A Levite and His Concubine1In those days awhen there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite was sojourning in the remote parts of bthe hill country of Ephraim, who took to himself a concubine from cBethlehem in Judah. 2And his concubine was unfaithful to ▼
▼Septuagint, Old Latin became angry withhim, and she went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there some four months. 3Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back. He had with him his servant and a couple of donkeys. And she brought him into her father’s house. And when the girl’s father saw him, he came with joy to meet him. 4And his father-in-law, the girl’s father, made him stay, and he remained with him three days. So they ate and drank and spent the night there. 5And on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and he prepared to go, but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, e“Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and after that you may go.” 6So the two of them sat and ate and drank together. And the girl’s father said to the man, “Be pleased to spend the night, and flet your heart be merry.” 7And when the man rose up to go, his father-in-law pressed him, till he spent the night there again. 8And on the fifth day he arose early in the morning to depart. And the girl’s father said, g“Strengthen your heart and wait until the day declines.” So they ate, both of them. 9And when the man and his concubine and his servant rose up to depart, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold, now the day has waned toward evening. Please, spend the night. Behold, the day draws to its close. Lodge here and let your heart be merry, and tomorrow you shall arise early in the morning for your journey, and go home.” 10But the man would not spend the night. He rose up and departed and arrived opposite hJebus (that is, Jerusalem). He had with him a couple of saddled donkeys, and his concubine was with him.
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