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Judges is the seventh book of the Hebrew Bible and the second book of the Former Prophets.

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Judges 7:5-7 Is lapping like dogs meant to test for vigilance?

In Judges 7, God is reducing the number of men Gideon will use to fight the Midianites. God does this twice in this chapter. First, in v3 God tells Gideon to whosoever is fearful and afraid should ...
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What can we learn from Barak's stipulation that Deborah accompany him as he mustered the Israelite men for war, & from Deborah's response?

What can we learn from Barak's stipulation that Deborah accompany him as he mustered the Israelite men for war, & from Deborah's response? I might just be asking the obvious. Is Barak's ...
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How to explain the Lord permitted the days of Gibeah to happen, and later called it sinned?

In Hosea 9:9 & 10:9, God condemned the days of Gibeah and claimed Ephraim (Israelites) were wickedness and remained sinned since then. The days of Gibeah was generally referred to the event in ...
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The Holy Spirit's stirring up Samson's anointing in Judges 14:3-4 Vs (Galatians 5:16-17) flesh battling Spirit & (Isaiah 55:8-9)God's Higher thoughts

(Judges 14:1-4) (New American Standard Bible 1995) Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he came [a]back and told his father and [b]...
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Did Gideon use a different return route in Judges 8?

It is said when Gideon chased the two kings of Midian Zebah and Zalmunna he passed through Sukkoth who refused to give him provisions for his army Judges 8:6 NIV But the officials of Sukkoth said, “...
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Why could God not drive out inhabitants in Judges 1 verse 19?

In Judges 1:19, it says that God could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. Why would this be the case, since God is omnipotent?
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Did Samson commit suicide?

“And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the Lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his ...
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Is this name unspeakable (to humans) or unknowable (by humans)?

Twice in the O.T. a mysterious question is put to humans when they enquire as to the name of what appears to them to be an angel or a divine one. The first is Jacob, who is renamed Israel after ...
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Order the child

Can someone explain to me what does "order the child" mean? The context is the story of Manoah and his future son, Samson. Manoah asks the angel "How shall we order the child, and how ...
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Where were Samson's parents when he was attacked by the lion?

Judges 14:5-6 says, So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the ...
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What are the Dangers of the Judgemental side of David's life in the Bible?

( Related Posting: Was the use of a measuring line literal or symbolic in 2 Samuel 8:2? Related Posting: What deeper understanding can the bible reader get from the 2 Samuel 8:2's account of how ...
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If the LXX version of Judges 18:30 states "Μωυσῆ" (Moses), why would New Testament bibles prefer מְנַשֶּׁ֜ה (Menasseh) from Tanakh's MT?

Why would Tanakh's MT sometimes be preferred over Greek LXX as correct sources for New Testament bibles? - Example : Judges 18:30. [Judges 18:30, LXX] states : "καὶ ἀνέστησαν ἑαυτοῗς οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ ...
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Who says that אשת לפידות means that Deborah was a red-head?

I seem to remember that some exegete/commentator writes that when Judges 4:4 says that Deborah was אשת לפידות - "The wife of Lapidoth/torches" it means that her hair was colored like a flame,...
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Does Samson believe that his super strength lies in his hair?

Judges 16 17Samson told her all that was in his heart: “My hair has never been cut, because I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will ...
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Was Samson blameless when he burned the standing grain of the Philistines in Judges 15:5?

Samson's wife betrayed him on the last day of the wedding feast by revealing the secret of the riddle to the Philistine wedding guests. He left his wife in a rage. After he had cooled down, Judges 15: ...
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Does God condone or command that Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? (Judges 11:34-39)

I was reading through Judges yesterday and I came across Judges 11:39-40, where Jephthah makes a promise unto God that if he is successful in warfare he will sacrifice the first thing that comes from ...
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How was Samson not in violation of his Nazirite Vow?

Very closely related: How did Numbers 6:9 apply to Samson? In Judges 13:5, Samson's mother is told: You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the ...
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Is there a chronology issue in the book of Judges?

Judges 20 26Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship ...
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Is there a parallel between the Levite cutting up his concubine's body into pieces in Judges and Saul's cutting his oxen in pieces in 1 Samuel?

Judges 19: 29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 1 Samuel 11: 7 He took a pair of oxen, cut ...
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What age should we understand Samson, his bride and his bride's younger sister as being?

In Judges 14, Samson gets his parents to arrange a marriage with a certain Philistine maid. She is then given in marriage to one of Samson's companions. Then the wife's father offers the younger ...
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Why didn't the Philistines assassinate Samson with archers? [closed]

It seems that the Philistines had a one-track mind--or, at least, a one-weapon arsenal against Samson: ropes! And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see ...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Meaning of "[doing] what is evil in the sight of the Lord"

I'm working through the Old Testament, book by book, and have arrived at Judges, where I anticipate seeing a certain phrase again and again: 7 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight ...
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Why are passages in the Book of Joshua repeated in the Book of Judges (Jos. 15:15-19, Jdgs. 1:11-15)?

