Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 11:13 - 11:13

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 11:13 - 11:13


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My land, i.e. this land of Gilead, which was mine, but unjustly taken from me, by Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and the injury perpetuated by Israel’s detaining it from me. This land, before the conquests of Sihon and Og, belonged partly to the Ammonites, as is affirmed, Jos_13:25; and partly and principally to the Moabites, as appears from Num_21:24,26 Deu 3:11. And indeed Moab and Ammon did for the most part join their interests and their forces, as appears from Scripture story; and as Balak the king of the Moabites acted for the Ammonites, so now the king of Ammon seems to act for the Moabites; either as being now his subjects, or as his confederates; whence it comes to pass that Moab and Ammon are here promiscuously mentioned, as Jud_11:15,17,18,25; and Chemosh, the known god of the Moabites, Num_21:29 1Ki_11:33 2Ki_23:13 Jer_48:13,46, is here called the god of the Ammonites, Jud_11:24, though, to speak strictly, Moloch or Milcom was their god, 1Ki_11:5,7,33 2Ki_23:13.