Judges 20:16
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New International Version
Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

New Living Translation
Among Benjamin's elite troops, 700 were left-handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing.

English Standard Version
Among all these were 700 chosen men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

New American Standard Bible
Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

King James Bible
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There were 700 choice men who were left-handed among all these people; all could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

International Standard Version
Out of all these soldiers, 700 of them were left-handed—and each one could sling a stone at a hair and never miss.

NET Bible
Among this army were seven hundred specially-trained left-handed soldiers. Each one could sling a stone and hit even the smallest target.

New Heart English Bible
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; everyone could sling stones at a hair and not miss.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Out of all these troops, the best 700 were left-handed. Each could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All this people, even seven hundred chosen men, were left-handed; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.

New American Standard 1977
Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men with their right hands impeded (they were lefthanded); each one could sling stones at a hairs breadth, and not miss. {Heb. sin}

King James 2000 Bible
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men, left-handed; every one could sling stones at a hair's breadth, and not miss.

American King James Version
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left handed; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

American Standard Version
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who were seven hundred most valiant men, fighting with the left hand as well as with the right: and slinging stones so sure that they could hit even a hair, and not miss by the stone's going on either side.

Darby Bible Translation
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; all these slang stones at a hair [breadth], and missed not.

English Revised Version
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair-breadth, and not miss.

Webster's Bible Translation
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; every one could sling stones to a hair-breadth, and not miss.

World English Bible
Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; everyone could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.

Young's Literal Translation
among all this people are seven hundred chosen men, bound of their right hand, each of these slinging with a stone at the hair, and he doth not err.
Study Bible
The Decree of the Assembly
15From the cities on that day the sons of Benjamin were numbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were numbered, 700 choice men. 16Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. 17Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.…
Cross References
Judges 3:15
But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab.

Judges 20:17
Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.

1 Samuel 17:40
He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.

1 Chronicles 12:2
They were equipped with bows, using both the right hand and the left to sling stones and to shoot arrows from the bow; they were Saul's kinsmen from Benjamin.
Treasury of Scripture

Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left handed; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.

left-handed `obstructed in his right hand;' so the Chaldee Targum, {gemid beedaih deyammeena;} `contracted or impeded in his right hand.' Le Clerc observes, that the

Judges 3:15 But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised …

1 Chronicles 12:2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and …

sling stones
The sling was a very ancient warlike instrument; and, in the hands of those who were skilled in the use of it, produced astonishing effects. The inhabitants of the islands of Baleares, now Majorca and Minorca, were the most celebrated slingers of antiquity. They did not permit their children to break their fast, till they had struck down the bread they had to eat from the top of a pole, on some distant eminence. Vegetius tells us, that slingers could in general hit the mark at

1 Samuel 17:40,49,50 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones …

1 Samuel 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul…

2 Chronicles 26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and …

(16) Seven hundred chosen men.--These words are omitted in the LXX. and Vulg.

Left handed.--The same phrase as that employed in Judges 3:15.

Could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.--The expression is perfectly simple, and merely implies extreme accuracy of aim. Bochart's attempt (Hieroz. Ii. 162) to explain it by a passage in Quintus Smyrnus, which says that archers used to contend which should be able to shoot off the horsehair crest of a helmet, is a mere specimen of learning fantastically misapplied. Skill with the sling was not confined to the Benjamites, as we see from the case of David (1Samuel 17:49). The sling is the natural weapon of a people which is poor and imperfectly armed. Cyrus valued his force of 400 slingers (Xen. Anab. iii. 3-6). The inhabitants of the Balearic Isles were as skilful as the Benjamites, and children were trained to sling their breakfasts down from the top of high poles. They once prevented the Carthaginian fleet from coming to anchor by showers of stones (liv. xxviii. 37, solo eo telo utebantur). Practice made them so expert that the stones they slung came with as much force as though hurled by a catapult, and pierced shields and helmets (Diod. Sic. Bibl. v. 18). Exactly similar tales are told of the trained skill of our English archers. The advantage of slinging with the left hand was very obvious, for it enabled the slinger to strike his enemy on the right, i.e., the undefended side.

Verse 16. - Seven hundred... men left-handed. It is curious that the tribe of Benjamin, which means son of the right hand, should have this peculiar institution of a corps of left-handed men. Ehud the Benjamite was a man left-handed (Judges 3:15; see also 1 Chronicles 12:2). The Roman name Scaexola means left-handed. For the use of the sling see 1 Samuel 17:40, 49. Diodorus Siculus (quoted by Rosenmuller) mentions the remarkable skill of the inhabitants of the Balearic Islands in the use of the sling, adding, in terms very similar to those of the text, that they seldom miss their aim. Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded,.... According to Ben Gersom, these were the seven hundred men of Gibeah; but this does not appear from the text, but, on the contrary, that these were among all the people; or there were so many to be selected out of them all, who were lefthanded men; nor is it likely that all the inhabitants of one place should be such. Benjamin signifies a son of the right hand, yet this tribe had a great number of lefthanded men in it, see Judges 3:15. Josephus (h) wrongly reduces the number to five hundred:

everyone could sling stones at an hair's breadth, and not miss: the mark they slung the stone at, so very expert were they at it; and perhaps their having such a number of skilful men in this art made them more confident of success, and emboldened them in this daring undertaking, to point to which this circumstance seems to be mentioned. There were a people that inhabited the islands, now called Majorca and Minorca, anciently Baleares, from their skilfulness in slinging stones, to which they brought up from their childhood, as it is related various writers, Strabo (i), Diodorus Siculus (k), Floras (l) and others (m); that their mothers used to set their breakfast on a beam or post, or some such thing, at a distance, which they were not to have, unless they could strike it off; and the first of these writers says, that they exercised this art from the time that the Phoenicians held these islands; and, according to Pliny (n), the Phoenicians, the old inhabitants of Canaan, were the first inventors of slings, and from these the Benjaminites might learn it. The Indians are said (o) to be very expert in slinging stones to an hair's breadth.

(h) Antiqu. l. 5. c. 2. sect. 10. (i) Geograph l. 3. p. 116. (k) Bibliothec. l. 5. p. 298. (l) Roman Cost. l. 3. c. 8. (m) Vid. Barthii Ammadv. ad Claudian. in 3 Consul. Honor. ver. 50. (n) Nat. Hist. l. 7. c. 56. (o) Philoetrat. Vit. Apollon. l. 2. c. 12. 16. left-handed; every one could sling stones at an hair-breadth, and not miss—The sling was one of the earliest weapons used in war. The Hebrew sling was probably similar to that of the Egyptian, consisting of a leather thong, broad in the middle, with a loop at one end, by which it was firmly held with the hand; the other end terminated in a lash, which was let slip when the stone was thrown. Those skilled in the use of it, as the Benjamites were, could hit the mark with unerring certainty. A good sling could carry its full force to the distance of two hundred yards.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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