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Early the next morning, the Israelites built an altar and offered sacrifices to please the Lord and to ask his blessing.[a] Then they asked each other, “Did any of the tribes of Israel fail to come to the place of worship? We made a sacred promise that anyone who didn’t come to the meeting at Mizpah would be put to death.”

The Israelites were sad about what had happened to the Benjamin tribe, and they said, “One of our tribes was almost wiped out.

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  1. 21.4 sacrifices. . . blessing: See the note at 20.26-28.

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