Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregationassembled as oneman to the LORD at 1Mizpah.
The achiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000footbsoldiers2who drew the sword.
(Now the sons of Benjaminheard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israelsaid, "Tell us, how did thiswickednesstakeplace?"
So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, "I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeahwhich belongs to Benjamin.
"But the 3men of Gibeahrose up against me and surrounded the house at nightbecause of me. They intended to kill me; instead, they 4ravished my concubine so that she died.
"And I 5tookhold of my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel'sinheritance; for 6they have committed a lewd and disgracefulact in Israel.
7"Behold, all you sons of Israel, 7give your advice and counselhere."
Then all the peoplearose as oneman, saying, "Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.
"But nowthis is the thingwhich we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.
"And we will take10men out of 100throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to csupplyfood for the people, that when they come to dGibeah of Benjamin, they may epunish them for all the disgracefulacts that they have committed in Israel."
Thus all the men of Israel were gatheredagainst the city, united as oneman.
Then the tribes of Israelsentmen through the entireftribe of Benjamin, saying, "What is thiswickedness that has takenplace among you?
13"Now then, deliver up the men, the g8worthlessfellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and 9remove this wickedness from Israel." But the sons of Benjaminwould not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.
The sons of Benjamingathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battleagainst the sons of Israel.
From the cities on that day the 10sons of Benjamin were hnumbered, 26,000men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were inumbered, 700choicemen.
Out of allthesepeople70011choicemen were left-handed ; eachone could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
Then the men of IsraelbesidesBenjamin were jnumbered, 400,000men who draw the sword; allthese were men of war.
Now the sons of Israelarose, went up to Bethel, and 12inquired of God and said, "Who shall go up first for us to battleagainst the sons of Benjamin?" Then the LORDsaid, "Judah shall go up first."
So the sons of Israelarose in the morning and campedagainstGibeah.
The men of Israelwent out to battleagainstBenjamin, and the men of Israelarrayed for battleagainst them at Gibeah.
Then the sons of Benjamincame out of Gibeah and k13felled to the ground on that day22,000men of Israel.
But the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and arrayed for battleagain in the placewhere they had arrayed themselves the firstday.
2314The sons of Israelwent up and weptbefore the LORDuntilevening, and 15inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall we againdrawnear for battleagainst the sons of my brotherBenjamin?" And the LORDsaid, "Go up against him."
Then the sons of Israellcameagainst the sons of Benjamin the secondday.
25Benjaminwent out magainst them from Gibeah the secondday and nfelled to the groundagain18,000men of the sons of Israel; allthesedrew the sword.
Then 16all the sons of Israel and all the peoplewent up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remainedtherebefore the LORD and fasted that dayuntilevening. And they offeredburntofferings and peaceofferingsbefore the LORD.
The sons of Israel17inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in thosedays,
and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron'sson, stoodbefore it to minister in thosedays ), saying, "Shall I yetagaingo out to battleagainst the sons of my brotherBenjamin, or shall I cease?" And the LORDsaid, "Go up, 18for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand."
2919So Israelset men in ambusharoundGibeah.
The sons of Israelwent up against the sons of Benjamin on the thirdday and arrayed themselves againstGibeah as at othertimes.
3120The sons of Benjaminwent out oagainst the people and were drawnaway from the city, and they began to strikepand killsome of the people as at othertimes, on the highways, one of whichgoes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the field, about thirtymen of Israel.
The sons of Benjaminsaid, "They are struckdownbefore us, as at the first." But the sons of Israelsaid, "Let us flee that we may draw them away from the city to the highways."
Then all the men of Israelarose from their place and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamar; 21and the men of Israel in ambushbroke out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba .
When tenthousandchoicemen from allIsraelcameagainstGibeah, the battlebecameqfierce; 22but rBenjamin did not know that sdisaster was tclose to them.
And the LORDstruckBenjaminbeforeIsrael, so that the sons of Israeldestroyed25,100men of Benjamin that day, alluwhodraw the sword.
So the sons of Benjaminsaw that they were vdefeated. 23When the men of Israelgavewground to Benjaminbecause they relied on the men in ambushwhom they had setagainstGibeah,
3724the men in ambushhurried and rushedagainstGibeah; the men in ambush also deployed and struckall the city with the edge of the sword.
Now the appointedsign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was 25that they would make a greatcloud of smokerise from the city.
Then the men of Israelturned in the battle, and Benjaminbegan to strikexand kill about thirtymen of Israel, 26for they said, "Surely they are ydefeatedbefore us, as in the firstbattle."
But when the cloudbegan to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjaminlooked27behind them; and behold, the wholecity was going up in smoke to heaven.
Then the men of Israelturned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that z28disaster was aaclose to them.
Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel29toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battleovertook them while those who came out of the citiesdestroyed them in the midst of them.
4330They surroundedBenjamin, pursued them without rest and trod them downoppositeGibeahtoward the bbeast .
Thus 18,000men of Benjaminfell; allthese were valiantwarriors.
45ccThe rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of 31Rimmon, but they ddcaught5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them eeat Gidom and ffkilled2,000 of them.
So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000men who draw the sword; allthese were valiantwarriors.
But 600menturned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmonfourmonths.
The men of Israel then turnedbackagainst the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entirecity with the cattle and all that they found; they alsoset on fireall the cities which they found.