Judges 3:11

11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Judges 3:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
ESV
11 So the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
NLT
11 So there was peace in the land for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
MSG
11 The land was quiet for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
CSB
11 Then the land was peaceful 40 years, and Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Judges 3:11 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 3:11

And the land had rest forty years
As it should seem from the time of this deliverance; though, according to Ben Gersom and Abarbinel, the eight years' servitude are to be included in them; and Bishop Usher F18 reckons these forty years from the rest first settled in the land by Joshua; but the former sense seems best:

and Othniel the son of Kenaz died:
not at the end of the forty years; it is not likely he should live so long, but when he died is not certain; Eusebius F19 says he judged Israel fifty years.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Anual. Vet. Test. p. 42.
F19 Evangel. Praepar. l. 1O. c. 14. p. 502.

Judges 3:11 In-Context

9 But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.
10 The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.
11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.
13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 30; S Joshua 14:15; Judges 5:31; Judges 8:28
  • 2. S Exodus 16:35
  • 3. S Joshua 15:17