1 H376 Now the men H3478 of Israel H7650 had sworn H4709 in Mizpeh, H559 saying, H376 There shall not any H5414 of us give H1323 his daughter H1144 unto Benjamin H802 to wife.
2 H5971 And the people H935 came H1004 to the house H430 of God, H3427 and lived H6153 there until even H6440 before H430 God, H5375 and lifted up H6963 their voices, H1058 and wept H1419 greatly;
3 H559 And said, H3068 O Lord H430 God H3478 of Israel, H3478 why is this come to pass in Israel, H3117 that there should be to day H259 one H7626 tribe H6485 lacking H3478 in Israel?
4 H4283 And it came to pass on the morrow, H5971 that the people H7925 rose early, H1129 and built H4196 there an altar, H5927 and offered H5930 burnt offerings H8002 and peace offerings.
5 H1121 And the sons H3478 of Israel H559 said, H7626 Who is there among all the tribes H3478 of Israel H834 that H5927 came H6951 not up with the congregation H3068 unto the Lord? H1419 For they had made a great H7621 oath H5927 concerning him that came not up H3068 to the Lord H4709 to Mizpeh, H559 saying, H4191 He shall surely H4191 be put to death.
6 H1121 And the sons H3478 of Israel H5162 repented H1144 them for Benjamin H251 their brother, H559 and said, H259 There is one H7626 tribe H1438 cut off H3478 from Israel H3117 this day.
7 H6213 How shall we do H802 for wives H3498 for them that remain, H7650 seeing we have sworn H3068 by the Lord H5414 that we will not give H1323 them of our daughters H802 to wives?
8 H559 And they said, H259 What one H7626 is there of the tribes H3478 of Israel H5927 that came not up H4709 to Mizpeh H3068 to the Lord? H935 And, behold, there came H376 none H4264 to the camp H3003 from Jabesh–gilead H6951 to the assembly.
9 H5971 For the people H6485 were numbered, H376 and, behold, there were none H3427 of the inhabitants H3003 of Jabesh–gilead there.
10 H5712 And the congregation H7971 sent H8147 there twelve H505 thousand H376 men H1121 of the most valiant, H6680 and commanded H559 them, saying, H3212 Go H5221 and strike H3427 the inhabitants H3003 of Jabesh–gilead H6310 with the edge H2719 of the sword, H802 with the women H2945 and the sons.
11 H1697 And this is the thing H6213 that you shall do, H2763 You shall utterly destroy H2145 every male, H802 and every woman H4904 that has lain H3045 by man.
12 H4672 And they found H3427 among the inhabitants H3003 of Jabesh–gilead H702 four H3967 hundred H5291 young H1330 virgins, H3045 that had known H376 no man H4904 by lying H2145 with any male: H935 and they brought H4264 them unto the camp H7887 to Shiloh, H776 which is in the land H3667 of Canaan.
13 H5712 And the whole congregation H7971 sent H1696 some to speak H1121 to the sons H1144 of Benjamin H5553 that were in the rock H7417 Rimmon, H7121 and to call H7965 peaceably unto them.
14 H1144 And Benjamin H7725 came again H6256 at that time; H5414 and they gave H802 them wives H2421 which they had saved alive H802 of the women H3003 of Jabesh–gilead: H4672 and yet so they sufficed them not.
15 H5971 And the people H5162 repented H1144 them for Benjamin, H3068 because that the Lord H6213 had made H6556 a breach H7626 in the tribes H3478 of Israel.
16 H2205 Then the elders H5712 of the congregation H559 said, H6213 How shall we do H802 for wives H3498 for them that remain, H802 seeing the women H8045 are destroyed H1144 out of Benjamin?
17 H559 And they said, H3425 There must be an inheritance H6413 for them that be escaped H1144 of Benjamin, H7626 that a tribe H4229 be not destroyed H3478 out of Israel.
18 H3201 But we may H5414 not give H802 them wives H1323 of our daughters: H1121 for the sons H3478 of Israel H7650 have sworn, H559 saying, H779 Cursed H5414 be he that gives H802 a wife H1144 to Benjamin.
19 H559 Then they said, H2282 Behold, there is a feast H3068 of the Lord H7887 in Shiloh H3117 yearly H6828 in a place which is on the north side H1008 of Beth–el, H4217 on the east side H4546 of the highway H5927 that goes up H1008 from Beth–el H7927 to Shechem, H5045 and on the south H3829 of Lebonah.
20 H6680 Therefore they commanded H1121 the sons H1144 of Benjamin, H559 saying, H3212 Go H693 and lie in wait H3754 in the vineyards;
21 H7200 And see, H1323 and, behold, if the daughters H7887 of Shiloh H3318 come out H2342 to dance H4246 in dances, H3318 then come you out H3754 of the vineyards, H2414 and catch H376 you every man H802 his wife H1323 of the daughters H7887 of Shiloh, H1980 and go H776 to the land H1144 of Benjamin.
22 H1 And it shall be, when their fathers H251 or their brothers H935 come H7378 unto us to complain, H559 that we will say H2603 unto them, Be favourable H3947 unto them for our sakes: because we reserved H376 not to each man H802 his wife H4421 in the war: H5414 for you did not give H6256 unto them at this time, H816 that you should be guilty.
23 H1121 And the sons H1144 of Benjamin H6213 did so, H5375 and took H802 them wives, H4557 according to their number, H2342 of them that danced, H1497 whom they caught: H3212 and they went H7725 and returned H5159 unto their inheritance, H1129 and repaired H5892 the cities, H3427 and lived in them.
24 H1121 And the sons H3478 of Israel H1980 departed H6256 there at that time, H376 every man H7626 to his tribe H4940 and to his family, H3318 and they went out H376 from there every man H5159 to his inheritance.