Verse 31: And (Judg. 2:7) Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua (Heb. prolonged their days after Joshua), and which had (see Deut. 11:2; 31:13) known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
[All the days of Joshua and the elders, etc.] But not longer, as it is evident from Judges 2:8-10. So far prevails the recent memory of their benefactors, and the authority of their honored men. See a similar thin in 2 Chronicles 24:2, 16-18. Hence it appears that this book was written some time after Joshua (Grotius) [or, at least, that these and similar things were written by another sacred writer, as was previously noted more than once]. This passage teaches how much influence may be placed in the uprightness of one man that governs in the commonwealth (Masius).
 Hebrew: וַיַּעֲבֹ֤ד יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ אֶת־יְהוָ֔ה כֹּ֖ל יְמֵ֣י יְהוֹשֻׁ֑עַ וְכֹ֣ל׀ יְמֵ֣י הַזְּקֵנִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֙ר הֶאֱרִ֤יכוּ יָמִים֙ אַחֲרֵ֣י יְהוֹשֻׁ֔עַ וַאֲשֶׁ֣ר יָדְע֗וּ אֵ֚ת כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂ֣ה יְהוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשָׂ֖ה לְיִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
 Hebrew: הֶאֱרִ֤יכוּ יָמִים֙ אַחֲרֵ֣י יְהוֹשֻׁ֔עַ.