1 Chronicles Introduction

First and Second Chronicles were probably written by the prophet Ezra. They were originally one book and were called in the Hebrew 'words of days.” Although 1 and 2 Chronicles seem very similar to the Books of Samuel and Kings, they were written for the exiles from Babylonian captivity to remind them that they were God's chosen people. Everything God says is important, but when He says it twice we know we should pay very close attention to it.

Many newspapers today have the word 'Chronicles” in their name. The word chronicle means literally 'events recorded in order of time” or in the order in which they happened. These books contain the chronological listing of Jewish families, thus the name Chronicles.

The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles are like a 'family tree” or 'public records” of the Jewish people. They were written so the people could return to the territory allotted to their tribe or take over their family land when they returned from Babylon. First Chronicles contains an outline of history from Adam to David.

Chapter 10 begins with the Israelites fleeing from the Philistines and King Saul taking his life. David succeeded Saul as king (chapter 11).

In chapter 13 David and the Israelites attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. Chapter 14 tells of the household of King David and how he defeated the Philistines. Chapter 16 contains King David's psalm of thanks to God. In chapter 17 God sends the prophet Nathan to tell King David that he will not be the one to build the Temple.

Chapters 18 through 28 tell of the victories of King David and of his preparations for the Temple. In chapter 29 we find the prayer of King David. David reigned over Israel for forty years—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and also on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

1 Chronicles Worksheet
Warren Simmons

First and Second Chronicles were originally one book, probably written by the prophet ____.
They were written to remind the ______ that they were God's chosen people.
'Chronicle” means 'a factual account of events recorded in the order they occurred,” or a _______.
First Chronicles contains an outline of history from ____ to David.
The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles are like a 'public records” of the _______ people.
They were written so the exiles could take over their family land when they returned from _______.
Chapter 10 begins with the Israelites fleeing from the Philistines and King ____ taking his life.
All the elders of Israel came to _____ at Hebron, and they anointed _____ king over Israel (11:3).
David and all the Israelites marched to _________ and conquered it (11:4-7).
'David became more and more ________, because the LORD Almighty was with him” (11:9).
'Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great ____, like the army of God” (12:22).
David and the Israelites attempted to bring the ___ of the ________ back to Jerusalem (13:3-14).
After asking the Lord about attacking the Philistines, David and his men ________ them (14:8-16).
With great celebration, David and all the people brought the Ark to the City of _____ (15:25-29).
In chapter 16 we find David's psalm of ______ to the Lord.
God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David that he would not be the one to build the ______ (17:4).
Chapters 18 through 28 tell of King David's _________ and of his preparations for the Temple.
David told Solomon, ''Be strong and __________, and do the work. Do not be afraid'” (28:20).
Before David died, his son _______ was acknowledged as king and anointed (29:22-24).
David ruled over Israel for _____ years—_____ in Hebron and ______-_____ in Jerusalem (29:27).

Memory Verse: 'Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place” (1 Chronicles 16:27).

1 Chronicles
Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
1 Chronicles 14:17    1 Chronicles 21:5    1 Chronicles 5:25    1 Chronicles 11:7
1 Chronicles 16:25    1 Chronicles 27:23   1 Chronicles 29:8   1 Chronicles 13:5

'So David _________ all the Israelites, from the Shihor River in                 1 Chronicles ______
Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim.”

'David did not take the ______ of the men twenty years old or less,           1 Chronicles ______
because the LORD had promised to make Israel as numerous as the
stars in the sky.”

'Any who had precious ______ gave them to the treasury of the                1 Chronicles ______
temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.”

'Joab reported the ______ of the fighting men to David: In all Israel          1 Chronicles ______
there were one million one hundred thousand men who could handle
a sword, including four hundred and seventy thousand in Judah.”

'But they were __________ to the God of their fathers, and prostituted    1 Chronicles ______
themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had
destroyed before them.”

'David then took up residence in the ________, and so it was called       1 Chronicles ______
the City of David.”

'So David's ____ spread throughout every land, and the LORD made    1 Chronicles ______
all the nations ____ him.”

'For great is the LORD and most ______ of praise; he is to be feared     1 Chronicles ______
above all ____.”