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Judges 20

NCV 1 So all the Israelites from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, joined together before the Lord in the city of Mizpah. NIV 1 Then all Israel from Dan to Beersheba and from the land of Gilead came together as one and assembled before the LORD in Mizpah. NCV 2 The leaders of all the tribes of Israel took their places in the meeting of the people of God. There were 400,000 soldiers with swords. NIV 2 The leaders of all the people of the tribes of Israel took their places in the assembly of God’s people, four hundred thousand men armed with swords. NCV 3 (The people of Benjamin heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said to the Levite, "Tell us how this evil thing happened." NIV 3 (The Benjamites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said, “Tell us how this awful thing happened.” NCV 4 So the husband of the murdered woman answered, "My slave woman and I came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night. NIV 4 So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, “I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night. NCV 5 During the night the men of Gibeah came after me. They surrounded the house and wanted to kill me. They forced my slave woman to have sexual relations and she died. NIV 5 During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died. NCV 6 I took her and cut her into parts and sent one part to each area of Israel because the people of Benjamin did this wicked and terrible thing in Israel. NIV 6 I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel’s inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel. NCV 7 Now, all you Israelites, speak up. What is your decision?" NIV 7 Now, all you Israelites, speak up and tell me what you have decided to do.” NCV 8 Then all the people stood up at the same time, saying, "None of us will go home. Not one of us will go back to his house! NIV 8 All the men rose up together as one, saying, “None of us will go home. No, not one of us will return to his house. NCV 9 Now this is what we will do to Gibeah. We will throw lots. NIV 9 But now this is what we’ll do to Gibeah: We’ll go up against it in the order decided by casting lots. NCV 10 That way we will choose ten men from every hundred men from all the tribes of Israel, and we will choose a hundred men from every thousand, and a thousand men from every ten thousand. These will find supplies for the army. Then the army will go to the city of Gibeah of Benjamin to repay them for the terrible thing they have done in Israel." NIV 10 We’ll take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred from a thousand, and a thousand from ten thousand, to get provisions for the army. Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel.” NCV 11 So all the men of Israel were united and gathered against the city. NIV 11 So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city. NCV 12 The tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin demanding, "What is this evil thing some of your men have done? NIV 12 The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What about this awful crime that was committed among you? NCV 13 Hand over the wicked men in Gibeah so that we can put them to death. We must remove this evil from Israel." But the Benjaminites would not listen to their fellow Israelites. NIV 13 Now turn those wicked men of Gibeah over to us so that we may put them to death and purge the evil from Israel.” But the Benjamites would not listen to their fellow Israelites. NCV 14 The Benjaminites left their own cities and met at Gibeah to fight the Israelites. NIV 14 From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites. NCV 15 In only one day the Benjaminites got 26,000 soldiers together who were trained with swords. They also had 700 chosen men from Gibeah. NIV 15 At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen from their towns, in addition to seven hundred able young men from those living in Gibeah. NCV 16 Seven hundred of these trained soldiers were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss! NIV 16 Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. NCV 17 The Israelites, except for the Benjaminites, gathered 400,000 soldiers with swords. NIV 17 Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand swordsmen, all of them fit for battle. NCV 18 The Israelites went up to the city of Bethel and asked God, "Which tribe shall be first to attack the Benjaminites?" The Lord answered, "Judah shall go first." NIV 18 The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Benjamites?” The LORD replied, “Judah shall go first.” NCV 19 The next morning the Israelites got up and made a camp near Gibeah. NIV 19 The next morning the Israelites got up and pitched camp near Gibeah. NCV 20 The men of Israel went out to fight the Benjaminites and took their battle position at Gibeah. NIV 20 The Israelites went out to fight the Benjamites and took up battle positions against them at Gibeah. NCV 21 Then the Benjaminites came out of Gibeah and killed 22,000 Israelites during the battle that day. NIV 21 The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day. NCV 22 NIV 22 But the Israelites encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day. NCV 23 The Israelites went before the Lord and cried until evening. They asked the Lord, "Shall we go to fight our relatives, the Benjaminites, again?" The Lord answered, "Go up and fight them." The men of Israel encouraged each other. So they took the same battle positions they had taken the first day. NIV 23 The Israelites went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and they inquired of the LORD. They said, “Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites?” The LORD answered, “Go up against them.” NCV 24 The Israelites came to fight the Benjaminites the second day. NIV 24 Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day. NCV 25 The Benjaminites came out of Gibeah to attack the Israelites. This time, the Benjaminites killed 18,000 Israelites, all of whom carried swords. NIV 25 This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords. NCV 26 Then the Israelites went up to Bethel. There they sat down and cried to the Lord and went without food all day until evening. They also brought burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord. NIV 26 Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the LORD. