20:31 The Benjaminites attacked 4 the army, leaving the city unguarded. 5 They began to strike down their enemy 6 just as they had done before. On the main roads (one leads to Bethel, 7 the other to Gibeah) and in the field, they struck down 8 about thirty Israelites.
21:2 So the people came to Bethel 9 and sat there before God until evening, weeping loudly and uncontrollably. 10
2 tn Heb “They arose and went up to Bethel and asked God, and the Israelites said.”
3 tn Heb “Who should go up for us first for battle against the sons of Benjamin?”
4 tn Heb “went out to meet.”
5 tn Heb “and they were drawn away from the city.”
6 tn Heb “from the army wounded ones.”
8 tn The words “they struck down” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
10 tn Heb “and they lifted up their voice[s] and wept with great weeping.” Both the cognate accusative בְּכִי (bekhi, “weeping”) and the attributive adjective גָדוֹל (gadol, “great”) emphasize their degree of sorrow.