Judges 12:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 12:14, NIV: He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years.

Judges 12:14, ESV: He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys, and he judged Israel eight years.

Judges 12:14, KJV: And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

Judges 12:14, NASB: He had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy donkeys; and he judged Israel for eight years.

Judges 12:14, NLT: He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He judged Israel for eight years.

Judges 12:14, CSB: He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. Abdon judged Israel eight years,

What does Judges 12:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abdon was the eleventh judge (Judges 2:16) mentioned in the book of Judges. He served from his home in the hill country of Ephraim. He seems to have ruled during a time of relative peace and prosperity, at least—or especially—for him and his family.

In contrast to men like Jephthah (Judges 11:30–31, 34–35) Abdon was blessed by the Lord with many sons. He is said to have had forty sons and thirty grandsons, each with his own donkey. This implies that Abdon was wealthy. To outfit every male for three generations with a donkey of his own would have been a costly enterprise. The second implication is that Abdon's sons and grandsons may have been involved with him in serving as judge over Israel, as they traveled from place to place on their donkeys.