And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley…
Each of these - Judah, Caleb (of the same tribe), and Benjamin - had received their portion at the hands of the Lord; but they had to conquer it. Judah partially succeeded, Caleb wholly succeeded, and Benjamin had a grievous drawback to his success. This is suggestive of the blessedness to be attained by Christians.
I. THE PROMISE IS COMPLETE AND ABSOLUTE TO EVERY CHRISTIAN. "This is the victory that overcometh the world even your faith." The least Christian is assured of this splendid triumph.
II. ITS REALISATION WILL DEPEND UPON THE MEASURE OF HIS FAITH, etc. The estate with a mortgage. Judah had already "fought against Jerusalem" and subdued it, at least the southern portion abutting upon, or included in, their boundary. But they did not subdue the citadel, which was in Benjamin's lot. The latter, on the other hand, are too careless, unwarlike, or indisposed to make good their possession. - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.