When People Do What is Right in Their Own Eyes

“And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.  And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Where are you going, and where did you come from?’  And he said unto him, ‘We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receives me into his house.  Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man with thy servants: no lack of any thing.’  And the old man said, ‘Peace be with you; yet, all you lack will be upon me; only lodge not in the street.’ So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, ‘Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.’  And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, ‘No, my brethren, I pray you, do not wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this foolishness.’  Behold, my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and you humble them, and do with them what seems good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.’  But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.
Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light.  And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.  And he said unto her, ‘Up, and let us be going.’ But none answered. Then the man took her upon an ass, and the man rose up, and went unto his place.  And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.  And it was so, that all that saw it said, ‘There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak.’ Judges 19:16-30

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25

REFERENCES: 18:1; 19:1-15; 20:5-7; Psalm 104:23; Joshua 18:1; 1 Samuel 1:3; Genesis 4:1; 18:4; 19:1-8;

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