|* I Chronicles 4
I Chronicles 3 continued the lineage of the Kings of the House of Judah. It began with David’s sons which were born unto him in Hebron; namely: Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, and Ithream. It continued with his sons which were born onto him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan,—it was through Nathan that the lineage to Jesus Christ traced—Solomon, Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, Nogah, nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. There were more, they were by his concubines, and as such, were not mentioned by name. He also had at least one daughter: Tamar.
The Chapter then continued on with direct descendants of Solomon and his son Rehoboam, his son Abia, and his son, and so on until we came to the last king of the House of Judah, king Zedekiah.
This Chapter through Chapter 8:40, bring us the collateral—brothers, cousins, uncles and so forth—of the posterity of the 12 patriarchs. Some of the names we’ve already covered in the previous chapters.
With that introduction being said, let’s go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: “Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word, and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus’ Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen.”
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I Chronicles 4:1 The sons of Judah (celebrated; or, praised, celebrated) (yeh-hoo-daw’); Pharez (a break [literally or figuratively; or, breach) (peh’-rets), Hezron (courtyard; or, surrounded by a wall) (khets-rone’), and Carmi (gardener; or, vine dresser) (kar-mee’), and Hur (to bore, the crevice of a serpent; the cell of a prison: - hole; or, a hole, as of a viper, etc.) (khoor), and Shobal (overflowing ; or, flowing) (sho-bawl’). —> In the list of men mentioned in this verse through verse v4:4 Pharez is the only son of Judah, the rest of the men are either grandsons, great-grandsons etc., some are even further descent than that.
Some of the names we’ll be reading have different spelling in the Hebrew. This is due to the fact that certain vowels are written out in full—this is known as a “plene” (from wikionary). Where not written, they are called “defective.” The fact of this difference in The Books of The Chronicles shows an independant origin. That origin became obvious from I Chronicles 2:55 where we read about the kenite scribes having already taken over the duties of the keeping the records in the temple, and of teaching the people by the time of the coming out of Babylonian captivity. Again, this became obvious from reading Ezra 8:15 where we read that the Levites were NOT part of the group of our forefathers who were returning to Jerusalem; but, were of those who decided to stay in Babylon instead of returning to Jerusalem. Ezra tried to change that by sending for more of the Levitical Priests; however, he erred when he sent a kenite back to Babylon to get the Priests. Oh don’t get me wrong, that kenite did what he was supposed to do, he got some of the Priests, 20 of them, but at the same time, he also brought another 200 kenite nethinims with him. With that thought in mind, I’m not saying that these Books of The Chronicles should not be in Father’s Word; but, He allowed it to be put there to sharpen us up and to see who truly is studying His Word. Learn to take the time to study and check out the Word and names with the proper tools of the Bible.
We truly can see their hand at work in the remainder of this Chapter and all the Chapters up to I Chronicles 8:40. I say this because, as I have researched these names in this Chapter, I noticed that there is no rhyme, reason or logic to the order of the names or families, thus they have caused confusion, Babylon. This confusion actually begins back in I Chronicles 2, immediately after verse I Chronicles 2:17 where it lists David’s sister Abigail bearing Amasa. We see further evidence of this confusion, as I previously said, throughout the rest of this Chapter. We next really see beginning with v4:2, and then again in verses v4:9-10, where we read of a man who has no genealogical connection to Judah or Israel. The scribe of these Books of The Chronicles gets all muddled down in the genealogies of other blood lines, and then purposefully stays away from David’s lineage through Nathan as we read of in Matthew 1 and\or Luke 3:23-31—for those out there who don’t know, the genealogical listing in Matthew 1 is the genealogy to Joseph, Mary’s Husband who had no paternal siring of Jesus other than being his step-father, the lineage in Luke 3 is the lineage from Adam to Jesus through Mary whom Father’s Spirit overshadowed her and she became pregnant with Jesus. Each bloodline though does have it’s position in Father’s Word, and helps us understand other passages in His Word. However, by this time the Kenites have names common to Israel, just as we saw in the The Book of Genesis Cain name his offspring similar names to Seth’s offspring. This too was purposefully done to keep us confused, likewise also, we see this same thing happening in the Book of Jeremiah as there is another man named Jeremiah, one in particular is the head of the Kenites, whom Father tells His prophet to invite into His House and tells him to drink wine. Of course the kenite, the offspring of satan refuses, and that is what Father wants us to see.
