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Judges 10:15: Repentance, and Submission to God's Chastisement

Verse 15:[1] And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: (1 Sam. 3:18; 2 Sam. 15:26) do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee (Heb. is good in thine eyes[2]); deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.

[Render thou to us whatsoever seemeth good] This is complete repentance, when not only is there sorrow over admitted sins, but also whatever seems good to God is willingly borne (Mariana).

[Render thou] That is to say, Render not through strangers, but, render thou. It is better to fall into the hands of God than of man, 2 Samuel 24:14 (Ribera[3] in Serarius). Render, etc., that is to say, If we continue not in thy worship, punish us, and pardon not (Serarius). Punish us for the sake of our sins as thou wilt (Vatablus). In another manner, if it seem good, punish our faithlessness, provided that thou free us from these enemies (Bonfrerius).

Do thou unto us, etc.: Do not give us up into the hands of these cruel men, but do thou chastise us with thine own hand as much as thou pleasest, to wit, if we be not more faithful and constant to thee than we have hitherto been.

[1] Hebrew: וַיֹּאמְר֙וּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֤ל אֶל־יְהוָה֙ חָטָ֔אנוּ עֲשֵׂה־אַתָּ֣ה לָ֔נוּ כְּכָל־הַטּ֖וֹב בְּעֵינֶ֑יךָ אַ֛ךְ הַצִּילֵ֥נוּ נָ֖א הַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה׃

[2] Hebrew: הַטּ֖וֹב בְּעֵינֶ֑יךָ.

[3] Francis Ribera (1537-1591) was a Spanish Jesuit scholar, most remembered for his commentary on Revelation in which he advances the Futurist scheme of interpretation. His work on his Commentario in Epistolam ad Hebræos was interrupted by death; it was finished by other hands.

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Sep 12, 2018

Matthew Henry: 'A humble submission which Israel hereupon made to God's justice, with a humble application to his mercy, Judges 10:15. The children of Israel met together, probably in a solemn assembly at the door of the tabernacle, received the impressions of the message God had sent them, were not driven by it to despair, though it was very threatening, but resolve to lie at God's feet, and, if they perish, they will perish there. They not only repeat their confession, We have sinned, but, 1. They surrender themselves to God's justice: Do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Hereby they own that they deserved the severest tokens of God's displeasure and were sure he could do the…

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