A Levite’s Concubine Degraded
1 Now it came░ about in those░ days░, when athere░ was no░ king░ in Israel░, that there was a certain░ Levite░ Istaying░ in the remote░ part░ of the hill░ country░ of Ephraim░, who took░ a concubine░ for himself from Bethlehem░ in Judah░. 2 But his concubine░ played░ the harlot░ against░ him, and she went░ away from him to her father’s░ house░ in Bethlehem░ in Judah░, and was there░ for a period░ of four░ months░. 3 Then her husband░ arose░ and went░ after░ her to aspeak░ Itenderly░ to her in order to bring░ her back░, IItaking with him his servant░ and a pair░ of donkeys░. So she brought░ him into her father’s░ house░, and when the girl’s░ father░ saw░ him, he was glad░ to meet░ him. 4 His father-in-law░, the girl’s░ father░, detained░ him; and he remained░ with him three░ days░. So they ate░ and drank░ and lodged░ there░. 5 Now on the fourth░ day░ they got░ up early░ in the morning░, and he Iprepared░ to go░; and the girl’s░ father░ said░ to his son-in-law░, “aSustain░ IIyourself░ with a piece░ of bread░, and afterward░ you may go░.” 6 So both░ of them sat░ down░ and ate░ and drank░ together░; and the girl’s░ father░ said░ to the man░, “Please░ be willing░ to spend░ the night░, and alet your heart░ be merry░.” 7 Then the man░ arose░ to go░, but his father-in-law░ urged░ him so that he spent░ the night░ there░ again░. 8 On the fifth░ day░ he arose░ to go░ early░ in the morning░, and the girl’s░ father░ said░, “Please░ sustain░ Iyourself░, and wait░ until░ IIafternoon░░”; so both░ of them ate░. 9 When the man░ arose░ to go░ along with his concubine░ and servant░, his father-in-law░, the girl’s░ father░, said░ to him, “Behold░ now░, the day░ has drawn░ Ito a close░; please░ spend░ the night░. Lo░, the day░ is IIcoming░ to an end░; spend░ the night░ here░ that your heart░ may be merry░. Then tomorrow░ you may arise░ early░ for your journey░ so that you may go░ IIIhome░.”
 IOr sojourning aJg 18:1
 ILit to her heart IILit and aGn 34:3; 50:21
 ILit arose IILit your heart aGn 18:5; Jg 19:8
 aJg 16:25; 19:9, 22; Ru 3:7; 1K 21:7; Es 1:10
 ILit your heart IILit the day declines
 ILit toward evening IILit declining IIILit to your tent
10 ¶ But the man░ was not willing░ to spend░ the night░, so he arose░ and departed░ and came░ to [a place] opposite░ aJebus░ (that is, Jerusalem░). And there were with him a pair░ of saddled░ donkeys░; his concubine░ also was with him. 11 When they [were] near░ Jebus░, the day░ was almost░ gone░; and athe servant░ said░ to his master░, “Please░ come░, and let us turn░ aside░ into this░ city░ of the Jebusites░ and spend░ the night░ in it.” 12 However, his master░ said░ to him, “We will not turn░ aside░ into the city░ of foreigners░ who░ are not of the sons░ of Israel░; but we will go░ on as far░ as Gibeah░.” 13 He said░ to his servant░, “Come░ and let us approach░ one░ of these places░; and we will spend░ the night░ in Gibeah░ or░ Ramah░.” 14 So they passed░ along░ and went░ their way, and the sun░ set░ on them near░ Gibeah░ which░ belongs to Benjamin░. 15 They turned░ aside░ there░ in order to enter░ [and] lodge░ in Gibeah░. When Ithey entered░, Ithey sat░ down░ in the open░ square░ of the city░, for no░ one░ took░ them into [his] house░ to spend░ the night░.
