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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).