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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 4:17-24

We have seen the army of the Canaanites totally 3434 routed. It is said (Ps. 83:9, 10, where the defeat of this army is pleaded as a precedent for God's doing the like in after times) that they became as dung for the earth. Now here we have, I. The fall of their general, Sisera, captain of the host, in whom, it is likely, Jabin their king put an entire confidence, and therefore was not himself present in the action. Let us trace the steps of this mighty man's fall. 1. He quitted his chariot,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 4:17

Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his feet ,.... Got off, and made his escape to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite ; before spoken of, Judges 4:11 ; and he made to that, because he might think himself safer in a tent than in a town; and especially in the tent of a woman, where he might imagine no search would be made; for women of note, in those times, had separate tents, see Genesis 24:67 ; and the rather he made his escape hither for a reason that follows: for there was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 4:18

And Jael went out to meet Sisera ,.... Seeing him coming, and knowing him full well, she stepped forward towards him, to invite him into her tent: some think she was looking out, that if she saw Israelite in distress to take him in; and very probably had been some time at her tent door, to inquire the battle went, and which, no doubt, living so near Kedesh, she knew was expected: and said unto him, turn in, my lord ; that is, into her tent: and she addresses him with the title of "lord",... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 4:18

Jael went out to meet Sisera - He preferred the woman's tent because of secrecy; for, according to the etiquette of the eastern countries, no person ever intrudes into the apartments of the women. And in every dwelling the women have a separate apartment. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 4:17

Sisera went, not to Heber’s tent, but to Joel’s, as more secure from pursuit. Women occupied a separate tent. Genesis 18:6, Genesis 18:10; Genesis 24:67. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 4:16-17

Judges 4:16-17. There was not a man left In the field; for there were some who fled away, as Sisera did. The tent of Jael For women had their tents apart from their husbands. And here he probably thought he would be more secret and secure than in her husband’s tent, or in any other place in that encampment, as it would have been a much greater insult to Heber for any Israelite to search for him there than in any other of his tents. For there was peace between Jabin and the house of Heber... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 4:18-19

Judges 4:18-19. Jael said unto him, Turn in, my lord If Jael now intended to betray and deliver him to Barak, or otherwise to injure him, her addressing him in this manner was dissimulation and treachery, and is not to be excused. But it is highly probable that she had now no other intention toward him, in inviting him into her tent, than merely to afford him that shelter and protection which he sought of her, and such relief and refreshment as she would have afforded to any weary and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 4:1-24

Deliverance under Deborah (4:1-5:31)Hazor, chief city of the north, had been conquered and burnt by Joshua (Joshua 11:10-13). However, not all the people had been destroyed. Having rebuilt Hazor, they now took revenge on the northern tribes, especially Zebulun and Naphtali, and ruled them cruelly for twenty years (4:1-3). (To understand fully how God saved Israel at this time, we must read the historical outline in Chapter 4 together with the song of victory in Chapter 5.)Israel’s deliverer on... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Judges 4:17

the tent of Jael. Note, not of Heber: the woman's tent, which itself brought Sisera under the death penalty. But there is nothing to apologize for here. The Author and Giver of life came on Jael as on Ehud, and enabled her to save the daughters of Israel from a fate worse than death. Compare Judges 5:7 , Judges 5:11 , Judges 5:24 , Judges 5:30 . Kenite. Compare Judges 4:11 . read more

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