Judges 21:10

Overview - Judges 21
The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin.
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.
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Judges 21:10  (King James Version)
And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.

Go and smite
As they had sworn to destroy those who would not assist in the war (ver. 5,) they determined to destroy the men of Jabesh, and to leave none except the virgins; and to give these to the 600 Benjamites who had escaped to the rock of Rimmon. The
whole account is dreadful. The crime of the men of Gibeah was of the deepest dye; the punishment involving both the guilty and innocent, was extended to the most criminal excess, and their mode of remedying the evil they had occasioned was equally abominable. 5 ; 5:23 Deuteronomy 13:15 ; Joshua 7:24 ; 1 Samuel 11:7 ; 15:3

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