JUDGES 19:27 – 20:17
19:27 And her lord rose up in the morning and opened the doors of the house, and he went out to go on his way. And there was his concubine, fallen at the entrance of the house with her hands upon the threshold.
19:28 And he said to her, Get up, and let us go. But there was no answer. And he put her upon the donkey; and the man rose up and went to his place.
19:29 And when he came to his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and cut her up limb by limb into twelve pieces; and he sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.
19:30 And when everyone saw this, they said, No such thing has ever happened or been seen since the day the children of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt until this day. Consider it, and take counsel and speak.
20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out; and the assembly gathered as one man unto Jehovah at Mizpah, from Dan as far as Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead.
20:2 And the leaders of all the people, of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the congregation of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen who drew the sword.
20:3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the children of Israel said, Tell us, How did this evil thing happen?
20:4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman who had been murdered, answered and said, I and my concubine came to Gibeah, which is in Benjamin, to spend the night.
20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night to get me. It was me that they intended to slay, but they humbled my concubine until she died.
20:6 Therefore I took hold of my concubine and cut her up and sent her throughout all the land of Israel’s inheritance, for they have committed wickedness and folly in Israel.
20:7 Behold, all you children of Israel, give your advice and counsel here.
20:8 And all the people rose up as one man, saying, None of us will go to our tents, nor will any of us return to our houses.
20:9 But now this is the thing that we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot;
20:10 And we will take ten men per hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred per thousand, and a thousand per ten thousand, to get provisions for the people, so that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may deal with them according to all the folly which they have committed in Israel.
20:11 So all the men of Israel, knit together as one man, were gathered against the city.
20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What is this evil thing that has happened among you?
20:13 Now therefore deliver up the worthless men who are in Gibeah, and we will kill them and put away evil from Israel. But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the children of Israel.
20:14 And the children of Benjamin gathered together at Gibeah from their cities to go to battle with the children of Israel.
20:15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered on that day from the cities: twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, apart from the inhabitants of Gibeah who were numbered, seven hundred choice men.
20:16 Of all these people seven hundred choice men were left-handed; all these could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
20:17 And the men of Israel were numbered apart from Benjamin: four hundred thousand men who drew the sword; all these were men of war.