King James VersionJudges19


1 And 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 mount Ephraim, who took to him a con­cu­bine out of Beth­le­hemju­dah. 2 And his con­cu­bine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Beth­le­hemju­dah, and was there four whole months. 3 And her hus­band arose, and went af­ter her, to speak friend­ly unto her, and to bring her again, hav­ing his ser­vant with him, and a cou­ple of ass­es: and she brought him into her father's house: and when the fa­ther of the damsel saw him, he re­joiced to meet him. 4 And his fa­ther in law, the damsel's fa­ther, re­tained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose ear­ly in the morn­ing, that he rose up to de­part: and the damsel's fa­ther said unto his son in law, Com­fort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and af­ter­ward go your way. 6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them to­geth­er: for the damsel's fa­ther had said unto the man, Be con­tent, I pray thee, and tar­ry all night, and let thine heart be mer­ry. 7 And when the man rose up to de­part, his fa­ther in law urged him: there­fore he lodged there again. 8 And he arose ear­ly in the morn­ing on the fifth day to de­part: and the damsel's fa­ther said, Com­fort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tar­ried un­til af­ter­noon, and they did eat both of them. 9 And when the man rose up to de­part, he, and his con­cu­bine, and his ser­vant, his fa­ther in law, the damsel's fa­ther, said unto him, Be­hold, now the day draweth to­ward evening, I pray you tar­ry all night: be­hold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be mer­ry; and to mor­row get you ear­ly on your way, that thou mayest go home. 10 But the man would not tar­ry that night, but he rose up and de­part­ed, and came over against Je­bus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two ass­es sad­dled, his con­cu­bine also was with him. 11 And when they were by Je­bus, the day was far spent; and the ser­vant said unto his mas­ter, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Je­busites, and lodge in it. 12 And his mas­ter said unto him, We will not turn aside hith­er into the city of a stranger, that is not of the chil­dren of Is­rael; we will pass over to Gibeah. 13 And he said unto his ser­vant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah. 14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Ben­jamin. 15 And they turned aside thith­er, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into his house to lodg­ing. 16 And, be­hold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he so­journed in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Ben­jamites. 17 And when he had lift­ed up his eyes, he saw a way­far­ing man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whith­er goest thou? and whence comest thou? 18 And he said unto him, We are pass­ing from Beth­le­hemju­dah to­ward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Beth­le­hemju­dah, but I am now go­ing to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that re­ceiveth me to house. 19 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. 20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; how­so­ev­er let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. 21 So he brought him into his house, and gave proven­der unto the ass­es: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink. 22 Now as they were mak­ing their hearts mer­ry, be­hold, the men of the city, cer­tain sons of Be­lial, be­set the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the mas­ter of the house, the old man, say­ing, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. 23 And the man, the mas­ter of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wicked­ly; see­ing that this man is come into mine house, do not this fol­ly. 24 Be­hold, here is my daugh­ter a maid­en, and his con­cu­bine; them I will bring out now, and hum­ble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 25 But the men would not hear­ken to him: so the man took his con­cu­bine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night un­til the morn­ing: and when the day be­gan to spring, they let her go. 26 Then came the wom­an in the dawn­ing of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light. 27 And her lord rose up in the morn­ing, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, be­hold, the wom­an his con­cu­bine was fall­en down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the thresh­old. 28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be go­ing. But none an­swered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. 29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his con­cu­bine, and di­vid­ed her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Is­rael. 30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the chil­dren of Is­rael came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: con­sid­er of it, take ad­vice, and speak y­our minds.