The sons of Bela (1 Chr 8:3-8:5)

“Bela had nine sons, named Addar, Gera, Abihud, Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.”

Bela was the first born son of Benjamin. In the census in Numbers, chapter 26, Bela, the clan of the Belaites, listed only 2 sons, Ard and clan of the Ardites and Naaman, the clan of the Naamites. Here Bela has 9 sons and only (5) Naaman is the same. (1) Addar, the grandson of Benjamin, also was the name of a place on the Benjamin border with Judah. In Genesis, chapter 49, (2) (7) Gera was listed as a son of Benjamin, but here he is the grandson of Benjamin, and listed twice. Gera was the name of an ancestor of the 2nd judge Ehud, in Judges, chapter 3, as well as the name of the father of Shimei, the Benjamite, who cursed David when he fled from Absalom. (3) Abihud was also the name of another person in the Jesus genealogy of Matthew. The only other (4) Abishua was a grandson of Aaron. (6) Ahoah and (8) Shephuphan are only mentioned here. (9) Huram appears here but may be the same as Hiram, the king of Tyre and the artisan from Tyre at the time of David and Solomon.

The sons of Bela (1 Chr 7:7-7:7)

“The five sons of Bela were Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, heads of the ancestral houses, mighty warriors. Their enrollment by genealogies was twenty-two thousand and thirty-four.”

Bela had 5 sons. (1) Ezbon was also the name of 1 of the sons of Gad in Genesis, chapter 46, and Numbers, chapter 15, but not among the clans of Gad in chapter 4 of this book. There are 7 different people with the name of (2) Uzzi, including the son of Tola in the Issachar family. There are 5 other biblical characters with the name (3) Uzziel, including a son of the Levite Kohath. There 8 other biblical people with the name of (4) Jerimoth, while (5) Iri only appears here. These were the heads of the ancestral house and mighty warriors, so that these Belaites numbered 22,034, probably around the time of David.