English Standard Version
It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before.
King James Bible
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
American Standard Version
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof:
That afterwards their children might learn to fight with their enemies, and to be trained up to war:
English Revised Version
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof;
Webster's Bible Translation
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it;)
Judges 3:2 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
"And when the Lord raised them up judges, and was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge (i.e., as long as the judge was living), because the Lord had compassion upon their sighing, by reason of them that oppressed them, and vexed them (דּחק only occurs again as a verb in Joel 2:8): it came to pass when the judge was dead, that they returned and acted more corruptly than their fathers," i.e., they turned again to idolatry even more grievously than their fathers had done under the previous judges. "They did not let fall from their deeds," i.e., they did not cease from their evil deeds, and "from their stiff-necked way." קשׁה, hard, is to be understood as in Exodus 32:9 and Exodus 33:3, where Israel is called a hard-necked people which did not bend under obedience to the commandments of God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to teach. Their fathers fought by a divine power. God taught their hands to war and their fingers to flight, that they might be the instruments of destruction to the wicked nations on whom the curse rested; but now that they had forfeited His favour, they must learn what it is to fight like other men.
Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan.
These are the nations: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath.
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