The tribes recognized after their victory that in the heat of the moment they had gone too far in making the vow of 21:1.
The sense of the unity of the tribes caused great distress at the thought that one tribe was in danger of extinction, in spite of the fact that they had suffered severely at the hands of Benjamin. How did they solve their dilemma?
Did they keep, or break, their second vow (21:5)?
Would you condone the action they took in verses 10-12 and 19-23?
What does the whole story suggest with regard to the taking of vows?
To what does the writer attribute this weak and unhappy condition of things in Israel?
Do you consider this an adequate explanation of the moral and spiritual condition of Israel?
If not, what would you add?