Levite lost concubine, she ran away
Went down to Bethlehem, and there to stay
Levite arrived, to bring her back
Her father was so glad, he was so glad to see him

“Let’s eat and celebrate, let’s drink and feast!
Stay here for several days, three days at least!”
But on the fifth, he had his fill
Levite and concubine left it was almost evening

Their servant asked of them, “How about Jerusalem?”
Levite kept on and said, “To Gibeah instead” (oh no!)

No place to spend the night, in Gibeah
“We’re safe in Benjamin, it doesn’t matter.
Camp in the square, we’re secure there.”
That’s when an elder came and took them into his home

“We’re both from Ephraim, let’s stick together.
Just don’t go spend the night, out in the square.”
That’s when the men, from Benjamin
Were pounding on the door and asking for the Levite

“We’d like to get to know, your Levite friend,”
“Don’t be so decadent, he is my guest,”
They wouldn’t leave, so to appease
Threw concubine out and they ravished her until morning (aaah!)


They killed my concubine, I’ll make you understand
My knife will make it worse, send you a piece of her (oh no!)

Opened my mailbox, received an arm
“Please ask and find-out who sent this alarm
To all twelve tribes, our body shared
There’s never been a thing like this since we left Egypt”

Then all the Israelites: Beersheba, Dan
And some from Gilead, came as one man
Together stood, with weapons drawn
“We won’t go home until the Benjamites pay for this”

“Now surrender the men from Gibeah
Then we’ll purge evil from the land of God”
“No white flag because we’d rather fight instead”
In three days all but six-hundred dead.

No wives for Benjamin, because the massacre
“At Shiloh there’s a dance, grab one then take her as your wife” (oh no!)

There was no King that day; each followed his own way…



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    General CommentThis song is a somewhat shortened account of the events described in Judges 19 and 20. Judges 19 talks of a Levite's concubine running home and meeting her father. As they leave, the events leading up to her rape and death close the chapter. In chapter 20 the call to war against the Benjamites and the inevitable massacre follows. The Tribe of Benjamin was reduced to six hundred men.
    johnplaystubaon June 30, 2008   Link

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