|Overview - Judges 19|
|1||A Levite goes to Beth-lehem to fetch home his concubine.|
|16||An old man entertains him at Gibeah.|
|22||The Gibeonites abuse his concubine to death.|
|29||He divides her into twelve pieces, and sends them to the twelve tribes.|
Judges 19:29 (King James Version)
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.
- divided her
- It is probable, that with the pieces he sent to each tribe a circumstantial account of the barbarity of the men of Gibeah; and that they considered each of the pieces as expressing an execration. That a similar custom prevailed in ancient times is evident from 1 ; SA 11:7 . It had an inhuman appearance, thus to mangle the corpse of this unhappy woman; but it was intended to excite a keener resentment against so horrible a crime, which called for a punishment proportionally severe.
- Judges 20:6 Judges 20:7 Romans 10:2
- with her bones
- Deuteronomy 21:22 Deuteronomy 21:23