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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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Exodus 23:20-21 A divine Angel?

Exodus 23:20-21(KJV) 20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him ...
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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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How did Jerome arrive at his Translation of Judges 15:8?

Reading Judges this morning, I came across Judges 15:8: Judges 15:8 (DRB) And he [Samson] made a great slaughter of them, so that in astonishment they laid the calf of the leg upon the thigh. (The ...
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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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(Judges 7:16) Gideon's empty pitchers

Judges 7:16 (KJV), "And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers." Now the Hebrew ends the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lapping like dogs or using their hands? An inconsistency in Judges 7:5-7

In Judges 7:5-7 God tells Gideon to make a test and to decide, based on the this, who will stay with him and who will leave. This is what what we are told from verse 5 about the test: And the LORD ...
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In Judges 14, is it fourth or seventh day?

Judges 14:15 NASB Then it came about on the fourth day that they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your husband, so that he will tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father's house with ...
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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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In Judges 11:39-40 did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?

It's clear that what Jephthah intended was to sacrifice the first animal that he met when he returned home: Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah. He marched through Gilead and Manasseh, ...
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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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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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Why did the Benjamites (in Gibeon) rape a foreigner?

In Judges 19 we read, While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring ...
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Who laps and who kneels? Judges 7:5

In Judges 7:5 So he took the troops down to the water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “Set apart all those who lap up the water with their tongues like dogs from all those who get down on their ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could Abimelech be regarded as the first king of Israel?

After Gideon had helped deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites they requested that he rule over them,but he declined. Judges 8:22 NASB 22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “...
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In Judges 15:19 - Was the לְחִ֣י Lechi = “Jawbone” used only as a geographic origin story of Lehi's Spring (עֵ֚ין הַקּוֹרֵא֙)?

In Judges 15:14-19, Samson (Shimshon, שִׁמְשׁ֔וֹן) defeats the Philistines with an odd weapon : a donkey’s jawbone (Lechi, לְחִ֣י) - calling the place of his victory “Level-Jawbone” (רָ֥מַת לֶֽחִי). ...
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Samson was a Nazirite, (Judges 13:1-5) yet we read that he touched dead persons ,Judges 15:8 , Why?

One of the regulations of Naziriteship was not to go near or touch a dead person: Numbers 6:6 NASB 6 "All the days of his separation to the Lord he shall not go near to a dead person. 7 He ...
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Was Hobab father in-law or brother in-law to Moses?

Judges 4:11 (NKJV) 11 Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, ...
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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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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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Why are there so many unusual weapons used in Judges?

There are a number of unusual or unconventional weapons used in the book of Judges: Shamgar uses an oxgoad to strike down Philistines (3:31) Jael uses a tent peg to kill Sisera (4:21) Gideon's army ...
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What are the literary and narrative features Judges 1?

What literary or structural features are within the context of Judges 1? I'm finding this chapter exceedingly difficult to come to grips with in relation to the rest of the book. Are there any books ...
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In a calling narrative, is the initial demurring to be viewed positively?

The calling narratives of Moses and Gideon both follow a similar pattern that involves the called person initially demurring to the calling. In Exodus 3:10-11 we read: "So now, go. I am sending ...
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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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Is the following analysis of Judges 19 & 20 Levite's intentions, character, behaviour & actions correct?

Despite the fact that the violent rape of the Levite's concubine was certainly horrific and wrong, the Levite himself has his own flaws: Judges 19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 But his ...