Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gib'e-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel." But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brethren, the people of Israel.
And the Benjaminites came together out of the cities to Gib'e-ah, to go out to battle against the people of Israel.
And the Benjaminites mustered out of their cities on that day twenty-six thousand men that drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gib'e-ah, who mustered seven hundred picked men.
Among all these were seven hundred picked men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair, and not miss.
And the men of Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war.
The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel, and inquired of God, "Which of us shall go up first to battle against the Benjaminites?" And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up first."
Then the people of Israel rose in the morning, and encamped against Gib'e-ah.
And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel drew up the battle line against them at Gib'e-ah.
The Benjaminites came out of Gib'e-ah, and felled to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand men of the Israelites.
But the people, the men of Israel, took courage, and again formed the battle line in the same place where they had formed it on the first day.
And the people of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until the evening; and they inquired of the LORD, "Shall we again draw near to battle against our brethren the Benjaminites?" And the LORD said, "Go up against them."