Judges 18

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The Book of Judges

Chapter 19


And it came to pass in those days, when [there was] no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning6 on the side of mount Ephraim, who took4 to him a concubine 6370 out of Bethlehemjudah. 3063


And his concubine played the whore4 against him, and went away4 from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, 3063 and was there four whole months. 3117


And her husband arose,4 and went4 after her, to speak15 friendly unto her, [and] to bring her again,53 having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought55 him into her father's house: and when the father of the damsel saw4 him, he rejoiced4 to meet2 him.


And his father in law,6 the damsel's father, retained55 him; and he abode4 with him three days: so they did eat4 and drink,4 and lodged4 there.


And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early55 in the morning, that he rose up4 to depart:2 and the damsel's father said4 unto his son in law, Comfort3 thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.4


And they sat down,4 and did eat4 and drink4 both of them together: for the damsel's father had said4 unto the man, Be content,54 I pray thee, and tarry all night,3 and let thine heart be merry.4


And when the man rose up4 to depart,2 his father in law6 urged4 him: therefore he lodged4 there again.4


And he arose early55 in the morning on the fifth day to depart:2 and the damsel's father said,4 Comfort3 thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried115 until afternoon, 5186 2 and they did eat4 both of them.


And when the man rose up4 to depart,2 he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law,6 the damsel's father, said4 unto him, Behold, now the day draweth1 toward evening,2 I pray you tarry all night:3 behold, the day groweth to an end,2 lodge3 here, that thine heart may be merry;4 and to morrow get you early52 on your way, that thou mayest go1 home.


But the man would1 not tarry that night,2 but he rose up4 and departed,4 and came4 over against Jebus, which [is] Jerusalem; and [there were] with him two asses saddled,7 his concubine also [was] with him.


[And] when they [were] by Jebus, the day was far spent;1 and the servant said4 unto his master, Come,3 I pray thee, and let us turn in4 into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge4 in it.


And his master said4 unto him, We will not turn aside4 hither into the city of a stranger, that [is] not of the children of Israel; we will pass over1 to Gibeah.


And he said4 unto his servant, Come,3 and let us draw near4 to one of these places to lodge all night,1 in Gibeah, or in Ramah.


And they passed on4 and went their way;4 and the sun went down4 upon them [when they were] by Gibeah, which [belongeth] to Benjamin.


And they turned aside4 thither, to go in2 [and] to lodge2 in Gibeah: and when he went in,4 he sat him down4 in a street of the city: for [there was] no man that took18 them into his house to lodging.2


And, behold, there came1 an old man from his work out of the field at even, which [was] also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned1 in Gibeah: but the men of the place [were] Benjamites. 3228


And when he had lifted up4 his eyes, he saw4 a wayfaring6 man in the street of the city: and the old man said,4 Whither goest4 thou? and whence comest4 thou?


And he said4 unto him, We [are] passing6 from Bethlehemjudah 3063 toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence [am] I: and I went4 to Bethlehemjudah, 3063 but I [am now] going6 to the house of the LORD; and there [is] no man that receiveth18 me to house.


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.


And the old man said,4 Peace [be] with thee; howsoever [let] all thy wants [lie] upon me; only lodge4 not in the street.


So he brought55 him into his house, and gave provender4 unto the asses: and they washed4 their feet, and did eat4 and drink.4


[Now] as they were making their hearts merry,56 behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about,8 [and] beat102 at the door, and spake4 to the master 376 of the house, the old man, saying,2 Bring forth54 the man that came1 into thine house, that we may know4 him.


And the man, the master of the house, went out4 unto them, and said4 unto them, Nay, my brethren, [nay], I pray you, do not [so] wickedly;55 seeing that this man is come1 into mine house, do4 not this folly.


Behold, [here is] my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out55 now, and humble16 ye them, and do3 with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do4 not so vile a thing.


But the men would1 not hearken2 to him: so the man took55 his concubine, and brought55 her forth unto them; and they knew4 her, and abused101 her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring,2 they let her go.17


Then came4 the woman in the dawning2 of the day, and fell down4 at the door of the man's house where her lord [was], till it was light.


And her lord rose up4 in the morning, and opened4 the doors of the house, and went out4 to go2 his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down6 [at] the door of the house, and her hands [were] upon the threshold.


And he said4 unto her, Up,3 and let us be going.4 But none answered.6 Then the man took4 her [up] upon an ass, and the man rose up,4 and gat4 him unto his place.


And when he was come4 into his house, he took4 a knife, and laid hold55 on his concubine, and divided17 her, [together] with her bones, into twelve 6240 pieces, and sent17 her into all the coasts of Israel.


And it was so, that all that saw6 it said,1 There was8 no such deed done nor seen8 from the day that the children of Israel came up2 out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider3 of it, take advice,3 and speak16 [your minds].

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