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Judges 21

NIRV 1 The men of Israel had taken an oath and made a promise at Mizpah. They had said, "Not one of us will give his daughter to be married to a man from 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.” NIRV 2 The people went to Bethel. They sat there until evening in the sight of God. They sobbed loudly and bitterly. NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. NIRV 3 "Lord, you are the God of Israel," they cried. "Why has this happened to Israel? Why is one tribe missing from Israel today?" NIV 3 “LORD, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?” NIRV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar. They brought burnt offerings and friendship offerings. NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. NIRV 5 Then the people of Israel asked, "Has anyone failed to come here in the sight of the LORD? Is anyone missing from all of the tribes of Israel?" The people had made a promise with an oath. They had said that anyone who failed to come to Mizpah in the sight of the LORD should certainly 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 was to be put to death. NIRV 6 The people of Israel were very sad because of what had happened to the tribe of Benjamin. After all, they were their fellow Israelites. "Today one tribe has been cut off from Israel," they said. NIV 6 Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. “Today one tribe is cut off from Israel,” they said. NIRV 7 "How can we provide wives for the men who are left? We've made a promise with an oath in the sight of the Lord. We've promised not to give any of our daughters to be married to them." 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?” NIRV 8 Then they asked, "Has any tribe of Israel failed to come here to Mizpah in the sight of the LORD?" They discovered that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come. No one from there had gathered together with the others in the camp. 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. NIRV 9 They counted the people. They found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead had come to Mizpah. NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. NIRV 10 So the community sent 12,000 fighting men to Jabesh Gilead. They directed them to take their swords and kill those who were living there. That included the 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. NIRV 11 "Here is what you must do," they said. "Kill every male. Also kill 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.” NIRV 12 They found 400 young women in Jabesh Gilead who had never made love to a man. So they took them to the camp at Shiloh in 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. NIRV 13 Then the whole community sent an offer of peace to the men of Benjamin. The men were at the rock of Rimmon. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. NIRV 14 So the men of Benjamin returned at that time. They were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there weren't 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. NIRV 15 The people were very sad because of what had happened to the tribe of Benjamin. The LORD had left a gap in the tribes of Israel. They weren't complete without Benjamin. NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. NIRV 16 The elders of the community spoke up. They said, "All of the women of Benjamin have been wiped out. So how will we find wives for the men who are left? 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? NIRV 17 The men of Benjamin who are still alive need to have children," they said. "If they don't, a tribe of Israel will be wiped out. NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. NIRV 18 "But we can't give them our daughters to be their wives. We Israelites have taken an oath and made a promise. We've said, 'May anyone who gives a wife to a man from Benjamin be under the LORD'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.’ NIRV 19 "Look, a feast is celebrated every year in Shiloh in honor of the Lord. Shiloh is north of Bethel. It's east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. It's south of Lebonah." NIV 19 But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, which lies north of Bethel, east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.” NIRV 20 So they told the men of Benjamin what to do. They said, "Go. Hide in the vineyards NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards NIRV 21 and watch. The young women of Shiloh will come out. They'll join in the dancing. When they do, run out of the vineyards. Each of you grab hold of a young woman from Shiloh to be your wife. Then go to the land of Benjamin. NIV 21 and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife. Then return to the land of Benjamin. NIRV 22 "Their fathers or brothers might not be happy with what we're doing. If they aren't, we'll say to them, 'Do us a favor. Help the men of Benjamin. We didn't get wives for them during the battle. You aren't guilty of doing anything wrong. After all, you didn't give your daughters to them. They were stolen from you.' " NIV 22 When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Do us the favor of helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war. You will not be guilty of breaking your oath because you did not give your daughters to them.’ ” NIRV 23 So that's what the men of Benjamin did. While the young women were dancing, each man caught one. He carried her away to be his wife. Then the men returned to their own share of land. They built the towns again. They settled down in them. NIV 23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the young women 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. NIRV 24 At that time the men of Israel also left. They went home to their tribes and family groups. Each one went to his own share of land. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. NIRV 25 In those days Israel didn't have a king. The people did anything they thought was right. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

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