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1. And the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, “Not one of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin for a wife.”

2. And the people came to the house of God and stayed there until evening before God, and lifted up their voice and wept grievously,

3. And said, “O, LORD God of Israel, why has this came to pass in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel?”

4. And it came to pass on the next day the people rose early and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

5. And the children of Israel said, “Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that did not come up with the congregation to the LORD?” For they had made a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”

6. And the children of Israel repented themselves for Benjamin their brother, and said, “There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.

7. What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters for wives?”

8. And they said, “What one is there of the tribes of Israel that did not come up to Mizpeh to the LORD?” And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh Gilead to the assembly,

9. For the people were numbered, and behold, none of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead were there.

10. And the congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, “Go, and you shall strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the sword, with the women and the children.

11. And this is the thing that you shall do. You shall utterly destroy every male and every woman who has lain with man.”

12. And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young virgins who 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.

13. And the whole congregation sent to speak to the children of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon and to call peaceably to them.

14. And Benjamin came again at that time. And they gave them wives of whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh Gilead. And yet so they were not enough for them.

15. And the people repented themselves for Benjamin because the LORD had made a break in the tribes of Israel.

16. And the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?

17. And they said, “There must be an inheritance for those of Benjamin who have escaped, so that a tribe may not be destroyed out of Israel.

18. However, we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, ‘Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.’ ”

19. Then they said, “Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.”

20. And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, “Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,

21. And see, and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then you come out of the vineyards and catch you a wife for every man from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

22. And it shall be, when their fathers or their brothers come to us to complain, we will say to them, ‘Be favorable to them for our sakes because we did not reserve each man a wife in the war, for if you did not give to them at this time, you would be guilty.’ ”

23. And the children of Benjamin did so, and took wives according to their number, from those that danced whom they caught. And they went and returned to their inheritance, and repaired the cities and lived in them.

24. And the children of Israel departed from there at that time, each man to his tribe and to his family. And they went out from there every man to his inheritance.

25. In those days there was no king in Israel. Every man did what was right in his own eyes.

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And the menH376
HCHNcmsc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
had swornH7650
HVNp3ms
in Mizpeh,H4709
HRdHNp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"NotH3808
HTn
oneH376
HNcmsa
of usH4480
HRHSp1cp
shall giveH5414
HVqi3ms
his daughterH1323
HNcfscHSp3ms
to BenjaminH1144
HRHNp
for a wife."H802
HRHNcfsa

And the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
cameH935
HCHVqw3ms
to the house of GodH1008
HNp
and stayedH3427
HCHVqw3mp
thereH8033
HD
untilH5704
HR
eveningH6153
HTdHNcmsa
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
God,H430
HTdHNcmpa
and lifted upH5375
HCHVqw3mp
their voiceH6963
HNcmscHSp3mp
and weptH1058
HCHVqw3mp
H1065
HNcmsa
grievously,H1419
HAamsa

And said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"O, LORDH3068
HNp
GodH430
HNcmpc
of Israel,H3478
HNp
whyH4100
HRHTi
has thisH2063
HPdxfs
came to passH1961
HVqp3fs
in Israel,H3478
HRHNp
that there should be todayH3117
HTdHNcmsa
oneH259
HAcmsa
tribeH7626
HNcmsa
lackingH6485
HRHVNc
in Israel?"H3478
HRHNp

And it came to passH1961
HCHVqw3ms
on the next dayH4283
HRHNcfsa
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
rose earlyH7925
HCHVhw3mp
and builtH1129
HCHVqw3mp
thereH8033
HD
an altar,H4196
HNcmsa
and offeredH5927
HCHVhw3mp
burnt offeringsH5930
HNcfpa
and peace offerings.H8002
HCHNcmpa

And the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"WhoH4310
HTi
is thereamong allH3605
HRHNcmsc
the tribesH7626
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
thatH834
HTr
did notH3808
HTn
come upH5927
HVqp3ms
with the congregationH6951
HRdHNcmsa
toH413
HR
the LORD?"H3068
HNp
ForH3588
HC
they had madeH1961
HVqp3fs
a greatH1419
HTdHAafsa
oathH7621
HTdHNcfsa
concerning him whoH834
HRHTr
did notH3808
HTn
come upH5927
HVqp3ms
toH413
HR
the LORDH3068
HNp
to Mizpeh,H4709
HTdHNp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"He shall surelyH4191
HVqa
be put to death."H4191
HVHi3ms

And the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
repentedH5162
HCHVNw3mp
themselves forH413
HR
BenjaminH1144
HNp
their brother,H251
HNcmscHSp3ms
and said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"There is oneH259
HAcmsa
tribeH7626
HNcmsa
cut offH1438
HVNp3ms
from IsraelH3478
HRHNp
this day.H3117
HTdHNcmsa

