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I Chronicles 4:1"The sons of Judah; Pharez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal."
Before we go to far in this chapter, lets review Genesis 38. In Genesis 38:2 "And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her."  "And she conceived, and bare a son, and he [Judah] called his name Er.  I hope you caught on to the fact that the Judah talked about in this chapter is not the Judah, the son of Jacob, who's name was changed to Israel. This Kenites scribe is doing a job of confusion on us by using two Scriptural names [Judah and Pharez] to confuse us as to exactly who it is that is being presented to you. Of course, by injecting these names into the Word of God, it allows for future reference to what ever they are trying to do. It was from this verse, and verses eleven through twenty that the Hur family was presented to us in a movie called "Ben Hur" and promoted as something "Old Testament and Biblical". However the Judah that would be in the lineage of Christ, is not this Judah stated here.
Genesis 38:4 "She conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan."  "And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah; and he [Judah] was at Chezib, when she bare him [Shelah]." 
So who is Judah's first born by this Canaanite heathen wife? "Er" is the first born, then Onan, and third is Shelah. Don't think in terms of this Judah in the linage of Christ, when you are reading of this Kenite family presented here from who knows where. Sure these Kenites are sharp with their pens, and ready to deceive those that have the desire to be deceived. But you say, Judah did have a son named Pharez, and that bloodline is that of Christ, but this is not that Pharez, spoken of there in Genesis 38:4. The Pharez, grandson of Israel was a twin, and his brother was Zarah. The Zorahites were the children of the lineage of the twin brother Zarah of Pharez, not of Shobal, as they would have you believe.
Genesis 38:26-30 tells us of the birth of Judah's two sons that were born twins. The first that had the scarlet thread on his little hand was really the second to come forth, while the second, with the scarlet thread was called Zarah. The Zarah was the father of the Zorathites, not the sons of Shobal, or this Kenite Judah, whom ever he was. As we continue through these mirage of names, notice how free and easy these Kenites are mixing their kind with the children of Israel, of the lineage of Abraham. Remember from I Chronicles 2:55, these same Kenites warned us the reader that the they had taken over the job of the Levitical priests and scribes, and that they were not of the lineage of Abraham but "of the house of Rechab, that came from Hamath."
I'm not saying that these books of Chronicles should not be in the bible, but it was allowed to be put there by God to sharpen up his people in these latter days. Learn to take the time to study and check out the Word and names with the proper tools of the Bible.
I Chronicles 4:2 "And Reaiah the son of Shobal begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai, and Lahad, These are the families of the Zorathites."
Be careful what you read here, for the Zorathites were the offspring of Zarah.
I Chronicles 4:3 "And these were of the father of Etam; Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash: and the name of their sister was Haselelponi:"
I Chronicles 4:4 "And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, the father of Bethlehem."
I Chronicles 4:5 "And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah."
So now don't be so quick to jump to the conclusion that this Ashur has anything to do with the tribe of Ashur. First of all by the time this Ashur is in place, The tribe of the other Asher, the son of Israel, was scattered and uprooted from the land of Canaan by the Assyrians, and became know as part of the Caucasians many years before. The lineage of the Asher of the children of Israel is given in Genesis 46:17, as they were preparing to go to Egypt to be under the protection of Joseph.
Genesis 46:17 "And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the son of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel."
Tekoa, Helah and Naarah are no where to be found in the lineage of the tribe of Ashur? So accept this as a Kenite giving record that these men were part of the mixture that came out of Babylonian captivity. They along with twenty thousand other Kenites returned with the same number of the tribe of Judah to rebuild the temple and start their temple worship; however by this time these Kenites, "Nethinims" ["Strangers given to service"] had completely taken over the priesthood and the scribe duties, keeping the records and controlling what is to be taught in the temple that would be constructed back in Jerusalem.
I Chronicles 4:6 "And Narah bare him Ahuzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah."
I Chronicles 4:7 "And the sons of Helah were, Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan."
I Chronicles 4:8 "And Coz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum."
I Chronicles 4:9 "And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying "Because I bare him with sorrow."
Can you see the deception in this verse. Think back to Genesis 35:16 "And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour." The twelfth son of Israel is about to be born while Israel and his family were moving to Ephrath. Things aren't going right in the delivery of this twelfth child, Benjamin.
Genesis 35:18 "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but His father called his name Benjamin."
Israel's favorite love, Rachael had just died giving birth to the child we know as Benjamin, the father of the tribe of Benjamin. As she was dying, she told the midwife to call his name "Ben-oni", and in the Hebrew tongue "Benoni" means "son of my sorrow". With Rachel's passing, Israel would not allow this child to be named, calling attention to sorrow, but changed his name to Benjamin, meaning "Son of my right hand." Showing the joy that came from the birth of this second son of Rachel, Jacob's true love.
