“The Israelites gave ground to Benjamin, because they trusted the troops in the ambush that they had stationed against Gibeah. The troops in the ambush rushed quickly upon Gibeah. Then they put the whole city to the sword. Now the agreement between the main body of Israel and the men in the ambush was that when they sent up a cloud of smoke out of the city the main body of Israel should turn in battle. Now Benjamin had begun to inflict causalities on the Israelites, killing about thirty of them. They thought. ‘Surely they are defeated before us, as in the first battle.’ But when the cloud, a column of smoke, began to rise out of the city, the Benjaminites looked behind them. There was the whole city going up in smoke toward the sky. Then the main body of Israel turned. The Benjaminites were dismayed. They saw that disaster was close upon them.”
This is a repeat of the story, the second telling of the Benjaminite defeat in more detail. This time there was a group of Israelites inside the city. They killed the people in the city and set the city on fire. The Benjaminites thought that they were winning again, killing 30 Israelites. However, when they saw the smoke rising from the city of Gibeah they knew that the end was near.
“Therefore they turned away from the Israelites in the direction of the wilderness. But the battle overtook them. Those who came out of the city were slaughtering the Benjaminites in between them. Cutting down the Benjaminites, they pursued them from Nohah. They trod them down as far as a place east of Gibeah. Eighteen thousand Benjaminites fell, all of them courageous fighters. When they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, five thousand of them were cut down on the main roads. They were pursued as far as Gidom where two thousand of them were slain. All who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand arms-bearing men, all of them courageous fighters. But six hundred people turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon. They remained at the rock of Rimmon four months. Meanwhile the Israelites turned back against the Benjaminites. They put them to the sword: the city, the people, the animals, and all that remained. Also the remaining towns they set on fire.”
The Israelites had the Benjaminites in a crunch, with the men coming out of the city at their back. Nohah was the 4th son of Benjamin and this probably was a place named after him, but it is only mentioned here. 18,000 Benjaminites were killed in this initial attack. Another 5,000 were killed on the road. This is the only mention of Gidom, where another 2,000 were killed. Thus 25,000 armed courageous fighting men were killed. 600 hid out at the rock of Rimmon for 4 months. Then the Israelites destroyed everything in the city of Gibeah, men, women, children, and animals. They also set the neighboring towns on fire also.