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10: Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.— edit KJV text
10: Isai therefore brought his seven sons before Samuel: and Samuel said to Isai: The Lord hath not chosen any one of these.— edit Douay text
10: And Jessae caused his seven sons to pass before Samuel: and Samuel said, the Lord has not chosen these.— edit LXX text
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Allegation of Error

How many sons did Jesse Have? Skeptics will claim that the Bible is in error on this issue.

We read in 1 Samuel 16:10-11;

Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse,
�The LORD has not chosen these.� And Samuel said to Jesse, �Are all the young
men here?� Then he said, �There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping
the sheep.� And Samuel said to Jesse, �Send and bring him. For we will not sit down
till he comes here.�

Then, we come to 1 Chronicles 2, and we find only seven sons of Jesse listed.

Jesse begot Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third, Nethanel the fourth,
Raddai the fifth, Ozem the sixth, and David the seventh. (1 Chronicles 2:13-15)

What happened?

As we read the genealogies listed in 1 Chronicles, we discover that they are not complete, and the chronicler is not required either to provide complete genealogies or to explain the methodology he uses for listing those genealogies that he does provide. Bible commentators have speculated about the missing son. It could be that he had died. Perhaps he had no children and would not be listed. It could be that Jesse had two wives with seven sons by the one wife and one son by the second.

Later in 1 Chronicles we read of a brother of David named, Elihu.

Furthermore, over the tribes of Israel: the officer over the Reubenites was
Eliezer...over Judah, Elihu, one of David�s brothers;... (1 Chronicles 27:16-18)

Some speculate that this was actually Eliab, the oldest of David's brothers but this cannot be proven. The chronicler thus may be telling us that he is aware of an eighth son of Jesse that he had not listed earlier.

The failure of the chronicler to list all eight of the sons of Jesse proves neither contradiction nor error. We can be perplexed about his rational for leaving one of the sons of Jesse off the list, but nothing more.

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