Judges 5:31

31 1"So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But your friends be 2like the sun 3as he rises in his might."4And the land had rest for forty years.

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Judges 5:31 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 5:31

So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord!
&c.] As Sisera and his army did, and be disappointed as his mother and her ladies were; which is not only a wish or prayer that it might be, but a prophecy that so it would be:

but let them that love him;
that love the Lord superlatively and sincerely, with all their heart and soul, and from love serve and fear him:

[be] as the sun when he goeth forth in his might;
in the middle of the day, when its heat and light are the greatest, and in the summer solstice, in the month of June, when the sun is in Cancer, as Ben Gersom and Abarbinel observe, and it is hottest: the sense is, let the true friends of God be as bright and as glorious, and increase in light, lustre, and splendour, as that glorious luminary in midday, and be no more liable to be resisted and stopped by their enemies, and as much out of the reach of them as that is:

and the land had rest forty years;
these are not the words of Deborah, whose song ends with the last clause, but of the writer of this book; which years, according to most, are to be reckoned from the death of Ehud, including the twenty years' bondage under Jabin, as Ben Gersom and Abarbinel; so that strictly speaking the rest was but twenty years; one would think they should be reckoned from the victory obtained over Jabin king of Canaan.

Judges 5:31 In-Context

29 Her wisest princesses answer, indeed, she answers herself,
30 'Have they not found and divided the spoil?-- A womb or two for every man; spoil of dyed materials for Sisera, spoil of dyed materials embroidered, two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?'
31 "So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might."And the land had rest for forty years.

Cross References 4

  • 1. [Psalms 83:9, 10]
  • 2. [2 Samuel 23:4; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 13:43]
  • 3. Psalms 19:5; Psalms 37:6
  • 4. See Judges 3:11
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