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Judges 21

NLT 1 The Israelites had vowed at Mizpah, “We will never give our daughters in marriage to a man from the tribe of Benjamin.” NIV 1 The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: "Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite." NLT 2 Now the people went to Bethel and sat in the presence of God until evening, weeping loudly and bitterly. NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. NLT 3 “O LORD , God of Israel,” they cried out, “why has this happened in Israel? Now one of our tribes is missing from Israel!” NIV 3 "O LORD, the God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?" NLT 4 Early the next morning the people built an altar and presented their burnt offerings and peace offerings on it. NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. NLT 5 Then they said, “Who among the tribes of Israel did not join us at Mizpah when we held our assembly in the presence of the LORD ?” At that time they had taken a solemn oath in the LORD ’s presence, vowing that anyone who refused to come would be put to death. NIV 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. NLT 6 The Israelites felt sorry for their brother Benjamin and said, “Today one of the tribes of Israel has been cut off. NIV 6 Now the Israelites grieved for their brothers, the Benjamites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said. NLT 7 How can we find wives for the few who remain, since we have sworn by the LORD not to give them our daughters in marriage?” NIV 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?" NLT 8 So they asked, “Who among the tribes of Israel did not join us at Mizpah when we assembled in the presence of the LORD ?” And they discovered that no one from Jabesh-gilead had attended the assembly. NIV 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. NLT 9 For after they counted all the people, no one from Jabesh-gilead was present. NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. NLT 10 So the assembly sent 12,000 of their best warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. NIV 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. NLT 11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.” NIV 11 "This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin." NLT 12 Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found 400 young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan. NIV 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. NLT 13 The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the remaining people of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. NLT 14 Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the 400 women of Jabesh-gilead who had been spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. NIV 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. NLT 15 The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had made this gap among the tribes of Israel. NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. NLT 16 So the elders of the assembly asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead? NIV 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? NLT 17 There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel is not wiped out. NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. NLT 18 But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.” NIV 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.' NLT 19 Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, south of Lebonah and north of Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. NIV 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." NLT 20 They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards. NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards NLT 21 When you see the young women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to the land of Benjamin to be your wife! NIV 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. NLT 22 And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be sympathetic. Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find wives for all of them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not actually give your daughters to them in marriage.’” NIV 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.' " NLT 23 So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. Each man caught one of the women as she danced in the celebration and carried her off to be his wife. They returned to their own land, and they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. NIV 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. NLT 24 Then the people of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. NLT 25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.