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Samson's riddle.

JUDGES. He spoileth thirty Philistines, and his mother, and said, I have seen a clare unto us the riddle, lest we burn woman in Timnath of the daughters of thee and thy father's house with fire : the Philistines : now therefore get her for have ye called us to take that we have? me to wife.

is it not fo? 3 Then his father and his mother said 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, unto him, Is there never a woman among and said, Thou doft but hate me, and love the daugliters of thy brethren, or among est me not : thou hast put forth a riddle all my people, that thou goeft to take a unto the children of my people, and hast wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? not told it me. And he said unto her, And Samson said unto his father, Get Behold, I have not told it my father nor her for me; for she pleaseth me well. my mother, and shall I tell it thee? .

4 But his father and his mother knew 17 And she wept before him the seven not that it was of the LORD, that he days, while their feast lafted; and it came sought an occasion against the Philistines: to pass on the seventh day, that he told for at that time the Philistines had domi- her, because she lay fore upon him : and nio! over Ifrael.

the told the riddle to the children of her 5 Then went Samson down, and his people. father and his mother, to Timnath, and 18 And the men of the city said unto came to the vineyards of Tinnath: and, him on the seventh day before the sun bebold, a young lion roared against him. went down, What is sweeter than honey?

6 And the Spirit of the LORD came and what is stronger than a lion? And he mightily upon him, and he rent him as said unto them, If ye had not plowed he would have rent a kid, and he had with my heifer, ye had not found out nothing in his hand: but he told not his my riddle. father or his mother what he had done. 19 $ And the Spirit of the LORD came

7. And he went down, and talked with upon bim, and he went down to Afhke, the woman; and the pleafed Samson well. lon, and new thirty men of them, and

8 And after a time he returned to take took their spoil, and gave change of garher, and he turned aside to see the carcalements unto them which expounded the of the lion : and, behold, there was a riddle. And his anger was kindled, and swarm of bees and honey in the carcase he went up to his father's house. of the lion,

20 But Samson's wife was given to his 9 And be took thereof in his hands, companion, whom he had used as his and went on eating, and came to his fa- friend. ther and mother, and he gave them, and

CHA P. XV. they did eat: but he told not them that I Samson is denied his wife. 3 He burneth be had taken the honey out of the carcale the Philistines'corn. 9 He is bound by the of the lion.

men of Yudah, and delivered to the Philif10 So his father went down unto the tines 14 He killeth them with a jawbone. womaniande apolon made tb ere. a feast; Bufet name timpa for within hawukite

11 And it came to pass, when they saw that Samson visited his wife with a kid ; him, that they brought thirty companions and he said, I will go in to my wife into to be with him.

the chamber. But her father would not 12 { And Samson said unto them, I suffer him to go in. will now put forth a riddle unto you; if 2 And her father said, I verily thought ye can certainly declare it me within the that thou hadst utterly hated her; there: seven days of the feast, and find it out, fore I gave her to thy companion : is not then I will give you thirty sheets and her younger sister fairer than she ? take thirty change of garments:

her, I pray thee, instead of her. 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then 3 1 And Samson said concerning them, shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty Now fall I be more blameless than change of garments. And they said unto the Philistines, though I do them a difhim, Put forth thy riddle, that we may pleasure. bear it.

4 And Samson went and caught three 14 And he said unto them, Out of the hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and eater came forth meat, and out of the turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand Itrong came forth sweetness. And they in the midst between two tails, could not in three days expound the 5 And when he had set the brands on riddle.

fire, he let them go into the standing corn 15 And it came to pass on the seventh of the Philistines, and burnt up both day, that they faid unto Samson's wife, the shocks, and also the standing corn, Entice thy husband, that he may de- with the vineyards and olives.

Jamfon delivered to the Philistines ; Chap. xvi. and enticed by Delilah.

