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1 And it came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of Israel asked of Jehovah, saying, Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them? 2And Jehovah said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 3And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with you into your lot. So Simeon went with him. 4And Judah went up; and Jehovah delivered the Canaanites and the Pe-riz-zites into their hand: and they struck of them in Be-zek ten thousand men. 5And they found Adoni-Be-zek in Be-zek; and they fought against him, and they struck the Canaanites and the Pe-riz-zites. 6But Adoni-Be-zek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7And Adoni-Be-zek said, seventy kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their food under my table: as I have done, so God has requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. 8And the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem, and took it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

9And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites that dwelt in the hill-country, and in the South, and in the lowland. 10And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in He-bron (now the name of He-bron beforetime was Kir-jath-ar-ba); and they struck She-shai, and A-hi-man, and Tal-mai. 11And from there he went against the inhabitants of De-bir. (Now the name of De-bir beforetime was Kir-jath-se-pher.) 12And Caleb said, He that strike Kir-jath-se-pher, and takes it, to him will I give Ach-sah my daughter to wife. 13And Oth-ni-el the son of Ke-naz, Calebís younger brother, took it: and he gave him Ach-sah his daughter to wife. 14And it came to pass, when she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she dismounted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What would you have? 15And she said unto him, Give me a blessing; for that you have set me in the land of the South, give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. 16And the children of the Ke-nite, Mosesí brother-in-law, went up out of the city of palm-trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which is in the south of Ar-ad; and they went and dwelt with the people. 17And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they struck the Canaanites that inhabited Ze-phath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hor-mah. 18Also Judah took Ga-za with the border thereof, and Ash-ke-lon with the border thereof, and Ek-ron with the border thereof. 19And Jehovah was with Judah; and drove out the inhabitants of the hill-country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. 20And they gave He-bron unto Caleb, as Moses had spoken: and he drove out of there the three sons of Anak.

21And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jeb-u-sites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jeb-u-sites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day. 22And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Beth-el; and Jehovah was with them. 23And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Beth-el. (Now the name of the city beforetime was Luz.) 24And the watchers saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Show us, we pray you, the entrance into the city, and we will deal kindly with you. 25And he showed them the entrance into the city; and they struck the city with the edge of the sword; but they let the man go and all his family. 26And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz, which is the name thereof unto this day. 27And Ma-nas-seh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-she-an and its towns, nor of Ta-a-nach and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Ib-le-am and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Me-gid-do and its towns; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 28And it came to pass, when Israel was waxed strong, that they put the Canaanites to taskwork, and did not utterly drive them out. 29And E-phra-im drove not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Ge-zer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Ge-zer among them. 30Ze-bu-lun drove not out the inhabitants of Kit-ron, nor the inhabitants of Na-ha-lol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became subject to taskwork. 31Asher drove not out the inhabitants of Ac-cho, nor the inhabitants of Zi-don, nor of Ah-lab, nor of Ach-zib, nor of Hel-bah, nor of A-phik, nor of Re-hob; 32but the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out. 33Naph-ta-li drove not out the inhabitants of Beth-she-mesh, nor the inhabitants of Beth-a-nath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-she-mesh and of Beth-a-nath became subject to taskwork. 34And the Am-or-ites forced the children of Dan into the hill-country; for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley; 35but the Am-or-ites would dwell in mount He-res, in A-i-ja-lon, and in Sha-al-bim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became subject to taskwork. 36And the border of the Am-or-ites was from the ascent of Ak-rab-bim, from the rock, and upward.

 

2 And the angel of Jehovah came up from Gil-gal to Bo-chim. And he said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you: 2and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars. But you have not listened unto my voice: why have you done this? 3Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. 4And it came to pass, when the angel of Jehovah spoke these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5And they called the name of that place Bo-chim: and they sacrificed there unto Jehovah.

6Now when Joshua had sent the people away, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 7And the people served Jehovah all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of Jehovah that he had worked for Israel. 8And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Jehovah, died, being a hundred and ten years old. 9And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Tim-nath-he-res, in the hill-country of E-phra-im, on the north of the mountain of Ga-ash. 10And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, that knew not Jehovah, nor yet the work which he had worked for Israel. 11And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Ba-a-lim; 12and they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the peoples that were round about them, and bowed themselves down unto them: and they provoked Jehovah to anger. 13And they forsook Jehovah, and served Ba-al and the Ash-ta-roth. 14And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them; and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 15Whithersoever they went out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil, as Jehovah had spoken, and as Jehovah had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. 16And Jehovah raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 17And yet they listened not unto their judges; for they played the harlot after other gods, and bowed themselves down unto them: they turned aside quickly out of the way wherein their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of Jehovah; but they did not obey. 18And when Jehovah raised them up judges, then Jehovah was with the judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented Jehovah because of their groaning by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 19But it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their doings, nor from their stubborn way. 20And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel; and he said, Because this nation has transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened unto my voice; 21I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations that Joshua left when he died; 22that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of Jehovah to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. 23So Jehovah left those nations, without driving them out quickly; neither did he delivered them into the hand of Joshua.

3 Now these are the nations which Jehovah left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof: 3namely, the five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Si-do-ni-ans, and the Hi-vites that dwelt in mount Leb-a-non, from mount Ba-al-Her-mon unto the entrance of Ha-math. 4And they were left, to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would listen unto the commandments of Jehovah, which he commanded their fathers by Moses. 5And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Am-or-ites, and the Pe-riz-zites, and the Hi-vites, and the Jeb-u-sites: 6and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods. 7And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and forgot Jehovah their God, and served the Ba-a-lim and the Ash-er-oth.

8Therefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chu-shan-rish-a-tha-im king of Mes-o-po-ta-mi-a: and the children of Israel served Chu-shan-rish-a-tha-im eight years. 9And when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, Jehovah raised up a saviour to the children of Israel, who saved them, even Oth-ni-el the son of Ke-naz, Calebís younger brother. 10And the Spirit of Jehovah came upon him, and he judged Israel; and he went out to war, and Jehovah delivered Chu-shan-rish-a-tha-im king of Mes-o-po-ta-mi-a into his hand: and his hand prevailed against Chu-shan-rish-a-tha-im. 11And the land had rest forty years. And Oth-ni-el the son of Ke-naz died.

