Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

JUDGES


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]  [15]  [16]  [17]  [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]

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1Now after the death of Joshua the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them? 2And the LORD said, Judah shall go up. Behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 3And Judah said to 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 the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand and they killed ten thousand men of them in Bezek. 5And they found Adonibezek in Bezek and they fought against him and they killed the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6But Adonibezek fled and they pursued after him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7And Adonibezek said, Seventy kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table, as I have done, so God has returned me. And they brought him to Jerusalem and there he died. 8Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem and had taken 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, who dwelled in the mountain and in the south and in the valley. 10And Judah went against the Canaanites who dwelled in Hebron, (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba) and they killed Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai. 11And from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher 12And Caleb said, He who strikes Kirjathsepher and takes it, I will give Achsah my daughter to him for a wife. 13And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it and he gave him Achsah his daughter for his wife. 14And when she came to him, she moved him to ask a field from her father and she alit from off her ass and Caleb said to her, What do you want? 15And she said to him, Give me a blessing, for you have given me a south land, give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. 16And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the south of Arad and they went and dwelled among the people. 17And Judah went with Simeon his brother and they killed the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah. 18Also Judah took Gaza with its territory and Askelon with its territory and Ekron with its territory. 19And the LORD was with Judah and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. 20And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses said and he expelled the three sons of Anak from there.

21And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day. 22And the house of Joseph also went up against Bethel and the LORD was with them. 23And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.) 24And the spies saw a man come out of the city and they said to him, we pray you show us the entrance into the city and we will show you mercy. 25And when he showed them the entrance into the city, they struck the city with the edge of the sword but they let the man and all his family go. 26And the man went into the land of the Hittites and built a city and called the name of it Luz, which is its name to this day. 27Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns nor Taanach and her towns nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns but the Canaanites dwelled in that land. 28And when Israel was strong, they put the Canaanites to tribute and did not utterly drive them out. 29Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who dwelled in Gezer but the Canaanites dwelled in Gezer among them. 30Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron nor the inhabitants of Nahalol but the Canaanites dwelled among them and became tributaries. 31Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho nor the inhabitants of Zidon nor of Ahlab nor of Achzib nor of Helbah nor of Aphik nor of Rehob, 32But the Asherites dwelled among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land for they did not drive them out. 33Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh nor the inhabitants of Bethanath but he dwelled among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land but the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries to them. 34And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain, for they would not allow them to come down to the valley. 35But the Amorites dwelled in Mount Heres in Aijalon and in Shaalbim. Yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed so that they became tributaries. 36And the territory of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock and upward.

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Chapter 2

1And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. 2And you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land, you shall throw down their altars but you have not obeyed 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 to you. 4And when the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the children of Israel, the people lifted up their voice and wept. 5And they called the name of that place Bochim and they sacrificed there to the LORD.

6And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man to his inheritance to possess the land. 7And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD that he had done for Israel. 8And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred ten years old. 9And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the Mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. 10And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the LORD nor even the works which he had done for Israel. 11And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served Baalim, 12And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt and followed other gods, of the gods of the people who were around them and bowed themselves to them and provoked the LORD to anger. 13And they forsook the LORD and served Baal and Ashtaroth. 14And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers who spoiled them and he sold them into the hands of their enemies around them so that they could not stand any longer before their enemies. 15Wherever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said and as the LORD had sworn to them and they were greatly distressed. 16But the LORD raised up judges, who delivered them out of the hand of those who spoiled them. 17And yet they would not listen to their judges but they went whoring after other gods and bowed themselves to them. They turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD but they did not so. 18And when the LORD raised up judges for them, then the LORD was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge, for the LORD repented because of their groanings by reason of those who oppressed them and vexed them. 19And when the judge was dead, they returned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and to bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way. 20And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel and he said, Because this people has transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers and have not listened to my voice, 21I also will not henceforth drive out from before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died. 22So that through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk in it, as their fathers kept it or not. 23Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out, nor did he deliver them into the hand of Joshua.

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Chapter 3

1Now these are the nations which the LORD 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, at least such as knew nothing of it before to teach them war, 3Namely, five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who dwelled in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baalhermon to the entering in of Hamath. 4And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would listen to the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. 5And the children of Israel dwelled among the Canaanites, Hittites and Amorites and Perizzites and Hivites and Jebusites. 6And they took their daughters to be their wives and gave their daughters to their sons and served their gods. 7And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and forgot the LORD their God and served Baalim and the groves.

8Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years. 9And when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 10And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him and he judged Israel and went out to war and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim. 11And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 13And he gathered the children of Ammon and Amalek and went and struck Israel and possessed the city of palm trees. 14So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a left-handed man and the children of Israel sent a present by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16But Ehud made himself a dagger of a cubit length which had two edges and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh. 17And he brought the present to Eglon king of Moab and Eglon was a very fat man. 18And when he had finished offering the present, he sent the people away who bore the present. 19But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal and said, I have a secret errand to you, O king, who said, Keep silence. And all who stood by him went out from him. 20And Ehud came to him and he was sitting in a summer parlor, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message to you from God. And he arose out of his seat. 21And Ehud put forth his left hand and took the dagger from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly 22And the haft also went in after the blade and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly and the dirt came out. 23Then Ehud went out through the porch and shut the doors of the parlor after him and locked them. 24When he had gone out, his servants came and behold when they saw that the doors of the parlor were locked, they said, Surely he covers his feet in his summer chamber. 25And they waited till they were ashamed and behold, he did not open the doors of the parlor, therefore they took a key and opened them and behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. 26And Ehud escaped while they waited and passed beyond the quarries and escaped to Seirath. 27And when he had come, he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount and he was before them. 28And he said to them, Follow after me, for the LORD has delivered your enemies, the Moabites, into your hand. And they went down after him and took the fords of the Jordan toward Moab and did not allow a man to pass over. 29And they killed about ten thousand men of Moab at that time, all lusty and all men of valor and not a man escaped. 30So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest eighty years.

