This is a really good summary of this passage. The passage reads like a Blockbuster movie with anticipation, stomach churning horror, amazement, sadness, outrage, revenge, and a measure of redemption. I left out at least a dozen more adjectives.
Every teacher must remember the beginning of the book, and do not leave off the ending, which ends where it began.
This tells us that you really don’t go to the book of judges to find the way the people of God should live. You go there and learn how the people of God should not live.
(Bible critics use passages like this to accuse the Bible of promoting vile conduct.)
The episode in chapter 19 highlights the worst moral decline among the mightiest of the tribes. There are a lot of failures to consider. However, one that stands out to me, (and is often overlooked,) is the perpetrators were a distinct group among the Benjamites. They had a reputation for corruption. They were known as “the children of wickedness.”
Nonetheless, they found a haven and protection among their blood brothers. “A little leaven, leavens the whole lump.” Instead of family shame, their brothers supported their evil lifestyle.
In this case “a king” (as the book repeatedly reminds us) would have been morally responsible before God, and be the first to suffer for such evil in the kingdom.
Friends, silence is complicity, and protection is accessory to the crime. God took the opportunity to clean house in all of Israel at that time.
Study note: Remembering that the Lord only tells us what is important; how many mistakes were made in this episode in Judges 19 + 21?