1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Yisrael, that there was a certain Lewite sojourning on the side of mount Efrayim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem) in Judah (Yehudah).
2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem) in Judah (Yehudah), 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 your 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, “Please be content and tarry all night, and let your 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, “Please comfort your heart”. 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, please tarry all night; behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry; and tomorrow get you early on your way, that you mayest go home.”
10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came opposite Yevus, which is Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.
11 And when they were by Yevus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, “Please come and let us turn in into this city of the Yevusis, 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 Yisrael; 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 Binyamin.
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 Efrayim; and he sojourned in Gibeah; but the men of the place were Benjamites (Ben-yemini).
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 you? and whence comest you?”
18 And he said unto him, “We are passing from Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem) in Yehudah toward the side of Mount Efrayim; from thence am I. And I went to Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem) in Yehudah, but I am now going to the house of יהוה; 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 your handmaid, and for the young man who is with your servants; there is no want of any thing.”
20 And the old man said, “Peace be with you; howsoever let all your 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 scoundrel (beliyaal) sons, 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 your 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, please 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 you 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 (adon) was, till it was light.
27 And her lord (adon) 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 Yisrael.
30 And it was so, that all who saw it said, “There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Yisrael came up out of the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim) unto this day; consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.”