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And Judah went with Simeon his brother and they struck the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath and devoted it to destruction. And they called the name of the city Hormah. Bible

“Zephath.” The location of this city is unknown.

“devoted it to destruction.” [For more on things “devoted” to Yahweh and devoted to destruction, see commentary on Josh. 6:17].

“And they called.” The Hebrew is literally, “and he called,” with the “he” being the collective tribes. This is a case where a plural subject, Judah and Simeon, is paired with a singular verb, “he called” (cp. Gen. 49:16).

“Hormah.” The city name means “destruction.”


Commentary for: Judges 1:17