Judges - Ferrar Fenton Bible Translation page 249

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BY ISAIAH, THE SON OF AMOZ. (See Second Chronicles, Ch. 32, v. 32.)

THE PERIOD OF THE ]UDGES. lurxonucwonv Nom; upon Tm; Boox 0F juucxs. From the opening of this Bock it seems :0 me that a period of anarchy intexrvened after the

death of joshua, during which the whole, or at least a great part, of his conquests in South Palestine were lost, and fell back into the possession of the former inhabitants ; for it is certain from the words ofthe Historian that they had to be reconquered, and, as we learn by the sub- sequent history of the Period of Samuel, this was only very partially accomplished until the days of David. nearly 4oo years afterwards. Of that period of anarchy immediately after the

_ death of joshua the historian Isaiah takes no notice, for it was out of his line of intention, aa being merely political. Chronologists have been blind to these facts, and so have allowed no time for them, by which the dates of the following history have been confused, and lead to puzzles that seem inexplicable to commentators and readers. It would repay the labour for some competent scholar to cleat up this confusion, I think.-F. F. (ac. 1425 to 1406.) QA jpgrinh uf Qttarrbg ani! Qlzimli nf tbz jlatihzs. I A FTER the death of joshua the ' children of Israel enquired of

Who shall lead us against the Cananites, to make

The LoR1> replied, judah shall go up, and I will give the country into his power} (B.C. 1406.) 3 judah, however, said to Simeon G0 up with me to my district, and we will fight with the Cananites, and then I will go with you to your district? So Simeon went with them. judah accordingly went up, and the EVER-LIVLNG gave the Cananites and the Perizites into their power, and they defeated them in Bezek with a loss of ten thousand men. Then they met the Prince of Bezek at Bezel: and fought with him, and defeated the Cananites and Perizites; and the Prince of Bezek fled, but they pursued after and captured him, and cutoff the thumbs of his hands and feet. Then the Seven kings, with the thumbs of their hands and feet cut off, were waiters beside my table! As I did God has repaid to (They afterwards brought him to jerusalem where he died.) (ac. 1406.) The children ofjudah next besieged

jerusalem and captured and con— quered it by the edge of the sword, and delivered the city to hre. After that the sons of judah proceeded to make war with the Cananites who occupied the hills, the south, and the pastures. Then judah marched against the Cananites who held Hebron,l and defeated Sheshi, and Akhiman,and Thalmai. And marched from there to the possessors of Debir} IO II

But the name of Hebron was

) is an old editorial note of explanation,——F. The name of Debir was formerly

) is an old etiitorial note of ex~ ;>lanatlo1i.———F. l·` 2 AO

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