Judges Chapter 1
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7 And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
27 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.
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Matthew Henry's Judges Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The book of Judges is the history of Israel during the government of the Judges, who were occasional deliverers, raised up by God to rescue Israel from their oppressors, to reform the state of religion, and to administer justice to the people. The state of God's people does not appear in this book so prosperous, nor their character so religious, as might have been expected; but there were many believers among them, and the tabernacle service was attended to. The history exemplifies the frequent warnings and predictions of Moses, and should have close attention. The whole is full of important instruction.Proceedings of the tribes of Judah and Simeon. (1-8) Hebron and other cities taken. (9-20) The proceedings of other tribes. (21-36)1-8 The Israelites were convinced that the war against the Canaanites was to be continued; but they were in doubt as to the manner in which it was to be carried on after the death of Joshua. In these respects they inquired of the Lord. God appoints service according to the strength he has given. From those who are most able, most work is expected. Judah was first in dignity, and must be first in duty. Judah's service will not avail unless God give success; but God will not give the success, unless Judah applies to the service. Judah was the most considerable of all the tribes, and Simeon the least; yet Judah begs Simeon's friendship, and prays for aid from him. It becomes Israelites to help one another against Canaanites; and all Christians, even those of different tribes, should strengthen one another. Those who thus help one another in love, have reason to hope that God will graciously help both. Adoni-bezek was taken prisoner. This prince had been a severe tyrant. The Israelites, doubtless under the Divine direction, made him suffer what he had done to others; and his own conscience confessed that he was justly treated as he had treated others. Thus the righteous God sometimes, in his providence, makes the punishment answer the sin.
9-20 The Canaanites had iron chariots; but Israel had God on their side, whose chariots are thousands of angels, #Ps 68:17|. Yet they suffered their fears to prevail against their faith. About Caleb we read in #Jos 15:16-19|. The Kenites had settled in the land. Israel let them fix where they pleased, being a quiet, contented people. They that molested none, were molested by none. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
21-36 The people of Israel were very careless of their duty and interest. Owing to slothfulness and cowardice, they would not be at the pains to complete their conquests. It was also owing to their covetousness: they were willing to let the Canaanites live among them, that they might make advantage of them. They had not the dread and detestation of idolatry they ought to have had. The same unbelief that kept their fathers forty years out of Canaan, kept them now out of the full possession of it. Distrust of the power and promise of God deprived them of advantages, and brought them into troubles. Thus many a believer who begins well is hindered. His graces languish, his lusts revive, Satan plies him with suitable temptations, the world recovers its hold; he brings guilt into his conscience, anguish into his heart, discredit on his character, and reproach on the gospel. Though he may have sharp rebukes, and be so recovered that he does not perish, yet he will have deeply to lament his folly through his remaining days; and upon his dying bed to mourn over the opportunities of glorifying God and serving the church he has lost. We can have no fellowship with the enemies of God within us or around us, but to our hurt; therefore our only wisdom is to maintain unceasing war against them.
In777sight's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 4/22/2014, 11:11am...
If verse 19 is understood as symbolic and not literal, as bread is a word used for doctrine, then the word mountain is the ruling government. The ruling government was overthrown by war. The valley could be symbolic of the people that are ruled by the government. Chariots of iron are their beliefs that they refuse to surrender or convert. God can not force a people to believe, they have to willingly submit their hearts it is not something that can be taken by force.
Ar's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 3/13/2014, 3:46pm...
To nneka Tonia judge chapter 1 Adonaibezek was a Canaanite king who had under his command 70 chiefs warriors whom he had defeated He made them useless as fighters by cutting their toes and thumbs After Joshua s death God asked Juda togo and get the land of Canaan Juda and his brother Simeon defeated Adonibezek they cut his toes and thumbs aand sent him to Jerusalem as a slave Thus he was useless as a fighter They say that he stated that God repaid him for what he had done to the 70 warrior He died within a month after that
Nneka tonia's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 3/13/2014, 10:15am...
who is adonibezek why was he treated the way he was treated before he died
James Martin's Judges Chapter 1 comment about verse 16 on 2/19/2014, 6:03am...
I am trying to determine if Hobab the Kenite Himself entered the promise land
Jackalyn's Judges Chapter 1 comment about verse 19 on 2/10/2014, 2:38pm...
im not sure exactly what this means but im pretty sure people are misinterperting it
Luciano's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 10/26/2013, 4:10am...
its fun to read and learn stuff from God its so amazing and wonderful
Carlos caovilla's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 7/17/2013, 4:09pm...
God never ever abandoned his creation ,moses , joshua , and now judges to guide the nation , is a proof that he is control ,unhappily for not to obey we suffer the consequences .
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