|Overview - Judges 21|
|1||The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin.|
|8||By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them four hundred wives.|
|16||They advise the remainder to surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh.|
Judges 21:23 (King James Version)
And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
- and they went
- It appears that the Benjamites acted in the most honourable way to the women they had thus violently carried off, and we may rest assured, that they took them to an inheritance more than equal to their own. But this transaction, as well as the indiscriminate massacre of the people of Jabesh-gilead, as Dr. Gray observes, was certainly stamped with injustice and cruelty; and must be condemned on those principles which the Scriptures elsewhere furnish.