We have now come to what was principally intended, the register of the children of Israel, that distinguished people, that were to "dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations." (MH)
This chapter begins with the twelve sons of Israel or Jacob, #1Ch 2:1,2, then reckons the sons of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob, #1Ch 2:3,4, then the posterity of Pharez and Zerah, sons of Judah, #1Ch 2:5-8, next the sons of Hezron, a son of Pharez, #1Ch 2:9, particularly the posterity of Ram, a son of Hezron, from whom sprung Jesse and his family, #1Ch 2:10-17, then of Caleb: another son of Hezron, #1Ch 2:18-24, and next of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron, #1Ch 1:25-33 and particularly the posterity of Sheshan, a descendant of his, #1Ch 1:34-41 and then other sons of Caleb, with their posterity, are reckoned, #1Ch 1:42-54 and the chapter is closed with the families of the Scribes in Jabesh, the same with the Kenites, #1Ch 2:55. (Gill)
V. 4, Tamar, Judah's daughter in law, bare him Pharez, through whom Christ came.
God can even work through those who have great sins in their lives (Gen. 38).
V. 7, Carmi was from Judah, 4:1, and Achar, the troubler of Israel, was from Carmi. He was, accordingly, a decedent of Judah.
V. 16, Zeruiah and Abigail... See 2 Samuel 17:25.
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