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Date: 30 B.C. - 68 A.D.
Location: Qumran Cave 4
Contents: Judges 19:5-7; 21:12-17, 19-25
5 On the fourth day, they got up early in the morning, and he rose up to depart. The young lady’s father said to his son-in-law, “Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward you shall go your way.” 6 So they sat down, ate, and drank, both of them together. Then the young lady’s father said to the man, “Please be pleased to stay all night, and let your heart be merry.” 7 The man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he stayed there again.
12 They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
13 The whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin who were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.
for Benjamin, because Yahweh had made a breach in the tribes of
Israel. 16 Then the elders of the congregation said, “How shall we provide
wives for those who remain, since they
said, “Behold, there is a feast of Yahweh from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that
goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on
the south of Lebonah.” 20 They commanded the children of Benjamin, saying,
“Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,
21 and see, and behold, if the
daughters of Shiloh come out to dance
in the dances, then come out of the vineyards, and each man catch his wife of
the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 It shall be, when
23 The children of Benjamin did so, and took wives for themselves, according to their number, of those who danced, whom they carried off. They went and returned to their inheritance, built the cities, and lived in them. 24 The children of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they each went out from there to his own inheritance. 25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did that which was right in his own eyes.
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