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A Levite's Lack of Resolve, Extreme Wickedness, and You (Judges 19)

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What happens in Judges 19 seems to have the lesson that a Levite placed himself and others in danger because he kept procrastinating on what he wanted to do. He finally took rash action, and it ended up costing a woman her life. However, skilled commentators made the observation that it is about the wickedness of the men of Gibeah.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:

Judges 19

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The wickedness of the men of Gibeah.

The three remaining chapters of this book contain a very sad history of the wickedness of the men of Gibeah, in Benjamin. The righteous Lord permits sinners to execute just vengeance on one another, and if the scene here described is horrible, what will the discoveries of the day of judgment be! Let each of us consider how to escape from the wrath to come, how to mortify the sins of our own hearts, to resist Satan's temptations, and to avoid the pollutions there are in the world.