Judges 19:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 19:9, NIV: Then when the man, with his concubine and his servant, got up to leave, his father-in-law, the woman's father, said, 'Now look, it's almost evening. Spend the night here; the day is nearly over. Stay and enjoy yourself. Early tomorrow morning you can get up and be on your way home."

Judges 19:9, ESV: And when the man and his concubine and his servant rose up to depart, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold, now the day has waned toward evening. Please, spend the night. Behold, the day draws to its close. Lodge here and let your heart be merry, and tomorrow you shall arise early in the morning for your journey, and go home.”

Judges 19:9, KJV: And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

Judges 19:9, NASB: When the man got up to go, along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, 'Behold now, the day has drawn to a close; please spend the night. Behold, the day is coming to an end; spend the night here so that your heart may be cheerful. Then tomorrow you may arise early for your journey and go home.'

Judges 19:9, NLT: Later, as the man and his concubine and servant were preparing to leave, his father-in-law said, 'Look, it's almost evening. Stay the night and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can get up early and be on your way.'

Judges 19:9, CSB: The man got up to go with his concubine and his servant, when his father-in-law, the girl's father, said to him, "Look, night is coming. Please spend the night. See, the day is almost over. Spend the night here, enjoy yourself, then you can get up early tomorrow for your journey and go home."

What does Judges 19:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The moment has finally come when the Levite man feels he can appropriately resist his father-in-law's aggressive pleas for him to stay another night (Judges 19:1–8). The man and his servant and his concubine stand up to leave the house and get on the road toward Ephraim. The girl's father once more asks them to stay just one more night. He's done this several times already, and what started out as a short trip has turned into a five-day stay.

This time, the father-in-law makes a practical point. It is late in the day, almost evening. Why set out now when it will soon be growing dark? Enjoy yourself here for one more night, then get up early tomorrow and head home. After so many delays, the Levite probably thinks if he doesn't leave now he'll be caught in the same cycle for another day. And so, he will politely refuse, though he may eventually wish he hadn't.