Judah=Judah was Jacob’s forth oldest son, and like his first three, Judah too, was born of Leah. It is through Judah that the genealogical seedline to Jesus continues. It will also be Judah’s descendants who’ll become the king line in the future. It was Judah who asked in Genesis 37:26... “What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? [37:27] Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh”... —> Judah didn’t have the heart to kill his brother; however, he had no qualms selling him off to foreigners. A Judas—Judah’s name in the Greek language, also a slang term\name for someone who betrays a friend because of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus—sold Joseph, as a Judas sold Jesus Christ. This Pastor speculates that it was guilt for selling their younger brother to that traveling company of merchantmen which caused Judah to do the negotiating for their youngest brother Benjamin with Joseph when they all went back to Egypt as read in Genesis 44. It was also Judah who took to wife, a woman outside the Israelite genealogical lineage, which of course was against Father’s Command and Law. He married a Canaanite woman named Shuah, who bare him three sons named: Er, Onan and Shelah. When Er came of age, Judah found an Israelite woman named Tamar for him to marry. Father found Er to be wicked, in other words, Father took things into His own hands, meaning this, He had chosen Tamar to be the female line through which the seedline would continue and pass on through, and for the half-breed Er who had Canaanite blood, which was most likely contaminated from the fallen angels, to lay with Tamar would corrupt that line; therefore Father gave Divine Intervention to correct the wrong that Judah has committed, and He took Er Home to Him. As was custom at the time, since Er died before having any sons, his brother Onan was required to marry Tamar and bare a son to his brother; however, Onan spilled his seed onto the ground, and Father slew him also. Judah feared for the life of his youngest son; and therefore refused him to go unto Tamar. After a while Judah went sheep shearing,—as was his custom and nature—and he found Tamar, who had dressed as a harlot in order to ensnare Judah to lay with her and bare her a son, Judah fell for her disguise and did lay with her, and, sure enough, Tamar became pregnant and later bare twins: Pharez and Zarah. Both Pharez and Zarah, together with their mother are in the genealogical seedline to Jesus, see Matthew 1:3. At Jacob’s death bed Blessing of his sons, he bestowed this Blessing upon his forth oldest son: Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. [49:9] Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? [49:10] The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be. [49:11] Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: [49:12] His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. —> To have your hand on your enemies neck means that you will have victory over your enemy. It was to Judah that Father gave the royal king line, the right to rule, and He said that the sceptre would never leave Judah’s lineage, it would continue right up to the Second Advent and Jesus’ Return. Judah’s actions when he was a young man were that of having a quick temper, fast reaction, and though it was his two older brothers who enacted revenge on the Hivites, Judah was also one to first strike out at an enemy. As he became older, Judah became more stable, much like an old lion, who will stand his ground, and not be easily moved, which explains why, when he went in before Joseph, whom he did not know at the time was Joseph; he assumed full responsibility in standing his ground and protecting Benjamin. Shiloh =Means “the place of rest. ” The term, “unto Him (Christ Jesus) shall the gathering of the people be;” is in reference to the coming of the promised Messiah. The phrase he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes is a figure of speech, which in the English translation loses the meaning of the Hebrew text, and what it means is this: it is the same as us saying today, “he is so rich that he could bathe in perfume” for, the juice of the grapes were similar in value to the perfume of today. The whole expression was pointing to the fact of extreme wealth, and not in reference to being as a drunkard. Whereas, red with wine simply means that he will have plenty, while teeth white with milk is in reference to his flocks always being blessed. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33, we read: Deuteronomy 33:7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, “Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, And bring him unto his people: Let his hands be sufficient for him; And be Thou an help to him from his enemies.” —> Remember, Simeon was included in Judah’s Blessing. This Blessing has the answer to success in anyone's life; for, in the phrase, “Let his hands be sufficient for him;” as we know, we work with our hands. Therefore, this is asking Father for the health of Judah’s descendants to where they can do the work that Father has put before them. During the first numbering in Numbers 2:4, we read Judah’s numbers were: 74,600; then during the second numbering, in Numbers 26:22, we read that their numbers had increased by 1,900, to 76,500. Judah’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was