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Judges 21

 
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1 καὶ ἀνὴρ Ισραηλ ὤμοσεν ἐν Μασσηφα λέγων ἀνὴρ ἐξ ἡμῶν οὐ δώσει τὴν θυγατέρα αὐτοῦ τῷ Βενιαμιν εἰς γυναῖκα 2 καὶ παρεγένοντο πᾶς ὁ λαὸς εἰς Μασσηφα καὶ Βαιθηλ καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐκεῖ ἕως ἑσπέρας ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐπῆραν τὴν φωνὴν αὐτῶν καὶ ἔκλαυσαν κλαυθμὸν μέγαν 3 καὶ εἶπαν ἵνα τί κύριε ὁ θεὸς Ισραηλ ἐγενήθη αὕτη ἐν τῷ Ισραηλ τοῦ ἐπισκεπῆναι σήμερον ἐν τῷ Ισραηλ φυλὴν μίαν 4 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ ἐπαύριον καὶ ὤρθρισεν ὁ λαὸς καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν ἐκεῖ θυσιαστήριον καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώματα σωτηρίου 5 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ τίς ὁ μὴ ἀναβὰς ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ ἐκ πασῶν φυλῶν Ισραηλ πρὸς κύριον ὅτι ὅρκος μέγας ἦν τῷ μὴ ἀναβάντι πρὸς κύριον εἰς Μασσηφα λέγοντες θανάτῳ ἀποθανεῖται 6 καὶ παρεκλήθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ περὶ Βενιαμιν τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ αὐτῶν καὶ εἶπαν ἀφῄρηται σήμερον φυλὴ μία ἐξ Ισραηλ 7 τί ποιήσωμεν αὐτοῖς τοῖς ὑπολειφθεῖσιν εἰς γυναῖκας καὶ ἡμεῖς ὠμόσαμεν ἐν κυρίῳ τοῦ μὴ δοῦναι αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων ἡμῶν εἰς γυναῖκας 8 καὶ εἶπαν τίς μία τῶν φυλῶν Ισραηλ ἥτις οὐκ ἀνέβη πρὸς κύριον εἰς Μασσηφα καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἦλθεν ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν ἀπὸ Ιαβις Γαλααδ εἰς τὴν ἐκκλησίαν 9 καὶ ἐπεσκέπη ὁ λαός καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ τῶν κατοικούντων Ιαβις Γαλααδ 1 This, too, was part of the oath which the Israelites took at Maspha, that none of them would wed his daughter to a man of Benjamin’s race. 2 And now they betook themselves to God’s house in Silo, and sat there all day in his presence, weeping and making loud lament; 3 Lord God of Israel, they cried, what curse is this that has fallen on thy people, that a whole tribe of us should disappear? 4 And when day dawned they built an altar, upon which they presented burnt-sacrifice and welcome-offerings. And now the thought came to them, 5 Was there any clan among all the tribes of Israel that did not go out to fight in the Lord’s army? At Maspha, they had bound themselves by a solemn oath that anyone who failed them should be exterminated. 6 But when, in remorse over their Benjamite brethren, they fell to lamenting over the loss of a whole tribe to Israel, 7 and asking where wives could be found for the race to which they had all sworn they would wed no daughter of theirs, 8 the thought came afresh, Were there any of Israel’s tribesmen who did not answer the Lord’s summons to Maspha? Then they remembered that the men of Jabes-Galaad had sent no aid; 9 nor were any of them to be found now, among the muster at Silo. 1 Juraverunt quoque filii Israël in Maspha, et dixerunt: Nullus nostrum dabit filiis Benjamin de filiabus suis uxorem. 2 Veneruntque omnes ad domum Dei in Silo, et in conspectu ejus sedentes usque ad vesperam, levaverunt vocem, et magno ululatu cœperunt flere, dicentes: 3 Quare, Domine Deus Israël, factum est hoc malum in populo tuo, ut hodie una tribus auferretur ex nobis? 4 Altera autem die diluculo consurgentes, exstruxerunt altare: obtuleruntque ibi holocausta, et pacificas victimas, et dixerunt: 5 Quis non ascendit in exercitu Domini de universis tribubus Israël? grandi enim juramento se constrinxerant, cum essent in Maspha, interfici eos qui defuissent. 6 Ductique pœnitentia filii Israël super fratre suo Benjamin, cœperunt dicere: Ablata est tribus una de Israël: 7 unde uxores accipient? omnes enim in commune juravimus, non daturos nos his filias nostras. 8 Idcirco dixerunt: Quis est de universis tribubus Israël, qui non ascendit ad Dominum in Maspha? Et ecce inventi sunt habitatores Jabes Galaad in illo exercitu non fuisse. 9 (Eo quoque tempore cum essent in Silo, nullus ex eis ibi repertus est.)
