21:22 When their fathers or brothers come and protest to us,34 we’ll say to them, “Do us a favor and let them be,35 for we could not get each one a wife through battle.36 Don’t worry about breaking your oath!37 You would only be guilty if you had voluntarily given them wives.’ ”38
tn The words “and let them be” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
tn This sentence is not in the Hebrew text. It is supplied in the translation to clarify the logic of the statement.
tc Heb “You did not give to them, now you are guilty.” The MT as it stands makes little sense. It is preferable to emend לֹא (lo’, “not”) to לוּא (lu’, “if”). This particle introduces a purely hypothetical condition, “If you had given to them [but you didn’t].” See G. F. Moore, Judges (ICC), 453–54.