the top of the list, meaning they had the highest number of men 20 years old and upward, able to go to war. Judah’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the East Side of the Tabernacle, toward the rising of the sun, the Tribe of Judah was the Standard Bearer for the East, the Tribe of Judah was the centerpiece of the East, surrounded by the Tribes of Issachar, and Zebulun, and the sign on Judah’s Standard was a lion (Leo). The colors on the Standard, was the color of the Stones on the Second Row of the Breastplate, which were the Emerald, the Sapphire, and the Diamond, and as such the colors most likely were green, blue, and white. The etymology of the name Judah appears to be associated to the verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise. When Leah gave birth to Judah she names him such by saying, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Perhaps she meant that she realized that her first three sons weren’t going to bring her closer to Jacob, and she should redirect her focus to Father. That Leah uses our verb יהד when she names Judah is no proof that the name Judah actually comes from that verb, and the name and the verb seem quite different. But through certain grammatical construction called Hophal the two may become quite similar. The related form Hiphel of this verb occurs in Nehemiah 11:17, spelled identical to the name Judah and pronounced slightly different. BDB Theological Dictionary deems to connection “dubious” and it’s quite possible that the name Judah originated in another language and was artificially grafted onto this Hebrew verb. But this is a technical matter, and any member of a practical Hebrew audience would readily tie the name Judah to the verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise. Formally, the name Judah does not contain the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHVH, or Yahveh, the sacred name of our Father, but no member of a Hebrew audience would fail to notice that the first two letters of the name Judah form יה (Yah). And if the letter ד (daleth) would be omitted from the name Judah, the very name יהוה (YHVH) would appear. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3063, - יְהוּדָה, - yehûdâh, pronounced - yeh-hoo-daw’, and means: From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah) , the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe and the Kingdom descended from the first, and of its territory: - Judah. Total KJV occurrences: 820., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “When the disruption of Solomon’s kingdom took place at Shechem, only the tribe of Judah followed David, but almost immediately afterward the larger part of Benjamin joined Judah. A part, if not all, of the territory of Simeon I Samuel 27:6; I Kings 19:3, compare with Joshua 19:1, and of Dan II Chronicles 11:10, compare with Joshua 19:41,42. Was recognized as belonging to Judah; and in the reigns of Abijah and Asa the southern kingdom was enlarged by some additions taken out of the territory of Ephraim II Chronicles 13:19; 15:8; 17:2. It is estimated that the territory of Judah contained about 3450 square miles. Advantages. — The kingdom of Judah possessed many advantages which secured for it a longer continuance than that of Israel. A frontier less exposed to powerful enemies, a soil less fertile, a population hardier and more united, a fixed and venerated centre of administration and religion, a hereditary aristocracy in the sacerdotal caste, an army always subordinate, a succession of kings which no revolution interrupted; so that Judah survived her more populous and more powerful sister kingdom by 135 years. History — The first three kings of Judah seem to have cherished the hope of re-establishing their authority over the ten tribes; for sixty years there was war between them and the kings of Israel. The victory achieved by the daring Abijah brought to Judah a temporary accession of territory. Asa appears to have enlarged it still further. Hanani’s remonstrance II Chronicles 16:7 prepares us for the reversal by Jehoshaphat of the policy which Asa pursued toward Israel and Damascus. A close alliance sprang up with strange rapidity between Judah and Israel. Jehoshaphat, active and prosperous, commanded the respect of his neighbors; but under Amaziah Jerusalem was entered and plundered by the Israelites. Under Uzziah and Jotham, Judah long enjoyed prosperity, till Ahaz became the tributary and vassal of Tiglath-pileser. Already in the fatal grasp of Assyria, Judah was yet spared for a checkered existence of almost another century and a half after the termination of the kingdom of Israel. The consummation of the ruin came upon its people in the destruction of the temple by the hand of Nebuzaradan. There were 19 kings, all from the family of David. (Population. — We have a gage as to the number of the people at different periods in the number of soldiers. If we estimate the population at four times the fighting men, we will have the following table: King...Date ... Soldiers ... Population David...B.C. 1056-1015 ... 500,000 ... 2,000,000 Rehoboam...975-957 ... 180,000 ... 720,000 Abijah...957-955 ... 400,000 ... 1,600,000 Asa...955-914 ... 500,000 ... 2,000,000 Jehoshaphat...914-889 ... 1,160,000 ... 4,640,000 Amaziah...839-810 ... 300,000 ... 1,200,000 -ED.)”.
