The destruction of the Amalekites (1 Chr 4:42-4:43)

“Some of them, five hundred men of the Simeonites, went to Mount Seir, having as their leaders Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites that had escaped. They have lived there to this day.”

Other Simeonites went to Mount Seir. There is a difference between the land of Seir, which the Horites and Edomites had possessed and this Mount Seir, which is in Judah. This Ishi is different from the other 3 people with the same name including the 1 mentioned earlier in this chapter who had 2 sons. This Ishi has 4 sons. There were 4 different people with the name of Pelatiah, while 2 people had the name of Neariah. 5 people had the name of Rephaiah, while 6 people had the name of Uzziel. These 4 Simeonite leaders destroyed the Amalekites and took over their land. The Amalekites were mentioned 36 times in the biblical literature as they were a pesky group. They were continually defeated by Saul and David a couple of times, but they just kept popping up again. Here it was a small group that escaped some kind of massacre. They were a wandering group along the southern borders of Judah.

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