Now it came about in thosedays, when 1there was noking in Israel, that there was a certainLeviteastaying in the remotepart of the hillcountry of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.
But his concubineplayed the harlotagainst him, and she went away from him to her father'shouse in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of fourmonths.
Then her husbandarose and wentafter her to 2speakbtenderly to her in order to bring her back, ctaking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father'shouse, and when the girl'sfathersaw him, he was glad to meet him.
His father-in-law, the girl'sfather, detained him; and he remained with him threedays. So they ate and drank and lodgedthere.
Now on the fourthday they got up early in the morning, and he dprepared to go; and the girl'sfathersaid to his son-in-law, "3Sustaineyourself with a piece of bread, and afterward you may go."
So both of them satdown and ate and dranktogether; and the girl'sfathersaid to the man, "Please be willing to spend the night, and 4let your heart be merry."
Then the manarose to go, but his father-in-lawurged him so that he spent the nightthereagain.
On the fifthday he arose to goearly in the morning, and the girl'sfathersaid, "Pleasesustainfyourself, and waituntilgafternoon "; so both of them ate.
When the manarose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl'sfather, said to him, "Beholdnow, the day has drawnhto a close; pleasespend the night. Lo, the day is icoming to an end; spend the nighthere that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow you may ariseearly for your journey so that you may gojhome."
But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite5Jebus (that is, Jerusalem ). And there were with him a pair of saddleddonkeys; his concubine also was with him.
When they were nearJebus, the day was almostgone; and 6the servantsaid to his master, "Pleasecome, and let us turnaside into thiscity of the Jebusites and spend the night in it."
However, his mastersaid to him, "We will not turnaside into the city of foreignerswho are not of the sons of Israel; but we will go on as far as Gibeah."
He said to his servant, "Come and let us approachone of these places; and we will spend the night in GibeahorRamah."
So they passedalong and went their way, and the sunset on them nearGibeahwhich belongs to Benjamin.
They turnedasidethere in order to enter and lodge in Gibeah. When kthey entered, lthey satdown in the opensquare of the city, for noonetook them into his house to spend the night.
Then behold, an oldman was coming out of the field from his work at evening. Now the man was from 7the hillcountry of Ephraim, and he was mstaying in Gibeah, but the men of the place8were Benjamites.
And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the opensquare of the city; and the oldmansaid, "Where are you going, and where do you come from?"
He said to him, "We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remotepart of the hillcountry of Ephraim, for I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem in Judah. But I am now going to nmy house, and noman will take me into his house.
"Yet there is bothstraw and fodder for our donkeys, and alsobread and wine for me, oyour maidservant, and 9the youngman who is with your servants; there is nolack of anything ."
The oldmansaid, "10Peace to you. Only let me take care of all your needs; however, do not spend the night in the opensquare."
2111So he took him into his house and gave the donkeysfodder, and they washed their feet and ate and drank.
While they were pcelebrating , behold, 12the men of the city, certainq13worthlessfellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the oldman, saying, "Bring out the manwhocame into your house that we may haverrelations with him."
Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; sincethisman has come into my house, 14do not committhisact of folly.
"15Here is my virgindaughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them swhatever you wish . But do not commitsuch an act of folly against thisman."
But the menwould not listen to him. So the manseized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her allnightuntilmorning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.
26tAs the day began to dawn , the womancame and felldown at the doorway of the man'shousewhere her master was, until full daylight.
When her masterarose 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.
He said to her, "Get up and let us go," 16but there was noanswer. Then he placed her on the donkey; and the manarose and went to his uhome.
When he entered his house, he took a knife and laidhold of his concubine and 17cut her in twelvepieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
30All who saw it said, "Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israelcame up from the land of Egypt to thisday. Consider it, 18takecounsel and speak up!"