19:6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the a damsel's father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry.
(a) That is, his concubines father.
19:8 And he arose early in
the morning on the fifth day to depart: and the damsel's father said, b
Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did
eat both of them.
(b) Meaning, that he should refresh himself with
food, as in (Judges
19:9 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 c
(c) That is, to the town or city where he lived.
And his master said unto him, d 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.
(d) Though in these days there were most horrible
corruptions, even necessity could not compel them to associate with those who
did not profess the true God.
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] e Benjamites.
(e) Or, the children of Jamini.
19:18 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 f
house of the LORD; and there [is] no man that receiveth me to house.
(f) To Shiloh of Mizpeh where the ark was.
[Now] as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city,
certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, [and] g
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.
(g) In an attempt to break it.
19:24 Behold, [here is] my
daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, h
and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this
man do not so vile a thing.
(h) That is, abuse them, as in (Genesis
19:26 Then came the woman
in the dawning of the day, and i fell
down at the door of the man's house where her lord [was], till it was light.
(i) She fell down dead, as in (Judges
19:28 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 k
(k) Meaning, home to mount Ephraim.
19:30 And it was so, that
all that saw it said, There was no l
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
(l) For this was like the sin of Sodom for which
God rained down fire and brimstone from heaven.