The Levite and his Concubine - Judges 19

Judges 19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite  sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a  concubine out of Bethlehem judah. 

Judges 19:2 And his  concubine played the whore against him, and went away  from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehem judah, and  was there four whole months. 

Judges 19:3 And her husband  arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and  to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a  couple of asses: and she brought him into her father’s  house: and when the father of the damsel saw him, he  rejoiced to meet him. 

Judges 19:4 And his father in law, the  damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three  days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.   

Judges 19:5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they  arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the  damsel’s father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart  with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way. 

Judges 19:6  And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them  together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be  content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart  be merry. 

Judges 19:7 And when the man rose up to depart, his  father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.  

Judges 19:8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to  depart: and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I  pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat  both of them. 

Judges 19:9 And when the man rose up to depart,  he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the  damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day  draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold,  the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may  be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that  thou mayest go home. 

Judges 19:10 But the man would not tarry  that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over  against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with  him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.  

Judges 19:11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far  spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray  thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and  lodge in it. 

Judges 19:12 And his master said unto him, We will  not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not  of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.  

Judges 19:13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us  draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in  Gibeah, or in Ramah. 

Judges 19:14 And they passed on and went  their way; and the sun went down upon them when they  were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin. 

Judges 19:15  And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in  Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of  the city: for there was no man that took them into his  house to lodging.  

Judges 19:16 And, behold, there came an old man from his  work out of the field at even, which was also of mount  Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the  place were Benjamites. 

Judges 19:17 And when he had lifted  up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city:  and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence  comest thou? 

Judges 19:18 And he said unto him, We are  passing from Bethlehem judah toward the side of mount  Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to  Bethlehem judah, but I am now going to the house of the  LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.  

Judges 19:19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses;  and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy  handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy  servants: there is no want of any thing. 

Judges 19:20 And the  old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy  wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. 

Judges 19:21  So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto  the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.   

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry,  behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the  house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the  master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the  man that came into thine house, that we may know him.  

Judges 19:23 And the man, the master of the house, went out  unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I  pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come  into mine house, do not this folly. 

Judges 19:24 Behold, here is  my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring  out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what  seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a  thing. 

Judges 19:25 But the men would not hearken to him: so  the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto  them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until  the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her  go. 

Judges 19:26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the  day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her  lord was, till it was light. 

Judges 19:27 And her lord rose up in  the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went  out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine  was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands  were upon the threshold. 

Judges 19:28 And he said unto her,  Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man  took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him  unto his place.  

Judges 19:29 And when he was come into his house, he took a  knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her,  together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her  into all the coasts of Israel. 

Judges 19:30 And it was so, that all  that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from  the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of  Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak  your minds. KJV