12And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and Jehovah strengthened Eg-lon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah. 13And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Am-a-lek; and he went and struck Israel, and they possessed the city of palm-trees. 14And the children of Israel served Eg-lon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15But when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, Jehovah raised them up a saviour, E-hud the son of Ge-ra, the Benjamite, a man left-handed. And the children of Israel sent tribute by him unto Eg-lon the king of Moab. 16And E-hud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh. 17And he offered the tribute unto Eg-lon king of Moab: now Eg-lon was a very fat man. 18And when he had made an end of offering the tribute, he sent away the people that bare the tribute. 19But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gil-gal, and said, I have a secret errand unto you, O king. And he said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him. 20And E-hud came unto him; and he was sitting by himself alone in the cool upper room. And E-hud said, I have a message from God unto you. And he arose out of his seat. 21And E-hud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his body: 22and the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, for he drew not the sword out of his body; and it came out behind. 23Then E-hud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper room upon him, and locked them. 24Now when he was gone out, his servants came; and they saw, and, behold, the doors of the upper room were locked; and they said, Surely he is covering his feet in the upper chamber. 25And they tarried till they were ashamed; and, behold, he opened not the doors of the upper room: therefore they took the key, and opened them, and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. 26And E-hud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Sr-i-rath. 27And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the hill-country of E-phra-im; and the children of Israel went down with him from the hill-country, and he before them. 28And he said unto them, Follow after me; for Jehovah has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites, and suffered not a man to pass over. 29And they struck of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, every lusty man, and every man of valor; and there escaped not a man. 30So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest eighty years.

31And after him was Sham-gar the son of A-nath, who struck of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox-goad: and he also saved Israel.

 

4 And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, when E-hud was dead. 2And Jehovah sold them into the hand of Ja-bin king of Canaan, that reigned in Ha-zor; the captain of whose host was Sis-e-ra, who dwelt in Ha-ro-sheth of the Gentiles. 3And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

4Now Deb-o-rah, a prophetess, the wife of Lap-i-doth, she judged Israel at that time. 5And she dwelt under the palm-tree of Deb-o-rah between Ra-mah and Beth-el in the hill-country of E-phra-im: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6And she sent and called Bar-ak the son of A-bin-o-am out of Ke-desh-Naph-ta-li, and said unto him, has not Jehovah, the God of Israel, commanded, saying, Go and draw unto mount Ta-bor, and take with you ten thousand men of the children of Naph-ta-li and of the children of Ze-bu-lun? 7And I will draw unto you, to the river Ki-shon, Sis-e-ra, the captain of Ja-binís army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your hand. 8And Bar-ak said unto her, If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go. 9And she said, I will surely go with you: notwithstanding, the journey that you take shall not be for your honor; for Jehovah will sell Sis-e-ra into the hand of a woman. And Deb-o-rah arose, and went with Bar-ak to Ke-desh.

10And Bar-ak called Ze-bu-lun and Naph-ta-li together to Ke-desh; and there went up ten thousand men at his feet: and Deb-o-rah went up with him. 11Now He-ber the Ke-nite had separated himself from the Ke-nites, even from the children of Ho-bab the brother-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far as the oak in Za-a-nan-nim, which is by Ke-desh. 12And they told Sis-e-ra that Bar-ak the son of A-bin-o-am was gone up to mount Ta-bor. 13And Sis-e-ra gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Ha-ro-sheth of the Gentiles, unto the river Ki-shon. 14And Deb-o-rah said unto Bar-ak, Up; for this is the day in which Jehovah has delivered Sis-e-ra into your hand; is not Jehovah gone out before you? So Bar-ak went down from mount Ta-bor, and ten thousand men after him. 15And Jehovah confused Sis-e-ra, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Bar-ak; and Sis-e-ra dismounted from his chariot, and fled away on his feet. 16But Bar-ak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Ha-ro-sheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sis-e-ra fell by the edge of the sword; there was not a man left.

17Howbeit Sis-e-ra fled away on his feet to the tent of Ja-el the wife of He-ber the Ke-nite; for there was peace between Ja-bin the king of Ha-zor and the house of He-ber the Ke-nite. 18And Ja-el went out to meet Sis-e-ra, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And he turned in unto her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19And he said unto her, Give me, I pray you, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him to drink, and covered him. 20And he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man does come and inquire of you, and say, Is there any man here? that you shall say, No. 21Then Ja-el He-berís wife took a tent-pin, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and struck the pin into his temples, and it pierced through into the ground; for he was in a deep sleep; so he swooned and died. 22And, behold, as Bar-ak pursued Sis-e-ra, Ja-el came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek. And he came unto her; and, behold, Sis-e-ra lay dead, and the tent-pin was in his temples. 23So God subdued on that day Ja-bin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel. 24And the hand of the children of Israel prevailed more and more against Ja-bin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Ja-bin king of Canaan.

 

5 Then sang Deb-o-rah and Bar-ak the son of A-bin-o-am on that day, saying, 2For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, For that the people offered themselves willingly, Bless you Jehovah. 3Hear, O you kings; give ear, O you princes; I, even I, will sing unto Jehovah; I will sing praise to Jehovah, the God of Israel. 4Jehovah, when you went forth out of Se-ir, When you marched out of the field of E-dom, The earth trembled, the heavens also dropped, yes, the clouds dropped water. 5The mountains quaked at the presence of Jehovah, Even yon Si-nai at the presence of Jehovah, the God of Israel.

6In the days of Sham-gar the son of A-nath, In the days of Ja-el, the highways were unoccupied, And the travelers walked through byways. 7The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, Until that I Deb-o-rah arose, That I arose a mother in Israel. 8They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel? 9My heart is toward the governors of Israel, That offered themselves willingly among the people: Bless you Jehovah. 10Tell of it, you that ride on white asses, you that sit on rich carpets, And you that walk by the way. 11Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water, There shall they rehearse the righteous acts of Jehovah, Even the righteous acts of his rule in Israel. Then the people of Jehovah went down to the gates.

12Awake, awake, Deb-o-rah; Awake, awake, utter a song: Arise, Bar-ak, and lead away your captives, you son of A-bin-o-am. 13Then came down a remnant of the nobles and the people; Jehovah came down for me against the mighty. 14Out of E-phra-im came down they whose root is in Am-a-lek; After you, Benjamin, among your peoples; Out of Ma-chir came down governors, And out of Ze-bu-lun they that handle the marshalís staff. 15And the princes of Is-sa-char were with Deb-o-rah; As was Is-sa-char, so was Bar-ak; Into the valley they rushed forth at his feet. By the watercourses of Reuben There were great resolves of heart. 16Why sat you among the sheepfolds, To hear the pipings for the flocks? At the watercourses of Reuben There were great searchings of heart. 17Gil-e-ad abode beyond the Jordan: And Dan, why did he remain in ships? Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, And abode by his creeks. 18Zebulun was a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, And Naph-ta-li, upon the high places of the field. 19The kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan. In Ta-a-nach by the waters of Me-gid-do: They took no gain of money. 20From heaven fought the stars, From their courses they fought against Sis-e-ra. 21The river Ki-shon swept them away, That ancient river, the river Ki-shon. O my soul, march on with strength. 22Then did the horsehoofs stamp By reason of the prancings, the prancings of their strong ones. 23Curse you Me-roz, said the angel of Jehovah. Curse you bitterly the inhabitants thereof, Because they came not to the help of Jehovah, To the help of Jehovah against the mighty.

