Tyndale Bible

Judges 19

A Levite goeth to Beth-lehem to fetch home his wife.

Judges 19:1 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And when the man rose up to depart, his father-in-law urged him: therefore he lodged there again. Judges 19:8 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 tomorrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home. Judges 19:10 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} [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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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.

An old man entertaineth him at Gibeah.

Judges 19:16 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

The Benjamites abuse his concubine to death.

Judges 19:22 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} [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 spoke 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 got him unto his place.

He divideth her into twelve pieces, to send them to the twelve tribes.

Judges 19:29 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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].

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