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The Gibeah Incident

While many regard the era of the Judges to be a time of extreme brutality, there is nothing recorded in that historical record that can't be found in the modern-day news. It's simply the result of what happens when people do whatever seems right in their own eyes i.e. it can't be wrong if we do it (they ignore the Christ's "golden rule" of do unto others as you would have them do unto you).

The barbaric incident at Gibeah was a prime object lesson of freedom taken to a lawless, psychotic extreme. It resulted in the near-total destruction of the tribe of Benjamin during that time.

"It came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel"

The incident began in "Bethlehemjudah" i.e. Bethlehem in Judea, the more famous of Two Bethlehems of Israel.


"19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. 19:2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months. 19:3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father's house: and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him." (Judges 19:1-3 KJV)

The Levite (see Levites) traveled down from the tribal territory of Ephraim, north of Jerusalem, to Bethlehem, which is south of Jerusalem. After a few days spent with her father, he managed to convince his concubine to return with him. The journey could not be done in a day, so they stopped for the night at Gibeah, north of Jerusalem (note that Jerusalem, at that time called Jebus, the "city of the Jebusites," was still regarded as a foreign city to the Israelites).

"19:10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him. 19:11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it. 19:12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah." (Judges 19:10-12 KJV)

Gibeah was a lawless perverted town, very similar to Sodom at the time that it was destroyed. When the wildmen of the town surrounded the house, rather than defending his concubine and himself from them, the cowardly Levite surrendered her to them.

"19:25 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. 19:26 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." (Judges 19:25-26 KJV)

The next morning, they left. Upon arriving home, another atrocity - the Levite cut the woman into pieces and sent them throughout Israel (it doesn't say that she died back in Gibeah; the Levite may well have killed her himself).

"19:28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. 19:29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel." (Judges 19:28-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is God's Law based upon equal rights, and responsibilities, for everyone?
See The Two Great Commandments

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