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Then. These chapters (20, 21), hy Figure of speech Hysterologia , describe events which took place soon after Joshua's death. See notes on Judges 18:1 with Judges 19:1 .
children = sons.
as one man. All this excitement, unanimity, and bloodshed about an injury done to a woman; no sense of the evil of idolatry and sin against God, recorded in Judges 19:0 .
God. Hebrew. ha - 'Elohim = the [true] God. App-14 . See note on Judges 18:31 .
Now. Note the Figure of speech Parenthesis in this verse. App-6 . Mizpeh on the south-west border of Benjamin, not Mizpeh on the east of Jordan (Judges 10:17 ; Judges 11:11 , Judges 11:29 ).
wickedness. Hebrew. ra'a'. App-44 .
the Levite. Hebrew = "the man, the Levite".
men = masters or head-men. for the house of God was in Shiloh (Judges 18:31 ), also the camp of Israel (Judges 21:12 ).
lefthanded. Hebrew lame, or bound, in his right hand.
hair breadth = a hair. No Ellipsis, omit "breadth".
miss. Hebrew. chata'. See App-44 .
God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4 .
And. Note the Figure of speech Parenthesis. App-6 .
before the LORD. At Shiloh (Judges 18:31 ).
asked counsel. By Phinehas, with Urim and Thummim. Compare Judges 20:28 , and see notes on Exodus 28:30 . Numbers 26:55 .
offered = offered up. See App-43 .
Phinehas. The grandson of Aaron, the contemporary of Jonathan the grandson of Moses (Judges 18:30 ). This is the only mention of the high priest throughout the book.
Aaron. Some codices, with Syriac, add "the priest".
coasts = borders.
no such deed done. "The days of Giheah"became proverbial. Compare Hosea 9:9 ; Hosea 10:9 .
the house of God = Beth-el Here it denotes Beth-el. One of the three cities mentioned.
meadows. Probably = forest.
trusted. Confided or placed hope in. Hebrew. batah. App-69 .
drew themselves along = marched forward.
the city = the whole city, or holocaust of the city.
over against = as far as over against.
six hundred. Compare Judges 21:13 .
the men = every one.
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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Judges 20". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25