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The next morning the people got up early and built an altar there. They offered up burnt sacrifices and tokens of peace.[a] The Israelites asked, “Who from all the Israelite tribes has not assembled before the Lord?”They had made a solemn oath that whoever did not assemble before the Lord at Mizpah must certainly be executed.[b] The Israelites regretted what had happened to[c] their brother Benjamin. They said, “Today we cut off an entire[d] tribe from Israel!

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 21:4 tn Or “peace offerings.”
  2. Judges 21:5 tn Heb “A great oath there was concerning the one who did not go up before the Lord at Mizpah, saying, ‘He must surely be put to death.’”
  3. Judges 21:6 tn Or “felt sorry for.”
  4. Judges 21:6 tn Heb “cut off one.”

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