of Him.
    I pray that I can always put on Christ.
    Thank you Lord for speaking this chapter into my heart.

  2. David’s sisters, Zeriuah and Abigail, are mentioned in this extended list of men’s names. Why? Perhaps because their sons play prominent roles in the formation of a reunited Israel. Zeruiah’s son Joab, ehibits courage and consequently becomes commander of David’s army in Ch 11. Amasa, Abigail’s son, is appointed commander in place of his cousin Joab (2Sa 17:25). Their rivalry ends in tragedy (2Sa 20:9-10). Although God gives each woman the responsiblity for her own contribution to that sons work here on earth. She is also has the responsiblity and priviledge of influencing the children in her life. As Zereuiah and Abigail discover, a woman cannot guarantee a child’s future decisions. However as mothers, they can live their life with faith and consistency, providing a godly example for them to follow such as Moses’ mother hid him for 3 months before giving him up, only to recieve him back for an alloted period of months, all that while she knew he was a “goodly child” Ex 2:2. The motherly impression we make on children will stick with them. Pr 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

    I am interested by the fact that in vs17 they broke down the name of Amasa’s fathers origin which was Ishmaelite. I would imagine is because he doesnt have share in Israelite inheritance, but Abigail, and now her son does. Inheritance is important, and since the property an Israelite family lives on is considered a gift from God. It is vital that property remains in the family. Upon the father’s death, the property is divided among all the sons, with a double portion going to the oldest who then cares from his mother and unmarried sisters. However, when a husband and his wife have no sons, God allows the land to be given to his daughters such as in Nu 27:1-8. Another option for keeping the inheritance within the family is for the father to adopt one of his servants, which is something that Abraham contemplated on doing with his servant Eliezar (Ge 15:2-3). It seems that in vs 34-35 wanted a double assurance that the property the Lord blessed his family with will remain within only ..his family. Therefore, he married his daughter to his servant. I double knot my tennis shoes when I tie them so that I don’t have to worry about them coming unloosed ..this guy have the same mentality, he was setting up an assurance policy to the grave. Maybe his daughter really had a thing for the servant, or maybe is was such an awesome servant.. but none of those things are mentioned here so I can only go off of the Word. Both his servant and daughter where going to be set with inheritance. An arranged marriage maybe, but I do believe God thinks similarly toward the aspect of 2 being equally yoked, standing together under the flow of anointing. To do everything to secure your relationship with God, repentance, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost.. follow Gods Word, decree and commandments, work in the great commission (for the kingdom).This man makes me think … Is our relationship with God double knotted?

    • revised* 2nd sentence paragraph 2
      “I would imagine is because he doesnt have share in Israelite inheritance, but Abigail, and now her son does” Abigail nor her son would have claim to the inheritance of her father after she is married to the Ishmaelite. I wrote it wrong oops, I gotta zzz 🙂

  3. 3 The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of theLord; and he slew him.

    I praise God for His Grace and Mercy endures for EVER. He could of slayed me when I was on my worst but He kept me, He saw potential when all I saw was garbage, He saw a daughter when I hated the Father. Thank you Jesus for saving me from my own self, thank you for forgiving me when I was evil and you could just slayed me; but no You saved me, You call me by my name, You took me into your home & made me Yours. You gave me Your Name. Thank You Jesus!!!!!

  4. After reading this I was reminded of “The Master Greeter” book and how important each person we meet should be to us. If they are important to the Master of the master greeted they should be just as important to us.

  5. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    When it’s all said and done, and when we leave this world behind, there will only be a few things people remember about us…and one of those things is our name. At the graveyard you see hundreds of names and as you walk through the tombs one has to ponder…”I wonder if such and such was a good man”…

    Not just the meaning of your name, but the meaning of your life.

    A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1 KJV)

    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1 KJV)

    Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true. (3 John 1:12 KJV)

  6. Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.

    35 And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.

    This is what we should strive for, being the best servant and finding grace in the eyes of our master, so we become more than a servant, we becomes heirs.

  7. Vs 3 God will only “put up” with so much until he corrects us. In this verse he takes Er totally out of the picture. We must be careful not to do evil in the sight of the Lord.

