Joshua 7:17

17 He had the clans of Judah come forward, and the Zerahite clan was selected. He had the Zerahite clan come forward by heads of families,[a] and Zabdi was selected.

Joshua 7:17 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 7:17

And he brought the family of Judah
That is, the tribe of Judah, as Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret it, F26; or rather, the several families in that tribe, even the heads of them:

and he took the family of the Zarhites:
which descended from Zerah the son of Judah; that was taken by lot:

and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man;
and cast lots on them:

and Zabdi was taken:
that part of the family of the Zarhites which sprung from Zabdi, a son of Zerah.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 So R. Sol. Ohel Moed, fol. 94. 2.

Joshua 7:17 In-Context

15 The one who is caught with the things set apart must be burned, along with everything he has, because he has violated the Lord's covenant and committed an outrage in Israel.' "
16 Joshua got up early the next morning. He had Israel come forward tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was selected.
17 He had the clans of Judah come forward, and the Zerahite clan was selected. He had the Zerahite clan come forward by heads of families, and Zabdi was selected.
18 He then had Zabdi's family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was selected.
19 So Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and make a confession to Him. I urge you, tell me what you have done. Don't hide anything from me."

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