weepers, a place where the angel of the Lord reproved the Israelites for entering into a league with the people of the land. This caused them bitterly to weep, and hence the name of the place (Judg. 2:1, 5). It lay probably at the head of one of the valleys between Gilgal and Shiloh.
When with an effort he raised himself up to speak the place was indeed a bochim, for the weepers were everywhere.
At bochim a Divine warning was uttered which found echo in the hearts of the people.
The place became a perfect bochim; they wept like mourners at a funeral.
Now, all this is expressed in the two words which may be regarded as the motto of the two books, namely, "Gilgal" and "bochim."
The scene at bochim connects itself very notably with one nine hundred and fifty years later.
This lamentation at bochim is the second note of religious feeling and faith in the Book of Judges.