Judges 19

1And there was a Levite sojourning in the sides of Mount Ephraim, and he took to himself a concubine from Bethlehem Judah. 2And his concubine departed from him, and went away from him to the house of her father to Bethlehem Judah, and she was there four months. 3And her husband rose up, and went after her to speak kindly to her, to recover her to himself. And he had his young man with him, and a pair of donkeys; and she brought him into the house of her father. And the father of the young woman saw him, and was well pleased to meet him. 4And his father-in-law, the father of the young woman, constrained him, and he stayed with him for three days; and they ate and drank, and lodged there. 5And it came to pass on the fourth day that they rose early, and he stood up to depart. And the father of the young woman said to his son-in-law, Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterwards you shall go. 6So they two sat down together and ate and drank. And the father of the young woman said to her husband, Now stay the night, and let your heart be merry. 7And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law constrained him, and he stayed and lodged there. 8And he rose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the father of the young woman said, Now strengthen your heart, and do not be a soldier until the day declines; and the two ate. 9And the man rose up to depart, he and his concubine, and his young man. But his father in law, the father of the young woman said to him, Behold now, the day has declined toward evening; lodge here, and let your heart rejoice; and you shall rise early tomorrow for your journey, and you shall go to your home. 10However the man would not lodge there, but he arose and departed, and came to the part opposite Jebus, (this is Jerusalem) and there was with him a pair of donkeys, saddled, and his concubine was with him. 11And they came as far as Jebus. And the day had far advanced, and the young man said to his master, Come, and let us turn aside to this city of the Jebusites, and let us lodge in it. 12And his master said to him, We will not turn aside to a strange city, where there is none of the children of Israel, but we will pass on as far as Gibeah. 13And he said to his young man, Come, and let us draw near to one of the places, and we will lodge in Gibeah or in Ramah. 14And they passed by and went on, and the sun went down upon them near to Gibeah, which is in Benjamin. 15And they turned aside there to go in to lodge in Gibeah. And they went in, and sat down in the street of the city, and there was no one would take them into his house to spend the night. 16And behold, an old man came out of the field from his work in the evening; and the man was of Mount Ephraim, and he sojourned in Gibeah, and the men of the place were sons of Benjamin. 17And he lifted up his eyes, and saw a traveler in the street of the city; and the old man said to him, Where are you going, and where do you come from? 18And he said to him, We are passing by from Bethlehem Judah to the sides of Mount Ephraim: I am from there, and I went as far as Bethlehem Judah, and I am going home, and there is no man to take me into his house. 19Although we have both straw and food for our donkeys, and bread and wine for me and my handmaid and the young man with your servants; there is no lack of anything. 20And the old man said, Peace be unto you; however let all your needs be upon me, and by no means lodge in the street. 21And he brought him into his house, and made room for his donkeys; and they washed their feet, and ate and drank. 22And they were comforting their heart, when behold, the men of the city, sons of transgressors, surrounded the house, knocking at the door. And they spoke to the old man, the owner of the house, saying, Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him. 23And the master of the house came out to them, and said, No, brothers, I beg you, do not act so wickedly, seeing this man has come into my house; do not commit this outrage. 24Behold my daughter is a virgin, and the man's concubine is here as well: I will bring them out, and humble them, and do to them that which is good in your eyes; but to this man do not do such a vile thing! 25But the men would not consent to hear him. So the man laid hold of his concubine, and brought her out to them; and they knew her, and abused her all night till the morning, and let her go when the morning dawned. 26And the woman came toward morning, and fell down at the door of the house where her husband was, until it was light. 27And her husband rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went forth to go on his journey; and behold, the woman his concubine had fallen down by the doors of the house, and her hands were on the threshold. 28And he said to her, Rise, and let us go; and she answered not, for she was dead. And he took her upon his donkey, and went to his place. 29And he took his sword, and laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve parts, and sent them to every coast of Israel. 30And it was so, that everyone who saw it said, Such a day as this has not happened nor has been seen from the day of the going up of the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt until this day: take counsel concerning it, and speak.
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