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Judges 18:2

18:2 The Danites sent out from their whole tribe five representatives, 1  capable men 2  from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and explore it. They said to them, “Go, explore the land.” They came to the Ephraimite hill country and spent the night at Micah’s house. 3 

Judges 19:4-15

19:4 His father-in-law, the girl’s father, persuaded him to stay with him for three days, and they ate and drank together, and spent the night there. 19:5 On the fourth day they woke up early and the Levite got ready to leave. 4  But the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, “Have a bite to eat for some energy, 5  then you can go.” 19:6 So the two of them sat down and had a meal together. 6  Then the girl’s father said to the man, “Why not stay another night and have a good time!” 7  19:7 When the man got ready to leave, 8  his father-in-law convinced him to stay another night. 9  19:8 He woke up early in the morning on the fifth day so he could leave, but the girl’s father said, “Get some energy. 10  Wait until later in the day to leave!” 11  So they ate a meal together. 19:9 When the man got ready to leave 12  with his concubine and his servant, 13  his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Look! The day is almost over! 14  Stay another night! Since the day is over, 15  stay another night here and have a good time. You can get up early tomorrow and start your trip home.” 16  19:10 But the man did not want to stay another night. He left 17  and traveled as far as 18  Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). 19  He had with him a pair of saddled donkeys and his concubine. 20 

19:11 When they got near Jebus, it was getting quite late 21  and the servant 22  said to his master, “Come on, let’s stop at 23  this Jebusite city and spend the night in it.” 19:12 But his master said to him, “We should not stop at a foreign city where non-Israelites live. 24  We will travel on to Gibeah.” 19:13 He said to his servant, 25  “Come on, we will go into one of the other towns 26  and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah.” 19:14 So they traveled on, 27  and the sun went down when they were near Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin. 28  19:15 They stopped there and decided to spend the night 29  in Gibeah. They came into the city and sat down in the town square, but no one invited them to spend the night. 30 

1 tn Heb “The Danites sent from their tribe five men, from their borders.”

2 tn Heb “men, sons of strength.”

3 tn Heb “They came to the Ephraimite hill country, to Micah’s house, and spent the night there.”

4 tn Heb “and he arose to go.”

5 tn Heb “Sustain your heart [with] a bit of food.”

6 tn Heb “And they sat and ate, the two of them together, and they drank.”

7 tn Heb “Be willing and spend the night so that your heart might be good.”

8 tn Heb “and the man arose to go.”

9 tn Heb “his father-in-law persuaded him and he again spent the night there.”

10 tn Heb “Sustain your heart.” He is once more inviting him to stay for a meal.

11 tn Heb “Wait until the declining of the day.”

12 tn Heb “the man arose to go.”

13 tn Or “young man.”

14 tn Heb “the day is sinking to become evening.”

15 tn Or “declining.”

16 tn Heb “for your way and go to your tent.”

17 tn Heb “and he arose and went.”

18 tn Heb “to the front of.”

19 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

20 tc Some ancient witnesses add “and his servant.”

21 tn Heb “and the day was descending greatly.”

22 tn Or “young man.”

23 tn Heb “turn aside” (also in the following verse).

24 tn Heb “who are not from the sons of Israel.”

25 tn Or “young man.”

26 tn Heb “we will enter one of the places.”

27 tn Heb “and they passed by and went.”

28 tn Heb “which belongs to Benjamin.”

29 tn Heb “they turned aside there to enter to spend the night.”

30 tn Heb “and he entered and sat down, and there was no one receiving them into the house to spend the night.”

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