The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJudges 2:18
And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was
with the judge…
Every one of them that he raised up; as he stirred
up their spirits for such service, to judge his people, and qualified
them for it, he assisted and strengthened them, and abode by them, and
succeeded them in whatsoever they engaged for the welfare of the
people; the Targum is,
``the Word of the Lord was for the help of the judge:''
and delivered them out of the hands of their enemies all the days of
so long as a judge lived, or continued to be their judge,
they were protected by him, and preserved from falling into the hands
of their enemies:
for it repented the Lord because of their groanings, by reason of them
that oppressed them and vexed them;
the Lord being merciful had
compassion upon them, when they groaned under their oppressions, and
cried unto him, then he received their prayer, as the Targum, and sent
them a deliverer; and so did what men do when they repent of a thing,
change their conduct; thus the Lord changed the outward dispensation of
his providence towards them, according to his unchangeable will; for
otherwise repentance, properly speaking, does not belong unto God: the
``he turned from the word he spake;''
the threatening he had denounced.