16 That evening an old man from the hill country of Ephraim, who was living in Gibeah (the inhabitants of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields.

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17 When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, “Where are you going? Where did you come from?”

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18 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.a No one has taken me in for the night.

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    • ™ 19:18 - Hebrew, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum; Septuagint "going home"
      19 We have both straw and fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for ourselves your servants—me, the woman and the young man with us. We don’t need anything.”

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      20 “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.”
      21 So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.

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      22 While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men 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.”