Judges 21

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Judges 21 Text (WEB)
  1. Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, "There shall not any of us give his daughter to Benjamin as wife."
  2. The people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept severely.
  3. They said, "Yahweh, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel?"
  4. It happened on the next day that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
  5. The children of Israel said, "Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who didn't come up in the assembly to Yahweh?" For they had made a great oath concerning him who didn't come up to Yahweh to Mizpah, saying, "He shall surely be put to death."
  6. The children of Israel grieved for Benjamin their brother, and said, "There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
  7. How shall we provide wives for those who remain, since we have sworn by Yahweh that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?"
  8. They said, "What one is there of the tribes of Israel who didn't come up to Yahweh to Mizpah?" Behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.
  9. For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead there.
  10. The congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.
  11. This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has lain with a man."
  12. They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
  13. The whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin who were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.
  14. 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 weren't enough for them.
  15. The people grieved for Benjamin, because that Yahweh had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
  16. Then the elders of the congregation said, "How shall we provide wives for those who remain, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?"
  17. They said, "There must be an inheritance for those who are escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe not be blotted out from Israel.
  18. However we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the children of Israel had sworn, saying, 'Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.'"
  19. They said, "Behold, there is a feast of Yahweh from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah."
  20. 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 the dances, then come out of the vineyards, and each man catch his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
  22. It shall be, when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, that we will say to them, 'Grant them graciously to us, because we didn't take for each man his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, otherwise you would now be guilty.'"
  23. The children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of those who danced, whom they carried off. They went and returned to their inheritance, built the cities, and lived in them.
  24. The children of Israel departed there at that time, every 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 that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21 Text (Hebrew)
