Benjamin and his Brothers – Judges 21

Judges 21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh,  saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto  Benjamin to wife. 

Judges 21:2 And the people came to the house  of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up  their voices, and wept sore; 

Judges 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? 

Judges 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. 

Judges 21:5 And the children of Israel said, Who is  there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with  the congregation unto 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. 

Judges 21:6 And  the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their  brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this  day. 

Judges 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 to wives?    

Judges 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. 

Judges 21:9 For the people were numbered, and,  behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead  there. 

Judges 21:10 And the congregation sent thither  twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded  them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead  with the edge of the sword, with the women and the  children. 

Judges 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. 

Judges 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 unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of  Canaan. 

Judges 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 unto them. 

Judges 21:14 And  Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them  wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead:  and yet so they sufficed them not. 

Judges 21:15 And the  people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD  had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.  

Judges 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? 

Judges 21:17 And they  said, There must be an inheritance for them that be  escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of  Israel. 

Judges 21:18 Howbeit 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. 

Judges 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  Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from  Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah. 

Judges 21:20  Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin,  saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 

Judges 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. 

Judges 21:22 And it shall be,  when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to  complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto  them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his  wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time,  that ye should be guilty. 

Judges 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 unto their inheritance, and repaired the  cities, and dwelt in them. 

Judges 21:24 And the children of Israel  departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to  his family, and they went out from thence every man to his  inheritance. 

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in  Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. KJV

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