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Bible Commentaries

Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books

Judges 19

Verses 1-14

A Levite living in the remote part of the mountains of Ephraim took a woman from Bethlehem to be his concubine, which is like a wife only without the same rights. She was unfaithful to him and returned to her father's house. After four months, the Levite went to her and persuaded her to return to him. His father-in-law, perhaps in an effort to insure good treatment of his daughter, encouraged him to stay and receive strength from food and drink for four and a half days. This caused him to be late passing by Jebus and at last arriving in Gibeah ( Jdg_19:1-14 ).

Verses 15-27

They stayed in the marketplace of Gibeah because no one invited them in for the night. At last, an old man, also from Ephraim, invited them in to receive food, a night's lodging and provisions for their animals. While they were enjoying themselves, evil men of the city surrounded the house and demanded that the Levite be given to them that they might commit homosexual acts with him. The old man pleaded with them on the basis of hospitality not to do such a thing and, like Lot, offered his virgin daughter instead. He finally ended up giving them the Levite's concubine, who they abused all night until she fell down dead at the door ( Jdg_19:15-27 ; compare Gen_19:1-38 ).

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Hampton, Gary. "Commentary on Judges 19". "Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghc/judges-19.html. 2014.