Judges 21:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 21:13, NIV: Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.

Judges 21:13, ESV: Then the whole congregation sent word to the people of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon and proclaimed peace to them.

Judges 21:13, KJV: And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.

Judges 21:13, NASB: Then the whole congregation sent word and spoke to the sons of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.

Judges 21:13, NLT: The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the remaining people of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon.

Judges 21:13, CSB: The whole congregation sent a message of peace to the Benjaminites who were at Rimmon Rock.

What does Judges 21:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Six hundred Benjaminite men have been hiding from the armies of Israel; they are the last people left alive from their entire tribe (Judges 20:47–48). Their sanctuary is the "rock of Rimmon," sometimes called "Pomegranate Rock" because holes in the limestone cliffs resemble the seeds in the pomegranate fruit. It's possible these men don't yet realize they are the last of their people.

Whatever they knew, or didn't, they were probably surprised when an Israelite delegation showed up. That message was one of peace; in the moment, it was probably as literal as shouting loudly that it was safe to come out. No threat remained. On the contrary, those who hunted these men now work under a plan to save them and their tribe from ending.