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Judges 19:14

ESV So they passed on and went their way. And the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin,
NIV So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.
NASB So they passed along and went their way, and the sun set on them near Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.
CSB So they continued on their journey, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.
NLT So they went on. The sun was setting as they came to Gibeah, a town in the land of Benjamin,
KJV And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.

What does Judges 19:14 mean?

Through a series of decisions, a Levite man and his traveling group find themselves arriving in the town of Gibeah after sundown. The man decided to set out from his father-in-law's house, only a few hours behind them, late in the day (Judges 19:9–10). He decided not to stay for the night in Jebus, because at that time (Judges 1:21) it was occupied by non-Israelites (Judges 19:11–13). He decided to keep moving until after the sun set, forcing them to choose the town nearest them at the time.

Gibeah was occupied by Israelites of the tribe of Benjamin. It should have been a safe place for fellow Israelites to spend nighttime hours. Yet this was an especially lawless, depraved time in Israel's history (Judges 17:6; 19:1; 21:25). Stories such as this are recorded to point out that problem. Rather than finding safety, the Levite and his companions will experience violence so appalling (Judges 19:22) that it leads to a minor civil war (Judges 20:8–10).
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