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Judges 21

GNT 1 When the Israelites had gathered at Mizpah, they had made a solemn promise to the Lord: "None of us will allow a Benjaminite to marry a daughter of ours." 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.” GNT 2 So now the people of Israel went to Bethel and sat there in the presence of God until evening. Loudly and bitterly they mourned: NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. GNT 3 "Lord God of Israel, why has this happened? Why is the tribe of Benjamin about to disappear 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?” GNT 4 Early the next morning the people got up and built an altar there. They offered fellowship sacrifices and burned some sacrifices whole. NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. GNT 5 They asked, "Is there any group out of all the tribes of Israel that did not go to the gathering in the Lord's presence at Mizpah?" (They had taken a solemn oath that anyone who had not gone to 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. GNT 6 The people of Israel felt sorry for their brothers the Benjaminites and said, "Today Israel has lost one of its tribes. NIV 6 Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. “Today one tribe is cut off from Israel,” they said. GNT 7 What shall we do to provide wives for the men of Benjamin who are left? We have made a solemn promise to the Lord that we will not give them any of our daughters." 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?” GNT 8 When they asked if there was some group out of the tribes of Israel that had not gone to the gathering at Mizpah, they found out that no one from Jabesh in Gilead had been there; 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. GNT 9 at the roll call of the army no one from Jabesh had responded. NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. GNT 10 So the assembly sent twelve thousand of their bravest men with the orders, "Go and kill everyone in Jabesh, 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. GNT 11 Kill all the males, and also 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.” GNT 12 They found four hundred young virgins among the people in Jabesh, so they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is 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. GNT 13 Then the whole assembly sent word to the Benjaminites who were at Rimmon Rock and offered to end the war. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. GNT 14 The Benjaminites came back, and the other Israelites gave them the young women from Jabesh whom they had not killed. But there were not enough 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. GNT 15 The people felt sorry for the Benjaminites because the Lord had broken the unity of the tribes of Israel. NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. GNT 16 So the leaders of the gathering said, "There are no more women in the tribe of Benjamin. What shall we do to provide 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? GNT 17 Israel must not lose one of its twelve tribes. We must find a way for the tribe of Benjamin to survive, NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. GNT 18 but we cannot allow them to marry our daughters, because we have put a curse on anyone who allows a Benjaminite to marry one of our daughters." 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.’ GNT 19 Then they thought, "The yearly festival of the Lord at Shiloh is coming soon." (Shiloh is north of Bethel, south of Lebonah, and east of the road between Bethel and Shechem.) 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.” GNT 20 They told the Benjaminites, "Go and hide in the vineyards NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards GNT 21 and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to dance during the festival, you come out of the vineyards. Each of you take a wife by force from among them and take her back to the territory of Benjamin with you. 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. GNT 22 If their fathers or brothers come to you and protest, you can tell them, "Please let us keep them, because we did not take them from you in battle to be our wives. And since you did not give them to us, you are not guilty of breaking your promise.' " 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.’ ” GNT 23 The Benjaminites did this; each of them chose a wife from the young women who were dancing at Shiloh and carried her away. Then they went back to their own territory, rebuilt their towns, and lived there. 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. GNT 24 At the same time the rest of the Israelites left, and every man went back to his own tribe and family and to his own property. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. GNT 25 There was no king in Israel at that time. Everyone did whatever they pleased. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

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