1 Chronicles 5:22

22 and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.

1 Chronicles 5:22 in Other Translations

22 For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
22 For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile.
22 Many of the Hagrites were killed in the battle because God was fighting against them. The people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh lived in their land until they were taken into exile.
22 Many were killed, because the battle was God's. They lived in that country until the exile.
22 Many of the Hagrites were killed because it was God's battle. And they lived there in the Hagrites' place until the exile.

1 Chronicles 5:22 Meaning and Commentary

1 Chronicles 5:22

For there fell down many slain
Many were killed in the battle, besides the great number of prisoners made, so that the army the Ishmaelites brought into the field was very great:

because the war was of God;
or from the Word of the Lord, as the Targum; he stirred up the Israelites to it, directed, assisted, and succeeded them, that vengeance might be taken on this wicked and idolatrous people:

and they dwelt in their stead until the captivity;
the Targum adds, of Sennacherib king of Assyria; but this captivity of the tribes referred to was not by him, but by Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, ( 1 Chronicles 5:26 ) and they dwelt not in the country of the Arab-hagarites, or Ishmaelites in their stead there, but in Gilead, as in ( 1 Chronicles 5:10 ) which belonged to the Gadites and Reubenites originally, but had been dispossessed of it, or however distressed in it by these Hagarites, which they now drove out, and dwelt in their stead; for as for the Scenite-arabs or Ishmaelites, they never were conquered and brought into subjection by any people, but always maintained their independency F4; and lived upon the plunder of their neighbours, pitching their tents here and there for their convenience, which in these parts were at this time spoiled.


F4 See the notes on Gen. xvi. 12. and Dan. xi. 41. and a dissertation upon the independency of the Arabs, at the end of the Universal History, vol. 20. (See Gill on Genesis 16:12). (See Gill on Daniel 11:41).

1 Chronicles 5:22 In-Context

20 They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.
21 They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive,
22 and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.
23 The people of the half-tribe of Manasseh were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon).
24 These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 20:4; 2 Chronicles 32:8
  • 2. S ver 10; S 2 Kings 15:29; 2 Kings 17:6
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