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Judges 21

WEB 1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter to Benjamin as 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.” WEB 2 The people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore. NIV 2 The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. WEB 3 They said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel? NIV 3 “LORD, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?” WEB 4 It happened on the next day that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace-offerings. NIV 4 Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. WEB 5 The children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who didn't come up in the assembly to Yahweh? For they had made a great oath concerning him who didn't come up to Yahweh to Mizpah, saying, He shall surely 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. WEB 6 The children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. NIV 6 Now the Israelites grieved for the tribe of Benjamin, their fellow Israelites. “Today one tribe is cut off from Israel,” they said. WEB 7 How shall we do for wives for those who remain, seeing we have sworn by Yahweh that we will not give them of our daughters to wives? 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?” WEB 8 They said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel who didn't come up to Yahweh to Mizpah? Behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to 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. WEB 9 For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there. NIV 9 For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there. WEB 10 The congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones. 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. WEB 11 This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has lain by man. NIV 11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” WEB 12 They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp to 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. WEB 13 The whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin who were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them. NIV 13 Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. WEB 14 Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they 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. WEB 15 The people repented them for Benjamin, because that Yahweh had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. NIV 15 The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel. WEB 16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for those who remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin? 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? WEB 17 They said, There must be an inheritance for those who are escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe not be blotted out from Israel. NIV 17 The Benjamite survivors must have heirs,” they said, “so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out. WEB 18 However we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the children of Israel had sworn, saying, Cursed be he who gives a wife to Benjamin. 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.’ WEB 19 They said, Behold, there is a feast of Yahweh from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the 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.” WEB 20 They commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards, NIV 20 So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards WEB 21 and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come you out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and 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. WEB 22 It shall be, when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, that we will say to them, Grant them graciously to us, because we didn't take for each man his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, else would you now be guilty. 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.’ ” WEB 23 The children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of those who danced, whom they carried off: and they went and returned to their inheritance, and built 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. WEB 24 The children of Israel departed there at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from there every man to his inheritance. NIV 24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance. WEB 25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.