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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 2:22

That through them I may prove Israel ,.... Afflict them by them, and so prove or try them, their faith and patience, which are tried by afflictions; and such were the Canaanites to them, as afflictions and temptations are to the spiritual Israel of God; or rather, whether they would keep in the ways of God, or walk in those the Canaanites did, as follows: whether they will keep the way of the Lord, as their fathers did keep it , or not ; whether they would worship the true God their... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 2:23

Therefore the Lord left these nations, without driving them out hastily ,.... Left them unsubdued, or suffered them to continue among the Israelites, and did not drive them out as he could have done; which was permitted, either that it might be seen and known whether Israel would give into the idolatry of these nations or not, Judges 2:22 ; of which there could have been no trial, if they and their idols had been utterly destroyed; or because the children of Israel had transgressed the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:22

That through them I may prove Israel - There appeared to be no other way to induce this people to acknowledge the true God, but by permitting them to fall into straits from which they could not be delivered but by his especial providence. These words are spoken after the manner of men; and the metaphor is taken from the case of a master or father, who distrusts the fidelity or obedience of his servant or son, and places him in such circumstances that, by his good or evil conduct,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:23

Without driving them out hastily - Had God expelled all the ancient inhabitants at once, we plainly see, from the subsequent conduct of the people, that they would soon have abandoned his worship, and in their prosperity forgotten their deliverer. He drove out at first as many as were necessary in order to afford the people, as they were then, a sufficiency of room to settle in; as the tribes increased in population, they were to extend themselves to the uttermost of their assigned... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 2:22

Judges 2:22. That through them I may prove Israel That I may try and see whether Israel will be true and faithful to me, or whether they will suffer themselves to be corrupted by the counsels and examples of their bad neighbours. 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 2:22

therein. A special various reading called Sevir ( App-34 ), with some codices, Septuagint, and Vulgate, read "in it": i.e. in Jehovah's way. 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

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