1 Chronicles Chapter 7

A Family Tree

So far in the book of Chronicles, the genealogy of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have been mentioned. The book has specifically mentioned the families of Reuben, Simeon, Judah, and Levi. The list has been far from conclusive, but has mentioned some of those who would have an impact on the lives of the children of Israel. Of the remaining tribes of Israel, this chapter will mention some of the genealogy of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh and Ephraim (both of Joseph), and Asher. It begins:

1 Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four.
2 And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father’s house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.
3 And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men.
4 And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons.
5 And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.

Issachar was the patriarch to Tola (of the Tolaites), Puah (Phuvah; of the Punites), Jashub (Job; of the Jashubites), and Shimron (of the Shimronites). (see also Genesis 46:13 and Numbers 26:23-24) Tola was the father of Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmi, Jibsam, and Shemuel. The men of Tola were valiant men of might and in the time of David there were 22,600 of them among the children of Israel. Uzzi was the father of Izrahiah, Michael, Obadiah, Joel and Ishiah. They were soldiers for war and their families were 36,000 men. The men of Issachar were about 87,000.

6 The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.
7 And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.
8 And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher.
9 And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred.
10 The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar.
11 All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.
12 Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher.

Benjamin was the father of Bela (Belah; of the Belaites), Becher, and Jediael. Bela was the father of Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri. They were also men of valour and came to about 22,034. (The blessing from Jacob, described the children of Benjamin as fierce fighters, who would enjoy the spoils of victory.) Becher was the father of Zemira, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jerimoth, Abiah, Anathoth, and Alameth. When numbered, they were 20,200 men. Jediael was the father of Bilhan, Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tharshish and Ahishahar. Ehud, of Gera, was raised up by the Lord to deliver the Israelites from the Moabites by killing the Moabite king. (see also Judges 3) They were also men of valour and totaled about 17,200 soldiers when numbered. Also, among the children of Benjamin, were Shuppim (Shupham of the Shuphamites), Huppim (Hupham of the Huphamites), the children of Ir, Hushim and the sons of Aher (Ahiramites). (In Genesis 46, it also mentions other sons of Benjamin along with the first three, namely Ashbel (Ashbelites), Gera, Naaman (Naamites), Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, and Ard (Ardites).) (see also Numbers 26)

13 The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

Naphtali was the father of Jahziel (Jahzeel), Guni, Jezer, and Shallum (Shillem), the sons of Bilhah (possibly referring to being her posterity through her son Naphtali). (see also Genesis 46:24)

14 The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel, whom she bare: (but his concubine the Aramitess 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 second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters.
16 And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.
17 And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.
18 And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah.
19 And the sons of Shemida were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.

Manasseh was the father of Ashriel (Asriel; of the Asrielites) and then Machir (of the Machirites) by his concubine. (see also Genesis 50:23) Machir was the father of Gilead (of the Gileadites). He married the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose name was Maachah. Manasseh, I believe, was also the father of Zelophehad, who had daughters. (In Numbers 26, Zelophehad was the son of Hepher who was a son of Gilead.) Machir and Maachah were the parents of Peresh and Sheresh. Sheresh was the father of Ulam and Rakem. Ulam was the father of Bedan. Gilead’s sister was Hammeloketh, and she bore Ishod, Abiezer, and Mahalah. Shemida (of the Shemidaites) was the father of Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

20 And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son,
21 And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle.
22 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him.

Ephraim was the father of Shuthelah, Bered, Tahath, Eladah, Tahath, Zabad, Shuthelah, Ezer, and Elead. The men of Gath killed his sons when they tried to steal their cattle. Ephraim mourned for a long time, and his brothers tried to comfort him.

23 And when he went in to his wife, she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house.
24 (And his daughter was Sherah, who built Beth-horon the nether, and the upper, and Uzzen-sherah.)
25 And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son,
26 Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,
27 Non his son, Jehoshua his son.

He later had another son named Beriah. His daughter was Sherah, builder of Beth-horon the nether (below), the upper, and Uzzen-sherah. Beth-horon was a vital pass, or road, in Israel. Beriah was the father of Rephah, the father of Resheph, the father of Telah, the father of Tahan, the father of Laadan, the father of Ammihut, the father of Elishama, the father of Non, and the father of Jehoshua (Oshea, Joshua). Jehoshua was the successor to Moses and was responsible for leading Israel into the promised land, to claim the lands of their inheritance. (See also Numbers 11:28, Numbers 13:16, Numbers 27:18-19, and Deuteronomy 3:28)

28 And their possessions and habitations were, Beth-el and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof:
29 And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Beth-shean and her towns, Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.

The sons of Ephraim inherited Beth-el, Naaran, Gezer, Shechem, and Gaza. Bethel was a sacred place, where Abraham built his altar when he first arrived and where Jacob had his well-known dream and built a pillar to the Lord. (see Genesis 12:8 and Genesis 28:18-19) Shechem was also a place where Abraham visited when he came to the promised land. It was the land where he received the promise of God that the land would one day belong to his seed. (see Genesis 12:6-7) Also, they inherited Beth-shean, Taanach, Megiddo, and Dor. These places belonged to the children of Joseph.

30 The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.
31 And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith.
32 And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister.
33 And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.
34 And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.
35 And the sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.
36 The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah,
37 Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.
38 And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara.
39 And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.
40 All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father’s house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.

Asher was the father of Imnah, Isuah, Ishuai, Beriah, and their sister, Serah. Beriah was the father of Heber and Malchiel, the father of Birzavith. Heber was the father of Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and their sister, Shua. Japhlet was the fatherof Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. Shamer was the father of Ahi, Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram. Helem, the brother of Shamer, was the father of Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal. Zophah was the father of Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera. Jether was the father of Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara. Ulla was the father Arah, Haniel, and Rezia. The children of Asher were mighty men of valour. When they were numbered for battle, they totaled 26,000 men.

There were not many of note in these families of the children of Israel, but the one that may stand out the most is Joshua. In the history of the Israelites, he played a very important role. When nearly all of the generation of Israelites, who had been delivered from Egypt, had lost faith in the Lord’s power to lead them, Joshua was one of the two loyal and faithful men who were allowed to remain with those permitted to enter the promised land. He led the Israelites, under the direction of the Lord, to claim the promised land from other nations. Joshua was not the only righteous man among these tribes. Good men were raised from the different tribes of Israel, to do good works for the Lord. I am sure that among those, that we don’t really know anything about, there were probably a decent number who were good men, striving to do what the Lord wanted. We live in a time when those who are true followers of the Lord, Jesus Christ, are scattered throughout the world. We all come from different backgrounds, but with one common goal to do what is right. Most will not be of note in the histories of the world, but if we live our best, we can make a huge difference to the generations that follow, just as Joshua did in his day. Moreover, our good works will be known by God, no matter how insignificant they may seem today, and that is what really matters.

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