Why was the Levite outraged, since he was partially to blame? (Judges 19:25; 20:6)

Why was the Levite outraged, since he was partially to blame? (Judges 19:25; 20:6)

25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.

6 I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel’s inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel. 

Judges 20:25

ESV - 25 And Benjamin went against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed 18,000 men of the people of Israel. All these were men who drew the sword.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As I believe I commented in response to a previous question about why the Levite cut up his concubine's body in Judges 19:29-30, the outrage that the Levite displayed at what had been done by the mob at Gibeah to his concubine seems to me to be hypocritical (to say to the least), considering the callous manner in which he had seized his concubine and put her out to the mob to do with as they pleased the night before (Judges 19:25), and his equally cold-hearted response to finding her lying dead in front of the door the next morning (after having been raped and otherwise abused all night) (Judges 19:27-28).

As outrageous as what had happened to the Levite's concubine had been, the Levite himself certainly actively participated in allowing it to occur. As I said before, this whole incident raises in my mind the possibility of God permitting the whole chain of events in Judges 19 and Judges 20 as a judgment against Israel for its sin and idolatry during the period of the judges -- especially since He did not allow the other Israelite tribes to defeat the men of Benjamin in battle until 40,000 Israelite soldiers and 25,100 Benjaminite soldiers had been killed (Judges 20:19-46).

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