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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 2:6-23

The beginning of this paragraph is only a repetition of what account we had before of the people's good character during the government of Joshua, and of his death and burial (Josh. 24:29, 30), which comes in here again only to make way for the following account, which this chapter gives, of their degeneracy and apostasy. The angel had foretold that the Canaanites and their idols would be a snare to Israel; now the historian undertakes to show that they were so, and, that this may appear the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 2:18

And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge ,.... Every one of them that he raised up; as he stirred up their spirits for such service, to judge his people, and qualified them for it, he assisted and strengthened them, and abode by them, and succeeded them in whatsoever they engaged for the welfare of the people; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord was for the help of the judge:" and delivered them out of the hands of their enemies all the days of the judge ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:18

The Lord was with the judge - God himself was king, and the judge was his representative. It repented the Lord - He changed his purpose towards them: he purposed to destroy them because of their sin; they repented and turned to him, and he changed this purpose. The purpose was to destroy them if they did not repent; when they did repent, his not destroying them was quite consistent with his purpose. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 2:18

It repented the Lord - Rather, “the Lord was moved with compassion,” or “was grieved,” “because of their groanings.” (Compare Judges 21:15.) read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 2:18-19

Judges 2:18-19. For it repented the Lord That is, the Lord changed his course and dealings with them, as penitent men use to do; removed his judgments, and returned to them in mercy. When the judge was dead they returned To their former and usual course. More than their fathers In Egypt, or in the wilderness. Their own doings That is, from their evil practices, which he calls their own, because they were agreeable to their own natures, which in all mankind are deeply and universally... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 2:11-23

2:11-16:31 RULE OF THE JUDGESPattern of judgment and deliverance (2:11-3:6)When the people of Israel rejected God and began to worship Baal and other gods, God punished them. He allowed them to fall under the power of foreign tribes and nations who seized their property and ruled them cruelly (11-15). When, after many years of suffering, the people finally turned again to God, God gave them deliverers who overthrew the enemy and restored independence to Israel. But as soon as they were living... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Judges 2:18

all the days, &c. This raises the question as to Deborah's call. See note on Judges 4:4 . read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Judges 2:18

Judges 2:18. For it repented the Lord, because of their groanings— That is, the Lord acted as men do when they repent; he changed his conduct towards them. Seeing them afflicted for their offences, and returning to duty, he heard their voice, ch. Judges 3:9; Judges 3:15.; He broke their chains, and restored them to liberty. See Genesis 6:6. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 2:11-23

2. The pattern of history during the judges’ era 2:11-23Having revealed the roots of Israel’s apostasy (Judges 2:6-10), the writer proceeded to examine its character. In this section a cyclical pattern of Israel’s history during this era becomes clear. This section is chiastic, focusing on Israel’s pursuit and worship of other gods. Israel departed from Yahweh and served idols (Judges 2:11-13). The Lord then disciplined His people by allowing them to fall under the domination of their enemies... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 2:17-19

Each cycle of apostasy was worse than the former one."The Israelites were stiff-necked in the wilderness, but they were even more obstinate in the Promised Land. A new environment, alas, did not mean a new attitude." [Note: Wolf, p. 395. Cf. Genesis 6:12; Exodus 32:9; 33:3, 5; 34:9.] ". . . God cannot help but be gracious to a people who apparently cannot help but be unfaithful. This, indeed, is the portrayal of God throughout the biblical canon, including the prophetic books, which both demand... read more

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