Which of us shall go up first to the battle…? 032613

Today’s Bible Reading –

Judges 19 – 21

Selected verses…

Old Testament –

“And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, ‘Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin?’  And the LORD said, ‘Judah shall go up first.’  And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.  And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.  And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.  And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.  (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?’  And the LORD said, ‘Go up against him.’)  And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.  And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.”  Judges 20:18-25 (KJV)

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