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Judges 20:1

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Civil War Breaks Out

20:1 All the Israelites from Dan to Beer Sheba 1  and from the land of Gilead 2  left their homes 3  and assembled together 4  before the Lord at Mizpah.

Judges 20:3

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20:3 The Benjaminites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah. Then the Israelites said, “Explain how this wicked thing happened!”

Judges 21:1

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600 Brides for 600 Brothers

21:1 The Israelites had taken an oath in Mizpah, saying, “Not one of us will allow his daughter to marry a Benjaminite.”

Judges 21:5

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21:5 The Israelites asked, “Who from all the Israelite tribes has not assembled before the Lord?” They had made a solemn oath that whoever did not assemble before the Lord at Mizpah must certainly be executed. 5 

1 sn Dan was located in the far north of the country, while Beer Sheba was located in the far south. This encompassed all the territory of the land of Canaan occupied by the Israelites.

2 sn The land of Gilead was on the eastern side of the Jordan River.

3 tn Heb “went out.”

4 tn Heb “and the assembly was convened as one man.”

5 tn Heb “A great oath there was concerning the one who did not go up before the Lord at Mizpah, saying, ‘He must surely be put to death.’”



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