| Judges 19 - Versions
| Judges 19 Text (WEB)
- It happened in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite living on the farther side of the hill country of Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehem Judah.
- His concubine played the prostitute against him, and went away from him to her father's house to Bethlehem Judah, and was there the space of four months.
- Her husband arose, and went after her, to speak kindly to her, to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of donkeys: and she brought him into her father's house; and when the father of the young lady saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.
- His father-in-law, the young lady's father, retained him; and he stayed with him three days: so they ate and drink, and lodged there.
- It happened on the fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to depart: and the young lady's father said to his son-in-law, "Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward you shall go your way."
- So they sat down, ate, and drank, both of them together: and the young lady's father said to the man, "Please be pleased to stay all night, and let your heart be merry."
- The man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he lodged there again.
- He arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the young lady's father said, "Please strengthen your heart and stay until the day declines;" and they both ate.
- When the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father-in-law, the young lady's father, said to him, "Behold, now the day draws toward evening, please stay all night: behold, the day grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry; and tomorrow go on your way early, that you may go home."
- But the man wouldn't stay that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus (the same is Jerusalem): and there were with him a couple of donkeys saddled; his concubine also was with him.
- When they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master, "Please come and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it."
- His master said to him, "We won't turn aside into the city of a foreigner, that is not of the children of Israel; but we will pass over to Gibeah."
- He said to his servant, "Come and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Ramah."
- So they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down on them near to Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin.
- They turned aside there, to go in to lodge in Gibeah: and he went in, and sat him down in the street of the city; for there was no man who took them into his house to lodge.
- Behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at evening: now the man was of the hill country of Ephraim, and he lived in Gibeah; but the men of the place were Benjamites.
- He lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the street of the city; and the old man said, "Where are you going? Where did you come from?"
- He said to him, "We are passing from Bethlehem Judah to the farther side of the hill country of Ephraim. I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem Judah. I am going to the house of Yahweh; and there is no man who takes me into his house.
- Yet there is both straw and provender for our donkeys; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for your handmaid, and for the young man who is with your servants: there is no want of anything."
- The old man said, "Peace be to you; howsoever let all your wants lie on me; only don't lodge in the street."
- So he brought him into his house, and gave the donkeys fodder; and they washed their feet, and ate and drink.
- As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain base fellows, surrounded the house, beating at the door; and they spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may have sex with him!"
- The man, the master of the house, went out to them, and said to them, "No, my brothers, please don't act so wickedly; since this man is come into my house, don't do this folly.
- Behold, here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. I will bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them what seems good to you; but to this man don't do any such folly."
