Then the men of Israel returned to the cities of children of Benjamin and struck them with the mouth of the sword, both the entire city and the livestock and all that they found; moreover, all the cities that they found they sent up in fire. Bible see other translations

“the mouth of the sword.” Used to show great destruction, as if the sword was eating its victims (see commentary on Josh. 6:21).

“they sent up in fire.” Burning an idolatrous city was according to the command of Deuteronomy 13:12-18. So the Israelites were keeping some parts of the Torah, but not other parts. Sadly, this is typical of many believers.

Commentary for: Judges 20:48