In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
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George Leo Haydock
Himself. Serarius thinks this took place before Heli was appointed to succeed Samson. But the opinion of Salien (Menochius) is more probable. For, though he places this history in the 22d year of Othoniel, yet we must remember that he attributes to him all the years of anarchy, so that this liberty was taken by an individual, when none had power or zeal enough to restrain it. How much would Phinees be mortified at this prevarication if he were still alive! (Haydock)
The title of king may be applied to the judges. But this book was probably written after the appointment of Saul. (Calmet)