Judges 1921st Century King James Version (KJ21)
19 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 Bethlehem in Judah.
2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months.
3 And her husband arose and went after her to speak friendly unto her and to bring her back, 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, entertained him, and he tarried with him three days; so they ate and drank 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 ate and drank 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 ate 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 tomorrow 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 opposite 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 down in a street of the city, for there was no man who took them into his house for lodging.
16 And behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at evening, who 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 from whence comest thou?”
18 And he said unto him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah toward the side of Mount Ephraim; from thence am I. And I went to Bethlehem in Judah, but I am now going to the house of the Lord; and there is no man who receiveth me to his 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 who 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.”
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 spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring forth the man who 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 has 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, had 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 went unto his place.
29 And when he had 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 regions of Israel.
30 And 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 until this day. Consider it, take counsel, and speak your minds.”
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