Judges 19:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:5, NIV: On the fourth day they got up early and he prepared to leave, but the woman's father said to his son-in-law, 'Refresh yourself with something to eat; then you can go.'

Judges 19:5, ESV: And on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and he prepared to go, but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, “Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and after that you may go.”

Judges 19:5, KJV: And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel's father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

Judges 19:5, NASB: Now on the fourth day they got up early in the morning, and he prepared to go; but the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, 'Strengthen yourself with a piece of bread, and afterward you may go.'

Judges 19:5, NLT: On the fourth day the man was up early, ready to leave, but the woman's father said to his son-in-law, 'Have something to eat before you go.'

Judges 19:5, CSB: On the fourth day, they got up early in the morning and prepared to go, but the girl's father said to his son-in-law, "Have something to eat to keep up your strength and then you can go."

What does Judges 19:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The story of a Levite and his concubine takes on an almost comedic, socially awkward tone (Judges 19:1–4). Later, it will spiral into a gruesome tragedy. The young woman's father simply does not want his daughter and her husband to leave and keeps finding ways to prolong their departure.

The couple wakes up early on their fourth day in Bethlehem, expecting to get on the road back to Ephraim. Yet the father-in-law says something akin to, "You'll travel better after a good breakfast. Stay and eat!" Not wanting to be rude, the man and his concubine agree to stay.