Judges 12:14

14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews*,[a] that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

Judges 12:14 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 12:14

And he had forty sons, and thirty nephews
Or sons' sons, that is, grandsons; so that he lived not only to see his sons married, but his grandchildren grown up to men's estate; since it follows,

that rode on seventy ass colts;
who were either employed by him to ride about on these animals, which in those times were honourable; see ( Judges 5:10 ) to administer justice throughout the nation in their circuits; or rather, not following any trade, or being concerned in husbandry, or feeding cattle, but being men of estates, rode about like gentlemen:

and he judged Israel eight years;
in his time it is said F2 the city of Troy was destroyed; so Eusebius F3, who calls this judge Labdon, though he elsewhere F4 places it in the times of Eli; (See Gill on Judges 12:9).


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Juchasin, ut supra. (fol. 136. 1.)
F3 Evangel. Praepar. l. 10. c. 11. p. 484.
F4 Evangel. Praepar. l. 10. c. 11. p. 503.

Judges 12:14 In-Context

12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.
13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.
14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. nephews: Heb. sons sons