Judges 20:17
And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
Jdg 20:17. The men of Israel were four hundred thousand — That is, those that were here present, for it is probable they had a far greater number of men, being six hundred thousand before their entrance into Canaan.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.See Judges 3:15, and note. In the Septuagint and Vulgate the 700 chosen men of Gibeah are represented as the seven hundred left-handed slingers. 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. The men of Israel, to wit, such as were here present, Judges 20:2, for otherwise it is most probable they had a far greater number of men, being 600,000 before their entrance into Canaan, Numbers 1:2. And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin,.... Who did not join them in this affair, but opposed them:

were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: see Judges 20:9.

all these were men of war; inured to it, skilful and courageous.

And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)
Verse 17. - A repetition of the statement in ver. 2.

CHAPTER 20:18-48 Thus the men of Israel assembled together against Gibeah, united as one man. חברים, lit. as comrades, simply serves to strengthen the expression "as one man." With this remark, which indicates briefly the carrying out of the resolution that was adopted, the account of the meeting of the congregation is brought to a close; but the actual progress of the affair is really anticipated, inasmuch as what is related in Judges 20:12-21 preceded the expedition in order of time.
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