Judges 12* Ephraimites quarrel with Jephthah. (1-7) Ibzan, Elon, andAbdon judge Israel. (8-15)1-7 The Ephraimites had the same quarrel with Jephthah as withGideon. Pride was at the bottom of the quarrel; only by thatcomes contention. It is ill to fasten names of reproach uponpersons or countries, as is common, especially upon those underoutward disadvantages. It often occasions quarrels that prove ofill consequence, as it did here. No contentions are so bitter asthose between brethren or rivals for honour. What need we haveto watch and pray against evil tempers! May the Lord incline allhis people to follow after things which make for peace! 8-15 We have here a short account of three more of the judgesof Israel. The happiest life of individuals, and the happieststate of society, is that which affords the fewest remarkableevents. To live in credit and quiet, to be peacefully useful tothose around us, to possess a clear conscience; but, above all,and without which nothing can avail, to enjoy communion with Godour Saviour while we live, and to die at peace with God and man,form the substance of all that a wise man can desire.
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