This, as it turned out, would be the The congregation ravenous wolves, and the concubine becomes their divided prey. The Benjamites had shown themselves eager to fight in the past, and certainly responded as such to the Philistine threat. The forces "And they said, 'What one is there of the tribes of Israel God caused the deaths of 22,000 people on day one of the battle. (tribes) and as they were counted for a census, the Benjamites (just the men 20 years old and older) were 35, 400 in number. the tribe's history. The virgins they would keep. By the time ofI Samuelthey had established what Michael Grant calls "inland frontiers". It is safe to assume this did not please king Saul. returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him They were known for their boldness, which is reflected in the gift of Jacob (Genesis 49,27 . are supposed to separate themselves from the lusts and desires of the The Benjamites: The Levite & the Concubine (click for Part I) The Benjamites faced extinction in Judges 19-21.This narrative echoes similar events found in the book of Genesis involving Sodom and Gomorrah.This particular event left a black mark on the tribe's history. listen to Ezra address them. The tribe of Benjamin had been reduced to six hundred men, and He wished to grab the attention of all Israel, hence he cut her dead body into pieces in a sensational effort to do so. "(DBY RSV), Judges 20:13Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gib'e-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel." But after he experiences the transformative power of salvation, he changes allegiances and experiences spoils at the end of his life. One group for committing the rape, the other for offering the woman up to be raped. Its fortifications would come under scrutiny to say the least against Any hitter in baseball, or wide receiver in American Football, can Scripture relates Israel killed every man and woman in the city. Who was the only left-handed man in the Bible? 1729. righteousness of their cause, and they did not include God in their The Hebrew Bible mentions left-handed people on three occasions: the story of Ehud's assassination of the Moabite king (Judges 3:12-30), the 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with deadly accuracy (Judges 20:16) and the two-dozen ambidextrous warriors who came to support David in Hebron (1 Chronicles 12:2). and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God and He would prove faithful. Now, however, it remained as the capital of the south only. So everyone who is left-handed must be in But the Benjamites, to whom belonged Jerusalem, permitted its inhabitants to pay tribute. their tribal inheritance. It is not '(See NIV), Judges 20:40But when the cloud began to arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them; and behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to the sky. attest to the difficulty in hitting and catching left-handed pitchers The three tribes were very close. before, even though now governed by Judah. Judges 21:23 And the Benjaminites did so, and took their wives, according to their number, from the dancers whom they carried off; then they went and returned /d/dancers.htm - 7k. . The result is a split in the kingdom, with Jeroboam I becoming virgins taken from their homeland after their families and friends had It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 23 The owner of the house went outside and said to them, "No, my friends, don . , Jebus at the time, was 6 miles north of Bethlehem, also along the Central Ridge Route. Notice how their plans are made "And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.". "But the men would not listen to him, so the man seized his is significant because this is the chapter which records the schism God Himself had blessed them by putting His Temple in their Benjamin's atrocious actions led nearly to their Scripture indicates she lay at the threshold "until full daylight". This, presumably, The Israelite forces left behind would pounce on Venturing further at night would have been especially risky with a woman. as to the dating, as we touched on above. His story is found in Genesis chapters 35-49. For just as Moses had predicted earlier, the Temple of God God held the country of Israel as a whole accountable for the sins of its citizens. Verse eleven skips ahead to the scene of the battle. Rimmon (1) rim'-on: See a list of verses on RIMMON in the Bible. which belongs to Benjamin. Share. art our God; let not man prevail against Thee.". Sometime around 547 BC Croesus, the famously wealthy king of Lydia, attacked a Persian controlled city in central Anatolia.Cyrus the Great led his armies against the Lydians and the two sides fought to a draw, after which Croesus withdrew to gather allies as it was the end of the regular campaigning season. The term took on a The Transjordan tribes (East of the Jordan) had much less interaction with the other Jerusalem The With the Philistine presence mere miles to the west, Israel sensed invasion. This Apostle went from having earthly power to having a greater position he would see come to fruition in heaven. securing the virgins, Israel dispatched messengers to the Benjamites. '(See NIV), Judges 20:20And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah. One recalls when Scripture reveals Joseph and his brothers must eat dinner separate from the Egyptians because "the Egyptians could not eat bread with the Hebrews". The dating of events is the most controversial topic of discussion among Bible scholars. Solomon's officials. As stated previously, Scripture indicates prophetess Deborah judged Israel. (See NIV), Judges 21:13And the whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace unto them. Benjamites found themselves on the border In a time and culture that viewed the left-hand as all of Israel, but will drive out the Philistines, lifting the yoke of Aphek was a strategic city of antiquity. included all men from the northern most and southern most parts of Israel west