24Blessed above women shall Ja-el be, The wife of He-ber the Ke-nite; Blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25He asked water, and she gave him milk; She brought him butter in a lordly dish. 26She put her hand to the tent-pin, And her right hand to the workmenís hammer; And with the hammer she struck Sis-e-ra, she struck through his head; yes, she pierced and struck through his temples. 27At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; At her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell down dead. 28Through the window she looked forth, and cried, The mother of Sis-e-ra cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 29Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself, 30Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil? A damsel, two damsels to every man; To Sis-e-ra a spoil of dyed garments, A spoil of dyed garments embroidered, Of dyed garments embroidered on both sides, on the necks of the spoil? 31So let all your enemies perish, O Jehovah: But let them that love him be as the sun when he go forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

 

6 And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Mid-i-an seven years. 2And the hand of Mid-i-an prevailed against Israel; and because of Mid-i-an the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and the caves, and the strongholds. 3And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Mid-i-a-nites came up, and the A-mal-ek-ites, and the children of the east; they came up against them; 4and they camped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till you come unto Ga-za, and left no sustenance in Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 5For they came up with their cattle and their tents; they came in as locusts for multitude; both they and their camels were without number: and they came into the land to destroy it. 6And Israel was brought very low because of Mid-i-an; and the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah.

7And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah because of Mid-i-an, 8that Jehovah sent a prophet unto the children of Israel: and he said unto them, this says Jehovah, the God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 9and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10and I said unto you, I am Jehovah your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Am-or-ites, in whose land you dwell. But you have not listened unto my voice.

11And the angel of Jehovah came, and sat under the oak which was in Oph-rah, that pertained unto Jo-ash the A-bi-ez-rite: and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Mid-i-a-nites. 12And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto him, and said unto him, Jehovah is with you, you mighty man of valor. 13And Gideon said unto him, Oh, my lord, if Jehovah is with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where are all his wondrous works which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not Jehovah bring us up from Egypt? but now Jehovah has cast us off, and delivered us into the hand of Mid-i-an. 14And Jehovah looked upon him, and said, Go in this your might, and save Israel from the hand of Mid-i-an: have I not sent you? 15And he said unto him, Oh, Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is the poorest in Ma-nas-seh, and I am the least in my fatherís house. 16And Jehovah said unto him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall strike the Mid-i-a-nites as one man. 17And he said unto him, If now I have found favor in your sight, then show me a sign that it is you that talks with me. 18Depart not hence, I pray you, until I come unto you, and bring forth my present, and lay it before you. And he said, I will tarry until you come again. 19And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an E-phah of meal: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 20And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21Then the angel of Jehovah put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there went up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of Jehovah departed out of his sight. 22And Gideon saw that he was the angel of Jehovah; and Gideon said, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! forasmuch as I have seen the angel of Jehovah face to face. 23And Jehovah said unto him, Peace be unto you; fear not: you shall not die. 24Then Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Oph-rah of the A-bi-ez-rites.

25And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Take your fatherís bullock, even the second bullock seven years old, and throw down the altar of Ba-al that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is by it; 26and build an altar unto Jehovah your God upon the top of this stronghold, in the orderly manner, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt-offering with the wood of the Asherah which you shall cut down. 27Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as Jehovah had spoken unto him: and it came to pass, because he feared his fatherís household and the men of the city, so that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. 28And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Ba-al was broken down, and the Asherah was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 29And they said one to another, Who has done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Jo-ash has done this thing. 30Then the men of the city said unto Jo-ash, Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has broken down the altar of Ba-al, and because he has cut down the Asherah that was by it. 31And Jo-ash said unto all that stood against him, Will you contend for Ba-al? Or will you save him? he that will contend for him, let him be put to death while it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him contend for himself, because one has broken down his altar. 32Therefore on that day he called him Jer-ub-ba-al, saying, Let Ba-al contend against him, because he has broken down his altar.

33Then all the Mid-i-a-nites and the A-mal-ek-ites and the children of the east assembled themselves together; and they passed over, and camped in the valley of Jez-reel. 34But the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet; and A-bi-e-zer was gathered together after him. 35And he sent messengers throughout all Ma-nas-seh; and they also were gathered together after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Ze-bu-lun, and unto Naph-ta-li; and they came up to meet them. 36And Gideon said unto God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken, 37behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken. 38And it was so; for he rose up early on the next day, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39And Gideon said unto God, Let not your anger be kindled against me, and I will speak but this once: let me make trial, I pray you, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

 

7 Then Jer-ub-ba-al, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and camped beside the spring of Har-od: and the camp of Mid-i-an was on the north side of them, by the hill of Mo-reh, in the valley. 2And Jehovah said unto Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Mid-i-a-nites into their hand, unless Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, my own hand has saved me. 3Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from mount Gil-e-ad. And there returned of the people twenty-two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4And Jehovah said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for you there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto you, This shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomsoever I say unto you, This shall not go with you, the same shall not go. 5So he brought down the people unto the water: and Jehovah said unto Gideon, Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him shall you set by himself; likewise every one that bows down upon his knees to drink. 6And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7And Jehovah said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Mid-i-a-nites into your hand; and let all the people go every man unto his place. 8So the people took goods in their hand, and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of Israel every man unto his tent, but retained the three hundred men: and the camp of Mid-i-an was beneath him in the valley.

9And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Arise, get yourself down into the camp; for I have delivered it into your hand. 10But if you fear to go down, go with Phu-rah your servant down to the camp: 11and you shall hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands be strengthened to go down into the camp. Then he went down with Phu-rah his servant unto the outermost part of the armed men that were in the camp. 12And the Mid-i-a-nites and the A-mal-ek-ites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is upon the sea-shore for multitude. 13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man telling a dream unto his fellow; and he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream; and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Mid-i-an, and came unto the tent, and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat. 14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Jo-ash, a man of Israel: into his hand God has delivered Mid-i-an, and all the host. 15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped; and he returned into the camp of Israel, and said, Arise; for Jehovah has delivered into your hand the host of Mid-i-an.

16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put into the hands of all of them trumpets, and empty pitchers, with torches within the pitchers. 17And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outermost part of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall you do. 18When I blow the trumpet, I and all that are with me, then you blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, For Jehovah and for Gideon. 19So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outermost part of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, when they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake in pieces the pitchers that were in their hands. 20And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands wherewith to blow; and they cried, The sword of Jehovah and of Gideon. 21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran; and they shouted, and put them to flight. 22And they blew the three hundred trumpets, and Jehovah set every manís sword against his fellow, and against all the host; and the host fled as far as Beth-shit-tah toward Zer-e-rath, as far as the border of A-bel-me-ho-lah, by Tabbath.

23And the men of Israel were gathered together out of Naph-ta-li, and out of Asher, and out of all Ma-nas-seh, and pursued after Mid-i-an. 24And Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill-country of E-phra-im, saying, Come down against Mid-i-an, and take before them the waters, as far as Beth-bar-ah, even the Jordan. So all the men of E-phra-im were gathered together, and took the waters as far as Beth-bar-ah, even the Jordan. 25And they took the two princes of Mid-i-an, Or-eb and Zeeb; and they slew Or-eb at the rock of Or-eb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Mid-i-an: and they brought the heads of Or-eb and Zeeb to Gideon beyond the Jordan.

