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26 So all the Israelites, the whole army,[a] went up to[b] Bethel. They wept and sat there before the Lord; they did not eat anything[c] that day until evening. They offered up burnt sacrifices and tokens of peace[d] to the Lord. 27 The Israelites asked the Lord (for the ark of God’s covenant was there in those days; 28 Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, was serving the Lord[e] in those days), “Should we[f] once more march out to fight the Benjaminites our brothers,[g] or should we[h] quit?” The Lord said, “Attack, for tomorrow I will hand them[i] over to you.”

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  1. Judges 20:26 tn Heb “and all the people.”
  2. Judges 20:26 tn Heb “went up and came [to].”
  3. Judges 20:26 tn Traditionally, “fasted.”
  4. Judges 20:26 tn Or “peace offerings.”
  5. Judges 20:28 tn Heb “standing before him.”
  6. Judges 20:28 tn Heb “I” (collective singular).
  7. Judges 20:28 tn Heb “my brother” (collective singular).
  8. Judges 20:28 tn Heb “I” (collective singular).
  9. Judges 20:28 tn Heb “him” (collective singular).

26 Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord.(A) They fasted(B) that day until evening and presented burnt offerings(C) and fellowship offerings(D) to the Lord.(E) 27 And the Israelites inquired of the Lord.(F) (In those days the ark of the covenant of God(G) was there, 28 with Phinehas son of Eleazar,(H) the son of Aaron, ministering before it.)(I) They asked, “Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites, or not?”

The Lord responded, “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.(J)

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