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Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible
1 Chronicles 12



Verses 1-40

1 Chronicles 12:1-40. David's Supporters.—An enumeration of those who rallied round David during his outlaw life in Ziklag (cf. 1 Samuel 27:5 f.), and a list of those who were instrumental in setting him upon the throne.

1 Chronicles 12:2. they were of Saul's brethren of Benjamin: cf. 1 Chronicles 12:16 ff., 1 Chronicles 12:29; it is difficult to believe that Saul was deserted by his own kinsfolk (see 2 Samuel 2:25; 2 Samuel 2:31) in any great numbers. Benjaminites occupied positions of importance in post-exilic times (see Nehemiah 11:7-9), which probably has something to do with the Chronicler's assertions.

1 Chronicles 12:15. in the first month . . .: i.e. Nisan (= April (approximately).

1 Chronicles 12:18. the spirit came upon: lit. "clothed" (Judges 6:34*).—Thine are we . . . thy God helpeth thee: a poetical fragment, probably old, even though it does not occur in 2 S.

1 Chronicles 12:23 ff. Cf. 1 Chronicles 11:1-3.

1 Chronicles 12:29. of the children of Benjamin . . . the greatest part of them: but see 2 Samuel 2:9 f.


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Peake, Arthur. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 12:4". "Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible ". 1919.

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