Judges 19 ©
A Levite of mount Ephraim goeth to Bethlehem to fetch home his concubine, and on his return cometh to Gibeah in the evening. An old man entertaineth him. The men of the city beset the house with a vile intent; to prevent which the man yieldeth up his concubine, who is abused by them to death. He divideth her into twelve parts, which he sendeth to the twelve tribes of Israel.
AND it came to pass in those days, awhen there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of bmount Ephraim, who ctook to him 1a concubine out of dBeth-lehem-judah.
And her husband arose, and fwent after her, gto speak 3friendly 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.
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.
¶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, 4Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.
And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law iurged him: therefore he lodged there again.
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 5until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.
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 6draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, 7the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and jto morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go 8home.
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.
And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.
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 10took them into his house to lodging.
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?
¶Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain wsons of Belial, beset xthe 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 yknow him.
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.
And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But fnone answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and *gat him unto his place.
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: hconsider of it, itake advice, and speak your minds.