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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.”
NIV He added, 'Come, let's try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places.'
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.'
CSB "Come on," he said, "let's try to reach one of these places and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah."
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.'
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.

What does Judges 19:13 mean?

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).
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