*this is cross-posted at the personal art&style blog the gracious gaze*
The story itself is horrific—betrayal, rape, murder, dismemberment, and cover-up of the crime. The narration of the story is also horrific.
There is no explicit condemnation of the treatment of the woman.
Israel's supposedly outraged response is to slaughter entire towns and then rape some four hundred additional women. God's absence is horrific. In a similar scene in Genesis 19, divine visitors blind the lust-mad crowd and rescue the women being offered. In Judges 19, no such rescue occurs. God does not stop the abuse. God does not even bother to show up afterward to condemn her rape and dismemberment.
But preaching this story heeds the only thing akin to an ethical command found in Judges 19. At the end of the story, everyone who sees the pieces of this woman's battered body say together, Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Incline your heart to her! Consider it! Speak out! God is silent, but we are commanded to speak out.