Judges Chapter 19

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Judges 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.

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.

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.

4 And his father in law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.

5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel’s father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry.

7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.

8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.

9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

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.

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.

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.

13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah.

14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging.

16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.

17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?

18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the Lord; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

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.

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.

27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

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.

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.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

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32 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 19

  1. No place of Refuge

    What a tragic story that is told here in Judges 19. The story of a man’s unfaithful concubine, the immoral condition of Israel, and the violence that happens when there is No King.

    In the past I have only thought about the fact that they are a nation that if physically king-less but their corrupt deeds, gross passions, and violent acts are a clear sign that they are spiritually king-less as well. They are not following after the ways of God but after the wickedness of nations who their God cursed and destroyed.

    We see a man travel to get his concubine and try to travel to the house of the Lord during a time that it was unsafe to travel in the day and even the more at night. His servants want to lodge with a people that are not like him but he decides against it. He wants to lodge with his people. In doing so his life is threatened and his concubine is taken, abused, and murdered.

    On the other side of this story we see a man that is working in the fields. He gives the man a place to stay ; when no one else will and he guards the man. Notice this man comes from the field to find him in the streets. He was laboring and staying focused while the others were become like the nations that displeased God.

    What can we learn?

    As a church we cannot afford to allow ourselves to become just as wicked and perverse as the world around us. When lives that are seeking the “house of God” meet us we must become a place of refuge for them and lead then to the King. Yet, if we do not know Him how can we become the place of safety they need?

    We cannot allow corrupt deeds, gross passions, and impure thought to cause us to murder the lives God sends to us. For He sent them that we may be a place of rest along their journey to His house.

    1 Corinthians 15:33-34King James Version (KJV)
    33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
    34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

    We must search our hearts and awaken righteousness within us and allow the King of king to be placed back on the throne of our hearts. If our conversations with others or even with our own selves have corrupt our good manners it’s time to repent. For it is a shame.

    Remember at the end of this chapter he cuts her body into 12 pieces and spread it throughout Israel as a reminder of the senseless act of abuse and murder. He is now out to destroy the wickedness.

  2. 4 And his father in law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.

    5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel’s father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

    6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry.

    7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.

    8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.

    9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

    There’s a lot of fellowship and unity here. It’s important for family to stick together at all times.

  3. 30. Everyone who saw it said, “Such a horrible crime has not been committed in all the time since Israel left Egypt. Think about it! What are we going to do? Who’s going to speak up?” NLT

    There has never been a more evil time than we live in today – WHAT NOW?

  4. I read this chapter and thought about how we too need to be ready to receive anyone who comes looking for a place of rest. Pastor Cornwell in Wichita, always told us that “There is Room in the House of God for Everybody”. The man coming from the field could have ignored them (the Levite) as obviously everyone else had; but, instead, he invited them into his home as verses 20-21 say “The old man said, “It’s going to be all right; I’ll take care of you. You aren’t going to spend the night in the town square.” He took them home and fed the donkeys. They washed up and sat down to a good meal.”

  5. 20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.
    21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

    Doing something for nothing.

    When was the last time you did something for someone and didn’t expect anything in return? We have a modern day mentality that when we do something,we expect something in return. The old man knew how bad it got in the city at night. So he saw there was a need and he fulfilled it. Are we so busy that we don’t have time to minister to people’s lives and needs. I pray not. But we do get so busy in the business of our lives and church, that we forgo and forget that it was someone who took out the time to help us. My prayer for me is that G9d would help me see and respond to the people.

    Grow by helping

  6. Judges 19:20-21 (NLT)
    20) “You are welcome to stay with me,” the old man said. “I will give you anything you might need. But whatever you do, don’t spend the night in the square.”
    21) So he took them home with him and fed the donkeys. After they washed their feet, they ate and drank together.

    Hospitality and Fellowship

  7. Should of stay at the father’s House

    8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them
    9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

    This sad tragedy could of been avoided by staying at the Fathers House. My daddy used to say nothing good happens after midnight. I still try to live by that rule. I believe parents always have the best in mind for their children and if only we will listen and obey we can avoid horrible situations that we run into in disobedience.

  8. 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.

    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.

    Lawlessness, these are the things that happen when there is no rule over the actions of men. They felt that they could so whatever pleased them; forget the fact that they, themselves were once slaves that had horrible things done unto them. How fast we can fall into the world; when you chose to not follow the word of God or discipline yourself to be like Christ. The world will take hold of you and abuse you; then leave you where you came from. God is our comforter, healer, savior, our Father. Do not be temped by the world; stay focused on God……..Thank you Jesus….Amen!!!

  9. THE DANGER OF AN UNTIMELY DEPARTURE

    7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.
    8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.
    9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.
    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.

    We are wise to listen to the counsel of elders, especially in regards to a departure from home; physical or spiritual. Time and chance happen to us all. There multiple lessons in this chapter. The lesson that is pressing heavy on my spirit today is to warn of the dangers of leaving the house before you are sent.

    The elder, the father in law gives no indication of the possible dangers waiting for this man. He just asked them to stay another night. A decision to leave is what brought about the horrific incidents recorded in this chapter. We should heed Godly counsel, seek the LORD and trust those GOD has placed in our lives.

    ONE night could have changed the testimony of this chapter and the pain, sorrow and grief it caused these families.

    We are wise to be prayerful in making big decisions.

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  10. A place of refuge for the man coming from the street, but a place of abuse and death for the concubine. She was given to the men that surrounded the camp to keep the life of the man from the field.

    It’s important as a church that we recognize all guests are important and not judge or esteem one above the other. The Church is a hospital for the hurting, the weak, the sin-sick – red, yellow, black, or white, rich or poor, learned or unlearned we must love them all and not sacrifice one to get another.

