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Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Judges 2:6-10

1. Review of Joshua’s era 2:6-10This paragraph is almost identical to the one in Joshua 24:28-31. Its purpose is to resume the history of Israel at this point, where the Book of Joshua ended, and to contrast the era of Joshua with the era of the judges (cf. 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1-3). The key issue was whom the Israelites "served" (or "worshiped" NRSV). The Hebrew verb so translated (’abad) forms an envelope structure around this passage (Judges 2:7; Judges 3:6), as well as appearing... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:1-23

Prologue to the Story of the Judges1-5. The moral of the preceding notices, delivered by an angel at Bochim.1. An angel of the lord] RV ’the angel.’ Cp. Judges 6:11, Judges 6:22; Judges 13:3, Judges 13:21, where it is plain (from Judges 6:14, Judges 6:16; Judges 13:22) that the angel is thought of as God Himself (see on Judges 6:14). The word translated ’angel,’ however, means simply ’messenger’: cp. Judges 6:8.Gilgal] the site of the first Hebrew camp after the crossing of the Jordan (Joshua... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Judges 2:6

(6) When Joshua had let the people go.—Rather, And Joshua let the people go. This passage strongly tends to support the view that the events of the previous chapter, and the message at Bochim, occurred before Joshua’s death. (Comp. Joshua 22:6; Joshua 24:28.) read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Judges 2:1-23

Judges 2:4 There are few of us that are not rather ashamed of our sins and follies as we look out on the blessed morning sunlight, which comes to us like a bright-winged angel beckoning us to quit the old path of vanity that stretches its dreary length behind us. George Eliot, Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story. Reference. II. 4, 5. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxviii. No. 1680. Judges 2:10 'Our case,' said Luther once, 'will go on, so long as its living advocates, Melanchthon and friars and learned men, who... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Judges 2:1-23

2. The Angel at Bochim and the History of the Entire Book CHAPTERS 2:1-3:4 1. The angel at Bochim (Judges 2:1-5 ) 2. Israel’s obedience remembered (Judges 2:6-10 ) 3. Israel’s strange gods (Judges 2:11-15 ) 4. Israel’s history under the judges outlined (Judges 2:16-18 ) 5. The nations left to prove Israel (Judges 2:19-23 ; Judges 3:1-4 ) The opening event of this chapter is significant. The Angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. This Angel is Jehovah Himself. His own... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Judges 2:6

2:6 And when Joshua had {b} let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.(b) After that he had divided to every man his portion by lot, Joshua 24:28. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 2:1-23

THE REPROOF OF THE ANGEL OF THE LORD (vv. 1-6) Israel's failure called for strong reproof. The angel of the Lord, who is the Lord Himself, not a messenger from God, but the messenger, came from Gilgal to Bochim (v. 1).Gilgal speaks of the self-judgment of sin in the flesh, but Israel had neglected this after settling in the land. If we too neglect the self-judgment that is necessary for a walk with God, the result will be Bochim, meaning "weeping." He tells Israel, "I led you up from... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Judges 2:1-23

JOSHUA TO SHAMGAR JUDAH’S INCOMPLETE VICTORY (Judges 1:1-20 ) After the death of Joshua the question of which tribe should lead in the subsequent campaign was answered by the Lord in the choice of Judah (Judges 1:1-2 ) which was in accordance with the divine prophecy through Jacob (Genesis 49:8 ). Doubtless the inquiry was made by Urim and Thummim on the breastplate of the high priest, to which reference was made in Exodus. Judah invites the cooperation of Simeon because the territory of... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Judges 2:1-23

Divine and Human Influence Judges 2:0 DO not trouble yourselves about the personality or name of this angel that "came up from Gilgal to Bochim." He is always "coming up." Why do we miss great meanings by fastening upon little pedantic points? The angel charged the people with having broken God's conditions, upon which he promised to be with them and keep his covenant with their houses. That angel still lives. Now we call him Memory, or Conscience. What is there in the change of name? He is an... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Judges 2:6-10

These verses have a retrospective view to the history of Joshua, as before related. And perhaps the subject is here again introduced, by way of contrasting the sad apostasy of Israel, to what their conduct had been during the life of Joshua, and that generation. Alas! when good men perish from the earth, what a melancholy thought is it, if an evil generation succeed them. The prophet makes a woeful lamentation of this, but forms a sweet resolution therefrom, that he will cease from man, and... read more

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