And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children
: Joseph is
not, and Simeon is
not, and ye will take Benjamin away
: all these things are against me.
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children
, I am bereaved.
And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these
men home, and slay, and make ready; for these
men shall dine with me at noon.
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is
this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
And he took and sent
messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.
And he searched, and
began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is
my mouth that speaketh unto you.
And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces
of silver, and five changes of raiment.
And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
And the sons of Benjamin were
Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
Benjamin shall ravin as
a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are
the families of Simeon.
Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
Those that were numbered of them, even
of the tribe of Benjamin, were
thirty and five thousand and four hundred.
Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin shall be
Abidan the son of Gideoni.
On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin, offered
And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was
Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites:
The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites:
the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them were
forty and five thousand and six hundred.
Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.
These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:
Deuteronomy 33: And
of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD
shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up according to their families: and the coast of their lot came forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
And Jordan was the border of it on the east side. This was
the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts thereof round about, according to their families.
Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, and Bethhoglah, and the valley of Keziz,
And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is
Jerusalem, Gibeath, and
Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is
the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.
And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, which were
of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.
And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,
And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
Out of Ephraim was there
a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.
Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were
by Gibeah, which belongeth
(Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us
, how was this wickedness?
And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth
to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.
And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is
this that is done among you?
Now therefore deliver us
the men, the children of Belial, which are
in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:
But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were
men of war.
And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up
And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.
And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.
(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.
And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.
And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and
were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and
kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
And the children of Benjamin said, They are
smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.
And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.
So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.
And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and
kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in
the first battle.
And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.
And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were
men of valour.
So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were
men of valour.
And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every
city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.
Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.
And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
And the whole congregation sent some
to speak to the children of Benjamin that were
in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.
And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.
And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
And they said, There must be
an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be
he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;
And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them
wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
1 Samuel 4:
And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
1 Samuel 9:
Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was
Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
1 Samuel 9:
To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be
captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
1 Samuel 9:
And Saul answered and said, Am
not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
1 Samuel 10:
When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
1 Samuel 10:
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
1 Samuel 10:
When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
1 Samuel 13:
Saul chose him three thousand men
of Israel; whereof
two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
1 Samuel 13:
And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were
present with him, about six hundred men.
1 Samuel 13:
And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were
present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.
1 Samuel 14:
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another
2 Samuel 2:
And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.
2 Samuel 2:
Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained
to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
2 Samuel 2:
And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.
2 Samuel 2:
But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that
three hundred and threescore men died.
2 Samuel 3:
And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
2 Samuel 4:
And Saul's son had two men that were
captains of bands: the name of the one was
Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
2 Samuel 19:
And there were
a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
2 Samuel 21:
And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
2 Samuel 23:
Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
1 Kings 12:
And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
1 Kings 12:
Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
1 Kings 15:
Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was
exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
1 Chronicles 2:
And the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were, Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.
1 Chronicles 4:
The sons of Simeon were
, Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and
1 Chronicles 6:
And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth with her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were
1 Chronicles 6:
And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities, which are called by their
1 Chronicles 7: The sons
of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.
1 Chronicles 7:
The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar.
1 Chronicles 8:
Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
1 Chronicles 8:
And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are
of the sons of Benjamin.
1 Chronicles 9:
And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim, and Manasseh;
1 Chronicles 9:
And of the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hasenuah,
1 Chronicles 11:
Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained
to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
1 Chronicles 12: They were
armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling
stones and shooting
arrows out of a bow, even
of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.
1 Chronicles 12:
And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
1 Chronicles 12:
And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.
1 Chronicles 21:
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.
1 Chronicles 27:
Of the half tribe
of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner:
2 Chronicles 11:
And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men
, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:
Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
2 Chronicles 11:
And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are
in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
2 Chronicles 11:
And in every several city he put
shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
2 Chronicles 11:
And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.
2 Chronicles 14:
And Asa had an army of men
that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were
mighty men of valour.
2 Chronicles 15:
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is
with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
2 Chronicles 15:
And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was
before the porch of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 15:
And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was
2 Chronicles 17:
And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
2 Chronicles 25:
Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their
fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able
to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
2 Chronicles 31:
Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.
