Judges 1** The book of Judges is the history of Israel during thegovernment of the Judges, who were occasional deliverers, raisedup by God to rescue Israel from their oppressors, to reform thestate of religion, and to administer justice to the people. Thestate of God's people does not appear in this book soprosperous, nor their character so religious, as might have beenexpected; but there were many believers among them, and thetabernacle service was attended to. The history exemplifies thefrequent warnings and predictions of Moses, and should haveclose attention. The whole is full of important instruction. * Proceedings of the tribes of Judah and Simeon. (1-8) Hebronand other cities taken. (9-20) The proceedings of other tribes.(21-36)1-8 The Israelites were convinced that the war against theCanaanites was to be continued; but they were in doubt as to themanner in which it was to be carried on after the death ofJoshua. In these respects they inquired of the Lord. Godappoints service according to the strength he has given. Fromthose who are most able, most work is expected. Judah was firstin dignity, and must be first in duty. Judah's service will notavail unless God give success; but God will not give thesuccess, unless Judah applies to the service. Judah was the mostconsiderable of all the tribes, and Simeon the least; yet Judahbegs Simeon's friendship, and prays for aid from him. It becomesIsraelites to help one another against Canaanites; and allChristians, even those of different tribes, should strengthenone another. Those who thus help one another in love, havereason to hope that God will graciously help both. Adoni-bezekwas taken prisoner. This prince had been a severe tyrant. TheIsraelites, doubtless under the Divine direction, made himsuffer what he had done to others; and his own conscienceconfessed that he was justly treated as he had treated others.Thus the righteous God sometimes, in his providence, makes thepunishment answer the sin. 9-20 The Canaanites had iron chariots; but Israel had God ontheir 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 settledin the land. Israel let them fix where they pleased, being aquiet, contented people. They that molested none, were molestedby none. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 21-36 The people of Israel were very careless of their duty andinterest. Owing to slothfulness and cowardice, they would not beat the pains to complete their conquests. It was also owing totheir covetousness: they were willing to let the Canaanites liveamong them, that they might make advantage of them. They had notthe dread and detestation of idolatry they ought to have had.The same unbelief that kept their fathers forty years out ofCanaan, kept them now out of the full possession of it. Distrustof the power and promise of God deprived them of advantages, andbrought them into troubles. Thus many a believer who begins wellis hindered. His graces languish, his lusts revive, Satan plieshim with suitable temptations, the world recovers its hold; hebrings guilt into his conscience, anguish into his heart,discredit on his character, and reproach on the gospel. Thoughhe may have sharp rebukes, and be so recovered that he does notperish, yet he will have deeply to lament his folly through hisremaining days; and upon his dying bed to mourn over theopportunities of glorifying God and serving the church he haslost. We can have no fellowship with the enemies of God withinus or around us, but to our hurt; therefore our only wisdom isto maintain unceasing war against them.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018