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And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:28 Phinehas. The fact that Phinehas was still serving as priest at the tabernacle at Shiloh indicates that this distressing series of events occurred quite early, soon after the death of Joshua and the elders that outlived Joshua, during the first anarchistic period in the land of Canaan (Judges 2:7-10). The rapid descent of the new generation of Israelites after Joshua into apostasy, immorality and inter-tribal warfare (illustrated in these last three chapters of the book of Judges) is a doleful commentary on human nature; yet, despite it all, God was still merciful and ready to forgive.

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