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士师记 20

讨伐基比亚

1于是,从但到别示巴以及基列的全体以色列人万众一心,来到米斯巴,聚集在耶和华面前。 以色列各支派的首领都参加了这次上帝子民的聚会,当时有四十万持刀的步兵。 便雅悯人也听见以色列人聚集在米斯巴的消息。以色列人问那个利未人:“请告诉我们,这件邪恶的事是怎么发生的?” 那利未人,就是被害女子的丈夫说:“我和我的妾到便雅悯的基比亚住宿。 那天晚上,基比亚人包围我们住宿的房子,要杀死我。他们把我的妾蹂躏致死。 我就把她的尸体切成块,送到以色列的各个地区,让以色列人都知道基比亚人做了邪恶、无耻的事。 以色列人啊,你们看该怎么处理吧!”

众人起来异口同声地说:“我们谁也不回帐篷,谁也不回家。 现在我们要抽签去攻打基比亚。 10 我们要从各支派中抽出十分之一的人负责运粮,等军队到达基比亚后,就可以讨伐在以色列做出这种卑鄙之事的基比亚人。” 11 于是,以色列人团结一致,一起去攻打那城。

12 他们派人去对便雅悯各地的人说:“你们中间怎么发生了这种邪恶的事! 13 现在把那些基比亚的无赖交出来,我们要处死他们,从以色列铲除罪恶。”便雅悯人却充耳不闻, 14 还从各城聚集到基比亚跟以色列人打仗。 15 便雅悯人从各城召集了两万六千刀兵,还从基比亚召集了七百精兵。 16 军中有七百精兵善用左手甩石,毫发不差。 17 其他十一个以色列支派则召集了四十万善战的刀兵。

18 以色列人到伯特利去求问上帝,说:“我们当中哪个支派应当先去攻打便雅悯人呢?”耶和华说:“犹大支派。”

19 第二天清早,以色列人就在基比亚附近安营, 20 摆开阵势,准备攻打便雅悯人。 21 便雅悯人从基比亚出来,当天杀了以色列军两万二千人。 22 以色列人重整士气,仍在第一天列阵的地方列阵。 23 列阵之前,他们在耶和华面前一直哀哭到晚上。他们求问耶和华,说:“我们应该再去攻打我们的同胞便雅悯人吗?”耶和华说:“可以去。”

24 第二天,以色列人前去攻打便雅悯人。 25 便雅悯人从基比亚出来迎战,又杀了以色列军一万八千刀兵。 26 以色列全军来到伯特利,坐在耶和华面前哀哭,那天他们一直禁食到晚上,又在耶和华面前献上燔祭和平安祭。 27-28 那时,上帝的约柜就在那里,亚伦的孙子、以利亚撒的儿子非尼哈任祭司。以色列人求问耶和华,说:“我们应该再去攻打我们的同胞便雅悯人吗?还是退兵?”耶和华说:“去攻打吧,因为明天我必把他们交在你们手中。”

29 以色列人在基比亚周围设下伏兵。 30 第三天,以色列人又像前两次一样在基比亚列阵,攻打便雅悯人。 31 便雅悯人前来迎战,被以色列人诱到城外。他们又像前两次一样击杀以色列人,大约三十名以色列人死在通往基比亚和伯特利的两条路上。 32 便雅悯人说:“我们又打败他们了。”但以色列人已经商议好,用诈败的方法诱敌离城到大路上来。 33 以色列全军在巴力·他玛列阵反攻,埋伏在基比亚西面的以色列人也冲了出来。 34 有一万以色列精兵从正面攻打基比亚,战事非常激烈。便雅悯人大祸临头了仍懵然不知。 35 耶和华帮助以色列人战胜了便雅悯人。那天,以色列人杀了便雅悯两万五千一百刀兵。 36 便雅悯人这才意识到自己战败了。

原来以色列人在便雅悯人面前诈败,因为他们已在基比亚附近设下伏兵。 37 那些伏兵迅速冲进基比亚,杀了全城的人。 38 以色列人和伏兵已有约定,伏兵在城内点起一股浓烟时, 39 以色列人便转身杀回。便雅悯人杀了诈败的以色列军大约三十人,以为像以前一样打败了他们。 40 这时基比亚城已浓烟滚滚,便雅悯人回头观望,只见全城浓烟四起。 41 以色列人转身杀了回来,便雅悯人大惊失色,知道大祸临头了。 42 他们从以色列人面前转身逃往旷野,却无法逃脱。以色列人从各城出来夹攻他们。 43 以色列人围攻便雅悯人,一路追杀他们直到基比亚的东边。 44 便雅悯人共死了一万八千名勇士。 45 余下的人都逃往旷野的临门岩,沿途有五千人被杀。以色列人追杀他们,一直追到基顿,又消灭了他们两千人。 46 那天,便雅悯人共死了两万五千名英勇的刀兵, 47 只有六百人逃到了临门岩,在那里住了四个月。 48 以色列人回师便雅悯境内,将各城的男女老少以及牲畜全部杀死,又放火烧毁所有的城邑。

New International Reader's Version

Judges 20

The Israelites Punish the Tribe of Benjamin

1Then all the Israelites came out. They came from the whole land between Dan and Beersheba. They also came from the land of Gilead. All of them gathered together in front of the Lord at Mizpah. The leaders of all the tribes of Israel came. They took their places among the people of God gathered together. There were 400,000 men carrying swords. The tribe of Benjamin heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah. The Israelites said, “Tell us how this awful thing happened.”