31And Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad, was after him and he also delivered Israel.

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Chapter 4

1And when Ehud was dead the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD again. 2And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor The captain of his host was Sisera, who dwelled in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, for he had nine hundred chariots of iron and he mightily oppressed the children of Israel for twenty years.

4And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth judged Israel at that time. 5And she dwelled under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in Mount Ephraim and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali and said to him, Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward Mount Tabor and take with you ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and the children of Zebulun? 7And I will draw to you, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, to the river Kishon with his chariots and his multitude and I will deliver him into your hand. 8And Barak said to her, If you will go with me, then I will go but if you will not go with me, then I will not go. 9And she said, I will surely go with you but the journey that you take shall not be for your honor, for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet and Deborah went up with him. 11Now Heber the Kenite, who was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent to the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. 12And they showed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. 13And Sisera gathered all his chariots together, even nine hundred chariots of iron and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles to the river of Kishon. 14And Deborah said to Barak, Gp up, for this is the day in which the LORD has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the LORD gone out before you? So Barak went down from Mount Tabor and ten thousand men after him. 15And the LORD confused Sisera and all his chariots and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak, so that Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on his feet. 16But Barak pursued after the chariots and after the host, to Harosheth of the Gentiles and all the host of Sisera fell on the edge of the sword and there was not a man left.

17But Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18And Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, Turn in my lord, turn in to me. Do not fear. And when he had turned in to her into the tent, she covered him with a thick cover. 19And he said to her, I beseech, you give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk and gave him drink and covered him. 20Again he said to her, Stand in the door of the tent and when any man comes and enquires of you and says, Is there any man here? You shall say, No. 21Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent and took a hammer in her hand and went softly to him and struck the nail into his temples and fastened it into the ground, for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. 22And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, Come and I will show you the man whom you are seeking. And when he had come into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead and the nail was in his temples. 23So God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan on that day before the children of Israel. 24And the hand of the children of Israel prospered and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

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Chapter 5

1Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying, 2Praise the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 3Hear, O you kings, give ear, O you princes, I, even I, will sing to the LORD, I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel. 4LORD, when you went out of Seir, when you marched out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. 5The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.

6In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied and the travelers walked through byways. 7The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, I arose a mother in Israel. 8They chose new gods, then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? 9My heart is toward the governors of Israel, who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD. 10 You who ride on white asses speak, you who sit in judgment and walk by the way. 11They who are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there they shall rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel. Then the people of the LORD shall go down to the gates.

12Awake, awake, Deborah, awake, awake, utter a song.Arise, Barak and lead your captivity captive, you son of Abinoam. 13He made her who remained to have dominion over the nobles among the people. The LORD made me have dominion over the mighty. 14There was a root of them against Amalek out of Ephraim, after you, Benjamin, among your people, Governors came down out of Machir and out of Zebulun they who handle the pen of the writer. 15And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah, even Issachar and also Barak. He was sent on foot into the valley. There were great thoughts of heart for the divisions of Reuben. 16Why did you abide among the sheep folds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. 17Gilead abode beyond the Jordan and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore and abode in his breaches. 18Zebulun and Naphtali were a people who endangered their lives to the death in the high places of the field. 19The kings came and fought, then the kings of Canaan fought in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, they took no gain of money. 20They fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 21The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, you have trodden down strength. 22Then the horse hooves were broken by the means of the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones. 23Curse Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse bitterly the inhabitants of it, because they did not come to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

24Blessed above women shall be Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25He asked water and she gave him milk, she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26She put her hand to the nail and her right hand to the workmen's hammer and with the hammer she struck Sisera, she struck off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down at her feet, he bowed, he fell. Where he bowed, there he fell down dead. 28The mother of Sisera looked out at a window and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long coming? why do the wheels of his chariots wait? 29Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself, 30Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey, to every man a damsel or two, to Sisera a prey of different colors, a prey of different colors of needlework, of different colors of needlework on both sides, fit for the necks of those who take the spoil? 31So let all your enemies perish, O LORD but let them who love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

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Chapter 6

1And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years. 2And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made the dens which are in the mountains and caves and strong holds. 3And when Israel had sown, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east came up, they even came up against them, 4And they camped against them and destroyed the increase of the earth, till you come to Gaza and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor ass. 5For they came up with their cattle and their tents and they came as grasshoppers for multitude, for both they and their camels were without number and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites and the children of Israel cried to the LORD 7And when the children of Israel cried to the LORD because of the Midianites, 8The LORD sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage, 9And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you and drove them out from before you and gave you their land, 10And I said to you, I am the LORD your God, do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell but you have not obeyed my voice.

