Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,(A) which is near Beth Aven(B) to the east of Bethel,(C) and told them, “Go up and spy out(D) the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

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Then Joshua sent them off, and they went to the place of ambush(A) and lay in wait between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai—but Joshua spent that night with the people.

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13 From there it crossed to the south slope of Luz(A) (that is, Bethel(B)) and went down to Ataroth Addar(C) on the hill south of Lower Beth Horon.

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23 When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),(A)

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She held court(A) under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah(B) and Bethel(C) in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.

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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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Footnotes

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

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

31 The descendants of the Benjamites from Geba(A) lived in Mikmash,(B) Aija, Bethel(C) and its settlements,

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