Judges 1:20: Caleb’s Faithfulness Remembered

Verse 20:[1] (Num. 14:24; Deut. 1:36; Josh. 14:9, 13; 15:13, 14) And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.

[They gave Hebron to Caleb] This is therefore repeated, because the wars of the Tribe of Judah were now related, of which Caleb was undoubtedly the leader (Martyr).

They gave Hebron unto Caleb, etc.: Above mentioned, Judges 1:10.

[1] Hebrew: וַיִּתְּנ֤וּ לְכָלֵב֙ אֶת־חֶבְר֔וֹן כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֣ר מֹשֶׁ֑ה וַיּ֣וֹרֶשׁ מִשָּׁ֔ם אֶת־שְׁלֹשָׁ֖ה בְּנֵ֥י הָעֲנָֽק׃

2 thoughts on “Judges 1:20: Caleb’s Faithfulness Remembered

  1. Matthew Henry: ‘Caleb was put in possession of Hebron, which, though given him by Joshua ten or twelve years before (as Dr. Lightfoot computes), yet being employed in public service, for the settling of the tribes, which he preferred before his own private interests, it seems he did not till now make himself master of; so well content was that good man to serve others, while he left himself to be served last; few are likeminded, for all seek their own, Philippians 2:20-21. Yet now the men of Judah all came in to his assistance for the reducing of Hebron (Judges 1:10), slew the sons of Anak, and put him in possession of it, Judges 1:20. They gave Hebron unto Caleb.’

  2. Note the context: The narrative concerning Caleb and Othniel is found in verses 10-15. You might expect verse 20 to be joined with those verses, but it is not. Following immediately upon the heels of verse 19, remembering the failure and fear of the Judahites before the iron chariots, this verse, remembering Caleb’s faith and courage even in the face of giants, appears to be intended as a contrast.

    –Dr. Dilday

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