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Levite and his concubine

their father, who was born unto Israel howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were

priests to the tribe of Dan until the day y of the captivity of the land.


returning home. B. C. 1406. | hold, now the day 6 draweth toward evening, d I pray you tarry

y 1 Sa.4.2,&c. all night: behold, 7 the day e growPs.78.60. eth 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.

10 But the man would not tarry

that night, but he rose up and departed, and came 9 over against Jebus, f which is Jerusalem: and there were with him two asses saddled; his concubine also was with him.

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 unto this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

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.

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 g Ramah.

c ver.22.

14 And they passed on and went


upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.

3 And her husband arose, and went 5 till the day their way; and the sun went down after her, to speak 3 friendly unto her, and to bring her again, a 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 d Lu.24.29. him, he rejoiced to meet him.

6 is weak.

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.

z ch. 19. 18.
Jos. 18.1.

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

[CHAP. 19.] 1a woman, a concubine, or,a wife, a


31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God z was in Shiloh.


days four
or, a year

and four


in those


days, when there was no king 3 to her
in Israel, that there was a certain
Levite sojourning on the side of
mount Ephraim, who took to him
1 a concubine out of Beth-lehem-


4 strengthen,
Ge. 18.5.

2 And his concubine plaved the
whore against him, and went away
from him unto her father's house b Ps. 104. 15.
to Beth-lehem-judah, and
there 2 four whole months.


5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to de-9 part and the damsel's father! said unto his son-in-law, 4 Comfort thineb heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

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 c be merry.


it is the
time of the

e Jer.6.4.

8 to thy tent.

to over

f Jos. 15.8,63.

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.h

16 T And behold, there came an old man from his work i 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.

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?

18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Beth-lehem-judah, but I am now going to the house k of the LORD; and there is no man that 10 receiveth me to house.

i Ps. 104.23.

7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father-in-law urged k Jos. 18.1. him therefore he lodged there again.

ISa. 1.3,7.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is

8 And he arose early in the 10 gathereth, bread and wine also for me, and for


morning on the fifth day to depart:
and the damsel's father said, Com-
fort thine heart, I pray thee. And
they tarried 5 until afternoon, and
they did eat both of them.


9 And when the man rose up to m Ge. 19.2.
depart, he, and his concubine, and
his servant, his father-in-law, then Ge.24.32.
damsel's father, said unto him, Be-

Jos. 18.25.



Heb. 13.2.

thy handmaid, and for the young nan which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

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

21 Son he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the

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q De. 13. 13.
2 Sa.23.6,7.

23 And the man, the master of the
house, went out unto them, and said r ch.20.5.
unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay,
Ge. 19.4,&c.
I pray you, do not so wickedly; see-
ing that this man is come into mine
house, do not this folly.t


s Ro.1.26,27.

t 2Sa.13.12.

24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble uu Ge.34.2. ye them, and do with them what De.21.14. seemeth good unto you: but unto 11 the matter this man do not 11 so vile a thing.

of this folly

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.

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. 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.

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.

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

v ch.20.5,7.

ISa. 11.7.

w ch.20.7.

x Pr.11.14

(CHAP. 20.)

a ver.11.


b 1Sa.3.20.

c ch.11.11.

8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.

9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah, we will go up by lot against it;

10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when 10.17. they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.

11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, 3 knit together as one man.

d ch.8.10.

e ch.19.22-27.

the man the Levite. fch. 19.15,&c.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that 2 humbled. the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: g ch.19.29. consider w of it, take advice, z and h Jos.7.15. speak your minds.


i ch. 19.30.

The war between the Benjamites and 3 fellows.
the Israelites.
WHEN a all the children of Is-k De. 13. 14.
rael went out, and the congre-
gation was gathered together as
one man, from b Dan even to Beer-1 ch.19.22.
sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto
the LORD in Mizpeh.c


m De. 17.12.

2 And the chief of all the people,

The Levite's complaint.

even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that d drew sword.

3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this e wickedness?

4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came f into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they 2 forced, that she is dead.

cut her in pieces, and sent her 6 And g I took my concubine, and throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly h in Israel.

7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give i here your advice and counsel.

12T And the tribes of Israel sent k men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah,that we may put them to death, and put away m evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:

14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.

15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand

Israel warreth

JUDGES, XX. men that drew sword, beside the B. C. 1406. inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.

16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men n lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not


17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.

20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.

21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed q down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.

n ch.3.15. ICh.12.2.

18 And the children of Israel q Ge.49.27. arose, and went o up to the house Hos. 10.9. of God, and asked p counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up r ver.26.27. first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.


19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.

22 And the people, the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

23 (And r the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.) 24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.

o ver.23.26. Joel.1.14.



s ver.21.

t ver. 18,23.

u Joel.2.12


v Jos. 18.1.

1Sa.4.3,4. w Nu.25.7

13. Jos.24.33.

x Deut. 10.8. 18.5.

y 2Ch.20.17.

z Jos.8.4.


wounded. 5 or, Beth-el.

a Jos.8.14.