Pharez=Pharez is in the Seed Line to Jesus; he will sire Hezron who continues the lineage. There are 13 verses with 15 matches of both the name and the Strong’s number for Pharez, and all but five, are outside the genealogical listings of Genesis 38:29; 46:12; I Chronicles 2:4,2:5 and I Chronicles 4:1. As such, there is nothing significant written in Father’s Word about the man Pharez who lived a quiet uneventful life; therefore, all the other writings are of his descendants, the Pharzites. We see a very clear lineage in Ruth 4:18-22: Ruth 4:18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, [4:19] And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, [4:20] And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, [4:21] And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, [4:22] And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.. The etymology of the name Pharez—yes brethren, I DO KNOW that the link takes us to Perez; and not Pharez; there is a reason for that—comes from the root-verb פרץ (paras) meaning break through. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H6557, - פֶּרֶץ, - perets, pronounced - peh’-rets, and means: The same as H6556; Perets, the name of two Israelites: - Perez, Pharez. Total KJV occurrences: 15., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The son of Judah, Matthew 1:3; Luke 3:33; and I Esdras 5:6, twin son, with Zarah or Zerah, of Judah and Tamer his daughter-in-law. The circumstances of his birth are detailed in Genesis 38:15-30. Pharez occupied the rank of Judah’s second son, and from two of his sons sprang two new chief houses, those of the Hezronites and Hamulites. From Hezron’s second son Ram, or Aram, sprang David and the kings of Judah, and eventually Jesus Christ. In the reign of David the house of Pharez seems to have been eminently distinguished.”.
Hezron= Hezron and\or the strong’s number associated with it is mentioned in 17 verses with 18 matches, all but 6 are outside the genealogical listing of Genesis 46:12; Ruth 4:18,19; I Chronicles 2:6; and I Chronicles 2:9. There is nothing of significance which happened in Hezron’s life; and as such, there is nothing recorded in Father’s Word concerning the man: Hezron; therefore, most of what we read when we encounter the name Hezron are of either his descendants, of other people with the same name. The etymology of the name Hezron possibly comes from the noun חצר (haser), meaning court or enclosure: The waw-nun couple upon which our name ends usually has the function of personalizing or localizing the idea of the root. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H2696, - חֶצְרוֹן, - chetsrôn, pronounced - khets-rone’, and means: From H2691; courtyard; Chetsron, the name of a place in Palestine; also of two Israelites: - Hezron. Total KJV occurrences: 18., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A son of Pharez Genesis 48:12; Ruth 4:18.”.
Carmi=Carmi himself wasn’t himself really noted for anything he did, he just had the unfortunate notoriety of being the father of a man named Achan. Who was Achan? Why, he is known as “the troubler of Israel” because he committed a great sin in Israel by partaking of the accursed thing. In other words, when Israel defeated Jericho, ole Achan found a Babylonian idolatrous priest’s robe, 200 shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold, and he coveted them and took them and brought them into his tent. Father knew what he did and for it, He called Carmi and his entire family—who assisted in hiding the aforementioned items—Home to Him. The etymology of the name Carmi comes from the noun כרם (kerem), meaning vineyard. The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (vineyard-like or belonging to a vineyard) , a possessive form (my vineyard) , or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHVH, or Yahveh, the sacred name of our Father. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3756, - כַּרְמִי, - karmı̂y, pronounced - kar-mee’, and means: From H3754; gardener; Karmi, the name of three Israelites: - Carmi. Total KJV occurrences: 8., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A man of the tribe of Judah, father of Achan, the “troubler of Israel” Joshua 7:1, 18; I Chronicles 2:7; 4:1.”.
Hur= Hur is the son of Hezron who was the son of Pharez. Hur is also the grandfather to Bezaleel the man whom Father instilled His Wisdom to craft and fashion His Tabernacle, and the items which were to go inside His Tabernacle. Of this Hur, other than what I just mentioned, we know nothing about, as he is not even mentioned in Father’s Word, except in the genealogical listing of I Chronicles 2 and I Chronicles 4. The etymology of the name Hur=It's not clear what the name Hur is supposed to mean, and it's perfectly conceivable that the different names Hur meant different things to the original name givers. It seems plausible that it comes from the root חרר (harar). Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H2354, - חוּר, - chûr, pronounced - khoor, and means: The same as H2353 or H2352; Chur, the name of four Israelites and one Midianite: - Hur. Total KJV occurrences: 15., and now from the Easton’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A son of Caleb I Chronicles 2:19,50; 4:1,4; compare with II Chronicles 1:5.”.