  8. How important is our lineage? I used to not be able to read all the begats till we came across them in the Exploring Gods Word bible study. Then I realized that if it wasn’t important God would not have put it in the bible. This traces the lineage of Christ. In the old days people wanted to know your lineage before you could marry their son or daughter. Our bloodline signifies where we have been and who we are. I want my children generations to come to be able to look back at our lineage and find the truth and a family that has loved Jesus since me. I’m on a mission that would have my family exited when they read my begats.

  9. “It is my pleasure” to blog this morning.

    How easy it is to miss the forest for all the trees. It has already been mentioned, these names are important. God does not have “filler” in this book just to take up space. While each person, individually (tree), may be insignificant, the list (forest) has a purpose. This details or “Chronicles” the bloodline of Jesus.


    7 And the sons of Carmi; Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the thing accursed.

    The troubler of Israel. What a horrible way to be remembered. In the linage description basically we read their family connection. However in verse 7 Achar is identified in his own verse, not for blessing, but for curse.


    Achar = “troubler”

    1) a Judaite who violated God’s specific ban on taking any loot from the captured city of Jericho and was stoned to death along with his family for this violation
    a) alternate spelling for ‘Achan’

    Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
    20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
    21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
    22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
    23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord.
    24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
    25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.


    Disobedience got Achan mentioned in the “verse of SHAME”.

    1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.


  11. This chapter illustrates pruning. The Word records further the tree and unfortunately how one branch was pruned because of evil. While we today may not be trimmed in the same manner, each of us must look deep within and ask what kind of branch am I. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. Before I came to God, I worked do that my family and I could make ends meat and to maybe leave something for my kids but since I have been living for God I now know that the most important thing that I could leave is the image of my walk with God, so that all that knew me would remember to praise God no matter what. Somehow leaving money is so important because I know who holds the true treasure. Thank you Jesus for keeping me

  13. Reading this chapter and line of descendants shows me how the Lord moved on some and not on others. The enemy was and will always be in the mist to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. The devil likes to steal, kill and destroy. But I do notice how choice is also a major component here. If we allow evil in our lives then it would have taken over our lives, but if we stand strong and let God be in control and follow his commands he will bless us abundantly. He loves us so much, some of the descendants didn’t know any better they just liked things of this world, lets take control and do what the Lord commands then he will always be there when we ask him for help.

    Lord allow my descendants to be pleasing in your eyes.

  14. 3 The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of theLord; and he slew him.

    30 And the sons of Nadab; Seled, and Appaim: but Seled died without children.

    32 And the sons of Jada the brother of Shammai; Jether, and Jonathan: and Jether died without children.

    God can choose to end your lineage at any time. He can take you out or let you have no children. Then there are cases such as Abraham where there was a promise of a child but a long wait for the fruit of the promise. God knows what he is doing.

  15. I’m so thankful God knows my name. As Sis Crockett mentioned in her post if our guests is important to God then they should be important to us. We don’t know what our guests (frineds) are going thru when they come to us, we need to have the mind of Christ so that we can help them in their time of need.

  16. This long genealogy not only lists names, but gives us insights into some of the people. Almost as an epitaph, the genealogy states that Er was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. Now, thousands of years later, thi is all we know of the man. Each of us is forging a reputation, developing personal qualities by which we will be remembered. How would God summarize our life up to now? Some defiantly claim that how they live is their own business, but Scripture teaches that the way we live today will determine how we will be remembered by others and how we will be juded by God. What we do now does matter.

  17. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    Here’s one…
    …and these are the children of thy brother Crockett:

    Cariana Crockett
    Josiah Crockett
    Zion Crockett

    …and to be continued

  18. I know it’s already been said but I couldn’t agree more, if the people we meet are important to Jesus then they should be important to us. If we’re blessed enough to meet them we need to impact their life and help them get close to God.

  19. Talk about the family tree! And to think that I am related to some of them too.

    We must remember where God has brought us from.

  20. All of these names had a meaning. Some were good and some were evil.

    LORD. .. Let our names be remembered as one that had a personal relationship with you, and never departed from your words
    Good and Faithful Servants!
    ” I am my beloved’s and my beloved
    is mine:” S.S. 6:3

  21. The first couple of verses of this chapter have a little meaning to me today. It names the 12 sons of Isreal. My late husband’s (Rich) mother was a full blooded Jew who survived the Holocaust at the age of 14. She gave her life to Jesus in her early 20s. She has always wanted to know from what tribe of the children of Israel she comes from. Having a son herself, she has passed down that lineage. Rich having a son, has passed down that lineage to Timothy. Just a thought — if the names of this chapter were to go on, would Rich’s and Timothy’s names be mentioned?

