Judges 19:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:28, NIV: He said to her, 'Get up; let's go.' But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.

Judges 19:28, ESV: He said to her, “Get up, let us be going.” But there was no answer. Then he put her on the donkey, and the man rose up and went away to his home.

Judges 19:28, KJV: And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

Judges 19:28, NASB: And he said to her, 'Get up and let’s go,' but there was no answer. Then he put her on the donkey; and the man set out and went to his home.

Judges 19:28, NLT: He said, 'Get up! Let's go!' But there was no answer. So he put her body on his donkey and took her home.

Judges 19:28, CSB: "Get up," he told her. "Let's go." But there was no response. So the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.

What does Judges 19:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Context from the surrounding verses indicates the woman lying on the doorstep of a home in Gibeah is already dead. During the night, her husband-master had sacrificed her—his concubine (Judges 19:10)—to a ravenous crowd of men to save himself from being raped. The men violated and beat her all night before releasing her. She made it as far as the door of the home her master was staying in before collapsing (Judges 19:22–27). The prior verse hints that he was surprised to find her there.

Now the Levite callously tells her to "get up." She doesn't answer, and he would have quickly realized that she's been murdered by the men in town. He picks up her corpse and takes it home. What he does next is gruesome and profane, but it serves its purpose. The people of Israel will hear about her fate and be inspired to retaliate against Gibeah (Judges 19:29–30).