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Judges 20:14

ESV Then the people of Benjamin came together out of the cities to Gibeah to go out to battle against the people of Israel.
NIV From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites.
NASB Instead, the sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.
CSB Instead, the Benjaminites gathered together from their cities to Gibeah to go out and fight against the Israelites.
NLT Instead, they came from their towns and gathered at Gibeah to fight the Israelites.
KJV But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.

What does Judges 20:14 mean?

In this pivotal moment in Israel's history, the people of Benjamin make a choice. Instead of agreeing with the other eleven tribes that the wicked rapists and murderers of Gibeah (Judges 19:14) must be destroyed (Judges 19:22–27), those of Benjamin choose to defend them. Instead of joining the effort to purge the evil from Israel, the Benjaminites decided to stand their ground in defending their own, no matter how evil they might be (Judges 20:12–13).

However, the armies of the tribes of Israel are already camped nearby, ready to attack. In response, the people of Benjamin rally their own army and prepare for war.
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