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Judges 20 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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A Battle Between Israel and Benjamin

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:1 -

Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to Yahweh at Mizpah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:2 - And the [fn]chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 foot [fn]soldiers who draw the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:3 - (Then the sons of Benjamin heard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “Tell us, how did this evil take place?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:4 - So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:5 - “Then the men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me; instead, they violated my concubine, and she died.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:6 - “And I seized my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for they have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:7 - “Behold, all you sons of Israel, give your advice and counsel here.”
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Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us turn aside to his house.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:9 - “But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:10 - “And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 in order to take up provisions for the people, that when they come to [fn]Gibeah of Benjamin, they may do to them according to all the disgraceful acts that they have done in Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:11 - Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.
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Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire [fn]tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this evil that has taken place among you?

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:13 - “So now, give up the men, the [fn]vile fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and purge this evil from Israel.” But the sons of Benjamin were not willing to listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:14 - Then the sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:15 - And from the cities on that day the sons of Benjamin were [fn]numbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were [fn]numbered, 700 choice men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:16 - Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
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And the men of Israel besides Benjamin were [fn]numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.

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Then the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and asked of God and said, “Who shall go up for us to begin the battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then Yahweh said, “Judah shall begin it.”

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So the sons of Israel arose in the morning and camped against Gibeah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:20 - And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel arranged themselves for battle against them at Gibeah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:21 - Then the sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and destroyed to the ground on that day 22,000 men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:22 - But the people, the men of Israel, strengthened themselves and arranged themselves for battle again in the place where they had arranged themselves the first day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:23 - And the sons of Israel went up and wept before Yahweh until evening and asked of Yahweh, saying, “Shall we again approach for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin?” And Yahweh said, “Go up against him.”
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Then the sons of Israel drew near to the sons of Benjamin the second day.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:25 - And Benjamin went out to meet them from Gibeah the second day and destroyed to the ground again 18,000 men of the sons of Israel; all these drew the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:26 - Then all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before Yahweh and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:27 - Then the sons of Israel asked of Yahweh (now the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:28 - and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron’s son, stood before it to minister in those days), saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?” And Yahweh said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:29 -

So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:30 - And the sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and arrayed themselves against Gibeah as at other times.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:31 - So the sons of Benjamin went out to meet the people and were drawn away from the city, and they began to strike [fn]and slay some of the people as at other times, on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:32 - The sons of Benjamin said, “They are [fn]defeated before us, as at the first.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let us flee that we may draw them away from the city to the highways.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:33 - Then all the men of Israel arose from their place and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamar; and the men of Israel in ambush burst forth of their place, even out of Maareh-geba.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:34 - Then 10,000 choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, and the battle became heavy; but [fn]Benjamin did not know that [fn]calamity was [fn]about to reach them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:35 - Then Yahweh [fn]defeated Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that day, all [fn]who drew the sword.
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So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were [fn]defeated. Now the men of Israel had given [fn]ground to Benjamin because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:37 - So the men in ambush hurried and rushed against Gibeah. Then the men in ambush deployed and struck all the city with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:38 - Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:39 - So the men of Israel had turned around in the battle, and Benjamin had begun to strike [fn]and slay about thirty men of Israel, for they said, “Surely they are [fn]defeated before us, as in the first battle.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:40 - But the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, and Benjamin turned behind them; and behold, the whole city was going up in smoke to heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:41 - Then the men of Israel turned around again, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed; for they saw that [fn]calamity had [fn]reached them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:42 - Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them, and those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:43 - They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest, and trod them down opposite Gibeah to the east toward the sunrise.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:44 - Thus 18,000 men of Benjamin fell; all these were valiant men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:45 - [fn]And the rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, but they [fn]caught 5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them [fn]at Gidom and struck down 2,000 of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:46 - So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000 men who drew the sword; all these were valiant men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:47 - But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmon four months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:48 - Now the men of Israel returned to the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city with the cattle and all that they found; they also set on fire all the cities which they found.
LSB Footnotes
Lit cornerstones
Lit men
Heb Geba
Lit tribes
Lit sons of Belial, cf. 2 Cor 6:15
Or mustered
Or mustered
Or mustered
Lit slain ones
Lit smitten
Lit they
Lit evil
Lit touching
Lit smote
Lit these
Lit smitten
Lit place
Lit slain ones
Lit smitten
Lit evil
Lit touched
As in Gr; Heb And they
Lit gleaned
Lit as far as
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