16 ¶ Then behold░, an old░ man░ was coming░ out of the field░ from his work░ at evening░. Now the man░ was from athe hill░ country░ of Ephraim░, and he was Istaying░ in Gibeah░, but the men░ of the place░ bwere Benjamites░. 17 And he lifted░ up his eyes░ and saw░ the traveler░░ in the open░ square░ of the city░; and the old░ man░ said░, “Where░ are you going░, and where░ do you come░ from?” 18 He said░ to him, “We are passing░ from Bethlehem░ in Judah░ to the remote░ part░ of the hill░ country░ of Ephraim░, [for] I am from there░, and I went░ to Bethlehem░ in Judah░. But I am [now] going░ to Imy house░, and no░ man░ will take░ me into his house░. 19 Yet there░ is both░ straw░ and fodder░ for our donkeys░, and also░ bread░ and wine░ for me, Iyour maidservant░, and athe young░ man░ who is with your servants░; there░ is no░ lack░ of anything░░.” 20 The old░ man░ said░, “aPeace░ to you. Only░ let me [take care of] all░ your needs░; however░, do not spend░ the night░ in the open░ square░.” 21 aSo he took░ him into his house░ and gave░ the donkeys░ fodder░, and they washed░ their feet░ and ate░ and drank░.
 IOr sojourning aJg 19:1 bJg 19:14
 IHeb the house of the LORD, cf v 29
 II.e. my concubine aJg 19:11
 aGn 43:23; Jg 6:23
 aGn 24:32, 33
22 ¶ While they were Icelebrating░░, behold░, athe men░ of the city░, certain░ IIbworthless░ fellows░, surrounded░ the house░, pounding░ the door░; and they spoke░ to the owner░ of the house░, the old░ man░, saying░, “Bring░ out the man░ who░ came░ into your house░ that we may have░ IIIrelations░ with him.” 23 Then the man░, the owner░ of the house░, went░ out to them and said░ to them, “No░, my fellows░, please░ do not act░ so wickedly░; since░░ this░ man░ has come░ into my house░, ado not commit░ this░ act░ of folly░. 24 aHere░ is my virgin░ daughter░ and his concubine░. Please░ let me bring░ them out that you may ravish░ them and do░ to them Iwhatever you wish░░. But do not commit░ such░ an act░ of folly░ against this░ man░.” 25 But the men░ would░ not listen░ to him. So the man░ seized░ his concubine░ and brought░ [her] out to them; and they raped░ her and abused░ her all░ night░ until░ morning░, then let░ her go░ at the approach░ of dawn░. 26 IAs the day░ began to dawn░░, the woman░ came░ and fell░ down░ at the doorway░ of the man’s░ house░ where░░ her master░ was, until░ [full] daylight░.
 ILit making their hearts merry IILit sons of Belial IIILit intercourse aGn 19:4, 5; Ezk 16:46-48 bDt 13:13; 1S 2:12; 1K 21:10; 2Co 6:15
 aGn 34:7; Dt 22:21; Jg 20:6; 2S 13:12
 ILit the good in your eyes aGn 19:8
 ILit At the turning of the morning
27 ¶ When her master░ arose░ in the morning░ and opened░ the doors░ of the house░ and went░ out to go░ on his way░, then behold░, his concubine░ was lying░ at the doorway░ of the house░ with her hands░ on the threshold░. 28 He said░ to her, “Get░ up and let us go░,” abut there░ was no░ answer░. Then he placed░ her on the donkey░; and the man░ arose░ and went░ to his Ihome░. 29 When he entered░ his house░, he took░ a knife░ and laid░ hold░ of his concubine░ and acut░ her in twelve░░ pieces░, limb by limb░, and sent░ her throughout░ the territory░ of Israel░. 30 All░ who saw░ [it] said░, “Nothing░ like this░ has [ever] happened░ or been seen░ from the day░ when the sons░ of Israel░ came░ up from the land░ of Egypt░ to this░ day░. Consider░ it, atake░ counsel░ and speak░ up!”
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A Levite goeth to Beth-lehem to fetch home his wife.
