Judges 10:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 10:3, NIV: He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years.

Judges 10:3, ESV: After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years.

Judges 10:3, KJV: And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.

Judges 10:3, NASB: After him, Jair the Gileadite rose up and judged Israel for twenty-two years.

Judges 10:3, NLT: After Tola died, Jair from Gilead judged Israel for twenty-two years.

Judges 10:3, CSB: After him came Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years.

What does Judges 10:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The first five verses of this chapter introduce two "secondary" judges. Along with examples such as Shamgar (Judges 3:31) and Elon (Judges 12:11), they are referred to as "minor" judges since so little is known about them. Even so, both held the position of "judge" over Israel. Since the writer gives them that title without dispute, it is implied God was ultimately responsible for bringing them into power during their time.

After Tola ruled and then died, Jair the Gileadite became the next judge over Israel. He ruled another twenty-two years after Tola's twenty-three-year term. Jair was closely associated with his home region. Gilead was east of the Jordan River between the Jabbok River to the south and the Yarmuk River to the north. The Israelites in Gilead were part of the half-tribe of Manasseh.