Judges 10:16

16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

Judges 10:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
ESV
16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.
NLT
16 Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the LORD . And he was grieved by their misery.
MSG
16 Then they cleaned house of the foreign gods and worshiped only God. And God took Israel's troubles to heart.
CSB
16 So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped the Lord, but He became weary of Israel's misery.

Judges 10:16 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 10:16

And they put away the strange gods from among them
Which was an evidence of the truth of their repentance, and showed their confessions and humiliations to be genuine:

and served the Lord;
and him only, both in private and public; in the observance of duties, both moral and ceremonial; in an attendance on the service of the sanctuary, and by offering sacrifices to God there, according to his will:

and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel;
which is to be understood after the manner of men; for grief properly does not belong to God, there being no passion in him; but it denotes a carriage or behaviour of his, which shows what looks like sympathy in men; a love and affection for Israel, notwithstanding their ill behaviour to him, and a change of his dispensations Providence towards them, according to his unchangeable will; so Maimonides F2 understands it of the good will and pleasure of God, to cease from afflicting the people of Israel; but Abarbinel is of opinion that this refers to the soul of Israel, which was shortened and contracted, as the word signifies, because of the labour of servitude, the affliction and distress they were in.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 41.

Judges 10:16 In-Context

14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”
15 But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.”
16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.
17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.
18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head over all who live in Gilead.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Joshua 24:23; Jeremiah 18:8
  • 2. Isaiah 63:9
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 32:36; Psalms 106:44-45