Judges 20


20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the
 congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to
 Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, to the LORD in Mizpeh.
20:2 And the chief of all the people, [even] of all the tribes
 of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people
 of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.
20:3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of
 Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of
 Israel, Tell [us], how was this wickedness?
20:4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain,
 answered and said, I came into Gibeah that [belongeth] to
 Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.
20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and surrounded the
 house upon me by night, [and] thought to have slain me: and my
 concubine have they forced, that she is dead.
20:6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent
 her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel:
 for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
20:7 Behold, ye [are] all children of Israel; give here your
 advice and counsel.
20:8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not
 any [of us] go to his tent, neither will we any [of us] turn
 into his house:
20:9 But now this [shall be] the thing which we will do to
 Gibeah: [we will go up] by lot against it;
20:10 And we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the
 tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand
 out of ten thousand, to fetch provisions for the people, that
 they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to
 all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
20:11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city,
 knit together as one man.
20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of
 Benjamin, saying, What wickedness [is] this that is done among
 you?
20:13 Now therefore deliver [us] the men, the children of
 Belial, who [are] in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and
 banish evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not
 hearken to the voice of their brethren, the children of Israel:
20:14 But the children of Benjamin assembled out of the cities
 to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
20:15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time
 out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword,
 besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven
 hundred chosen men.
20:16 Among all this people [there were] seven hundred chosen
 men left-handed; every one could sling stones to a
 hair-[breadth], and not miss.
20:17 And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered
 four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men
 of war.
20:18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house
 of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall
 go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And
 the LORD said, Judah [shall go up] first.
20:19 And the children of Israel rose in the morning, and
 encamped against Gibeah.
20:20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin;
 and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against
 them at Gibeah.
20:21 And the children of Benjamin came forth from Gibeah, and
 destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty
 and two thousand men.
20:22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves,
 and set their battle again in array in the place where they put
 themselves in array the first day.
20:23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the
 LORD until evening, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying,
 Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin
 my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
20:24 And the children of Israel came near against the children
 of Benjamin the second day.
20:25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the
 second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of
 Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went
 up, and came to the house of God, and wept, and sat there
 before the LORD, and fasted that day until evening, and offered
 burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD.
20:27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the
 ark of the covenant of God [was] there in those days,
20:28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood
 before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to
 battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I
 cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to-morrow I will deliver
 them into thy hand.
20:29 And Israel set liers in wait around Gibeah.
20:30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of
 Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against
 Gibeah, as at other times.
20:31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people,
 [and] were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of
 the people, [and] kill, as at other times, in the highways, of
 which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah
 in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
20:32 And the children of Benjamin said, They [are] smitten down
 before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said,
 Let us flee, and draw them from the city to the highways.
20:33 And all the men of Israel rose out of their place, and put
 themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait of
 Israel came forth out of their places, [even] out of the
 meadows of Gibeah.
20:34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out
 of all Israel, and the battle was severe: but they knew not
 that evil [was] near them.
20:35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the
 children of Israel destroyed of the Benjaminites that day
 twenty and five thousand and a hundred men: all these drew the
 sword.
20:36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten:
 for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjaminites, because
 they trusted to the liers in wait which they had set beside
 Gibeah.
20:37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and
 the liers in wait drew [themselves] along, and smote all the
 city with the edge of the sword.
20:38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel
 and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with
 smoke to rise from the city.
20:39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin
 began to smite [and] kill of the men of Israel about thirty
 persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us,
 as [in] the first battle.
20:40 But when the flame began to rise from the city with a
 pillar of smoke, the Benjaminites looked behind them, and
 behold, the flame of the city ascended to heaven.
20:41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of
 Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil had come upon
 them.
20:42 Therefore they turned [their backs] before the men of
 Israel to the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook
 them; and them who [came] out of the cities they destroyed in
 the midst of them.
20:43 [Thus] they inclosed the Benjaminites on all sides, [and]
 chased them, [and] trod them down with ease over against Gibeah
 towards the sun-rising.
20:44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all
 these [were] men of valor.
20:45 And they turned and fled towards the wilderness to the
 rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five
 thousand men; and pursued hard after them to Gidom, and slew
 two thousand men of them.
20:46 So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and
 five thousand men that drew the sword; all these [were] men of
 valor.
20:47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness to
 the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.
20:48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of
 Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well
 the men of [every] city, as the beast, and all that came to
 hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.
 
 

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