New Living Translation
He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.
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;
Darby Bible Translation
it was only that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, that he might teach war to such at least as had not known it before.
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) --
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:2 Teach them war - That by the neighbourhood of such warlike enemies, they might be purged from sloth and security, and obliged them to innure themselves to martial exercises, and to stand continually upon their guard, and consequently to keep close to that God whose assistance they had so great and constant need of.
LibraryThe Prophecy of Obadiah.
We need not enter into details regarding the question as to the time when the prophet wrote. By a thorough argumentation, Caspari has proved, that he occupies his right position in the Canon, and hence belongs to the earliest age of written prophecy, i.e., to the time of Jeroboam II. and Uzziah. As bearing conclusively against those who would assign to him a far later date, viz., the time of the exile, there is not only the indirect testimony borne by the place which this prophecy occupies in …
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament
The Doctrine of Angels.
These are the nations that the LORD left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan.
These are the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath.
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