1 Samuel 8:2
New International Version
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.

New Living Translation
Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba.

English Standard Version
The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.

Berean Study Bible
The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba.

King James Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

New King James Version
The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.

New American Standard Bible
The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.

NASB 1995
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.

NASB 1977
Now the name of his first-born was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.

Amplified Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.

Christian Standard Bible
His firstborn son’s name was Joel and his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His firstborn son’s name was Joel and his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.

American Standard Version
Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abia; they were Judges in Beersheba

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And these are the names of his sons; Joel the first-born, and the name of the second Abia, judges in Bersabee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the name of his firstborn son was Joel: and the name of the second was Abia, judges in Bersabee.

English Revised Version
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.

Good News Translation
The older son was named Joel and the younger one Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The name of his firstborn son was Joel; the name of his second son was Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba.

International Standard Version
The name of his firstborn son was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba.

Literal Standard Version
And the name of his firstborn son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba:

NET Bible
The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second son was Abijah. They were judges in Beer Sheba.

New Heart English Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba.

World English Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba.

Young's Literal Translation
And the name of his first-born son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel Demands a King
1When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel. 2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba. 3But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside toward dishonest gain, accepting bribes and perverting justice.…

Cross References
Genesis 22:19
Abraham went back to his servants, and they got up and set out together for Beersheba. And Abraham settled in Beersheba.

1 Kings 19:3
And Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

1 Chronicles 6:28
The sons of Samuel: Joel his firstborn and Abijah his second son.

Amos 5:5
Do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal; do not journey to Beersheba, for Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will come to nothing.


Treasury of Scripture

Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

Joel

1 Chronicles 6:28,38
And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah…

Vashni









Verse 2. - The name of his firstborn was Joel. The names of Samuel's sons are pledges of his faith - Joel meaning Jehovah is God, and Abiah Jab is Father. The name given in 1 Chronicles 6:28, Vashni, is a mistake. It means, "and the second," the name of Joel the firstborn having somehow been omitted. The names of Saul's sons, and even of Jonathan's, unlike those in Samuel's family, bear witness to their religion having been of a curiously mixed character. In Beer-sheba. Not, therefore, in any of the places to which Samuel went in person, and which were all near Ramah, his home. Beer-sheba was in the extreme south of the tribe of Judah (see on Genesis 21:31), on the Philistine border, and his being able to place his sons there in authority proves, not merely that his rule was acknowledged throughout the whole country, but also that the Philistines did not interfere much with the internal arrangements of the Israelites. Josephus ('Antiq.,' 6:3, 2) represents only one son as placed at Beer-sheba, and says that the other was judge at Dan, but it may be doubted whether the northern tribes were sufficiently under control to submit to be governed by a southern judge.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The name
שֶׁם־ (šem-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8034: A name

of his firstborn
הַבְּכוֹר֙ (hab·bə·ḵō·wr)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1060: Firstborn, chief

son
בְּנ֤וֹ (bə·nōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

was
וַיְהִ֞י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

Joel,
יוֹאֵ֔ל (yō·w·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3100: Joel -- probably 'the LORD is God', the name of a number of Israelites

and the name
וְשֵׁ֥ם (wə·šêm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8034: A name

of his second
מִשְׁנֵ֖הוּ (miš·nê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4932: A repetition, a duplicate, a double, a second

was Abijah.
אֲבִיָּ֑ה (’ă·ḇî·yāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 29: Abijah -- 'Yah is my father', an Israelite name

They were judges
שֹׁפְטִ֖ים (šō·p̄ə·ṭîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

in Beersheba.
שָֽׁבַע׃ (šā·ḇa‘)
Preposition | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 884: Beersheba -- 'well of seven', a place in the Negev


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