Judges 20:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 20:14, NIV: From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites.

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.

Judges 20:14, 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.

Judges 20:14, NASB: Instead, the sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.

Judges 20:14, NLT: Instead, they came from their towns and gathered at Gibeah to fight the Israelites.

Judges 20:14, CSB: Instead, the Benjaminites gathered together from their cities to Gibeah to go out and fight against the Israelites.

What does Judges 20:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

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.