اَلْقُضَاة 21

وَرِجَالُ إِسْرَائِيلَ حَلَفُوا فِي ٱلْمِصْفَاةِ قَائِلِينَ: «لَا يُسَلِّمْ أَحَدٌ مِنَّا ٱبْنَتَهُ لِبَنْيَامِينَ ٱمْرَأَةً». ١ 1
Now the men of Israel had made a promise at Mizpah, “None of us will give his daughter to marry a Benjamite.”
وَجَاءَ ٱلشَّعْبُ إِلَى بَيْتِ إِيلَ وَأَقَامُوا هُنَاكَ إِلَى ٱلْمَسَاءِ أَمَامَ ٱللهِ، وَرَفَعُوا صَوْتَهُمْ وَبَكَوْا بُكَاءً عَظِيمًا. ٢ 2
Then the people went to Bethel and sat there before God until the evening, and with loud voices they wept bitterly.
وَقَالُوا: «لِمَاذَا يَارَبُّ إِلَهَ إِسْرَائِيلَ حَدَثَتْ هَذِهِ فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، حَتَّى يُفْقَدَ ٱلْيَوْمَ مِنْ إِسْرَائِيلَ سِبْطٌ؟» ٣ 3
They called out, “Why, Yahweh, God of Israel, has this happened to Israel, that one of our tribes should be missing today?”
وَفِي ٱلْغَدِ بَكَّرَ ٱلشَّعْبُ وَبَنَوْا هُنَاكَ مَذْبَحًا، وَأَصْعَدُوا مُحْرَقَاتٍ وَذَبَائِحَ سَلَامَةٍ. ٤ 4
The next day the people got up early and built an altar there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
وَقَالَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ: «مَنْ هُوَ ٱلَّذِي لَمْ يَصْعَدْ فِي ٱلْمَجْمَعِ مِنْ جَمِيعِ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ؟»لِأَنَّهُ صَارَ ٱلْحَلْفُ ٱلْعَظِيمُ عَلَى ٱلَّذِي لَمْ يَصْعَدْ إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَى ٱلْمِصْفَاةِ قَائِلًا: «يُمَاتُ مَوْتًا». ٥ 5
The people of Israel said, “Which of all the tribes of Israel did not come up in the assembly to Yahweh?” For they had made an important promise concerning anyone who did not come up to Yahweh at Mizpah. They said, “He would certainly be put to death.”
وَنَدِمَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ عَلَى بَنْيَامِينَ أَخِيهِمْ وَقَالُوا: «قَدِ ٱنْقَطَعَ ٱلْيَوْمَ سِبْطٌ وَاحِدٌ مِنْ إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٦ 6
The people of Israel had compassion for their brother Benjamin. They said, “Today one tribe has been cut off from Israel.
مَاذَا نَعْمَلُ لِلْبَاقِينَ مِنْهُمْ فِي أَمْرِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، وَقَدْ حَلَفْنَا نَحْنُ بِٱلرَّبِّ أَنْ لَا نُعْطِيَهُمْ مِنْ بَنَاتِنَا نِسَاءً؟» ٧ 7
Who will provide wives for those who are left, since we have made a promise to Yahweh that we will not let any of them marry our daughters?”
وَقَالُوا: «أَيُّ سِبْطٍ مِنْ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ لَمْ يَصْعَدْ إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ إِلَى ٱلْمِصْفَاةِ؟». وَهُوَذَا لَمْ يَأْتِ إِلَى ٱلْمَحَلَّةِ رَجُلٌ مِنْ يَابِيشِ جِلْعَادَ إِلَى ٱلْمَجْمَعِ. ٨ 8
They said, “Which of the tribes of Israel did not come up to Yahweh at Mizpah?” It was found that no one had come to the assembly from Jabesh Gilead.
فَعُدَّ ٱلشَّعْبُ فَلَمْ يَكُنْ هُنَاكَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ سُكَّانِ يَابِيشِ جِلْعَادَ. ٩ 9
For when the people were set out in an orderly manner, behold, none of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead were there.
