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Judges 19
New International Version (1984)

A Levite and His Concubine

19In those days Israel had no king. Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.H3117H4428H3478H376H3881H1481H3411H2022H669H3947H802H6370H1035H3063 2But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her father's house in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months,H6370H2181H3212H1H1004H1035H3063H702H2320H3117 3her husband went to her to persuade her to return. He had with him his servant and two donkeys. She took him into her father's house, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him.H376H6965H3212H310H1696H3820H7725H5288H6776H2543H935H1H1004H1H5291H7200H8055H7125 4His father-in-law, the girl's father, prevailed upon him to stay; so he remained with him three days, eating and drinking, and sleeping there.H2859H5291H1H2388H3427H7969H3117H398H8354H3885 5On the fourth day they got up early and he prepared to leave, but the girl's father said to his son-in-law, "Refresh yourself with something to eat; then you can go."H7243H3117H7925H1242H6965H3212H5291H1H559H2860H5582H3820H6595H3899H310H3212 6So the two of them sat down to eat and drink together. Afterward the girl's father said, "Please stay tonight and enjoy yourself."H3427H398H8354H8147H3162H5291H1H559H376H2974H3885H3820H3190 7And when the man got up to go, his father-in-law persuaded him, so he stayed there that night.H376H6965H3212H2859H6484H3885H7725 8On the morning of the fifth day, when he rose to go, the girl's father said, "Refresh yourself. Wait till afternoon!" So the two of them ate together.H7925H1242H2549H3117H3212H5291H1H559H5582H3824H4102H3117H5186H398H8147 9Then when the man, with his concubine and his servant, got up to leave, his father-in-law, the girl's father, said, "Now look, it's almost evening. Spend the night here; the day is nearly over. Stay and enjoy yourself. Early tomorrow morning you can get up and be on your way home."H376H6965H3212H6370H5288H2859H5291H1H559H3117H7503H6150H3885H3117H2583H3885H3824H3190H4279H7925H1870H1980H168 10But, unwilling to stay another night, the man left and went toward Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), with his two saddled donkeys and his concubine.H376H14H3885H6965H3212H935H5227H2982H3389H6776H2543H2280H6370 11When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, "Come, let's stop at this city of the Jebusites and spend the night."H2982H3117H3966H7286H5288H559H113H3212H5493H5892H2983H3885 12His master replied, "No. We won't go into an alien city, whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah."H113H559H5493H5892H5237H1121H3478H5674H1390 13He added, "Come, let's try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places."H559H5288H3212H7126H259H4725H3885H1390H7414 14So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.H5674H3212H8121H935H681H1390H1144 15There they stopped to spend the night. They went and sat in the city square, but no one took them into his home for the night.H5493H935H3885H1390H935H3427H7339H5892H376H622H1004H3885 16That evening an old man from the hill country of Ephraim, who was living in Gibeah (the men of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields.H935H2205H376H4639H7704H6153H376H2022H669H1481H1390H582H4725H1145 17When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, "Where are you going? Where did you come from?"H5375H5869H7200H732H376H7339H5892H2205H376H559H3212H370H935 18He answered, "We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the LORD. No one has taken me into his house.H559H5674H1035H3063H3411H2022H669H3212H1035H3063H1980H1004H3068H376H622H1004 19We have both straw and fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for ourselves your servants--me, your maidservant, and the young man with us. We don't need anything."H3426H8401H4554H2543H3899H3196H519H5288H5650H4270H1697 20"You are welcome at my house," the old man said. "Let me supply whatever you need. Only don't spend the night in the square."H2205H376H559H7965H7535H4270H3885H7339 21So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.H935H1004H1101H2543H7364H7272H398H8354 22While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him."H3820H3190H582H5892H582H1121H1100H5437H1004H5437H1849H1817H559H1167H1004H2205H376H559H3318H376H935H1004H3045 23The owner of the house went outside and said to them, "No, my friends, don't be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don't do this disgraceful thing.H376H1167H1004H3318H559H408H251H7489H310H376H935H1004H6213H5039 24Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But to this man, don't do such a disgraceful thing."H1323H1330H6370H3318H6031H6213H5869H2896H376H6213H2063H5039H1697 25But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.H582H14H8085H376H2388H6370H3318H2351H3045H5953H3915H1242H7837H5927H7971 26At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.H935H802H6437H1242H5307H6607H376H1004H113H216 27When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold.H113H6965H1242H6605H1817H1004H3318H3212H1870H802H6370H5307H6607H1004H3027H5592 28He said to her, "Get up; let's go." But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.H559H6965H3212H6030H376H3947H2543H376H6965H3212H4725 29When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.H935H1004H3947H3979H2388H6370H5408H6106H8147H6240H5409H7971H1366H3478 30Everyone who saw it said, "Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Think about it! Consider it! Tell us what to do!"H1961H7200H559H2063H7200H3117H1121H3478H5927H776H4714H3117H7760H5779H1696




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