Zerahites

Zerahites (Zihr´uh-hits)

The name of two clan groups during the period of the wilderness wanderings, one belonging to the tribe of Simeon (Num 26:13) and the other to the tribe of Judah (Num 26:20). The association of the Zerahites with both Judah and Simeon probably reflects the fact that after the settlement in the land the tribe of Simeon was absorbed very quickly into the tribe of Judah and lost its identity (Gen 49:7; Josh 19:1). The same practice of dual identification is seen in the city lists in which cities are named as belonging to both Simeon and Judah (cf. Josh 15:21-63; with Josh 19:1-9). It is therefore likely that only one group is referred to. It was to the Zerahites that Achan belonged (Josh 7:17), as did Sibbecai and Maharai, two of David’s military commanders (1Chr 27:11; 1Chr 27:13).

Num 26:13

13of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites; of Shaul, the clan of the Shaulites.

Num 26:20

20The descendants of Judah by their clans were: of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perez, the clan of the Perezites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites.

Gen 49:7

7Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob,
and scatter them in Israel.

Josh 19:1

The Territory of Simeon
1The second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of Simeon, according to its families; its inheritance lay within the inheritance of t ... View more

Josh 15:21-63

21The towns belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,22Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, ... View more

Josh 19:1-9

The Territory of Simeon
1The second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of Simeon, according to its families; its inheritance lay within the inheritance of t ... View more

Josh 7:17

17He brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the Zerahites was taken; and he brought near the clan of the Zerahites, family by family, and Zabdi was ta ... View more

1Chr 27:11

11Eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites; in his division were twenty-four thousand.

1Chr 27:13

13Tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai of Netophah, of the Zerahites; in his division were twenty-four thousand.

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