* men of valour.
* chief fathers.
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* and affairs. Heb. and thing.
There were more Levites employed as judges with the two tribes
and half on the other side of Jordan, than with all the rest
of the tribes; there were two thousand seven hundred, whereas
on the west side of Jordan there were only one thousand seven
hundred. Either those remote tribes were not so well
furnished as the rest with judges of their own, or because
they lay farthest from Jerusalem, on the borders of the
neighbouring nations, and were thus much in danger of being
infected with idolatry, they most needed the help of Levites
to prevent their running into the abominations of the