Judges 11:24

24 Will you not possess what 1Chemosh your god gives you to possess? 2And all that the LORD our God has dispossessed before us, we will possess.

Judges 11:24 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 11:24

Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee
to possess?
&c.] Chemosh was the idol of the Moabites, see ( Numbers 21:29 ) , which has led some to think, that the present king of Ammon was also king of Moab, and who insisted on that part of the country, which formerly belonged to Moab, to be delivered to him, as well as that which had belonged to Ammon. Now since the land, which they now inhabited, as well as what they had lost, they had taken away from others, ( Deuteronomy 2:10 Deuteronomy 2:11 Deuteronomy 2:20 Deuteronomy 2:21 ) , having conquered them, and which they ascribed to the help and assistance they had from their idol, and possessed as his gift; Jephthah argues with them "ad hominem", from the less to the greater:

so whomsoever the Lord our God shall drive out from before us, them
will we possess;
we have surely as good a claim to what the Lord our God gives to us in a way of conquest, as you have, or can think you have, to what your idol, as you suppose, has given you: however, what we have got, or get this way, we are determined to possess, and keep possession of.

Judges 11:24 In-Context

22 And they took possession of all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
23 So then the LORD, the God of Israel, dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel; and are you to take possession of them?
24 Will you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? And all that the LORD our God has dispossessed before us, we will possess.
25 Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend against Israel, or did he ever go to war with them?
26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, 300 years, why did you not deliver them within that time?

Cross References 2

  • 1. Numbers 21:29; 1 Kings 11:7
  • 2. Deuteronomy 9:5; Deuteronomy 18:12; Joshua 3:10
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