His master replied, "No. We won't go into an alien city, whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah."
He added, "Come, let's try to reach Gibeah or Ramah1 and spend the night in one of those places."
So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.215
There they stopped to spend the night.3 They went and sat in the city square,4 but no one took them into his home for the night.
That evening5 an old man from the hill country of Ephraim,6 who was living in Gibeah (the men of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields.
When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, "Where are you going? Where did you come from?"718
He answered, "We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the LORD.8 No one has taken me into his house.
We have both straw and fodder9 for our donkeys10 and bread and wine11 for ourselves your servants--me, your maidservant, and the young man with us. We don't need anything."
"You are welcome at my house," the old man said. "Let me supply whatever you need. Only don't spend the night in the square."
So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.1222
While they were enjoying themselves,13 some of the wicked men14 of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.15"
The owner of the house went outside16 and said to them, "No, my friends, don't be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don't do this disgraceful thing.1724
Look, here is my virgin daughter,18 and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But to this man, don't do such a disgraceful thing."
But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her19 and abused her20 throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.
At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.
When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold.
He said to her, "Get up; let's go." But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.
When he reached home, he took a knife21 and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.2230
Everyone who saw it said, "Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt.23 Think about it! Consider it! Tell us what to do!24"