1:1 Adam, a Sheth, Enosh,
The Argument - The laws comprehend both these books in one, which the Grecians
because of the length, divide into two: and they are called Chronicles,
because they note briefly the history from Adam to the return from their
captivity in Babylon. But these are not the books of Chronicles which are
mentioned in the books of the kings of Judah and Israel, which set forth the
story of both kingdoms, and later perished in the captivity, but an
abridgement of the same, and were gathered by Ezra, as the Jews write after
their return from Babylon. This first book contains a brief rehearsal of the
children of Adam to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve patriarchs, chiefly
of Judah, and the reign of David, because Christ came from him according to
the flesh. Therefore it sets forth more amply his acts both concerning civil
government, and also the administration and care of things concerning
religion, for the good success of which he rejoices and gives thanks to the
(a) Meaning, that Seth was Adam's son, and
Enoch was Seth's son.
Noah, b Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
(b) It would have been sufficient to have named
Shem of whom came Abraham and David, but because the world was restored by
these three, mention is also made of Ham and Japheth.
And Cush begat c Nimrod: he began to be
mighty upon the earth.
(c) Who first lifted himself above others.
The sons of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and d
Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech.
(d) Of whom came the Syrians, and therefore they
are called Amramites throughout all scripture.
1:18 And Arphaxad begat Shelah, and Shelah
begat e Eber.
(e) Of him came the Hebrews who were later called
Israelites of Israel, who was Jacob and Jews of Judah because of the
excellency of that tribe.
f Shem, g
(f) He repeats Shem again because he would come
to the stock of Abraham.
(g) Who came from Shem, and of him Shelah.
Now the sons of Keturah, Abraham's h
concubine: she bare Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and
Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan; Sheba, and Dedan.
(h) Read (Genesis
The sons of Esau; i Eliphaz, Reuel, and
Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.
(i) These were born from three different mothers,
1:36 The sons of Eliphaz; Teman, and Omar, Zephi,
and Gatam, Kenaz, and k Timna, and
(k) Which was Eliphaz's concubine, read (Genesis
1:38 And the sons of l
Seir; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan.
(l) He is also called Seir the Horite, who
inhabited mount Seir, (Genesis
Now these [are] the m kings that reigned
in the land of Edom before [any] king reigned over the children of Israel; Bela
the son of Beor: and the name of his city [was] Dinhabah.
(m) He makes mention of the kings that came from
Esau according to God's promise made to Abraham concerning him, that kings
would come from him. These eight kings reigned one after another in Idumea to
the time of David who conquered their country.
1:44 And when Bela was dead, Jobab the son of
Zerah of n Bozrah reigned in his stead.
(n) Which was the principal city of the Edomites.