Benjamite


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Ben´ja`mite


n.1.A descendant of Benjamin; one of the tribe of Benjamin.
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They finally kill at least 25,100 of the Benjamite men, drive another 600 into the wilderness, and destroy all the remaining towns, inhabitants and livestock they can find (20:35, 47-48).
When the war ended, 22,000 Israelite men were dead as against 50,000 Benjamite men dead, in addition to the near complete annihilation of the whole Benjamite tribe and towns (which were razed to the ground by Israelite fire).
In addition to the left-handed Benjamite Ehud, Judges 20:16 refers to 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with great accuracy ("Every one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss") and all were left-handed.
The narrative emphasizes that David not only quickly dispatched this messenger, but also soon thereafter two Benjamite brothers who had killed Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul whom Abner had earlier made king (briefly) over Israel.