11And an angel of the LORD came and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained to Joash the Abiezrite and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor. 13And Gideon said to him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this befallen us? and where are all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14And the LORD looked upon him and said, Go in this your might and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you? 15And he said to him, Oh my Lord, with what shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh and I am the least in my father's house. 16And the LORD said to him, Surely I will be with you and you shall strike the Midianites as one man. 17And he said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then show me a sign that you are talking with me. 18Do not depart from here, I ask of you, until I come to you and bring forth my present and set it before you. And he said, I will wait until you come again. 19And Gideon went in and made a kid and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour ready. He put The flesh in a basket and the broth in a pot and brought it out to him under the oak and presented it. 20And the angel of God said to 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 the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes and there rose up fire out of the rock and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 23And the LORD said to him, Peace be to you, fear not, you shall not die. 24Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it Javehshalom, to this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

25And in that night the LORD said to him, Take your father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old and throw down the altar of Baal that your father has and cut down the grove that is by it, 26And build an altar to the LORD your God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place and take the second bullock and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which you shall cut down. 27Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the LORD had said to him and because he feared his father's household and the men of the city, he could not do it by day, so he did it by night. 28And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal had been cast down and the grove that was by it was cut down and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that had been built. 29And they said to one another, Who has done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing. 30Then the men of the city said to Joash, Bring your son out so that he may die because he has cast down the altar of Baal and because he has cut down the grove that was by it. 31And Joash said to all who stood against him, Will you plead for Baal? Will you save him? He who will plead for him, let him be put to death while it is still morning. If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because one has cast his altar down. 32Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he has thrown down his altar.

33Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together and went over and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon and he blew a trumpet and Abiezer was gathered after him. 35And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, which also had gathered after him and he sent messengers to Asher and to Zebulun and to Naphtali and they came up to meet them. 36And Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, 37Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor and if the dew is on the fleece only and it is dry on all the earth beside, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand as you have said. 38And it was so, for he rose up early in the morning and thrust the fleece together and wrung the dew, a bowl full of water out of the fleece. 39And Gideon said to God, Let not your anger be hot against me and I will speak but this once let me prove, I ask of 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.

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Chapter 7

1Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon and all the people who were with him, rose up early and pitched beside the well of Harod. The host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2And the LORD said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, My own hand has saved me. 3Now therefore, go, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty two thousand and there remained ten thousand. 4And the LORD said to Gideon, The people are still too many, bring them down to the water and I will try them for you there and of whom I say to you, This shall go with you, the same shall go with you and of whomever I say to you, This shall not go with you, the same shall not go. 5So he brought the people down to the water and the LORD said to Gideon, Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you set shall him by himself, likewise every one who bows down upon his knees to drink. 6And the number of them who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7And the LORD said to Gideon, By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you and deliver the Midianites into your hand and let all the other people go every man to his place. 8So the people took provisions in their hand and their trumpets and he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent and retained those three hundred men and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9And the same night, the LORD said to him, Arise, get down to the host, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10But if you fear to go down, go down to the host with Phurah your servant 11And you shall hear what they say and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down to the host. Then he went down with Phurah his servant to the outside of the armed men who were in the host. 12And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude and their camels were as the sand by the sea side for multitude without number, 13And when Gideon came, behold, there was a man who told a dream to his companion and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream and lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian and came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned it and the tent fell down. 14And his companion answered and said, This is nothing else escept the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel, for God has delivered Midian and all the host into his hand. 15And when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and the interpretation of it, he worshiped and returned into the host of Israel and said, Arise, for the LORD has delivered the host of Midian into your hand.

16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers and lamps within the pitchers. 17And he said to them, Look at me and do likewise and behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, then, what I do, you shall do. 18When I and all who are with me blow with a trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of all the camp and say, The sword of the LORD and of Gideon. 19So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him, came to the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch and they had just newly set the watch and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20And the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers and held the lamps in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands to blow and they cried, The sword of the LORD and of Gideon. 21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp and all the host ran and cried and fled. 22And the three hundred blew the trumpets and the LORD set every man's sword against his companion, even throughout all the host and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath and to the border of Abelmeholah, to Tabbath.

23And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali and out of Asher and out of all Manasseh and pursued after the Midianites. 24And Gideon sent messengers throughout all Mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites and take the waters before them to Bethbarah and the Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together and took the waters to Bethbarah and the Jordan. 25And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb and they killed Oreb upon the rock Oreb and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb and pursued Midian and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of the Jordan.

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Chapter 8

1And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you served us this way that you did not call us, when you went to fight with the Midianites? And they argued with him sharply. 2And he said to them, What have I done now in comparison to you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? 3God has delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb and what was I able to do in comparison of you? When he had said that their anger was abated toward him.

4And Gideon came to the Jordan and passed over faint, he and the three hundred men who were with him, yet pursuing them. 5And he said to the men of Succoth, I ask of you give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are faint and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 6And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your army? 7And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns and briers of the wilderness. 8And he went up to Penuel and spoke to them likewise and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. 9And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. 10Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor and their armies with them, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of all the armies of the children of the east, for there fell one hundred twenty thousand men who drew the sword. 11And Gideon went up by the way of those who dwelled in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah and struck the army for the army was secure. 12And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna and confused all the army. 13And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 14And caught a young man of the men of Succoth and enquired of him and he described to him the princes of Succoth and its elders, even seventy seven men. 15And he came to the men of Succoth and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom you upbraided me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your men who are weary? 16And he took the elders of the city and thorns and briers of the wilderness and with them he taught the men of Succoth. 17And he beat down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.

18Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom you killed at Tabor? And they answered, As you are, so they were, each one resembled the children of a king. 19And he said, They were my brothers, even the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you. 20And he said to Jether his firstborn, Up and kill them. But the youth did not draw his sword for he was afraid because he was yet a youth. 21Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise and fall on us, for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna and took away the ornaments that were on their camels' necks.

22Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule over us, both you and your son and your son's son also, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you nor shall my son rule over you. The LORD shall rule over you. 24And Gideon said to them, I would desire a request from you that every man of you would give me the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 25And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment and every man cast the earrings of his prey in it. 26And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, beside ornaments and collars and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks. 27And Gideon made a priest's vestment of it and put it in his city, even in Ophrah and all Israel went there a whoring after it, which thing became a snare to Gideon and to his house. 28Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.

