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Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:16 LORD raised up judges. Despite the repeated periods of backsliding and apostasy, God manifested both His grace and the certainty of His original covenant with Abraham by just as repeatedly raising up judges to lead the people in revival and restoration. Altogether, fourteen such judges are named in the book of Judges–Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson. These were followed by Samuel, the last of the judges (Eli was priest, rather than a judge). Othniel, the first judge, was of the tribe of Judah, but the others came from a total of at least six other tribes.

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