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Judges 1:24

24 the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.”

Read Judges 1:24 Using Other Translations

And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.
And the spies saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, "Please show us the way into the city, and we will deal kindly with you."
They confronted a man coming out of the town and said to him, “Show us a way into the town, and we will have mercy on you.”

What does Judges 1:24 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 1:24

And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city
Or "the keepers" F18; those that were sent to watch, and observe, and get what intelligence they could of the city, and the way into it:

and they said unto him, show us, we pray, thee, the entrance into the
city;
not the gate or gates of it, which no doubt were visible enough, but some private way into it; the Jews, as before observed, think the entrance was by the way of a cave, or some hidden passage, of which Jarchi and Kimchi make mention:

and we will show thee mercy;
give him a reward for it, or spare him and his family when the city came into their hands.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (Myrmvh) "custodes", Pagninus, Montanus; "observatores", Vatablus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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