  1. ואיש ישראל נשבע במצפה לאמר איש ממנו לא־יתן בתו לבנימן לאשה׃
  2. ויבא העם בית־אל וישבו שם עד־הערב לפני האלהים וישאו קולם ויבכו בכי גדול׃
  3. ויאמרו למה יהוה אלהי ישראל היתה זאת בישראל להפקד היום מישראל שבט אחד׃
  4. ויהי ממחרת וישכימו העם ויבנו־שם מזבח ויעלו עלות ושלמים׃ ף
  5. ויאמרו בני ישראל מי אשר לא־עלה בקהל מכל־שבטי ישראל אל־יהוה כי השבועה הגדולה היתה לאשר לא־עלה אל־יהוה המצפה לאמר מות יומת׃
  6. וינחמו בני ישראל אל־בנימן אחיו ויאמרו נגדע היום שבט אחד מישראל׃
  7. מה־נעשה להם לנותרים לנשים ואנחנו נשבענו ביהוה לבלתי תת־להם מבנותינו לנשים׃
  8. ויאמרו מי אחד משבטי ישראל אשר לא־עלה אל־יהוה המצפה והנה לא בא־איש אל־המחנה מיביש גלעד אל־הקהל׃
  9. ויתפקד העם והנה אין־שם איש מיושבי יבש גלעד׃
  10. וישלחו־שם העדה שנים־עשר אלף איש מבני החיל ויצוו אותם לאמר לכו והכיתם את־יושבי יבש גלעד לפי־חרב והנשים והטף׃
  11. וזה הדבר אשר תעשו כל־זכר וכל־אשה ידעת משכב־זכר תחרימו׃
  12. וימצאו מיושבי יביש גלעד ארבע מאות נערה בתולה אשר לא־ידעה איש למשכב זכר ויביאו אותם אל־המחנה שלה אשר בארץ כנען׃ ס
  13. וישלחו כל־העדה וידברו אל־בני בנימן אשר בסלע רמון ויקראו להם שלום׃
  14. וישב בנימן בעת ההיא ויתנו להם הנשים אשר חיו מנשי יבש גלעד ולא־מצאו להם כן׃
  15. והעם נחם לבנימן כי־עשה יהוה פרץ בשבטי ישראל׃
  16. ויאמרו זקני העדה מה־נעשה לנותרים לנשים כי־נשמדה מבנימן אשה׃
  17. ויאמרו ירשת פליטה לבנימן ולא־ימחה שבט מישראל׃
  18. ואנחנו לא נוכל לתת־להם נשים מבנותינו כי־נשבעו בני־ישראל לאמר ארור נתן אשה לבנימן׃ ס
  19. ויאמרו הנה חג־יהוה בשלו מימים ימימה אשר מצפונה לבית־אל מזרחה השמש למסלה העלה מבית־אל שכמה ומנגב ללבונה׃
  20. את־בני בנימן לאמר לכו וארבתם בכרמים׃
  21. וראיתם והנה אם־יצאו בנות־שילו לחול במחלות ויצאתם מן־הכרמים וחטפתם לכם איש אשתו מבנות שילו והלכתם ארץ בנימן׃
  22. והיה כי־יבאו אבותם או אחיהם אלינו ואמרנו אליהם חנונו אותם כי לא לקחנו איש אשתו במלחמה כי לא אתם נתתם להם כעת תאשמו׃ ס
  23. ויעשו־כן בני בנימן וישאו נשים למספרם מן־המחללות אשר גזלו וילכו וישובו אל־נחלתם ויבנו את־הערים וישבו בהם׃
  24. ויתהלכו משם בני־ישראל בעת ההיא איש לשבטו ולמשפחתו ויצאו משם איש לנחלתו׃
  25. בימים ההם אין מלך בישראל איש הישר בעיניו יעשה׃
Judges 21 Text (Greek)
  1. και οι υιοι ισραηλ ωμοσαν εν μασσηφα λεγοντες ανηρ εξ ημων ου δωσει θυγατερα αυτου τω βενιαμιν εις
  2. και ηλθεν ο λαος εις βαιθηλ και εκαθισαν εκει εως εσπερας ενωπιον του θεου και ηραν φωνην αυτων και εκλαυσαν κλαυθμον
  3. και ειπαν εις τι κυριε θεε ισραηλ εγενηθη αυτη του επισκεπηναι σημερον απο ισραηλ φυλην
  4. και εγενετο τη επαυριον και ωρθρισεν ο λαος και ωκοδομησαν εκει θυσιαστηριον και ανηνεγκαν ολοκαυτωσεις και
  5. και ειπον οι υιοι ισραηλ τις ουκ ανεβη εν τη εκκλησια απο πασων φυλων ισραηλ προς κυριον οτι ο ορκος μεγας ην τοις ουκ αναβεβηκοσιν προς κυριον εις μασσηφα λεγοντες θανατω
  6. και παρεκληθησαν οι υιοι ισραηλ προς βενιαμιν αδελφον αυτων και ειπαν εξεκοπη σημερον φυλη μια απο
  7. τι ποιησωμεν αυτοις τοις περισσοις τοις υπολειφθεισιν εις γυναικας και ημεις ωμοσαμεν εν κυριω του μη δουναι αυτοις απο των θυγατερων ημων εις
  8. και ειπαν τις εις απο φυλων ισραηλ ος ουκ ανεβη προς κυριον εις μασσηφα και ιδου ουκ ηλθεν ανηρ εις την παρεμβολην απο ιαβις γαλααδ εις την
