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Judges 21:1-7 (New International Version)

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Wives for the Benjamites

1 The men of Israel had taken an oath1 at Mizpah:2 "Not one of us will give3 his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite." 2 The people went to Bethel,a where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. 3 "O LORD, the God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing4 from Israel today?" 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.b5 5 Then the Israelites asked, "Who from all the tribes of Israel6 has failed to assemble before the LORD?" For they had taken a solemn oath that anyone who failed to assemble before the LORD at Mizpah should certainly be put to death. 6 Now the Israelites grieved for their brothers, the Benjamites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said. 7 "How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oath7 by the LORD not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?"
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