 

8 And the men of E-phra-im said unto him, Why have you served us this, that you called us not, when you went to fight with Mid-i-an? And they did chide with him sharply. 2And he said unto them, What have I now done in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of E-phra-im better than the vintage of A-bi-e-zer? 3God has delivered into your hand the princes of Mid-i-an, Or-eb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.

4And Gideon came to the Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing. 5And he said unto the men of Suc-coth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they are faint, and I am pursuing after Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na, the kings of Mid-i-an. 6And the princes of Suc-coth said, Are the hands of Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na now in your hand, that we should give bread unto your army? 7And Gideon said, Therefore when Jehovah has delivered Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers. 8And he went up there to Pen-u-el, and spoke unto them in like manner; and the men of Pen-u-el answered him as the men of Suc-coth had answered. 9And he spoke also unto the men of Pen-u-el, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. 10Now Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na were in Kar-kor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the host of the children of the east; for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. 11And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of No-bah and Jog-be-hah, and struck the host; for the host was secure. 12And Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na fled; and he pursued after them; and he took the two kings of Mid-i-an, Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na, and confused all the host. 13And Gideon the son of Jo-ash returned from the battle from the ascent of He-res. 14And he caught a young man of the men of Suc-coth, and inquired of him: and he described for him the princes of Suc-coth, and the elders thereof, seventy-seven men. 15And he came unto the men of Suc-coth, and said, Behold Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na, concerning whom you did taunt me, saying, Are the hands of Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na now in your hand, that we should give bread unto your men that are weary? 16And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Suc-coth. 17And he brake down the tower of Pen-u-el, and slew the men of the city.

18Then he said unto Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na, What manner of men were they whom you slew at Ta-bor? And they answered, As you are, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. 19And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother: as Jehovah lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you. 20And he said unto Je-ther his first-born, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth. 21Then Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na said, Rise yourself, and fall upon us; for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Ze-bah and Zal-mun-na, and took the crescents that were on their camelsí necks.

22Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, You rule over us, both you, and your son, and your sonís son also; for you have saved us out of the hand of Mid-i-an. 23And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Jehovah shall rule over you. 24And Gideon said unto them, I would make a request of you, that you would give me every man the ear-rings of his spoil. (For they had golden ear-rings, because they were Ish-ma-e-lites.) 25And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the ear-rings of his spoil. 26And the weight of the golden ear-rings that he requested was a thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, besides the crescents, and the pendants, and the purple raiment that was on the kings of Mid-i-an, and besides the chains that were about their camelsí necks. 27And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Oph-rah: and all Israel played the harlot after it there; and it became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. 28So Mid-i-an was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.

29And Jer-ub-ba-al the son of Jo-ash went and dwelt in his own house. 30And Gideon had seventy sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives. 31And his concubine that was in She-chem, she also bare him a son, and he called his name A-bim-e-lech. 32And Gideon the son of Jo-ash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Jo-ash his father, in Oph-rah of the A-bi-ez-rites. 33And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and played the harlot after the Ba-a-lim, and made Ba-al-be-rith their god. 34And the children of Israel remembered not Jehovah their God, who had delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side; 35neither showed they their kindness to the house of Jer-ub-ba-al, who is Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel.

 

9 And A-bim-e-lech the son of Jer-ub-ba-al went to She-chem unto his motherís brethren, and spoke with them, and with all the family of the house of his motherís father, saying, 2Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of She-chem, Whether it is better for you, that all the sons of Jer-ub-ba-al, who are seventy persons, rule over you, or that one rule over you? Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh. 3And his motherís brethren spoke of him in the ears of all the men of She-chem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow A-bim-e-lech; for they said, He is our brother. 4And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Ba-al-be-rith, wherewith A-bim-e-lech hired vain and light fellows, who followed him. 5And he went unto his fatherís house at Oph-rah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jer-ub-ba-al, being seventy persons, upon one stone: but Jo-tham the youngest son of Jer-ub-ba-al was left; for he hid himself. 6And all the men of She-chem assembled themselves together, and all the house of Mil-lo, and went and made A-bim-e-lech king, by the oak of the pillar that was in She-chem.

7And when they told it to Jo-tham, he went and stood on the top of mount Ge-ri-zim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, listen unto me, you men of She-chem, that God may listen unto you. 8The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive-tree, You reign over us. 9But the olive-tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honor God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees? 10And the trees said to the fig-tree, You come, and reign over us. 11But the fig-tree said unto them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to wave to and fro over the trees? 12And the trees said unto the vine, You come, and reign over us. 13And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees? 14Then said all the trees unto the bramble, You come, and reign over us. 15And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Leb-a-non. 16Now therefore, if you have dealt truly and uprightly, in that you have made A-bim-e-lech king, and if you have dealt well with Jer-ub-ba-al and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands 17(for my father fought for you, and adventured his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Mid-i-an: 18and you are risen up against my fatherís house this day, and have slain his sons, seventy persons, upon one stone, and have made A-bim-e-lech, the son of his maid-servant, king over the men of She-chem, because he is your brother); 19if you then have dealt truly and uprightly with Jer-ub-ba-al and with his house this day, then rejoice yourselves in A-bim-e-lech, and let him also rejoice in you: 20but if not, let fire come out from A-bim-e-lech, and devour the men of She-chem, and the house of Mil-lo; and let fire come out from the men of She-chem, and from the house of Mil-lo, and devour A-bim-e-lech. 21And Jo-tham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of A-bim-e-lech his brother.