29And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelled in his own house. 30And Gideon had seventy sons begotten of his body, for he had many wives. 31And his concubine who was in Shechem, also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech. 32And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age and was buried in the sepulcher of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33And as soon as Gideon was dead, the children of Israel turned again and went whoring after Baalim and made Baalberith their god. 34And the children of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side. 35Neither did they show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shown to Israel.

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Chapter 9

1And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brothers and communed with them and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying, 2I ask of you speak in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether it is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, who are seventy persons, reign over you or that one reign over you? Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh. 3And his mother's brothers spoke of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem, all these words and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, He is our brother. 4And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light persons, who followed him. 5And he went to his father's house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal being seventy persons on one stone but Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was still left for he had hidden himself. 6And all the men of Shechem gathered together and all the house of Millo and went and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

7And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of Mount Gerizim and lifted up his voice and cried and said to them, Listen to me, you men of Shechem so that God may listen to you. 8The trees went out once to anoint a king over them and they said to the olive tree, Reign over us. 9But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, which by me they honor God and man and go to be promoted over the trees? 10And the trees said to the fig tree, Come and reign over us. 11But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness and my good fruit and go to be promoted over the trees? 12Then the trees said to the vine, Come and reign over us. 13And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man and go to be promoted over the trees? 14Then all the trees said to the bramble, Come and reign over us. 15And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow and if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon. 16Now therefore, if you have done truly and sincerely, in that you have made Abimelech king and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house and have done to him according to the deserving of his hands, 17(For my father fought for you and adventured his life far and delivered you out of the hand of Midian, 18And you have risen up against my father's house this day and have slain his sons, seventy persons, upon one stone and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother,) 19If you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech and let him also rejoice in you. 20But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and devour the men of Shechem and the house of Millo and let fire come out from the men of Shechem and from the house of Millo and devour Abimelech. 21And Jotham ran away and fled and went to Beer and dwelled there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

22When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, 23Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. 24So that the cruelty done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, who killed them and upon the men of Shechem, who aided him in the killing his brothers. 25And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains and they robbed all who came along that way by them and Abimelech was told. 26And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brothers and went over to Shechem and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him. 27And they went out into the fields and gathered their vineyards and trod the grapes and made merry and went into the house of their god and ate and drank and cursed Abimelech. 28And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech and who is Shechem that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem, for why should we serve him? 29And would to God this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army and come out. 30And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled. 31And he sent messengers to Abimelech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brothers have come to Shechem and, behold, they fortify the city against you. 32Now therefore go up by night, you and the people who are with you and lie in wait in the field. 33And in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you shall rise early and set upon the city and behold, when he and the people who are with him come out against you, then you may do to them as you shall find occasion. 34And Abimelech rose up by night and all the people who were with him and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies. 35And Gaal the son of Ebed went out and stood in the entering of the gate of the city and Abimelech and the people who were with him rose up from lying in wait. 36And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, people come down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said to him, You see the shadow of the mountains as if they were men. 37And Gaal spoke again and said, See people come down by the middle of the land and another company comes along by the plain of Meonenim. 38Then Zebul said to him, Where is your mouth now, with which you said, Who is Abimelech that we should serve him? Is not this the people that you have despised? Go out, I pray now and fight with them. 39And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem and fought with Abimelech. 40And Abimelech chased him and he fled before him and many were overthrown and wounded, even to the entering of the gate. 41And Abimelech dwelled at Arumah and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brothers so that they could not dwell in Shechem. 42And on the morrow the people went out into the field and they told Abimelech. 43And he took the people and divided them into three companies and laid wait in the field and looked and behold, the people had come out of the city and he rose up against them and struck them. 44And Abimelech and the company who were with him, rushed forward and stood in the entering of the gate of the city and the two other companies ran upon all the people who were in the fields and killed them. 45And Abimelech fought against the city all that day and he took the city and killed the people who were in it and beat down the city and sowed it with salt. 46And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into a hold of the house of the god Berith. 47And Abimelech was told, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. 48And Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him and Abimelech took an axe in his hand and cut down a bough from the trees and took it and laid it on his shoulder and said to the people who were with him, What you have seen me do, hurry and do as I have done. 49And all the people likewise every man cut down his bough and followed Abimelech and put them to the stronghold and set the stronghold on fire with them and also all the men of the tower of Shechem died about a thousand men and women.

50Then Abimelech went to Thebez and camped against Thebez and took it. 51But there was a strong tower within the city and all the men and women and all those of the city fled there and shut themselves in and they went up to the top of the tower. 52And Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it and went hard to the door of the tower to burn it with fire. 53And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone on Abimelech's head and broke his skull. 54Then he called to the his young armorbearer and said to him, Draw your sword and kill me so that men will not say of me, A woman killed him. And his young man thrust him through and he died. 55And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man to his place. 56Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did to his father, in killing his seventy brothers 57And God rendered all the evil of the men of Shechem upon their heads and the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal came on them.

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Chapter 10

1And after Abimelech, Tola a man of Issachar the son of Puah the son of Dodo, arose to defend Israel and he dwelled in Shamir in Mount Ephraim. 2And he judged Israel twenty three years and died and was buried in Shamir. 3And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite and he judged Israel twenty two years. 4And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty ass colts and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. 5And Jair died and was buried in Camon.