- But the men wouldn't listen to him: so the man laid hold of his concubine, and brought her out to them; and they had sex with her, and abused her all night until the morning: and when the day began to dawn, they let her go.
- 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, until it was light.
- 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, with her hands on the threshold.
- He said to her, "Get up, and let us be going!" but no one answered. Then he took her up on the donkey; and the man rose up, and went to his place.
- When he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel.
- It was so, that all who 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 to this day! Consider it, take counsel, and speak."
| Judges 19 Text (Hebrew)
- ויהי בימים ההם ומלך אין בישראל ויהי איש לוי גר בירכתי הר־אפרים ויקח־לו אשה פילגש מבית לחם יהודה׃
- ותזנה עליו פילגשו ותלך מאתו אל־בית אביה אל־בית לחם יהודה ותהי־שם ימים ארבעה חדשים׃
- ויקם אישה וילך אחריה לדבר על־לבה ונערו עמו וצמד חמרים ותביאהו בית אביה ויראהו אבי הנערה וישמח לקראתו׃
- ויחזק־בו חתנו אבי הנערה וישב אתו שלשת ימים ויאכלו וישתו וילינו שם׃
- ויהי ביום הרביעי וישכימו בבקר ויקם ללכת ויאמר אבי הנערה אל־חתנו סעד לבך פת־לחם ואחר תלכו׃
- וישבו ויאכלו שניהם יחדו וישתו ויאמר אבי הנערה אל־האיש הואל־נא ולין ויטב לבך׃
- ויקם האיש ללכת ויפצר־בו חתנו וישב וילן שם׃
- וישכם בבקר ביום החמישי ללכת ויאמר אבי הנערה סעד־נא לבבך והתמהמהו עד־נטות היום ויאכלו שניהם׃
- ויקם האיש ללכת הוא ופילגשו ונערו ויאמר לו חתנו אבי הנערה הנה נא רפה היום לערב לינו־נא הנה חנות היום לין פה וייטב לבבך והשכמתם מחר לדרככם והלכת לאהלך׃
- ולא־אבה האיש ללון ויקם וילך ויבא עד־נכח יבוס היא ירושלם ועמו צמד חמורים חבושים ופילגשו עמו׃
- הם עם־יבוס והיום רד מאד ויאמר הנער אל־אדניו לכה־נא ונסורה אל־עיר־היבוסי הזאת ונלין בה׃
- ויאמר אליו אדניו לא נסור אל־עיר נכרי אשר לא־מבני ישראל הנה ועברנו עד־גבעה׃
- ויאמר לנערו לכq ונקרבה באחד המקמות ולנו בגבעה או ברמה׃
- ויעברו וילכו ותבא להם השמש אצל הגבעה אשר לבנימן׃
- ויסרו שם לבוא ללון בגבעה ויבא וישב ברחוב העיר ואין איש מאסף־אותם הביתה ללון׃
- והנה איש זקן בא מן־מעשהו מן־השדה בערב והאיש מהר אפרים והוא־גר בגבעה ואנשי המקום בני ימיני׃
- וישא עיניו וירא את־האיש הארח ברחב העיר ויאמר האיש הזקן אנה תלך ומאין תבוא׃
- ויאמר אליו עברים אנחנו מבית־לחם יהודה עד־ירכתי הר־אפרים משם אנכי ואלך עד־בית לחם יהודה ואת־בית יהוה אני הלך ואין איש מאסף אותי הביתה׃
- וגם־תבן גם־מספוא יש לחמורינו וגם לחם ויין יש־לי ולאמתך ולנער עם־עבדיך אין מחסור כל־דבר׃
- ויאמר האיש הזקן שלום לך רק כל־מחסורך עלי רק ברחוב אל־תלן׃
- ויביאהו לביתו לחמורים וירחצו רגליהם ויאכלו וישתו׃
- המה מיטיבים את־לבם והנה אנשי העיר אנשי בני־בליעל נסבו את־הבית מתדפקים על־הדלת ויאמרו אל־האיש בעל הבית הזקן לאמר הוצא את־האיש אשר־בא אל־ביתך ונדענו׃
- ויצא אליהם האיש בעל הבית ויאמר אלהם אל־אחי אל־תרעו נא אחרי אשר־בא האיש הזה אל־ביתי אל־תעשו את־הנבלה הזאת׃
- הנה בתי הבתולה ופילגשהו אוציאה־נא אותם וענו אותם ועשו להם הטוב בעיניכם ולאיש הזה לא תעשו דבר הנבלה הזאת׃
- ולא־אבו האנשים לשמע לו ויחזק האיש בפילגשו ויצא אליהם החוץ וידעו אותה ויתעללו־בה כל־הלילה עד־הבקר וישלחוה השחר׃
- ותבא האשה לפנות הבקר ותפל פתח בית־האיש אשר־אדוניה שם עד־האור׃
- ויקם אדניה בבקר ויפתח דלתות הבית ויצא ללכת לדרכו והנה האשה פילגשו נפלת פתח הבית וידיה על־הסף׃
- ויאמר אליה קומי ונלכה ואין ענה ויקחה על־החמור ויקם האיש וילך למקמו׃
- ויבא אל־ביתו ויקח את־המאכלת ויחזק בפילגשו וינתחה לעצמיה לשנים עשר נתחים וישלחה בכל גבול ישראל׃
- והיה כל־הראה ואמר לא־נהיתה ולא־נראתה כזאת למיום עלות בני־ישראל מארץ מצרים עד היום הזה שימו־לכם עליה עצו ודברו׃ ף
| Judges 19 Text (Latin)
- Fuit quidam vir Levites habitans in latere montis Ephraim, qui accepit uxorem de Bethlehem Juda :
- quæ reliquit eum, et reversa est in domum patris sui in Bethlehem, mansitque apud eum quatuor mensibus.
- Secutusque est eam vir suus, volens reconciliari ei, atque blandiri, et secum reducere, habens in comitatu puerum et duos asinos : quæ suscepit eum, et introduxit in domum patris sui. Quod cum audisset socer ejus, eumque vidisset, occurrit ei lætus,
- et amplexatus est hominem. Mansitque gener in domo soceri tribus diebus, comedens cum eo et bibens familiariter.
- Die autem quarto de nocte consurgens, proficisci voluit : quem tenuit socer, et ait ad eum : Gusta prius pauxillum panis, et conforta stomachum, et sic proficisceris.
- Sederuntque simul, ac comederunt et biberunt. Dixitque pater puellæ ad generum suum : Quæso te ut hodie hic maneas, pariterque lætemur.
- At ille consurgens, cœpit velle proficisci. Et nihilominus obnixe eum socer tenuit, et apud se fecit manere.