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the LORD. NCV 27 The Israelites asked the Lord a question. (In those days the Ark of the Agreement with God was there at Bethel. NIV 27 And the Israelites inquired of the LORD. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there, NCV 28 A priest named Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, served before the Ark of the Agreement.) They asked, "Shall we go to fight our relatives, the Benjaminites, again, or shall we stop fighting?" The Lord answered, "Go, because tomorrow I will hand them over to you." NIV 28 with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, ministering before it.) They asked, “Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites, or not?” The LORD responded, “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.” NCV 29 Then the Israelites set up ambushes all around Gibeah. NIV 29 Then Israel set an ambush around Gibeah. NCV 30 They went to fight against the Benjaminites at Gibeah on the third day, getting into position for battle as they had done before. NIV 30 They went up against the Benjamites on the third day and took up positions against Gibeah as they had done before. NCV 31 When the Benjaminites came out to fight them, the Israelites backed up and led the Benjaminites away from the city. The Benjaminites began to kill some of the Israelites as they had done before. About thirty Israelites were killed -- some in the fields and some on the roads leading to Bethel and to Gibeah. NIV 31 The Benjamites came out to meet them and were drawn away from the city. They began to inflict casualties on the Israelites as before, so that about thirty men fell in the open field and on the roads—the one leading to Bethel and the other to Gibeah. NCV 32 The Benjaminites said, "We are winning as before!" But the Israelites said, "Let's run. Let's trick them into going farther away from their city and onto the roads." NIV 32 While the Benjamites were saying, “We are defeating them as before,” the Israelites were saying, “Let’s retreat and draw them away from the city to the roads.” NCV 33 All the Israelites moved from their places and got into battle positions at a place named Baal Tamar. Then the Israelites ran out from their hiding places west of Gibeah. NIV 33 All the men of Israel moved from their places and took up positions at Baal Tamar, and the Israelite ambush charged out of its place on the west of Gibeah. NCV 34 Ten thousand of the best trained soldiers from all of Israel attacked Gibeah. The battle was very hard. The Benjaminites did not know disaster was about to come to them. NIV 34 Then ten thousand of Israel’s able young men made a frontal attack on Gibeah. The fighting was so heavy that the Benjamites did not realize how near disaster was. NCV 35 The Lord used the Israelites to defeat the Benjaminites. On that day the Israelites killed 25,100 Benjaminites, all armed with swords. NIV 35 The LORD defeated Benjamin before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords. NCV 36 Then the Benjaminites saw that they were defeated. The Israelites had moved back because they were depending on the surprise attack they had set up near Gibeah. NIV 36 Then the Benjamites saw that they were beaten. Now the men of Israel had given way before Benjamin, because they relied on the ambush they had set near Gibeah. NCV 37 The men in hiding rushed into Gibeah, spread out, and killed everyone in the city with their swords. NIV 37 Those who had been in ambush made a sudden dash into Gibeah, spread out and put the whole city to the sword. NCV 38 Now the Israelites had set up a signal with the men in hiding. The men in the surprise attack were to send up a cloud of smoke from the city. NIV 38 The Israelites had arranged with the ambush that they should send up a great cloud of smoke from the city, NCV 39 Then the army of Israel turned around in the battle. The Benjaminites had killed about thirty Israelites. They were saying, "We are winning, as in the first battle!" NIV 39 and then the Israelites would counterattack. The Benjamites had begun to inflict casualties on the Israelites (about thirty), and they said, “We are defeating them as in the first battle.” NCV 40 But then a cloud of smoke began to rise from the city. The Benjaminites turned around and saw that the whole city was going up in smoke. NIV 40 But when the column of smoke began to rise from the city, the Benjamites turned and saw the whole city going up in smoke. NCV 41 Then the Israelites turned and began to fight. The Benjaminites were terrified because they knew that disaster was coming to them. NIV 41 Then the Israelites counterattacked, and the Benjamites were terrified, because they realized that disaster had come on them. NCV 42 So the Benjaminites ran away from the Israelites toward the desert, but they could not escape the battle. And the Israelites who came out of the cities killed them. NIV 42 So they fled before the Israelites in the direction of the wilderness, but they could not escape the battle. And the Israelites who came out of the towns cut them down there. NCV 43 They surrounded the Benjaminites and chased them and caught them in the area east of Gibeah. NIV 43 They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east. NCV 44 So 18,000 brave Benjaminite fighters were killed. NIV 44 Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters. NCV 45 The Benjaminites ran toward the desert to the rock of Rimmon, but the Israelites killed 5,000 Benjaminites along the roads. They chased them as far as Gidom and killed 2,000 more Benjaminites there. NIV 45 As they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, 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. NCV 46 On that day 25,000 Benjaminites were killed, all of whom had fought bravely with swords. NIV 46 On that day twenty-five thousand Benjamite swordsmen fell, all of them valiant fighters. NCV 47 But 600 Benjaminites ran to the rock of Rimmon in the desert, where they stayed for four months. NIV 47 But six hundred of them turned and fled into the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, where they stayed four months. NCV 48 Then the Israelites went back to the land of Benjamin and killed the people in every city and also the animals and everything they could find. And they burned every city they found. NIV 48 The men of Israel went back to Benjamin and put all the towns to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found. All the towns they came across they set on fire.