1 Chronicles 3-5
There’s nothing worth of note in Chapter 3 unless you care about the details of the contradictions in the genealogies – was Solomon David’s second or fourth son, how many generations from David to the Babylonian captivity, etc. Consult the SAB for details.
This is a snoozefest, except for a couple of passages.
“There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!’ And God granted him his request.” (v 9-10 NLT)
From just these 2 lines, an apologist created a bestseller that sold 9 million copies; he’s probably still laughing all the way to the bank. Makes me want to see what I can come up with from some obscure verse…
And then way at the end, there’s a mention that leaders of the tribe of Simeon “completely destroyed the homes of the descendants of Ham and of the Meunites. No trace of them remains today. They killed everyone who lived there and took the land for themselves, because they wanted its good pastureland for their flocks.” (v 41). Such a nice family. Let’s hear it for genocide.
I didn’t find a single thing to remark on in chapter 5. Been there, read that stuff before.