فَأَرْسَلَتِ ٱلْجَمَاعَةُ إِلَى هُنَاكَ ٱثْنَيْ عَشَرَ أَلْفَ رَجُلٍ مِنْ بَنِي ٱلْبَأْسِ، وَأَوْصَوْهُمْ قَائِلِينَ: «ٱذْهَبُوا وَٱضْرِبُوا سُكَّانَ يَابِيشِ جِلْعَادَ بِحَدِّ ٱلسَّيْفِ مَعَ ٱلنِّسَاءِ وَٱلْأَطْفَالِ. ١٠ 10
The assembly sent twelve thousand of their bravest men with instructions to go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of the sword, including the women and children.
وَهَذَا مَا تَعْمَلُونَهُ: تُحَرِّمُونَ كُلَّ ذَكَرٍ وَكُلَّ ٱمْرَأَةٍ عَرَفَتِ ٱضْطِجَاعَ ذَكَرٍ». ١١ 11
“Do this: You must kill every male and every woman who has slept with a man.”
فَوَجَدُوا مِنْ سُكَّانِ يَابِيشِ جِلْعَادَ أَرْبَعَ مِئَةِ فَتَاةٍ عَذَارَى لَمْ يَعْرِفْنَ رَجُلًا بِٱلاِضْطِجَاعِ مَعَ ذَكَرٍ، وَجَاءُوا بِهِنَّ إِلَى ٱلْمَحَلَّةِ إِلَى شِيلُوهَ ٱلَّتِي فِي أَرْضِ كَنْعَانَ. ١٢ 12
The men found among those living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh, in Canaan.
وَأَرْسَلَتِ ٱلْجَمَاعَةُ كُلُّهَا وَكَلَّمَتْ بَنِي بَنْيَامِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ فِي صَخْرَةِ رِمُّونَ وَٱسْتَدْعَتْهُمْ إِلَى ٱلصُّلْحِ. ١٣ 13
The entire assembly sent a message and told the people of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon that they were offering them peace.
فَرَجَعَ بَنْيَامِينُ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلْوَقْتِ، فَأَعْطَوْهُمْ ٱلنِّسَاءَ ٱللَّوَاتِي ٱسْتَحْيَوْهُنَّ مِنْ نِسَاءِ يَابِيشِ جِلْعَادَ. وَلَمْ يَكْفُوهُمْ هَكَذَا. ١٤ 14
The Benjamites returned at that time and they were given the women of Jabesh Gilead, but there were not enough women for all of them.
وَنَدِمَ ٱلشَّعْبُ مِنْ أَجْلِ بَنْيَامِينَ، لِأَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ جَعَلَ شَقًّا فِي أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ. ١٥ 15
The people were sorry for what happened to Benjamin, because Yahweh made a division between the tribes of Israel.
فَقَالَ شُيُوخُ ٱلْجَمَاعَةِ: «مَاذَا نَصْنَعُ بِٱلْبَاقِينَ فِي أَمْرِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، لِأَنَّهُ قَدِ ٱنْقَطَعَتِ ٱلنِّسَاءُ مِنْ بَنْيَامِينَ؟» ١٦ 16
Then the leaders of the assembly said, “How will we arrange wives for the Benjamites who are left, since the women of Benjamin have been killed?”
وَقَالُوا: «مِيرَاثُ نَجَاةٍ لِبَنْيَامِينَ، وَلَا يُمْحَى سِبْطٌ مِنْ إِسْرَائِيلَ. ١٧ 17
They said, “There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, so that a tribe is not destroyed from Israel.
وَنَحْنُ لَا نَقْدِرُ أَنْ نُعْطِيَهُمْ نِسَاءً مِنْ بَنَاتِنَا، لِأَنَّ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ حَلَفُوا قَائِلِينَ: مَلْعُونٌ مَنْ أَعْطَى ٱمْرَأَةً لِبَنْيَامِينَ». ١٨ 18
We cannot give them wives from our daughters, for the people of Israel had made a promise, 'Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to Benjamin.'”