  9. και επεσκεπη ο λαος και ουκ ην εκει ανηρ απο οικουντων ιαβις
  10. και απεστειλεν εκει η συναγωγη δωδεκα χιλιαδας ανδρων απο υιων της δυναμεως και ενετειλαντο αυτοις λεγοντες πορευεσθε και παταξατε τους οικουντας ιαβις γαλααδ εν στοματι
  11. και τουτο ποιησετε παν αρσεν και πασαν γυναικα ειδυιαν κοιτην αρσενος αναθεματιειτε τας δε παρθενους περιποιησεσθε και εποιησαν
  12. και ευρον απο οικουντων ιαβις γαλααδ τετρακοσιας νεανιδας παρθενους αιτινες ουκ εγνωσαν ανδρα εις κοιτην αρσενος και ηνεγκαν αυτας εις την παρεμβολην εις σηλων την εν γη
  13. και απεστειλεν πασα η συναγωγη και ελαλησαν προς τους υιους βενιαμιν εν τη πετρα ρεμμων και εκαλεσαν αυτους εις
  14. και επεστρεψεν βενιαμιν προς τους υιους ισραηλ εν τω καιρω εκεινω και εδωκαν αυτοις οι υιοι ισραηλ τας γυναικας ας εζωοποιησαν απο των θυγατερων ιαβις γαλααδ και ηρεσεν αυτοις
  15. και ο λαος παρεκληθη επι τω βενιαμιν οτι εποιησεν κυριος διακοπην εν ταις φυλαις
  16. και ειπον οι πρεσβυτεροι της συναγωγης τι ποιησωμεν τοις περισσοις εις γυναικας οτι ηφανισθη απο βενιαμιν
  17. και ειπαν κληρονομια διασωζομενων τω βενιαμιν και ουκ εξαλειφθησεται φυλη απο
  18. οτι ημεις ου δυνησομεθα δουναι αυτοις γυναικας απο των θυγατερων ημων οτι ωμοσαμεν εν υιοις ισραηλ λεγοντες επικαταρατος ο διδους γυναικα τω
  19. και ειπαν ιδου δη εορτη κυριου εν σηλων αφ' ημερων εις ημερας η εστιν απο βορρα της βαιθηλ κατ' ανατολας ηλιου επι της οδου της αναβαινουσης απο βαιθηλ εις συχεμ και απο νοτου της
  20. και ενετειλαντο τοις υιοις βενιαμιν λεγοντες πορευεσθε ενεδρευσατε εν τοις
  21. και οψεσθε και ιδου εαν εξελθωσιν αι θυγατερες των οικουντων σηλων χορευειν εν τοις χοροις και εξελευσεσθε εκ των αμπελωνων και αρπασατε εαυτοις ανηρ γυναικα απο των θυγατερων σηλων και πορευεσθε εις γην
  22. και εσται οταν ελθωσιν οι πατερες αυτων η οι αδελφοι αυτων κρινεσθαι προς υμας και ερουμεν αυτοις ελεος ποιησατε ημιν αυτας οτι ουκ ελαβομεν ανηρ γυναικα αυτου εν τη παραταξει οτι ουχ υμεις εδωκατε αυτοις ως καιρος
  23. και εποιησαν ουτως οι υιοι βενιαμιν και ελαβον γυναικας εις αριθμον αυτων απο των χορευουσων ων ηρπασαν και επορευθησαν και υπεστρεψαν εις την κληρονομιαν αυτων και ωκοδομησαν τας πολεις και εκαθισαν εν
  24. και περιεπατησαν εκειθεν οι υιοι ισραηλ εν τω καιρω εκεινω ανηρ εις φυλην αυτου και εις συγγενειαν αυτου και εξηλθον εκειθεν ανηρ εις κληρονομιαν
  25. εν δε ταις ημεραις εκειναις ουκ ην βασιλευς εν ισραηλ ανηρ το ευθες ενωπιον αυτου
Judges 21 Text (Latin)
  1. Juraverunt quoque filii Israël in Maspha, et dixerunt : Nullus nostrum dabit filiis Benjamin de filiabus suis uxorem.
  2. Veneruntque omnes ad domum Dei in Silo, et in conspectu ejus sedentes usque ad vesperam, levaverunt vocem, et magno ululatu cœperunt flere, dicentes :
  3. Quare, Domine Deus Israël, factum est hoc malum in populo tuo, ut hodie una tribus auferretur ex nobis ?
  4. Altera autem die diluculo consurgentes, exstruxerunt altare : obtuleruntque ibi holocausta, et pacificas victimas, et dixerunt :
  5. Quis non ascendit in exercitu Domini de universis tribubus Israël ? grandi enim juramento se constrinxerant, cum essent in Maspha, interfici eos qui defuissent.
