Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day.
This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites,1 all of them armed with swords.
Then the Israelites, all the people, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the LORD.2 They fasted3 that day until evening and presented burnt offerings4 and fellowship offeringsa5 to the LORD.627
And the Israelites inquired of the LORD.7 (In those days the ark of the covenant of God8 was there,
with Phinehas son of Eleazar,9 the son of Aaron, ministering before it.)10 They asked, "Shall we go up again to battle with Benjamin our brother, or not?" The LORD responded, "Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.11"