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9 Now the camp of Madiam was below him in the vale. And

that night the Lord said to him, Arise, and go down through 10 the camp, for I have delivered it into thy hand. But if thou

art afraid to go down; go thou, and thy servant Phara, to the 11 edge of the camp, and hear what they will say, and afterwards

thy hands will be strengthened to go down into the camp. So

he and his servant Phara went down to a company of fifty, who 12 were in the camp. Now Madiam, and Amalek, and all the

children of the east lay along in the valley, like grasshoppers,

for multitude, and their camels were innumerable. They were 13 like the sand on the sea shore for multitude. And when Gideon

drew near, behold there was a man telling his comrade a dream. And he said, Behold I have had a dream. I thought I saw a cake of barley bread rolling about in the camp

of Madiam, and it came to this tent, and smote it, and it 14 fell. It indeed overturned it, and the tent fell. And his

comrade answered, and said, Is not this the sword of Gideon,

son of Joas the Israelite? God hath delivered into his hand 15 Madiam and all this camp. And when Gideon heard the dream,

and the interpretation of it, he worshipped the Lord, and re

turned to the camp of Israel, and said, Arise, for the Lord hath 16 delivered into our hand the camp of Madiam. Then he divid

ed the three hundred men into three companies, and put a

trumpet in every man's hand, and empty pitchers with lamps 17 in the pitchers, and said to them, Attend to me and do as I

do. And whatever I do when I come to the edge of the camp, 18 see that you do the same. When I sound the horn, I and all

with me; sound ye your horns, all around the camp, and say, 19 For the Lord and for Gideon. So Gideon, and the three hun

dred men who were with him, came to the border of the camp, at the beginning of the middle watch, and having alarmed the

guards, they sounded the horns, and shook the pitchers which 20 were in their hands. And when the three companies had

sounded the horns, they broke the pitchers, and held the flambeaus in their left hands, and their trumpets in their right, and

shouted, A sword for the Lord and for Gideon, and stood 21 every man in his place around the camp. And while the whole

camp was running, and making signals, and fleeing, they sounded the three hundred horns; and the Lord set every

22 man's sword against his fellow throughout the whole camp.

And when the host had fled as far as Bethseed, Tagaratha23 Abelmeoula near Tabath, the men of Israel assembled from

Nephthaleim, and from Aser, and from all Manasses, and pursu24 ed Madiam. And Gideon sent messengers through all Ephraim,

saying, Haste down to meet Madiam, and take possession of 25 the waters, even to Baithera, and the Jordan. Upon which the

men of Ephraim assembled, and, before the Madianites came up, got possession of the waters, even to Baithera, and the Jordan, and they took the princes of Madiam, Oreb and Zeb, and they slew Oreb at Sour Oreb, and Zeb they slew at Jakeph Zeph.

And having pursued Madiam, they brought the heads of Oreb VIII. and Zeb to Gideon, from the border of the Jordan. And

the man Ephraim said to Gideon, What is this that thou hast

done to us in not calling upon us when thou wentest out to 2 fight Madiam? And they spoke sharply to him. But he said 3 to them, What have I now done in comparison of you? Is

not the gleaning of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? The Lord hath delivered into your hand the princes of Madiam, Oreb and Zeb. Now what have I been enabled to

do in comparison of you? And upon his saying this, their an4 ger against him abated. And when Gideon came to the Jor.

dan, and crossed it, he and the three hundred men who were 5 with him, hungry, but still pursuing, he said to the men of

Sokchoth, Give, I pray you, bread to feed the people who fol

low me, for they are fainty, and behold I am pursuing Zebee 6 and Salmana, the kings of Madiam. And the chiefs of Sok.

choth said, Is the hand of Zebee and Salmana now in thy hand, 7 that we should give thy army bread? Thereupon Gideon said,

For this, when the Lord hath delivered Zebee and Salmana

into my hand, I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wil. 8 derness, even with those of Barkenim. And he went up thence

to Phanuel, and spoke to them in like manner; and the men

of Phanuel answered him as the men of Sokchoth had done. 9 Whereupon Gideon said to the men of Phanuel, When I re10 turn in peace, I will demolish that tower. Now Zebee and Sal.

mana were at Karkar, and their army with them, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of the whole host of the foreign tribes, they who had fallen being a hundred and twenty

11 thousand men who drew the sword. So Gideon went up by

the way of them who dwell in tents, eastward of Nabai and

Jegebal, and smote the camp, though the camp thought them12 selves secure. And Zebee and Salmana fled, and he pursued them,

and took the two kings of Madiam, Zebee and Salmana, and dis13 comfited the whole host. And when Gideon, son of Joas, returned 14 from the engagement, back from the engagement at Ares; he

caught a young man of the men of Sokchoth, and inquired of him,

and he wrote down for him the names of the chiefs of Sokchoth, 15 and of their elders, seventy seven men. And when Gideon

came to the chiefs of Sokchoth, he said, Behold Zebee and Salmana, with whom you upbraided me, saying, Is the hand of