1 ¶ And it came to pass▓ in those▓ days,║ when [there was] no▓ king║ in Israel,║ that there was▓ a certain║ Levite║ sojourning║¬ on the side║ of mount║ Ephraim,║ who took║¬ to him a concubine║║ out of Bethlehemjudah.║║▓ 2 And his concubine║ played the whore║¬ against▓ him, and went away╣¬▓ from▓▓ him unto▓ her father's║ house║ to▓ Bethlehemjudah,║║ and was▓ there▓ four║ whole▓ months.║╣ 3 And her husband║ arose,║¬ and went╣¬▓ after║ her, to speak║¬ friendly║▓ unto her, [and] to bring her again,║¬ having his servant║ with▓ him, and a couple║ of asses:║ and she brought║¬ him into her father's║ house:║ and when the father║ of the damsel║ saw║¬ him, he rejoiced║¬ to meet║¬ him. 4 And his father in law,║¬ the damsel's║ father,║ retained║¬ him; and he abode║¬ with▓ him three║ days:║ so they did eat║¬ and drink,║¬ and lodged║¬ there.▓
 Gn 22:24; 25:6; 35:19; Jsh 24:30, 33; Jg 17:1, 6, 8; 18:1; 21:25; 2S 3:7; 5:13; 16:22; 19:5; 20:3; 1K 11:3; 2Ch 11:21; Es 2:14; So 6:8; Dn 5:3; Mal 2:15; Mt 2:6.
 Lv 21:9; Dt 22:21; Ezk 16:28.
 Gn 34:3; 50:21; Lv 19:17; 20:10; Nu 22:22; Jg 15:1; Jr 3:1; Ho 2:14; Mt 1:19; Jn 8:4, 11; Ga 6:1.
5 ¶ And it came to pass▓ on the fourth║ day,║ when they arose early║¬ in the morning,║ that he rose up║¬ to depart:╣¬▓ and the damsel's║ father║ said║¬ unto▓ his son in law,║ Comfort║¬ thine heart║ with a morsel║ of bread,║ and afterward║ go your way.╣¬▓ 6 And they sat down,║¬ and did eat║¬ and drink║¬ both║ of them together:║ for the damsel's║ father║ had said║¬ unto▓ the man,║ Be content,║¬ I pray thee,▓ and tarry all night,║¬ and let thine heart║ be merry.║¬ 7 And when the man║ rose up║¬ to depart,╣¬▓ his father in law║¬ urged║¬ him: therefore he lodged║¬ there▓ again.║¬ 8 And he arose early║¬ in the morning║ on the fifth║ day║ to depart:╣¬▓ and the damsel's║ father║ said,║¬ Comfort║¬ thine heart,║ I pray thee.▓ And they tarried║¬ until▓ afternoon,║║¬ and they did eat║¬ both║ of them. 9 And when the man║ rose up║¬ to depart,╣¬▓ he,▓ and his concubine,║ and his servant,║ his father in law,║¬ the damsel's║ father,║ said║¬ unto him, Behold,▓ now▓ the day║ draweth║¬ toward evening,║¬ I pray you▓ tarry all night:║¬ behold,▓ the day║ groweth to an end,║¬ lodge║¬ here,▓ that thine heart║ may be merry;║¬ and to morrow║ get you early║¬ on your way,║ that thou mayest go║¬ home.║ 10 But the man║ would║¬ not▓ tarry that night,║¬ but he rose up║¬ and departed,╣¬▓ and came║¬ over against║▓ Jebus,║ which▓ [is] Jerusalem;║ and [there were] with▓ him two║ asses║ saddled,║¬ his concubine║ also [was] with▓ him. 11 [And] when they▓ [were] by▓ Jebus,║ the day║ was far║ spent;║¬ and the servant║ said║¬ unto▓ his master,║ Come,╣¬▓ I pray thee,▓ and let us turn in║¬ into▓ this▓ city║ of the Jebusites,║ and lodge║¬ in it. 12 And his master║ said║¬ unto▓ him, We will not▓ turn aside║¬ hither into▓ the city║ of a stranger,║ that▓ [is] not▓ of the children║▓ of Israel;║ we will pass over║¬ to▓ Gibeah.║ 13 And he said║¬ unto his servant,║ Come,╣¬▓ and let us draw near║¬ to one║ of these places║ to lodge all night,║¬ in Gibeah,║ or▓ in Ramah.║ 14 And they passed on║¬ and went their way;╣¬▓ and the sun║ went down║¬ upon them [when they were] by║ Gibeah,║ which▓ [belongeth] to Benjamin.║ 15 And they turned aside║¬ thither,▓ to go in║¬ [and] to lodge║¬ in Gibeah:║ and when he went in,║¬ he sat him down║¬ in a street║ of the city:║ for [there was] no▓ man║ that took║¬ them into his house║ to lodging.║¬
 Gn 18:5; Jg 19:8, 22; 1S 14:27; 30:12; 1K 13:7; Ps 104:15; Jn 4:34; Ac 9:19.
