“The Israelites departed from there at that time by tribes and families. They went out from to their own territories. In those days there was no king in Israel. All the people did what was right in their own eyes.”
So ends the book of Judges. There was no king, so that a lot of strange things happened. However, there was authority with the various judges and the other group leaders. A king will not solve all these human problems. Everyone tried to do what was right in their own eyes. This was a very selfish or self-centered approach. Because a few people in one town do some terrible thing, they almost wipe out a tribe, killing thousands of people.