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Why did you sit between the campfires
listening to the playing of pipes for the flocks?
Among the divisions of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart. Bible

“campfires.” The meaning of the Hebrew word is debated. For “campfires,” see Word Biblical Commentary for Judges 5:16, the only other place this Hebrew word is used is Genesis 49:14.

“the playing of pipes.” The Hebrew word can also be “whistle,” but that does not make as much sense here. A shepherd might whistle for the flock to follow or come, but he would not normally be sitting, he would be up and moving and getting the attention of the sheep.


Commentary for: Judges 5:16