|Overview - Judges 21|
|1||The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin.|
|8||By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them four hundred wives.|
|16||They advise the remainder to surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh.|
Judges 21:25 (King James Version)
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
- 17:6 18:1 19:1
- 18:7 Deuteronomy 12:8 ; Psalms 12:4 ; Proverbs 3:5 ; 14:12 Ecclesiastes 11:9 ; Micah 2:1 Micah 2:2 The book of Judges forms an important link in the history of theIsraelites. It furnishes us with a lively description of afluctuating and unsettled nation; a striking picture of thedisorders and dangers which prevailed in a republic withoutmagistracy; when "the high-ways were unoccupied, and thetravellers walked through by-ways," (ch. 5:6;) when few prophetswere appointed to control the people, and "every one did thatwhich was right in his own eyes
- " (ch. 17:6 .) It exhibits thecontest of true religion with superstition; and displays thebeneficial effects that flow from the former, and the miseriesand evil consequences of impiety. It is a most remarkablehistory of the long-suffering of God towards the Israelites, inwhich we see the most signal instances of his justice and mercyalternately displayed: the people sinned, and were punished;they repented, and found mercy. These things are written forour warning: none should presume, for God is just; none needdespair, for God is merciful. Independently of the internalevidence of the authenticity of this sacred book, thetransactions it records are not only cited or alluded to byother inspired writers, but are further confirmed by thetraditions current among heathen nations.