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18 Then the children of Israel arose and (A)went up to [a]the house of God to (B)inquire of God. They said, “Which of us shall go up first to battle against the children of Benjamin?”

The Lord said, (C)“Judah first!”

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  1. Judges 20:18 Or Bethel

18 The Israelites went up to Bethel[a](A) and inquired of God.(B) They said, “Who of us is to go up first(C) to fight(D) against the Benjamites?”

The Lord replied, “Judah(E) shall go first.”

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  1. Judges 20:18 Or to the house of God; also in verse 26

23 (A)Then the children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, “Shall I again draw near for battle against the children of my brother Benjamin?”

And the Lord said, “Go up against him.”

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23 The Israelites went up and wept before the Lord(A) until evening,(B) and they inquired of the Lord.(C) They said, “Shall we go up again to fight(D) against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites?”

The Lord answered, “Go up against them.”

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Then the people came (A)to [a]the house of God, and remained there before God till evening. They lifted up their voices and wept bitterly,

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  1. Judges 21:2 Or Bethel

The people went to Bethel,[a] where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 21:2 Or to the house of God

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