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Judges 20 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Resolve to Punish the Guilty

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 person to the LORD at Mizpah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:2 - And the [fn]leaders of all the people, all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand foot [fn]soldiers who drew the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:3 - (Now 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 wickedness 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 - “But the [fn]citizens of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night, [fn]threatening me. They intended to kill me; instead, they raped my concubine so that she died.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:6 - “And I took hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for they have committed an outrageous sin and vile act in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:7 - “Behold, all you sons of Israel, give your [fn]response and advice here.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:8 - Then all the people rose up as one person, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us go home.
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 ten men out of a hundred throughout the tribes of Israel, and a hundred out of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand to [fn]supply provisions for the people, so that when they come to [fn]Gibeah of Benjamin, they may [fn]punish them for all the vile sin that they have committed in Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:11 - So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, [fn]united as one man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:12 - Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire [fn]tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:13 - “Now then, turn over the men, the [fn]worthless men who are in Gibeah, so that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel.” But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:14 - Instead, 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 - From the cities on that day the sons of Benjamin were [fn]counted, twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were [fn]counted, seven hundred choice men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:16 - Out of all these people seven hundred choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:17 - Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were [fn]counted, four hundred thousand men who drew the sword; all of these were men of war.

Civil War, Benjamin Defeated

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:18 - Now the sons of Israel set out, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the LORD said, “Judah shall go up first.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:19 - So the sons of Israel got up in the morning and camped against Gibeah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:20 - The men of Israel went to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel lined up for battle against them at Gibeah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:21 - Then the sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and [fn]struck to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand men of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:22 - But the people, the men of Israel, showed themselves courageous and lined up for battle again in the place where they had lined themselves up on the first day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:23 - And the sons of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall we again advance for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin?” And the LORD said, “Go up against him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:24 - So the sons of Israel [fn]came against the sons of Benjamin on the second day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:25 - And Benjamin went out against them from Gibeah the second day and struck to the ground again eighteen thousand men of the sons of Israel; all of 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 they wept and remained there before the LORD, and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:27 - And the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD (for 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 stop?” And the LORD said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will hand them over to you.”
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 lined up against Gibeah as at other times.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:31 - When the sons of Benjamin went out against the people, they were lured away from the city, and they began to strike and kill some of the people as at other times, on the roads (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 - And the sons of Benjamin said, “They are defeated before us, like the first time.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let’s flee, so that we may draw them away from the city to the roads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:33 - Then all the men of Israel rose from their place and lined up at Baal-tamar; and the men of Israel in ambush charged from their place, from Maareh-geba.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:34 - When ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle became [fn]fierce; but [fn]Benjamin did not know that disaster was [fn]close to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:35 - And the LORD struck Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that [fn]day, all who drew the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:36 - So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were [fn]defeated. When the men of Israel gave [fn]ground to Benjamin because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:37 - the men in ambush hurried and rushed against Gibeah; the men in ambush also deployed and struck all the city with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:38 - Now the agreed 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 - Then the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill about thirty men of Israel, for they said, “Undoubtedly they are [fn]defeated before us, as in the first battle.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:40 - But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjamin looked behind them; and behold, the entire city was going up in smoke to heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:41 - Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that disaster was [fn]close to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:42 - Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel to flee in the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them while those who attacked from the cities were annihilating them in the midst of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:43 - They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest, and trampled them down opposite Gibeah toward the [fn]east.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:44 - So eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell; all of these were valiant men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:45 - [fn]The rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, but they [fn]caught five thousand of them on the roads and overtook them [fn]at Gidom, and [fn]killed two thousand of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:46 - So all those of Benjamin who fell that day were twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword; all of these were valiant men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:47 - But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and they remained at the rock of Rimmon for four months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 20:48 - The men of Israel then turned back against 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.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit cornerstones
Lit men
Or landowners
Lit against me
Lit word
Lit take
Heb Geba
Lit do
Lit companions as
Lit tribes
Lit sons of Belial
Or mustered
Or mustered
Or mustered
Lit destroyed
Lit approached
Lit heavy
Lit they
Lit touching
Lit day; all these drew
Lit struck
Lit place
Lit struck
Lit touching
Lit sunrise
As in LXX; Heb And they
Lit gleaned
Lit as far as
Lit struck
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