Judges 20


Israel Confronts Benjamin

And there came forth all the sons of Israel, and [3held an assembly 1the 2congregation] as [2man 1one], from Dan and unto Beer-sheba, and the land of Gilead, before the  lord in Mizpeh. And [3established 1the 2region] all of the people in all the tribes of Israel in the assembly of the people of God -- four hundred thousand men on foot unsheathing the broadsword. And [4heard 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] that [4ascended 1the 2sons 3of Israel] unto Mizpeh. And [4said 1the 2sons 3of Israel], Tell where [3took place 2evil 1this]? And [3answered 1the 2man], the Levite, the husband of the woman having been murdered. And he said, [2unto 3Gibeah 4of Benjamin 1I came], I and my concubine to rest up. And [3rose up 4against 5me 1the 2men], the ones of Gibeah, and they encircled upon me, upon the house at night; and [3me 1they wanted 2to kill], and [2my concubine 1they humbled], and sported with her, and she died. And I took hold of my concubine, and I dismembered her, and I sent out into every border of the inheritance of Israel; for they committed folly in Israel. Behold, all you, the sons of Israel, make to yourselves an account and plan here! And [4rose up 1all 2the 3people] as [2man 1one], saying, We shall not enter -- a man into his tent, and we shall not turn aside -- a man to his house. And now [2the 3thing 1this is] which we shall do to Gibeah; we will ascend against it by lot. 10 And we shall take ten men out of a hundred for all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred out of a thousand men, and a thousand out of ten thousand men, to take a provision for the people, to complete the task to the ones in going unto Gibeah of Benjamin, against all the folly which they did in Israel. 11 And came together every man of Israel to the city as [2man 1one] coming. 12 And [4sent out 1the 2tribes 3of Israel] men in all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What is this evil that took place among you? 13 And now, give over the [2men 1impious] in Gibeah, the sons of Belial, and we shall kill them and lift away evil from Israel. But [4did not 5want 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] to hear the voice of their brethren of the sons of Israel. 14 And [4came together 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] from their cities to Gibeah, to go forth into battle array against the sons of Israel. 15 And [4numbered 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] in that day of the cities, twenty five thousand men unsheathing the broadsword, apart from the ones dwelling in Gibeah. 16 These numbered seven hundred [2men 1chosen] from all of the people, ambidextrous; all these were slingers casting stones accurate to the hair, and not missing. 17 And every man of Israel -- they were numbered, separate from the sons of Benjamin, four hundred thousand men unsheathing the broadsword; all these were men warriors. 18 And they rose up and ascended unto Beth-el, and asked of God. And [4said 1the 2sons 3of Israel], Who shall ascend to us guiding to wage war with the sons of Benjamin? And the  lord said, Judah shall ascend guiding.

Israel Wars against Benjamin

19 And [4rose up 1the 2sons 3of Israel] in the morning, and camped at Gibeah. 20 And [4went forth 1every 2man 3of Israel] for war against Benjamin; and he deployed against them -- the man of Israel for war against Gibeah. 21 And came forth the sons of Benjamin from the city, and utterly destroyed in Israel on that day two and twenty thousand men upon the ground. 22 And [3strengthened 1the 2people] -- the man of Israel, and proceeded to deploy for war in the place in which he deployed there on the [2day 1first]. 23 And [4ascended up 1the 2sons 3of Israel], and they wept before the  lord until evening, and they asked of the  lord, saying, Shall I proceed to draw near for war against the sons of Benjamin my brother? And the  lord said, Ascend against him! 24 And [4came forward 1the 2sons 3of Israel] against the sons of Benjamin in the [2day 1second]. 25 And Benjamin came forth to meet them from Gibeah on the [2day 1second]. And they utterly destroyed yet of the people of Israel eighteen thousand men upon the ground, all these unsheathing the broadsword. 26 And [5ascended up 1all 2the 3sons 4of Israel], and all the people, and they came unto Beth-el and wept, and sat there before the  lord, and fasted in that day until evening; and they offered a whole burnt-offering for deliverance before the  lord. 27 And [4asked 1the 2sons 3of Israel] in the  lord. And [4was there 1the ark 2of the covenant 3of the  lord] in those days. 28 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron stood before it in those days, saying, Shall I proceed still to go forth for war against the sons of Benjamin my brother, or slacken? And the  lord said, Ascend, and tomorrow I will deliver him into your hand.

Ambush at Gibeah

29 And [4placed 1the 2sons 3of Israel] an ambush in Gibeah round about. 30 And [4ascended 1the 2sons 3of Israel] against the sons of Benjamin on the [2day 1third]. And they deployed against Gibeah as once before, and once before that. 31 And [4came forth 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] for meeting the people, and were drawn away from the city. And they began to strike of the people (slain as once before, and once before that) in the ways which there is one ascending to Beth-el, and one ascending to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32 And [4said 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin], They stumble before us as before. And the sons of Israel said, We should flee and pull them out from the city into the ways. 33 And every man of Israel rose up from his place, and deployed in Baal-tamar. And the ambush of Israel wrestled from out of its place from the descent of Gibeah. 34 And they arrived right opposite Gibeah -- ten thousand [2men 1chosen] from out of all Israel. And the battle weighed down, and they did not know that [2has been affixed 3upon 4them 1hurt]. 35 And [2put 4to flight 1the  lord 3Benjamin] before Israel. And [4utterly destroyed 1the 2sons 3of Israel] among Benjamin in that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men, all these unsheathing the broadsword. 36 And [4beheld 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin] that they were put to flight. And [3gave 1the man 2of Israel] place to Benjamin, for they hoped upon the ambush which they arranged near Gibeah.

Gibeah is Destroyed

37 And the ambush advanced, and they poured out against Gibeah. And [3went 1the 2ambush], and they struck all the city by the mouth of the broadsword. 38 And the arranged order was with the man of Israel with the ambush, for them to offer a signal-fire of smoke from the city. 39 And [3turned 1the man 2of Israel] in the battle. And Benjamin began to strike slain against the man of Israel about thirty men. For they said, Surely being put to flight he was put to flight before us as the battle before. 40 And the signal-fire began to ascend from the city as a column of smoke. And Benjamin looked behind him, and behold, there ascended the consummation of the city unto the heaven. 41 And the man of Israel turned. And [3hastened 1the man 2of Benjamin], for he beheld that [2has touched 3him 1a bad thing]. 42 And they leaned before the man of Israel in the way of the wilderness, and the battle fell [3unawares 1upon 2them]; and the ones from the cities -- they utterly destroyed them in their midst. 43 And they cut up Benjamin, and pursued him according to his feet, and trampled him unto before Gibeah towards the rising of the sun. 44 And [6fell 4of 5Benjamin 1eighteen 2thousand 3men]; all these men of power. 45 And they turned aside and fled into the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon. And they gleaned him in the ways -- five thousand men. And they cleaved after them unto Gidom, and struck of them two thousand men. 46 And it came to pass all the ones falling among Benjamin was twenty-five thousand men unsheathing the broadsword in that day; all these were men of power. 47 And they turned aside and fled into the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon -- six hundred men; and they stayed at the rock of Rimmon four months. 48 And the man of Israel turned against the sons of Benjamin, and they struck them by the mouth of the broadsword, from [2city 1the next], unto beast, and unto all being found in the cities; and the cities being found they burned by fire.
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