  22. They were excellent record keepers. My grandfathers and grandmothers are as far back as we can trace. My fathers dad ‘s mother Looked like a squaw. And he didn’t know who his dad was.Good thing he grew up in the badlands of Arizona and may have shot him, having half the chance! It wasn’t until this century that people became civil and now it seems the trend is reversing. Pray for our world there is no safe place!!

  23. 1 Chronicles 2:3
    The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the Lord; and he slew him.

    Judah means praise. When we praise then we sow seed which produces a fruit.

    The sons of Judah are Er, Onan, and Shelah.

    Er means awake, or awareness if you will.

    Praise causes us to come out of the cloudiness of the world, and open our eyes. To walk in the kingdom with our eyes full of clarity, focused on our purpose.

    Matthew 6:22
    The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

    Onan means strength.

    Praise gives us the strength that we need to overcome the enemy, and this world!

    Psalms 8:2
    Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength
    because of thine enemies,
    that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

    Shelah means petition.

    Praise prepares the atmosphere and our hearts to receive the presence of almighty God. When we praise, he shows up. When he shows up he declares “Ask and ye shall receive.”

    Psalms 22:3
    But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

    Don’t let the enemy steal your praise and hinder you from receiving awareness, strength, and communication with God!

    Bibicial geneaiogies do not include every ancestor in a family line. Bishop Usher falied to realize this and by adding up the years mentioned in the genealogy arrive at a date for Creation of 4004 B.C. Thus to the phase FATHER OF means ancestor and may indicate A great great great grandfather while the son of may indicate a distant or immediate descendant.

  25. Since the Jewish people were commanded not to give their sons & daughters in marraige to the other nations around them that were non Jews, proving your lineage was very important. It was also important in determining who could be a priest (sons of Aaron) and who could work in the Temple (the sons of Levi). I also find times in scripture where a person’s name also describes their character – in this chapter today as well as in others. For example Jacob who later is named Israel or Simon who is called Peter. Our names today also have meaning. How many parents looked up the meaning of the name of they liked for their soon coming child? Rachel was going to name her 2nd and last child Benoni-the son of my pain, but Jacob renames him Benjamin. We too have a special name coming when we get over there that no man knows! I’m proud of my lineage in Jesus and hope to leave a legacy that reflects my true name.

  26. To know our lineage in Christ is so important. I have had many instructors in Christ but not many fathers. Thank God for our elders who we can trace our apostolic heritage back to.

    For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. -1 Corinthians 4:15

  27. 2:7 I learned Achar(meaning “trouble”) is called Achan in Josh7;22:20 The change from Achan to Achar is probably a play on words reflecting

  28. What’s in a life?

    Reading through even more of these genealogies made me curious about my own family. Some things are known, but apparently records are buried in storage or off with some relative. It seems in this time and culture, it isn’t quite as important to know about your ancestors and where you came from. Yes, getting stuck on genealogies isn’t good, but I think ignoring them completely can also be detrimental.

    It brought me to the question, what’s in a life? A few of these names were highlighted for their deeds and not just their family relation. If I could be remembered for just one thing, what would I want my life to be known for amongst future generations? There’s a saying that’s become popular, YOLO (you only live once.) In the rush to be in the moment and forget consequences and the weight of yesterday, it seems our world has forgotten the true meaning of living only once. Our life gets to speak something, what will we allow to be penned on the pages of our days?

  29. 2:7 I learned Achar(meaning “trouble”) is called Achan in Josh7;22:20 The change from Achan to Achar is probably a play on words reflecting the trouble Achan brought to Israel.

  30. This chapter shows the importance of a linage. Someone has to carry on the name…..The name of Jesus that is.

  31. This chapter continues to list the names of each Family. I didn’t like reading books like this before when I was younger; but, now I can appreciate the meaning of it all. We are a part of this heritage….thank you Jesus!

  32. Reading this I am reminded of Isreal Houghton song ” I am not Forgotten” The song stresses that you are not forgotten but God knows your name! He is a detailed example of all the ones that God wanted us to remember as these names identify the lineage of Jesus.

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