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then they said to him, “Now say ‘shibboleth,’” but he would say “sibboleth,” not managing to pronounce it right, then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time, 42,000 of Ephraim fell. Bible

“42,000.” This number is too large, and the Hebrew could mean 42 fighting units. Perhaps around 420 men or such as that.


Commentary for: Judges 12:6