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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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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?

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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Does wine cheer both gods and humans?

Judges 9:13 "But the vine answered, 'Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?' I can see that it cheers humans but gods! Does wine cheer gods?
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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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Why didn't the Philistines kill Samson while he was sleeping?

Judges 16:13-14 Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.” He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into ...
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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 ...
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Judges 1:16 translation difference

In Judges 1:16 (NASB) Now the descendants of the Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up from the city of palms with the sons of Judah, to the wilderness of Judah which is in the south of Arad; and ...
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Judges 1:18 translation difference

In Judges 1:18 (NASB) And Judah took Gaza with its territory, Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory. Yet, the same verse in Brenton's Septuagint Translation But Judas did not ...
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Jabin in both Joshua and Judges

In Joshua 11:1 (NASB) Then it came about, when Jabin king of Hazor heard about it, that he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Achshaph, In Judges 4:2 (NASB) So ...
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How did Numbers 6:9 apply to Samson?

Numbers 6:9 "'If someone dies suddenly in the Nazirite's presence, thus defiling the hair that symbolizes their dedication, they must shave their head on the seventh day--the day of their ...
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Did the Greek Septuagint ignore the Hebrew name change of Mikayehu מִיכָֽיְהוּ to Mikah מִיכָ֔ה in Judges 17:4-5?

Did the Greek Septuagint ignore the Hebrew name change of Mikayehu מִיכָֽיְהוּ to Mikah מִיכָ֔ה in Judges 17:4-5? When we read "Judges" / שֹֽׁפְטִ֑ים Shoftim 17:4-5 in the Tanakh, we notice ...
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Does Judges 5:14 imply that Ephraim had distant Amalekite roots?

Judges 5:14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; ; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander's staff. (NIV) ...
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What do we know about tower of Peniel in Judges 8?

The text is: He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town. - Judges 8:17
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Has anyone seen God or not?

In Exodus 33:11 So the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart ...
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Parallels between Samson and David?

There seems to be some alleged parallels in the following stories of Samson and David.The two figures seem to go through similar situations.All texts from the NIV. SAMSON Comes to prominence under ...
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How did Samson entertain the Philistines before he died?

Judges 16:25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, "Bring out Samson to entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among ...
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Was it okay for Gideon to test God with the fleece?

Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. Judges 6:39 Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more ...
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How did the golden ephod become a snare to Gideon's family?

Judges 8:27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family. What is ...
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What does Judges 19:24 say about the value of females in those days? [closed]

Judges 19:24 Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don't do such an ...
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Judges 16:19 did Delilah torment Samson?

Judges 16:19 New International Version After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. ...
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Why was a concubine being referred to as a “girl”? [closed]

Judges 19:3 English Standard Version Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back. He had with him his servant and a couple of donkeys. And she brought him into ...
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Why did Samson's first wife cry for all seven days of the wedding feast? [closed]

Judges 14:10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men. 11 When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions. 12 “Let ...
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Did Jacob and Manoah meet the same angel of the Lord?

Genesis 32:29 Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. Judges 13:17 Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the ...