The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 21:1–7

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

Jgs20:48  And the children of Israel returned to the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword from the city of Methla, even to the cattle, and every thing that was found in all the cities: and they burnt with fire the cities they found.

Jgs20:48  But the sons of Israel, returning, had struck with the sword all that remained in the city, from men even to cattle. And all the cities and villages of Benjamin were consumed with devouring flames.

And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore.

Now the children of Israel swore in Massephath, saying, No man of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin for a wife.

The sons of Israel had also taken an oath at Mizpah, and they said, “None of us shall give his daughters as a wife to the sons of Benjamin.”

And they said: 'O YHWH, the God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel?'

And the people came to Baethel, and sat there until evening before God: and they lifted up their voice and wept with a great weeping;

And they all went to the house of God at Shiloh. And sitting in his sight until evening, they lifted up their voice, and they began to weep, with a great wailing, saying,

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.

and said, Wherefore, O Lord God of Israel, has this come to pass, that to-day one tribe should be counted as missing from Israel?

“Why, O Lord, God of Israel, has this evil happened among your people, so that this day one tribe would be taken away from us?”

And the children of Israel said: 'Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up in the assembly unto YHWH?' For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up unto the YHWH to Mizpah, saying: 'He shall surely be put to death.'

And it came to pass on the morrow that the people rose up early, and built there an altar, and offered up whole-burnt-offerings and peace offerings.

Then, rising at first light on the next day, they built an altar. And they offered holocausts and victims of peace offerings there, and they said,

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

And the children of Israel said, Who of all the tribes of Israel, went not up in the congregation to the Lord? for there was a great oath concerning those who went not up to the Lord to Massephath, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

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How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by YHWH that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?'

And the children of Israel relented toward Benjamin their brother, and said, To-day one tribe is cut off from Israel.

And the sons of Israel, having been led to repentance over their brother Benjamin, began to say: “One tribe has been taken away from Israel.