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.
Daniel's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 3/06/2013, 7:40am...
God's ways are not our ways. He has a reason for whatever He does.
Mas's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 2/26/2013, 2:02pm...
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Jaquansaxon's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 2/26/2013, 12:52pm...
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Rolyns's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 1/25/2013, 7:11am...
He was a man not God, even Jesus could not deliver everyone in every city, greater is to fulfill a mission from God.
Insight 777's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 1/18/2013, 12:39pm...
If one believes that God through Judah could not have destroyed the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron, then they need to read 1 Kings 18:1-37. God has a plan to destroy evil and everything that happens in the world is following that plan. I believe God wants mankind to first experience why one needs to live under God’s love and protection. There can never be peace in the world until all believe in the ONE true God.
Insight 777's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 1/17/2013, 2:20pm...
Verse 19 "And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron." There is no city, nation or people in a valley that will stand if God wants them destroyed. God will destroy evil according to the timeline of his grand plan. If the people in the valley were not driven out because of their military advantage, it was because God has a future plan for those people or their descendants.
Sara Addy's Judges Chapter 1 comment on 3/01/2012, 2:51pm...
OUR situations in life are often as a a result of our sins. God is merciful Amen but we do still suffer as a result of wrong choices we make.
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