NASB — Judges 19 — KJV

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.”

[1] IOr sojourning aJg 18:1
[3] ILit to her heart IILit and aGn 34:3; 50:21
[5] ILit arose IILit your heart aGn 18:5; Jg 19:8
[6] aJg 16:25; 19:9, 22; Ru 3:7; 1K 21:7; Es 1:10
[8] ILit your heart IILit the day declines
[9] 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.

[10] a1Ch 11:4, 5
[11] aJg 19:19
[15] ISo with Gr; M.T. he

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.

[16] IOr sojourning aJg 19:1 bJg 19:14
[18] IHeb the house of the LORD, cf v 29
[19] II.e. my concubine aJg 19:11
[20] aGn 43:23; Jg 6:23
[21] 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.

[22] 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
[23] aGn 34:7; Dt 22:21; Jg 20:6; 2S 13:12
[24] ILit the good in your eyes aGn 19:8
[26] 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!”

[28] ILit place aJg 20:5
[29] a1S 11:7
[30] aJg 20:7; Pv 13:10

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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.

[1] 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.
[2] Lv 21:9; Dt 22:21; Ezk 16:28.
[3] 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.¬

[5] Gn 18:5; Jg 19:8, 22; 1S 14:27; 30:12; 1K 13:7; Ps 104:15; Jn 4:34; Ac 9:19.
[6] 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.
[9] Pv 27:1; Jr 6:4; Lk 24:29; Jm 4:13.
[10] Jsh 15:8, 63; 18:28; Jg 1:8; 2S 5:6.
[11] Gn 10:16; Jsh 15:63; Jg 1:21; 19:10; 2S 5:6.
[12] Jg 19:12.
[13] Jsh 18:25, 28; 1S 10:26; Is 10:29; Ho 5:8.
[15] 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.¬

[16] 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.
[17] Gn 16:8; 32:17.
[18] Jsh 18:1; Jg 18:31; 19:5, 29; 20:18; 1S 1:3, 7; Ps 26:9; Jn 15:6.
[19] Gn 24:32.
[20] 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.
[21] 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.

[22] 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.
[23] Gn 19:6; 34:7; Jsh 7:15; Jg 20:6; 2S 13:12.
[24] Gn 19:8; 34:2; Dt 21:14; Ro 3:8.
[25] Gn 4:1; Jr 5:7; Ho 7:4; 9:9; 10:9; Ep 4:19.
[26] Gn 18:12; Jg 19:3, 27; 1P 3:6.
[28] 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].

[29] Dt 21:22; Jg 20:6; 1S 11:7; Ro 10:2.
[30] Jg 20:7; Pv 11:14; 13:10; 15:22; 20:18; 24:6.

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