1 H376 Now the men H3478 of Israel H7650 had sworn H4709 in Mizpah, H559 saying, H376 "There shall not any H5414 of us give H1323 his daughter H1144 to Benjamin H802 as wife."
2 H5971 The people H935 came H1004 to H430 Bethel, H3427 and sat H6153 there until evening H6440 before H430 God, H5375 and lifted up H6963 their voices, H1058 and wept H1419 severely.
3 H559 They said, H3068 "Yahweh, H430 the God H3478 of Israel, H3478 why has this happened in Israel, H3117 that there should be today H259 one H7626 tribe H6485 lacking H3478 in Israel?"
4 H4283 It happened on the next day H5971 that the people H7925 rose early, H1129 and built H4196 there an altar, H5927 and offered H5930 burnt offerings H5930 and peace offerings.
5 H1121 The children H3478 of Israel H559 said, H7626 "Who is there among all the tribes H3478 of Israel H834 who H5927 didn't come H6951 up in the assembly H3068 to Yahweh?" H1419 For they had made a great H7621 oath H5927 concerning him who didn't come up H3068 to Yahweh H4709 to Mizpah, H559 saying, H4191 "He shall surely H4191 be put to death."
6 H1121 The children H3478 of Israel H5162 grieved H1144 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 H802 we provide wives H3498 for those who remain, H7650 since we have sworn H3068 by Yahweh H5414 that we will not give H1323 them of our daughters H802 to wives?"
8 H559 They said, H259 "What one H7626 is there of the tribes H3478 of Israel H5927 who didn't come up H3068 to Yahweh H4709 to Mizpah?" H935 Behold, there came H376 none H4264 to the camp H3003 from Jabesh Gilead H6951 to the assembly.
9 H5971 For when the people H6485 were numbered, H376 behold, there were none H3427 of the inhabitants H3003 of Jabesh Gilead there.
10 H5712 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 little ones.
11 H1697 This is the thing H6213 that you shall do: H2763 you shall utterly destroy H2145 every male, H802 and every woman H4904 who has lain H3045 with a man."
12 H4672 They found H3427 among the inhabitants H3003 of Jabesh Gilead H702 four H3967 hundred H5291 young H1330 virgins, H3045 who had not known H376 man H4904 by lying H2145 with him; H935 and they brought H4264 them to the camp H7887 to Shiloh, H776 which is in the land H3667 of Canaan.
13 H5712 The whole congregation H7971 sent H1696 and spoke H1121 to the children H1144 of Benjamin H5553 who were in the rock H7417 of Rimmon, H7121 and proclaimed H7965 peace to them.
14 H1144 Benjamin H7725 returned H6256 at that time; H5414 and they gave H802 them the women H2421 whom they had saved alive H802 of the women H3003 of Jabesh Gilead: H4672 and yet so they weren't enough for them.
15 H5971 The people H5162 grieved H1144 for Benjamin, H3068 because that Yahweh 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 provide H802 wives H3498 for those who remain, H802 since the women H8045 are destroyed H1144 out of Benjamin?"
17 H559 They said, H3425 "There must be an inheritance H6413 for those who are escaped H1144 of Benjamin, H7626 that a tribe H4229 not be blotted H3478 out from Israel.
18 H3201 However we may H5414 not give H802 them wives H1323 of our daughters, H1121 for the children H3478 of Israel H7650 had sworn, H559 saying, H779 ‘Cursed H5414 is he who gives H802 a wife H1144 to Benjamin.'"
19 H559 They said, H2282 "Behold, there is a feast H3068 of Yahweh H3117 from year to year H7887 in Shiloh, H6828 which is on the north H1008 of Bethel, H6828 on the east side H4546 of the highway H5927 that goes up H1008 from Bethel H7927 to Shechem, H5045 and on the south H3829 of Lebonah."
20 H6680 They commanded H1121 the children 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 the dances, H3318 then come out H3754 of the vineyards, H376 and each man H2414 catch H802 his wife H1323 of the daughters H7887 of Shiloh, H1980 and go H776 to the land H1144 of Benjamin.
22 H1 It shall be, when their fathers H251 or their brothers H935 come H7378 to complain H559 to us, that we will say H2603 to them, ‘Grant them graciously H3947 to us, because we didn't take H376 for each man H802 his wife H4421 in battle, H5414 neither did you give H6256 them to them, otherwise H816 you would now be guilty.'"
23 H1121 The children H1144 of Benjamin H6213 did so, H5375 and took H802 them wives, H4557 according to their number, H2342 of those who danced, H1497 whom they carried H3212 off. They went H7725 and returned H5159 to their inheritance, H1129 built H5892 the cities, H3427 and lived in them.
24 H1121 The children 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.