So the Levite spoke. He was the husband of the woman who had been murdered. He said, “I and my concubine went to Gibeah in Benjamin. We spent the night there. During the night the men of Gibeah came after me. They surrounded the house. They were planning to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died. I took my concubine and cut her into pieces. I sent one piece to each part of Israel’s territory. I did it because the men of Gibeah had done a very terrible thing in Israel. All you men of Israel, speak up now. Tell me what you have decided to do.”

All the men got up together. They said, “None of us will go home. Not one of us will return to his house. Here is what we’ll do to Gibeah. We’ll cast lots to tell us how to attack the city. 10 We’ll take ten men out of every 100 from all the tribes of Israel. We’ll take 100 from every 1,000. We’ll take 1,000 from every 10,000. The men we take will get supplies for the army. Then the army will go to Gibeah in Benjamin. They’ll give Gibeah exactly what they should get because of the terrible thing they did in Israel.” 11 So all the men of Israel came together to fight against the city.

12 The tribes of Israel sent people to carry a message through the whole tribe of Benjamin. They said, “What about this awful crime that was committed among you? 13 Hand over to us those evil men of Gibeah. We’ll put them to death. In that way we’ll get rid of those evil people.”

But the people of Benjamin wouldn’t listen to the other Israelites. 14 They came together at Gibeah from their towns. They came to fight against the other Israelites. 15 Right away the people of Benjamin gathered together 26,000 men from their towns. They were carrying swords. These men were added to the 700 capable young men from Gibeah. 16 Among all these men there were 700 who were left-handed. Each of them could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

17 Israel gathered 400,000 men together. They were carrying swords. All of them were trained for battle. That number didn’t include the tribe of Benjamin.

18 The Israelites went up to Bethel. There they asked God, “Who should go up first and fight against the people of Benjamin?”

The Lord answered, “The tribe of Judah will go first.”

19 The next morning the Israelites got up. They set up camp near Gibeah. 20 The Israelites went out to fight against the men of Benjamin. They took up their battle positions against them at Gibeah. 21 The men of Benjamin came out of Gibeah. They killed 22,000 Israelites on the field of battle that day. 22 But the Israelites cheered one another on. They again took up their positions in the places where they had been the first day. 23 The Israelites went and wept in front of the Lord until evening. They asked the Lord, “Should we go up again to fight against the men of Benjamin? They are our fellow Israelites.”

The Lord answered, “Go up and fight against them.”

24 The Israelites came near the men of Benjamin on the second day. 25 The men of Benjamin came out from Gibeah to oppose them. That time they killed 18,000 more Israelites. All the men who died had been carrying swords.

26 Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel. They sat there and wept in front of the Lord. They didn’t eat anything that day until evening. Then they brought burnt offerings and friendship offerings to the Lord. 27 Again the Israelites spoke to the Lord. In those days the ark of the covenant of God was there. 28 Phinehas was serving as priest at the ark. He was the son of Eleazar. Eleazar was the son of Aaron. The Israelites asked, “Should we go up again to fight against the men of Benjamin? They are our fellow Israelites.”

The Lord answered, “Go. Tomorrow I will hand them over to you.”

29 Then Israel hid some men and had them wait all around Gibeah. 30 They went up to fight against the men of Benjamin on the third day. They took up their positions against Gibeah, just as they had done before. 31 The men of Benjamin came out to fight against them. They were drawn away from the city. They began to wound and kill the Israelites just as they had done before. About 30 men fell in battle. They fell in the open fields and on the roads. One of the roads led to Bethel. The other led to Gibeah. 32 The men of Benjamin said, “We’re winning the battle over them, just as we did before.” But the men of Israel said, “Let’s pull back. Let’s draw them away from the city to the roads.”

33 All the men of Israel moved away from their places. They took up new battle positions at Baal Tamar. The men who had been hiding charged out. They came from west of Gibeah. 34 Then 10,000 of Israel’s capable young men attacked Gibeah. The men of Benjamin didn’t realize they were about to be destroyed. The fighting was very heavy. 35 The Lord helped Israel win the battle over Benjamin. On that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 men of Benjamin. All the men who died had been carrying swords. 36 Then the men of Benjamin saw that they had lost the battle.

The men of Israel had moved away from their positions in front of Benjamin. They had depended on the men they had hidden near Gibeah. 37 Suddenly those men who had been hiding rushed into Gibeah. They spread out. Then they killed everyone in the city with their swords. 38 The Israelites had made a plan with those who had been hiding. They had told them to send up a large cloud of smoke from the city. 39 Then the Israelites would turn around and attack.

The men of Benjamin had begun to wound and kill the men of Israel. They had struck down about 30 of them. They had said, “We’re winning the battle over them, just as we did the first time.” 40 But a large cloud of smoke began to go up from the city. The men of Benjamin turned around. They saw the the whole city going up in smoke. 41 Then the Israelites turned around and attacked them. The men of Benjamin were terrified. They realized they were going to be destroyed. 42 So they ran away from the men of Israel. They ran toward the desert. But they couldn’t escape the battle. Other Israelites came out of the towns. There they struck down the men of Benjamin. 43 Here’s how it happened. The Israelites had surrounded them. They had chased them and easily caught up with them east of Gibeah. 44 So 18,000 men of Benjamin fell in battle. All of them were brave fighters. 45 Some men of Benjamin turned back. They ran toward the desert to the rock of Rimmon. As they did, the Israelites struck down 5,000 of them along the roads. They kept chasing the men of Benjamin all the way to Gidom. Along the way they struck down 2,000 more.

46 On that day 25,000 men of Benjamin fell in battle. They had been carrying swords. All of them were brave fighters. 47 But 600 of them turned back. They ran into the desert to the rock of Rimmon. They stayed there for four months. 48 The men of Israel went back to Benjamin. In all the towns they killed the people with their swords. They even killed the animals. So they killed everything they found. They set on fire all the towns they came to.