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Judges 20

MSG 1 Then all the People of Israel came out. The congregation met in the presence of God at Mizpah. They were all there, from Dan to Beersheba, as one person! 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. MSG 2 The leaders of all the people, representing all the tribes of Israel, took their places in the gathering of God's people. There were 400 divisions of sword-wielding infantry. 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. MSG 3 Meanwhile the Benjaminites got wind that the Israelites were meeting at Mizpah. The People of Israel said, "Now tell us. How did this outrageous evil happen?" NIV 3 (The Benjamites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said, “Tell us how this awful thing happened.” MSG 4 The Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, spoke: "My concubine and I came to spend the night at Gibeah, a Benjaminite town. 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. MSG 5 That night the men of Gibeah came after me. They surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They gang-raped my concubine 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. MSG 6 So I took my concubine, cut up her body, and sent her piece by piece - twelve pieces! - to every part of Israel's inheritance. This vile and outrageous crime was committed 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. MSG 7 So, Israelites, make up your minds. Decide on some action!" NIV 7 Now, all you Israelites, speak up and tell me what you have decided to do.” MSG 8 All the people were at once and as one person on their feet. "None of us will go home; not a single one of us will go to his own 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. MSG 9 Here's our plan for dealing with Gibeah: We'll march against it by drawing 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. MSG 10 We'll take ten of every hundred men from all the tribes of Israel (a hundred of every thousand, and a thousand of every ten thousand) to carry food for the army. When the troops arrive at Gibeah they will settle accounts for this outrageous and vile evil that was 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.” MSG 11 So all the men in Israel were gathered against the city, totally united. NIV 11 So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city. MSG 12 The Israelite tribes sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin saying, "What's the meaning of this outrage that took place among you? NIV 12 The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What about this awful crime that was committed among you? MSG 13 Surrender the men right here and now, these hell-raisers of Gibeah. We'll put them to death and burn the evil out of Israel." 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. MSG 14 Instead they raised an army from all their cities and rallied at Gibeah to go to war against the People of Israel. NIV 14 From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites. MSG 15 In no time at all they had recruited from their cities twenty-six divisions of sword-wielding infantry. From Gibeah they got 700 hand-picked fighters, the best. 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. MSG 16 There were another 700 super marksmen who were ambidextrous - they 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. MSG 17 The men of Israel, excluding Benjamin, mobilized 400 divisions of sword-wielding fighting men. NIV 17 Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand swordsmen, all of them fit for battle. MSG 18 They set out and went to Bethel to inquire of God. The People of Israel said, "Who of us shall be first to go into battle with the Benjaminites?" God said, "Judah goes 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.” MSG 19 The People of Israel got up the next morning and camped before Gibeah. NIV 19 The next morning the Israelites got up and pitched camp near Gibeah. MSG 20 The army of Israel marched out against Benjamin and took up their positions, ready to attack Gibeah. NIV 20 The Israelites went out to fight the Benjamites and took up battle positions against them at Gibeah. MSG 21 But the Benjaminites poured out of Gibeah and devastated twenty-two Israelite divisions on the ground. NIV 21 The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day. MSG 22 The army took heart. The men of Israel took up the positions they had deployed on the first day. NIV 22 But the Israelites encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day. MSG 23 The Israelites went back to the sanctuary and wept before God until evening. They again inquired of God, "Shall we again go into battle against the Benjaminites, our brothers?" God said, "Yes. Attack." 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.” MSG 24 On the second day, the Israelites again advanced against Benjamin. NIV 24 Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day. MSG 25 This time as the Benjaminites came out of the city, on this second day, they devastated another eighteen Israelite divisions, all swordsmen. 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. MSG 26 All the People of Israel, the whole army, were back at Bethel, weeping, sitting there in the presence of God. That day they fasted until evening. They sacrificed Whole-Burnt-Offerings and Peace-Offerings before God. 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. MSG 27 And they again inquired of God. The Chest of God's Covenant was there at that time with NIV 27 And the Israelites inquired of the LORD. (In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there, MSG 28 Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, as the ministering priest. They asked, "Shall we again march into battle against the Benjaminites, our brothers? Or should we call it quits?" And God said, "Attack. Tomorrow I'll give you victory." 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.” MSG 29 This time Israel placed men in ambush all around Gibeah. NIV 29 Then Israel set an ambush around Gibeah. MSG 30 On the third day when Israel set out, they took up the same positions before the Benjaminites as before. NIV 30 They went up against the Benjamites on the third day and took up positions against Gibeah as they had done before. MSG 31 When the Benjaminites came out to meet the army, they moved out from the city. Benjaminites began to cut down some of the troops just as they had before. About thirty men fell in the field and on the roads to Bethel and 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. MSG 32 The Benjaminites started bragging, "We're dropping them like flies, just as before!" 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.” MSG 33 But the Israelites strategized: "Now let's retreat and pull them out of the city onto the main roads." So every Israelite moved farther out to Baal Tamar; at the same time the Israelite ambush rushed from its place 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. MSG 34 Ten crack divisions from all over Israel now arrived at Gibeah - intense, bloody fighting! The Benjaminites had no idea that they were about to go down in defeat - 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. MSG 35 God routed them before Israel. The Israelites decimated twenty-five divisions of Benjamin that day - 25,100 killed. They were all swordsmen. NIV 35 The LORD defeated Benjamin before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords. MSG 36 The Benjaminites saw that they were beaten. The men of Israel acted like they were retreating before Benjamin, knowing that they could depend on the ambush they had prepared for 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. MSG 37 The ambush erupted and made quick work of Gibeah. The ambush spread out and massacred the city. NIV 37 Those who had been in ambush made a sudden dash into Gibeah, spread out and put the whole city to the sword. MSG 38 The strategy for the main body of the ambush was that they send up a smoke signal 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, MSG 39 Then the men of Israel would turn in battle. When that happened, Benjamin had killed about thirty Israelites and thought they were on their way to victory, yelling out, "They're on the run, just 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.” MSG 40 But then the signal went up from the city - a huge column of smoke. When the Benjaminites looked back, there it was, the whole city 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. MSG 41 By the time the men of Israel had turned back on them, the men of Benjamin fell apart - they could see that they were trapped. NIV 41 Then the Israelites counterattacked, and the Benjamites were terrified, because they realized that disaster had come on them. MSG 42 Confronted by the Israelites, they tried to get away down the wilderness road, but by now the battle was everywhere. The men of Israel poured out of the towns, killing them right and left, 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. MSG 43 hot on their trail, picking them off east of Gibeah. NIV 43 They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them and easily overran them in the vicinity of Gibeah on the east. MSG 44 Eighteen divisions of Benjaminites were wiped out, all their best fighters. NIV 44 Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters. MSG 45 Five divisions turned to escape to the wilderness, to Rimmon Rock, but the Israelites caught and slaughtered them on roads. Keeping the pressure on, the Israelites brought down two more divisions. 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. MSG 46 The total of the Benjaminites killed that day came to twenty-five divisions of infantry, their best swordsmen. NIV 46 On that day twenty-five thousand Benjamite swordsmen fell, all of them valiant fighters. MSG 47 Six hundred men got away. They made it to Rimmon Rock in the wilderness and held out there 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. MSG 48 The men of Israel came back and killed all the Benjaminites who were left, all the men and animals they found in every town, and then torched the towns, sending them up in flames. 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.

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