22And A-bim-e-lech was prince over Israel three years. 23And God sent an evil spirit between A-bim-e-lech and the men of She-chem; and the men of She-chem dealt treacherously with A-bim-e-lech: 24that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jer-ub-ba-al might come, and that their blood might be laid upon A-bim-e-lech their brother, who slew them, and upon the men of She-chem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brethren. 25And the men of She-chem set liers-in-wait for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told A-bim-e-lech. 26And Ga-al the son of E-bed came with his brethren, and went over to She-chem; and the men of She-chem put their trust in him. 27And they went out into the field, and gathered their vineyards, and trod the grapes, and held a festival, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed A-bim-e-lech. 28And Ga-al the son of E-bed said, Who is A-bim-e-lech, and who is She-chem, that we should serve him? Is not he the son of Jer-ub-ba-al? and Ze-bul his officer? do you serve the men of Ha-mor the father of She-chem: but why should we serve him? 29And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove A-bim-e-lech. And he said to A-bim-e-lech, Increase your army, and come out. 30And when Ze-bul the ruler of the city heard the words of Ga-al the son of E-bed, his anger was kindled. 31And he sent messengers unto A-bim-e-lech craftily, saying, Behold, Ga-al the son of E-bed and his brethren are come to She-chem; and, behold, they constrain the city to take part against you. 32Now therefore, go up by night, you and the people that are with you, and lie in wait in the field: 33and it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you shall rise early, and rush upon the city; and, behold, when he and the people that are with him come out against you, then may you do to them as you shall find occasion. 34And A-bim-e-lech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against She-chem in four companies. 35And Ga-al the son of E-bed went out, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city: and A-bim-e-lech rose up, and the people that were with him, from the ambush. 36And when Ga-al saw the people, he said to Ze-bul, Behold, there comes people down from the tops of the mountains. And Ze-bul said unto him, you see the shadow of the mountains as if they were men. 37And Ga-al spoke again and said, See, there comes people down by the middle of the land, and one company comes by the way of the oak of Me-o-ne-nim. 38Then said Ze-bul unto him, Where is your mouth now, that you said, Who is A-bim-e-lech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that you have despised? go out now, I pray, and fight with them. 39And Ga-al went out before the men of She-chem, and fought with A-bim-e-lech. 40And A-bim-e-lech chased him, and he fled before him, and there fell many wounded, even unto the entrance of the gate. 41And A-bim-e-lech dwelt at A-ru-mah: and Ze-bul drove out Ga-al and his brethren, that they should not dwell in She-chem. 42And it came to pass on the next day, that the people went out into the field; and they told A-bim-e-lech. 43And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field; and he looked, and, behold, the people came forth out of the city; And he rose up against them, and struck them. 44And A-bim-e-lech, and the companies that were with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city: and the two companies rushed upon all that were in the field, and struck them. 45And A-bim-e-lech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that were therein: and he beat down the city, and sowed it with salt. 46And when all the men of the tower of She-chem heard thereof, they entered into the stronghold of the house of El-Be-rith. 47And it was told A-bim-e-lech that all the men of the tower of She-chem were gathered together. 48And A-bim-e-lech got himself up to mount Zal-mon, he and all the people that were with him; and A-bim-e-lech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it up, and laid it on his shoulder: and he said unto the people that were with him, What you have seen me do, hurry, and do as I have done. 49And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed A-bim-e-lech, and put them to the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of She-chem died also, about a thousand men and women.

50Then A-bim-e-lech went to The-bez, and encamped against The-bez, and took it. 51But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women fled there, and all they of the city, and shut themselves in, and got them up to the roof of the tower. 52And A-bim-e-lech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and drew near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire. 53And a certain woman cast an upper millstone upon A-bim-e-lechís head, and broke his skull. 54Then he called hastily unto the young man who his armorbearer, and said unto him, Draw your sword, and kill me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. 55And when the men of Israel saw that A-bim-e-lech was dead, they departed every man unto his place. 56Thus God requited the wickedness of A-bim-e-lech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren; 57and all the wickedness of the men of Shechem did God requite upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jo-tham the son of Jer-ub-ba-al.

 

10 And after A-bim-e-lech there arose to save Israel To-la the son of Pu-ah, the son of Dodo, a man of Is-sa-char; and he dwelt in Sha-mir in the hill- country of E-phra-im. 2And he judged Israel twenty-three years, and died, and was buried in Sha-mir. 3And after him arose Ja-ir, the Gil-e-adite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years. 4And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Ha-voth-ja-ir unto this day, which are in the land of Gil-e-ad. 5And Ja-ir died, and was buried in Ca-mon.

6And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Ba-a-lim, and the Ash-ta-roth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zi-don, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook Jehovah, and served him not. 7And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon. 8And they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel that year: eighteen years they oppressed all the children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Am-or-ites, which is in Gil-e-ad. 9And the children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of E-phra-im; so that Israel was greatly distressed.

10And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, saying, We have sinned against you, even because we have forsaken our God, and have served the Ba-a-lim. 11And Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, Did not I save you from the Egyptians, and from the Am-or-ites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines? 12The Si-do-ni-ans also, and the A-mal-ek-ites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and you cried unto me, and I saved you out of their hand. 13Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: therefore I will save you no more. 14Go and cry unto the gods which you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress. 15And the children of Israel said unto Jehovah, We have sinned: do unto us whatsoever seems good unto you; only deliver us, we pray you, this day. 16And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. 17Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and camped in Gil-e-ad. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and camped in Miz-pah. 18And the people, the princes of Gil-e-ad, said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? He shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gil-e-ad.

 

11 Now Jeph-thah the Gil-e-adite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of a harlot: and Gil-e-ad begot Jeph-thah. 2And Gil-e-adís wife bare him sons; and when his wifeís sons grew up, they drove out Jeph-thah, and said unto him, you shall not inherit in our fatherís house; for you are the son of another woman. 3Then Jeph-thah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain fellows to Jeph-thah, and they went out with him.

4And it came to pass after a while, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel. 5And it was so, that, when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gil-e-ad went to bring Jeph-thah out of the land of Tob; 6and they said unto Jeph-thah, Come and be our chief, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. 7And Jeph-thah said unto the elders of Gil-e-ad, Did you not hate me, and drive me out of my fatherís house? and why are you come unto me now when you are in distress? 8And the elders of Gil-e-ad said unto Jeph-thah, Therefore are we turned again to you now, that you may go with us, and fight with the children of Ammon; and you shall be our head over all the inhabitants of Gil-e-ad. 9And Jeph-thah said unto the elders of Gil-e-ad, If you bring me home again to fight with the children of Ammon, and Jehovah deliver them before me, I shall be your head? 10And the elders of Gil-e-ad said unto Jeph-thah, Jehovah shall be witness between us; surely according to your word so will we do. 11Then Jeph-thah went with the elders of Gil-e-ad, and the people made him head and chief over them: and Jeph-thah spoke all his words before Jehovah in Miz-pah.

12And Jeph-thah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What have you to do with me, that you are come unto me to fight against my land? 13And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jeph-thah, Because Israel took away my land, when he came up out of Egypt, from the Ar-non even unto the Jab-bok, and unto the Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably. 14And Jeph-thah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon; 15and he said unto him, this says Jeph-thah: Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon, 16but when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Ka-desh; 17then Israel sent messengers unto the king of E-dom, saying, Let me, I pray you, pass through your land; but the king of E-dom listened not. And in like manner he sent unto the king of Moab; but he would not: and Israel abode in Ka-desh. 18Then they went through the wilderness, and went around the land of E-dom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and they camped on the other side of the Ar-non; but they came not within the border of Moab, for the Ar-non was the border of Moab. 19And Israel sent messengers unto Si-hon king of the Am-or-ites, the king of Hesh-bon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray you, through your land unto my place. 20But Si-hon trusted not Israel to pass through his border; but Si-hon gathered all his people together, and camped in Ja-haz, and fought against Israel. 21And Jehovah, the God of Israel, delivered Si-hon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they struck them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Am-or-ites, the inhabitants of that country. 22And they possessed all the border of the Am-or-ites, from the Ar-non even unto the Jab-bok, and from the wilderness even unto the Jordan. 23So now Jehovah, the God of Israel, has dispossessed the Am-or-ites from before his people Israel, and should you possess them? 24Will you not possess that which Che-mosh your god gives you to possess? So whomsoever Jehovah our God has dispossessed from before us, them will we possess. 25And now are you anything better than Balak the son of Zip-por, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them? 26While Israel dwelt in Hesh-bon and its towns, and in A-ro-er and its towns, and in all the cities that are along by the side of the Ar-non, three hundred years; why did you not recover them within that time? 27I therefore have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me: Jehovah, the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon. 28Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon listened not unto the words of Jeph-thah which he sent him.

29Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jeph-thah, and he passed over Gil-e-ad and Ma-nas-seh, and passed over Miz-peh of Gil-e-ad, and from Miz-peh of Gil-e-ad he passed over unto the children of Ammon. 30And Jeph-thah vowed a vow unto Jehovah, and said, If you will indeed deliver the children of Ammon into my hand, 31then it shall be, that whatsoever comes forth from the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, it shall be Jehovahís, and I will offer it up for a burnt-offering. 32So Jeph-thah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and Jehovah delivered them into his hand. 33And he struck them from A-ro-er until you come to Min-nith, even twenty cities, and unto Able-cher-a-mim, with a very great slaughter. So the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. 34And Jeph-thah came to Miz-pah unto his house; and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter. 35And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! you have brought me very low, and you are one of them that trouble me; for I have opened my mouth unto Jehovah, and I cannot go back. 36And she said unto him, My father, you have opened your mouth unto Jehovah; do unto me according to that which has proceeded out of your mouth, forasmuch as Jehovah has taken vengeance for you on your enemies, even on the children of Ammon. 37And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions. 38And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 39And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew not a man. And it was a custom in Israel, 40that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jeph-thah the Gil-e-adite four days in a year.

 

12 And the men of E-phra-im were gathered together, and passed northward; and they said unto Jeph-thah, why passed you over to fight against the children of Ammon, and did not call us to go with you? we will burn your house upon you with fire. 2And Jeph-thah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, you saved me not out of their hand. 3And when I saw that you saved me not, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and Jehovah delivered them into my hand: why then are you come up unto me this day, to fight against me? 4Then Jeph-thah gathered together all the men of Gil-e-ad, and fought with E-phra-im; and the men of Gil-e-ad struck E-phra-im, because they said, you are fugitives of E-phra-im, you Gil-e-adites, in the midst of E-phra-im, and in the midst of Ma-nas-seh. 5And the Gil-e-adites took the fords of the Jordan against the E-phra-imites. And it was so, that, when any of the fugitives of E-phra-im said, Let me go over, the men of Gil-e-ad said unto him, are you an E-phra-imite? If he said, no; 6then they said unto him, Say now Shib-bo-leth; and he said Sib-bo-leth; for he could not frame to pronounce it right: then they laid hold on him, and slew him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time of E-phra-im forty-two thousand. 7And Jeph-thah judged Israel six years. Then Jeph-thah the Gil-e-adite died, and was buried in one of the cities of Gil-e-ad.

8And after him Ib-zan of Beth-lehem judged Israel. 9And he had thirty sons; and thirty daughters he sent abroad, and thirty daughters he brought in from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10And Ib-zan died, and was buried at Beth-lehem. 11And after him E-lon the Ze-bu-lon-ite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years. 12And E-lon the Ze-bu-lon-ite died, and was buried in A-i-ja-lon in the land of Ze-bu-lun. 13And after him Ab-don the son of Hil-lel the Pi-ra-thon-ite judged Israel. 14And he had forty sons and thirty sonsí sons, that rode on seventy ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years. 15And Ab-don the son of Hil-lel the Pi-ra-thon-ite died, and was buried in Pi-ra-thon in the land of E-phra-im, in the hill-country of the A-mal-ek-ites.

 

13 And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah; and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2And there was a certain man of Za-re-ah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Ma-no-ah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, you are barren, and bear not; but you shall conceive, and bear a son. 4Now therefore beware, I pray you, and drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5for, lo, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come upon his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of the angel of God, very terrible; and I asked him not where he was, neither did he tell me his name: 7but he said unto me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb to the day of his death.

8Then Ma-no-ah entreated Jehovah, and said, Oh, Lord, I pray you, let the man of God whom you did send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9And God listened to the voice of Ma-no-ah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Ma-no-ah her husband was not with her. 10And the woman hurried, and ran, and told her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man has appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11And Ma-no-ah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, are you the man that spoke unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12And Ma-no-ah said, Now let your words come to pass: what shall be the ordering of the child, and how shall we do unto him? 13And the angel of Jehovah said unto Ma-no-ah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.

15And Ma-no-ah said unto the angel of Jehovah, I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make ready a kid for you. 16And the angel of Jehovah said unto Ma-no-ah, though you detain me, I will not eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt-offering, you must offer it unto Jehovah. For Ma-no-ah knew not that he was the angel of Jehovah. 17And Ma-no-ah said unto the angel of Jehovah, What is your name, that, when your words come to pass, we may do you honor? 18And the angel of Jehovah said unto him, why ask you after my name, seeing it is *** wonderful? 19So Ma-no-ah took the kid with the meal-offering, and offered it upon the rock unto Jehovah: and the angel did wondrously, and Ma-no-ah and his wife looked on. 20For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of Jehovah ascended in the flame of the altar: and Ma-no-ah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground. 21But the angel of Jehovah did not appear again to Ma-no-ah or to his wife. Then Ma-no-ah knew that he was the angel of Jehovah. 22And Ma-no-ah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23But his wife said unto him, If Jehovah were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt-offering and a meal-offering at our hand, neither would he have showed us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things as these.

24And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and Jehovah blessed him. 25And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move him in Ma-ha-neh-Dan, between Za-re-ah and Esh-ta-ol.

 

14 And Samson went down to Tim-nah, and saw a woman in Tim-nah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Tim-nah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to be my wife. 3Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you should go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well. 4But his father and his mother knew not that it was of Jehovah; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel. 5Then Samson went down, and his father and his mother, to Tim-nah, and came to the vineyards of Tim-nah: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. 6And the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother of what he had done. 7And he went down, and talked with the woman, and she well pleased Samson. 8And after a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. 9And he took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave some unto them, and they did eat: but he told them not that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.

10And his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made a feast there; for so the young men used to do. 11And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12And Samson said unto them, Let me now put forth a riddle unto you: and if you can declare it unto me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of raiment; 13but if you cannot declare it unto me, then shall you give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of raiment. And they said unto him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it. 14And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth food, And out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days declare the riddle. 15And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samsonís wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, unless we burn you and your fatherís house with fire: have you called us to impoverish us? is it not so? 16And Samsonís wife wept before him, and said, you do but hate me, and love me not: you have put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and have not told it to me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it to my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you? 17And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him greatly; and she told the riddle to the children of her people. 18And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you had not found out my riddle. 19And the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and he went down to Ash-ke-lon, and struck thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of raiment unto them that declared the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his fatherís house. 20But Samsonís wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

 

15 But it came to pass after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2And her father said, I truly thought that you had utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray you, instead of her. 3And Samson said unto them, This time shall I be blameless in regard of the Philistines, when I do them a mischief. 4And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between every two tails. 5And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks and the standing grain, and also the oliveyards. 6Then the Philistines said, Who has done this? And they said, Samson, the son-in-law of the Tim-nite, because he has taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire. 7And Samson said unto them, If you do after this manner, surely I will be avenged of you, and after that I will cease. 8And he struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of E-tam.

