Judges 5:8

“They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They chose new gods; then was warre in the gates: was there a shield or speare seene among fourtie thousand in Israel?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"New gods were chosen; Then war {was} in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel?
- American Standard Version (1901)

They had no one to make arms, there were no more armed men in the towns; was there a body-cover or a spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Basic English Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Darby Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Webster's Bible

They chose new gods. Then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- World English Bible

He chooseth new gods, Then war [is] at the gates! A shield is not seen -- and a spear Among forty thousand in Israel.
- Youngs Literal Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates; was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 5:8


5:8 Chose - They did not only submit to idolatry when they were forced to it by tyrants, but they freely chose it. New gods - New to them, and unknown to their fathers, and new in comparison of the true and everlasting God of Israel, being but of yesterday. The gates - That is, in their walled cities, which have gates and bars; gates are often put for cities; then their strong holds fell into the hands of their enemies. Was there a shield - There was not, the meaning is not, that all the Israelites had no arms, but, either they had but few arms among them, being many thousands of them disarmed by the Canaanites and Philistines, or that they generally neglected the use of arms, as being without all hope of recovering their liberty.


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