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And behold, in the evening an old man came from his work, from the field, and the man was from the hill country of Ephraim. He was living in Gibeah even though the men of the place were Benjamites. Bible

“from his work, from the field.” In the ancient near east, and still in many places, people build houses close together for protection and support. That is the case here, and the old man had been outside the village working but was now coming back to town in the evening.

“and the man was from the hill country of Ephraim.” So this old man and the Levite were both from the tribal area of Ephraim.


Commentary for: Judges 19:16