Judges 20:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 20:22, NIV: But the Israelites encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day.

Judges 20:22, ESV: But the people, the men of Israel, took courage, and again formed the battle line in the same place where they had formed it on the first day.

Judges 20:22, KJV: And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

Judges 20:22, NASB: But the people, the men of Israel, showed themselves courageous and lined up for battle again in the place where they had lined themselves up on the first day.

Judges 20:22, NLT: But the Israelites encouraged each other and took their positions again at the same place they had fought the previous day.

Judges 20:22, CSB: But the Israelite troops rallied and again took their battle positions in the same place where they positioned themselves on the first day.

What does Judges 20:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The armies of eleven of Israel's twelve tribes have suffered devastating losses. What began as a police action to hold Gibeah responsible for abominable sins has become a civil war (Judges 20:12–20). Rather than cooperate by punishing the guilty, the people of Benjamin decided to defend their city. The armies of Israel had a fifteen to one advantage in numbers over the fighting men of Benjamin (Judges 20:15–17). But at the end of the first day's battle, about one in twenty of Israel's men have been killed. Gibeah has not fallen.

Israel's warriors refuse to give in to despair. They choose courage and form the same battle lines against Gibeah they had formed the day before. They are ready to attack again, determined to overpower the Benjaminites this time. Israel will again insist on making sure that God is with them in this fight (Judges 20:23).