Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Words of Comfort: Tribe of Judah.

When I posted about the omnipotence of God (the fact that with God, nothing is impossible), an atheist commented “You certain you want to go with that? Judges 1:19. Just sayin'."

Judges 1:19 (in the King James Version of the Bible) says, “And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.” This is a favorite verse of atheists because they think that the “he” refers to God—who couldn’t drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because the chariots were made of iron.

However, the "he" is a reference to the Tribe of Judah. The Bible consistently uses pronouns to describe tribes and even nations. Here is the verse from a modern paraphrased version: "The Lord helped the tribe of Judah exterminate the people of the hill country, though they failed in their attempt to conquer the people of the valley, who had iron chariots."

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