The Children of Israel - Judges 20

Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the  congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan  even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD  in Mizpeh.

Judges 20:2 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. 

Judges 20:3 (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? 

Judges 20:4 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. 

Judges 20:5 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. 

Judges 20:6 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. 

Judges 20:7 Behold, ye are all  children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.   

Judges 20:8 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. 

Judges 20:9 But now this shall be the thing  which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against  it; 

Judges 20:10 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. 

Judges 20:11 So all the men of Israel  were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.   

Judges 20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the  tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is  done among you? 

Judges 20:13 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: 

Judges 20:14 But the  children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of  the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the  children of Israel. 

Judges 20:15 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.  

Judges 20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred  chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an  hair breadth, and not miss. 

Judges 20:17 And the men of Israel,  beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand  men that drew sword: all these were men of war.  

Judges 20:18 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. 

Judges 20:19 And the children of Israel rose up in the  morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 

Judges 20:20 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. 

Judges 20:21 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.  

Judges 20:22 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. 

Judges 20:23  (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.) 

Judges 20:24 And the children of Israel came near against  the children of Benjamin the second day. 

Judges 20:25 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.  

Judges 20:26 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. 

Judges 20:27 And the children of Israel enquired of the  LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in  those days, 

Judges 20:28 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. 

Judges 20:29  And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah. 

Judges 20:30  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. 

Judges 20:31 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. 

Judges 20:32 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. 

Judges 20:33 And all  the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put  themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait of  Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the  meadows of Gibeah. 

Judges 20:34 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.   

Judges 20:35 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. 

Judges 20:36 So 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. 

Judges 20:37 And 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. 

Judges 20:38 Now 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. 

Judges 20:39 And 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. 

Judges 20:40 But  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. 

Judges 20:41 And  when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin  were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.  

Judges 20:42 Therefore 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. 

Judges 20:43 Thus they  inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them,  and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah  toward the sunrising. 

Judges 20:44 And there fell of Benjamin  eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.  

Judges 20:45 And 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. 

Judges 20:46  So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and  five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men  of valour. 

Judges 20:47 But six hundred men turned and fled to  the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock  Rimmon four months. 

Judges 20:48 And 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. KJV