Judges 21:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, lifting up their voices and weeping 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;

New King James Version
Then the people came to the house of God, and remained there before God till evening. 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 raised their voices and wept profusely.

NASB 1995
So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.

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

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

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

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

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they came unto Bayth Eil, and they stayed there until evening before God, and they lifted up their voice and wept a great weeping

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the people came to Baethel, and sat there until evening before God: and they lifted up their voice and wept with a great weeping;

Contemporary English Version
After the war with Benjamin, the Israelites went to the place of worship at Bethel and sat there until sunset. They cried loudly and bitterly

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:

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.

Good News Translation
So now the people of Israel went to Bethel and sat there in the presence of God until evening. Loudly and bitterly they mourned:

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

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

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.

Literal Standard Version
And the people come to Beth-El, and sit there until the evening before God, and lift up their voice, and weep [with] a great weeping,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wives for the Benjamites
1Now the men of Israel had sworn an oath at Mizpah, saying, “Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite.” 2So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, lifting up their voices and weeping bitterly. 3“Why, O LORD God of Israel,” they cried out, “has this happened in Israel? Today in Israel one tribe is missing!”…

Cross References
Judges 20:26
Then the Israelites, all the people, went up to Bethel, where they sat weeping before the LORD. That day they fasted until evening and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD.

Judges 21:3
"Why, O LORD God of Israel," they cried out, "has this happened in Israel? Today in Israel one tribe is missing!"

1 Samuel 11:4
When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and relayed these words in the hearing of the people, they all wept aloud.


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 young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

Judges 20:18,23,26
And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first…

Joshua 18:1
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

lifted

Judges 2:4
And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

Genesis 27:38
And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

1 Samuel 30:4
Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.









(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,

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So the people
הָעָם֙ (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

came
וַיָּבֹ֤א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to Bethel
אֵ֔ל (’êl)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1008: Bethel -- 'house of God', a city in Ephraim, also a place in southern Judah

and sat
וַיֵּ֤שְׁבוּ (way·yê·šə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

there
שָׁם֙ (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

before
לִפְנֵ֖י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

God
הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

evening,
הָעֶ֔רֶב (hā·‘e·reḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6153: Evening

lifting up
וַיִּשְׂא֣וּ (way·yiś·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

their voices
קוֹלָ֔ם (qō·w·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

and weeping
וַיִּבְכּ֖וּ (way·yiḇ·kū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1058: To weep, to bemoan

bitterly.
גָדֽוֹל׃ (ḡā·ḏō·wl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent


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