Judges 20:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 20:30, NIV: They went up against the Benjamites on the third day and took up positions against Gibeah as they had done before.

Judges 20:30, ESV: And the people of Israel went up against the people of Benjamin on the third day and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

Judges 20:30, KJV: And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

Judges 20:30, NASB: And the sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and lined up against Gibeah as at other times.

Judges 20:30, NLT: They went out on the third day and took their positions at the same place as before.

Judges 20:30, CSB: On the third day the Israelites fought against the Benjaminites and took their battle positions against Gibeah as before.

What does Judges 20:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The pace of this passage has slowed down in recent verses, focusing on the military strategy used by the armies of Israel against the army of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites have positioned parts of their army around the city, out of sight, to ambush Benjaminite fighters when they leave the city. At the same time, the remainder of the army takes up the same battle lines used in the previous two attacks (Judges 12:19–25).

For those inside the city, it would appear the third attack would follow the pattern of the first two. That is not the case. With men set in ambush (Judges 20:26–29), Israel's forces will draw their enemy out from the city and sweep in when the defenses are down (Judges 20:31–36).