Judges 1:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:14, NIV: One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, 'What can I do for you?'

Judges 1:14, ESV: When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”

Judges 1:14, KJV: And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?

Judges 1:14, NASB: Then it happened that when she came to him, she incited him to ask her father for a field. Then later, she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, 'What do you want?'

Judges 1:14, NLT: When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, 'What's the matter?'

Judges 1:14, CSB: When she arrived, she persuaded Othniel to ask her father for a field. As she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What do you want? "

What does Judges 1:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Caleb has given his daughter Achsah to his nephew, Othniel, for a wife. Othniel was the champion who conquered Debir to win this marriage. The unusual arrangement has ensured that Caleb's daughter will have a bold and brave husband, like her father (Judges 1:11–13).

This verse might take place during the wedding celebration. Achsah is approaching Othniel on a donkey and seems to be urging him to take some action: She wants her new husband, in the context of the moment, to ask her father for a field as a kind of wedding gift. However, Othniel won't be given time to respond. Instead, Caleb notices that his daughter wants something and asks her about it while she is still dismounting from her donkey. All three of them are pictured as daring and quick to act, while also remaining respectful.