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15 [a]There they turned off to enter Gibeah for the night.(A) The man went in and sat down in the town square, but no one took them inside to spend the night.

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  1. 19:15–21 The narrative casts a very unfavorable light on Gibeah of Benjamin, the town from which Israel’s first king would come (cf. 1 Sm 9:1–2). No Benjaminite offers hospitality to the Levite and his travel party, who are obliged to wait at night in the town square until an Ephraimite residing in Gibeah welcomes them into his home.

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