New American Standard Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.
King James Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
Darby Bible Translation
And the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they judged in Beer-sheba.
World English Bible
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah: they were judges in Beersheba.
Young's Literal Translation
And the name of his first-born son is Joel, and the name of his second Abiah, judges in Beer-Sheba:
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The mention of Beer-sheba, on the extreme southern frontier of Judah, as the place where Samuel's sons judged Israel is remarkable. It was probably due to the recovery of territory from the usurpation of the Philistines 1 Samuel 7:14.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.
1 Kings 19:3
And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
1 Chronicles 6:28
The sons of Samuel were Joel the firstborn, and Abijah the second.
"But do not resort to Bethel And do not come to Gilgal, Nor cross over to Beersheba; For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity And Bethel will come to trouble.
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