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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 1:1-8

Here, I. The children of Israel consult the oracle of God for direction which of all the tribes should first attempt to clear their country of the Canaanites, and to animate and encourage the rest. It was after the death of Joshua. While he lived he directed them, and all the tribes were obedient to him, but when he died he left no successor in the same authority that he had; but the people must consult the breast-plate of judgment, and thence receive the word of command; for God himself, as... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 1:9-20

We have here a further account of that glorious and successful campaign which Judah and Simeon made. 1. The lot of Judah was pretty well cleared of the Canaanites, yet not thoroughly. Those that dwelt in the mountain (the mountains that were round about Jerusalem) were driven out (Jdg. 1:9, 19), but those in the valley kept their ground against them, having chariots of iron, such as we read of, Josh. 17:16. Here the men of Judah failed, and thereby spoiled the influence which otherwise their... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 1:21-36

We are here told upon what terms the rest of the tribes stood with the Canaanites that remained. I. Benjamin neglected to drive the Jebusites out of that part of the city of Jerusalem which fell to their lot, Jdg. 1:21. Judah had set them a good example, and gained them great advantages by what they did (Jdg. 1:9), but they did not follow the blow for want of resolution. II. The house of Joseph, 1. Bestirred themselves a little to get possession of Beth-el, Jdg. 1:22. That city is mentioned in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:8

Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it ,.... Which accounted for their carrying Adonibezek thither. This they had done in the times of Joshua; for when the king of that place was taken and slain by Joshua, it seems that he and Israel went and fought against the city, and took that in which the tribe of Judah had a principal concern; so Kimchi and Ben Gersom interpret it; but Jarchi and Abarbinel are of opinion, that now from Bezek they went up to Jerusalem,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:9

And afterwards the children of Judah ,.... After the taking of Bezek, and the king of it, having him to Jerusalem, where he died: they went down ; from Jerusalem; which was on high ground: to fight against the Canaanites that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley ; into which several parts the lot of the tribe of Judah was divided; in each of which they had cities, and some, as it seems, yet unsubdued, and in the hands of the Canaanites; of these several parts,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:10

And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron ,.... Hebron was first taken by Joshua, and the inhabitants of it put to the sword, Joshua 10:36 ; but while Joshua was employed in making other conquests, the Canaanites found ways and means of getting into the possession of it again; wherefore, when a grant of it was made to Caleb, he, with the assistance of the tribe of Judah, of which he was prince, regained it, Joshua 15:12 ; wherefore what is recorded here is only a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:11

And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher. See Gill on Joshua 15:15 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:12

And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it , to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. See Gill on Joshua 15:16 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:13

And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. See Gill on Joshua 15:17 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 1:14

And it came to pass, when she came to him , that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass ; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? See Gill on Joshua 15:18 . read more

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