اَلْقُضَاة 19

وَفِي تِلْكَ ٱلْأَيَّامِ حِينَ لَمْ يَكُنْ مَلِكٌ فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، كَانَ رَجُلٌ لَاوِيٌّ مُتَغَرِّبًا فِي عِقَابِ جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ، فَٱتَّخَذَ لَهُ ٱمْرَأَةً سُرِّيَّةً مِنْ بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا. ١ 1
In those days, when there was no king in Israel, there was a man, a Levite, living for a while in the most remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. He took for himself a woman, a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.
فَزَنَتْ عَلَيْهِ سُرِّيَّتُهُ وَذَهَبَتْ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ إِلَى بَيْتِ أَبِيهَا فِي بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا، وَكَانَتْ هُنَاكَ أَيَّامًا أَرْبَعَةَ أَشْهُرٍ. ٢ 2
But his concubine was unfaithful to him; she left him and went back to her father's house in Bethlehem of Judah. She stayed there for four months.
فَقَامَ رَجُلُهَا وَسَارَ وَرَاءَهَا لِيُطَيِّبَ قَلْبَهَا وَيَرُدَّهَا، وَمَعَهُ غُلَامُهُ وَحِمَارَانِ. فَأَدْخَلَتْهُ بَيْتَ أَبِيهَا. فَلَمَّا رَآهُ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ فَرِحَ بِلِقَائِهِ. ٣ 3
Then her husband got up and went after her in order to persuade her to come back. His servant was with him, and a pair of donkeys. She brought him into her father's house. When the girl's father saw him, he was glad.
وَأَمْسَكَهُ حَمُوهُ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ، فَمَكَثَ مَعَهُ ثَلَاثَةَ أَيَّامٍ، فَأَكَلُوا وَشَرِبُوا وَبَاتُوا هُنَاكَ. ٤ 4
His father-in-law, the girl's father, persuaded him to stay for three days. They ate and drank, and they spent the night there.
وَكَانَ فِي ٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلرَّابِعِ أَنَّهُمْ بَكَّرُوا صَبَاحًا وَقَامَ لِلذَّهَابِ. فَقَالَ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ لِصِهْرِهِ: «أَسْنِدْ قَلْبَكَ بِكِسْرَةِ خُبْزٍ، وَبَعْدُ تَذْهَبُونَ». ٥ 5
On the fourth day they got up early and he prepared to go, but the girl's father said to his son-in-law, “Strengthen yourself with a bit of bread, then you may go.”
فَجَلَسَا وَأَكَلَا كِلَاهُمَا مَعًا وَشَرِبَا. وَقَالَ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ لِلرَّجُلِ: «ٱرْتَضِ وَبِتْ، وَلْيَطِبْ قَلْبُكَ». ٦ 6
So the two of them sat down to eat and drink together. Then the girl's father said, “Please be willing to spend the night and have a good time.”
وَلَمَّا قَامَ ٱلرَّجُلُ لِلذَّهَابِ، أَلَحَّ عَلَيْهِ حَمُوهُ فَعَادَ وَبَاتَ هُنَاكَ. ٧ 7
When the Levite got up to leave, the father of the young woman urged him to stay, so he changed his plan and spent the night there again.
ثُمَّ بَكَّرَ فِي ٱلْغَدِ فِي ٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْخَامِسِ لِلذَّهَابِ. فَقَالَ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ: «أَسْنِدْ قَلْبَكَ، وَتَوَانَوْا حَتَّى يَمِيلَ ٱلنَّهَارُ». وَأَكَلَا كِلَاهُمَا. ٨ 8
On the fifth day he woke up early to leave, but the girl's father said, “Strengthen yourself, and wait until the afternoon.” So the two of them had a meal.
