Judges 20

1And all the children of Israel went out, and all the congregation was gathered as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, and in the land of Gilead, to the Lord at Mizpah. 2And all the tribes of Israel stood before the Lord in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew the sword. 3And the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah: and the children of Israel came and said, Tell us, where did this wickedness take place? 4And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I and my concubine went to Gibeah of Benjamin to lodge. 5And the men of Gibeah rose up against me, and surrounded the house by night against me; they wanted to kill me, and they have humbled my concubine, and she is dead. 6And I laid hold of my concubine, and divided her in pieces, and sent the parts into every coast of the inheritance of the children of Israel; for they have committed lewdness and abomination in Israel. 7Behold, all you are children of Israel; and consider and take counsel here among yourselves. 8And all the people rose up as one man, saying, None of us shall return to his tent, and none of us shall return to his house. 9And now this is the thing which shall be done in Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot. 10Moreover we will take ten men for a hundred for all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred for a thousand, and a thousand for ten thousand, to take provision, to cause them to come to Gibeah of Benjamin, to do to it according to all the abomination which they have done in Israel. 11And all the men of Israel were gathered to the city as one man. 12And the tribes of Israel sent men through the whole tribe of Benjamin, saying, What is this wickedness that has been done among you? 13Now then give up the men, the sons of transgressors that are in Gibeah, and we will put them to death, and purge out the wickedness from Israel. But the children of Benjamin consented not to hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel. 14And the children of Benjamin were gathered from their cities to Gibeah, to go forth to fight with the children of Israel. 15And the children of Benjamin from their cities were numbered in that day, twenty-three thousand, every man drawing a sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men of all the people, able to use both hands alike. 16All these could sling with stones at a hair, and not miss. 17And the men of Israel, exclusive of Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of war. 18And they arose and went up to Bethel, and inquired of God. And the children of Israel said, Who shall go up for us first to fight with the children of Benjamin? And the Lord said, Judah shall go up first as leader. 19And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 20And they went out, all the men of Israel, to fight with Benjamin, and engaged with them at Gibeah. 21And the sons of Benjamin went forth from Gibeah, and they destroyed in Israel on that day twenty-two thousand men down to the ground. 22And the men of Israel strengthened themselves, and again engaged in battle in the place where they had engaged on the first day. 23And the children of Israel went up, and wept before the Lord till evening, and inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall we again draw near to battle with our brethren the children of Benjamin? And the Lord said, Go up against them. 24And the children of Israel advanced against the children of Benjamin on the second day. 25And the children of Benjamin went forth to meet them from Gibeah on the second day, and destroyed of the children of Israel yet eighteen thousand more men down to the ground: all these drew the sword. 26And the children of Israel and all the people went up, and came to Bethel. And they wept, and sat there before the Lord; and they fasted on that day until evening, and offered whole burnt offerings and perfect sacrifices before the Lord, 27for the ark of the Lord God was there in those days, 28and Phineas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron stood before it in those days; and the children of Israel inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall we yet again go forth to fight with our brethren the sons of Benjamin? And the Lord said, Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands. 29And the children of Israel set an ambush against Gibeah round about it. 30And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and arrayed themselves against Gibeah as before. 31And the children of Benjamin went out to meet the people, and were all drawn out of the city, and began to strike and kill the people as before in the roads, one of which goes up to Bethel, and one to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32And the children of Benjamin said, They fall before us as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them out from the city into the roads; and they did so. 33And all the men rose up out of their places, and engaged in Baal Tamar. Then Israel's men in ambush advanced from their place from Maraagabe. 34And there came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel; and the fight was severe; and they knew not that evil was coming upon them. 35And the Lord struck Benjamin before the children of Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin in that day a hundred and twenty-five thousand men: all these drew the sword. 36And the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten; and the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted in the men in ambush which they had prepared against Gibeah. 37And when they retreated, then those in ambush rose up, and they moved toward Gibeah, and the whole ambush came forth, and they struck the city with the edge of the sword. 38And the children of Israel had a signal of battle with those waiting in ambush, that they should send up a signal of smoke from the city. 39And the children of Israel saw that those in ambush had seized Gibeah, and they stood in line of battle; and Benjamin began to strike down wounded ones among the men of Israel, about thirty men; for they said, Surely they fall again before us, as in the first battle. 40And the signal went up increasingly over the city as a pillar of smoke. And Benjamin looked behind him, and behold the destruction of the city went up to heaven. 41And the men of Israel turned back, and the men of Benjamin panicked, because they saw that evil had come upon them. 42And they turned to the way of the wilderness from before the children of Israel, and fled: but the battle overtook them, and those from the cities destroyed them in the midst of them. 43And they cut down Benjamin, and pursued him from Nua closely till they came opposite Gibeah on the east. 44And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men: all these were men of might. 45And the rest turned, and fled to the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and the children of Israel picked off of them five thousand men; and the children of Israel went down after them as far as Gidom, and they killed two thousand of them. 46And all that fell of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men that drew the sword in that day: all these were men of might. 47And the rest turned, and fled to the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, even six hundred men; and they sojourned four months in the rock of Rimmon. 48And the children of Israel returned to the children of Benjamin, and struck them with the edge of the sword from the city of Methla, even to the cattle, and everything that was found in all the cities: and they burned with fire the cities they found.
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