Then all the Israelites1 from Dan to Beersheba2 and from the land of Gilead came out as one man3 and assembled4 before the LORD in Mizpah.52
The leaders of all the people of the tribes of Israel took their places in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand soldiers6 armed with swords.
(The Benjamites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said, "Tell us how this awful thing happened."
So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, "I and my concubine came to Gibeah7 in Benjamin to spend the night.85
During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me.9 They raped my concubine, and she died.106
I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel's inheritance,11 because they committed this lewd and disgraceful act12 in Israel.
Now, all you Israelites, speak up and give your verdict.13"