ثُمَّ قَامَ ٱلرَّجُلُ لِلذَّهَابِ هُوَ وَسُرِّيَّتُهُ وَغُلَامُهُ، فَقَالَ لَهُ حَمُوهُ أَبُو ٱلْفَتَاةِ: «إِنَّ ٱلنَّهَارَ قَدْ مَالَ إِلَى ٱلْغُرُوبِ. بِيتُوا ٱلْآنَ. هُوَذَا آخِرُ ٱلنَّهَارِ. بِتْ هُنَا وَلْيَطِبْ قَلْبُكَ، وَغَدًا تُبَكِّرُونَ فِي طَرِيقِكُمْ وَتَذْهَبُ إِلَى خَيْمَتِكَ». ٩ 9
When the Levite and his concubine and his servant rose up to depart, his father-in-law, the girl's father said to him, “See, now the day is advancing toward evening. Please stay another night, and have a good time. You can get up early tomorrow and go back home.”
فَلَمْ يُرِدِ ٱلرَّجُلُ أَنْ يَبِيتَ، بَلْ قَامَ وَذَهَبَ وَجَاءَ إِلَى مُقَابِلِ يَبُوسَ، هِيَ أُورُشَلِيمُ، وَمَعَهُ حِمَارَانِ مَشْدُودَانِ وَسُرِّيَّتُهُ مَعَهُ. ١٠ 10
But the Levite was not willing to spend the night. He got up and left. He went toward Jebus (that is Jerusalem). He had a pair of saddled donkeys—and his concubine was with him.
وَفِيمَا هُمْ عِنْدَ يَبُوسَ وَٱلنَّهَارُ قَدِ ٱنْحَدَرَ جِدًّا، قَالَ ٱلْغُلَامُ لِسَيِّدِهِ: «تَعَالَ نَمِيلُ إِلَى مَدِينَةِ ٱلْيَبُوسِيِّينَ هَذِهِ وَنَبِيتُ فِيهَا». ١١ 11
When they were near Jebus, the day was nearly over, and the servant said to his master, “Come, let us turn aside to the city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.”
فَقَالَ لَهُ سَيِّدُهُ: «لَا نَمِيلُ إِلَى مَدِينَةٍ غَرِيبَةٍ حَيْثُ لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ هُنَا. نَعْبُرُ إِلَى جِبْعَةَ». ١٢ 12
His master said to him, “We will not turn aside into a city of foreigners who do not belong to the people of Israel. We will go on to Gibeah.”
وَقَالَ لِغُلَامِهِ: «تَعَالَ نَتَقَدَّمُ إِلَى أَحَدِ ٱلْأَمَاكِنِ وَنَبِيتُ فِي جِبْعَةَ أَوْ فِي ٱلرَّامَةِ». ١٣ 13
The Levite said to his young man, “Come, let us go to one of those other places, and spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah.”
فَعَبَرُوا وَذَهَبُوا. وَغَابَتْ لَهُمُ ٱلشَّمْسُ عِنْدَ جِبْعَةَ ٱلَّتِي لِبَنْيَامِينَ. ١٤ 14
So they went on, and the sun set as they came near to Gibeah, in the territory of Benjamin.
فَمَالُوا إِلَى هُنَاكَ لِكَيْ يَدْخُلُوا وَيَبِيتُوا فِي جِبْعَةَ. فَدَخَلَ وَجَلَسَ فِي سَاحَةِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ وَلَمْ يَضُمَّهُمْ أَحَدٌ إِلَى بَيْتِهِ لِلْمَبِيتِ. ١٥ 15
They turned aside there to spend the night in Gibeah. They went and sat down in the city square, but no one took them into his house for the night.
وَإِذَا بِرَجُلٍ شَيْخٍ جَاءَ مِنْ شُغْلِهِ مِنَ ٱلْحَقْلِ عِنْدَ ٱلْمَسَاءِ. وَٱلرَّجُلُ مِنْ جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ، وَهُوَ غَرِيبٌ فِي جِبْعَةَ، وَرِجَالُ ٱلْمَكَانِ بَنْيَامِينِيُّونَ. ١٦ 16
But then an old man was coming from his work in the field that evening. He was from the hill country of Ephraim, and he was staying for a while in Gibeah. But the men living in that place were Benjamites.