Ec.9.12. Is.47.11. 1Th.5.3.

25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed s down to the ground of the children of Israel again eigh-b teen thousand men; all these drew the sword.

Jos.8. 15,&c. 6 or, made a long sound with the trumpets, Jos.6.5.

26 Then t all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, u and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day untilor, time. even,and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

8 with.

27 And the children of Israel en- 9 elevation. quired of the LORD, (for v the ark of the covenant of God was there 10 the in those days, wounded.

28 And Phinehas, w the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood a before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against

C Ge. 19.28. Joel 2.30.

with Benjamin.

the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for y to morrowl will deliver them into thine hand. 29 And Israel set liers z in wait round about Gibeah.

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benja min on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, 4 and kill, as at other times, in the high-ways, of which one goeth up to 5 the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.

32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the high-ways.

33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar:

and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.

34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore: but a they knew not that evil was near them.

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44 And there fell of Benjamin eigh-g ch.21.13. teen thousand men; all these were 15 was men of valour.


45 And they turned, and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock off Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the high-ways five thou

sand men; and pursued hard after/(CHAP. 21.) edge of the sword, with the women

them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.

16 were found.

a ch.20.1, 10. b1Sa. 14.28, 29 Rom. 10.2.

46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword;

e ch.20.18,26. d Ge.27.38.

all these were men of valour. 47 But g six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto Isa.50.4. the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Kimmon four months.

e 25a.24.25.

5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the Congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concelaing him that came not up to

48 And the men of Israel turned agam upon the children of Benjaf ch.11.35. min, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the inen of g 1Sa.11.1. every city, as the beast, and all that 16 came to hand: also they set on tire ver.5. all the cities that 16 they came to. CHAPTER XXI.


ch.5.23. 1Sa.11.7.

The people bewail the desolation of i Nu.31.17. Benjamin.


TOW a the men of Israel had b1 sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.

knoweth the lying with man.

2 And the people came c to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted d up their voices, and wept sore; 3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?

2 women, virgins.

k Jos. 18.1. 3 and spake and called.

ch.20.47. or, pro



4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, m ver.6. ande built there an altar, and ofn 1Ch.13.11. fered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

15.13. Is.30.13. 58.12.

o ver. 1.

Benjamin's desolation bewailed. the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

6 And the children of Israel ƒ repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said. There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?

from year to year.

8 And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpel to the LORD? And behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead g to the assembly.

9 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Goh and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the

and the children.

11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye i shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that 1 hath lain by man.

12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young 2 virgins that had known no man by lying with any male; and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, k which is in the land of Canaan.

13 And the whole congregation sent some 3 to speak to the children of Benjamin that I were in the rock Rimmon, and to 4 call peaceably unto them.

14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.

15 And the people repented m them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach n in the tribes of Israel.

16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?

17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.

18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for o the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.

19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh 5 yearly, in a place which is on the

The virgins at

north side of Beth-el, 6 on the east side 7 of the high-way that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah

or, toward

the sun-

20 Therefore they commanded the
children of Benjamin, saying, Goor, on.
and lie in wait in the vineyards;
p ch. 11.34
21 And see, and behold, if the Ec.3.4.
daughters of Shiloh come out to
dance p in dances, then come ye
out of the vineyards, and catch you
every man his wife of the daughters
of Shiloh, and go to the land of 9 ICor.7.2.

r ch.20.48.
22 And it shall be, when theirs ch.17.6.
fathers or their brethren come unto
us to complain, that we will say
unto them, 8 Be favourable unto t De. 12.8.
them for our sakes: because we



B. C. 1406.

8 or, Gratify
us in them.

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6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited d his people in giving e them bread.

Year of the Creation, 2682.... Year from the Flood, 1026. ..Year of the Exodus, 169.... Before Christ, 1322.


Elimelech driven by famine into
Moab, dieth there.

a Ju.3.16.


b Ju.17.8.

OW it came to pass in the a
days when the judges 1 ruled, 1 judged.
that there was a famine in the land.
And a certain man of Beth-lehem-
judah b went to sojourn in the c Ge.35.19.
country of Moab, he, and his wife, 2 were.
and his two sons.

Luke 1.68.

2 And the name of the man was d Ge.50.25.
Elimelech, and the name of his
wife Naomi, and the name of his
two sons Mahlon and Chilion, e Ps. 132. 15.
Ephrathitesc of Beth-lehem-judah.
And they came into the country of
Moab, and 2 continued there.


3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwell-3 ed there about ten years.

5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her hushand.

B. C. 1322. 7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on their way to return unto the land of Judah.

Shiloh surprised.

reserved not to each man his wifeg in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.

23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, r and dwelt in them.

f2Ti. 1.16-18.

g Ge.38.11.
or, were



24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. 25 In those days s there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

5 I have

much bitterness.

9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, thatg they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I 3 should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;


13 Would ye 4 tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for 5 it grieveth me much for your sakes, that the 39.9,10 hand h of the LORD is gone out against ine.


Job 19.21.

8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD f deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

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