  6. Ductique pœnitentia filii Israël super fratre suo Benjamin, cœperunt dicere : Ablata est tribus una de Israël :
  7. unde uxores accipient ? omnes enim in commune juravimus, non daturus nos his filias nostras.
  8. Idcirco dixerunt : Quis est de universis tribubus Israël, qui non ascendit ad Dominum in Maspha ? Et ecce inventi sunt habitatores Jabes Galaad in illo exercitu non fuisse.
  9. (Eo quoque tempore cum essent in Silo, nullus ex eis ibi repertus est.)
  10. Miserunt itaque decem millia viros robustissimos, et præceperunt eis : Ite, et percutite habitatores Jabes Galaad in ore gladii, tam uxores quam parvulos eorum.
  11. Et hoc erit quod observare debebitis : omne generis masculini, et mulieres, quæ cognoverunt viros, interficite ; virgines autem reservate.
  12. Inventæque sunt de Jabes Galaad quadringentæ virgines, quæ nescierunt viri thorum : et adduxerunt eas ad castra in Silo, in terram Chanaan.
  13. Miseruntque nuntios ad filios Benjamin, qui erant in petra Remmon, et præceperunt eis, ut eos susciperent in pace.
  14. Veneruntque filii Benjamin in illo tempore, et datæ sunt eis uxores de filiabus Jabes Galaad : alias autem non repererunt, quas simili modo traderent.
  15. Universusque Israël valde doluit, et egit pœnitentiam super interfectione unius tribus ex Israël.
  16. Dixeruntque majores natu : Quid faciemus reliquis, qui non acceperunt uxores ? omnes in Benjamin feminæ conciderunt,
  17. et magna nobis cura, ingentique studio providendum est, ne una tribus deleatur ex Israël.
  18. Filias enim nostras eis dare non possumus, constricti juramento et maledictione, qua diximus : Maledictus qui dederit de filiabus suis uxorem Benjamin.
  19. Ceperuntque consilium, atque dixerunt : Ecce solemnitas Domini est in Silo anniversaria, quæ sita est ad septentrionem urbis Bethel, et ad orientalem plagam viæ, quæ de Bethel tendit ad Sichimam, et ad meridiem oppidi Lebona.
  20. Præceperuntque filiis Benjamin, atque dixerunt : Ite, ad latitate in vineis.
  21. Cumque videritis filias Silo ad ducendos choros ex more procedere, exite repente de vineis, et rapite ex eis singuli uxores singulas, et pergite in terram Benjamin.
  22. Cumque venerint patres earum, ac fratres, et adversum vos queri cœperint, atque jurgari, dicemus eis : Miseremini eorum : non enim rapuerunt eas jure bellantium atque victorum : sed rogantibus ut acciperent, non dedistis, et a vestra parte peccatum est.
  23. Feceruntque filii Benjamin ut sibi fuerat imperatum : et juxta numerum suum, rapuerunt sibi de his quæ ducebant choros, uxores singulas : abieruntque in possessionem suam ædificantes urbes, et habitantes in eis.
  24. Filii quoque Israël reversi sunt per tribus et familias in tabernacula sua. In diebus illis non erat rex in Israël : sed unusquisque quod sibi rectum videbatur, hoc faciebat.
  25. Filii quoque Israël reversi sunt per tribus et familias in tabernacula sua. In diebus illis non erat rex in Israël : sed unusquisque quod sibi rectum videbatur, hoc faciebat.
Judges 21 Text (KJV)
  1. Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.
  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;
  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?
  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.
  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.
  6. And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
  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?
  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.
  9. For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
  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.
  11. And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  15. And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
  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?
  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.
  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.
  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.
  20. Therefore 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 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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