1 Chronicles 1** The books of Chronicles are, in a great measure, repetitionsof what is in the books of Samuel and of the Kings, yet thereare some excellent useful things in them which we find notelsewhere. The FIRST BOOK traces the rise of the Jewish peoplefrom Adam, and afterward gives an account of the reign of David.In the SECOND BOOK the narrative is continued, and relates theprogress and end of the kingdom of Judah; also it notices thereturn of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity. Jerome says,that whoever supposes himself to have knowledge of theScriptures without being acquainted with the books ofChronicles, deceives himself. Historical facts passed overelsewhere, names, and the connexion of passages are to be foundhere, and many questions concerning the gospel are explained. * Genealogies, Adam to Abraham. (1-27) The descendants ofAbraham. (28-54)1-27 This chapter, and many that follow, repeat thegenealogies, or lists of fathers and children in the Biblehistory, and put them together, with many added. When comparedwith other places, there are some differences found; yet we mustnot therefore stumble at the word, but bless God that the thingsnecessary to salvation are plain enough. The original of theJewish nation is here traced from the first man that Godcreated, and is thereby distinguished from the obscure,fabulous, and absurd origins assigned to other nations. But thenations now are all so mingled with one another, that no onenation, nor the greatest part of any, is descended entirely fromany of one nation, nor the greatest part of any, is descendedentirely from any of these fountains. Only this we are sure of,that God has created of one blood all nations of men; they areall descended from one Adam, one Noah. Have we not all onefather? Has not one God created us? #Mal 2:10|. 28-54 The genealogy is from hence confined to the posterity ofAbraham. Let us take occasion from reading these lists of names,to think of the multitudes that have gone through this world,have done their parts in it, and then quitted it. As onegeneration, even of sinful men, passes away, another comes. #Ec1:4; Nu 32:14|, and will do so while the earth remains. Short isour passage through time into eternity. May we be distinguishedas the Lord's people.
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