J U D G E S
This chapter gives us a particular account what
sort of progress the several tribes of Israel made in the reducing
of Canaan after the death of Joshua. He did (as we say) break the
neck of that great work, and put it into such a posture that they
might easily have perfected it in due time, if they had not been
wanting to themselves; what they did in order hereunto, and wherein
they came short, we are told. I. The united tribes of Judah and
Simeon did bravely. 1. God appointed Judah to begin, ver. 1, 2. 2. Judah took Simeon to
act in conjunction with him, ver.
3. 3. They succeeded in their enterprises against Bezek
(ver. 4-7), Jerusalem,
ver. 8. Hebron and Debir
(ver. 9-15), Hormah,
Gaza, and other places, ver.
17-19. 4. Yet where there were chariots of iron their
hearts failed them, ver.
19. Mention is made of the Kenites settling among them,
ver. 16. II. The other
tribes, in comparison with these, acted a cowardly part. 1.
Benjamin failed, ver. 21.
2. The house of Joseph did well against Beth-el (ver. 22-26), but in other places did not
improve their advantages, nor Manasseh (ver. 27, 28), nor Ephraim, ver. 29. 3. Zebulun spared the
Canaanites, ver. 30. 4.
Asher truckled worse than any of them to the Canaanites, ver. 31, 32. 5. Naphtali was kept
out of the full possession of several of his cities, ver. 33. 6. Dan was straitened by the
Amorites, ver. 34. No
account is given of Issachar, nor of the two tribes and a half on
the other side Jordan.