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Wives Provided for the Tribe of Benjamin 21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn at Mizpah, “No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin.”
2 And the people came to Bethel and sat there till evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.
3 And they said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?”
4 And the next day the people rose early and built there an altar and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
5 And the people of Israel said, “Which of all the tribes of Israel did not come up in the assembly to the Lord?” For they had taken a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”
6 And the people of Israel had compassion for Benjamin their brother and said, “One tribe is cut off from Israel this day.
7 What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them any of our daughters for wives?”
8 And they said, “What one is there of the tribes of Israel that did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah?” And behold, no one had come to the camp from Jabesh-gilead, to the assembly.
9 For when the people were mustered, behold, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there.
10 So the congregation sent 12,000 of their bravest men there and commanded them, “Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword; also the women and the little ones.
11 This is what you shall do: every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction.”
12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
13 Then the whole congregation sent word to the people of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon and proclaimed peace to them.
14 And Benjamin returned at that time. And they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead, but they were not enough for them.
15 And the people had compassion on Benjamin because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
16 Then the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?”
17 And they said, “There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, that a tribe not be blotted out from Israel.
18 Yet we cannot give them wives from our daughters.” For the people of Israel had sworn, “Cursed be he who gives a wife to Benjamin.”
19 So they said, “Behold, there is the yearly feast of the Lord at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.”
20 And they commanded the people of Benjamin, saying, “Go and lie in ambush in the vineyards
21 and watch. If the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and snatch each man his wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 And when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Grant them graciously to us, because we did not take for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.’”
23 And the people of Benjamin did so and took their wives, according to their number, from the dancers whom they carried off. Then they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and lived in them.
24 And the people of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and family, and they went out from there every man to his inheritance.
25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
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24:1 Be not envious of evil men,nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,and their lips talk of trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,and by understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filledwith all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is full of strength,and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;in the gate he does not open his mouth.
8 Whoever plans to do evilwill be called a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin,and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,your strength is small.
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,and will he not repay man according to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;if you find it, there will be a future,and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous;do no violence to his home;
16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased,and turn away his anger from him.
19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers,and be not envious of the wicked,
20 for the evil man has no future;the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them,and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
More Sayings of the Wise23 These also are sayings of the wise.Partiality in judging is not good.
24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,and a good blessing will come upon them.
26 Whoever gives an honest answerkisses the lips.
27 Prepare your work outside;get everything ready for yourself in the field,and after that build your house.
28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause,and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;the ground was covered with nettles,and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and considered it;I looked and received instruction.
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest,
34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,and want like an armed man.
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Submission to the Authorities 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Fulfilling the Law Through Love8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
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