Judges 19:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:11, NIV: When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, 'Come, let's stop at this city of the Jebusites and spend the night.'

Judges 19:11, ESV: When they were near Jebus, the day was nearly over, and the servant said to his master, “Come now, let us turn aside to this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.”

Judges 19:11, KJV: And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

Judges 19:11, NASB: When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and the servant said to his master, 'Please come, and let’s turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.'

Judges 19:11, NLT: It was late in the day when they neared Jebus, and the man's servant said to him, 'Let's stop at this Jebusite town and spend the night there.'

Judges 19:11, CSB: When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, "Please, why not let us stop at this Jebusite city and spend the night here? "

What does Judges 19:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A man seeking to reconcile with his concubine (Judges 19:1–3) has finally broken free from his father-in-law's hospitality (Judges 19:4–11). He is on the road north toward his home in Ephraim. However, the man, his servant, his concubine, and the two donkeys have left late in the day. Since it's close to sundown, they won't get far before having to stop for the night.

The road leads them past the city of Jebus, which will later be renamed "Jerusalem" (Judges 1:21). With daylight quickly fading, the Levite's servant makes a reasonable suggestion: find somewhere in Jebus to stay for the night. Continuing to travel on the dark road or camping alongside of it would not be a safe option.