21:1 Now the men of Israel had a sworn in Mizpeh, saying,
There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin
(a) This was a rash oath, and not from judgment: for they
later broke it, showing secretly the means to marry
certain of their daughters.
21:4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose
early, and built there an b altar, and offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings.
(b) According to their custom, when they would consult the
21:6 And the children of Israel c repented them for Benjamin
their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from
Israel this day.
(c) Or, were sorry that they had destroyed their brethren,
as it appears in (Jdg 21:15).
21:8 And they said, What one [is there] of the tribes of Israel
that d came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, behold,
there came none to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the
(d) Condemning them as lovers of evil, who would not punish
21:13 And the whole congregation e sent [some] to speak to the
children of Benjamin that [were] in the rock Rimmon, and
to call peaceably unto them.
(e) That is, about four months after the punishment,
21:14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them
wives which they had saved alive of the women of
Jabeshgilead: and yet f so they sufficed them not.
(f) For they were short two hundred.
21:17 And they said, [There must be] g an inheritance for them
that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed
out of Israel.
(g) Benjamin must be preserved to have the twelfth portion
in the inheritance of Jacob.
21:19 Then they said, Behold, [there is] a feast of the LORD in
Shiloh yearly [in a place] which [is] on the h north
side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth
up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
(h) He describes the place where the maids used to dance
yearly, and sing psalms and songs of God's works among
them, as the custom was then.
21:22 And it shall be, i 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.
(i) Though they attempted to convince man that they had
kept their oath, before God it was broken.
21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took [them]
wives, according to their k number, of them that danced,
whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their
inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.