ثُمَّ قَالُوا: «هُوَذَا عِيدُ ٱلرَّبِّ فِي شِيلُوهَ مِنْ سَنَةٍ إِلَى سَنَةٍ شِمَالِيَّ بَيْتِ إِيلَ، شَرْقِيَّ ٱلطَّرِيقِ ٱلصَّاعِدَةِ مِنْ بَيْتِ إِيلَ إِلَى شَكِيمَ وَجَنُوبِيَّ لَبُونَةَ». ١٩ 19
So they said, “You know there is a feast for Yahweh every year at Shiloh (which is north of Bethel, east of the road that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah).”
وَأَوْصَوْا بَنِي بَنْيَامِينَ قَائِلِينَ: «ٱمْضُوا وَٱكْمِنُوا فِي ٱلْكُرُومِ. ٢٠ 20
They instructed the men of Benjamin, saying, “Go and hide in secret and wait in the vineyards.
وَٱنْظُرُوا. فَإِذَا خَرَجَتْ بَنَاتُ شِيلُوهَ لِيَدُرْنَ فِي ٱلرَّقْصِ، فَٱخْرُجُوا أَنْتُمْ مِنَ ٱلْكُرُومِ وَٱخْطِفُوا لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ ٱمْرَأَتَهُ مِنْ بَنَاتِ شِيلُوهَ، وَٱذْهَبُوا إِلَى أَرْضِ بَنْيَامِينَ. ٢١ 21
Watch for the time when the girls from Shiloh come out to dance, then rush out of the vineyards and each one of you should grab a wife from the girls of Shiloh, then go back to the land of Benjamin.
فَإِذَا جَاءَ آبَاؤُهُنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَتُهُنَّ لِكَيْ يَشْكُوا إِلَيْنَا، نَقُولُ لَهُمْ: تَرَاءَفُوا عَلَيْهِمْ لِأَجْلِنَا، لِأَنَّنَا لَمْ نَأْخُذْ لِكُلِّ وَاحِدٍ ٱمْرَأَتَهُ فِي ٱلْحَرْبِ، لِأَنَّكُمْ أَنْتُمْ لَمْ تُعْطُوهُمْ فِي ٱلْوَقْتِ حَتَّى تَكُونُوا قَدْ أَثِمْتُمْ». ٢٢ 22
When their fathers or their brothers come to protest to us, we will say to them, 'Show us favor! Let them remain because we did not get wives for each man during the war. You are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.'”
فَفَعَلَ هَكَذَا بَنُو بَنْيَامِينَ، وَٱتَّخَذُوا نِسَاءً حَسَبَ عَدَدِهِمْ مِنَ ٱلرَّاقِصَاتِ ٱللَّوَاتِي ٱخْتَطَفُوهُنَّ، وَذَهَبُوا وَرَجَعُوا إِلَى مُلْكِهِمْ وَبَنَوْا ٱلْمُدُنَ وَسَكَنُوا بِهَا. ٢٣ 23
The people of Benjamin did so. They took the number of wives that they needed from the girls who were dancing and they carried them off to be their wives. They went and returned to the place of their inheritance. They rebuilt the towns and lived in them.
فَسَارَ مِنْ هُنَاكَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلْوَقْتِ كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى سِبْطِهِ وَعَشِيرَتِهِ، وَخَرَجُوا مِنْ هُنَاكَ كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى مُلْكِهِ. ٢٤ 24
Then the people of Israel left that place and went home, each one to his own tribe and clan, and each one to his own inheritance.
فِي تِلْكَ ٱلْأَيَّامِ لَمْ يَكُنْ مَلِكٌ فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ. كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ عَمِلَ مَا حَسُنَ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ. ٢٥ 25
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.