Judges 1:25

25 So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family.

Read Judges 1:25 Using Other Translations

And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.
And he showed them the way into the city. And they struck the city with the edge of the sword, but they let the man and all his family go.
So he showed them a way in, and they killed everyone in the town except that man and his family.

What does Judges 1:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 1:25

And when he showed them the entrance, into the city
Pointing to it with his fingers, as the same writers observe:

they smote the city with the edge of the sword;
they gave notice of what intelligence they had got to the body of the army, who came up, entered the city, took it, and put the inhabitants of it to the sword, as they were ordered to do with all the Canaanites:

but they let go the man and all his family;
who had returned to it, encouraged by the promise made him, and for the sake of saving of his family; which though not expressed, he might have asked the favour of sparing them, which might be promised, as was in the case of Rahab; provided he would either renounce Heathenism, and embrace the true religion, or depart to another country, the latter of which he chose.

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