Zebee and Salmana now in thy hand, that we should give bread 16 to the men with thee who are fainty? Then he took the elders

of the city, and scourged them with the thorns of the wilder

ness, even with those of Barkenim. And when he had scourg17 ed the men of that city, in the midst of them, he demolished 18 the tower of Phanuel, and slew the men of that city. Then he

said to Zebee and Salmana, What sort of men were they whom ye

slew at Thabor ? And they said, As thou art so were they. 19 They resembled the children of a king. Whereupon Gideon

said, They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the

Lord liveth, if you had saved them alive, I would not have 20 killed you. Then he said to Jether his first born, Arise and

slay them. But the youth drew not his sword, for he was afraid, 21 for he was yet very young. Whereupon Zebee and Salmana

said, Arise thou thyself, and fall upon us, for thou hast the strength of a man. So Gideon arose, and slew Zebee and Sal

mana, and took the ornaments which were on the necks of 22 their camels. Then Israel said to Gideon, My lord, rule over

us, both thou and thy son, and thy son's son, because thou 23 hast saved us out of the hand of Madiam. But Gideon said to

them, I will not rule over you. Nor shall my son rule over 24 you. The Lord will rule over you. Then Gideon said to them.

I have a favour to ask of you. Give me every man the ear

rings of his spoils; for the enemy wore gold ear-rings, be25 cause they were Ismaelites. And they said, We will give them

cheerfully. So he spread his mantle, and they threw thereon, 26 every man, the ear-rings of his spoils; and the weight of the

gold ear-rings, which he had requested, was a thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, exclusive of the necklaces, and bracelets, and the garments, and purple robes, which were on

the kings of Madiam, and exclusive of the chains which were 27 about the neck of their camels. And of this Gideon made an

ephod, and set it up in his city in Ephratha ; and all Israel went there a whoring after it, and it became a stumbling block

to Gideon, and his house. 28 Thus Madiam was subdued before the children of Israel,

so that they never any more raised their head. And the land 29 had rest forty years during the days of Gideon. And Jerobaal

son of Joas, went and dwelt at his house. 30 Now Gideon had seventy sons who proceeded from his 31 loins, for he had many wives. He had moreover a concubine,

in Sychem, and she also bore him a son, and called his name 32 Abimelech. And Gideon son of Joas died in his city, and was

buried in the tomb of his father Joas, in Ephratha Abiesdri. 33 And when Gideon was dead the children of Israel turned, and

went a whoring after the Baalims, and made for themselves a 34 covenant with Baal, that he should be their god. The children

of Israel neither remembered the Lord God who had delivered them out of the hands of all those who afflicted them round about; nor did they deal kindly with the house of Jerobaal, namely

Gideon, according to all the good which he had done for Israel. IX. For when Abimelech, son of Jerobaal, went to Sychem, to

his mother's brethren, and spoke to them, and to all the relations of the house of his mother's father, saying, Speak I pray you in the hearing of all the men of Sychem, Which is best for you—that seventy men, even all the sons of Jerobaal, should

rule over you-or that one man should rule over you? Re3 member also that I am your bone and your flesh, his mother's

brethren spoke all these words for him in the hearing of the

men of Sychem, and their heart inclined to follow Abimelech; 4 for they said, He is our brother. So they gave him seventy

weight of silver, out of the house of Baal-berith; and Abime

lech hired for himself vain profligate men, who followed him; 5 and he went to his father's house at Ephratha, and slew his

brothers, the sons of Jerobaal, seventy men, on one stone. Jo. tham indeed, the youngest son of Jerobaal was left, for he had 6 hid himself. Then all the Sychemites, and all the house of

Bethmaalo, assembled and went and proclaimed Abimelech

king, near the oak grove, which was invented for the assem7 bling at Sychem. When the news of this was told Jotham, he

went and stood on the top of mount Garizin, and raising his

voice, he wept, and said to them, Hear me, ye Sychemites, that 8 God may hear you. The trees went forth to anoint a king over 9 them, and they said to the olive, Reign thou over us. But the

olive said to them, Shall I leave my fatness with which men 10 honour God, and go to wave over the trees? Then the trees 11 said to the fig tree, Come thou and reign over us. But the fig

tree said to them, Shall I leave my sweetness, and good fruit, 12 and go to wave over the trees? Then the trees said to the vine, 13 Come and reign over us. But the vine said to them, Shall I

leave my wine, which cheereth gods and men, and go to wave 14 over the trees? Then all the trees said to the bramble, Come 15 thou and reign over us. Upon which the bramble said to the

trees, If in truth you anoint me to reign over you, come and

stand in my shade; if not, let a fire go out from me, and con16 sume the cedars of Lebanon. Now therefore if you have acted

with truth and uprightness in making Abimelech king; and if

you have dealt righteously with Jerobaal, and his house, or 17 done to him according to the deserving of his hand-As my

father fought for you, and adventured his life, and delivered 18 you out of the hand of Madiam, and you have risen up against

my father's house, and have slain his seventy sons on one stone,

and made Abimelech, the son of his concubine, king over the 19 men of Sychem, because he is your brother—if therefore you

have this day acted with truth, and uprightness, in regard to

Jerobaal, and his house, may you have joy in Abimelech, and 20 he have joy in you: but if not; may a fire come out from Abi

melech, and consume the Sychemites, and the house of Beth

maalo; and may a fire come out from the Sychemites, and the 21 house of Bethmaalo, and consume Abimelech. Then Jotham

fied, and left his country, and went to Baier, and dwelt there for

fear of his brother Abimelech. 22 Now when Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, 23 God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the Sychemites,

and the Sychemites dealt treacherously with the house of Abi

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