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name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:2 judges in Beer-sheba. Samuel was a “circuit-riding” judge, with his main “court” at Ramah, and the load apparently became so heavy that he assigned his sons to do his job at Beer-sheba, which was at the southern extremity of Israel. This proved a mistake; he should have waited for God to raise up any judge that was needed.