2 Chronicles 34:
And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 34:
And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it
. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them
whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is
Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;
Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was
the ninth month, on the twentieth day
of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this
matter, and for the great rain.
Benjamin, Malluch, and
After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house.
Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood
in their place.
And at Jerusalem dwelt certain
of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez;
And these are
the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah.
The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt
at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in
And of the Levites were
Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,
little Benjamin with
their ruler, the princes of Judah and
their council, the princes of Zebulun, and
the princes of Naphtali.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and
The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were
in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.
And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.
Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were
in the high gate of Benjamin, which was
by the house of the LORD.
So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is
in Anathoth, which is
in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is
thine, and the redemption is
thine; buy it
for thyself. Then I knew that this was
the word of the LORD.
Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them
, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.
In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them
, saith the LORD.
Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.
And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was
there, whose name was
Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being
in the midst of that
which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.
As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have
And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have
And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.
Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and
the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at
Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
And they of
the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of
the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess
All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from
the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.
And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of
the tribe of Benjamin.
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of
the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Of the tribe of Zabulon were
sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were
sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were
sealed twelve thousand.
Jaminite - (jay' mihn ite) Member of clan headed by Jamin. See Jamin
Iadinus - IADINUS ( 1Es 9:48 ) = Jamin of Nehemiah 8:7
Jaminites - Descendants of Jamin, son of Simeon
Jamin - Jamin. The gentilic name Jaminites occurs in Numbers 26:12
Bani - Hence, Rachel named her son, Benoni, in her dying moments, while Jacob called him BenJamin. The father's Ben, the son, Jamin, the right hand, or the hand of strength
Benjamin - The mother of BenJamin had expressed her dissatisfaction in having no children. ) After the birth of Joseph, Rachel conceived again, and bore BenJamin, on which occasion she died. How many Rachels have there been since, who in wrestling or wishing to take the government out of Lord's hands, have done it to their sorrow! Jacob, though his love to Rachel was unbounded, (see Genesis 29:18-20) yet he would not suffer the child to retain the name of Benoni, but changed it to BenJamin, which is, the son of my right hand, from Ben, son; and Jamin, the right hand. And his love to BenJamin is much recorded in the Scripture. Moses, the man of God, viewing, most probably, BenJamin typically in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ, makes a beautiful observation in his dying blessing, which he gave to the tribes of Israel; "And of BenJamin he said, the beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders
Benjamin - ") The Arabic Jamin means "fortunate". And in the expression "sons of BenJamin" or a "man of BenJamin, . land of BenJamin," the first syllable is suppressed Benee Ha-Jemini, Ish Jemini, Erets Jemini, compare Genesis 46:10. BenJamin was his father's favorite after Joseph's supposed death (Genesis 44:30); as the youngest, the child of his old age, and the child of his beloved Rachel. ...
BenJamin was only 23 or 24 years old when Jacob went down to Egypt. BenJamin's sons, Becher, Gera, Rosh, are missing in Moses' list, because they either died childless, or did not leave a sufficient number of children to form independent families. Its predominant characteristic of warlike tastes is foretold by Jacob (Genesis 49:27); "BenJamin shall ravin as a wolf, in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night shall divide the spoil. ...
The period of the judges must have been a long one to admit of the increase to BenJamin's subsequent large numbers (1 Chronicles 7:6-12; 1 Chronicles 7:8; 1 Chronicles 12:1-8). Moreover Ehud, judge and deliverer of Israel from Eglon of Moab, was of BenJamin; also Saul and Jonathan, whose prowess was famed (2 Samuel 1:18-19; 2 Samuel 1:23). ...
The "morning" and "night" in Jacob's prophecy mark that BenJamin, as he was in the beginning, so he should continue to the end of the Jewish state. Similarly in Moses' prophecy (Deuteronomy 33:12), "BenJamin, the beloved of the Lord (attached to David = beloved after Saul's dynasty fell), shall dwell in safety by Him; the Lord shall cover him all the day long;" implying a longer continuance to BenJamin than to the other tribes. So BenJamin alone survived with Judah, after the deportation of the ten tribes to Assyria, arid accompanied Judah to and front the Babylonian captivity, and lasted until Shiloh came and until Jerusalem was destroyed. As on the march, so in the promised land, BenJamin's position was near that of Ephraim, between it on the N. ...
