Judges 10:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 10:2, NIV: He led Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.

Judges 10:2, ESV: And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried at Shamir.

Judges 10:2, KJV: And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

Judges 10:2, NASB: He judged Israel for twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried in Shamir.

Judges 10:2, NLT: He judged Israel for twenty-three years. When he died, he was buried in Shamir.

Judges 10:2, CSB: Tola judged Israel twenty-three years and when he died, was buried in Shamir.

What does Judges 10:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Some of the "judges" who rescued Israel through God's power are explained in stories that go on for several chapters in the book of Judges. Gideon's story even continued through to the generation of sons after him (Judges 8:28; 9:56–57). Others, like Shamgar (Judges 3:31), are given the briefest of mentions. Tola's story is over after just two verses (Judges 10:1). He arose to pull Israel from some crisis and then ruled as judge from his home in a city called Shamir. He fulfilled his role for twenty-three years, then died and was buried at Shamir.

It's unknown why so few details are provided about Tola, or regarding Jair in the following verses (Judges 10:3–5). Unlike the more-dramatic stories of other judges, Scripture doesn't explicitly say how or why the Lord designated either. No mention is made about Israel crying out for salvation from their enemies in their cases. Since the book of Judges is primarily about God's relationship with Israel, it may be that the experiences of these men didn't have a direct link to God's protection or discipline of Israel. Instead, their roles continue to set up the next moments in Israel's history.