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1 Chronicles 20

Dummelow's Commentary on the BibleDummelow on the Bible

Verses 1-8

The Siege of Rabbah. The Slaughter of three Philistine Giants

This chapter corresponds, with some unimportant differences, to several distinct sections in 2 S, viz. 2 Samuel 11:1; 2 Samuel 12:26-31; 2 Samuel 21:18-22.

2. David took, etc.] This implies David’s presence at Rabbah, and as it stands here is inconsistent with the previous verse. In 2 Samuel 12 the discrepancy is explained by a passage which Chronicles omits, relating that Joab summoned David to Rabbah and that the king went thither.

5. Elhanan the son of Jair, etc.] Both this passage and the parallel in 2 Samuel 21:19 have undergone corruption, and the true text probably had ’Elhanan the son of Jair, a Bethlehemite, slew Goliath the Gittite.’ As Goliath is said in 2 Samuel 17 to have been killed by David, there seems to have been variant accounts of his death, unless there were two giants of the same name.

Bibliographical Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 20". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/1-chronicles-20.html. 1909.
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