Judges 19:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:18, NIV: He answered, 'We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the LORD. No one has taken me in for the night.

Judges 19:18, ESV: And he said to him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, from which I come. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to the house of the LORD, but no one has taken me into his house.

Judges 19:18, KJV: And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

Judges 19:18, NASB: And he said to him, 'We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, for I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem in Judah. But I am now going to my house, and no one will take me into his house.

Judges 19:18, NLT: 'We have been in Bethlehem in Judah,' the man replied. 'We are on our way to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim, which is my home. I traveled to Bethlehem, and now I'm returning home. But no one has taken us in for the night,

Judges 19:18, CSB: He answered him, "We're traveling from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote hill country of Ephraim, where I am from. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, and now I'm going to the house of the Lord. No one has taken me into his home,

What does Judges 19:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A Levite man, along with his concubine and servant, are sitting in the city square of the town of Gibeah after dark. They are Israelite travelers and this is an Israelite town of the tribe of Benjamin. They'd expected someone to show them hospitality, but no one has (Judges 19:14–17). An old man who had been working in the fields comes into the city and asks about their journey. The Levite tells him the basics, probably recounting how they came to leave Bethlehem and arrive in Gibeah after dark (Judges 19:1–13).

Commentators suggest that "house of the LORD" could be a flowery way of referring to the Levite's own home. Or, that he serves as one of the Levites at the shrine in the town of Shiloh where the ark of the covenant is kept.

The Levite concludes by noting that nobody in town has offered to house them for the night, contrary to the normal custom of the culture. He notes that he's not asking for any handouts—he can feed himself and his group (Judges 19:19)—so all he needs is a safe place to sleep.