1 So all the sons of Israel came out, from Dan to Beer-sheba, as well as from the land of
Gilead, and the congregation assembled as one man, unto Jehovah at Mizpah.
2 And the chiefs of all the people of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the
assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen who 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 happen?
4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, My
concubine and I went into Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin, to lodge.
5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and surrounded the house at night because of
me. They had thought to kill me, but instead they have humbled my concubine so that she
6 So I took hold of my concubine, cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the land
of the inheritance of Israel, because they have committed lewdness and disgraceful folly in
7 Behold, all of you are sons of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.
8 And all the people rose up as one man, saying, None of us shall go to his tent, nor shall
any turn away to his house;
9 but now this is the thing which we shall do to Gibeah: We shall go up against it by lot.
10 We shall take ten men out of every hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, a
hundred out of every thousand, and a thousand out of every ten thousand, to carry
provisions for the people, that when they come to Gibeah in Benjamin, they may repay all
the disgrace that they have done in Israel.
11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.
12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What is
this evil that has been done among you?
13 Now therefore, deliver up the men, the sons of wickedness who are in Gibeah, that we
may put them to death and remove the evil from Israel! But the sons of Benjamin would
not listen to the voice of their brethren, the sons of Israel.
14 And the sons of Benjamin gathered together from their cities to Gibeah, to go to battle
against the sons of Israel.
15 And from their cities at that time the sons of Benjamin numbered twenty-six thousand
men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven
hundred choice men.
16 Among all this people were seven hundred choice men who were left-handed; every
one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
17 Now besides Benjamin, the men of Israel numbered four hundred thousand men who
drew the sword; all of these were men of war.
18 And the sons of Israel arose and went up to the house of God to inquire of God. They
said, Which of us shall go up first to battle against the sons of Benjamin? And Jehovah
said, Judah first!
19 And the sons of Israel arose 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 sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah, and on that day destroyed down to the
ground twenty-two thousand men of Israel.
22 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again set the battle in
array at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day.
23 And the sons of Israel went up and wept before Jehovah until evening, and asked
counsel of Jehovah, saying, Shall I again draw near for battle against the sons of my
brother Benjamin? And Jehovah said, Go up against him.
24 So the sons of Israel approached the sons of Benjamin on the second day.
25 And Benjamin went out against them from Gibeah on the second day, and destroyed
down to the ground eighteen thousand men of the sons of Israel; all these drew the sword.
26 And all the children of Israel, all the people, went up and came to the house of God
and wept. They sat there before Jehovah and fasted that day until evening; and they
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Jehovah.
27 And the sons of Israel inquired of Jehovah (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 sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I
cease? And Jehovah said, Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.
29 And Israel set men in ambush all around Gibeah.
30 And the sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day, and put
themselves in battle array against Gibeah as at the other times.
31 And the sons of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the
city. They began to strike down and kill some of the people, as at the other times, in the
highways (one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah) and in the field, about
thirty men of Israel.
32 And the sons of Benjamin thought, They are struck down before us, as at first. But the
sons of Israel had said, Let us flee and draw them away from the city into the highways.
33 So all the men of Israel rose from their place and put themselves in battle array at Baal
Tamar. Then Israel's men in ambush burst forth from their places in the plain of Geba.
34 And ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, and the battle was
heavy. But the Benjamites did not know that evil was upon them.
35 And Jehovah struck down Benjamin before Israel. And the sons of Israel destroyed
that day twenty-five thousand one hundred of Benjamin; all who drew the sword.
36 So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were struck down. And the men of Israel had
given ground to the Benjamites, because they had trusted on the men in ambush whom
they had set against Gibeah.
37 And the men in ambush quickly rushed upon Gibeah; the men in ambush drew out and
struck the whole city with the edge of the sword.
38 Now the appointed signal between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that
they would make a great cloud of smoke rise up from the city,
39 whereupon the men of Israel turned around in battle. Now Benjamin had begun to
strike and kill about thirty of the men of Israel. For they thought, Surely they are struck
down before us, as in the first battle.
40 But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, the Benjamites
looked behind them, and behold the whole city had gone up in smoke to the heavens.
41 And when the men of Israel turned back, the men of Benjamin were dismayed, for
they saw that evil had come upon them.
42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel in the direction of the
wilderness; and the battle overtook them, and whoever came out of the cities they
destroyed in their midst.
43 They surrounded Benjamin, chased them, and easily trampled them down as far as the
front of Gibeah toward the rising sun.
44 And eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell; all these were men of valor.
45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and they thrust
upon five thousand of them on the highways; and pursued them to Gidom, and killed two
46 So all who fell of Benjamin that day were twenty-five thousand men who drew the
sword; all these were men of valor.
47 But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon,
and they remained at the rock of Rimmon for four months.
48 And the men of Israel turned back against the sons of Benjamin, and struck them down
with the edge of the sword; entire cities, beasts, and all who were found. They also set fire
to every city they found.