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  • but the men of Benjamin killed another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of whom were experienced with a sword. - Judges 20:25

  • and Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron was the priest.) The Israelites asked the LORD, "Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again or should we stop?" The LORD said, "Go! Tomorrow I will give you victory over them." - Judges 20:28

  • When the warriors of Benjamin came out to attack, they were drawn away from the town. And as they had done before, they began to kill the Israelites. About thirty Israelites died in the open fields and along the roads leading to Bethel and Gibeah. - Judges 20:31

  • Then the warriors of Benjamin shouted, "We're defeating them as we did in the first battle!" But the Israelites had agreed in advance to run away so that the men of Benjamin would chase them along the roads and be drawn away from the town. - Judges 20:32

  • and advanced against Benjamin from behind. The fighting was so heavy that Benjamin didn't realize the impending disaster. - Judges 20:34

  • So the LORD helped Israel defeat Benjamin, and that day the Israelites killed 25,100 of Benjamin's warriors, all of whom were experienced with a sword. - Judges 20:35

  • Then the men of Benjamin saw that they were beaten. The Israelites had retreated from Benjamin's warriors in order to give those hiding in ambush more room to maneuver. - Judges 20:36

  • which was the signal for the Israelites to turn and attack Benjamin's warriors. By that time Benjamin's warriors had killed about thirty Israelites, and they shouted, "We're defeating them as we did in the first battle!" - Judges 20:39

  • But when the warriors of Benjamin looked behind them and saw the smoke rising into the sky from every part of the town, - Judges 20:40

  • the Israelites turned and attacked. At this point Benjamin's warriors realized disaster was near and became terrified. - Judges 20:41

  • The Israelites surrounded the men of Benjamin and were relentless in chasing them down, finally overtaking them east of Gibeah. - Judges 20:43

  • Eighteen thousand of Benjamin's greatest warriors died in that day's battle. - Judges 20:44

  • So the tribe of Benjamin lost twenty-five thousand brave warriors that day, - Judges 20:46

  • The Israelites had vowed at Mizpah never to give their daughters in marriage to a man from the tribe of Benjamin. - Judges 21:1

  • The Israelites felt deep sadness for Benjamin and said, "Today we have lost one of the tribes from our family; it is nearly wiped out. - Judges 21:6

  • The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. - Judges 21:13

  • Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. - Judges 21:14
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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