History & Literary - Judges

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites were governed by magistrates, who ruled under the general designation of Judges; and the book which contains the history of these rulers is called, The Book of Judges. This history begins with the death of Joshua, and reaches to that of Samson. We here see the people of God often enslaved in punishment of their crimes, and often wonderfully delivered from slavery. Toward the end of it, we have some instances of this people's inclination to idolatry, and of the corruption of their manners, even before they had been brought into slavery. Such are the histories of Micah, and of the Benjamites who abused the Levite's wife. This book contains the history of three hundred and seventy years.