- Mane autem facto, parabat Levites iter. Cui socer rursum : Oro te, inquit, ut paululum cibi capias, et assumptis viribus, donec increscat dies, postea proficiscaris. Comederunt ergo simul.
- Surrexitque adolescens, ut pergeret cum uxore sua et puero. Cui rursum locutus est socer : Considera quod dies ad occasum declivior sit, et propinquat ad vesperum : mane apud me etiam hodie, et duc lætum diem, et cras proficisceris ut vadas in domum tuam.
- Noluit gener acquiescere sermonibus ejus : sed statim perrexit, et venit contra Jebus, quæ altero nomine vocatur Jerusalem, ducens secum duos asinos onustos, et concubinam.
- Jamque erant juxta Jebus, et dies mutabatur in noctem : dixitque puer ad dominum suum : Veni, obsecro : declinemus ad urbem Jebusæorum, et maneamus in ea.
- Cui respondit dominus : Non ingrediar oppidum gentis alienæ, quæ non est de filiis Israël, sed transibo usque Gabaa :
- et cum illuc pervenero, manebimus in ea, aut certe in urbe Rama.
- Transierunt ergo Jebus, et cœptum carpebant iter, occubuitque eis sol juxta Gabaa, quæ est in tribu Benjamin :
- diverteruntque ad eam, ut manerent ibi. Quo cum intrassent, sedebant in platea civitatis, et nullus eos recipere voluit hospitio.
- Et ecce, apparuit homo senex, revertens de agro et de opere suo vesperi, qui et ipse de monte erat Ephraim, et peregrinus habitabat in Gabaa : homines autem regionis illius erant filii Jemini.
- Elevatisque oculis, vidit senex sedentem hominem cum sarcinulis suis in platea civitatis, et dixit ad eum : Unde venis ? et quo vadis ?
- Qui respondit ei : Profecti sumus de Bethlehem Juda, et pergimus ad locum nostrum, qui est in latere montis Ephraim, unde ieramus in Bethlehem : et nunc vadimus ad domum Dei, nullusque sub tectum suum nos vult recipere,
- habentes paleas et fœnum in asinorum pabulum, et panem ac vinum in meos et ancillæ tuæ usus, et pueri qui mecum est : nulla re indigemus nisi hospitio.
- Cui respondit senex : Pax tecum sit, ego præbebo omnia quæ necessaria sunt : tantum, quæso, ne in platea maneas.
- Introduxitque eum in domum suam, et pabulum asinis præbuit : ac postquam laverunt pedes suos, recepit eos in convivium.
- Illis epulantibus, et post laborem itineris cibo et potu reficientibus corpora, venerunt viri civitatis illius, filii Belial (id est, absque jugo), et circumdantes domum senis, fores pulsare cœperunt, clamantes ad dominum domus, atque dicentes : Educ virum, qui ingressus est domum tuam, ut abutamur eo.
- Egressusque est ad eos senex, et ait : Nolite, fratres, nolite facere malum hoc, quia ingressus est homo hospitium meum : et cessate ab hac stultitia.
- Habeo filiam virginem, et hic homo habet concubinam : educam eas ad vos, ut humilietis eas, et vestram libidinem compleatis : tantum, obsecro, ne scelus hoc contra naturam operemini in virum.
- Nolebant acquiescere sermonibus illius : quod cernens homo, eduxit ad eos concubinam suam, et eis tradidit illudendam : qua cum tota nocte abusi essent, dimiserunt eam mane.
- At mulier, recedentibus tenebris, venit ad ostium domus, ubi manebat dominus suus, et ibi corruit.
- Mane facto, surrexit homo, et aperuit ostium, ut cœptam expleret viam : et ecce concubina ejus jacebat ante ostium sparsis in limine manibus.
- Cui ille, putans eam quiescere, loquebatur : Surge, et ambulemus. Qua nihil respondente, intelligens quod erat mortua, tulit eam, et imposuit asino, reversusque est in domum suam.
- Quam cum esset ingressus, arripuit gladium, et cadaver uxoris cum ossibus suis in duodecim partes ac frustra concidens, misit in omnes terminos Israël.
- Quod cum vidissent singuli, conclamabant : Numquam res talis facta est in Israël ex eo die, quo ascenderunt patres nostri de Ægypto, usque in præsens tempus : ferte sententiam, et in commune decernite quid facto opus sit.
| Judges 19 Text (KJV)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.
- 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.
- And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged 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 until 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 took them into his house to lodging.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.
- So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
- 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.
- And the man, the master of the house, went out 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.
- 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.
- 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.