Joshua 14:11: Caleb’s Inheritance, Part 6

Verse 11:[1] (Ecclus. 46:9;[2] see Deut. 34:7) As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both (Deut. 31:2) to go out, and to come in.

[As strong, etc.[3]] כ repeated means as, and thus/so (Drusius).

[As much to fight, etc.] Hebrew: to go out and to come in[4] (Masius, Septuagint). In going out and coming in; in attending to all the duties of war (Drusius). See 1 Samuel 18:5. Rather, to come in and go out is to fulfill one’s office in every duty of life. He signifies in these words that he seeks nothing unsuitable for his age, although he entreats an arduous duty for himself (Masius). To go out, etc., that is, to undertake a journey: in French, à aller et venir, to come and go (Vatablus). To attend to business, both public and domestic; for the former of which it is necessary to go out from the house, but for the latter it is necessary to enter into the same. It is Metonymy of intended effect (Piscator). God gave this vigor to him, both for a reward of his fidelity, so that he, yet vigorous and strong, might take possession of the Promised Land; and so that he might be an eye-witness of all that happened in the desert, and relate those things to those younger (Lapide).

For war; not only for counsel, but for action, for marching and fighting. And therefore this gift will not be cast away upon an unprofitable and unserviceable person. To go out, and to come in; to perform all the duties belonging to my place.

[1] Hebrew: עוֹדֶ֙נִּי הַיּ֜וֹם חָזָ֗ק כַּֽאֲשֶׁר֙ בְּי֙וֹם שְׁלֹ֤חַ אוֹתִי֙ מֹשֶׁ֔ה כְּכֹ֥חִי אָ֖ז וּכְכֹ֣חִי עָ֑תָּה לַמִּלְחָמָ֖ה וְלָצֵ֥את וְלָבֽוֹא׃

[2] Ecclesiasticus 46:9:  “The Lord gave strength also unto Caleb, which remained with him unto his old age:  so that he entered upon the high places of the land, and his seed obtained it for an heritage…”

[3] Joshua 14:11a:  “As yet I am as strong this day as (כַּאֲשֶׁר) I was in the day that Moses sent me:  as my strength was then, even so is my strength now (כְּכֹ֥חִי אָ֖ז וּכְכֹ֣חִי עָ֑תָּה)…”

[4] Hebrew: לַמִּלְחָמָ֖ה וְלָצֵ֥את וְלָבֽוֹא׃.

1 thought on “Joshua 14:11: Caleb’s Inheritance, Part 6

  1. Matthew Henry: ‘That he was fit for business, now that he was in Canaan. Though eighty-five years old, yet as hearty and lively as when he was forty (Joshua 14:11): As my strength was then, so is it now. This was the fruit of the promise, and outdid what was said; for God not only gives what he promises, but he gives more: life by promise shall be life, and health, and strength, and all that which will make the promised life a blessing and comfort. Moses had said in his prayer (Psalm 90:10) that at eighty years old even their strength is labour and sorrow, and so it is most commonly. But Caleb was an exception to the rule; his strength at eighty-five was ease and joy: this he got by following the Lord fully. Caleb here takes notice of this to the glory of God, and as an excuse for his asking a portion which he must fetch out of the giants’ hands. Let not Joshua tell him he knew not what he asked; could he get the possession of that which he begged for a title to? “Yes,” says he, “why not? I am as fit for war now as ever I was.”‘

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