So here we see the take off of that event that happened back in 1728 B.C., to give a false image in our minds that somehow Benjamin and this Jabez were tied together and meant the same. The word "Jabez" means "to grieve or sorrowful"; number 3258. Jabez in the Scripture was the name of Jerusalem when it was a filthy and Godless city, in the control of the Jebusites. The city was full of all sorts of heathen religious forms, and God hated the city in that unclean state. But David took the city and cleaned it up and his son Solomon built the temple of God there. God contracted in marriage with the city, and it became the city of peace, which is the meaning of "Jerusalem". If you noticed in I Chronicles 2:55, after the Kenites had taken over the religious duties of the Levitical priests, those Kenites recorded Jerusalem as "Jabez", and of course with their traditions being giving preference in the temple, it was a "Jabez", corrupted. Remember that this is long after David renamed Jabez to Jerusalem, and these Kenites wanted the wickedness of the city to return.
I Chronicles 4:10 "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!" And God granted him that which he requested."
Biblically speaking, this Jabez, who ever he was, is stating something that was true. For we read in Jeremiah 35 that Jeremiah the prophet, called in Jeremiah the Kenite and all the offspring of Jonadab, the son of Rechab into the Temple, and brought in wine for a party for all the Kenites to drink and toast. Of the thousands that came to the temple that day, not one of them would violate the orders of their laws or traditions that their fathers had given them. This grieved Jeremiah greatly for the Israelites were not so, they continually sinned against God, violated the laws and commandments that God gave them through Moses.
Jeremiah 35:18, 19 "And Jeremiah [the prophet of God] said unto the house of the Rechabites [Kenites], Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; `Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:"  "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before Me for ever.' " 
Have you ever wondered why the Kenites, those hidden ones of these end times, seem to have everything going for them? Because they were true to the laws and traditions laid down by their fathers, even though they were of Satan, God was going to honor them for their obedience to what they held true. Was it true? hardly, of course not, but God judged them by what they individually held to be true, right or wrong. God's commitment was that they would never be lacking for a leader and leadership over their race. They were not of Judah, no, but of Jonadab, of the house of Rechab. Jeremiah saw the commitment of these people to what their forefather taught them, and this broke his heart that Israel did not have the same commitment to the Laws and commandments of our Heavenly Father.
I Chronicles 4:11 "And Chelub the brother of Shuah begat Mehir, which was the father of Eshton."
I Chronicles 4:12 "And Eshton begat Beth-rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Irnahash. These are the men of Rechah."
I Chronicles 4:13 "And the sons of Kenaz; Othniel, and Seraiah: and the sons of Othniel; Hathath."
I Chronicles 4:14 "And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and Seraiah begat Joab, the father of the valley of Charashim; for they were craftsmen."
I Chronicles 4:15 "And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh; Iru, Elah, and Naam: and the sons of Elah, even Kenaz."
I Chronicles 4:16 "And the sons of Jehaleleel; Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asareel."
I Chronicles 4:17 "And the sons of Ezra were, Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon: and she bare Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the fathjer of Eshtemoa."
I Chronicles 4:18 "And his wife Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah."
I Chronicles 4:19 "And the sons of his wife Hodiah the sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Exhtemoa the Maachathite."
I Chronicles 4:20 "And the sons of Shimon were, Amnon, and Rinnah, Benhanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were, Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth."
I Chronicles 4:21 "The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen, of the house of Ashbea,"
I Chronicles 4:22 "And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion of Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And these are ancient things."
I Chronicles 4:23 "These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work."
I Chronicles 4:24 "The sons of Simeon were Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul:"
At first glance we would assume that this Simeon was the son of Jacob who's name was changed to Israel: The father of the tribe of Simeon. However in Genesis 46:10 we read of that Simeon that departed with his father and family to migrate down into the land of Egypt, where that family grew into a nation.
Genesis 46:10 "And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman."
Considering the span of time between when Genesis was written and this book of First Chronicles, this may or may not be the same person. Just remember that it was recorded at the hand of a Kenite.
I Chronicles 4:25 "Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son."
I Chronicles 4:26 "And the sons of Mishma; Hamuel his son, Zacchur his son, Shimei his son."
I Chronicles 4:27 "And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brethren had not many children, neither did all their family multiply, like the children of Judah."
I Chronicles 4:28 "And they dwelt at Beer-sheba, and Moladah, and Hazar-shual,"
I Chronicles 4:29 "And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,"
I Chronicles 4:30 "And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,"
I Chronicles 4:31 "And at Beth-marcaboth, and Hazar-susim, and at Beth-birei, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities unto the reign of David."
