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Judges 21

CEB 1 The Israelites had made a pledge at Mizpah, declaring, "None of us will allow his daughter to marry a Benjaminite." 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.” CEB 2 But the people came to Bethel and sat there until evening before God, raising their voices and crying bitterly. NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. CEB 3 "LORD, God of Israel," they said, "why has this happened among us that as of today one tribe will be missing from Israel?" NIV 3 “LORD, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?” CEB 4 And the next day, the people got up early and built an altar there. They offered entirely burned offerings and well-being sacrifices. NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. CEB 5 Then the Israelites asked, "Were there any out of all the tribes of Israel who didn't march up to the assembly before the LORD?" Indeed, they had made a solemn pledge that anyone who didn't march up before the LORD at Mizpah 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 was to be put to death. CEB 6 The Israelites had a change of heart concerning their relatives the Benjaminites. They said, "Today one tribe has been cut off 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. CEB 7 What can we do to provide wives for the ones who are left, since we ourselves have made a pledge before the LORD not to allow our daughters to marry 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?” CEB 8 So they asked, "Is there anyone from the tribes of Israel who didn't march up before the LORD at Mizpah?" There was! No one from Jabesh-gilead had come to the assembly at 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. CEB 9 When the people's attendance was taken, not one of those who lived in Jabesh-gilead had been there. NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. CEB 10 The community dispatched twelve thousand warriors there with these orders: "Go kill all the people in Jabesh-gilead, 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. CEB 11 Here's what you should do: Exterminate every man and every woman who has slept with a man." NIV 11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” CEB 12 Among the people of Jabesh-gilead, they found four hundred young women who had not known a man intimately or slept with one, 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. CEB 13 The whole community then sent word to the Benjaminites who were at the rock of Rimmon and offered them a truce. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. CEB 14 So the Benjaminites returned at that time, and they gave them the women from Jabesh-gilead that they had allowed to live. Even so, there weren't enough for 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. CEB 15 Since the people had a change of heart concerning the Benjaminites because the LORD had caused a rupture in the tribes of Israel, NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. CEB 16 the community elders said, "What can we do to provide wives for the ones who are left, seeing that the Benjaminite women have been destroyed? 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? CEB 17 There must be a surviving line for those who remain from Benjamin," they continued, "so that a tribe won't be erased from Israel. NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. CEB 18 But we can't allow our daughters to marry them, for we Israelites have made this pledge: ‘Let anyone who provides a wife for Benjamin be cursed!' 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.’ CEB 19 However," they said, "the annual festival of the LORD is under way in Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, east of the main road that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and 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.” CEB 20 So they instructed the Benjaminites, "Go and hide like an ambush in the vineyards NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards CEB 21 and watch. At the moment the women of Shiloh come out to participate in the dances, rush out from the vineyards. Each one of you, capture a wife for yourself from the women of Shiloh and go back 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. CEB 22 When their fathers or brothers come to us to object, we'll tell them, ‘Do us a favor for their sake. We didn't capture enough women for every man during the battle, and this way you are not guilty because you didn't give them anything willingly.'" 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.’ ” CEB 23 And that is what the Benjaminites did. They took wives for their whole group from the dancers whom they abducted. They returned to their territory, rebuilt the cities, and lived 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. CEB 24 Likewise, the Israelites set out from there at that time, heading home to their respective tribes and clans. They all left there for their own territories. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. CEB 25 In those days there was no king in Israel; each person did what they thought to be right. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

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