The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 21:8–14

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And they said: 'What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up unto YHWH to Mizpah?' And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.

What shall we do for wives for the rest that remain? whereas we have sworn by the Lord, not to give them of our daughters for wives.

From where shall they receive wives? For we have all sworn in common that we will not give our daughters to them.”

For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.

And they said, What one man is there of the tribes of Israel, who went not up to the Lord to Massephath? and, behold, no man came to the camp from Jabis Galaad to the assembly.

For this reason, they said, “Who is there, out of all the tribes of Israel, that did not ascend to the Lord at Mizpah?” And behold, the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead were found not to have been among that army.

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 little ones.

10  And the people were numbered, and there was not there a man from the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad.

10  (Likewise, in the time when they had been at Shiloh, not one of them was found to be there.)

11  And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.'

11  And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the strongest, and they charged them, saying, Go ye and smite the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad with the edge of the sword.

11  And so they sent ten thousand very robust men, and they instructed them, saying, “Go and strike down the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead with the edge of the sword, including their wives and little ones.”

12  And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

12  And this shall ye do: every male and every woman that has known the lying with man ye shall devote to destruction, but the virgins ye shall save alive: and they did so.

12  And this shall be what you ought to do: “Everyone of the male gender, as well as all the women who have known men, shall be put to death. But the virgins you shall reserve.”

13  And the whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace unto them.

13  And they found among the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to Selom in the land of Chanaan.

13  And four hundred virgins, who had not known the bed of a man, were found from Jabesh-Gilead. And they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, in the land of Canaan.

14  And Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh- gilead; and yet so they sufficed them not.

14  And all the congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin in the rock Remmon, and invited them to make peace.

14  And they sent messengers to the sons of Benjamin, who were at the rock of Rimmon, and they instructed them, so that they would receive them in peace.