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Judges 19

A Levite’s Concubine Raped and Killed

Now it came about in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine found him repugnant, and she left him and went to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and remained there for a period of four months. Then her husband set out and went after her to speak gently to her in order to bring her back, taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. And she brought him into her father’s house, and when the girl’s father saw him, he was glad to meet him. ...

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  1. His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also gave birth to Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
  2. but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east.
  3. The Sons of Israel

    And it came about, while Israel was living in that land, that Reuben went and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard about it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob—
  4. Timna was a concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These are the sons of Esau’s wife Adah.
  5. ‘Are they not finding, are they not dividing the spoils? A concubine, two concubines for every warrior; To Sisera a spoil of dyed cloth, A spoil of dyed cloth embroidered, Dyed cloth of double embroidery on the neck of the plunderer?’
  6. And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.
  7. A Levite’s Concubine Raped and Killed

    Now it came about in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.
  8. But his concubine found him repugnant, and she left him and went to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and remained there for a period of four months.
  9. When the man got up to go, along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold now, the day has drawn to a close; please spend the night. Behold, the day is coming to an end; spend the night here so that your heart may be cheerful. Then tomorrow you may arise early for your journey and go home.”
  10. But the man was unwilling to spend the night, so he got up and left, and came to a place opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). And with him was a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him.
  11. Here is my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine. Please let me bring them out, then rape them and do to them whatever you wish. But do not commit this act of vile sin against this man.”
  12. But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her outside to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.
  13. When her master got up in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, then behold, his concubine was lying at the doorway of the house with her hands on the threshold.
  14. When he entered his house, he took a knife and seized his concubine, and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb. Then he sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
  15. So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.
  16. But the citizens of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night, threatening me. They intended to kill me; instead, they raped my concubine so that she died.
  17. And I took hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for they have committed an outrageous sin and vile act in Israel.
  18. And Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”
  19. Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David.
  20. So the king left, and all his household with him; but the king left ten concubines behind to take care of the house.
  21. Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Have relations with your father’s concubines, whom he has left behind to take care of the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself repulsive to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened.”
  22. So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom had relations with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.
  23. Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “Today you have shamed all your servants, who have saved your life today and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines,
  24. Then David came to his house in Jerusalem, and the king took the ten women, the concubines whom he had left behind to take care of the house, and put them in custody and provided them with food, but did not have relations with them. So they were locked up until the day of their death, living as widows.
  25. When it was reported to David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,
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20 topical index results for “concubine”

GOMER : Wife (concubine?) of Hosea (Hosea 1:3)
JACOB : The incest of his son, Reuben, with his concubine, Bilhah (Genesis 35:22)
ADULTERY » INSTANCES OF » The Levite's concubine (Judges 19:2)
BENJAMIN » TRIBE OF » Did not avenge the crime of the Gibeonites against the Levite's concubine, the war that followed (Judges 19;)
CONCUBINAGE » LAWS CONCERNING » Concubines might be dismissed (Genesis 21:9-14)
CONSCIENCE » FAITHFUL » Of Pharaoh, when he took Abraham's wife for a concubine (Genesis 12:18,19)
CONSCIENCE » FAITHFUL » Of Abimelech, when he took Isaac's wife for a concubine (Genesis 26:9-11)
FASTING » INSTANCES OF » In the conflict between the other tribes with the tribe of Benjamin, on account of the wrong suffered by a Levite's concubine (Judges 20:26)
ISRAEL » UNDER THE JUDGES » Scandal of the Bethlehemite's concubine, and the consequent war between the Benjamites and the other tribes (Judges 19;;)
MIZPAH » A city allotted to the tribe of Benjamin » And decree the penalty to be visited upon the Benjamites for their maltreatment of the Levite's concubine (Judges 20:10)
SARAH » Also called SARAI » Is sterile; gives her handmaiden, Hagar, to Abraham as a concubine (Genesis 16:1-3)