The Israelites Punish the Benjamites

20 Then all Israel(A) from Dan to Beersheba(B) and from the land of Gilead came together as one(C) and assembled(D) before the Lord in Mizpah.(E)

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28 “Please forgive(A) your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting(B) dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles,(C) and no wrongdoing(D) will be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life,(E) the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl(F) away as from the pocket of a sling.(G) 30 When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler(H) over Israel, 31 my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember(I) your servant.”(J)

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So the king said to Joab(A) and the army commanders[a] with him, “Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba(B) and enroll(C) the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 24:2 Septuagint (see also verse 4 and 1 Chron. 21:2); Hebrew Joab the army commander