Judges 20:43 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 20:43, NIV: They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east.

Judges 20:43, ESV: Surrounding the Benjaminites, they pursued them and trod them down from Nohah as far as opposite Gibeah on the east.

Judges 20:43, KJV: Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.

Judges 20:43, NASB: They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest, and trampled them down opposite Gibeah toward the east.

Judges 20:43, NLT: The Israelites surrounded the men of Benjamin and chased them relentlessly, finally overtaking them east of Gibeah.

Judges 20:43, CSB: They surrounded the Benjaminites, pursued them, and easily overtook them near Gibeah toward the east.

What does Judges 20:43 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The fighters of Benjamin realized their mistake in being drawn out of the city of Gibeah. They thought they were chasing down a fleeing Israelite army—in truth, they were headed into a trap. Once they see the smoke of Gibeah's destruction, it's too late to counter (Judges 20:40–41). They attempt to run for their lives into the wilderness, but the forces they were chasing floods behind them from the west and circles around to their north. Meanwhile, the soldiers who have destroyed Gibeah pursue the fleeing Benjaminites from the south and take positions to the east.

In short order, the army of Benjamin is surrounded. All that remains is for the Israelite soldiers to run them down, one by one, across the expansive area in between.