The children of Israel arose and went up to Bethel and inquired of God, and they said, “Who is to go up first for us to battle against the children of Benjamin?”

And Yahweh said, “Judah first.” Bible

“went up to Bethel.” The Tabernacle was at Bethel at that time (Judges 20:27).

“Who is to go up first.” That is, who is to be at the front of the battle.”

Commentary for: Judges 20:18