1 Now it came about in those days, when athere was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite 1staying in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.
3 Then her husband arose and went after her to aspeak 1tenderly to her in order to bring her back, 2taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father’s house, and when the girl’s father saw him, he was glad to meet him.
6 So both of them sat down and ate and drank together; and the girl’s father said to the man, “Please be willing to spend the night, and alet your heart be merry.”
9 When the man arose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold now, the day has drawn 1to a close; please spend the night. Lo, the day is 2coming to an end; spend the night here that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow you may arise early for your journey so that you may go 3home.”
10 But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite aJebus (that is, Jerusalem). And there were with him a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him.
11 When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and athe servant said to his master, “Please come, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.”
16 Then behold, an old man was coming out of the field from his work at evening. Now the man was from athe hill country of Ephraim, and he was 1staying in Gibeah, but the men of the place bwere Benjamites.
18 He said to him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, for I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem in Judah. But I am now going to 1my house, and no man will take me into his house.
20 The old man said, “aPeace to you. Only let me take care of all your needs; however, do not spend the night in the open square.”
21 aSo he took him into his house and gave the donkeys fodder, and they washed their feet and ate and drank.
22 While they were 1celebrating, behold, athe men of the city, certain 2bworthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have 3relations with him.”
23 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; since this man has come into my house, ado not commit this act of folly.
25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.
26 1As the day began to dawn, the woman came and fell down at the doorway of the man’s house where her master was, until full daylight.
27 When her master arose 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.
29 When he entered his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and acut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.
30 All who saw it said, “Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it, atake counsel and speak up!”
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