19:6 So the two of them sat down and had a meal together. 1 Then the girl’s father said to the man, “Why not stay another night and have a good time!” 2
19:9 When the man got ready to leave 3 with his concubine and his servant, 4 his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Look! The day is almost over! 5 Stay another night! Since the day is over, 6 stay another night here and have a good time. You can get up early tomorrow and start your trip home.” 7
19:22 They were having a good time, 8 when suddenly 9 some men of the city, some good-for-nothings, 10 surrounded the house and kept beating 11 on the door. They said to the old man who owned the house, “Send out the man who came to visit you so we can have sex with him.” 12
1 tn Heb “And they sat and ate, the two of them together, and they drank.”
2 tn Heb “Be willing and spend the night so that your heart might be good.”
3 tn Heb “the man arose to go.”
4 tn Or “young man.”
5 tn Heb “the day is sinking to become evening.”
6 tn Or “declining.”
7 tn Heb “for your way and go to your tent.”
8 tn Heb “they were making their heart good.”
9 tn Heb “and look.”
10 tn Heb “the men of the city, men, the sons of wickedness.” The phrases are in apposition; the last phrase specifies what type of men they were. It is not certain if all the men of the city are in view, or just a group of troublemakers. In 20:5 the town leaders are implicated in the crime, suggesting that all the men of the city were involved. If so, the implication is that the entire male population of the town were good-for-nothings.
11 tn The Hitpael verb form appears to have an iterative force here, indicating repeated action.
12 tn Heb “so we can know him.” On the surface one might think they simply wanted to meet the visitor and get to know him, but their hostile actions betray their double-talk. The old man, who has been living with them long enough to know what they are like, seems to have no doubts about the meaning of their words (see v. 23).