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Judges 21 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now the Israelites had sworn at Mizpah, "No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin." 1 The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: "Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite."
2 And the people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly. 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.
3 They said, "O Lord, the God of Israel, why has it come to pass that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?" 3 "O LORD, the God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?"
4 On the next day, the people got up early, and built an altar there, and offered burnt offerings and sacrifices of well-being. 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.
5 Then the Israelites said, "Which of all the tribes of Israel did not come up in the assembly to the Lord?" For a solemn oath had been taken concerning whoever did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah, saying, "That one shall be put to death." 5 Then the Israelites asked, "Who from all the tribes of Israel 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 But the Israelites had compassion for Benjamin their kin, and said, "One tribe is cut off from Israel this day. 6 Now the Israelites grieved for their brothers, the Benjamites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said.
7 What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them any of our daughters as wives?" 7 "How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oath by the LORD not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?"
8 Then they said, "Is there anyone from the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah?" It turned out that no one from Jabesh-gilead had come to the camp, to the assembly. 8 Then they asked, "Which one of the tribes of Israel failed to assemble before the LORD at Mizpah?" They discovered that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come to the camp for the assembly.
9 For when the roll was called among the people, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there. 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there.
10 So the congregation sent twelve thousand soldiers there and commanded them, "Go, put the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead to the sword, including the women and the little ones. 10 So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.
11 This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction." 11 "This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."
12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man and brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. 12 They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.
13 Then the whole congregation sent word to the Benjaminites who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them. 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.
14 Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead; but they did not suffice for them. 14 So the Benjamites returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there were not enough for all of them.
15 The people had compassion on Benjamin because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.
16 So the elders of the congregation said, "What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since there are no women left in Benjamin?" 16 And the elders of the assembly said, "With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?
17 And they said, "There must be heirs for the survivors of Benjamin, in order that a tribe may not be blotted out from Israel. 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out.
18 Yet we cannot give any of our daughters to them as wives." For the Israelites had sworn, "Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to Benjamin." 18 We can't give them our daughters as wives, since we Israelites have taken this oath: 'Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to a Benjamite.'
19 So they said, "Look, the yearly festival of the Lord is taking place at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah." 19 But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, to the north of Bethel, and east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and to the south of Lebonah."
20 And they instructed the Benjaminites, saying, "Go and lie in wait in the vineyards, 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards
21 and watch; when the young women of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and each of you carry off a wife for himself from the young women of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 21 and watch. When the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 Then if their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, "Be generous and allow us to have them; because we did not capture in battle a wife for each man. But neither did you incur guilt by giving your daughters to them.' " 22 When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.' "
23 The Benjaminites did so; they took wives for each of them from the dancers whom they abducted. Then they went and returned to their territory, and rebuilt the towns, and lived in them. 23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.
24 So the Israelites departed from there at that time by tribes and families, and they went out from there to their own territories. 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes. 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.