Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Chronicles Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezra
Date Penned: (430 BC)
Overview: A History of God's Chosen People (c 1-29)
Theme: The Genealogies of Israel (c 1-9)
Message: Jacob's Descendants (v 1-55)

1 Chronicles 2 Commentary 

(1:2) The Account of Israel - The story of Israel's (Jacob's) sons is found in Genesis 29:32-50:26. Including Joseph, Reuben, and Judah.

(2:3) God Keeps a Record - This long genealogy not only gives names but also gives us insights into the lives of some of the people listed. Here, almost as an epitaph, the genealogy states that Er "was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him." Now, thousands of years later, this 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 your life up to now? Some definitely 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 judged by God. What you do now does matter.

(2:7) The Account of Achan - Achar is also called Achan. This is the same Achan who kept for himself some of the plunder following the destruction of Jericho, directly disobeying God's instructions. His greed led to the defeat of Israel at Ai and the death of Achan and his entire family (see Joshua 7).

(2:12) The Account of Boaz - Boaz was Ruth's husband and an ancestor of both David and Jesus. Boaz' story is found in the book of Ruth. Boaz and Ruth lived in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

(2:15) The Account of David - David is one of the best-known people of the Bible. He was certainly not perfect, but in general he exemplified what it means to seek God first in all areas of life. God referred to David as "a man after mine own heart" (Acts 13:22) because David's greatest desire was to serve and worship him. We can please God in the same way by making him our first consideration in all our desires and plans. David's story is found in 1 Samuel 16:1--1

Kings 2:11 and 1 Chronicles 10:14-29:30. See David's profile.

(2:16) The Account of Joab - Joab's story is found in 2 Samuel 2-3; 10-20; 24; 1 Kings 1-2; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 19-21. Abishai's story is found in 1 Samuel 26; 2 Samuel 2-3; 10; 16-21; 23; 1 Chronicles 18:12; 19. .

(2:18) The Account of Caleb - This is not the Caleb who scouted out the Promised Land with Joshua. Caleb the scout is listed in 4:15.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Has a Plan for Your Life


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 1 Chronicles with Chapter 2. In our text today we continue to see the genealogy of Israel. In this account we see how God formed his chosen nation composed of imperfect people with a covenant or promise to Abraham. From Abraham to Isaac to Jacob who name was changed to Israel and his sons who become the twelve tribes of Israel. In all this we see that God has a Plan for Israel. In making application we see that not only does God have a plan for Israel but God has a plan for our lives. This plan includes Jesus-Christ who died on the cross for our sins. In Him we have salvation if we simply repent of sins and receive Hem as Lord and Savior. How about you? Do you see God's Plan for your life? Let us learn from our text today and the Chronicles of the generation of Israel to see that God has a Plan for your life.  


1 Chronicles 2

1 Chronicles 2

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

 2Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

 3The 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.

 4And Tamar his daughter in law bore him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

 5The sons of Pharez; Hezron, and Hamul.

 6And the sons of Zerah; Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara: five of them in all.

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

 8And the sons of Ethan; Azariah.

 9The sons also of Hezron, that were born unto him; Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai.

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

 11And Nahshon begat Salma, and Salma begat Boaz,

 12And Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse,

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

 14Nethaneel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,

 15Ozem the sixth, David the seventh:

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

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

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

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

 20And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezaleel.

 21And 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.

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

 23And 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 36And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad,

 37And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed,

 38And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah,

 39And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah,

 40And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum,

 41And Shallum begat Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begat Elishama.

 42Now 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 55And 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.