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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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1 Chronicles 5:1

Now the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel
Are as follow in (1 Chronicles 5:3) where the account begins; for what comes between this and that is in a parenthesis:

for he was the firstborn;
of Jacob by his wife Leah; that must be owned, and Jacob allows it, (Genesis 49:3) and yet the genealogy in this book begins not with him, as might on that account be expected; the reason follows:

but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed:
by lying with Bilhah his concubine:

his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel;
his beloved son by his beloved wife Rachel and so had a double portion given him; his two sons being equally ranked with the other sons of Jacob, and became distinct tribes, and each had their lot in the land of Canaan, see (Genesis 48:5,22) compared with (Deuteronomy 21:17)

and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright;
or, "but the genealogy" F15; neither after the birthright of Reuben, which he had by nature, being Jacob's firstborn; nor after the birthright of Joseph, which be had by his father's gift, as it might be thought it should; the reason of which follows.


FOOTNOTES:

F15 "Nee tamen", Tigurine version.

 


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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 5:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=1ch&chapter=005&verse=001>. 1999.

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