Judges 12:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 12:11, NIV: After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years.

Judges 12:11, ESV: After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years.

Judges 12:11, KJV: And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.

Judges 12:11, NASB: Now Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel after him; he judged Israel for ten years.

Judges 12:11, NLT: After Ibzan died, Elon from the tribe of Zebulun judged Israel for ten years.

Judges 12:11, CSB: Elon, who was from Zebulun, judged Israel after Ibzan. He judged Israel ten years,

What does Judges 12:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The three judges mentioned at the end of this chapter are sometimes referred to as "minor judges," along with Shamgar (Judges 3:31) and the two judges mentioned at the beginning of chapter 10 (Judges 10:1–3). They were each legitimate judges, but truly little is known about them.

Perhaps the least-known judge of the entire Bible is introduced in this verse: Elon the Zebulunite. The writer provides no stories from his life. Nor are there descriptions of his offspring. All that is known is that he was from the tribe of Zebulun and served as judge over Israel for a decade. And then he died, and another man stepped in to take his place (Judges 12:12–13).