Judges 20:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 20:29, NIV: Then Israel set an ambush around Gibeah.

Judges 20:29, ESV: So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.

Judges 20:29, KJV: And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.

Judges 20:29, NASB: So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.

Judges 20:29, NLT: So the Israelites set an ambush all around Gibeah.

Judges 20:29, CSB: So Israel set up an ambush around Gibeah.

What does Judges 20:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God assured the Israelites they will defeat Gibeah in their third attack (Judges 20:19–28). Since the full tribe of Benjamin is defending Gibeah (Judges 19:14), this means the Israelites will overcome their brothers in that tribe, as well.

Exact maneuvers of the previous two attacks were not described. Here, however, Israel seems to employ a new strategy. They position parts of their army in hiding around the city to ambush the Benjaminites. This appears to be connected to a classic feint, a tactic meant to incite a response which can then be exploited. Israel will draw the Benjaminite fighters out from Gibeah, then attack the city when the bulk of the army of Benjamin is too far away to protect it (Judges 20:30–31).