6And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD and served Baalim and Ashtaroth and the gods of Syria and the gods of Zidon and the gods of Moab and the gods of the children of Ammon and the gods of the Philistines and forsook the LORD and did not serve him. 7And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the children of Ammon. 8And that year they began to vex and oppress the children of Israel for eighteen years. Even all the children of Israel who were on the other side of Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9Also the children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim so that Israel was sore distressed.

10And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, We have sinned against you, both because we have forsaken our God and also served Baalim. 11And the LORD said to the children of Israel, Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon and from the Philistines? 12The Zidonians also and the Amalekites and the Maonites, oppressed you and you cried to me and I delivered you out of their hand. 13Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods. Therefore I will not deliver you any more. 14Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen, let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 15And the children of Israel said to the LORD, We have sinned. Do to us what ever seems good to you, only deliver us we pray you this day. 16And they put away the strange gods from among them and served the LORD and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. 17Then the children of Ammon were gathered together and camped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together and camped in Mizpeh. 18And the people and princes of Gilead said to one another, What ever man who will begin to fight against the children of Ammon, he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

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Chapter 11

1Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor and he was the son of a harlot and Gilead was the father of Jephthah. 2And Gilead's wife bore him sons and his wife's sons grew up and they thrust out Jephthah and said to him, You shall not inherit in our father's house, for you are the son of a strange woman. 3Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelled in the land of Tob and there vain men were gathered to Jephthah and went out with him.

4And in process of time the children of Ammon made war against Israel. 5And when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah out of the land of Tob 6And they said to Jephthah, Come and be our captain so that we may fight with the children of Ammon. 7And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did you not hate me and you have expelled me out of my father's house and why have you come to me now when you are in distress? 8And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to you now so that you may go with us and fight against the children of Ammon and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. 9And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon and the LORD delivers them before me, shall I be your head? 10And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, The LORD is witness between us, if we do not according to your words. 11Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead and the people made him head and captain over them and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.

12And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What have you to do with me that you have come against me to fight in my land? 13And the king of the children of Ammon answered to the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came out of Egypt, from Arnon even to Jabbok and to the Jordan. Now therefore restore those lands again peaceably. 14And Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the children of Ammon 15And said to him, Thus says Jephthah, Israel did not take away the land of Moab nor the land of the children of Ammon, 16But when Israel came up from Egypt and walked through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh, 17Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, I ask you, let me pass through your land but the king of Edom would not listen. And in like manner they sent to the king of Moab but he would not consent and Israel stayed in Kadesh. 18Then they went along through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab and came by the east side of the land of Moab and pitched on the other side of Arnon but did not come within the border of Moab, for Arnon was the border of Moab. 19And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon and Israel said to him, We ask you let us pass through your land to my place. 20But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory but Sihon gathered all his people together and pitched in Jahaz and fought against Israel. 21And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel and they struck them. So Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country. 22And they possessed all the territory of the Amorites, from Arnon even to Jabbok and from the wilderness even to the Jordan. 23So now the LORD God of Israel has dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel and should you possess it? 24Will you not possess that which Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whomever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess. 25And now are you any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel or did he ever fight against them, 26While Israel dwelled in Heshbon and her towns and in Aroer and her towns and in all the cities that are along by the territory of Arnon three hundred years? Why therefore did you not recover them within that time? 27Therefore I have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me. The LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon. 28But the king of the children of Ammon did not listen to the words of Jephthah which he sent to him.

29Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jephthah and he passed over Gilead and Manasseh and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over to the children of Ammon. 30And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD and said, If you shall without fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands, 31Then what ever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. 32So Jephthah passed over to the children of Ammon to fight against them and the LORD delivered them into his hands. 33And he struck them from Aroer with a very great slaughter, even till you come to Minnith and to the plain of the vineyards, even twenty cities. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. 34And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances and she was his only child, beside her he had neither son nor daughter. 35And when he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low and you are one of them who trouble me for I have opened my mouth to the LORD and I cannot go back. 36And she said to him, My father, if you have opened your mouth to the LORD, do to me according to that which has proceeded out of your mouth, forasmuch as the LORD has taken vengeance for you of your enemies, even of the children of Ammon. 37And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me. Let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains and bewail my virginity, I and my friends, 38And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months and she went with her companions and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 39And at the end of two months she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, 40That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

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Chapter 12

1And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together and went northward and said to Jephthah, Why did you pass over to fight against the children of Ammon and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house on you with fire. 2And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon and when I called you, you did not deliver me out of their hands. 3And when I saw that you did not deliver me. I put my life in my hands and passed opposite the children of Ammon and the LORD delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me? 4Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim and the men of Gilead struck Ephraim because they said, you Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites and among the Manassites. 5And the Gileadites took the passages of the Jordan before the Ephraimites and it was so, that when those Ephraimites who were escaped said, Let me go over, that the men of Gilead said to him, are you an Ephraimite? If he said, No, 6Then they said to him, Say now Shibboleth and he said Sibboleth, for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him and killed him at the passages of the Jordan and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty two thousand. 7And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

8And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. 9And he had thirty sons and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem. 11And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel and he judged Israel ten years. 12And Elon the Zebulonite died and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulon. 13And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. 14And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, who rode on seventy ass's colts and he judged Israel eight years. 15And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the Mount of the Amalekites.

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Chapter 13

1And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. 2And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah and his wife was barren and did not bear children. 3And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, Behold now, you are barren and you do not bear but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4Now therefore beware, I ask of you and do not drink wine nor strong drink and do not eat any unclean thing, 5For, lo, you shall conceive and bear a son and no razor shall come on his head for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me and his countenance was very terrible like the countenance of an angel of God but I did not ask him where he was nor did he tell he me his name 7But he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son and now do not drink wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

8Then Manoah asked the LORD and said, O my Lord, let the man of God who you sent come again to us and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born. 9And God listened to the voice of Manoah and the angel of God came to the woman again as she sat in the field but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10And the woman hurried and ran and showed her husband and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the other day. 11And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him, are you the man who spoke to the woman? And he said, I am. 12And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order the child and how shall we do with him? 13And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware. 14She may not eat of any thing that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing. Let her observe all that I commanded her.

