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.”

24 Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day. 25 This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites,(E) all of them armed with swords.

26 Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord.(F) They fasted(G) that day until evening and presented burnt offerings(H) and fellowship offerings(I) to the Lord.(J) 27 And the Israelites inquired of the Lord.(K) (In those days the ark of the covenant of God(L) was there, 28 with Phinehas son of Eleazar,(M) the son of Aaron, ministering before it.)(N) 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.(O)

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