The LORD defeated Benjamin1 before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords.
Then the Benjamites saw that they were beaten. Now the men of Israel had given way2 before Benjamin, because they relied on the ambush3 they had set near Gibeah.
The men who had been in ambush made a sudden dash into Gibeah, spread out and put the whole city to the sword.438
The men of Israel had arranged with the ambush that they should send up a great cloud of smoke5 from the city,639
and then the men of Israel would turn in the battle. The Benjamites had begun to inflict casualties on the men of Israel (about thirty), and they said, "We are defeating them as in the first battle."740
But when the column of smoke began to rise from the city, the Benjamites turned and saw the smoke of the whole city going up into the sky.841
Then the men of Israel turned on them,9 and the men of Benjamin were terrified, because they realized that disaster had come10 upon them.
So they fled before the Israelites in the direction of the desert, but they could not escape the battle. And the men of Israel who came out of the towns cut them down there.
They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easilya overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east.
Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters.1145
As they turned and fled toward the desert to the rock of Rimmon,12 the Israelites cut down five thousand men along the roads. They kept pressing after the Benjamites as far as Gidom and struck down two thousand more.