Judges 3:2
New International Version
(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):

New Living Translation
He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.

English Standard Version
It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before.

Berean Study Bible
if only to teach warfare to the subsequent generations of Israel, especially to those who had not known it formerly:

New American Standard Bible
only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly).

New King James Version
(this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it),

King James Bible
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

Christian Standard Bible
This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites how to fight in battle, especially those who had not fought before.

Good News Translation
He did this only in order to teach each generation of Israelites about war, especially those who had never been in battle before.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites how to fight in battle, especially those who had not fought before.

International Standard Version
only so that successive Israeli generations, who had not known war previously, might come to know it by experience.

NET Bible
He left those nations simply because he wanted to teach the subsequent generations of Israelites, who had not experienced the earlier battles, how to conduct holy war.

New Heart English Bible
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD left them to teach Israel's descendants about war, at least those who had known nothing about it in the past.

JPS Tanakh 1917
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof;

New American Standard 1977
only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly).

Jubilee Bible 2000
he left them only that the generations of the sons of Israel might know, and to teach them war, only for those that had known nothing before:

King James 2000 Bible
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at least those who before knew nothing thereof;

American King James Version
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

American Standard Version
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Only for the sake of the generations of Israel, to teach them war, only the men before them knew them not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That afterwards their children might learn to fight with their enemies, and to be trained up to war:

Darby Bible Translation
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know war by learning it, at the least those who before had known nothing thereof:

English Revised Version
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof;

Webster's Bible Translation
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it;)

World English Bible
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it:

Young's Literal Translation
(only for the sake of the generations of the sons of Israel's knowing, to teach them war, only those who formerly have not known them) --
Study Bible
Nations Left to Test Israel
1These are the nations the LORD left to test all the Israelites who had not known any of the wars in Canaan, 2if only to teach warfare to the subsequent generations of Israel, especially to those who had not known it formerly: 3the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath.…
Cross References
Judges 3:1
These are the nations the LORD left to test all the Israelites who had not known any of the wars in Canaan,

Judges 3:3
the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath.

Treasury of Scripture

Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

might know

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:5,7
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil…

2 Chronicles 12:8
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

to teach.







Lexicon
if only
רַ֗ק (raq)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless

to teach
לְלַמְּדָ֖ם (lə·lam·mə·ḏām)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3925: To exercise in, learn

warfare
מִלְחָמָ֑ה (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4421: A battle, war

to the subsequent generations
דֹּר֣וֹת (dō·rō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling

of Israel,
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

especially
רַ֥ק (raq)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless

to those who
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

had not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

known it
יְדָעֽוּם׃ (yə·ḏā·‘ūm)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

formerly:
לְפָנִ֖ים (lə·p̄ā·nîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(2) Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war.--The LXX. here render, "Only because of the generations of the children of Israel to teach them war." The Vulgate is here a mere paraphrase, and the translations vary. The meaning seems to be, "Only that He (Jehovah) might know the generations of the children of Israel, to teach them war." The expression resembles 2Chronicles 32:31. The "teaching them war" doubtless implies the lesson that they could only learn successfully by the help of God.

As before knew nothing thereof.--That is, "knew nothing of those nations, or of those wars."

3:1-7 As the Israelites were a type of the church on earth, they were not to be idle and slothful. The Lord was pleased to try them by the remains of the devoted nations they spared. Temptations and trials detect the wickedness of the hearts of sinners; and strengthen he graces of believers in their daily conflict with Satan, sin, and this evil world. They must live in this world, but they are not of it, and are forbidden to conform to it. This marks the difference between the followers of Christ and mere professors. The friendship of the world is more fatal than its enmity; the latter can only kill the body, but the former murders many precious souls.
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