New Living Translation
There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel is not wiped out.
King James Bible
And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And they said, "There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, that a tribe be not blotted out from Israel.
World English Bible
They said, "There must be an inheritance for those who are escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe not be blotted out from Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And they say, 'A possession of an escaped party is to Benjamin, and a tribe is not blotted out from Israel;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:17 An inheritance - The inheritance promised by Jacob and Moses, and given by Joshua to the tribe of Benjamin, doth all of it belong to those few who remain of that tribe, and cannot be possessed by any other tribe; and therefore we are obliged to procure wives for them all, that they may make up this breach, and be capable of possessing and managing all their land: that this tribe, and their inheritance may not be confounded with, or swallowed up by any of the rest.
So the elders of the assembly asked, "How can we find wives for the few who remain, since the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead?
But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God's curse."
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