Judges 1:6
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New International Version
Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

New Living Translation
Adoni-bezek escaped, but the Israelites soon captured him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

English Standard Version
Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes.

New American Standard Bible
But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

King James Bible
But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Adoni-bezek fled, they pursued him, seized him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

International Standard Version
Adoni-bezek ran off, but they pursued him, caught him, and amputated his thumbs and big toes.

NET Bible
When Adoni-Bezek ran away, they chased him and captured him. Then they cut off his thumbs and big toes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Adoni Bezek fled. Judah's troops chased him, caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Adonibezek fled, and they pursued after him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

King James 2000 Bible
But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

American King James Version
But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

American Standard Version
But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Adonibezec fled: and they pursued after him and took him, and cut off his fingers and toes.

Darby Bible Translation
And Adoni-Bezek fled, and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

English Revised Version
But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

World English Bible
But Adoni-Bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

Young's Literal Translation
And Adoni-Bezek fleeth, and they pursue after him, and seize him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-8 The Israelites were convinced that the war against the Canaanites was to be continued; but they were in doubt as to the manner in which it was to be carried on after the death of Joshua. In these respects they inquired of the Lord. God appoints service according to the strength he has given. From those who are most able, most work is expected. Judah was first in dignity, and must be first in duty. Judah's service will not avail unless God give success; but God will not give the success, unless Judah applies to the service. Judah was the most considerable of all the tribes, and Simeon the least; yet Judah begs Simeon's friendship, and prays for aid from him. It becomes Israelites to help one another against Canaanites; and all Christians, even those of different tribes, should strengthen one another. Those who thus help one another in love, have reason to hope that God will graciously help both. Adoni-bezek was taken prisoner. This prince had been a severe tyrant. The Israelites, doubtless under the Divine direction, made him suffer what he had done to others; and his own conscience confessed that he was justly treated as he had treated others. Thus the righteous God sometimes, in his providence, makes the punishment answer the sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Cut off his thumbs, etc. These cruel mutilations, like the still more cruel one of putting out the eyes (Judges 16:21; Numbers 16:14; 1 Samuel 11:2; 2 Kings 25:7), were intended to cripple the warrior in his speed, and to incapacitate hint from the use of the bow, or sword, or spear, while yet sparing his life, either in mercy, or for the purpose of retaining his services for the conqueror.

CHAPTER 1:8-20

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Adonibezek fled, and they pursued after him, and caught him,.... It is very probable his view was to get to Jebus or Jerusalem, a strong and fortified city and he made his way thither as fast as he could, but was pursued and overtaken by some of the forces of Judah and Simeon; and the rather it may seem he took this course, since when he was taken by them, they brought him thither, as follows:

and cut off his thumbs and his great toes; whereby he was disabled both for fighting and for fleeing. So the Athenians cut off the thumbs of the right hand of the Aeginetae, the inhabitants of the island of Aegina, to disable them from holding a spear, as various writers (f) relate. Whether the Israelites did this, as knowing this king had used others in like manner, and so, according to their law of retaliation, "eye for eye", &c. Exodus 21:23, required it; or whether, ignorant of it, were so moved and directed by the providence of God to do this, that the same measure might be measured to him which he had measured to others, is not certain; the latter seems most probable, since the Israelites did not usually inflict such sort of punishments; and besides, according to the command of God, they should have put him to death, as they were to do to all Canaanites.

(f) Valerius Maximus, l. 9. c. 2. Aelian, Var. Hist. l. 2. c. 9. Cicero de Officiis, l. 3. c. 11.



Judges 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
War against Remaining Canaanites
5They found Adoni-bezek in Bezek and fought against him, and they defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes. 7Adoni-bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather up scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me." So they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.
Cross References
Exodus 29:20
Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then splash blood against the sides of the altar.

Judges 1:5
It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.

Judges 1:7
Then Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them." They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
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