I Chronicles 4:2 And Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites. —> Families of the Zorathites=The scribe of these verses would like for us to just accept that these men mentioned are of the Tribe of Judah; however, we cannot just be too quick to accept what the scribe wants us to believe—Stay away from belief and feelings brethren, feeling are what is driving our current democratic party and the people who support that party today, and it is of satan. The scribe wants us to believe one of several things, either that these zorathites are descendants of Judah’s second son born of Tamar, i.e. Zarah; or, that they are of—as Father’s Word declares in I Chronicles 2:54— the zorites i.e., the descendants of Salmon who married Ruth. When we start chasing who these zorathites are, the first thing we do is either open our Strong’s Concordance, or E-Sword. When we do so, we find that all three of the words: Zareathites, Zorites, and Zorathites have the same Hebrew word number. That Hebrew word number is: H6882, - צָרְעִי, or צָרְעָתִי , - tsâr‛ı̂y, or tsâr‛âthı̂y, pronounced - tsor-ee’, or tsor-aw-thee’, and means: Patrial from H6881; a Tsorite or Tsorathite, that is, inhabitant of Tsorah: - Zorites, Zareathites, Zorathites. Total KJV occurrences: 3.. So, we see that there are several things to pay attention to here, the first being that Judah’s son Zarah in the Hebrew, is Hebrew word number: H2226, - זֶרַח, - zerach, pronounced - zeh’-rakh, and means: The same as H2225; Zerach, the name of three Israelites, also of an Idumaean and an Ethiopian prince: - Zarah, Zerah. Total KJV occurrences: 21.. As we see, a totally different Hebrew word number. This Zerah’s descendants were the “Zarhites,” Hebrew word number H2227; not, H6882; the second thing we see is that Hebrew word number H6882 is only used 3 times in Father’s Word. The next thing we notice from I Chronicles 2:53-54 is that these families are all from Kirjath-Jearim. Kirjath-Jearim was formerly known as, or was one of the four chief cities of the Gibeonites. The Hivites who came to Joshua and the elders of Israel in Joshua 9 claiming they came from far away and wanted to join onto our forefathers in order to serve and worship Father; but, in reality, they were liars and deceivers. Their being liars and deceivers shows exactly who they are as, their father is the father of lies.
I Chronicles 4:3 And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi:
I Chronicles 4:4 And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem.
I Chronicles 4:5 And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
I Chronicles 4:6 And Naarah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
I Chronicles 4:7 And the sons of Helah were, Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan.
I Chronicles 4:8 And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.
I Chronicles 4:9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. —> In a very non-humorous way, there is a funny sad reality about this verse. When I was still attending a denominational church, both the men’s and the women’s groups did a little study on a little book entitled “The Prayer of Jabez.” Obviously by the Title of the Book, you can figure\guess\imagine, it was about these verses and this little prayer. Again, in a non-humorous way, as we read these verses we see that this man Jabez is praying to be prospered; and that is exactly what that little prayer book centered on: prosperity. Of course, as I’ve already said, I’m no longer in a denominational church, and this is part of the reason. The church I last attended was a “prosperity doctrine” church.
Now, let’s continue with the explanation of this and the following verse. Again, the kenite scribes would love for us to just accept that this Jabez is a descendant of Judah. So, let’s investigate and see whether we should or not.
