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25 The Benjaminites again attacked them from Gibeah and struck down 18,000 sword-wielding Israelite soldiers.[a]

26 So all the Israelites, the whole army,[b] went up to[c] Bethel. They wept and sat there before the Lord; they did not eat anything[d] that day until evening. They offered up burnt sacrifices and tokens of peace[e] to the Lord. 27 The Israelites asked the Lord (for the ark of God’s covenant was there in those days;

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  1. Judges 20:25 tn Heb “And Benjamin went out to meet them from Gibeah the second day, and they again struck down among the sons of Israel 18,000 men to the ground, all of these were wielding the sword.”
  2. Judges 20:26 tn Heb “and all the people.”
  3. Judges 20:26 tn Heb “went up and came [to].”
  4. Judges 20:26 tn Traditionally, “fasted.”
  5. Judges 20:26 tn Or “peace offerings.”

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