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Parallel Bible results for Judges 21

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Judges 21

RHE 1 Now the children of Israel had also sworn in Maspha, saying: None of us shall give of his daughters to the children of Benjamin to wife. 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.” RHE 2 And they all came to the house of God in Silo, and sitting before him till the evening, lifted up their voices, and began to lament and weep, saying: NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. RHE 3 O Lord God of Israel, why is so great an evil come to pass in thy people, that this day one tribe should be taken away from among us? NIV 3 “LORD, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?” RHE 4 And rising early the next day, they built an altar: and offered there holocausts, and victims of peace, and they said: NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. RHE 5 Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the army of the Lord? for they had bound themselves with a great oath, when they were in Maspha, that whosoever were wanting should be slain. 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. RHE 6 And the children of Israel being moved with repentance for their brother Benjamin, began to say: One tribe is taken away from Israel. NIV 6 Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. “Today one tribe is cut off from Israel,” they said. RHE 7 Whence shall they take wives? For we have all in general sworn, not to give our daughters 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?” RHE 8 Therefore they said: Who is there of all the tribes of Israel, that came not up to the Lord to Maspha? And, behold, the inhabitants of Jabes Galaad were found not to have been in that army. 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. RHE 9 (At that time also when they were in Silo, no one of them was found there,) NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. RHE 10 So they sent ten thousand of the most valiant men, and commanded them, saying: Go and put the inhabitants of Jabes Galaad to the sword, with their wives and their 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. RHE 11 And this is what you shall observe: Every male, and all women that have known men, you shall kill, but the virgins you shall save. NIV 11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” RHE 12 And there were found of Jabes Galaad four hundred virgins, that had not known the bed of a man, and they brought them to the camp in Silo, into the land of Chanaan. 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. RHE 13 And they sent messengers to the children of Benjamin, that were in the rock Remmon, and commanded them to receive them in peace. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. RHE 14 And the children of Benjamin came at that time, and wives were given them of Jabes Galaad: but they found no others, whom they might give in like manner. 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. RHE 15 And all Israel was very sorry, and repented for the destroying of one tribe out of Israel. NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. RHE 16 And the ancients said: What shall we do with the rest, that have not received wives? for all the women in 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? RHE 17 And we must use all care, and provide with great diligence, that one tribe be not destroyed out of Israel. NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. RHE 18 For as to our own daughters we cannot give them, being bound with an oath and a curse, whereby we said: Cursed be he that shall give Benjamin any of his daughters to wife. 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.’ RHE 19 So they took counsel, and said: Behold, there is a yearly solemnity of the Lord in Silo, which is situate on the north of the city of Bethel, and on the east side of the way, that goeth from Bethel to Sichem, and on the south of the town of Lebona. 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.” RHE 20 And they commanded the children of Benjamin and said: Go, and lie hid in the vineyards, NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards RHE 21 And when you shall see the daughters of Silo come out, as the custom is, to dance, come ye on a sudden out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife among them, and go into 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. RHE 22 And when their fathers and their brethren shall come, and shall begin to complain against you, and to chide, we will say to them: Have pity on them: for they took them not away as by the right of war or conquest, but when they asked to have them, you gave them not, and the fault was committed on your part. 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.’ ” RHE 23 And the children of Benjamin did as they had been commanded: and, according to their number, they carried off for themselves every man his wife of them that were dancing: and they went into their possession, and built up their cities, and dwelt 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. RHE 24 The children of Israel also returned by their tribes, and families, to their dwellings. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. RHE 25 (21-24) In those days there was no king in Israel: but every one did that which seemed right to himself. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

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