Judges 2:16
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New International Version
Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers.

English Standard Version
Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.

King James Bible
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD raised up judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders,

International Standard Version
Then the LORD raised up leaders, who delivered Israel from domination by their marauders.

NET Bible
The LORD raised up leaders who delivered them from these robbers.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD would send judges to rescue them from those who robbed them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless, the LORD raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, who delivered them out of the hand of those that plundered them.

American King James Version
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those that despoiled them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord raised up judges, to deliver them from the hands of those that oppressed them: but they would not hearken to them,

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah raised up judges, and they saved them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

English Revised Version
And the LORD raised up judges, which saved them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, who delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

World English Bible
Yahweh raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who despoiled them.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah raiseth up judges, and they save them from the hand of their spoilers;
Study Bible
Judges Raised Up
15Wherever they went, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had spoken and as the LORD had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed. 16Then the LORD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them. 17Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do as their fathers.…
Cross References
Acts 13:20
All this took about four hundred fifty years. After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.

Judges 10:1
Now after Abimelech died, Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, arose to save Israel; and he lived in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.

Ruth 1:1
Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.

Nehemiah 9:27
"Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them, But when they cried to You in the time of their distress, You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassion You gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.

Psalm 106:43
Many times He would deliver them; They, however, were rebellious in their counsel, And so sank down in their iniquity.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

Judges 3:9,10,15 And when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised …

Judges 4:5 And she dwelled under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and …

Judges 6:14 And the LORD looked on him, and said, Go in this your might, and …

1 Samuel 12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, …

Acts 13:20 And after that he gave to them judges about the space of four hundred …

Nehemiah 9:27 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who …

Psalm 106:43-45 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their …

(16) Nevertheless.--Rather, And.

The Lord raised up judges.--Acts 13:20; 1Samuel 12:10-11. This is the key-note to the book. (See Judges 3:10; Judges 4:4; Judges 10:2; Judges 12:7, &c.; 15:20.) The word for Judges is Shophetim. The ordinary verb "to judge," in Hebrew, is not Shapht, but dayyn. Evidently their deliverers (comp. Deuteronomy 17:8-9; Psalm 2:10; Amos 2:3) are of higher rank than the mere tribe-magistrates mentioned in Exodus 18:26; Deuteronomy 1:16, &c. Artemidorus (Judges 2:14) says that to judge (Krinein) signified among the ancients "to govern." Of the judges in this book some--e.g., Tola, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon--are not said to have performed any warlike deeds. They may, however, have been warriors, like Jair, whose exploits are only preserved in tradition. Samuel, though not himself a fighter, yet roused the military courage of his people. They received no salary, imposed no tributes, made no laws, but merely exercised, for the deliverance of Israel, the personal ascendency conferred upon them by "the Spirit of God." Perhaps they find their nearest analogy in the Greek Aisymnetai (elective princes) or the Roman Dictators. The name is evidently the same as that of the Phnician Suffetes, who succeeded the kings and were the Doges of Tyre after its siege by Nebuchadnezzar. (Jos. 100 Ap. i. 21.) Livy tells us that the Suffetes of Carthage had a sort of consular power in the senate (Liv. 30:7; 28:57; 33:46; 34:61). So, too, in the Middle Ages, Spanish governors were called "judges," and this was the title of the chief officer of Sardinia. The judges of Israel, at any rate in their true ideal, were not only military deliverers (Judges 3:9), but also supporters of divine law and order (Genesis 18:25). The abeyance of normally constituted authority during this period is seen in the fact that one of the judges is the son of a "stranger" (Judges 11:2), another a woman (Judges 4:4), and not one of them (in this book) of priestly or splendid birth.

Verse 16. - Raised up judges. Hence the name of this book, which recites the names and exploits of those whom God raised up to deliver them out of the hand of their enemies. The title Judges (Hebrew, shophetim) is, as is well known, identical with the Carthagenian suffetes. Mark the riches of God's mercy. Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges,.... Who are particularly mentioned by name, and their exploits recorded, in some following chapters, and from whom the book in general has its name: these were men that God raised up in an extraordinary manner, and spirited and qualified for the work he had to do by them; which was to deliver the people of Israel out of the hands of their oppressors, and restore them to their privileges and liberties, and protect them in them, and administer justice to them; which was a wonderful instance of the goodness of God to them, notwithstanding their many provoking sins and transgressions:

which delivered them out of the hands of those that spoiled them; who took away their goods and cattle from them, and carried their persons captive: these were the instruments of recovering both again, just as Abraham brought again Lot and all his goods. 16. which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them—The judges who governed Israel were strictly God's vicegerents in the government of the people, He being the supreme ruler. Those who were thus elevated retained the dignity as long as they lived; but there was no regular, unbroken succession of judges. Individuals, prompted by the inward, irresistible impulse of God's Spirit when they witnessed the depressed state of their country, were roused to achieve its deliverance. It was usually accompanied by a special call, and the people seeing them endowed with extraordinary courage or strength, accepted them as delegates of Heaven, and submitted to their sway. Frequently they were appointed only for a particular district, and their authority extended no farther than over the people whose interests they were commissioned to protect. They were without pomp, equipage, or emoluments attached to the office. They had no power to make laws; for these were given by God; nor to explain them, for that was the province of the priests—but they were officially upholders of the law, defenders of religion, avengers of all crimes, particularly of idolatry and its attendant vices. 2:6-23 We have a general idea of the course of things in Israel, during the time of the Judges. The nation made themselves as mean and miserable by forsaking God, as they would have been great and happy if they had continued faithful to him. Their punishment answered to the evil they had done. They served the gods of the nations round about them, even the meanest, and God made them serve the princes of the nations round about them, even the meanest. Those who have found God true to his promises, may be sure that he will be as true to his threatenings. He might in justice have abandoned them, but he could not for pity do it. The Lord was with the judges when he raised them up, and so they became saviours. In the days of the greatest distress of the church, there shall be some whom God will find or make fit to help it. The Israelites were not thoroughly reformed; so mad were they upon their idols, and so obstinately bent to backslide. Thus those who have forsaken the good ways of God, which they have once known and professed, commonly grow most daring and desperate in sin, and have their hearts hardened. Their punishment was, that the Canaanites were spared, and so they were beaten with their own rod. Men cherish and indulge their corrupt appetites and passions; therefore God justly leaves them to themselves, under the power of their sins, which will be their ruin. God has told us how deceitful and desperately wicked our hearts are, but we are not willing to believe it, until by making bold with temptation we find it true by sad experience. We need to examine how matters stand with ourselves, and to pray without ceasing, that we may be rooted and grounded in love, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. Let us declare war against every sin, and follow after holiness all our days.
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