Judges 20:9
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New International Version
But now this is what we'll do to Gibeah: We'll go up against it in the order decided by casting lots.

New Living Translation
Instead, this is what we will do to Gibeah; we will draw lots to decide who will attack it.

English Standard Version
But now this is what we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot,

Berean Study Bible
Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: We will go against it as the lot dictates.

New American Standard Bible
"But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.

King James Bible
But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;

Christian Standard Bible
Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: we will attack it. By lot

Good News Translation
This is what we will do: we will draw lots and choose some men to attack Gibeah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: we will go against it by lot.

International Standard Version
This is what we'll do to Gibeah: we're going to assemble an army by lottery.

NET Bible
Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: We will attack the city as the lot dictates.

New Heart English Bible
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what we'll do to Gibeah. We'll decide by lot who should attack it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot;

New American Standard 1977
“But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.

Jubilee Bible 2000
until we do this upon Gibeah that we cast lots against it;

King James 2000 Bible
But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;

American King James Version
But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;

American Standard Version
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this we will do in common against Gabaa:

Darby Bible Translation
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: [we go] by lot against it;

English Revised Version
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot;

Webster's Bible Translation
But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up by lot against it;

World English Bible
But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: [we will go up] against it by lot;

Young's Literal Translation
and now, this is the thing which we do to Gibeah -- against it by lot!
Study Bible
The Decree of the Assembly
8Then all the people stood as one man and said, “Not one of us will return to his tent or to his house. 9Now this is what we will do to Gibeah: We will go against it as the lot dictates. 10We will take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred out of every thousand, and a thousand out of every ten thousand, to supply provisions for the army when they go to Gibeah in Benjamin to punish them for all the vileness they have committed in Israel.”…
Cross References
Judges 20:8
Then all the people stood as one man and said, "Not one of us will return to his tent or to his house.

Judges 20:10
We will take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred out of every thousand, and a thousand out of every ten thousand, to supply provisions for the army when they go to Gibeah in Benjamin to punish them for all the vileness they have committed in Israel."

Treasury of Scripture

But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;

by lot against it

Joshua 14:2 By lot was their inheritance, as the LORD commanded by the hand of …

1 Samuel 14:41,42 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. …

1 Chronicles 24:5 Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors …

Nehemiah 11:1 And the rulers of the people dwelled at Jerusalem: the rest of the …

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, …

Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell on Matthias; and …







(9) We will go up by lot against it.--The English Version follows the LXX. and other versions in supplying "we will go up." This is like the decision of the Amphictyonic counsel against the guilty city of Crissa (Grote, iv. 85). But perhaps it should be rendered "we will cast the lot upon it," to divide its territory when conquered.

Verse 9. - We will go up by lot against it. The words we will go up are not in the Hebrew, but are supplied by the Septuagint, who very likely found in their Hebrew copy the word na'aleh, we will go up, which has since (perchance) fallen out of the Hebrew text from its resemblance to the following word 'aleha against it. The sense will then be, Not one of us will shrink from the dangers of the war; but we will cast lots who shall go up against Gibeah, and who shall be employed in collecting victuals for the army, 40,000 having to be told off for the latter service. And exactly in the same spirit (if indeed the answer was not actually given by lot) they inquired of the Lord who should go up first (in ver. 18), and, we may presume also, who should follow in the subsequent attacks, though this is omitted for brevity. Others, however, think the words against it by lot are purposely abrupt, and that the meaning is that Israel would deal with Gibeah as they had done with the Canaanites, viz., destroy their city, and divide its territory by lot among the other tribes, after the analogy of Joshua 18:8-10. But this interpretation is not borne out by what actually happened, nor is the phrase a likely one to have been used. But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah,.... Where the fact was done; what follows was proposed by some, and unanimously agreed to by all:

we will go up by lot against it; cast lots who shall go up to it and demand satisfaction for the offence committed; and if denied, to act in an hostile manner against it. 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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