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Judges 19

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 1 Now 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 the hill country of Ephraim, who took for himself a concubine out of Bethlehem in Judah.

 2 But his concubine was unfaithful to him, and she went away from him to her father's house to Bethlehem of Judah, and was there for four whole months.

 3 Then her husband arose and went after her to speak kindly to her and to bring her back, having his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. And she brought him into her father's house, and when her father saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.

 4 And his father-in-law, the young woman's father, detained him, and he stayed with him for three days. So they ate and drank, and lodged there.

 5 Now on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and the Levite prepared to depart, but the young woman's father said to his son-in-law, "Refresh your heart with a morsel of bread and afterward go your way."

 6 So both of them sat down and ate and drank together, and the young woman's father said to the man, "Be content to tarry all night and let your heart be merry."

 7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him; therefore he lodged there again.

 8  On the morning on the fifth day he arose early to depart, but the young woman's father said, "Refresh your heart, I pray you, and tarry until afternoon." So they ate, both of them.

 9 Then when the man, his concubine, and his servant, rose up to depart, his father in law, the young woman's father, said to him, "Behold, now the day draws toward evening, I pray you stay all night. Behold, the day grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry, and tomorrow go on your way early, that you may get home."

 10 But the man would not stay that night; and he rose up and departed and came opposite Jebus, which is Jerusalem. With him were two saddled donkeys, and his concubine.

 11 When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone, and the servant said to his master, "Come I pray you, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites and lodge in it."

 12 But his master said to him, "We will not turn aside here into the city of foreigners who are not of the children of Israel. We will go on to Gibeah."

 13 And he said to his servant, "Come and let us go on to one of these places to lodge the night in Gibeah or in Ramah."

 14 So they passed on and went their way, and the sun went down upon them when they were near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin,

 15 And they turned aside there, to go in and lodge in Gibeah. And when the Levite went in, he sat down in open square of the city, for no man who took them into his house to spend the night.

 16 And behold, an old man came from his work out of the field in the evening. He was also from the hill country of Ephraim but he sojourned in Gibeah, but the men of the place were Benjamites.

 17 And when he looked up, he saw the wayfaring man in the city square, and the old man said, "Where are you going? And where did you come from?

 18 So he said to him, "We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah toward the side of the hill country of Ephraim; I am from there. I went to Bethlehem of Judah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD, and there is no man who will receive me into his house.

 19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our donkeys and bread and wine also for me, for your handmaid, and for the young man who is with your servants; there is no need of anything."

 20 And the old man said, "Peace be with you; however, let all your wants lie upon me; only do not lodge in the street."

 21 So he brought him into his house and gave provender to the donkeys. And they washed their feet and ate and drank.

 22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial [worthless, wicked men], surrounded the house, beat on the door, and said to the master of the house, the old man, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him carnally."

 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my kinsmen, no, I pray you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing that this man is a guest in my house do not do this wicked folly.

 24 Behold, here are my virgin daughter and this man's concubine; I will bring them out now; use them and do with them as you please, but to this man do not do so vile a thing."

 25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them, and they raped her and abused her all the night until the morning. And when the day began to break, they let her go.

 26 And as the day was dawning the woman came and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, until it was light.

 27 When her lord rose up in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, behold, there lay his concubine, fallen down at the door of the house with her hands upon the threshold.

 28 And he said to her, "Get up and let us be going." But there was no answer. Then the man placed her [body] upon the donkey, and the he arose and went home.

 29 Now when he came into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold of his concubine and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.

 30 So it was, that all who saw it said, "Such a deed as this has never been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it! Take counsel! And speak your minds!"


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