Bible: Judg 19:16-30

19:16 But then an old man passed by, returning at the end of the day from his work in the field. 1  The man was from the Ephraimite hill country; he was living temporarily in Gibeah. (The residents of the town were Benjaminites.) 2  19:17 When he looked up and saw the traveler 3  in the town square, the old man said, “Where are you heading? Where do you come from? 19:18 The Levite 4  said to him, “We are traveling from Bethlehem 5  in Judah to the remote region of the Ephraimite hill country. That’s where I’m from. I had business in Bethlehem in Judah, but now I’m heading home. 6  But no one has invited me into their home. 19:19 We have enough straw and grain for our donkeys, and there is enough food and wine for me, your female servant, 7  and the young man who is with your servants. 8  We lack nothing.” 19:20 The old man said, “Everything is just fine! 9  I will take care of all your needs. But don’t spend the night in the town square.” 19:21 So he brought him to his house and fed the donkeys. They washed their feet and had a meal. 10 

19:22 They were having a good time, 11  when suddenly 12  some men of the city, some good-for-nothings, 13  surrounded the house and kept beating 14  on the door. They said to the old man who owned the house, “Send out the man who came to visit you so we can have sex with him.” 15  19:23 The man who owned the house went outside and said to them, “No, my brothers! Don’t do this wicked thing! After all, this man is a guest in my house. Don’t do such a disgraceful thing! 19:24 Here are my virgin daughter and my guest’s 16  concubine. I will send them out and you can abuse them and do to them whatever you like. 17  But don’t do such a disgraceful thing to this man! 19:25 The men refused to listen to him, so the Levite 18  grabbed his concubine and made her go outside. 19  They raped 20  her and abused her all night long until morning. They let her go at dawn. 19:26 The woman arrived back at daybreak and was sprawled out on the doorstep of the house where her master 21  was staying until it became light. 22  19:27 When her master 23  got up in the morning, opened the doors of the house, and went outside to start on his journey, there was the woman, his concubine, sprawled out on the doorstep of the house with her hands on the threshold. 19:28 He said to her, “Get up, let’s leave!” But there was no response. He put her on the donkey and went home. 24  19:29 When he got home, he took a knife, grabbed his concubine, and carved her up into twelve pieces. 25  Then he sent the pieces throughout Israel. 26  19:30 Everyone who saw the sight 27  said, “Nothing like this has happened or been witnessed during the entire time since 28  the Israelites left the land of Egypt! 29  Take careful note of it! Discuss it and speak!

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