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 Judges 21:1 - 25
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   Book of Judges
   Chapter 21
21:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: "Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite."
 
21:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The people went to Bethel, F72 where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly.
 
21:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"O LORD, the God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?"
 
21:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. F73
 
21:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 should certainly be put to death.
 
21:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now the Israelites grieved for their brothers, the Benjamites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said.
 
21:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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?"
 
21:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
21:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there.
 
21:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
21:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."
 
21:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
21:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon.
 
21:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
21:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The people grieved for Benjamin, because the LORD had made a gap in the tribes of Israel.
 
21:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And the elders of the assembly said, "With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?
 
21:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out.
 
21:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.'
 
21:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, to the north of Bethel, and east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and to the south of Lebonah."
 
21:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards
 
21:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and watch. When the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin.
 
21:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.'"
 
21:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls 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.
 
21:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.
 
21:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F72 Or to the house of God
F73 Traditionally peace offerings

 
 

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