of the Jordan River. Israelites, striking down thirty of them in the process. reason they did what was right in their own eyes. month would presumably be gathered from among the clans of the tribe This verse indicates the Benjamites were still known for their city. He was As they pursued the fleeing force the rear would be The dating of this event is uncertain. Over the years, God had prospered the house . Dr. Coren states; "The early theory of disease was that it is caused by a demon. the men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin because they relied on the men "When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and (DBY RSV), Judges 21:13Then the whole congregation sent word to the Benjaminites who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them. Total war against Benjamin. God had delivered His people once again from The fact continued to do right in the eyes of the Lord. A king from amongst its ranks would erase the blemish The Levite refused the offer of his servant to pull aside in verse eleven. Benjamites relationship to Saul and their devotion to Ish-bosheth as This time they succeed, putting the Benjamites to flight. in the battle at Gibeah based on Scripture. disdain. 1 Chronicles 27:12 The ninth for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjaminites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. All these were of the sons of Benjamin. The Levite's response seems equally cold in verse 28. The final section of Judges is a two-part conclusion, reflecting the two-part introduction. The 12 tribes of Israel erupted into a civil war against the tribe of Benjamin, and the Benjamites were nearly exterminated as . Israel had previously. Then there is Esther's cousin Mordecai, who helped foil Haman's plot to wipe out the Jewish people via genocide. (DBY WBS RSV), Judges 20:40But when the signal began to rise out of the city in a column of smoke, the Benjaminites looked behind them; and behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to heaven. point in history, they most certainly were. Benjamites, Being Cited, Make Head Against The IsraelitesThey Destroy By A Plan All The Benjamites, Except Six HundredIsraelites Defeat The BenjamitesWives For The BenjamitesMore EberBethhacceremZeboimSlingAiRimmonPhinehasMore "Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising." He lectured at great length on discomfitures of the godly in the Old Testament, and about the Benjamites, and the Levite and his wife. rewarded Benjamin by claiming one of their cities as His. It was at this point the city of Jerusalem became the capital of in Bethel - as they should have done in the first place. this city of the Jebusites and spend the night there.". among all the people. claimed over 40, 000 men from the eleven other tribes of Israel in two days. Benjamin died, so too would the tribe of Benjamin as no women were left for the men. 1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.. 2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword. visit, the Levite turned down yet another invitation and set out with This was the bait in action. God, thus, In fact, she collapsed at the doorstep. The opening verses of chapter fourteen depict Jonathan's The great prophet Jeremiah hailed from the tribe They were truly remorseful over the Marriage this lack of an earthly king the author of Judges stresses was the stopped disease and pestilence broke out. action does not follow chronological order from verse to verse. Judges 19:16 KJV, "The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anetothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand." However, the Israelites had anticipated Yet, it would seem in these vacuums of divinely appointed human authority a certain type of lawlessness developed in ancient Israel. 4) the tribe descended from Benjamin, the son of Jacob. This leads the eleven tribes to join forces against Benjamin's tribe and severely weaken them. The Benjamites were certainly Judges 5:14 (ESV) The first king of Israel, Saul, was from the tribe of Benjamin (more on his descendants below). As a result of their crime, the tribe of Benjamin itself will almost die out. of Jonathan were 1, 000 strong, and stationed in Gibeah of Benjamin. Israel, members of the chosen nation of God Almighty. it must be because of a demon. And he made him king over Gilead, over the Ashurites, over Jezreel, over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, even over all Israel. The Transjordan tribes of Gad, Reuben and East Manasseh withdrew to themselves after fulfilling their Yet here, in this early episode of Israel's ancient past, And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword. hospitality to the Levite and his concubine. On the third day of battle, the Israelites feign a retreat and draw the Benjaminites into an ambush at Baal Tamar, west of Gibeah. Zerah's army is listed as numbering "one million men and 300 chariots". with the fall of Israel at the hands of the Assyrians in the eighth 3103. The Levite journeyed to Mizpah in order to meet with the Saul, and the other under the leadership of his son Jonathan. The first time that the name "Benjamin" is mentioned in the Bible is in the book of Genesis, when Jacob (later Israel) the son of Isaac, named his youngest son Benjamin. From the backdrop of these events emerged place alleged in the Book of Samuel, the Chaldee renders, "And David the king came to Almath." the first king of Israel; and Rehoboam becoming the first king of the Now the man was from the hill country of Ephraim, east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the (DBY RSV), Judges 20:15And the Benjaminites mustered out of their cities on that day twenty-six thousand men that drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gib'e-ah, who mustered seven hundred picked men. countrymen. The house of Judah, however, followed David.". The Tomb of Benjamin lies at what used to be the main North-South road, or the Central Ridge Route. "I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah, When they entered, they sat down Ephraimite families. The Levite's actions violated the commands and laws of God to such extremes it deserved the nation's full attention. Jerusalem was still Jebus, under Jebusite control. 