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Poole on 1 Chronicles 2:34-41: The Sons of Jerahmeel of Hezron, Part 2



Verse 34:[1]  Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters.  And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.


[Sheshan had no sons]  Understanding, living when he died; for his son, concerning whom verse 31, had died with him yet living (Vatablus out of the Hebrews, Mariana).  Others more correctly:  not sons, but a daughter, verse 31 (Malvenda).


[But daughters]  Synecdochically expressed, in the place of, but a daughter, verse 31.  Thus in Genesis 21:7 (Malvenda out of Junius); 46:7 (Malvenda).


Sheshan had no sons, to wit, living when he died, his son Ahlai, verse 31, dying before him; unless Ahlai was the name of a daughter.

 

Verse 35:[2]  And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.

[And he gave to him]  Namely, his servant, but previously emancipated (Grotius).

 

Verse 36:[3]  And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad…

[And Nathan begat Zabad]  Concerning whom 1 Chronicles 11:41 (Junius).

 

Verse 37:[4]  And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed…

 

Verse 38:[5]  And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah…

 

Verse 39:[6]  And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah…

 

Verse 40:[7]  And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum…

 

Verse 41:[8]  And Shallum begat Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begat Elishama.


[1] Hebrew:  ‎וְלֹֽא־הָיָ֧ה לְשֵׁשָׁ֛ן בָּנִ֖ים כִּ֣י אִם־בָּנ֑וֹת וּלְשֵׁשָׁ֛ן עֶ֥בֶד מִצְרִ֖י וּשְׁמ֥וֹ יַרְחָֽע׃

[2] Hebrew:  ‎וַיִּתֵּ֙ן שֵׁשָׁ֧ן אֶת־בִּתּ֛וֹ לְיַרְחָ֥ע עַבְדּ֖וֹ לְאִשָּׁ֑ה וַתֵּ֥לֶד ל֖וֹ אֶת־עַתָּֽי׃

[3] Hebrew:  ‎וְעַתַּי֙ הֹלִ֣יד אֶת־נָתָ֔ן וְנָתָ֖ן הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת־זָבָֽד׃

[4] Hebrew:  ‎וְזָבָד֙ הוֹלִ֣יד אֶת־אֶפְלָ֔ל וְאֶפְלָ֖ל הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת־עוֹבֵֽד׃

[5] Hebrew:  ‎וְעוֹבֵד֙ הוֹלִ֣יד אֶת־יֵה֔וּא וְיֵה֖וּא הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת־עֲזַרְיָֽה׃

[6] Hebrew:  ‎וַעֲזַרְיָה֙ הֹלִ֣יד אֶת־חָ֔לֶץ וְחֶ֖לֶץ הֹלִ֥יד אֶת־אֶלְעָשָֽׂה׃

[7] Hebrew:  ‎וְאֶלְעָשָׂה֙ הֹלִ֣יד אֶת־סִֽסְמָ֔י וְסִסְמַ֖י הֹלִ֥יד אֶת־שַׁלּֽוּם׃

[8] Hebrew:  ‎וְשַׁלּוּם֙ הוֹלִ֣יד אֶת־יְקַמְיָ֔ה וִֽיקַמְיָ֖ה הֹלִ֥יד אֶת־אֱלִישָׁמָֽע׃

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John Gill: 'Verse 34: Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters,.... And but one of that sort, whose name was Ahlai, 1 Chronicles 2:31 the plural being put here for the singular; or, if that is the name of a son, as some think, he died in his father's lifetime, and left no issue; so that there only remained daughters, and it seems but one by the next verse:


and Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha; one born in his house, and brought up by him, and a proselyte, such an one as Eliezer in Abraham's family.


Verse 35

And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife,.... Having first given him his freedom,…


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Matthew Henry: 'Here is mention of one who had an only daughter, and married her to his servant an Egyptian, 1 Chronicles 2:34-35. If it be mentioned to his praise, we must suppose that this Egyptian was proselyted to the Jewish religion and that he was very eminent for wisdom and virtue, otherwise it would not have become a trueborn Israelite to match a daughter to him, especially an only daughter. If Egyptians become converts, and servants do worthily, neither their parentage nor their servitude should be a bar to their preferment. Such a one this Egyptian servant might be that she who married him might live as happily with him as if she had married one of the ruler…

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