Daily Word OT

June 29, 2019

JUDGES 20:18-35
20:18 And the children of Israel rose up and went up to Bethel, and they inquired of God and said, Who will go up for us first into battle with the children of Benjamin? And Jehovah said, Judah first.
20:19 So the children of Israel rose up in the morning and encamped against Gibeah.
20:20 And the men of Israel went up into battle with Benjamin. And the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah.
20:21 Then the children of Benjamin came forth from Gibeah and struck down to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand men in Israel.
20:22 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and set the battle in array again in the place where they had set it in array the first day.
20:23 Now the children of Israel had gone up and wept before Jehovah into the evening; and they had inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I again approach the battle with the children of Benjamin my brother? And Jehovah had said, Go up against him.
20:24 And the children of Israel drew near to the children of Benjamin on the second day.
20:25 And Benjamin went forth from Gibeah to meet them on the second day, and they struck down to the ground another eighteen thousand men among the children of Israel; all of these were ones who drew the sword.
20:26 Then all the children of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel. And they wept and sat there before Jehovah, and they fasted on that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Jehovah.
20:27 And the children of Israel inquired of Jehovah (for the Ark of the Covenant of God was there in those days;
20:28 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days), saying, Shall I again go out into battle with the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And Jehovah said, Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.
20:29 And Israel set men in ambush all around Gibeah.
20:30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day and set themselves in array against Gibeah as at other times.
20:31 And the children of Benjamin went out to meet the people; they were drawn away from the city. And they began to strike some of the people, about thirty men of Israel, slaying them as at other times, on the highways which lead into the open field, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah.
20:32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are stricken down before us as they were at first. And the children of Israel said, Let us flee and draw them away from the city to the highways.
20:33 Then all the men of Israel rose up from their places and set themselves in array at Baal-tamar; and Israel’s ambush left their place at Maareh-geba.
20:34 And ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel came against Gibeah. And the battle was fierce, but the children of Benjamin did not know that disaster was very near to them.
20:35 And Jehovah struck down Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed twenty-five thousand one hundred men of Benjamin that day; all these were ones who drew the sword.