20:19 a city that is a mother in Israel. The phrase “a mother in Israel” is one of veneration and honor (Judg. 5:7). This “peaceable and faithful” city deserves to be treated with respect rather than destroyed as a rebellious traitor.
the heritage of the Lord. That is, Israel—its land and its people, as a whole and in its parts (14:16; 21:3; 1 Sam. 10:1 and note; 26:19).