Judges 20:44
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English Standard Version
Eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell, all of them men of valor.

King James Bible
And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.

American Standard Version
And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that were slain in the same place were eighteen thousand men, all most valiant soldiers.

English Revised Version
And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valor.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Benjaminites, for instance, saw (this is the proper rendering of ויּראוּ with vav consec., which merely indicates the order of thought, not that of time) that they were beaten, and the man of Israel vacated the field before Benjamin (מקום נתן, to give place by falling back and flying), because they relied upon the ambush which they had placed against Gibeah. The Benjaminites did not perceive this till the ambush fell upon their rear. But the ambush itself, as is added in Judges 20:37 by way of further explanation, hastened and fell (fell as quickly as possible) into Gibeah, and went thither and smote the whole town with the edge of the sword. To this there is added the further explanation in Judges 20:38 : "And the arrangement of the Israelites with the ambush was this: multiply, to cause smoke-rising to ascend (i.e., cause a great cloud of smoke to ascend) out of the city." The only objection that can be raised to this view of הרב, as the imperative Hiphil of רבה, is the suffix ם-attached to להעלותם, since this is unsuitable to a direct address. This suffix can only be explained by supposing that there is an admixture of two constructions, the direct appeal, and the indirect explanation, that they were to cause to ascend. If this be not admitted, however, we can only follow Studer, and erase the suffix as an error of the pen occasioned by the following word משׂאת; for the other course suggested by Bertheau, namely that הרב should be struck out as a gloss, is precluded by the circumstance that there is no possible way of explaining the interpolation of so apparently unsuitable a word into the text. It certainly stood in the text used by the lxx, though they have most foolishly confounded הרב with חרב, and rendered it μάχαιρα.

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Judges 20:43 They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest and trod them down opposite Gibeah toward the east.

Judges 20:45 The rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, but they caught 5, 000 of them on the highways and overtook them at Gidom and killed 2, 000 of them.

Cross References
Judges 20:43
Surrounding the Benjaminites, they pursued them and trod them down from Nohah as far as opposite Gibeah on the east.

Judges 20:45
And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon. Five thousand men of them were cut down in the highways. And they were pursued hard to Gidom, and 2,000 men of them were struck down.

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