And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a man, a Levite, living in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim who took to himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. Bible

“there was no king in Israel.” This statement occurs in Judges 17:6, 18:1, 19:1, and 21:25, thus it appears near the beginning and also the very last sentence of Judges, thus setting apart the last five chapters from the rest of Judges (see commentary on Judg. 17:6).

Commentary for: Judges 19:1