6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath | thereout ; and when he had drunk, his done this? and they answered, Samson, the spirit came again, and he revived: whereson in law of the Timnite, because he fore he called the name thereof En-hakhad taken his wife, and given her to his kore, which is in Lehi unto this day. companion. And the Philistines came up 20 And he judged Israel in the days of and burnt her and her father with fire. the Philistines twenty years. 7 And Samson said unto them, Though

CHAP. XVI. ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease. I Samson carrieth away the gates of Gaza. 8 And he smote them hip and thigh

4 Delilah, corrupted by the Philistines, with a great daughter: and he went down

enticeth him; is and overcometh bim. and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

21 The Philipines put out bis eyes. 23 9 Then the Philistines went up, and

The manner of his death.

went Samson in Lehi.

10 And the men of Judah said, Why unto her. are ye come up against us? and they an 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, swered, To bind Samson are we come up, Samson is come hither. And they comto do to him as he hath done to us. patled him in, and laid wait for him all

11 Then three thousand men of Judah night in the gate of the city, and were went to the top of the rock Etam, and quiet all the night, saying, In the mornsaid to Samson, Knowest thou not that sing, when it is day, we Thall kill him. the Philistines are rulers over us? what is 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and this that thou hast done unto us? And arose at midnight, and took the doors of he said unto them, As they did unto me, the gate of the city, and the two posts, fo have I done unto them.

and went away with them, bar and all, 12 And they said unto him, We are and put them upon his shoulders, and carcome down to bind thee, that we may ried them up to the top of an hill that is deliver thee into the hand of the Philit before Hebron. tines. And Samson said unto them, 4 1 And it came to pass afterward, that Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, me yourselves.

whose name was Delilah. . 13 And they spake unto him, saying, 5 And the lords the Philistines came No; but we will bind thee fast, and de- up unto her, and said unto her, Entice liver thee into their hand: but surely we him, and see wherein his great strength will not kill thee. And they bound him lieth, and by what means we may prevail with two new cords, and brought him against him, that we may bind him to up from the rock.

a thict him : and we will give thee every 14 I And when he came unto Lehi, the one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver. Philistines shouted against him : and the 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon I pray thee, wherein thy great strength him, and the cords that were upon his lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be arms became as flax that was burnt with bound to afflict thee. fire, and his bands loosed from off his 7 And Samson said unto her, If they hands.

bind me with seven green withs that were 15 And he found a new jawbone of an never dried, then shall I be weak, and be ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, as another man. and New a thousand men therewith. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines

16 And Samson said, With the jawbone brought up to her seven green withs of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw which had not been dried, and she bound of an ass have I sain a thousand men. him with them.

17 And it came to pass, when he had 9 Now there were men lying in wait, made an end of speaking, that he cast abiding with her in the chamber. And away the jawbone out of his hand, and she laid unto him, The Philistines be called that place Ramath-lebi.

upon thee, Samson. And he brake the 18 And he was fore athirst, and called withs, as a thread of tow is broken when on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given it toucheth the fire. So his strength was this great deliverance into the hand of not known. thy servant: and now shall I die for 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Bethirst, and fall into the hand of the un- hold, thou hast mocked me, and told me circumcised?

lies: now tell me, I pray thee, where. 19 But God clave an hollow place that with thou mightest be bound. was in the jaw, and there came water 11 And he said unto her, If they bind

me

Samson betrayed by Delilah JUDGES. His imprisonment, and death. me fast with new ropes that never were great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and occupied, then tball I be weak, and be to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath as another man.

delivered Samson our enemy into our 12. Delilah therefore took new ropes, hand. and bound him therewith, and said unto 24 And when the people saw him, him, The Philistines be upon thee, Sam- they praised their god: for they faid, Our fon. And there were liers in wait abid- god hath delivered into our hands our ing in the chamber. And he brake them enemy, and the destroyer of our country, from off his arms like a thread.

