21:7 What shall we do about wives for those who remain, since we have sworn by Jehovah not to give them any of our daughters as wives?
21:8 And they said, Is there anyone from the tribes of Israel who did not come to Jehovah at Mizpah? Now there was no one from Jabesh-gilead who had come to the congregation at the camp.
21:9 For when the people were numbered, there was no one from among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
21:10 So the assembly sent twelve thousand of the valiant there and commanded them, saying, Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, including women and children.
21:11 And this is the thing that you shall do: Every male and every woman who has lain with a male you shall utterly destroy.
21:12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, who had not known men by lying with a male; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which was in the land of Canaan.
21:13 And the whole assembly sent men and spoke to the children of Benjamin, who were at the rock of Rimmon; and they proclaimed peace to them.
21:14 And the Benjaminites returned at that time. And they gave them the women who had been kept alive from among the women of Jabesh-gilead; but there were not enough for them.
21:15 And the people were grieved concerning Benjamin, for Jehovah had made a breach among the tribes of Israel.
21:16 So the elders of the assembly said, What shall we do about wives for those who remain, since the women are destroyed from Benjamin?
21:17 And they said, There should be some possession for those of Benjamin who have escaped, that no tribe would be blotted out of Israel.
21:18 But we cannot give them any of our daughters as wives. For the children of Israel had sworn, saying, Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.
21:19 And they said, Behold, there is a feast of Jehovah each year in Shiloh (which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah).
21:20 And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;
21:21 And immediately when you see the daughters of Shiloh coming out to dance in the dances, come out of the vineyards, and each of you shall catch his wife from the daughters of Shiloh; then go into the land of Benjamin.
21:22 And when their fathers or brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, Give them to us as a gift, for we did not take a wife in battle for each man, nor did you give them to them and thereby incur guilt for yourselves now.
21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so and took wives, whom they carried off, according to their number from those who danced. And they went and returned to their inheritance, and they rebuilt the cities and dwelt in them.
21:24 And the children of Israel departed from there at that time, each man to his tribe and to his family; and they went forth from there, each man to his inheritance.
21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.