WhatH4100
HTi
shall we doH6213
HVqi1cp
for wivesH802
HRHNcfpa
for thoseHl
HRHSp3mp
who are left,H3498
HRdHVNsmpa
since weH587
HCHPp1cp
have swornH7650
HVNp1cp
by the LORDH3068
HRHNp
that we will notH1115
HRHC
giveH5414
HVqc
themHl
HRHSp3mp
of our daughtersH1323
HRHNcfpcHSp1cp
for wives?"H802
HRHNcfpa

And they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"WhatH4310
HTi
oneH259
HAcmsa
is thereof the tribesH7626
HRHNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
thatH834
HTr
did notH3808
HTn
come upH5927
HVqp3ms
toH413
HR
MizpehH4709
HTdHNp
toH413
HR
the LORD?"H3068
HNp
And, behold,H2009
HCHTm
there cameH935
HVqp3ms
noneH3808
HTn
H376
HNcmsa
toH413
HR
the campH4264
HTdHNcbsa
from JabeshH3003
HRHNp
GileadH1568
HNp
to the assembly,H6951
HTdHNcmsa

For the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
were numbered,H6485
HCHVtw3ms
and behold,H2009
HCHTm
noneH369
HTn
H376
HNcmsa
of the inhabitantsH3427
HRHVqrmpc
of JabeshH3003
HNp
GileadH1568
HNp
were there.H8033
HD

And the congregationH5712
HTdHNcfsa
sentH7971
HCHVqw3mp
thereH8033
HD
twelveH8147
HAcmda
H6240
HAcmsa
thousandH505
HAcbsa
menH376
HNcmsa
of the most valiant,H1121
HRHNcmpc
H2428
HTdHNcmsa
and commandedH6680
HCHVpw3mp
them,H853
HToHSp3mp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"Go,H3212
HVqv2mp
and you shall strikeH5221
HCHVhp2mp
H853
HTo
the inhabitantsH3427
HVqrmpc
of JabeshH3003
HNp
GileadH1568
HNp
with the sword,H6310
HRHNcmsc
H2719
HNcfsa
with the womenH802
HCHTdHNcfpa
and the children.H2945
HCHTdHNcmsa

And thisH2088
HCHPdxms
isthe thingH1697
HTdHNcmsa
thatH834
HTr
you shall do.H6213
HVqi2mp
You shall utterly destroyH2763
HVhi2mp
everyH3605
HNcmsc
maleH2145
HAamsa
and everyH3605
HCHNcmsc
womanH802
HNcfsa
who has lainH3045
HVqrfsa
H4904
HNcmsc
with man."H2145
HAamsa

And they foundH4672
HCHVqw3mp
among the inhabitantsH3427
HRHVqrmpc
of JabeshH3003
HNp
GileadH1568
HNp
fourH702
HAcfsa
hundredH3967
HAcbpa
youngH5291
HNcfsa
virginsH1330
HNcfsa
whoH834
HTr
had knownH3045
HVqp3fs
noH3808
HTn
manH376
HNcmsa
by lyingH4904
HRHNcmsc
with any male.H2145
HAamsa
And they broughtH935
HCHVhw3mp
H853
HToHSp3mp
them toH413
HR
the campH4264
HTdHNcbsa
to Shiloh,H7887
HNp
whichH834
HTr
isin the landH776
HRHNcbsc
of Canaan.H3667
HNp

And the wholeH3605
HNcmsc
congregationH5712
HTdHNcfsa
sentH7971
HCHVqw3mp
toH413
HR
speakH1696
HCHVpw3mp
to the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of BenjaminH1144
HNp
whoH834
HTr
were at the rockH5553
HRHNcmsc
of RimmonH7417
HNp
and to callH7121
HCHVqw3mp
peaceablyH7965
HNcmsa
to them.Hl
HRHSp3mp

And BenjaminH1144
HNp
came againH7725
HCHVqw3ms
at thatH1931
HTdHPp3fs
time.H6256
HRdHNcbsa
And they gaveH5414
HCHVqw3mp
themHl
HRHSp3mp
wivesH802
HTdHNcfpa
ofwhomH834
HTr
they had saved aliveH2421
HVpp3cp
of the womenH802
HRHNcfpc
of JabeshH3003
HNp
Gilead.H1568
HNp
And yet soH3651
HTm
they were notH3808
HCHTn
enoughH4672
HVqp3cp
for them.Hl
HRHSp3mp

And the peopleH5971
HCHTdHNcmsa
repentedH5162
HVNrmsa
themselves for BenjaminH1144
HRHNp
becauseH3588
HC
the LORDH3068
HNp
had madeH6213
HVqp3ms
a breakH6556
HNcmsa
in the tribesH7626
HRHNcmpc
of Israel.H3478
HNp

And the eldersH2205
HAampc
of the congregationH5712
HTdHNcfsa
said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"WhatH4100
HTi
shall we doH6213
HVqi1cp
for wivesH802
HRHNcfpa
for those who are leftH3498
HRdHVNsmpa
sinceH3588
HC
the womenH802
HNcfsa
are destroyedH8045
HVNp3fs
out of Benjamin?H1144
HRHNp