First off, if you were paying attention, you should have noticed that there isn’t any mention of a genealogical connection i.e., “begat,” “the son of,” etc.. His name just appears out of nowhere and he is mentioned that “he is more honorable than his brethren;” we next read that his mother named him Jabez because “she bare him in sorrow.” Do we know of anybody else in Father’s Word who was in sorrow when they were pregnant? Father told Eve in Genesis 3:15 after she had partaken of satan that she was about to become pregnant and would conceive in sorrow: Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." —> Father uses 2 different words for sorrow in this verse when He was talking with Eve. He first told her that He would multiply her sorrow (H6093), and then He told her that in sorrow (H6089) she would bring forth children. In His first use He told her she would be in “labor,” [H6093, - עִצָּבוֹן, - ‛itstsâbôn, pronounced - its-tsaw-bone’, From H6087; worrisomeness, that is, labor or pain: - sorrow, toil.] and in His second usage He told her her labor would be “painful” [H6089, - עֶצֶב, - ‛etseb, pronounced - eh’-tseb, From H6087; an earthen vessel; usually (painful) toil; also a pang (whether of body or mind): - grievous, idol, labor, sorrow.]. Now, let’s compare how Father used the word(s) sorrow to how Jabez’s mother supposedly brought him forth in sorrow (H6090)—Dr. Bullinger in his companion notes to this verse in his Companion Bible, notes concerning this one named Jabez that, “The transposition of letters in Hebrew may intimate a change of experiences, and mean “may he have pain or grief reversed.””—her useage was an idol [H6090, - עֹצֶב, - ‛ôtseb, pronounced - o’-tseb, A variation of H6089; an idol (as fashioned); also pain (bodily or mental): - idol, sorrow, X wicked.]. Somebody else in Father’s Word was brought forth in sorrow, his name was “Ben-oni,” the second son of Jacob and Rachel. Rachel passed and returned Home to Father immediately after giving birth to him and naming her son, she named him Ben-oni [H1126, - בֶּן־אוֹנִי, - ben-'ônı̂y, pronounced - ben-o-nee’, From H1121 and H205; son of my sorrow; Ben Oni, the original name of Benjamin: - Ben-oni.] It was his father Jacob who changed his name to Benjamin, which means “son of my right hand.” But anyway, we see the take off of the birth of Benjamin which happened back in 1728 B.C., in order to give a false image in our minds that somehow Benjamin and this Jabez were tied together and meant the same.
The other thing to immediately note concerning this Jabez is something from 2 Chapters ago, II Chronicles 2:55, where we read that those who were from and living in the city\town named after this man named Jabez; were, “the kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab..” So, of course they tried to make it seem that Jabez was of the Tribe of Judah. This is how they work, deceptively, trying to blend in and not be noticed. Which is exactly what the Rechabites told Fathers Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 35:6-7: Jeremiah 35:5 But they said, “We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, ‘Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: [35:7] Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.’ Skip down with me to verse v35:11: Jeremiah 35:11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, ‘Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians:’ so we dwell at Jerusalem.” —> Yeppers, they slipped right in and dwelt amongst them, and amongst us to this day.
Now let’s continue and read of Jabez’s “prayer.”
I Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. —> Remember, the Books of The Chronicles were written after returning from the captivity to Babylon, as such, an important event recorded in the Book of Jeremiah has already taken place. That event is recorded in Jeremiah 35, what event was that? It was—as I stated in the comentary of verse v4:9 above—when Father told His Prophet Jeremiah to invite the kenites into His House and give offer them wine. As I pointed out, they refused, citing that their father had commanded them to never drink wine—of course wine is what Jesus tells us is His Blood which we should partake of during Communion, and we know that satan would not want his children to partake of Christ Jesus. We Read in Jeremiah 35:16-19 what Father said concerning the kenites obeying the command of their fathers. So, they refused, let, they refused’s turn there and read it: Jeremiah 35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this People hath not hearkened unto Me: —> Father is about to tell us what He thinks about Jonadab’s children listening to their father compared to Father YHVH’S children listening to Him. Sadly, this is how it is in the world and the United States today. The non-Christian don’t love Him, and even most Christians say they love Him but, their love is with their lips and not their hearts (mind). Why would I say this? Because, they won't take the time to study His Word to know and understand Him. Yeah they “read their bibles;” but, they turn to man to try and understand His Word, not Him. They still desire the milk and not the meat. [35:17] Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; ‘Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.’ ’ ” —> The people of this country, and of all the rest of the world also, will also soon feel Father’s anger, jealously and wrath. Think about this for a minute, for how long during the first earth age did Father’s children rebel and follow satan? We don’t know. But, for over 4,000 years now, His children have not been listening to Him. He sent the prophets and what did they do? They killed them. He sent Himself, what did they do? They killed Him. He ensured His word got out to us even living to this time today and what do they do? They listen to fairy tales and things that tickle their ears, like mumbo jumbo babylonian tongue language fly away doctrines. His “priests,” the catholic priests that is, molest children and the church protects the priests. Oh yeah, it’s ok to be homosexual, and be a homosexual pastor. Yes, the world is ripe for feeling His wrath. [35:18] And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; ‘Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his percepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: —> Here, Father is about to commend these kenites for keeping their father’s word and He will also make a pledge to them for their obedience. [35:19] Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.’ ” —> Father YHVH has just told these kenites that they will always have someone to hold their lineage together so that they will fulfill the negative part of Father’s plan. He will neither interrupt nor destroy them, and yet if one changes from the ways of satan and turns to Father, He will gladly accept them. Father YHVH is also promising them , that because of their faithful obedience to their father’s commandments they will always be successful in this age of the flesh. In other words, in a sense, He has blessed them in their flesh bodies, but, that is all that they will have, life in this age in their flesh bodies. And it is for this reason those hidden ones of these end times seem to have everything going for them. Because, they were true to the laws and traditions laid down by their fathers, even though they were of satan. Father honors them for their obedience to what they held true. Was it true? Hardly; but, Father will judge them by what they individually hold to be true, be it right or wrong. Father’s commitment was that they would never be lacking for a leader and leadership over their race. They were not of Judah; but, of Jonadab, of the house of Rechab. So, Jabez prayed this prayer, knowing that Father would indeed be true to Bless him and the kenites wanted us to know that He Blessed him, they know most Chirsitans would not make the connection between this and the Promise made in Jeremiah 35.
4:11-20 Caleb the son of
I Chronicles 4:11 And Chelub the brother of Shuah begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton.
I Chronicles 4:12 And Eshton begat Bethrapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Irnahash. These are the men of Rechah.
I Chronicles 4:13 And the sons of Kenaz; Othniel, and Seraiah: and the sons of Othniel; Hathath.
I Chronicles 4:14 And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and Seraiah begat Joab, the father of the valley of Charashim; for they were craftsmen.
I Chronicles 4:15 And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh; Iru, Elah, and Naam: and the sons of Elah, even Kenaz.
I Chronicles 4:16 And the sons of Jehaleleel; Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asareel.
I Chronicles 4:17 And the sons of Ezra were, Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon: and she bare Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.
I Chronicles 4:18 And his wife Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took.
I Chronicles 4:19 And the sons of his wife Hodiah the sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maachathite.
I Chronicles 4:20 And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, and Rinnah, Benhanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were, Zoheth, and Benzoheth.
4:21-23 The sons of Shelah.
I Chronicles 4:21 The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were, Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen, of the house of Ashbea,
I Chronicles 4:22 And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. And these are ancient things.
I Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
That ended the “Line of Judah,” and we begin in our next verse with the “line of Simeon.” My thoughts concerning Simeon being placed here next to the genealogy of the Line of Judah is this: Simeon was always reckoned as being attached to Judah because of their geographical location and because of the Blessing doled out by their father Jacob.
4:24-43 The sons of
I Chronicles 4:24 The sons of Simeon were, Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul:
I Chronicles 4:25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.
I Chronicles 4:26 And the sons of Mishma; Hamuel his son, Zacchur his son, Shimei his son.
I Chronicles 4:27 And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brethren had not many children, neither did all their family multiply, like to the children of Judah.
I Chronicles 4:28 And they dwelt at Beersheba, and Moladah, and Hazarshual,
I Chronicles 4:29 And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,
I Chronicles 4:30 And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,
I Chronicles 4:31 And at Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusim, and at Bethbirei, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities unto the reign of David.
I Chronicles 4:32 And their villages were, Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities:
I Chronicles 4:33 And all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and their genealogy.
I Chronicles 4:34 And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah,
I Chronicles 4:35 And Joel, and Jehu the son of Josibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
I Chronicles 4:36 And Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,
I Chronicles 4:37 And Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;
I Chronicles 4:38 These mentioned by their names were princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly.
I Chronicles 4:39 And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
I Chronicles 4:40 And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old. —> .
I Chronicles 4:41 And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their flocks. —> .
I Chronicles 4:42 And some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. —> .
I Chronicles 4:43 And they smote the rest of the Amalekites that were escaped, and dwelt there unto this day. —> .
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