Judges 1:1; Judges 6:29; Judges 7:3; Judges 9:28-29; Judges 9:38; Judges 10:18; Judges 13:17; Judges 15:6; Judges 18:3; Judges 20:18; Judges 21:5; Judges 21:8; Judges 21:16 (New American Standard)

Jerusalem Is Captured

1 Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?" 29 They said to one another, "Who did this thing ?" And when they searched about and inquired, they said, "Gideon the son of Joash did this thing." 3 "Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, 'Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.' " So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained. 28 Then Gaal the son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is Zebul not his lieutenant ? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem ; but why should we serve him? 29 "Would , therefore, that this people were under my authority ! Then I would remove Abimelech." And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out." 38 Then Zebul said to him, "Where is your boasting now with which you said, 'Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?' Is this not the people whom you despised ? Go out now and fight with them!" 18 The people, the leaders of Gilead, said to one another, "Who is the man who will begin to fight against the sons of Ammon ? He shall become head over all the inhabitants of Gilead." 17 Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?" 6 Then the Philistines said, "Who did this ?" And they said, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he took his wife and gave her to his companion." So the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire. 3 When they were near the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young man, the Levite ; and they turned aside there and said to him, "Who brought you here ? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here ?"

Civil War, Benjamin Defeated

18 Now the sons of Israel arose, 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." 5 Then the sons of Israel said, "Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up in the assembly to the LORD ?" For they had taken a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah, saying, "He shall surely be put to death."

Provision for Their Survival

8 And they said, "What one is there of the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah ?" And behold, no one had come to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly. 16 Then the elders of the congregation said, "What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin ?"
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