* children of Belial.
19:22 De 13:13 1Sa 30:22 2Sa 20:1 23:6 1Ki 21:13 2Ch 13:7
* put away.
De 17:7,12 19:19 21:21 22:21,24 24:7 Ec 11:10
* would not.
1Sa 2:25 2Ch 25:16,20 Pr 29:1 Ho 9:9 10:9 Ro 1:32 Re 18:4,5
The conduct of the Israelites was very equitable in this
demand; but perhaps the rulers or elders of Gibeah ought
previously to have been applied to, to deliver up the
criminals to justice. However, the refusal of the Benjamites,
and their protection of those who had committed this horrible
wickedness, because they were of their own tribe, prove them
to have been deeply corrupted, and (all their advantages
considered) as ripe for divine vengeance as the inhabitants of
Sodom and Gomorrah had been. Confiding in their own valour
and military skill, they seen to have first prepared for
battle in this unequal contest with such superior numbers.