A relationship seemed to be restored

Judges Bible Background

Old Testament: Jdg 19.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 18–19 on April 6, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

An unnamed man had a concubine who became unfaithful to him, and she ran away to her father. After a while the man went to get his concubine, and everything seemed to turn out fine:

And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months. Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back, having his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. So she brought him into her father’s house; and when the father of the young woman saw him, he was glad to meet him. Now his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, detained him; and he stayed with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.

– Judges 19.1–4

If you know the rest of the story, you know that things did not turn out so good for her. And do not overlook that first sentence, because it will come up again in the Book of Judges, sometimes also appearing with the statement that everyone did what was right in his own eyes, and that was not a good thing.

Questions:

  • Where was the concubine from?
  • How much time passed before the man went to get his concubine?

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