Friday, June 08, 2007

Men, women, and children killed but virgins spared

Judges 21:1-14 The men of Israel had taken an oath at Mizpah: "Not one of us will give his daughter in marriage to a Benjamite."

The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly. "O LORD, the God of Israel," they cried, "why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?"

Early the next day the people built an altar and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.

Then the Israelites asked, "Who from all the tribes of Israel has failed to assemble before the LORD ?" For they had taken a solemn oath that anyone who failed to assemble before the LORD at Mizpah should certainly be put to death.

Now the Israelites grieved for their brothers, the Benjamites. "Today one tribe is cut off from Israel," they said. "How can we provide wives for those who are left, since we have taken an oath by the LORD not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?" Then they asked, "Which one of the tribes of Israel failed to assemble before the LORD at Mizpah?" They discovered that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come to the camp for the assembly. For when they counted the people, they found that none of the people of Jabesh Gilead were there.

So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children. "This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin." They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.

Then the whole assembly sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon. So the Benjamites returned at that time and were given the women of Jabesh Gilead who had been spared. But there were not enough for all of them.


This breaks down the theory that God kills everyone (including babies) to keep evil from spreading.


Knachy said...

And, lets us know God didnt really care about women's rights, but mostly having them "clean" and virgin to be given away at the end. Talk about love.

I mean, after your whole family was killed, why wouldnt you want to be given to some dude you dont know as their personal sex toy? I personally would prefer to be killed as well, actually.

Porter said...

To Knachy, God invented women's rights, and Eve abused that privilege. No doubt, you've long since lost your virginity, and have forgotten the value of it. Anyway, what seems to be the horrors of the old Testament, are not much different than any other practices in the ancient world, except for the fact that what is portrayed in the Bible is for a purpose.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: ..."

matheist said...

Oh, shut up, Porter! Murder, Fear, Adultery, Rape, Slavery, Magic, Jealousy, Discrimination and no elementary scientific understanding?! Some "wisdom", eh?!

Nightshade said...

Yeah Porter, the bible speaks very very plainly. It was written in that way for that very purpose, it was written for the uneducated. As far as I'm concerned the god of the desert (aka the god of judaism, christianity, and islam) is the most disgusting figure I have ever heard of, much worse than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Ladin all wrapped in a blanket made out of the skin of puppies, kittens, and human babies.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to point out that nowhere does it say that God told them to do any of it... seems like they were just upset about the situation, and that was their solution.

Not everything that happens in the Bible happened because God commanded it ><

Anonymous said...

"To Knachy, God invented women's rights, and Eve abused that privilege. No doubt, you've long since lost your virginity, and have forgotten the value of it."

I can't believe you just judged in such a vague way a person you don't even know.
You are incredibly hypocritical.
But so is your god, so I guess you are not to blame, right?