Paul Kretzmann Commentary - Judges 10:1 - 10:5

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Paul Kretzmann Commentary - Judges 10:1 - 10:5

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The Judgeship of Tola and Jair.

v. l. And after Abimelech there arose to defend, that is, to save, to deliver, Israel Tola, the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in Mount Ephraim, in its northern ranges.

v. 2. And he judged Israel twenty and three years,
his work consisting chiefly in deciding difficult cases and in opposing every tendency of the people toward idolatry, whereby he also saved them from oppression by hostile nations; and died, and was buried in Shamir.

v. 3. And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite,
a man whose home was in Gilead, on the east side of Jordan, and judged Israel twenty and two years.

v. 4. And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havoth-jair,
the villages of Jair, from the original Jair, Deu_3:14, unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead. The number of towns included in this designation was afterward increased to sixty.

v. 5. And Jair died, and was buried in Camon,
evidently one of the thirty cities referred to above. Although both Tola and Jair waged no wars for Israel, their rule was beneficial nevertheless, for they kept the worship of Jehovah before the nation.