Ang Pulong Sang Dios
Ang Levita kag ang Iya Asawa nga Suluguon
19 Sang sadto nga panahon nga wala pa sing hari ang Israel, may isa ka Levita[a] nga nagaestar sa malayo nga bahin sang kabukiran sang Efraim. Ini nga Levita nakapangasawa sang suluguon nga taga-Betlehem sa Juda. 2 Pero nagluib sa iya ang iya asawa, kag nagpauli ini sa balay sang iya mga ginikanan sa Betlehem. Pagkaligad sang apat ka bulan, 3 nagdesisyon ang Levita nga apason niya ang iya asawa kag kombinsihon nga mag-upod liwat sila. Gani naglakat siya upod ang isa niya ka suluguon kag duha ka asno. Pag-abot niya didto, ginpadayon siya sang babayi. Sang makita siya sang amay sang babayi, gin-abiabi gid siya. 4 Ginpilit siya sang iya ugangan nga magpabilin didto. Gani nagpabilin siya sa sulod sang tatlo ka adlaw nga didto man nagakaon, nagainom, kag nagatulog.
5 Sang ikaapat na nga adlaw, aga pa gid nagbangon ang Levita kag ang iya suluguon, kag naghimos sila nga magpauli. Pero nagsiling sa iya ang iya ugangan nga lalaki, “Kaon anay kamo antes maglakat.” 6 Gani nagkaon kag nag-inom sila nga duha. Sang ulihi, nagsiling ang iya ugangan, “Diri lang anay kamo sa gab-i kay magkinalipay kita.” 7 Indi kuntani siya magsugot pero ginpilit gid siya sang iya ugangan, gani nagpabilin na lang sila. 8 Pagkaaga, naghimos sila nga maglakat, pero nagsiling naman ang iya ugangan, “Kaon anay kamo kag karon na lang kamo sa hapon maglakat.” Gani nagkaon anay sila nga duha. 9 Sang malakat na ang Levita, ang iya asawa, kag ang iya suluguon, nagsiling ang iya ugangan, “Hapon na kag dugay-dugay dulom na. Maayo pa diri na lang kamo liwat matulog. Magkinalipay anay kamo diri, kag buwas aga pa kamo magpauli.”
10-11 Pero wala na gid nagpasugot ang Levita, kundi naglakat siya kag ang iya asawa, upod ang duha ka asno. Hapon na gid sang mag-abot sila malapit sa Jebus (nga amo ang Jerusalem). Gani nagsiling ang suluguon sang Levita, “Maayo pa siguro nga diri na lang kita matulog sa sining siyudad sang mga Jebusnon.” 12 Nagsabat ang Levita, “Indi puwede nga diri kita matulog sa lugar nga indi sakop sang mga Israelinhon. Maderetso kita sa Gibea. 13 Dali na, tinguhaan naton nga makaabot kita sa Gibea ukon sa Rama, kag didto kita matulog.” 14 Gani nagpadayon sila sa paglakat. Nagasalop na ang adlaw sang mag-abot sila sa Gibea nga sakop sang tribo ni Benjamin. 15 Nagsulod sila sa banwa kag nagpungko sa plasa, pero wala gid sing may nag-agda sa ila nga magdayon.
16 Sang sirom na, may isa ka tigulang nga lalaki nga nagapauli na halin sa iya obra sa uma. Ini nga tigulang didto anay nagaestar sa kabukiran sang Efraim, pero sang ulihi sa Gibea na siya nag-estar. Ining Gibea sakop sang teritoryo sang tribo ni Benjamin.
17 Sang makita sang tigulang ang nagpanglakaton nga Levita sa may plasa sang siyudad, ginpalapitan niya kag ginpamangkot, “Taga-diin ka? Kag diin ka makadto?” 18 Nagsabat ang Levita, “Halin kami sa Betlehem nga sakop sang Juda kag mapauli kami sa amon balay[b] sa kabukiran sang Efraim. Wala sing may nag-agda sa amon nga magdayon sa iya balay. 19 May pagkaon kag ilimnon kami sang akon asawa kag sang akon suluguon, kag may inugpahalab kami sa amon mga asno. Gani wala na kami sing iban pa nga kinahanglan.” 20 Nagsiling ang tigulang, “Indi kamo magtulog diri sa plasa. Didto na lang kamo sa akon balay. Ako ang bahala sa tanan ninyo nga kinahanglanon.” 21 Gani nag-upod sila sa tigulang. Pag-abot nila, ginpakaon sang tigulang ang ila mga asno. Kag pagkatapos nila panghinaw sang ila mga tiil, nagkaon sila kag nag-inom.
