Judges 1:21: Benjamin’s Unfaithfulness in the Conquest

Verse 21:[1] (see Josh. 15:63; 18:28) And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

[They did not destroy] It is the same thing as they were not able to destroy, Joshua 15:63, in which place see what things were said. Therefore, these were free from fault, since the will to exterminate them was not lacking to them, but the ability (Bonfrerius).

Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites, etc.: See on Joshua 15:63.

[1] Hebrew: וְאֶת־הַיְבוּסִי֙ יֹשֵׁ֣ב יְרֽוּשָׁלִַ֔ם לֹ֥א הוֹרִ֖ישׁוּ בְּנֵ֣י בִנְיָמִ֑ן וַיֵּ֙שֶׁב הַיְבוּסִ֜י אֶת־בְּנֵ֤י בִנְיָמִן֙ בִּיר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם עַ֖ד הַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה׃

2 thoughts on “Judges 1:21: Benjamin’s Unfaithfulness in the Conquest

  1. Matthew Henry: ‘Benjamin neglected to drive the Jebusites out of that part of the city of Jerusalem which fell to their lot, Judges 1:21. Judah had set them a good example, and gained them great advantages by what they did (Judges 1:9), but they did not follow the blow for want of resolution.’

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