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Arise as one man (Judges 20:8)

Picture description: The war against the Benjamites(Judges 20:1-13)
Picture copyright: V. Gilbert and Arlisle F. Beers

bible verse

“All the people rose as one man, saying, “None of us will go home. No, not one of us will return to his house.”(Judges 20:8)


To arise as one man is to unite everyone for the same cause.

origin and application

Here is an account of a violent rape scene in the Old Testament. Search through the story and see where this idiom appears.
A man from the Levite tribe in Israel took a concubine, who went back to her father’s house in Bethlehem. The man came to her father’s house to persuade her to return home. While they were on the way back home, an old man let them stay at his house. That night, some wicked men of the city surrounded the house and asked to have sex with the Levite man. The old man persuaded them not to commit such a disgraceful sexual act with a man, but instead brought out from his house the concubine and his own daughter. They raped the concubine throughout the night. At daybreak the woman went back to the house, and lay on the threshold until daylight. Seeing that the concubine had no response on the floor, her master put her on the back of donkey and carried her home. When he reached home, he cut up her dead body into twelve parts and sent them into all parts of Israel. People of all Israeli tribes gathered together and questioned the Levite about this awful act. Upon hearing the story, they all arose as one man and decided to go against the Benjamin tribe, because it was in the place of Benjamin that the rape took place.


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