Judges 12:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 12:15, NIV: Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:15, ESV: Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:15, KJV: And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:15, NASB: Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:15, NLT: When he died, he was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:15, CSB: and when he died, he was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

What does Judges 12:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The life of the eleventh judge described in the book of Judges ends. Abdon, the son of a man named Hillel, came from a town in the Ephraim hills known as Pirathon. He judged Israel for just eight years before his death and burial at Pirathon.

In addition to being in the land of Ephraim, Pirathon is said to have been in the hill country of the Amalekites. No explanation is given for this description. Scholars speculate that maybe the Amalekites left some remnant of their people in this area during their former oppression of Israel. Or, perhaps, Israel had some trouble with the Amalekites again during the time of Abdon.

Abdon's death will be followed by another return, by Israel, to betrayal of the Lord (Judges 2:17–19). This will once again result in their suffering under the hand of their enemies, and the Lord raising up another judge to save them.