15And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, I ask of you, let us detain you, until we shall have made ready a kid for you. 16And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I will not eat of your bread and if you will offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the LORD. For Manoah did not know that he was an angel of the LORD. 17And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, What is your name, that when your sayings come to pass we may do you honor? 18And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why do you ask thus after my name, seeing it is secret? 19So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering and offered it upon a rock to the LORD and the angel did wondrously and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20For when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it and fell on their faces to the ground. 21But the angel of the LORD did not appear any more to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. 22And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23But his wife said to him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, nor would he have shown us all these things nor would have told us such things as these as at this time.

24And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson and the child grew and the LORD blessed him. 25And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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Chapter 14

1And Samson went down to Timnath and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2And he came up and told his father and mother and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines, now therefore get her for me for a wife. 3Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there not a woman among the daughters of your brothers or among all my people that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said to his father, Get her for me, for she pleases me well. 4But his father and his mother did not know that it was of the LORD that he sought an occasion against the Philistines, for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel. 5Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnath and came to the vineyards of Timnath and behold, a young lion roared against him. 6And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him and he tore him as he would have torn a kid and he had nothing in his hand but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. 7And he went down and talked with the woman and she pleased Samson well. 8And after a time he returned to take her and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion and behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 9And he took of it in his hands and went on eating and came to his father and mother and he gave them and they ate, but he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

10So his father went down to the woman and Samson made a feast there, for so the young men used to do. 11And when they saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12And Samson said to them, I will now put forth a riddle to you. If you can certainly declare it to me within the seven days of the feast and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. 13But if you cannot declare it to me, then you shall give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said to him, Put forth your riddle so that we may hear it. 14And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth meat and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. 15And on the seventh day they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband so that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you called us to take what we have? is it not so? 16And Samson's wife wept before him and said, You hate me and do not love me, you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people and have not told me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not told my father or my mother and shall I tell it to you? 17And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted and on the seventh day he told her, because she lay sore upon him and she told the riddle to the children of her people. 18And the men of the city said to 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 to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle. 19And the Spirit of the LORD came on him and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty men of them and took their spoil and gave changes of garments to those who expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled and he went up to his father's house. 20But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

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Chapter 15

1But it was a while after, 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 allow him to go in. 2And her father said, I verily thought that you had utterly hated her, therefore I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister fairer than she? I ask of you take her instead of her. 3And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. 4And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes and took firebrands and turned tail to tail and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. 5And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines and burned up both the shocks and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives. 6Then the Philistines said, Who has done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had 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 to them, Though you have done this, yet 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 dwelled in the top of the rock Etam.

9Then the Philistines went up and pitched in Judah and spread themselves in Lehi. 10And the men of Judah said, Why have you come up against us? And they answered, We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us. 11Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam and said to Samson, Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this that you have done to us? And he said to them, As they did to me, so I have done to them. 12And they said to him, We have come down to bind you so that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said to them, Swear to me, that you will not fall upon me yourselves. 13And they spoke to 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 cords and brought him up from the rock. 14And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily on him and the cords that were upon his arms became like flax that was burned with fire and his bands loosed from off his hands. 15And he found a new jawbone of an ass and put forth his hand and took it and killed a thousand men with it. 16And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass I have slain a thousand men. 17And when he had finished speaking, he cast away the jawbone out of his hand and called that place Ramathlehi.

18And he was very thirsty and called on the LORD and said, You have given this great deliverance into the hand of your servant and now shall I die for thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? 19But God dug a hollow place that was in the jaw and water came out there and when he had drunk, his spirit came again and he revived, wherefore he called the name of it Enhakkore (the spring that was asked for) which is in Lehi to this day. 20And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

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Chapter 16

1Then Samson went to Gaza and saw there a harlot and went in to her. 2And the Gazites were told, saying, Samson has come here. And they surrounded him and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. 3And Samson lay till midnight and arose at midnight and took the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts and went away with them, bar and all and put them upon his shoulders and carried them up to the top of a hill that is before Hebron.

4And afterward he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, Entice him and see where his great strength lies and by what means we may prevail against him so that we may bind him to afflict him and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver. 6And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I beseech you, where your great strength lies and how you might be bound to afflict you. 7And Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green withes that were never dried, then shall I be 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 there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said to him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And he broke the withes, as a thread of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known. 10And Delilah said to Samson, Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now tell me, I beseech you, how you might be bound. 11And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then I shall be weak and be as another man. 12Delilah therefore took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he broke them from his arms like a thread. 13And Delilah said to Samson, Here now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound. And he said to her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web. 14And she fastened it with the pin and said to him, The Philistines are upon you, Samson. And he awakened out of his sleep and went away with the pin of the beam and with the web. 15And she said to 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 in what your great strength lies. 16And when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, so that his soul was vexed to death, 17He told her all his heart and said to her, A razor has not come on my head, for I have been a Nazarite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me and I shall become weak and be like any other man.

18And when Delilah 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 shown me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought money in their hand. 19And she made him sleep upon her knees and she called for a man and she caused him to shave 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 before and shake myself. And he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. 21But the Philistines took him and put out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with fetters of brass and he ground in the prison house.

