Judges 3:1-2; Judges 3:10; Judges 8:13; Judges 18:11; Judges 18:16-17; Judges 20:14; Judges 20:17-18; Judges 20:20; Judges 20:22-23; Judges 20:28; Judges 20:34; Judges 20:39; Judges 20:42; Judges 21:22 (New American Standard)

Idolatry Leads to Servitude

1 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to test Israel by them (that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan ; 2 only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly ). 10 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand, so that he prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. 13 Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres. 11 Then from the family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out. 16 The six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate. 17 Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the graven image and the ephod and household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war. 14 The sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel. 17 Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword ; all these were men of war.

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." 20 The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel arrayed for battle against them at Gibeah. 22 But the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and arrayed for battle again in the place where they had arrayed themselves the first day. 23 The sons of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall we again draw near for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin ?" And the LORD said, "Go up against him." 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 the LORD said, "Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand." 34 When ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle became fierce ; but Benjamin did not know that disaster was close to them. 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, "Surely they are defeated before us, as in the first battle." 42 Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them while those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them. 22 "It shall come about, when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, that we shall say to them, 'Give them to us voluntarily, because we did not take for each man of Benjamin a wife in battle, nor did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.' "
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