  11. 20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.
    21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
    This old man was a blessing and God used him greatly to help the travelers. Sometimes were quick to push needy people away and push them off but this man accepted and loved them. “We must understand as the words of Jesus say: ” If you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me”.

  12. 9 Later, as the man and his concubine and servant were preparing to leave, his father-in-law said, “Look, it’s almost evening. Stay the night and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can get up early and be on your way.”
    10 But this time the man was determined to leave. So he took his two saddled donkeys and his concubine and headed in the direction of Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). (NLT)

    I truly believe things happen for a reason and happen for a reason at the times they do. God is in control, but we hold the decision. We should always heed a warning or carefully consider a request that authorities in our lives give us. We must pray about decisions we make and insure that God is being kept first. Rushing or lagging because of our own desires and attitudes can result in an unruly situation.

  13. 22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

    This event happened in such an evil time in history. It is an unthinkable act of violence the evil men of this city have done. When God decided to destroy the world with the flood, this must have been a terrible place and time to live and be pure and holy. Here the world is back to the evil imaginations of man. The church must be safe place of refuge. We must welcome each person who seeks shelter from the abusive ways of this world. We do not need to know the abuse, we just need to convey that there is healing, a loving God and restoration for the mind body and soul; that there is salvation and blessings in the house of the Lord.

  14. 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.

    30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

  15. Judges 19:9 (NLT)
    9 Later, as the man and his concubine and servant were preparing to leave, his father-in-law said, “Look, it’s almost evening. Stay the night and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can get up early and be on your way.”

    Wisdom is the primary thing. Wisdom will keep you.

    Proverbs 3:21-22 (KJV Strong’s)

    21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:
    keep sound wisdom and discretion:
    22 So shall they be life unto thy soul,
    and grace to thy neck.

    Wise decisions can prevent a lot of mess we get ourselves into. By asking if something is wise we can align ourselves more with the Lord

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom said traveling at night to unknown cities was unwise. If he traveled in the morning, the wise thing to do, he would have never faced such a terrible tragedy.

  16. 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.

    30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

  17. 9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    When sound counsel is ignored we cannot count the cost until the consequences have come to pass. Our own ideas may seem good but we may not see the wisdom is often found in the counsel of others. It is not wise to negate the advise of others experience in life.

  18. Everyone is welcome to come to chruch . It doesn’t matter what there color may be or what they do or what society thinks of them. Come to Jesus house he is able to save you and take away your hurt and pain!

  19. 18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the Lord; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

    19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

    20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

    21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

    On the way… There are many on the way that are looking for a place of rest. There is a wicked world out there that is destroying the lives of individuals it is the church who needs to be there

  20. And his father in law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. The word of God (Jesus) identified personal motives. The father in law was deceptive, in that he continued to delay their departure. The importance of prayer is also illustrated here, for if the man (Levite) had prayed he might have seen the intentions of the father in law. Dear God, help us too clearly see so that we may avoid deceptiveness, in Jesus name. May God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  21. “And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.” The light was quickly leaving, which the darkness would soon take hold. Times have not changed in that we see what often lurks in the dark, which is all the more reason we should mindful of the hour. God help us comprehend and seek you while there is yet day, in Jesus name.

  22. People will do whatever pleases them. This story describes the disgusting acts of man. We need to pray that man draws closer to a righteous life in Christ than a grotesque life in the world

  23. This chapter is an introduction to the next one. The civil war almost completely wiped the tribe of Benjamin off of the earth. The similarities of Judges 19 and Gen 19 are apparent. It illustrates the immoral state of the people.

    As opposed to what our western eyes can see in the text, the Levite was not wrong in his cultural context to send his concubine out. After seeing that she died, he cut her dead body like a butch does a carcass and sends her limbs out to all the tribes of Israel to illustrate a point. This point is received and acted upon in the following chapter.

  24. 1 Now in those days Israel had no king. There was a man from the tribe of Levi living in a remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. One day he brought home a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.

    Excellent example, a nation without a leader. Same thing happens in a household. A home without a leader, is a broken home. Children would make their own decisions, and there be no consequences for breaking rules.

    This chapter has so many moral values that are broken, and finally someone pays the price at the end of the chapter with their life. We all need a leader and pastor in our lives, to guide in God’s direction.

  25. Finally a righteous reaction to the appalling events of this story comes in verse 30. The Levites concumbine has been repeatedly raped until she dies while trying to return to him. He reacts with anger and proceeds to cut the women into twelve pieces sending each tribe of Israel a piece. After this act of immorality against him He was so outraged he knew he was going to up the anti so to speak and something even more vile to wake up the tribes to justice. At last, their is a reaction. The Israelites are shocked out of their moral lethargy. They spring to action, to gather together “as one man” (Jdg 20:1) seek the Lords direction, and mete out the punidhment. Perhaps they will learn and follow God, worshiping him and obeying his commandmets. Sadly their obedience is just as short-lived as before. After punshing the Bejaminites, they return to their own towns and “everyone did as they saw fit.” (Jdg 21:5) yet again.

  26. 20. And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. 21. So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink. Hospitality !! THANK YOU JESUS !!!!

  27. This man was so easily swayed by food and drink many days until he finally left. Leaving was not his error. His error was in his not listening to advise.

    “And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.”
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Many times people know more than is about a subject. If we are prideful then we choose not to listen. “My ways is better than yours.” In his instance it cost the life of his concubine wife. If we are not careful it could cot our soul or even the soul of someone around us. Take advise. Get Godly counsel. Don’t try to do things all on your own.

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