Judges 19:22-30 (JDV)
Judges 19:22 While they were enjoying themselves, notice, worthless men of the city surrounded the house and beat on the door. They said to the old man who was the owner of the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him!”
Judges 19:23 The owner of the house went out and said to them, “Please don’t do this evil, my brothers. After all, this man has come into my house. Don’t commit this horrible outrage.
Judges 19:24 Here, let me bring out my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine now. Abuse them and do whatever you want to them. But don’t commit this outrageous thing against this man.”
Judges 19:25 But the men would not listen to him, so the man seized his concubine and took her outside to them. They raped her and abused her all night until morning. At daybreak they let her go.
Judges 19:26 Early that morning, the woman made her way back, and as it was getting light, she collapsed at the doorway of the man’s house where her master was.
Judges 19:27 When her master got up in the morning, opened the doors of the house, and went out to leave on his journey, notice the woman, his concubine, collapsed near the doorway of the house with her hands on the threshold.
Judges 19:28 “Get up,” he told her. “Let’s go.” But there was no response. So the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.
Judges 19:29 When he entered his house, he picked up a knife, took hold of his concubine, cut her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and then sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
Judges 19:30 Everyone who saw it said, “Nothing like this has ever happened or has been seen since the day the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt until now. Take note of this, discuss it, and speak up!”
The story of the rape and murder of this woman gives the impression that this kind of thing was a common occurrence in Israel at the time. It took the dismembering of her corpse, and distributing the pieces to the various tribes to wake the people up to what was going on. It was an eye-opener.
It worked. People finally began to notice how bad things had become. They were no longer hiding behind a veneer of normalcy.
What does it take for us to realize that there are many things wrong with our society, and that our silence is part of the problem?