Verses 8-12 – The Israelites moved from one mess to another. We don’t know the circumstances behind the brutal massacre of Jabesh Gilead, but it seems that the rest of Israel followed Benjamin’s pattern. They put tribal loyalties above God’s commands, and they justified wrong actions to correct past mistakes.
Verse 25 – During the time of Judges, the people of Israel experienced trouble because everyone became his own authority and acted on his own opinions of right and wrong. Our world is similar. Individuals, groups, and societies have made themselves the final authorities without reference to God. Men like Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson are known for their heroism in battle, but their personal lives were far from heroic.