In these two parallel sets of passages, why is the Book of Judges merely restating that which was stated in Joshua 15? Joshua 15:15-19, NASB: Then he went up from there against the inhabitants of ...
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what was Samson's wife crying about the first three days

Judges 14:15 says On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here ...
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Were Samson's parents with him when he tore the lion?

In Judges 14:5-6 it says Samson went with his parents to Timnah, then it says as they approached the vineyards a lion approached Samson but then it says Samson did not tell his parents what he had ...
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Why does the angel of the LORD speak in the first person in Judges 2:1-5?

Judges 2:1-5 (KJV): And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, ...
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What exactly is a "mighty man of valor"?

In Judges 6:12, the Messenger of the LORD spoke over Gideon calling him a "mighty man of valor". In Hebrew, the phrase is "Geebor He'Chayeel":Mighty/Powerful/Prevailer of Value/...
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Was the Levite a father to Micah? Was it the other way around?

Judges 17:10 “Stay with me,” Micah said to him, “and be my father and priest, and I will give you ten shekels of silver per year, a suit of clothes, and your provisions.” So the Levite went in 11 and ...
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Relation between literary parallelism and Jesus

In Judges 3:7-11 (NASB) 7 So the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8 Then the anger of the Lord was ...
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Oak of Tabor VS Mount Tabor?

In 1 Samuel 10:3 (NASB) Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you: one carrying three young ...
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Did God want Samson to violate a statute of Moses?

Moses commanded the Israelites not to marry a gentile in Deuteronomy 7: 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, God wanted ...
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Did Sisera die immediately without a movement?

Judges 4:21 describes Jael killed Sisera while he was sleeping: But Jael, Heber's wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the ...
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In Judges 19:2, did she get into prostitution?

In Judges 19:2 (NASB) But his concubine found him repugnant, and she left him and went to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and remained there for a period of four months. In BPT09 comments ...
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Was Micah a high priest?

In Judges 17:5 (NASB) And the man Micah had a shrine and he made an ephod and household idols, and consecrated one of his sons, so that he might become his priest. Was Micah a high priest?
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Did Samson pull the door off by his own strength?

In Judges 14:6 (NASB) And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, so that he tore it apart as one tears apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother ...
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Gideon's question about “why has all of this come upon us?"

In Judges 6, Gideon is introduced as the next judge over Israel. When the angel tells Gideon, "Jehovah is with you", Gideon's response is "if Jehovah is with us, why has all of this ...
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Maonites, Midianites or are they the same?

In Judges 10:12 (NASB) And when the Sidonians, the Amalekites, and the Maonites oppressed you, you cried out to Me, and I saved you from their hands. I've checked other versions and some reference ...
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Did Abimelech sacrifice his brothers?

In Judges 9:5 (NASB) Then he went to his father’s house in Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, because ...
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Did the provisions end between Judges 7 and 8?

In Judges 7:8 (NASB) So the three hundred men took the people’s provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And Gideon dismissed all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the ...
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What does it reveal if someone laps water like dogs? [duplicate]

In Judges 7:5 (NASB) So he brought the people down to the water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall put everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps in one group, and everyone who ...
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Mount Gilead, Galaad or Gilboa?

In Judges 7:3 which mount is it really? NASB Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is afraid and worried, is to return and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two ...
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In Judges 6, is the Lord and the angel of the Lord the same figure?

In Judges 6:16-23 (NASB) 16 Yet the Lord said to him, “I will certainly be with you, and you will defeat Midian as one man.” 17 So Gideon said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then ...
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Ophrah in both Joshua 18 and Judges

In Judges 6:11 (NASB) Then the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in ...
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Representation of "loaf of barley bread" and "tent"

In Judges 7:13 (NASB) When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came ...
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Is Deborah wife of Barak?

In Judges 4:4 (NASB) Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. In Judges 4:6 (NASB) Now she sent word and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-...
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Relation between Judges 4 and Joshua 11

In Judges 4:2 (NASB) So the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. From Joshua 11:1-11 ...
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"In Amalek came down" or "into the valley"

In Judges 5:14, NASB “From Ephraim those whose root is in Amalek came down, Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples; From Machir commanders came down, And from Zebulun those who wield the staff ...
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Noise of archers, disturbers or of those who distribute water?

In Judges 5:11 there's different translations as to who does the noise. In KJV They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the ...
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Conquering of Jerusalem in Judges 1

In Judges 1:8 (NASB) Then the sons of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. and in Judges 1:21 (NASB) But the sons of ...