22 Sang nagakinalipay sila, gulpi lang nga ginlibutan sang mga malaot nga mga tawo ang balay kag ginpukpok ang puwertahan. Nagasinggit sila sa tigulang nga tag-iya sang balay, “Paguwaa ang bisita mo nga lalaki kay magpakighilawas kami sa iya.” 23 Nagsabat ang tigulang, “Mga abyan, bisita ko ini nga tawo, gani indi ninyo paghimua inang mahigko kag makahuluya nga butang. 24 Ihatag ko sa inyo ang akon anak nga dalaga kag ang asawa sang sini nga tawo, kag pagusto kamo kon ano ang inyo nga himuon sa ila. Basta indi lang ninyo paghimua inang makahuluya nga butang sa akon bisita.”
25 Wala namati ang mga tawo sa iya, gani ginbutong sang Levita ang iya asawa kag ginpaguwa. Ginhimuslan nila siya kag gin-abusuhan sa bilog nga gab-i hasta mag-aga. Kag sang nagapamanagbanag na, ginpalakat nila ang babayi. 26 Nagbalik ang babayi sa balay nga ginadayunan sang iya bana. Natumba siya sa may puwertahan, kag didto siya hasta sa pagbutlak sang adlaw.
27 Sang sina nga aga nagbugtaw ang iya bana. Ginbuksan niya ang puwertahan agod maglakat na, kag nakita niya ang iya asawa nga nagahamyang kag ang mga kamot sini nagauntay pa sa puwertahan. 28 Nagsiling ang Levita, “Bangon na kay mapauli na kita.” Pero patay na gali ang babayi, gani ginkarga niya ang bangkay sa iya asno kag naglakat.
29 Pag-abot niya sa ila, ginpang-utod-utod niya sa dose ka parte ang bangkay sang iya asawa kag ginpadala sa dose ka tribo sang Israel. 30 Nagsiling ang tanan nga nakakita sini, “Wala pa gid sing may natabo nga pareho sini halin sang paghalin sang mga Israelinhon sa Egipto. Ano ayhan ang maayo naton nga himuon?”
New International Version
A Levite and His Concubine
19 In those days Israel had no king.
Now a Levite who lived in a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim(A) took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.(B) 2 But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her parents’ home in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months, 3 her husband went to her to persuade her to return. He had with him his servant and two donkeys. She took him into her parents’ home, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him. 4 His father-in-law, the woman’s father, prevailed on him to stay; so he remained with him three days, eating and drinking,(C) and sleeping there.
5 On the fourth day they got up early and he prepared to leave, but the woman’s father said to his son-in-law, “Refresh yourself(D) with something to eat; then you can go.” 6 So the two of them sat down to eat and drink together. Afterward the woman’s father said, “Please stay tonight and enjoy yourself.(E)” 7 And when the man got up to go, his father-in-law persuaded him, so he stayed there that night. 8 On the morning of the fifth day, when he rose to go, the woman’s father said, “Refresh yourself. Wait till afternoon!” So the two of them ate together.
9 Then when the man, with his concubine and his servant, got up to leave, his father-in-law, the woman’s father, said, “Now look, it’s almost evening. Spend the night here; the day is nearly over. Stay and enjoy yourself. Early tomorrow morning you can get up and be on your way home.” 10 But, unwilling to stay another night, the man left and went toward Jebus(F) (that is, Jerusalem), with his two saddled donkeys and his concubine.
11 When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, “Come, let’s stop at this city of the Jebusites(G) and spend the night.”
12 His master replied, “No. We won’t go into any city whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah.” 13 He added, “Come, let’s try to reach Gibeah or Ramah(H) and spend the night in one of those places.” 14 So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.(I) 15 There they stopped to spend the night.(J) They went and sat in the city square,(K) but no one took them in for the night.
16 That evening(L) an old man from the hill country of Ephraim,(M) who was living in Gibeah (the inhabitants of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields. 17 When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, “Where are you going? Where did you come from?”(N)
18 He answered, “We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the Lord.[a](O) No one has taken me in for the night. 19 We have both straw and fodder(P) for our donkeys(Q) and bread and wine(R) for ourselves your servants—me, the woman and the young man with us. We don’t need anything.”
20 “You are welcome at my house,” the old man said. “Let me supply whatever you need. Only don’t spend the night in the square.” 21 So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.(S)
22 While they were enjoying themselves,(T) some of the wicked men(U) of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.(V)”
23 The owner of the house went outside(W) and said to them, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this outrageous thing.(X) 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter,(Y) and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don’t do such an outrageous thing.”
25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her(Z) and abused her(AA) throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. 26 At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.
27 When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28 He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.
29 When he reached home, he took a knife(AB) and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.(AC) 30 Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt.(AD) Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!(AE)”
- Judges 19:18 Hebrew, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum; Septuagint going home
King James Version
19 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 Bethlehemjudah.
2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ramah.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the Lord; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.
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.
20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.
21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
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.
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.
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.
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 her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
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.