Now a Philistine garrison took control of the pass at Michmash.
There were sharp columns of rock on both sides of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine garrison. One was named Bozez and the other Seneh;
From the tribe of Benjamin [they gave]: Gibeon with its pasturelands, Geba with its pasturelands,
The rest of all the events of Asa's [reign], along with all his might, all his accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings. But in his old age he developed a disease in his feet.
Chephar-ammoni, Ophni, and Geba-- 12 cities, with their villages;
Then he would return to Ramah because his home was there, he judged Israel there, and he had built an altar to the LORD there.
Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.
This is what the LORD says: A voice was heard in Ramah, a lament with bitter weeping-- Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children because they are no more.
Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah; raise the war cry in Beth-aven: After you, Benjamin!
But his master replied to him, "We will not stop at a foreign city where there are no Israelites. Let's move on to Gibeah."
"Come on," he said, "let's try to reach one of these places and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah."
So they continued on their journey, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.
They stopped to go in and spend the night in Gibeah. The Levite went in and sat down in the city square, but no one took them into their home to spend the night.
When the messengers came to Gibeah, Saul's [hometown], and told the terms to the people, all wept aloud.
He chose 3,000 men from Israel for himself: 2,000 were with Saul at Michmash and in Bethel's hill country, and 1,000 were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. He sent the rest of the troops away, each to his own tent.
They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their guilt; He will punish their sins.
Israel, you have sinned since the days of Gibeah; they have taken their stand there. Will not war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?