all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with
the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.
the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God,
four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.
the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell
us, how was this wickedness?
4And the Levite,
the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine,
5And the men of Gibeah rose against
me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that
she is dead.
6And I took my concubine, and
cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness
and folly in Israel.
7Behold, ye are all children
of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.
all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.
9But now this shall be the thing which we
will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;
we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of
ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the
folly that they have wrought in Israel.
all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.
12And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this
that is done among you?
13Now therefore deliver
us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But
the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel.
14But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto
Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside
the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
16Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones
at an hair breadth, and not miss.
men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
18And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked
counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said,
Judah shall go up first.
19And the children
of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them
21And the children of Benjamin
came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.
22And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle
again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
23(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the
LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against
24And the children of Israel came near
against the children of Benjamin the second day.
Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel
again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the
LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
27And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant
of God was there in those days,
the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the
children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine
29And Israel set liers in wait round
30And the children of Israel
went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
31And the children of Benjamin went out against
the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the
highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
32And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the
first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.
33And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array
at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.
34And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and
the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil was near them.
the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand
and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.
the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted
unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.
the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with
the edge of the sword.
38Now there was an
appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out
of the city.
39And when the men of Israel
retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they
are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the
flame of the city ascended up to heaven.
when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.
42Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the
wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.
43Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them
down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.
there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.
45And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them
in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
46So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men
that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.
six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.
48And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them
with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire
all the cities that they came to.