 Jg 9:27; 16:25; 19:9, 21; Ru 3:7; 1S 25:36; Es 1:10; Ps 104:15; Lk 12:19; 1Th 5:3; Rv 11:10, 13.
 Pv 27:1; Jr 6:4; Lk 24:29; Jm 4:13.
 Jsh 15:8, 63; 18:28; Jg 1:8; 2S 5:6.
 Gn 10:16; Jsh 15:63; Jg 1:21; 19:10; 2S 5:6.
 Jg 19:12.
 Jsh 18:25, 28; 1S 10:26; Is 10:29; Ho 5:8.
 Gn 18:2; 19:2; Jg 19:18; Mt 25:35, 43; He 13:2.
An old man entertaineth him at Gibeah.
16 ¶ And, behold,▓ there came║¬ an old║ man║ from▓ his work║ out of▓ the field║ at even,║ which▓ [was] also╣ of mount║▓ Ephraim;║ and he▓ sojourned║¬ in Gibeah:║ but the men╣▓ of the place║ [were] Benjamites.║ 17 And when he had lifted up║¬ his eyes,║ he saw║¬▓ a wayfaring║¬ man║ in the street║ of the city:║ and the old║ man║ said,║¬ Whither▓▓ goest╣¬▓ thou? and whence║▓ comest║¬ thou? 18 And he said║¬ unto▓ him, We▓ [are] passing║¬ from Bethlehemjudah║║▓ toward▓ the side║ of mount║ Ephraim;║ from thence▓▓ [am] I:▓ and I went╣¬▓ to▓ Bethlehemjudah,║║ but I▓ [am now] going║¬ to the house║ of the LORD;║ and there [is] no▓ man║ that receiveth║¬ me to house.║ 19 Yet there is║ both▓ straw║ and▓ provender║ for our asses;║ and there is▓ bread║ and wine║ also▓ for me, and for thy handmaid,║ and for the young man║ [which is] with▓ thy servants:║ [there is] no▓ want║ of any▓ thing.║ 20 And the old║ man║ said,║¬ Peace║ [be] with thee; howsoever║ [let] all▓ thy wants║ [lie] upon▓ me; only▓ lodge║¬ not▓ in the street.║ 21 So he brought║¬ him into his house,║ and gave provender║¬ unto the asses:║ and they washed║¬ their feet,║ and did eat║¬ and drink.║¬
 Gn 3:19; Ps 104:23; 128:2; Pv 13:11; 14:23; 24:27; Ec 1:13; 5:12; Ep 4:28; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:10.
 Gn 16:8; 32:17.
 Jsh 18:1; Jg 18:31; 19:5, 29; 20:18; 1S 1:3, 7; Ps 26:9; Jn 15:6.
 Gn 24:32.
 Gn 19:2; 24:31; 43:23; Jg 6:23; 1S 25:6; 1Ch 12:18; Lk 10:5; Jn 14:27; Ro 12:13; 1Co 1:3; Ga 6:6; He 13:2; Jm 2:15; 1P 4:9; 1Jn 3:18.
