Judges 21


21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There
 shall not any of us give his daughter to Benjamin for a wife.
21:2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there
 till evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept
 bitterly;
21:3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in
 Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in
 Israel?
21:4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose
 early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings,
 and peace-offerings.
21:5 And the children of Israel said, Who [is there] among all
 the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation to
 the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that
 came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be
 put to death.
21:6 And the children of Israel repented for Benjamin their
 brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this
 day.
21:7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we
 have sworn by the LORD, that we will not give them of our
 daughters for wives?
21:8 And they said, What one [is there] of the tribes of Israel
 that came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? and behold, there came
 none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.
21:9 For the people were numbered, and behold, [there were] none
 of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
21:10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of
 the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the
 inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with
 the women and the children.
21:11 And this [is] the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly
 destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.
21:12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four
 hundred young virgins that had known no man by lying with any
 male: and they brought them to the camp to Shiloh, which [is]
 in the land of Canaan.
21:13 And the whole congregation sent [some] to speak to the
 children of Benjamin that [were] in the rock Rimmon, and to
 call peaceably to them.
21:14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them
 wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead:
 and yet so they sufficed them not.
21:15 And the people repented for Benjamin, because the LORD had
 made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
21:16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do
 for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed
 out of Benjamin?
21:17 And they said, [There must be] an inheritance for them
 that have escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed
 out of Israel.
21:18 But, we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the
 children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed [be] he that
 giveth a wife to Benjamin.
21:19 Then they said, Behold, [there is] a feast of the LORD in
 Shiloh yearly [in a place] which [is] on the north side of
 Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from
 Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
21:20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying,
 Go, and lie in wait in the vineyards;
21:21 And see, and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out
 to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and
 catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go
 to the land of Benjamin.
21:22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come
 to us to complain, that we will say to them, Be favorable to
 them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his
 wife in the war: for ye did not give to them at this time,
 [that] ye should be guilty.
21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took [them]
 wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom
 they caught: and they went and returned to their inheritance,
 and repaired the cities and dwelt in them.
21:24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time,
 every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went from
 thence every man to his inheritance.
21:25 In those days [there was] no king in Israel: every man did
 [that which was] right in his own eyes.
 
 

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