Judges 1:2

2 The LORD answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”

Judges 1:2 in Other Translations

2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
2 The LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand."
2 The LORD answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”
2 And God said, "Judah will go. I've given the land to him."
2 The Lord answered, "Judah is to go. I have handed the land over to him."

Judges 1:2 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 1:2

And the Lord said
By an articulate voice, which it is probable was the usual way of answering by Urim and Thummim:

Judah shall go up;
not Judah in person, who was long ago dead, but the tribe of Judah; it was the will of the Lord that that tribe should engage first with the Canaanites, being the principal one, and the most numerous, powerful, and valiant, and perhaps had the greatest number of Canaanites among them; and who succeeding, would inspire the other tribes with courage, and fill their enemies with a panic:

behold, I have delivered the land into his hands;
that part of it which belonged to that tribe as yet unsubdued, the conquest of which they are assured of for their encouragement.

Judges 1:2 In-Context

1 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”
2 The LORD answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”
3 The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.
4 When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.
5 It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 49:10; Genesis 49:8
  • 2. ver 4; Judges 3:28; Judges 4:7,14; Judges 7:9
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