“You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me – how he murdered two commanders of the Israelite armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. 1 During peacetime he struck them down like he would in battle; 2 when he shed their blood as if in battle, he stained his own belt and the sandals on his feet. 3
Sound your battle cry 1 against the wild beast of the reeds, 2 and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 3 They humble themselves 4 and offer gold and silver as tribute. 5 God 6 scatters 7 the nations that like to do battle.
One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier; 1 at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 2 until the remaining few are as isolated 3 as a flagpole on a mountaintop or a signal flag on a hill.”
For I will rouse into action and bring against Babylon a host of mighty nations 1 from the land of the north. They will set up their battle lines against her. They will come from the north and capture her. 2 Their arrows will be like a skilled soldier 3 who does not return from the battle empty-handed. 4
Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 1
Then they turned and went up by the road to Bashan. And King Og of Bashan and all his forces 1 marched out against them to do battle at Edrei.
“You must exact 1 a tribute for the Lord from the fighting men who went out to battle: one life out of five hundred, from the people, the cattle, and from the donkeys and the sheep.
At that time I instructed you as follows: “The Lord your God has given you this land for your possession. You warriors are to cross over before your fellow Israelites 1 equipped for battle.
Or who among you 1 has become engaged to a woman but has not married her? He may go home, lest he die in battle and someone else marry her.”
Your wives, children and cattle may stay in the land that Moses assigned to you east of the Jordan River. But all you warriors must cross over armed for battle ahead of your brothers. 1 You must help them
These were the nations the Lord permitted to remain so he could use them to test Israel – he wanted to test all those who had not experienced battle against the Canaanites. 1
Ten thousand men, well-trained soldiers from all Israel, then made a frontal assault against Gibeah – the battle was fierce. 1 But the Benjaminites did not realize that disaster was at their doorstep. 2
the Israelites counterattacked. 1 Benjamin had begun to strike down the Israelites; 2 they struck down 3 about thirty men. They said, “There’s no doubt about it! They are totally defeated as in the earlier battle.”