Judges 21:2
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New International Version
The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.

New Living Translation
Now the people went to Bethel and sat in the presence of God until evening, weeping loudly and bitterly.

English Standard Version
And the people came to Bethel and sat there till evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.

New American Standard Bible
So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.

King James Bible
And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the people went to Bethel and sat there before God until evening. They wept loudly and bitterly,

International Standard Version
So the people went to Bethel, sat before God until dusk, where they cried out loud and wept bitterly.

NET Bible
So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, weeping loudly and uncontrollably.

New Heart English Bible
The people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept severely.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people went to Bethel and sat there in the presence of God until evening. They cried very loudly,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore.

New American Standard 1977
So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the people came to the house of God and abode there until the evening before God and lifted up their voices and wept sore

King James 2000 Bible
And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept greatly;

American King James Version
And the people came to the house of God, and stayed there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

American Standard Version
And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they all came to the house of God in Silo, and abiding before him till the evening, lifted up their voices, and began to lament and weep, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And the people came to Bethel, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly,

English Revised Version
And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept bitterly;

World English Bible
The people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept severely.

Young's Literal Translation
And the people come in to Beth-El, and sit there till the evening before God, and lift up their voice, and weep -- a great weeping,
Study Bible
Mourning the Tribe of Benjamin
1Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, "None of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin in marriage." 2So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly. 3They said, "Why, O LORD, God of Israel, has this come about in Israel, so that one tribe should be missing today in Israel?"…
Cross References
Judges 20:26
Then 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.

Judges 21:3
They said, "Why, O LORD, God of Israel, has this come about in Israel, so that one tribe should be missing today in Israel?"

1 Samuel 11:4
Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
Treasury of Scripture

And the people came to the house of God, and stayed there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

the house

Judges 21:12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred …

Judges 20:18,23,26 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, …

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

lifted

Judges 2:4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spoke these words …

Genesis 27:38 And Esau said to his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? …

1 Samuel 30:4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice …

(2) To the house of God.--Rather, to Bethel, as in Judges 20:18; Judges 20:27.

Wept sore.--As after their defeat (Judges 20:26); but this time they were remorseful for the fate of those whom they were then pledged to destroy.

Verse 2. - And the people, etc. The narrative now proceeds. After the people, i.e. the Israelite army, so described Judges 20:3, 8, 22, etc., had finished the work of destruction in the cities of Benjamin, they returned to Bethel (the house of God, A.V., here and in Judges 20:18, 26, 31, where see notes), and, their rage having now subsided, gave way to violent grief on account of the destruction of Benjamin their brother. With passionate Oriental feelings they passed the whole day weeping, and probably fasting (see ch. 20:26), before the tabernacle. Wept sore. Hebrew, wept a great weeping. The expression lifted up their voices shows that it was a loud wailing and lamentation, And the people came to the house of God,.... Not to the city Bethel, as the Targum, Septuagint, and other versions, but to Shiloh, where were the tabernacle and ark; and this is to be understood of the army after they had utterly destroyed the Benjaminites: hence we read of the camp in Shiloh, Judges 21:12, here they came not so much to rejoice, and be glad, and to return thanks for the victory they had at last obtained, as to lament the unhappy case of the tribe of Benjamin, and to have counsel and advice, and consider of ways and means to repair their loss:

and abode there till even before God; fasting and praying, instead of feasting and rejoicing:

and lifted up their voices, and wept sore; not so much, or at least not only for the 40,000 Israelites that were slain, but for the tribe of Benjamin, in danger of being lost, as follows. 2-5. the people came to the house of God, … and lifted up their voices, and wept sore—The characteristic fickleness of the Israelites was not long in being displayed; for scarcely had they cooled from the fierceness of their sanguinary vengeance, than they began to relent and rushed to the opposite extreme of self-accusation and grief at the desolation which their impetuous zeal had produced. Their victory saddened and humbled them. Their feelings on the occasion were expressed by a public and solemn service of expiation at the house of God. And yet this extraordinary observance, though it enabled them to find vent for their painful emotions, did not afford them full relief, for they were fettered by the obligation of a religious vow, heightened by the addition of a solemn anathema on every violator of the oath. There is no previous record of this oath; but the purport of it was, that they would treat the perpetrators of this Gibeah atrocity in the same way as the Canaanites, who were doomed to destruction; and the entering into this solemn league was of a piece with the rest of their inconsiderate conduct in this whole affair.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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