I Chronicles 4:32 "And their villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities:"
I Chronicles 4:33 "And all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitation, and their genealogy."
These names are probably very important to the Kenites, but very little is mentioned of them in the Scriptures of the prophets of God. Remember that by the time of this writing, these Kenites had completely taken over the duties of the scribes and the Levitical priests, for when Ezra returned to rebuild temple worship, there was not one of the sons or tribe of Levi amongst the 365 Kenite Nethinim priests and their families. Ezra had to send a Kenite back to Babylon to get the Kenite chief priest to send many more Kenites to fill the roles of the priests.
Ezra 8:15 "And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the People, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi."
These Kenites so blended in with the children of the house of Judah, that Ezra couldn't even tell the difference that they were just strangers, "Nethinims", given to service in the house of the Lord. Ezra knew that the Levites were the ones that God appointed to serve the people before his altar, yet there was not one in the group going back to set up the house of God, and the worship within. When Ezra purged the ranks of the children of Judah, he left the Kenites right where they were; ahead of the priesthood, and in the offices of the scribes. By the time our Lord Jesus Christ was born, they sought to kill him as a baby, and these Kenite Jewish religious leaders had murder in their hearts and minds from the start of Jesus' ministry. Their blindness to Christ, and their desire to murder Jesus the Christ fulfilled that part of the plan of God, for when life departed from the body of Jesus on the cross, and His blood flowed from His body, Jesus became that perfect unblemished sacrifice for one and all times.
Hebrews 10:8 - 10 "Above when He said, "Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein;" Which are offered by the law;"  "Then said He, "Lo I come to do Thy will, O God." He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second."  "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." 
The blood sacrifice of animals was a requirement under the law for the temporary covering for sin. Each year these offerings had to be done in accordance as was laid down under the law. However, that moment that our Lord Jesus Christ gave up the Spirit, and the vail was rent in two at the door of the holy of holies, each of us had the right to approach the throne of God as a believer, and ask forgiveness for our sins in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price once, and for all times and people that will believe on His name. Yes, even for a Kenite that will come to the Father in repentance in Jesus name, and believe and seek to do the will of the Father.
I Chronicles 4:34 "And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah,"
I Chronicles 4:35 "And Joel, and Jehu the son of Josibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,"
I Chronicles 4:36 "And Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,"
I Chronicles 4:37 "And Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;"
I Chronicles 4:38 "These mentioned by their names were princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly."
I Chronicles 4:39 "And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks."
I Chronicles 4:40 "And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they of Ham had dwelt there of old."
I Chronicles 4:41 "And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their flocks."
I Chronicles 4:42 "And some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi."
As you consider this verse remember that Simeon was not part of the house of Judah, but of the House of Israel. They were in the ten tribes that were overthrown by the Assyrian, and taken out of the area, to later migrate through the Caucasus mountains and be part of the migrations people known as Caucasians. Mount Seir is the name of the mountain range on the east side of the valley of Arabah, from the Dead sea, to the Elanitic Gulf, It was in the land of the Edomites. This land is east of the Jordan river, and becomes the border of what we know as Arabia of today. Mount Hor is the highest peak of this mountain range. The reason I bring this up, is that this is not the land that was given to the sons of Simeon, nor was this their land during the Reign of Hezekiah, king over the house of Judah.
It was at the start of the twenty nine year reign of Hezekiah, that all of the house of Israel was uprooted and removed out of the land. Sennacherib was on the throne of Assyria in 722 when he took the house of Israel captive, and removed the people from their land. Then in 702, Sennacherib came against Hezekiel, but a revolt in his land of Babylonia stopped that march against the house of Judah, and he redirected his efforts to Babylon. The house of Judah escaped this attack, but a hundred years later Babylon came against them, and they were crushed and hauled into bondage.
This record is from the pen of a Kenite scribe, and recording a family with the name of Simeon that was tribal size at the time of king Hezekiah, king over the house of Judah.
I Chronicles 4:43 "And they smote the rest of the Amalekites that were escaped, and dwelt there unto this day."
In the expression; "unto this day", means evidently these people were not in the area of the house of Judah or Israel, when either the Assyrians deported the house of Israel off their land in 722 B.C.; or the Babylonians crushed the house of Judah in 477 B.C. and put them in bondage for seventy years. Remember that there was a thousand years between the time that the tribe of Simeon of Israel entered into the promise land with Joshua in the lead, and the time this group that was calling themselves of Simeon were tending their sheep on the border of Arabia, in the foothills of mount Hor.
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