When the Lord rejected the tabernacle of Joseph at Shiloh He chose mount Zion, Jerusalem which chiefly belonged to BenJamin (the of the Jebusite, "Jebusi, which Jerusalem" (Joshua 18:28), and all the land N. In this sense BenJamin fulfilled Moses' prophecy in "dwelling between" Judah's (the Lord's representative) "shoulders," or ridges of the ravines which on the W. Primarily, however, the idea is, BenJamin as "the beloved of Jehovah shall dwell in safety with Him (literally, founded upon Him), and he (BenJamin) shall dwell between His (Jehovah's) shoulders," as a son borne upon his father's back (Deuteronomy 1:31; Deuteronomy 32:11; Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 46:3-4; Isaiah 63:9). ...
This choice of Jerusalem as the seat of the ark and David's place of residence formed a strong He between Judah and BenJamin, though Saul's connection with the latter had previously made the Benjamites, as a tribe, slow to recognize David as king (1 Chronicles 12:29; 2 Samuel 2:8-9). Hence at the severance of the ten tribes BenJamin remained with Judah (1 Kings 12:23; 2 Chronicles 11:1). Moreover, a part of BenJamin including Bethel, the seat of Jeroboam's calf worship, went with the ten tribes. Possibly Jeroboam's having appropriated it for the calf worship may have helped to alienate BenJamin from him and attach BenJamin to Judah. ...
David was connected with Saul of BenJamin by marriage with his daughter, and therefore, feeling the political importance of the connection, made it a preliminary of his league with Abner that Michal should be restored to him, though Phaltiel had her heart (2 Samuel 3:13-16). Above all, what knit together BenJamin and Judah most was the position fixed by God for the great national temple, which deprived Ephraim of its former glory (Psalms 78:60-68); not in Judah only, or in BenJamin only, but on part of the confines of both, so that one text places it in Judah and the parallel text in BenJamin; compare Joshua 15:63 with Joshua 18:28. These elements of union between BenJamin and Judah are not obviously put forward in the sacred writings, but are found in them on close observation, just such seeds as would produce the ultimate union which the history records. BenJamin occupied a plateau generally about 2,000 feet above the Mediterranean plain, and 3,000 feet above the valley of the Jordan. Lod, Ono, Aijalon were westward extensions of BenJamin's bounds beyond the original limit (Nehemiah 11:35). The presence of the ark at Kirjath Jearim in BenJamin, the prophet Samuel's residence in the sanctuary Ramah (1 Samuel 7:17; 1 Samuel 9:12), the great assemblies of "all Israel" at Mizpeh (1 Samuel 7:5), and the sanctity attached of old to Bethel, "the great high place" at Gibeon (1 Kings 3:4; 2 Chronicles 1:3), all tended to raise B. After Saul's and then Ishbosheth's death, BenJamin sent 3,000 men to Hebron to confirm the kingdom to David (1 Chronicles 12:23; 1 Chronicles 12:29; 2 Samuel 5:3), Abner having declared for him. ...
Besides the causes mentioned before, which finally united BenJamin and Judah, there was Jeroboam's setting up the calf worship in Bethel (a Benjamite city) in rivalry of the temple of Jehovah in the joint city of BenJamin and Judah, Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:29); also Rehoboam's wise policy in dispersing his children through all Judah and BenJamin, into every" fenced city" (2 Chronicles 11:12; 2 Chronicles 11:23); also Asa's covenant with Jehovah, in which BenJamin took part (2 Chronicles 15); also the advancement of Benjamites to high posts in the army (2 Chronicles 17:17). "The high gate of BenJamin" (Jeremiah 20:2) marked the tribe's individuality even in the joint metropolis of BenJamin and Judah; compare Ezra 2; Ezra 10:9; Nehemiah 7; Nehemiah 11:31-35 in proof of this individuality even after the return from Babylon. ...
The royal name reappears in Saul of Tarsus, whose glory was that he belonged to "the tribe of BenJamin" (Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5. ) His full sense of that honor appears in his reference to his forefather," Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of BenJamin" (Acts 13:21. Thus BenJamin had the distinction of producing one of Israel's first judges, her first king, and the great apostle of the uncircumcision