April 14 – Judges 21:13-25

April 14 – Judges 21:13-25

13 Then the whole congregation sent word to the people of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon and proclaimed peace to them. 14 And Benjamin returned at that time. And they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead, but they were not enough for them. 15 And the people had compassion on Benjamin because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16 Then the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?” 17 And they said, “There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, that a tribe not be blotted out from Israel. 18 Yet we cannot give them wives from our daughters.” For the people of Israel had sworn, “Cursed be he who gives a wife to Benjamin.” 19 So they said, “Behold, there is the yearly feast of the Lord at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.” 20 And they commanded the people of Benjamin, saying, “Go and lie in ambush in the vineyards 21 and watch. If the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and snatch each man his wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 And when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Grant them graciously to us, because we did not take for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.’” 23 And the people of Benjamin did so and took their wives, according to their number, from the dancers whom they carried off. Then they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and lived in them. 24 And the people of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and family, and they went out from there every man to his inheritance.

25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.


Wow! I think verse 25 says it all. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. As I look around today, I am amazed at how that word of God is again playing out. I know that not everyone is guilty of this behavior, and I ask God to open my eyes to my own behavior that I will daily seek His will for my day. How about you? Have you been caught up in doing what is right in your own eyes?

How can you guard against this behavior?

How do you get back on the right track when you find yourself off track?


Heavenly Father, I know I get off track even if just with my thoughts or attitude and I need help getting back in the right mindset.  Please help me keep my thoughts on You because my actions will follow my thoughts.  The enemy is working hard to get me distracted from You onto things that society deems important, but I know in my head and in my heart, that You are the only one who deserves my attention, thoughts, and praise.  I want to be a woman after Your own heart.  Help me keep my focus on You.  Thank You for loving me and allowing me the honor of being Your child.

In Jesus’ name.



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