فَرَفَعَ عَيْنَيْهِ وَرَأَى ٱلرَّجُلَ ٱلْمُسَافِرَ فِي سَاحَةِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، فَقَالَ ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلشَّيْخُ: «إِلَى أَيْنَ تَذْهَبُ؟ وَمِنْ أَيْنَ أَتَيْتَ؟» ١٧ 17
He raised his eyes and saw the traveler in the city square. The old man said, “Where are you going? Where are you coming from?”
فَقَالَ لَهُ: «نَحْنُ عَابِرُونَ مِنْ بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا إِلَى عِقَابِ جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ. أَنَا مِنْ هُنَاكَ، وَقَدْ ذَهَبْتُ إِلَى بَيْتِ لَحْمِ يَهُوذَا، وَأَنَا ذَاهِبٌ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ وَلَيْسَ أَحَدٌ يَضُمُّنِي إِلَى ٱلْبَيْتِ. ١٨ 18
The Levite said to him, “We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to the most remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, which is where I come from. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to the house of Yahweh, but there is no one who will take me into his house.
وَأَيْضًا عِنْدَنَا تِبْنٌ وَعَلَفٌ لِحَمِيرِنَا، وَأَيْضًا خُبْزٌ وَخَمْرٌ لِي وَلِأَمَتِكَ وَلِلْغُلَامِ ٱلَّذِي مَعَ عَبِيدِكَ. لَيْسَ ٱحْتِيَاجٌ إِلَى شَيْءٍ». ١٩ 19
We have straw and feed for our donkeys, and there is bread and wine for me and your female servant here, and for this young man with your servants. We lack nothing.”
فَقَالَ ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلشَّيْخُ: «ٱلسَّلَامُ لَكَ. إِنَّمَا كُلُّ ٱحْتِيَاجِكَ عَلَيَّ، وَلَكِنْ لَا تَبِتْ فِي ٱلسَّاحَةِ». ٢٠ 20
The old man greeted them, “Peace be with you! I will take care of all your needs. Only do not spend the night in the square.”
وَجَاءَ بِهِ إِلَى بَيْتِهِ، وَعَلَفَ حَمِيرَهُمْ، فَغَسَلُوا أَرْجُلَهُمْ وَأَكَلُوا وَشَرِبُوا. ٢١ 21
So the man brought the Levite into his house and gave feed to the donkeys. They washed their feet and ate and drank.
وَفِيمَا هُمْ يُطَيِّبُونَ قُلُوبَهُمْ، إِذَا بِرِجَالِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، رِجَالِ بَنِي بَلِيَّعَالَ، أَحَاطُوا بِٱلْبَيْتِ قَارِعِينَ ٱلْبَابَ، وَكَلَّمُوا ٱلرَّجُلَ صَاحِبَ ٱلْبَيْتِ ٱلشَّيْخَ قَائِلِينَ: «أَخْرِجِ ٱلرَّجُلَ ٱلَّذِي دَخَلَ بَيْتَكَ فَنَعْرِفَهُ». ٢٢ 22
While they were making their hearts glad, some men of the city, worthless men, surrounded the house, beating on the door. They spoke to the old man, the master of the house, saying, “Bring out the man who came into your house, so we can have sex with him.”
فَخَرَجَ إِلَيْهِمْ ٱلْرَّجُلُ صَاحِبُ ٱلْبَيْتِ وَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «لَا يَا إِخْوَتِي. لَا تَفْعَلُوا شَرًّا. بَعْدَمَا دَخَلَ هَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ بَيْتِي لَا تَفْعَلُوا هَذِهِ ٱلْقَبَاحَةَ. ٢٣ 23
The man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, please do not do this evil thing! Since this man is a guest in my house, do not do this wicked thing!
