NASB — Judges 20 — KJV

Resolve to Punish the Guilty

1 Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to the LORD at aMizpah. 2 The Ichiefs of all the people, [even] of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 foot IIsoldiers awho drew the sword. 3 (Now the sons of Benjamin heard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “Tell [us], how did this wickedness take place?” 4 So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin. 5 But the amen of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me; instead, they bravished my concubine so that she died. 6 And I atook hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for bthey have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel. 7 Behold, all you sons of Israel, agive your advice and counsel here.”

[1] a1S 7:5
[2] ILit cornerstones IILit men aJg 8:10
[5] aJg 19:22 bJg 19:25f
[6] aJg 19:29 bGn 34:7; Jsh 7:15
[7] aJg 19:30

8 ¶ Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house. 9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; [we will go up] against it by lot. 10 And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to Isupply food for the people, that when they come to IIGibeah of Benjamin, they may IIIpunish [them] for all the disgraceful acts that they have committed in Israel.” 11 Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.

[10] ILit take IIHeb Geba IIILit do

12 ¶ Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire Itribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you? 13 Now then, deliver up the men, the Iaworthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and bremove [this] wickedness from Israel.” But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel. 14 The sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel. 15 From the cities on that day the asons of Benjamin were Inumbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were Inumbered, 700 choice men. 16 Out of all these people 700 achoice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

[12] ILit tribes
[13] ILit sons of Belial a2Co 6:15 bDt 13:5; 17:12; 1Co 5:13
[15] IOr mustered aNu 1:36, 37; 2:23; 26:41
[16] aJg 3:15; 1Ch 12:2

17 ¶ Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were Inumbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.

[17] IOr mustered

Civil War, Benjamin Defeated

18 ¶ Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and ainquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the LORD said, “Judah [shall go up] first.”

[18] aNu 27:21; Jg 20:23, 27

19 ¶ So the sons of Israel arose in the morning and camped against Gibeah. 20 The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel arrayed for battle against them at Gibeah. 21 Then the sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and Iafelled to the ground on that day 22,000 men of Israel. 22 But the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and arrayed for battle again in the place where they had arrayed themselves the first day. 23 aThe sons of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and binquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall we again draw near for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin?” And the LORD said, “Go up against him.”

[21] ILit destroyed aJg 20:25
[23] aJsh 7:6, 7 bJg 20:18

24 ¶ Then the sons of Israel Icame against the sons of Benjamin the second day. 25 Benjamin went out Iagainst them from Gibeah the second day and IIfelled to the ground again 18,000 men of the sons of Israel; all these drew the sword. 26 Then aall the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 27 The sons of Israel ainquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God [was] there in those days, 28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron’s son, stood before it to [minister] in those days), saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?” And the LORD said, “Go up, afor tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.”

[24] ILit approached
[25] ILit to meet IILit destroyed
[26] aJg 20:23; 21:2
[27] aJg 20:18
[28] aJg 7:9

29aSo Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah. 30 The sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and arrayed themselves against Gibeah as at other times. 31 aThe sons of Benjamin went out Iagainst the people and were drawn away from the city, and they began to strike IIand kill some of the people as at other times, on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, [and] in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32 The sons of Benjamin said, “They are struck down before us, as at the first.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let us flee that we may draw them away from the city to the highways.” 33 Then all the men of Israel arose from their place and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamar; aand the men of Israel in ambush broke out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba. 34 When ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle became Ifierce; abut IIBenjamin did not know that IIIdisaster was IVclose to them. 35 And the LORD struck Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that day, all Iwho draw the sword.

[29] aJsh 8:4
[31] ILit to meet IILit slain ones aJsh 8:16
[33] aJsh 8:19
[34] ILit heavy IILit they IIILit evil IVLit touching aJsh 8:14; Jb 21:13
[35] ILit these

36 ¶ So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were Idefeated. aWhen the men of Israel gave IIground to Benjamin because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah, 37 athe men in ambush hurried and rushed against Gibeah; the men in ambush also deployed and struck all the city with the edge of the sword. 38 Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was athat they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city. 39 Then the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike Iand kill about thirty men of Israel, afor they said, “Surely they are IIdefeated before us, as in the first battle.” 40 But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjamin looked abehind them; and behold, the whole city was going up [in smoke] to heaven. 41 Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that Iadisaster was IIclose to them. 42 Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel atoward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them while those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them. 43 aThey surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest [and] trod them down opposite Gibeah toward the Ieast. 44 Thus 18,000 men of Benjamin fell; all these were valiant warriors. 45 IThe rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of aRimmon, but they IIcaught 5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them IIIat Gidom and IVkilled 2,000 of them. 46 So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000 men who draw the sword; all these were valiant warriors. 47 But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmon four months. 48 The men of Israel then turned back against the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city with the cattle and all that they found; they also set on fire all the cities which they found.

