Judges 20:12
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New International Version
The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What about this awful crime that was committed among you?

New Living Translation
The Israelites sent messengers to the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What a terrible thing has been done among you!

English Standard Version
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What evil is this that has taken place among you?

New American Standard Bible
Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?

King James Bible
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What is this outrage that has occurred among you?

International Standard Version
The tribes of Israel sent men throughout the entire tribe of Benjamin to ask them, "What is this evil thing that has occurred among you?

NET Bible
The tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "How could such a wicked thing take place?

New Heart English Bible
The tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What wickedness is this that has happened among you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin. They asked, "How could such an evil thing happen among you?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying: 'What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you?

New American Standard 1977
Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

King James 2000 Bible
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

American King James Version
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

American Standard Version
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they sent messengers to all the tribe of Benjamin to say to them: Why hath so great an abomination been found among you?

Darby Bible Translation
And the tribes of Israel sent men to all the families of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that has been done among you?

English Revised Version
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you?

Webster's Bible Translation
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

World English Bible
The tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What wickedness is this that is happen among you?

Young's Literal Translation
And the tribes of Israel send men among all the tribes of Benjamin, saying, 'What is this evil which hath been among you?
Study Bible
The Decree of the Assembly
11Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man. 12Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What is this wickedness that has taken place among you? 13"Now then, deliver up the men, the worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel." But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Judges 20:11
Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.

Judges 20:13
"Now then, deliver up the men, the worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel." But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

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Deuteronomy 13:14 Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, …

Deuteronomy 20:10 When you come near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace to it.

Joshua 22:13-16 And the children of Israel sent to the children of Reuben, and to …

Matthew 18:15-18 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

(12) Through all the tribe of Benjamin.--It was equitable to send this embassy, although the Benjamites had not come to the sacred gathering at Mizpeh. The word for "tribe" is in the plural, so that it is, "the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribes of Benjamin." Clearly, in the latter instance shebet means a family. (See Note on Judges 18:19, and Numbers 4:18 : "the tribe of the families of Kohath.) There were ten families in the tribe of Benjamin (Genesis 46:21).

Verse 12. - Tribe of Benjamin. The Hebrew has tribes, meaning probably families, as the word is used Numbers 4:18. Vice versa, family is used for tribe, Judges 17:7; Judges 18:11. What wickedness, etc. The message was perhaps toe sharp and peremptory to be successful. It roused the pride and tribal independence of the Benjamites to resist. We must suppose the message to have preceded in point of time the hostile gathering recorded in ver. 11. It was probably sent before the council broke up (see above, Judges 7:25; Judges 8:4, and note). And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribes of Benjamin,.... Meaning the families of Benjamin; for as sometimes a tribe is called a family, Joshua 7:17 so a family is called a tribe; and there were ten families in the tribe of Benjamin, according to the number of his sons, the fathers of these families. Genesis 46:21, which being numerous and powerful, and consisting of men of courage, and expert in war, thought themselves a match for the ten tribes of Israel now assembled, who sent one out of each tribe, very probably ten in all, upon this errand; for they judged it most advisable, before they went to war with them, to try to get the offenders, delivered up to justice, and so prevent the shedding of blood of either side; and the rather, as there were none of the tribe of Benjamin at this assembly, and which indeed might give them reason to suspect they meant not to join with them in an amicable manner in this affair: however, they were willing to try peaceable methods first:

saying, what wickedness is this that is done among you? not that they were sent to inquire what the crime was that was committed, that was fully known; but by putting the question in this manner, their design was to aggravate it, and to put the men of Benjamin on considering how great it was, what an enormous sin it was that was committed, and that among them; and therefore it lay upon them, either to punish the perpetrators of it themselves or deliver them up to them to be punished according to the common law of Israel. 17:7-13 Micah thought it was a sign of God's favour to him and his images, that a Levite should come to his door. Thus those who please themselves with their own delusions, if Providence unexpectedly bring any thing to their hands that further them in their evil way, are apt from thence to think that God is pleased with them.
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