And they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"There must be an inheritanceH3425
HNcfsc
for those of BenjaminH1144
HRHNp
who have escaped,H6413
HNcfsa
so that a tribeH7626
HNcmsa
may notH3808
HCHTn
be destroyedH4229
HVNi3ms
out of Israel.H3478
HRHNp

However, weH587
HCHPp1cp
mayH3201
HVqi1cp
notH3808
HTn
giveH5414
HRHVqc
themHl
HRHSp3mp
wivesH802
HNcfpa
of our daughters,H1323
HRHNcfpcHSp1cp
forH3588
HC
the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
have sworn,H7650
HVNp3cp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
'CursedH779
HVqsmsa
ishe who givesH5414
HVqrmsa
a wifeH802
HNcfsa
to Benjamin.'”H1144
HRHNp

Then they said,H559
HCHVqw3mp
"Behold,H2009
HTm
there isa feastH2282
HNcmsc
of the LORDH3068
HNp
in ShilohH7887
HRHNp
yearlyH3117
HRHNcmpa
H3117
HNcmpaHSd
H834
HTr
on the north sideH6828
HRHNcfsaHSd
of Bethel,H1008
HRHNp
on the east sideH4217
HNcmscHSd
H8121
HTdHNcbsa
of the highwayH4546
HRHNcfsa
that goes upH5927
HTdHVqrfsa
from BethelH1008
HRHNp
to Shechem,H7927
HNpHSd
and on the southH5045
HCHRHNcmsa
of Lebonah."H3829
HRHNp

And they commandedH6680
HCHVpw3mp
H853
HTo
the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of Benjamin,H1144
HNp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"GoH3212
HVqv2mp
and lie in waitH693
HCHVqp2mp
in the vineyards,H3754
HRdHNcbpa

And see,H7200
HCHVqq2mp
and behold,H2009
HCHTm
ifH518
HC
the daughtersH1323
HNcfpc
of ShilohH7887
HNp
come outH3318
HVqi3mp
to danceH2342
HRHVqc
in dances,H4246
HRdHNcfpa
then you come outH3318
HCHVqp2mp
of the vineyardsH3754
HTdHNcbpa
and catchH2414
HCHVqp2mp
youHl
HRHSp2mp
a wifeH802
HNcfscHSp3ms
for every manH376
HNcmsa
fromH4480
HR
the daughtersH1323
HRHNcfpc
of Shiloh,H7887
HNp
and goH1980
HCHVqp2mp
to the landH776
HNcbsc
of Benjamin.H1144
HNp

And it shall be,H1961
HCHVqp3ms
whenH3588
HC
their fathersH1
HNcmpcHSp3mp
orH176
HC
their brothersH251
HNcmpcHSp3mp
comeH935
HVqi3mp
to usH413
HRHSp1cp
to complain,H7378
HRHVqc
we will sayH559
HCHVqp1cp
to them,H413
HRHSp3mp
'Be favorableH2603
HVqv2mpHSp1cp
to themH853
HToHSp3mp
for our sakes becauseH3588
HC
we did notH3808
HTn
reserveH3947
HVqp1cp
each manH376
HNcmsa
a wifeH802
HNcfscHSp3ms
in the war,H4421
HRdHNcfsa
forH3588
HC
if youH859
HPp2mp
did notH3808
HTn
giveH5414
HVqp2mp
to themHl
HRHSp3mp
at this time,H6256
HRdHNcbsa
you would be guilty.'”H816
HVqi2mp

And the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of BenjaminH1144
HNp
didH6213
HCHVqw3mp
so,H3651
HD
and tookH5375
HCHVqw3mp
wivesH802
HNcfpa
according to their number,H4557
HRHNcmscHSp3mp
fromH4480
HR
those that dancedH2342
HTdHVorfpa
whomH834
HTr
they caught.H1497
HVqp3cp
And they wentH3212
HCHVqw3mp
and returnedH7725
HCHVqw3mp
toH413
HR
their inheritance,H5159
HNcfscHSp3mp
and repairedH1129
HCHVqw3mp
H853
HTo
the citiesH5892
HTdHNcfpa
and livedH3427
HCHVqw3mp
in them.Hb
HRHSp3mp

And the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
departedH1980
HCHVtw3mp
from thereH8033
HRHD
at thatH1931
HTdHPp3fs
time,H6256
HRdHNcbsa
each manH376
HNcmsa
to his tribeH7626
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
and to his family.H4940
HCHRHNcfscHSp3ms
And they went outH3318
HCHVqw3mp
from thereH8033
HRHD
every manH376
HNcmsa
to his inheritance.H5159
HRHNcfscHSp3ms

In thoseH1992
HTdHPp3mp
daysH3117
HRdHNcmpa
there wasnoH369
HTn
kingH4428
HNcmsa
in Israel.H3478
HRHNp
Every manH376
HNcmsa
didH6213
HVqi3ms
what wasrightH3477
HTdHAamsa
in his own eyes.H5869
HRHNcbdcHSp3ms

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