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Judges 12:8

    Judges 12:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And after him, Ibzan of Beth-lehem was judge of Israel.

    Webster's Revision

    And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel.

    World English Bible

    After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Judges 12:8

    And after him Ibzan - It appears that during the administration of Jephthah, six years - Ibzan, seven years - Elon, ten years - and Abdon, eight years, (in the whole thirty-one years), the Israelites had peace in all their borders; and we shall find by the following chapter that in this time of rest they corrupted themselves, and were afterwards delivered into the power of the Philistines.

    1. We find that Ibzan had a numerous family, sixty children; and Abdon had forty sons and thirty grandsons; and that they lived splendidly, which is here expressed by their riding on seventy young asses; what we would express by they all kept their carriages; for the riding on fine asses in those days was not less dignified than riding in coaches in ours.

    2. It does not appear that any thing particular took place in the civil state of the Israelites during the time of these latter judges; nothing is said concerning their administration, whether it was good or bad; nor is any thing mentioned of the state of religion. It is likely that they enjoyed peace without, and their judges were capable of preventing discord and sedition within. Yet, doubtless, God was at work among them, though there were none to record the operations either of his hand or his Spirit; but the people who feared him no doubt bore testimony to the word of his grace.

    Barnes' Notes on Judges 12:8

    Ibzan of Bethlehem - Some have fancied him the same as Boaz Ruth 2:1 of Bethlehem-Judah. Others, from the juxtaposition of Elon the Zebulonite Judges 12:11, understand Bethlehem in the tribe of Zebulon Joshua 19:15.