هُوَذَا ٱبْنَتِي ٱلْعَذْرَاءُ وَسُرِّيَّتُهُ. دَعُونِي أُخْرِجْهُمَا، فَأَذِلُّوهُمَا وَٱفْعَلُوا بِهِمَا مَا يَحْسُنُ فِي أَعْيُنِكُمْ. وَأَمَّا هَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ فَلَا تَعْمَلُوا بِهِ هَذَا ٱلْأَمْرَ ٱلْقَبِيحَ». ٢٤ 24
See, my virgin daughter and his concubine are here. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them whatever you like. But do not do such a wicked thing to this man!”
فَلَمْ يُرِدِ ٱلرِّجَالُ أَنْ يَسْمَعُوا لَهُ. فَأَمْسَكَ ٱلرَّجُلُ سُرِّيَّتَهُ وَأَخْرَجَهَا إِلَيْهِمْ خَارِجًا، فَعَرَفُوهَا وَتَعَلَّلُوا بِهَا ٱللَّيْلَ كُلَّهُ إِلَى ٱلصَّبَاحِ. وَعِنْدَ طُلُوعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ أَطْلَقُوهَا. ٢٥ 25
But the men would not listen to him, so the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them. They raped her and abused her all throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.
فَجَاءَتِ ٱلْمَرْأَةُ عِنْدَ إِقْبَالِ ٱلصَّبَاحِ وَسَقَطَتْ عِنْدَ بَابِ بَيْتِ ٱلرَّجُلِ حَيْثُ سَيِّدُهَا هُنَاكَ إِلَى ٱلضَّوْءِ. ٢٦ 26
At dawn the woman came and she fell down at the door of the man's house where her master was, and she lay there until it was light.
فَقَامَ سَيِّدُهَا فِي ٱلصَّبَاحِ وَفَتَحَ أَبْوَابَ ٱلْبَيْتِ وَخَرَجَ لِلذَّهَابِ فِي طَرِيقِهِ، وَإِذَا بِٱلْمَرْأَةِ سُرِّيَّتِهِ سَاقِطَةٌ عَلَى بَابِ ٱلْبَيْتِ، وَيَدَاهَا عَلَى ٱلْعَتَبَةِ. ٢٧ 27
Her master rose up in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way. He could see his concubine lying there at the door, with her hands on the threshold.
فَقَالَ لَهَا: «قُومِي نَذْهَبْ». فَلَمْ يَكُنْ مُجِيبٌ. فَأَخَذَهَا عَلَى ٱلْحِمَارِ وَقَامَ ٱلرَّجُلُ وَذَهَبَ إِلَى مَكَانِهِ. ٢٨ 28
The Levite said to her, “Get up. Let us go.” But there was no answer. He put her on the donkey, and the man set out for home.
وَدَخَلَ بَيْتَهُ وَأَخَذَ ٱلسِّكِّينَ وَأَمْسَكَ سُرِّيَّتَهُ وَقَطَّعَهَا مَعَ عِظَامِهَا إِلَى ٱثْنَتَيْ عَشَرَةَ قِطْعَةً، وَأَرْسَلَهَا إِلَى جَمِيعِ تُخُومِ إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٢٩ 29
When the Levite came to his house, he took a knife, and he took hold of his concubine, and cut her up, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent the pieces everywhere throughout Israel.
وَكُلُّ مَنْ رَأَى قَالَ: «لَمْ يَكُنْ وَلَمْ يُرَ مِثْلُ هَذَا مِنْ يَوْمِ صُعُودِ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ مِنْ أَرْضِ مِصْرَ إِلَى هَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. تَبَصَّرُوا فِيهِ وَتَشَاوَرُوا وَتَكَلَّمُوا». ٣٠ 30
All who saw this said, “Such a thing has never been done or seen from the day the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt to this present day. Think about it! Give us advice! Tell us what to do!”