9Then the Philistines went up, and camped in Judah, and spread themselves in Le-hi. 10And the men of Judah said, Why are you come up against us? And they said, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he has done to us. 11Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of E-tam, and said to Samson, know you not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what then is this that you have done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12And they said unto him, We are come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that you will not fall upon me yourselves. 13And they spoke unto him, saying, No; but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand: but surely we will not kill you. And they bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock. 14When he came unto Le-hi, the Philistines shouted as they met him: and the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped from off his hands. 15And he found a fresh jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and struck a thousand men therewith. 16And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of an ass have I crushed a thousand men. 17And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ra-math-le-hi.

18And he was greatly athirst, and called on Jehovah, and said, you have given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised. 19But God split the hollow place that is in Le-hi, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: why the name thereof was called En-hak-kor-e, which is in Le-hi, unto this day. 20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

 

16 And Samson went to Ga-za, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her. 2And it was told the Ga-za-thites, saying, Samson is come here. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, Let be till morning light, then we will kill him. 3And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before He-bron.

4And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sor-ek, whose name was De-li-lah. 5And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give you every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver. 6And De-li-lah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you, wherein your great strength lies, and wherewith you might be bound to afflict you. 7And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withes that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man. 8Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withes which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9Now she had liers-in-wait abiding in the inner chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And he brake the withes, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known. 10And De-li-lah said unto Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray you, wherewith you might be bound. 11And he said unto her, If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man. 12So De-li-lah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And the liers-in-wait were abiding in the inner chamber. And he brake them off his arms like a thread. 13And De-li-lah said unto Samson, Hitherto you have mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith you might be bound. And he said unto her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web. 14And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the web. 15And she said unto him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart is not with me? you have mocked me these three times, and have not told me wherein your great strength lies. 16And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was vexed unto death. 17And he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There have not come a razor upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite unto God from my motherís womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

18And when De-li-lah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought the money in their hand. 19And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and shaved off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20And she said, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free. But he knew not that Jehovah was departed from him. 21And the Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Ga-za, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house.

22Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice unto Da-gon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24And when the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, Our god has delivered into our hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us. 25And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison-house; and he made sport before them. And they set him between the pillars: 26and Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house rests, that I may lean upon them. 27Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28And Samson called unto Jehovah, and said, O Lord Jehovah, remember me, I pray you, and strengthen me, I pray you, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house rested, and leaned upon them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left. 30And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than they that he slew in his life. 31Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Za-re-ah and Esh-ta-ol in the burying-place of Ma-no-ah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

 

17 And there was a man of the hill-country of E-phra-im, whose name was Mi-cah. 2And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you did utter a curse, and did also speak it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be my son of Jehovah. 3And he restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I truly dedicate the silver unto Jehovah from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto you. 4And when he restored the money unto his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Mi-cah. 5And the man Mi-cah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and images, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

7And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there. 8And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn where he could find a place, and he came to the hill-country of E-phra-im to the house of Mi-cah, as he journeyed. 9And Mi-cah said unto him, from where do you come? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place. 10And Mi-cah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and your goods. So the Levite went in. 11And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. 12And Mi-cah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Mi-cah. 13Then Mi-cah said, Now I know that Jehovah will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to be my priest.

 

18 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. 2And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their whole number, men of valor, from Za-re-ah, and from Esh-ta-ol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land. And they came to the hill-country of E-phra-im, unto the house of Mi-cah, and lodged there. 3When they were by the house of Mi-cah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite; and they turned aside there, and said unto him, Who brought you here? and what do you do in this place? and what have you here? 4And he said unto them, this and this has Mi-cah dealt with me, and he has hired me, and I am become his priest. 5And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray you, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous. 6And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before Jehovah is your way wherein you go.

7Then the five men departed, and came to La-ish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt in security, after the manner of the Si-do-ni-ans, quiet and secure; for there was none in the land, possessing authority, that might put them to shame in anything, and they were far from the Si-do-ni-ans, and had no dealings with any man. 8And they came unto their brethren to Za-re-ah and Esh-ta-ol: and their brethren said unto them, What say you? 9And they said, Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are you still? be not slothful to go and to enter in to possess the land. 10When you go, you shall come unto a people secure, and the land is large; for God has given it into your hand, a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth. 11And there set forth from there of the family of the Danites, out of Za-re-ah and out of Esh-ta-ol, six hundred men girt with weapons of war. 12And they went up, and camped in Kir-jath-jeía-rim, in Judah: therefore they called that place Ma-ha-neh-Dan, unto this day; behold, it is behind Kir-jath-jeía-rim. 13And they passed there unto the hill-country of E-phra-im, and came unto the house of Mi-cah.

14Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of La-ish, and said unto their brethren, Do you know that there is in these houses an ephod, and images, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what you have to do. 15And they turned aside there, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Mi-cah, and asked him of his welfare. 16And the six hundred men girt with their weapons of war, who were of the children of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate. 17And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in there, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the images, and the molten image: and the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men girt with weapons of war. 18And when these went into Mi-cahís house, and brought the graven image, the ephod, and the images, and the molten image, the priest said unto them, What are you doing? 19And they said unto him, Hold your peace, lay your hand upon your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for you to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel? 20And the priestís heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the images, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people. 21So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the goods before them. 22When they were a good way from the house of Mi-cah, the men that were in the houses near to Mi-cahís house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan. 23And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Mi-cah, What ails you, that you come with such a company? 24And he said, you have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and are gone away, and what have I more? and how then can you say unto me, What ails you? 25And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not your voice be heard among us, unless angry fellows fall upon you, and you lose your life, with the lives of your household. 26And the children of Dan went their way: and when Mi-cah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.

27And they took that which Micah had made, and the priest whom he had, and came unto La-ish, unto a people quiet and secure, and smote them with the edge of the sword; and they burnt the city with fire. 28And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zi-don, and they had no dealings with any man; and it was in the valley that lies by Beth-re-hob. And they built the city, and dwelt therein. 29And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was La-ish at the first. 30And the children of Dan set up for themselves the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Ger-shom, the son of Moses, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land. 31So they set them up Micahís graven image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shi-loh.

