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Judges 20:42-43

20:42 They retreated before the Israelites, taking the road to the wilderness. But the battle overtook 1  them as men from the surrounding cities struck them down. 2  20:43 They surrounded the Benjaminites, chased them from Nohah, 3  and annihilated 4  them all the way to a spot east of Geba. 5 

1 tn Heb “clung to”; or “stuck close.”

2 tn Heb “and those from the cities were striking them down in their midst.”

3 tc The translation assumes the reading מִנּוֹחָה (minnokhah, “from Nohah”; cf. 1 Chr 8:2) rather than the MT’s מְנוּחָה (mÿnukhah, “resting place”).

4 tn Heb “tread down, walk on.”

5 tn Heb “unto the opposite of Gibeah toward the east.” Gibeah cannot be correct here, since the Benjaminites retreated from there toward the desert and Rimmon (see v. 45). A slight emendation yields the reading “Geba.”

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