10 καὶ ἀπέστειλαν ἐκεῖ ἡ συναγωγὴ δώδεκα χιλιάδας ἀνδρῶν ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν τῆς δυνάμεως καὶ ἐνετείλαντο αὐτοῖς λέγοντες πορεύθητε καὶ πατάξατε πάντας τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Ιαβις Γαλααδ ἐν στόματι ῥομφαίας καὶ τὰς γυναῖκας καὶ τὸν λαόν 11 καὶ οὗτος ὁ λόγος ὃν ποιήσετε πᾶν ἀρσενικὸν καὶ πᾶσαν γυναῖκα γινώσκουσαν κοίτην ἄρσενος ἀναθεματιεῖτε 12 καὶ εὗρον ἀπὸ τῶν κατοικούντων Ιαβις Γαλααδ τετρακοσίας νεάνιδας παρθένους αἳ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν ἄνδρα εἰς κοίτην ἄρσενος καὶ ἦγον αὐτὰς εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν εἰς Σηλω ἥ ἐστιν ἐν γῇ Χανααν 13 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν πᾶσα ἡ συναγωγὴ καὶ ἐλάλησαν πρὸς Βενιαμιν τὸν ἐν τῇ πέτρᾳ Ρεμμων καὶ ἐκάλεσαν αὐτοὺς εἰς εἰρήνην 14 καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν Βενιαμιν πρὸς τοὺς υἱοὺς Ισραηλ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐτοῖς τὰς γυναῖκας αἵτινες ἦσαν ἐκ τῶν γυναικῶν Ιαβις Γαλααδ καὶ ἤρεσεν αὐτοῖς οὕτως 15 καὶ ὁ λαὸς παρεκλήθη τῷ Βενιαμιν ὅτι ἐποίησεν κύριος διακοπὴν ἐν ταῖς φυλαῖς Ισραηλ 16 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι τῆς συναγωγῆς τί ποιήσωμεν τοῖς ἐπιλοίποις εἰς γυναῖκας ὅτι ἠφάνισται ἐκ τοῦ Βενιαμιν γυνή 17 καὶ εἶπαν κληρονομία διασεσῳσμένη τῷ Βενιαμιν καὶ οὐ μὴ ἐξαλειφθῇ φυλὴ ἐξ Ισραηλ 18 καὶ ἡμεῖς οὐ δυνησόμεθα δοῦναι αὐτοῖς γυναῖκας ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων ἡμῶν ὅτι ὠμόσαμεν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ λέγοντες ἐπικατάρατος ὁ διδοὺς γυναῖκα τῷ Βενιαμιν 19 καὶ εἶπαν ἑορτὴ τῷ κυρίῳ ἐν Σηλω ἀ{F'} ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας ἥ ἐστιν ἀπὸ βορρᾶ τῆς Βαιθηλ κα{T'} ἀνατολὰς ἡλίου ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ τῇ ἀναβαινούσῃ ἐκ Βαιθηλ εἰς Σικιμα καὶ ἀπὸ νότου τοῦ Λιβάνου τῆς Λεβωνα 20 καὶ ἐνετείλαντο τοῖς υἱοῖς Βενιαμιν λέγοντες διέλθατε καὶ ἐνεδρεύσατε ἐν τοῖς ἀμπελῶσιν 21 καὶ ὄψεσθε καὶ ἰδοὺ ὡς ἂν ἐξέλθωσιν αἱ θυγατέρες τῶν κατοικούντων Σηλω ἐν Σηλω χορεῦσαι ἐν χοροῖς καὶ ἐξελεύσεσθε ἀπὸ τῶν ἀμπελώνων καὶ ἁρπάσετε ἀνὴρ ἑαυτῷ γυναῖκα ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων Σηλω καὶ ἀπελεύσεσθε εἰς γῆν Βενιαμιν 22 καὶ ἔσται ὅταν ἔλθωσιν οἱ πατέρες αὐτῶν ἢ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν κρίνεσθαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς καὶ ἐροῦμεν πρὸς αὐτούς ἐλεήσατε αὐτούς ὅτι οὐκ ἔλαβον ἀνὴρ γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ πολέμῳ οὐ γὰρ ὑμεῖς δεδώκατε αὐτοῖς κατὰ τὸν καιρὸν ἐπλημμελήσατε 10 So ten thousand fighting men were sent out with orders to put the citizens of Jabes-Galaad to the sword. Wives and children were to perish with the rest; 11 but while they slew all the men-folk, and all the women who had had commerce with man, they must be careful to spare the unwedded maids. 12 Four hundred was the toll of unwedded maids they took at Jabes-Galaad, and when these had been brought across the river to the encampment at Silo, 13 they sent to the Benjamites at the rock of Remmon under safe-conduct,[1] 14 bidding them come and take their wives there and then, daughters of Jabes-Galaad.