22But the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved. 23Then the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, for they said, Our god has delivered our enemy Samson into our hand. 24And when the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, Our god has delivered our enemy and the destroyer of our country who killed many of us into our hands. 25And when their hearts were merry, they said, Call for Samson, that he may make sport for us. And they called for Samson out of the prison house and he made sport for them and they set him between the pillars. 26And Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, Allow me that I may feel the pillars on which the house stands, that I may lean on them. 27Now the house was full of men and women and all the lords of the Philistines were there and there were on the roof about three thousand men and women, who beheld while Samson made sport. 28And Samson called to the LORD and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I beseech you and strengthen me, I beseech 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 stood and on which it was borne up, 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 on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than thuse whom he killed in his life. 31Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down and took him and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

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Chapter 17

1And there was a man of Mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you, about which you cursed and spoke of also in my ears, behold, the silver is with me, I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be you of the LORD, my son. 3And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son to make a graven and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it to you. 4Yet he restored the money to his mother and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to the founder, who made both a graven and a molten image of it and they were in the house of Micah. 5And the man Micah had a house of gods and made a priestly robe and teraphim and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6In those days there was no king in Israel but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

7And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite and he sojourned there. 8And the man left the city of Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place and he came to Mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed. 9And Micah said to him, Where do you come from? And he said to him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah and I go to sojourn where I may find a place. 10And Micah said to him, Dwell with me and be to me a father and a priest and I will give you ten shekels of silver by the year and a suit of apparel and your provisions. So the Levite went in. 11And the Levite was content to dwell with the man and the young man was to him as one of his sons. 12And Micah consecrated the Levite and the young man became his priest and was in the house of Micah. 13Then Micah, said Now I know that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite for my priest.

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Chapter 18

1In those days there was no king in Israel and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought an inheritance to dwell in for themselves, for to that day all their inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel. 2And the children of Dan sent five men of their family from their territory, men of valor, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it and they said to them, Go, search the land. When they came to Mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah they lodged there. 3When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite and they turned in there and said to him, Who brought you here? and what do you make in this place? and what have you here? 4And he said to them, Thus and thus does Micah with me and has hired me and I am his priest. 5And they said to him, We pray you ask counsel of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous. 6And the priest said to them, Go in peace. Your way in which you go is before the LORD

7Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were in it, how they dwelled without care, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing and they were far from the Zidonians and had no business with any man. 8And they came to their brothers to Zorah and Eshtaol and their brothers said to them, What do you say? 9And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them for we have seen the land and behold, it is very good and are you still? Do not be slothful to go and to enter to possess the land. 10When you go, you shall come to a people secure and to a large land for God has given it into your hands, a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth. 11And six hundred men appointed with weapons of war went out from there of the family of the Danites, from Zorah and out of Eshtaol. 12And they went up and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah. Wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan to this day, behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim. 13And they passed there to Mount Ephraim and came to the house of Micah.

14Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish answered and said to their brothers, Do you know that there is in these houses n priest's robe and teraphim and a graven image and a molten image? Now therefore consider what you have to do. 15And they turned there and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even to the house of Micah and saluted him. 16And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, who were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. 17And the five men who went to spy out the land went up and came in there and took the graven image and the priestly robe and the teraphim and the molten image. And the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men who were appointed with weapons of war. 18And these went into Micah's house and brought the carved image, the priestly robe and the teraphim and the molten image. Then the priest said to them, What are you doing? 19And they said to 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 a priest to the house of one man or that you be a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel? 20And the priest's heart was glad and he took the priestly robe and the teraphim 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 carriage before them. 22And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men who were in the houses near to Micah's house gathered together and overtook the children of Dan. 23And they cried to the children of Dan. And they turned their faces and said to Micah, 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 you are gone away and what have I more? and what is this that you say to me, What ails you? 25And the children of Dan said to him, Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run on you and you lose your life, with the lives of your household. 26And the children of Dan went their way and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.

27And they took the things which Micah had made and the priest who he had and came to Laish, to a people who were quiet and secure and they struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire. 28And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon and they had no business with any man and it was in the valley that lies by Bethrehob. And they built a city and dwelled in it. 29And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel but the name of the city was Laish at the first. 30And the children of Dan set up the graven image and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. 31And they set up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

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Chapter 19

1And in those days, when there was no king in Israel, there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of Mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. 2And his concubine played the whore against him and went away from him to her father's house to Bethlehemjudah and was there four whole months. 3And her husband arose and went after her, to speak friendly to her and to bring her again, having his servant with him and a couple of asses and she brought him into her father's house and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him. 4And his father in law, the damsel's father, detained him and he abode with him three days, so they ate and drank and lodged there. 5And on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning he rose up to depart and the damsel's father said to his son in law, Comfort your heart with a morsel of bread and afterward go your way. 6And they sat down and ate and drank both of them together for the damsel's father had said to the man, Be content, I beseech you and wait all night and let your heart be merry. 7And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him, therefore he lodged there again. 8And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart and the damsel's father said, Comfort your heart, I beseech you. And they waited until afternoon and they ate both of them. 9And when the man rose up to depart, he and his concubine and his servant, his father in law, the damsel's father, said to him, Behold, now the day draws toward evening, I beseech you wait all night, behold, the day grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry and tomorrow get you early on your way, that you may go home. 10But the man would not wait that night but he rose up and departed and came opposite Jebus, which is Jerusalem and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him. 11And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent and the servant said to his master, Come, I beseech you and let us turn in to this city of the Jebusites and lodge in it. 12And his master said to him, We will not turn aside here into the city of a stranger, who is not of the children of Israel, we will pass over to Gibeah. 13And he said to his servant, Come and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah or in Ramah. 14And they passed on and went their way and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin. 15And they turned aside there, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city for there was no man who took them into his house for lodging.

