Judges 21:25

25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

Read Judges 21:25 Using Other Translations

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

What does Judges 21:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 21:25

In those days there was no king in Israel
No supreme magistrate, Joshua being dead, and as yet no judge in Israel had risen up; for all related in the five last chapters of this book were done between the death of Joshua and the time of the judges:

every man did that which was right in his own eyes;
there being none to restrain him from it, or punish him for it; and this accounts for the many evil things related, as the idolatry of Micah and the Danites, the base usage of the Levite's concubine, the extreme rigour and severity with which the Israelites treated their brethren the Benjaminites, the slaughter of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead, and the rape of the daughters of Shiloh.

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