Judges 21

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Judge 21

Overview

Wives for the Benjamites.       

The men of Israel made an oath at Mizpah that none of them would give their daughter in marriage to Benjamite men. But with swift change of heart they realized that the tribe of Benjamin was on the verge of extinction, and they cried out to God grieving over them.

They took a measure to find wives for them by exterminating the most of the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead, east of the Jordan because of the disloyalty to the common call to fight against Benjamites. Four hundreds of unmarried girls were taken to be wives for the Benjaminites men.

Another girl catching plan at Shiloh was made by the elder to give the remaining Benjamite men as wives.

The writer of the book of Judges concludes with this phrase, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (v.25). All episodes after Samson, the last judge in Israel, describes the life of Israel in those tribal days.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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