[bible1year] Devotional comments on Judges 19-21

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 18 Mar 2016 11:50:48 -0000

        Today's reading faithfully catalogs the horrible results of 
departure from God. Adopting Canaanite ways, Israel sank into the 
cesspool of Canaanite violence and immorality. The crime of the 
Benjaminites of Gibeah shows that the city had sunk to the level of 

        Israelite chiefs gathered at Mizpeh to decide what course of 
action they should take following the deeds of lust and violence. 
They determined to punish the guilty persons by death; but the 
Benjaminites refused to surrender the criminals and a horrible war 
ensued in which thousands perished. A tragic harvest was reaped! The 
guilty tribe was almost wiped out.

        The inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead were smitten, and the 
virgins left were given as wives to the remnant of Benjamin. 
Benjamin was restored as a tribe and additional wives were supplied 
from the dancers at the annual festival at Shiloh. Judges ends with 
the notation of the lawlessness of the era, so fully illustrated by 
the book itself.