beloved, the Kenite, has been usually identified with Jethro (q.v.), Ex. 18:5, 27; comp. Num. 10:29, 30. In Judg. 4:11, the word rendered "father-in-law" means properly any male relative by marriage (comp. Gen. 19:14, "son-in-law," A.V.), and should be rendered "brother-in-law," as in the R.V. His descendants followed Israel to Canaan (Num. 10:29), and at first pitched their tents near Jericho, but afterwards settled in the south in the borders of Arad (Judg. 1:8-11, 16).
hobab is described in Numbers as the son of Raguel, the latter being the father-in-law of Moses.
“But to come back to hobab, mamma,” said Jem, in a little while.
There is some confusion in regard to the relationship of hobab with Jethro or Raguel.
Whether hobab was a son or grandson of the chief cannot be made out.
This fascination hobab and his followers appear to have felt; and Moses counted upon it.
That of Moses to hobab is the language of every true saint of your acquaintance to you, Numb.
But Moses will not cease to lead the tribes towards Canaan, will not delay their progress a single day for hobab's sake.
During the Israelitish wanderings, hobab, a native of the desert, may have guided them to many such.
hobab might do real and valuable service to the tribes on their march to Canaan.
hobab did not respond to the promise of advantage to himself; he might be moved by the hope of being useful.