And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certainLevitesojourning on the side of mountEphraim, who took to him a concubineaout of Bethlehemjudah .
And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father'shouse to Bethlehemjudah , and was there four whole months .
And her husbandarose , and wentafter her, to speakfriendlyb unto her, and to bring her again , having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father'shouse: and when the father of the damselsaw him, he rejoiced to meet him.
And his father in law , the damsel'sfather,retained him; and he abode with him threedays: so they did eat and drink , and lodged there.
And it came to pass on the fourthday, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart : and the damsel'sfathersaid unto his son in law,Comfortc thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way .
And they sat down , and did eat and drinkboth of them together: for the damsel'sfather had said unto the man, Be content , I pray thee, and tarry all night , and let thine heart be merry .