16And, behold, an old man came from his work out of the field at evening, who was also of Mount Ephraim and he sojourned in Gibeah but the men of the place were Benjamites. 17And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city and the old man said, Where are you going? and where do you come from? 18And he said to him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of Mount Ephraim, I am from there and I went to Bethlehemjudah but I am now going to the house of the LORD and there is no man who receives me for lodging. 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 who is with your servants. There is no want of any thing. 20And the old man said, Peace be with you, however let all your wants lie on me, only do not lodge in the street. 21So he brought him into his house and gave provender to the asses and they washed their feet and ate and drank.

22Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset around the house and beat at the door and spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man who came into your house, that we may know him. 23And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, No, my brothers, I beseech you, do not so wickedly, seeing that this man has come into my house, do not do this folly. 24Behold, here is my daughter a maiden and his concubine, them I will bring out now and humble them and do with them what seems good to you but to this man do not do so vile a thing. 25But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to 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 the woman came in at the dawning of the day and fell down at the door of the man's 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 and her hands were upon the threshold. 28And he said to her, Up and let us be going. But no one answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass and the man rose up and went to his place. 29And when he had come into his house, he took a knife and laid hold on his concubine and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces and sent her into all the territory of Israel. 30And all who 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 to this day. Consider it, take advice and speak your minds.

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Chapter 20

1Then all the children of Israel went out and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, to the LORD in Mizpeh. 2And the chief 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 who drew a sword. 3(Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpeh.) Then the children of Israel said, Tell us, how this wickedness was? 4And the Levite, the husband of the woman who was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5And the men of Gibeah rose against me and beset the house round about upon me by night and thought to have killed me and they forced my concubine so that 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 are all children of Israel, 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 into his house. 9But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah, we will go up by lot against it 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 supplies for the people, so that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may do, 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 done among you? 13Now therefore deliver the men to us, the children of Belial, who are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers the children of Israel, 14But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty six thousand men who drew a sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men. 16Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed, every one could sling stones at a hair breadth and not miss. 17And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men who drew a sword, all these were men of war.

18And the children of Israel arose and went up to the house of God and asked counsel of God and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first. 19And the children of Israel rose up in the morning and camped against Gibeah. 20And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah. 21And the children of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty two thousand men. 22And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day. 23(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.) 24And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25And Benjamin went out of Gibeah against them 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 to the house of God and wept and sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until even and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 27And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, 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 the LORD said, Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand. 29And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah. 30And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day and put themselves in array against Gibeah, 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 the people and kill about thirty men of Israel as at other times, in the highways where one goes up to the house of God and the other to Gibeah in the field, 32And the children of Benjamin said, They are struck down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee and draw them from the city to the highways. 33And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place and put themselves in array at Baaltamar and the liers in wait of Israel came out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah. 34And ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel came against Gibeah and the battle was sore but they did not know that evil was near them. 35And the LORD struck Benjamin before Israel and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty five thousand one hundred men, all these drew the sword. 36So the children of Benjamin saw that they were struck, for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted to the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah. 37And the liers in wait hurried and rushed on Gibeah and the liers in wait drew themselves along and struck all the city with the edge of the sword. 38Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city. 39And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to strike and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons, for they said, Surely they are struck down before us, as in the first battle. 40But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them and behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven. 41And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed, for they saw that evil had come on them. 42Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel to the way of the wilderness but the battle overtook them and they destroyed those who came out of the cities in the midst of them. 43Thus they surrounded the Benjamites and chased them and trod them down with ease opposite Gibeah 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 to the rock of Rimmon and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men and pursued hard after them to Gidom and killed of them two thousand men. 46So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty five thousand men who drew the sword, all these were men of valor. 47But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness to the rock Rimmon and abode in the rock Rimmon four months. 48And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the animals and all that came to hand. They also set all the cities that they came to on fire.

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Chapter 21

1Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, None of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin for a wife. 2And the people came to the house of God and abode there till evening before God and lifted up their voices and wept sore, 3And said, O LORD God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel? 4And in the morning the people rose early and built an altar and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. 5And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up with the congregation to the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death. 6And the children of Israel repented for Benjamin their brother and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7What shall we do for wives for them who remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them our daughters for wives? 8And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel who did not come up to Mizpeh to the LORD? and behold, no one came from Jabeshgilead to the camp to the assembly. 9For the people were numbered and behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there. 10And the congregation sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant and commanded them, saying, Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children. 11And this is the thing that you shall do, you shall utterly destroy every male and every woman who has lain with man. 12And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with any male and they brought them to the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. 13And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin who were in the rock Rimmon and to call peaceably to them. 14And Benjamin came again at that time and they gave them wives whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead and yet so they did not suffice them. 15And the people repented for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16Then the elders of the congregation said, What shall we do for wives for those who remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin? 17And they said, There must be an inheritance for them who are escaped of Benjamin so that a tribe is not destroyed out of Israel. 18But we may not give them wives of our daughters for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin. 19Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem and on the south of Lebonah. 20Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards 21And see and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then you come out of the vineyards and every man catch his wife of the daughters of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin. 22And when their fathers or their brothers come to us to complain, we will say to them, Be favorable to them for our sakes because we did not reserve to each man his wife in the war for you did not give to them at this time so that you should be guilty. 23And the children of Benjamin did so and took wives according to their number, from those who danced, whom they caught and they went and returned to their inheritance and repaired the cities and dwelled 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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