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

Judges 19:19, NIV: We have both straw and fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for ourselves your servants--me, the woman and the young man with us. We don't need anything.'

Judges 19:19, ESV: We have straw and feed for our donkeys, with bread and wine for me and your female servant and the young man with your servants. There is no lack of anything.”

Judges 19:19, KJV: Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

Judges 19:19, NASB: Yet there is both straw and feed for our donkeys, and also bread and wine for me, and your female slave, and the young man who is with your servants; there is no lack of anything.'

Judges 19:19, NLT: even though we have everything we need. We have straw and feed for our donkeys and plenty of bread and wine for ourselves.'

Judges 19:19, CSB: although there's straw and feed for the donkeys, and I have bread and wine for me, my concubine, and the servant with us. There is nothing we lack."

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

While sitting in the town square of Gibeah, after dark, a Levite has explained to a kind old man their recent history (Judges 19:14–18). They are travelers on their way to Ephraim. Nobody in this town of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin has offered them a place to stay overnight.

The Levite adds that they need no provisions. They have straw and feed for the two donkeys with them and bread and wine for themselves. He refers to his concubine (Judges 19:10) as "your female servant." He and she can stay together, and his young servant can stay with the old man's servants. The Levite is perhaps offering, even, to share their provisions with the old man. They only need a safe place to sleep.

Safety was a likely reason the Levite refused to stop in a Gentile city earlier that day (Judges 19:11–12). As it happens, Gibeah is not safe, and this elderly worker knows it. He will insist—strongly—that they not spend the night in the town square (Judges 19:20).