#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Judges 18-21


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August 2, 2018

Judges 18-21


Dan sends spies to find land. The spies meet Micah. Spies and 600 men from Dan take Micah’s idols and priest (who is quite happy to go). Micah is glum, having had everything taken from him. The Danites conquer Laish, renaming it Dan. They adopt the idolatry that began with Micah.


A Levite marries a concubine from Judah. They separate after she plays the harlot, but are later reconciled at the house of his father-in-law, where he stays for five days. Returning home, the Levite and his concubine decide to stay one night at Gibeah (not Jebus, which is a foreign land that might be hostile). They meet an Ephraimite, who offers them hospitality. Men bang on the door and demand to know the Levite carnally. The Ephraimite offers a compromise – his virgin daughter and the Levite’s concubine. The latter is raped and abused, and dies. The Levite cuts her up into twelve pieces, and sends a piece to each tribe to advertise his outrage.


The nation gathers at Mizpah, demanding that the Bejamites give up the wicked men of Gibeah. The Benjamites refuse, and go to war against the rest of Israel with 26,000 men. After some initial victories, the Benjamites are heavily defeated.


At Mizpah, an oath was made that no Israelite daughter should be given to a Benjamite. The Israelites then regret their oath when they realise that the Benjamites are in danger of extinction. The men of Jabesh Gilead, who had not taken part in the oath at Mizpah, are slaughtered, and four hundred virgins taken to marry off to the Benjamites. The Benjamites are instructed to take the daughters of Shiloh when they go to dance at the annual feast – because they are ‘kidnapped’ (though the complicity of their father is hinted at), they are not guilty of breaking their oath. Final words sum the whole book up: ‘In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.’

Commentary by: http://biblesummarybychapter.blogspot.com/2011/01/judges.html

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