Judges 1:19
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New International Version
The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.

New Living Translation
The LORD was with the people of Judah, and they took possession of the hill country. But they failed to drive out the people living in the plains, who had iron chariots.

English Standard Version
And the LORD was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron.

New American Standard Bible
Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had iron chariots.

King James Bible
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was with Judah and enabled them to take possession of the hill country, but they could not drive out the people who were living in the valley because those people had iron chariots.

International Standard Version
The LORD was with the army of Judah, and they captured the hill country, but did not expel the inhabitants of the valley because they were equipped with iron chariots.

NET Bible
The LORD was with the men of Judah. They conquered the hill country, but they could not conquer the people living in the coastal plain, because they had chariots with iron-rimmed wheels.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD was with the men of Judah so that they were able to take possession of the mountains. But they could not force out the people living in the valley who had chariots made of iron.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD was with Judah, who drove out the inhabitants of the mountains, but could not drive out the inhabitants of the plains, because they had chariots of iron.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

American King James Version
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah was with Judah; and drove out the inhabitants of the hill-country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord was with Juda, and he possessed the hill country: but was not able to destroy the inhabitants of the valley, because they had many chariots armed with scythes.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah was with Judah; and he took possession of the hill-country, for he did not dispossess the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

English Revised Version
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the hill country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

World English Bible
Yahweh was with Judah; and drove out [the inhabitants of] the hill country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah is with Judah, and he occupieth the hill-country, but not to dispossess the inhabitants of the valley, for they have chariots of iron.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:9-20 The Canaanites had iron chariots; but Israel had God on their side, whose chariots are thousands of angels, Ps 68:17. Yet they suffered their fears to prevail against their faith. About Caleb we read in Jos 15:16-19. The Kenites had settled in the land. Israel let them fix where they pleased, being a quiet, contented people. They that molested none, were molested by none. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Chariots of iron. The chariots of the Canaanites were very formidable to the Israelites, who had no means of coping with them. Thus we are told of Jabin, king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazer, that he had 900 chariots of iron, and mightily oppressed the children of Israel. They were later an important part of King Solomon's army (1 Kings 10:26). See too Joshua 17:16.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord was with Judah,.... Encouraging, strengthening, succeeding, and giving the tribe victory over the Canaanites; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord was for the help of the house of Judah:"

and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountains; the mountainous part of Judea, such as was about Jerusalem, and where Hebron stood, and other cities, see Joshua 15:48, &c. which though fortified both by nature and man, yet God being with them, they were easily subdued:

but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley; God forsaking them, because they were afraid of them, for a reason after mentioned, or through slothfulness, and being weary of fighting, or because they fell into some sins, which occasioned the divine displeasure; so the Targum,"after they had sinned, they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley:"

because they had chariots of iron; but this was no reason why they could not drive them out, if God was with them, who could as easily have delivered these into their hands, as the inhabitants of the mountains; but is the reason why they were afraid to fight with them, and to attempt to drive them out, and which they themselves gave why they did not.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. the Lord was with Judah; … but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley—The war was of the Lord, whose omnipotent aid would have ensured their success in every encounter, whether on the mountains or the plains, with foot soldiers or cavalry. It was distrust, the want of a simple and firm reliance on the promise of God, that made them afraid of the iron chariots (see on [210]Jos 11:4-9).

Judges 1:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Additional Cities Captured
18And Judah took Gaza with its territory and Ashkelon with its territory and Ekron with its territory. 19Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had iron chariots. 20Then they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had promised; and he drove out from there the three sons of Anak.…
Cross References
Joshua 6:27
So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

Joshua 17:16
The people of Joseph replied, "The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel."

Judges 4:3
Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help.

Judges 4:13
Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

the Lord

Numbers 1:2 Take you the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, …

Numbers 6:12,13 And he shall consecrate to the LORD the days of his separation, and …

Genesis 39:2,21 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

Joshua 1:5,9 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days …

Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spoke in that …

2 Samuel 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.

2 Kings 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered wherever he went forth: …

Psalm 46:7,11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah…

Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread …

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Isaiah 41:10,14,15 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

he drave, or he possessed the mountain. but could. Not because the iron chariots were too strong for Omnipotence, or because he refused to help them; but because their courage and faith failed when they saw them.

Judges 1:27-32 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her …

Joshua 7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, …

Matthew 14:30,31 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning …

Matthew 17:19,20 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

chariots

Exodus 14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of …

Joshua 11:1-9 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, …

Joshua 17:16-18 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us…

Psalm 46:9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, …

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