But where could any more be found, to suffice them? 15 Still the whole of Israel was full of remorse, grieving over a tribe lost to Israel; 16 still the elders were at a loss what to do for the rest of the Benjamites; Here are all their women-folk slain, they said, 17 and Israel must not lose a tribe, if care or thought of ours can prevent it. 18 Yet how should we find brides for them, pledged as we are by oath and ban not to give our daughters to Benjamin? 19 At last they bethought themselves of a feast that is held every year in the Lord’s honour near Silo, at a place north of Bethel, south of Lebona, and east of the road from Bethel to Sichem. 20 Go and hide in these vineyards, they told the Benjamites, 21 and before long you will see the maids of Silo come out to perform their customary dances. Then spring out upon them from the vineyards on a sudden, each of you carrying off a wife for himself, and so return to the lands of Benjamin. 22 When their fathers and brethren come to make angry complaints of you, we will say, Forgive them; they did not claim to carry the maids off by right of conquest. You provoked them to this by refusing your consent.[2]
10 Miserunt itaque decem millia viros robustissimos, et præceperunt eis: Ite, et percutite habitatores Jabes Galaad in ore gladii, tam uxores quam parvulos eorum. 11 Et hoc erit quod observare debebitis: omne generis masculini, et mulieres quæ cognoverunt viros, interficite; virgines autem reservate. 12 Inventæque sunt de Jabes Galaad quadringentæ virgines, quæ nescierunt viri thorum: et adduxerunt eas ad castra in Silo, in terram Chanaan. 13 Miseruntque nuntios ad filios Benjamin, qui erant in petra Remmon, et præceperunt eis, ut eos susciperent in pace. 14 Veneruntque filii Benjamin in illo tempore, et datæ sunt eis uxores de filiabus Jabes Galaad: alias autem non repererunt, quas simili modo traderent. 15 Universusque Israël valde doluit, et egit pœnitentiam super interfectione unius tribus ex Israël. 16 Dixeruntque majores natu: Quid faciemus reliquis, qui non acceperunt uxores? omnes in Benjamin feminæ conciderunt, 17 et magna nobis cura, ingentique studio providendum est, ne una tribus deleatur ex Israël. 18 Filias enim nostras eis dare non possumus, constricti juramento et maledictione qua diximus: Maledictus qui dederit de filiabus suis uxorem Benjamin. 19 Ceperuntque consilium, atque dixerunt: Ecce solemnitas Domini est in Silo anniversaria, quæ sita est ad septentrionem urbis Bethel, et ad orientalem plagam viæ, quæ de Bethel tendit ad Sichimam, et ad meridiem oppidi Lebona. 20 Præceperuntque filiis Benjamin, atque dixerunt: Ite, ad latitate in vineis. 21 Cumque videritis filias Silo ad ducendos choros ex more procedere, exite repente de vineis, et rapite ex eis singuli uxores singulas, et pergite in terram Benjamin. 22 Cumque venerint patres earum, ac fratres, et adversum vos queri cœperint atque jurgari, dicemus eis: Miseremini eorum: non enim rapuerunt eas jure bellantium atque victorum: sed rogantibus ut acciperent, non dedistis, et a vestra parte peccatum est.
23 καὶ ἐποίησαν οὕτως οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμιν καὶ ἔλαβον γυναῖκας κατὰ τὸν ἀριθμὸν αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῶν χορευουσῶν ἃς διήρπασαν καὶ ἀπῆλθον καὶ ἀπέστρεψαν ἐπὶ τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτῶν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν ἑαυτοῖς πόλεις καὶ κατῴκησαν ἐν αὐταῖς 24 καὶ περιεπάτησαν ἐκεῖθεν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν φυλὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς τὴν συγγένειαν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπῆλθον ἐκεῖθεν ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ἐν Ισραηλ ἀνὴρ ἕκαστος τὸ εὐθὲς ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτοῦ ἐποίει 23 So the men of Benjamin did as they were bidden, each of them carrying off a wife for himself when the maids came out dancing; and when they were back in their own domain they built new cities to dwell in. 24 And each son of Israel went back to the dwelling-place of his own clan, his own family. This was in the days before any king ruled in Israel, when men lived by the best light they had. 23 Feceruntque filii Benjamin ut sibi fuerat imperatum: et juxta numerum suum, rapuerunt sibi de his quæ ducebant choros, uxores singulas: abieruntque in possessionem suam ædificantes urbes, et habitantes in eis. 24 Filii quoque Israël reversi sunt per tribus et familias in tabernacula sua. In diebus illis non erat rex in Israël: sed unusquisque quod sibi rectum videbatur, hoc faciebat. !--LATIN=07jdg021025a-->
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