 Gn 18:4; 24:32; 43:24; 1S 25:41; 2S 11:8; Lk 7:44; Jn 13:4, 14; 1Ti 5:10.
The Benjamites abuse his concubine to death.
22 ¶ [Now] as they▓ were making their hearts╣ merry,║¬▓▓ behold,▓ the men╣▓ of the city,║ certain╣▓ sons║ of Belial,║ beset╣¬ the house╣ round about,║¬▓▓ [and] beat║¬ at▓ the door,║ and spake║¬ to▓ the master║ of the house,║ the old╣ man,╣▓ saying,║¬ Bring forth║¬▓ the man║ that▓ came║¬ into▓ thine house,║ that we may know║¬ him. 23 And the man,║ the master║ of the house,║ went out║¬ unto▓ them, and said║¬ unto▓ them, Nay,║ my brethren,║ [nay], I pray you,▓ do not [so] wickedly;║¬▓ seeing╣ that▓▓ this▓ man║ is come║¬ into▓ mine house,║ do║¬ not▓▓ this▓ folly.║ 24 Behold,▓ [here is] my daughter║ a maiden,║ and his concubine;║ them I will bring out║¬ now,▓ and humble║¬ ye them, and do║¬ with them what seemeth║ good║ unto you: but unto this▓ man║ do║¬ not▓ so║ vile║ a thing.║ 25 But the men╣▓ would║¬ not▓ hearken║¬ to him: so the man║ took║¬ his concubine,║ and brought╣¬ her forth║▓ unto▓ them; and they knew║¬ her, and abused║¬ her all▓ the night║ until▓ the morning:║ and when the day║ began to spring,║¬ they let her go.║¬ 26 Then came║¬ the woman║ in the dawning║¬ of the day,║ and fell down║¬ at the door║ of the man's║ house║ where▓▓ her lord║ [was], till▓ it was light.║ 27 And her lord║ rose up║¬ in the morning,║ and opened║¬ the doors║ of the house,║ and went out║¬ to go╣¬▓ his way:║ and, behold,▓ the woman║ his concubine║ was fallen down║¬ [at] the door║ of the house,║ and her hands║ [were] upon▓ the threshold.║ 28 And he said║¬ unto▓ her, Up,║¬ and let us be going.╣¬▓ But none▓ answered.║¬ Then the man╣ took║¬ her [up] upon▓ an ass,║ and the man║ rose up,║¬ and gat╣¬▓ him unto his place.║
 Gn 19:4, 5; Dt 13:13; Jg 16:25; 19:6; 20:5; 1S 1:16; 2:12; 10:27; 25:25; 2S 23:6; Ho 9:9; 10:9; Ro 1:26; 1Co 6:9; 2Co 6:15; Jde 1:7.
 Gn 19:6; 34:7; Jsh 7:15; Jg 20:6; 2S 13:12.
 Gn 19:8; 34:2; Dt 21:14; Ro 3:8.
 Gn 4:1; Jr 5:7; Ho 7:4; 9:9; 10:9; Ep 4:19.
 Gn 18:12; Jg 19:3, 27; 1P 3:6.
 Jg 20:5; 1K 18:29.
He divideth her into twelve pieces, to send them to the twelve tribes.
29 ¶ And when he was come║¬ into▓ his house,║ he took║¬▓ a knife,║ and laid hold║¬ on his concubine,║ and divided║¬ her, [together] with her bones,║ into twelve║║ pieces,║ and sent║¬ her into all▓ the coasts║ of Israel.║ 30 And it was▓ so,╣¬ that all▓ that saw║¬ it said,║¬ There was no▓ such▓ deed╣ done▓ nor▓ seen║¬ from the day║▓ that the children║ of Israel║ came up║¬ out of the land║▓ of Egypt║ unto▓ this▓ day:║ consider║¬ of▓ it, take advice,║¬ and speak║¬ [your minds].
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