Judges 20:27
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New International Version
And the Israelites inquired of the LORD. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there,

New Living Translation
The Israelites went up seeking direction from the LORD. (In those days the Ark of the Covenant of God was in Bethel,

English Standard Version
And the people of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

New American Standard Bible
The sons of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

King James Bible
And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Israelites inquired of the LORD. In those days, the ark of the covenant of God was there,

International Standard Version
The Israelis inquired of the LORD, since the Ark of the Covenant was there at that time

NET Bible
The Israelites asked the LORD (for the ark of God's covenant was there in those days;

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel asked of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In those days the ark of God's promise was at Bethel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel asked of the LORD--for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

New American Standard 1977
And the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Israel enquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

American King James Version
And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel asked of Jehovah (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And inquired of him concerning their state. At that time the ark of the covenant of the Lord was there,

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel inquired of Jehovah (and the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel asked of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

World English Bible
The children of Israel asked of Yahweh (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel ask of Jehovah, -- and there is the ark of the covenant of God in those days,
Study Bible
Defeat of the Benjamites
26Then all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 27The sons of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron's son, stood before it to minister in those days), saying, "Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?" And the LORD said, "Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand."…
Cross References
Judges 20:18
Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, "Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?" Then the LORD said, "Judah shall go up first."

Judges 20:28
and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron's son, stood before it to minister in those days), saying, "Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?" And the LORD said, "Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand."
Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

enquired

Judges 20:18,23 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, …

Numbers 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel …

the ark

Joshua 18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together …

1 Samuel 4:3,4 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel …

Psalm 78:60,61 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed …

Jeremiah 7:12 But go you now to my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name …

The loss of two battles at length brought this stiff-necked people to enquire of the Lord; for all the company at this time met at Shiloh, and kept a day of fasting and prayer with great earnestness and solemnity. `Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.'

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither …

(27) Enquired of the Lord--i.e., of Jehovah, as in Judges 20:23. On the occasion of their first general inquiry (Judges 20:18) it is said that they "enquired of Elohim," but it is impossible to draw any certain inferences from this change of expression. It is clear, however, that the nation had been thoroughly and beneficially humiliated by these two terrible reverses, and that their approach to Jehovah on this occasion was far more solemn and devout than it had been at first.

Was there--i.e., at Bethel, though Bethel has not been mentioned in the English Version, owing to the erroneous rendering of the name by "House of God" in Judges 20:18-26.

Verse 27. - Enquired of the Lord. In the Hebrew, Asked the Lord, as in vers. 18, 23. For the ark of the covenant, etc. A most important statement, defining the time of these occurrences, within the lifetime of Phinehas, and also giving a strong intimation that the writer of these words lived after the tabernacle had been removed from Shiloh and its neighbourhood to Jerusalem. Was there. Where? The natural answer to be given is, At Bethel; for Bethel is the only place that has been named. But it is not in accordance with the other intimations given us concerning the tabernacle, that Bethel should be its resting-place under the high priesthood of Phinehas. In Joshua 18:1 we have the formal pitching of the tabernacle of the congregation at Shiloh; in Joshua 22:12 we find it there, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest before it; in 1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Samuel 2:14; 1 Samuel 3:21; 1 Samuel 4:3, we find it settled there till taken by the Philistines; and in Psalm 78:60 we find Shiloh described as the abode of the tabernacle till its capture by the Philistines, and there is no hint anywhere of Bethel or any other place having been the resting-place of the ark before it fell into the hands of the Philistines. Neither, again, is the explanation of some commentators, that the words the ark... was there in those days implies "that the ark of the covenant was only temporarily at Bethel," at all satisfactory. In those days has naturally a much wider and broader application, like the expression (Judges 17:6; Judges 18:1), In those days there was no king in Israel, and contrasts the time of Phinehas and the judges with the times of the monarchy, when the ark and the high priest were at Jerusalem. Unless, therefore, we understand Bethel in vers. 18, 26, 31 to mean the house of God, which seems quite impossible, we must interpret the word there to mean Shiloh, and suppose that the writer took no count of the temporary removal to Bethel for the convenience of consultation, but considered that it was at Shiloh in one sense, though momentarily it was a few miles off. Possibly too in the fuller narrative, of which we have here the abridgment, the name of Shiloh was mentioned as that to which there referred. And the children of Israel inquired of the Lord,.... By the Word of the Lord, as the Targum, and which has the same expression in Judges 20:18 for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days; in Shiloh, where the tabernacle was. 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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