 

19 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the farther side of the hill-country of E-phra-im, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem-judah. 2And his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him unto her fatherís house to Beth-lehem-judah, and was there the space of four months. 3And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak kindly unto her, to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her fatherís house; and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him. 4And his father-in-law, the damselís father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 5And it came to pass on the fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to depart: and the damselís father said unto his son-in-law, Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward you shall go your way. 6So they sat down, and did eat and drink, both of them together: and the damselís father said unto the man, Be pleased, I pray you, to tarry all night, and let your heart be merry. 7And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he lodged there again. 8And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damselís father said, Strengthen your heart, I pray you, and tarry you until the day declines; and they did eat, both of them. 9And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father-in-law, the damselís father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draws toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your way, that you may go home. 10But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Je-bus (the same is Jerusalem): and there were with him a couple of asses saddled; his concubine also was with him. 11When they were by Je-bus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray you, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jeb-u-sites, and lodge in it. 12And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside into the city of a foreigner, that is not of the children of Israel; but we will pass over to Gib-e-ah. 13And he said unto his servant, Come and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gib-e-ah, or in Ra-mah. 14So they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them near to Gib-e-ah, which belongs to Benjamin. 15And they turned aside there, to go in to lodge in Gib-e-ah: and he went in, and sat himself down in the street of the city; for there was no man that took them into his house to lodge.

16And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even: now the man was of the hill-country of E-phra-im, and he sojourned in Gib-e-ah; but the men of the place were Benjamites. 17And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the street of the city; and the old man said, where do you go? and where do you come from? 18And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah unto the farther side of the hill-country of E-phra-im; I am from there, and I went to Beth-lehem-judah: and I am now going to the house of Jehovah; and there is no man that takes me into his house. 19yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for your handmaid, and for the young man that is with your servants: there is no want of anything. 20And the old man said, Peace be unto you; howsoever let all your wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. 21So he brought him into his house, and gave the asses fodder; and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

22As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain base fellows, beset the house round about, beating at the door; and they spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into your house, that we may know him. 23And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, no, my brethren, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into my house, do not this folly. 24Behold, here is my daughter a virgin, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and you humble them, and do with them what seems good unto you: but unto this man do not any such folly. 25But the men would not listen to him: so the man laid hold on his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go. 26Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the manís house where her lord was, till it was light. 27And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way; and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, with her hands upon the threshold. 28And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going; but none answered: then he took her up upon the ass; and the man rose up, and got him unto his place. 29And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel. 30And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider it, take counsel, and speak.

 

20 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beer-she-ba, with the land of Gil-e-ad, unto Jehovah at Miz-pah. 2And the chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword. 3(Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Miz-pah.) And the children of Israel said, Tell us, how was this wickedness brought to pass? 4And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was murdered, answered and said, I came into Gib-e-ah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5And the men of Gib-e-ah rose against me, and beset the house round about me by night; they thought to have slain me, and my concubine they forced, and she is dead. 6And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel; for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel. 7Behold, you children of Israel, all of you, give here your advice and counsel. 8And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn unto his house. 9But now this is the thing which we will do to Gib-e-ah: we will go up against it by lot; 10and we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to bring goods for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gib-e-ah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have worked in Israel. 11So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.

12And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you? 13Now therefore deliver up the men, the base fellows, that are in Gib-e-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel. 14And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gib-e-ah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15And the children of Benjamin were numbered on that day out of the cities twenty-six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gib-e-ah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men. 16Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. 17And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.

18And the children of Israel arose, and went up to Beth-el, and asked counsel of God; and they said, Who shall go up for us first to battle against the children of Benjamin? And Jehovah said, Judah shall go up first. 19And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and camped against Gib-e-ah. 20And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gib-e-ah. 21And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gib-e-ah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites on that day twenty-two thousand men. 22And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set the battle again in array in the place where they set themselves in array the first day. 23And the children of Israel went up and wept before Jehovah until even; and they asked of Jehovah, saying, Shall I again draw near to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And Jehovah said, Go up against him. 24And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gib-e-ah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.

26Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto Beth-el, and wept, and sat there before Jehovah, and fasted that day until even; and they offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before Jehovah. 27And the children of Israel asked of Jehovah (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28and Phin-e-has, the son of El-e-a-zar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days), saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And Jehovah said, Go up; for to-morrow I will deliver him into your hand. 29And Israel set liers-in-wait against Gib-e-ah round about. 30And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gib-e-ah, as at other times. 31And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to strike and kill of the people, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goes up to Beth-el, and the other to Gib-e-ah, in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32And the children of Benjamin said, They are crushed down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them away from the city unto the highways. 33And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Ba-al-Ta-mar: and the liers-in-wait of Israel broke forth out of their place, even out of Ma-a-reh-Gib-e-ah. 34And there came over against Gib-e-ah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was great; but they knew not that evil was close upon them. 35And Jehovah struck Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin that day twenty-five thousand one hundred men: all these drew the sword. 36So the children of Benjamin saw that they were crushed; for the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted unto the liers-in- wait whom they had set against Gib-e-ah. 37And the liers-in-wait hurried, and rushed upon Gib-e-ah; and the liers-in-wait drew themselves along, and struck all the city with the edge of the sword. 38Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers-in-wait was, that they should make a great cloud of smoke rise up out of the city. 39And the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for they said, Surely they are crushed down before us, as in the first battle. 40But when the cloud began to arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them; and, behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to heaven. 41And the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed; for they saw that evil was come upon them. 42Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and they that came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst thereof. 43They inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trod them down at their resting-place, as far as over against Gib-e-ah toward the sunrising. 44And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valor. 45And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rem-mon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men, and followed hard after them unto Gi-dom, and struck of them two thousand men. 46So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valor. 47But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rem-mon, and abode in the rock of Rem-mon four months. 48And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city, and the cattle, and all that they found: moreover all the cities which they found they set on fire.

 

21 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Miz-pah, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. 2And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept greatly. 3And they said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel? 4And it came to pass on the next day, that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. 5And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up in the assembly unto Jehovah? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up unto Jehovah to Miz-pah, saying, He shall surely be put to death. 6And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by Jehovah that we will not give them of our daughters to be wives? 8And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up unto Jehovah to Miz-pah? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Ja-besh-gil-e-ad to the assembly. 9For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad there. 10And the congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them, saying, Go and strike the inhabitants of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones. 11And this is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that has lain by man. 12And they found among the inhabitants of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad four hundred young virgins, that had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them unto the camp to Shi-loh, which is in the land of Canaan. 13And the whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock of Rem-mon, and proclaimed peace unto them. 14And Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Ja-besh-gil-e-ad: and yet so they sufficed them not. 15And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that Jehovah had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16Then the elders of the congregation said, What shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin? 17And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that are escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not blotted out from Israel. 18Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the children of Israel had sworn, saying, Cursed be he that gives a wife to Benjamin. 19And they said, Behold, there is a feast of Jehovah from year to year in Shi-loh, which is on the north of Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that go up from Beth-el to She-chem, and on the south of Le-bo-nah. 20And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards, 21and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shi-loh come out to dance in the dances, then you come out of the vineyards, and catch yourselves every man his wife of the daughters of Shi-loh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come to complain unto us, that we will say unto them, Grant them graciously unto us, because we took not for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did you give them unto them, else would you now be guilty. 23And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they carried off: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them. 24And the children of Israel departed there at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from there every man to his inheritance. 25In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

   

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  All text copyright © 2005 Aaron Randall. All rights reserved.  Photos, unless otherwise credited, are the property of the auth, all rights reserved.  Originally posted February 24, 2004.  Revised: April 07, 2010.