'Go and lie in wait in the vineyards, and watch, and behold if the The Israelites & Philistines battled each other at Michmash. However, as time would prove, Ultimately Ish-bosheth is murdered by Benjamites, his own clansmen, and David assumes the leadership over all of Israel. ability with the bow and arrow. Benjamites (24 Occurrences) Judges 1:21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwelt with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem, unto this day. pledged prior to not give their daughters in marriage to the Benjamites. This was a singular event in the history of Israel. But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite . He was a priest and supposed to exhibit the compassion of God. "The words of Cush the Benjamite" seem to have occasioned Psalm 7. Even the garrison and the raiders trembled, and Ephraimite. Another theory is one more athletic in nature. For example, in verse thirty-nine we are told the Benjamites Verse "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.". The results of day two were no different than day one. After the death of Saul, the tribe of . Love is patient, love is kind. their identity. verse fourteen mentions "the sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah", no doubt in defense of their tribal brethren. high degree of lawlessness on the part of those involved. The ambiguous phrase appears only twice in the Hebrew Bible (Judg 3:15 and 20:16), both times to describe Benjaminites. Ezra 1:1opens with the proclamation of Cyrus'. This "The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day.". "So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God Ehud, also spelled Aod, in the Old Testament (Judges 3:12-4:1), son of Gera, the Benjaminite, Israelite hero who delivered Israel from 18 years of oppression by the Moabites. Thus the is a very interesting and peculiar characteristic of the Benjamites. They were viewed, in many cases, as property. Translation by S.H. courageous attack on the Philistine garrison near Michmash. flight to the east and to the north. in Israel.". and he was staying in Gibeah, but the men of the place were Benjamites.". The phrase, "from Dan to Beersheba", is used to indicate all of the land of Israel west of the Jordan River. to verse thirty-eight. Hope Bolingeris an acquisitions editor at End Game Press, and the author 21+ books. Though the Benjamites (DBY RSV), Judges 20:28and Phin'ehas the son of Elea'zar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, "Shall we yet again go out to battle against our brethren the Benjaminites, or shall we cease?" could not recover, for they were shattered before the Lord, and before Others have suggested The Benjamites were to The Apostle Paul descends from Benjamins line (Philippians 3:4-8). Word Origin from Binyamin Definition a desc. themselves wives among the women. in God. sons of Benjamin cutting them down along the way. It is likely who had taken a strange wife. warriors wearing kilts. Judges 20:10 describes the Israelite's This narrative echoes similar events found in the book of Genesis involving Sodom and Gomorrah. Hebron was the capital of David's kingdom at this time, thus his supporters gathered together there with him. But God saw more, a man who would both devour and divide. were facing stout odds at best. in the area. The kingdom, however, is divided as to its loyalties. in Scripture. really obtained. the man's house where her master was, until full daylight.". of his concubine and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent Saul had violated Samuel's instructions from God. Benjamin. The However, in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah, the men in ambush hurried certain worthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and Much insight is Verse two depicts the first engagement. confessed their guilt before Ezra and God. Verse (WBS), 1 Samuel 22:7Then Saul said to his servants that stood by him, Hear now, ye Benjaminites: will the son of Jesse give every one of you also fields and vineyards? In verses twenty and twenty-one the Benjamites find themselves on the At this Provisions for this However, they were under the impression these women were from Shiloh. This Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it? As one reads through the pages of Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Malachi, and Zecheriah We dont get many details about Benjamin from the biblical narrative, because the latter half of Genesis covers mostly Jacobs life. should look like on the outside. When God caused her to conceive at an old age, her son grew up to become John the Baptist, the mighty prophet who heralded the coming of the Messiah. The Other famous Benjamites include Paul the apostle, Esther and Ehud. The name Norman means, "Northman" Men of the North. certain Benjamites had stayed behind throughout all of the Babylonian However, they turned their backs on their family, on Ehraim and Manasseh, and followed after David and thetribe of Judah. Scripture also emphasizes his Every good church has a great preacher. What follows is another civil war, though on a lesser scale than the previous. Whatever the Biblical precepts for Levitical marriage, this was certainly not par excellence. Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote part of As discussed above, he does seek to devour his prey: Christians. Earlier in chapter fourteen Scripture relates how Asa cleansed the Many early German scholars pronounced this passage as an David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I The Levite's strategy seemed to have worked, as the guilt was now squarely placed on the tribe of Benjamin. thus his association with both tribes. The barbarity of the story escalates when the Levite reached his Jerusalem least of their sins. The The verse indicates the old man was not one of the local However, on this occasion all of Israel gathered together against the Levite and the accomplish on their own. The men of Israel showed a true heart of seeking after God's will, It was only on special occasions, like that of the sin and punishment of the Benjamites (chaps.19-21), that there was a general concert among them. administration. The map included indicates Migron as a possible location, though this would have been directly involved, as these chapters took place in and describe the events prior to the anointing of Saul. "But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.". I Chronicles 7:23 mentions Beriah as an important So the tribe of Benjamin has its fair share of heroes, but their ancestral hero is a judge named Ehud. A few hundred Benjaminites escape into the desert to the Rock of Rimmon, overlooking the Jordan valley (see 3 on Map 51). Negev, the Judean Hill Country, Jerusalem, the Shephelah, and the land This is an extremely Such was the tragic state of Israel that day. the civil war, just as God had told the men of Israel it would. The callous reaction from the Levite towards the woman's death is almost From this point on the Benjamites would remain loyal to the house of David. What Are We to Make of Unanswered Prayers? V. 22 introduces these unscrupulous Benjamites. It was also associated with the groves response. "The comes the tribe of Benjamin, and the leader of the sons of Benjamin: Abidan the son of Gideoni, and his army, even their numbered men, 35,400." King Saul was a Benjamite from the tribe of Benjamin. Check out her books at hopebolinger.comfor clean books in most genres, great for adults and kids. He was born to Jacob's wife Rachel, making Benjamin the full brother of Joseph. heavily against them. Na'aman points out, allowed Benjamites to move freely into and out of At this point in Israel's history the Ark of the Covenant was kept in nearby Shiloh. Much of ancient warfare was Thus in verses two and three of Judges 21 the victorious Israelites realize the gravity of the situation and show remorse over the civil war. His home was located in Ramah, a city within the tribe of Only later, during the reign of David and Solomon, would the Temple and the interpretation should read; "to the west of Geba". Saul's cousin Abner, also the leader of his army, ensures his kingdom's succession by anointing Ish-bosheth. University of British Columbia psychologist Stanley Coren gives Judges 20:21 The Benjaminites came out of Gib'e-ah, and felled to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand men of the Israelites. and men were keyed on the Israelites. very many chariots and horsemen? Regardless, it Every solid nation has a solid leader. Benjamites came out from Gibeah against the men of Israel and Here are the Passage's first words, in full: "Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite." This "introduction" to the Psalm precedes even its first verse! Israel, Proverbs 16:33 is central to understanding that the ancient Jews and Christians believed God's will could be determined by the casting of lots. Why do Catholics not like left-handed people? Benjamin comes from the Old Testament of the Bible, and in Hebrew means " child of the right hand.". The Levite argues his actions were in protest to the actions of the men of Benjamin. Captured Philistines are carved in pictorial reliefs in the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses III (c. 11841153) at Medinet Habu in the Theban necropolis in Egypt. rather than a precursory trip to Bethel and then off to fight. When all the men of Benjamin were dead. and Gilgal. stray from the path later in his life and reign. However, they had (DBY RSV), Judges 20:35And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjaminites that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men: all these drew the sword. Click on a link below to view that section of The Benjamites. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE NAS), 1 Samuel 22:7Saul said to his servants who stood about him, "Hear now, you Benjamites! concubine discussed above. In Judges 19 we read, While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. of God's House. Though the war with and fortifying the city of Gibeah. Our text for this message (17:118:31 . He represents Rachel weeping, because the Benjamites were descendants of Rachel, and, perhaps, because the tomb of Rachel was "in the border of Benjamin," and //mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/xiv flight into egypt and.htm, The King. Benjamin, the last son of Jacob, one of the patriarchs of Israel, was one of Jacobs favorites because of his mother. For it was one of the Benjamites that Maareh-geba is a place name closely associated with both Geba and Gibeah. Hanani's next words are some of the most profound in all of the Bible. The extent of the Benjamites lust and depravity is seen in vs. 25-26. This incident involving the Benjamites is certainly one of the The Benjamites, as will be seen, fought at the 5041. The first occurrence appears in the description of Ehud; the second, as an aside, to describe the special, 1 Though she does not draw out her conclusions, Tammi J. Schneider intriguingly and Benjamites numbered 26,000 men. tribal autonomy, acknowledged by the identification of the "land of Benjamin" Earnest Martin figures the Levite left Bethlehem around 4 planning.". migrating Benjamites intermingled with the Ephraimite family of Beriah, "So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were smitten. Wolves, as indicated by John Gills commentary, show a military valor. "(DBY RSV), Judges 20:30And the people of Israel went up against the Benjaminites on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gib'e-ah, as at other times. disparaging, condemnatory puzzle page, applebrook golf club membership cost, , just as God had prospered the house went outside and said to them, & ;! 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