Judges 19 Immorality

Another Levite is traveling with his concubine,  He refuses to stay in Jerusalem, still occupied by Jebusites, and goes on to an Israelite town.  When he is finally offered hospitality, the house is surrounded by citizens who demand the Levite be surrendered for homosexual rape.

As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!” 23 But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!”  Judges 19:22-24

To avoid violence, the Levite’s host gives them his concubine.  They assault her till dawn, when she dies.  The Levite returns home, cuts the woman’s body in pieces, and sends it throughout Israel to call the tribes together.

The most shocking aspect of the story is that the Levite and his host, who feel themselves morally superior to their brutal neighbors, are totally unfeeling in their treatment of the concubine.

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