SEV Biblia, Chapter 20:1 Â¶ Entonces salieron todos los hijos de Israel, y se reunió la congregación como un solo hombre, desde Dan hasta Beerseba y la tierra de Galaad, al SEÑOR en Mizpa.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - Judges 20:1 Verse 1. Unto the Lord in Mizpeh.] This city was situated on the confines of Judah and Benjamin, and is sometimes attributed to the one, sometimes to the other. It seems that there was a place here in which the Lord was consulted, as well as at Shiloh; in 1Mac iii. 46, we read, In Maspha was the place where they prayed aforetime in Israel. These two passages cast light on each other.
Some think that Shiloh is meant, because the ark was there; but the phrase before the Lord may signify no more than meeting in the name of God to consult him, and make prayer and supplication. Wherever God's people are, there is God himself; and it ever was true, that wherever two or three were assembled in his name, he was in the midst of them.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 1. Then all the children of Israel went out , etc.] Of their tribes, cities, habitations, not every individual of them, but some of the chief of them, with a select company with them: and the congregation was gathered together as one man ; with as much unanimity and ease met together in one place, at the same time, as if only one man had been pitched upon and deputed for that purpose: from Dan even to Beersheba , from the city Dan, lately built, which was in the most northern parts of the land of Canaan, to Beersheba, a city in the most southern part, which included all the tribes in the land of Canaan, who all, excepting Benjamin, assembled: with the land of Gilead ; which lay on the other side Jordan, inhabited by the two tribes of Reuben and Dan, and the half tribe of Manasseh, who also came on this occasion: unto the Lord in Mizpeh ; a city which lay upon the borders of Judah and Benjamin, and is therefore assigned to them both, ( Joshua 15:38 18:26) for this was not Mizpeh in the land of Gilead, but a city near to Shiloh; and, according to Fuller f409 , eight miles from Gibeah, and so was a convenient place to meet at: it is not to be thought the tribes met here, by a secret impulse upon their minds, but by a summons of some principal persons in one of the tribes, very probably in the tribe of Ephraim, where the Levite dwelt, and in which was the tabernacle of the Lord, and of which the last supreme magistrate was, namely, Joshua; and all having notice of the occasion of it, met very readily; and because they assembled in the name and fear of God, and it was in the cause of God, and as a solemn assembly, a judicial one, in which God was usually present, they are said to be gathered unto him, and the rather, as they sought for direction and counsel from him in the affair before them.
Matthew Henry Commentary The tribe of Benjamin nearly extirpated.
--The Israelites' abhorrence of the crime committed at Gibeah, an their resolution to punish the criminals, were right; but they forme their resolves with too much haste and self-confidence. The eterna ruin of souls will be worse, and more fearful, than these desolation of a tribe __________________________________________________________________
Original Hebrew ויצאו 3318 כל 3605 בני 1121 ישׂראל 3478 ותקהל 6950 העדה 5712 כאישׁ 376 אחד 259 למדן 1835 ועד 5704 באר שׁבע 884 וארץ 776 הגלעד 1568 אל 413 יהוה 3068 המצפה׃ 4709