Summary of Judges

Summary of Judges

Chapter by Chapter:

Judges 1-2: Judah, Simeon and Joseph Continue to Conquer the Canaanites!/Do Not Forsake God!
Judges 3-4: Worshiping False Gods/Deborah Prophetess
Judges 5-6: Song of Praise/Overthrowing the Altar of Baal
Judges 7-8: The Lord Chooses 300 by the Water/Gideon Frees Israel and Dies
Judges 9-10: Fable of Trees/False gods
Judges 11-12:  Jephthah Captain of Israel/42,000 Ephraimites Die
Judges 13-14: Manoah’s Son Samson/Samson Slays a Lion
Judges 15-16: Samson Slays 1,000 Men/Samson Kills 3,000 and Himself
Judges 17-18: Priesthood Authority/Idolatry
Judges 19-21: Dividing in 12 Pieces/Benjamites Are Destroyed/Wives for the Benjamites

The Book of Judges takes off where Joshua left off. The Israelites are in the Promised Land, but haven’t completed the job of getting land for each of the 12 tribes.

The Book of Judges is filled with famous stories of Gideon and the story of Samson and Delilah. But most of the book, to me represents the downfall of the Israelites. For example, chapters 19-21 are probably some of the most gruesome parts of the Old Testament and probably the whole Bible.

After the death of Joshua it seems that the younger generations of Israel start to go away from God and start to do things that were contrary to the will of God. The younger Israelites intermarry with the Canaanite women and start to worship false gods. The Lord places a series of Judges to rule over the land as leaders for the people. Judges follows a pattern of Israel being evil and then when the Judge of the land die, they once again get evil, and more so.

The last verse in the Book, really does sum up the Book of Judges; “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Because of this we have mass corruption and evil invading the hearts of Israel.


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