which new many of us. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hi 25 And it came to pafs, when their therto thou hast mocked me, and told hearts were merry, that they said, Call me lies: tell me wherewith thou might- for Samson, that he may make us sport. est be bound. And he said unto her, If And they called for Samson out of the thou weavest the seven locks of my head prison house; and he made them fport : with the web.

and they set him between the pillars. 14 And she fastened it with the pin, 26 And Samson faid unto the lad that and said unto him, The Philistines be held him by the hand, Suffer me that I upon thee, Samson. And he awaked may feel the pillars whereupon the house out of his sleep, and went away with the standeth, that I may lean upon them. pin of the beam, and with the web. 27 Now the house was full of men and

15 I And she said unto him, How canft women; and all the lords of the Philifthou say, I love thee, when thine heart tines avere there; and there were upon is not with me? thou hast mocked me the roof about three thousand men and thefetthree times, and hast not told me women, that beheld while Samfon made wherein thy great strength lieth. sport.

16 And it came to pass, when she 28 And Samfon called unto the LORD, pressed him daily with her words, and and said, O Lord God, remember me, I urged him, so that his soul was vexed pray thee, and ftrengthen me, I pray unto death;

thee, only this once, O God, that I may 17 That he told her all his heart, and be at once avenged of the Philistines for said unto her, There hath not come a my two eyes. razor upon mine head; for I have been a 29 And Samson took hold of the two Nazarite unto God from my mother's middle pillars upon which the house womb: if I be shaven, then my strength ftood, and on which it was borne up, of will go from me, and I Malí become the one with his right hand, and of the weak, and be like any other man.

other with his left. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had 30 And Samson said, Let me die with told her all his heart, she fent and called the Philistines. And he bowed himself for the lords of the Philistines, saying, with all his might ; and the house fell Come up this once, for he hath fewed upon the lords, and upon all the people me all his heart. Then the lords of the that were therein. So the dead which Philistines came up unto her, and brought he slew at his death were more than they money in their hand.

which he New in his life. 19 And she made him Deep upon her 3. Then his brethren and all the house knees; and the called for a man, and of his father came down, and took him, Me caused him to save off the seven locks and brought him up, and buried him beof his head; and the began to aflict him, tween Zorah and Ethtaol in the buryand his strength went from hiin.

ingplace of Manoah his father. And he 20 And he said, The Philistines be judged Israel twenty years. upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out

CILAP. XVII. of his neep, and said, I will go out as 2 Micah refloring the folen money to his at other times before, and thake myself. mother, the meketh images. 7 He bireth And he wist not that the LORD was de a Levite to be bis priest. parted from .

ND there was a man of mount Eput out his eyes, and brought him down 2 [ And he said unto his mother, The to Gaza, and bound him with fetters eleven hundred shekels of filver that were of brass; and he did grind in the prison taken from thee, about which thou curfhouse.

edst, and spakest of also in mine ears, be22 Howbeit the hair of his head began hold, the filver is with me; I took it. to grow. again after he was shaven. And his mother said, Blessed he thou of

23 | Then the lords of the Philistines the LORD, my son. gathered them together for to offer a 3 And when he had restored the

arted burn the Philifines took him, and A phraim, whose name was Micah.

Micab's idolatry.

Chap. xviii.

The spies of Dako eleven hundred Mpekels.of filver to his mo 3 When they were by the house of Mither, his mother said, I had wholly dedi- cah, they knew the voice of the young cated the filver unto the LORD from my man the Levite: and they turned in thihand for my son, to make a graven image ther, and said unto him, Who brought and a molten image: now therefore I thee hither? and what makest thou in this will restore it unto thee.

place? and what hast thou here? 4 Yet he restored the money unto his 4. And he said unto them, Thus and mother; and his mother took two hun- thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath dred shekels of silver, and gave them to hired me, and I am his priest. the founder, who made thereof a graven 5 And they said unto him, Ask counimage and a molten image: and they fel, we pray thee, of God, that we may were in the house of Micah.

