Judges 20:17

“And the men of Israel, beside Beniamin, were numbred foure hundred thousand men that drewe sword; all these were men of warre.”

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Other Translations

And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men of war.
- King James Version

Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the men of Israel, other than Benjamin, were four hundred thousand in number, all armed with swords; they were all men of war.
- Basic English Bible

And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
- Darby Bible

And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
- Webster's Bible

The men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men who drew sword: all these were men of war.
- World English Bible

And the men of Israel numbered themselves, apart from Benjamin, four hundred thousand men, drawing sword, each of these a man of war.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 20:17


20:17 Men of Israel - Such as were here present, for it is probable they had a far greater number of men, being six hundred thousand before their entrance into Canaan.


Discussion for Judges 20

  • Steve
    On verse 16. Most people are naturally right handed, so to fight sword with sword with a left handed person would be much harder. Remember how Ehud was left handed and drew the sword against King Eglon. Towers in castles of old had spiral stair cases in the direction that a right handed man would use the the sword to defend in this case a left handed man would find it easier to attack upwards.
  • BSP
    Verse 5~The men of Gibeah were wicked and so they had to be punished for their inhumane crimes.
  • Lu2677
    Not all concubines were wicked,many possibly were virgins when they were chosen.1Chroncicles 1:32 Abraham had concubines and had children with them, he was a godly man. It was not adultry. 2Samuel 5:11-14 David took more concubines from Jerusalem after God made him king over Israel. It was not sin. Solomon took many from nations that God told him not to take from, it was his undoing; 1Kings 11:1-4
  • April
    I am so confused,from what I understand a concubine was not a virgin and the man offered up the concubine for the mens entertainment purposes,and although she was a concubine,not one with god for her actions,what these men did was horrifically disgusting and an abomination,yes whoring around is a sin and all but she wasn't KILLING and beating people,and she will answer for her own actions.....wow.
  • Kim Alexander
    I'm sure the Lord knew, the intentions of those men. But if they would had just went on and killed those men, then the virgin would had still been alive.
  • Grafton griffith
    trust God even if we don not understand what He is doing.

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