New Living Translation
When Israel chose new gods, war erupted at the city gates. Yet not a shield or spear could be seen among forty thousand warriors in Israel!
King James Bible
They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
Darby Bible Translation
When new gods were chosen, then war was in the gates. Was shield or spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?
World English Bible
They chose new gods. Then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
Young's Literal Translation
He chooseth new gods, Then war is at the gates! A shield is not seen -- and a spear Among forty thousand in Israel.
Judges 5:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:8 Chose - They did not only submit to idolatry when they were forced to it by tyrants, but they freely chose it. New gods - New to them, and unknown to their fathers, and new in comparison of the true and everlasting God of Israel, being but of yesterday. The gates - That is, in their walled cities, which have gates and bars; gates are often put for cities; then their strong holds fell into the hands of their enemies. Was there a shield - There was not, the meaning is not, that all the Israelites had no arms, but, either they had but few arms among them, being many thousands of them disarmed by the Canaanites and Philistines, or that they generally neglected the use of arms, as being without all hope of recovering their liberty.
LibraryHindrances to Revivals.
Text.--I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you."--Nehemiah vi. 3. THIS servant of God had come down from Babylon to rebuild the temple and re-establish the worship of God at Jerusalem, the city of his fathers' sepulchres. When it was discovered by Sanballat and certain individuals, his allies, who had long enjoyed the desolations of Zion, that now the temple, and the holy city were about to be rebuilt, they raised a great …
Charles Grandison Finney—Lectures on Revivals of Religion
The Publication of the Gospel
Salvation Published from the Mountains
The Sovereignty of God in Operation
They offered sacrifices to demons, which are not God, to gods they had not known before, to new gods only recently arrived, to gods their ancestors had never feared.
There were few people left in the villages of Israel--until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.
Listen to the village musicians gathered at the watering holes. They recount the righteous victories of the LORD and the victories of his villagers in Israel. Then the people of the LORD marched down to the city gates.
1 Samuel 13:19
There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn't allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews.
1 Samuel 13:22
So on the day of the battle none of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan.
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