Judges 19:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:13, NIV: He added, 'Come, let's try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places.'

Judges 19:13, ESV: And he said to his young man, “Come and let us draw near to one of these places and spend the night at Gibeah or at Ramah.”

Judges 19:13, KJV: 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.

Judges 19:13, NASB: And he said to his servant, 'Come, and let’s approach one of these places; and we will spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah.'

Judges 19:13, NLT: Come on, let's try to get as far as Gibeah or Ramah, and we'll spend the night in one of those towns.'

Judges 19:13, CSB: "Come on," he said, "let's try to reach one of these places and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah."

What does Judges 19:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A Levite man traveling with his concubine and a servant (Judges 19:9–12) is on the road as daylight fades. He has decided not to stop in Jebus—later called "Jerusalem" (Judges 1:21)— because it is not an Israelite town. Instead, he tells his servant they will continue another few hours to the north and stop in Gibeah or Ramah for the night. Both were Israelite towns of the tribe of Benjamin.

The Levite apparently thought either of these Israeli settlements would be safer than a city of foreigners. Gibeah was closer, but perhaps he hoped to be able to make it as far as Ramah. This truth is ironically, tragically the opposite: what happens in Gibeah is so gruesome it sparks a civil war within Israel (Judges 19:22; 20:8–10).