Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Judges
Chapter: 21

The Israelites lament for the Benjamites.
- Israel lamented for the Benjamites, and were perplexed By the
Oath they had taken, not to give their daughters to them in
Marriage. Men are more zealous to support their own authority
than that of God. They would have acted better if they had
repented of their rash oaths, brought Sin-offerings, and sought
forgiveness in the appointed way, rather than attempt to avoid
the guilt of perjury By actions quite as wrong. That men can
advise others to Acts of treachery or violence, out of a sense
of duty, forms a strong proof of the blindness of the human mind
when left to itself, and of the fatal effects of a Conscience
under ignorance and error.