[36] ILit smitten IILit place aJsh 8:15
[37] aJsh 8:19
[38] aJsh 8:20
[39] ILit slain ones IILit smitten aJg 20:32
[40] aJsh 8:20
[41] ILit evil IILit touching aPv 5:22; 11:5, 6; 29:6
[42] aJsh 8:15, 24
[43] ILit sunrise aHo 9:9; 10:9
[45] ISo with Gr; Heb And they IILit gleaned IIILit as far as IVLit smote aJg 21:13


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The Levite in a general assembly declareth his wrong.

1 ¶ Then 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. 2 And 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. 3 (Now 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? 4 And 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, to lodge. 5 And 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. 6 And 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. 7 Behold, ye [are] all children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.

[1] Nu 32:1, 40; Dt 13:12; Jsh 15:38; 17:1; 18:26; 22:12; Jg 10:17; 11:11; 18:29; 20:2, 8, 11, 18, 26; 21:5; 1S 3:20; 7:5; 10:17; 11:7; 2S 2:9; 3:10; 19:14; 24:2; 2K 25:23; 1Ch 21:2; 2Ch 30:5; Ezr 3:1; Ne 8:1.
[2] Jg 8:10; 20:15, 17; 2S 24:9; 2K 3:26.
[3] Jg 19:22; Pv 22:3; Mt 5:25; Lk 12:58; 14:31.
[4] Jg 19:15.
[5] Gn 19:4; Dt 22:24; Jg 19:22, 25; Ezk 22:10.
[6] Gn 34:7; Jsh 7:15; Jg 19:23, 29; 20:10; 2S 13:12.
[7] Ex 19:5; Dt 4:6; 14:1; Jsh 9:14; Jg 19:30; Pv 20:18; 24:6; 1Co 5:1, 6, 10; Jm 1:5.

The decree of the assembly.

8 ¶ And 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. 9 But now this [shall be] the thing which we will do to Gibeah; [we will go up] by lot against it; 10 And 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. 11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.

[8] Jg 20:1, 11; 21:1, 5; Pv 21:3; Ec 9:10.
[9] Jsh 14:2; 1S 14:41; 1Ch 24:5; Ne 11:1; Pv 16:33; Jna 1:7; Ac 1:26.
[10] Gn 24:60.

The Benjamites, being cited, make head against the Israelites.

12 ¶ And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness [is] this that is done among you? 13 Now 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: 14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15 And 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. 16 Among all this people [there were] seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair [breadth], and not miss. 17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men of war.

[12] Dt 13:14; 20:10; Jsh 22:13; Mt 18:15; Ro 12:18.
[13] Dt 13:13; 17:7, 12; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21, 24; 24:7; Jg 19:22; 1S 2:25; 30:22; 2S 20:1, 21; 23:6; 1K 21:13; 2Ch 13:7; 25:16, 20; Pv 29:1; Ec 11:10; Ho 9:9; 10:9; Ro 1:32; Rv 18:4.
[14] Nu 20:20; 21:23; 2Ch 13:13; Jb 15:25.
[15] Nu 26:41; Jg 20:25, 35, 46.
[16] Jg 3:15; 1S 17:40, 49; 25:29; 1Ch 12:2; 2Ch 26:14.
[17] Nu 1:46; 26:51; Jg 20:2; 1S 11:8; 15:4; 1Ch 21:5; 2Ch 17:14.

The Israelites in two battles lose forty thousand.

18 ¶ And 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. 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah. 21 And 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. 22 And 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 him.) 24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25 And 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.

[18] Gn 49:8; Nu 27:5, 21; Jsh 9:14; 18:1; Jg 1:1; 18:31; 19:18; 20:7, 23, 26; Jol 1:14.
[19] Jsh 3:1; 6:12; 7:16.
[21] Gn 49:27; Dt 23:9; 2Ch 28:10; Ps 33:16; 73:18; 77:19; Ec 9:1; Jr 12:1; Ho 10:9.
[22] Jg 20:15, 17; 1S 30:6; 2S 11:25; Ps 64:5.
[23] Jg 20:18, 26; Ps 78:34; Ho 5:15.
[25] Gn 18:25; Jg 20:21; Jb 9:12; Ps 97:2; Ro 2:5; 3:5; 11:33.

They destroy by a stratagem all the Benjamites except six hundred.

26 ¶ Then 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. 27 And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God [was] there in those days, 28 And Phinehas, 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 hand. 29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah. 30 And 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. 31 And 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. 32 And 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. 33 And 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. 34 And 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. 35 And 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. 36 So the children of Benjamin