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Bible Commentaries

Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books

Judges 21

Verses 1-13

The other 11 tribes had sworn, perhaps rashly, they would not give their daughters to the men of Benjamin.

With the war now ended, they went up to the house of God and wept. They were concerned that a tribe was now missing from the 12. The next morning, they offered sacrifices to God and inquired of one another to determine who had not come up to the assembly at Mizpah. Jabesh in Gilead had not come up, Song of Solomon 12,000 fighting men went against that city and struck it with the sword, sparing only female virgins. The four hundred who were found were given to the remaining men of Benjamin (21:1-13).

Verses 14-25

Two hundred men still remained of Benjamin who had no wives. Because of the oath at Mizpah, the men could not give them any wives. However, they did advise them to come up at the next annual feast at Shiloh and seize some daughters of that city while they were dancing outside the town. The elders promised that when the relatives of the virgins came to present their case, they would answer in their behalf that enough wives were not secured in the battle at Jabesh Gilead. Also, they would pronounce the men of Shiloh free from the oath because they had not given their daughters to the men of Benjamin.

When the wives were thus secured, the men of Benjamin returned to their land and rebuilt the cities which had been destroyed ( Jdg_21:14-25 ).

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Hampton, Gary. "Commentary on Judges 21". "Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghc/judges-21.html. 2014.