Judges 19:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:2, NIV: But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her parents' home in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months,

Judges 19:2, ESV: And his concubine was unfaithful to him, and she went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there some four months.

Judges 19:2, KJV: And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months.

Judges 19:2, NASB: But his concubine found him repugnant, and she left him and went to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and remained there for a period of four months.

Judges 19:2, NLT: But she became angry with him and returned to her father's home in Bethlehem. After about four months,

Judges 19:2, CSB: But she was unfaithful to him and left him for her father's house in Bethlehem in Judah. She was there for four months.

What does Judges 19:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This story of the Levite and his concubine begins awkwardly and only becomes more tragic. This unnamed Levite man took a concubine: a woman he slept with and could have children with, but to whom he did not give the full rights and privileges of a wife (Judges 19:1). The Levite had brought this woman to live with him in Ephraim. While there, something happened between them.

Commentators disagree about how best to read the Hebrew text in this context. The Hebrew root word used to describe her action is zanah, typically associated with prostitution and fornication (Exodus 34:15; Leviticus 19:29; Hosea 4:10). The Septuagint, a Greek translation made by ancient Jewish scholars, says she was "angry with him." It's most likely she was sexually unfaithful, either habitually or by having an affair. Other interpreters suggest she was "unfaithful" only in the sense that she ran away and went back to her father's house. As far as this passage is concerned, the exact nature of their falling out is not important.

For his part, the woman's father allowed her to stay with him again. Four months passed before the woman's husband, the Levite man, came to take her back home.