know whether our way which we go 5 And the man Micah had an house Mall be prosperous. of gods, and made an ephod, and tera 6 And the priest said unto them, Go phim, and confecrated one of his fons, in peace : before the LORD is your way who became his priest.

wherein ye go. 6 In those days there was no king in 7 Then the five men departed, and Israel, but every man did that which was came to Laish, and saw the people that right in his own eyes.

were therein, how they dwelt careless, 7.1 And there was a young man out after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet of Beth-lehem-judah_of the family of and secure; and there was no magistrate Judah, who was a Levite, and he so- in the land, that might put them to journed there.

shame in any thing; and they were far 8 And the man departed out of the from the Zidonians, and had no business city from Beth-lehem-judah to sojourn with any man. where he could find a place : and he came 8 And they came unto their brethren to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, to Zorah and Eshtaol : and their breas he journeyed.

thren said unto them, What say ye? 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence 9 And they said, Arise, that we may comelt thou ? And he said unto him, I am go up againīt them : for we have seen a Levite of Beth-lebem-judah, and I go the land, and, behold, it is very good : to sojourn where I may find a place. and are ye ftill? be not Rothful to go,

10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell and to enter to pofless the land. with me, and be unto me a father and a 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of people secure, and to a large land : for lilver by the year, and a fuit of apparel, God hath given it into your hands; a and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. place where there is no want of any thing

II And the Levite was content to that is in the earth. dwell with the man; and the young man II And there went from thence of the was unto him as one of his sons.

family of the Danites, out of Zorah and 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; 'out of Eshtaol, fix hundred men appointand the young man became his priest, ed with weapons of war. and was in the house of Micah.

12 And they went up, and pitched in 13 Then said Micah, Now know I Kirjath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore that the LORD will do me good, seeing I they called that place Mahareh-dan un, bave a Levite to my priest.

to this day: behold, it is behind KirjathCHAP. XVIII.

jearim. I The Danites send five men to seek out an 13 And they passed thence into mount

inheritance. 27 They win Laish. Ephraim, and came unto the house of Insthofendays there was no king in Il Micah,

14 Then answered the five men that the Danites fought them an inheritance went to spy out the country of Laish, to dwell in; for unto that day all their and said unto their brethren, Do ye know inheritance had not fallen unto them that there is in these houses in ephod, among thc tribes of Israel.

and teraphim, and a graven inage, and 2. And the children of Dan sent of a molten image ? now therefore confider their family five men from their coasts, what ye have to do. men of valour, from Zorah, and from 15 And they turned thitherward, and Entaol, to spy out the land, and to came to the house of the young man the search it; and they said unto them, Go, Levite, even unto the house & Micah, search the land: who when they came to and faluted him. mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah,

16 And the six hundred men appoint, they lodged there.

ed with their weapons of wx, which

were

Micah robbed.

JUDGES. The Levite and his concubine's were of the children of Dan, stood by the 29 And they called the name of the city entering of the gate.

Dan, after the name of Dan their fathers 17 And the five men that went to spy who was born unto Israel: howbeit the out the land went up, and came in thi. name of the city was Laish at the first. ther, and took the graven image, and 30 And the children of Dan fet up the the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of molten image : and the priest stood in Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and the entering of the gate with the fix his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan hundred men that were appointed with until the day of the captivity of the land. weapons of war.

31 And they set them up Micah's gra18 And these went into Micah's house, ven image, which he made, all the time and fetched the carved image, the ephod, that the house of God was in Shiloh. aud the teraphim, and the molten inage.

CHAP. XIX. Then said the priest unto them, What 1 A Levite going to Beth-lehem to fetch his do ye?

wife, 16 an old man entertaineth him at 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy Gibeah. 22 The Gibeathites abuse bis peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, concubine to death. go with us, and be to us a father

came to pass in those days,

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priest unto the house of one man, or that that there was a certain Levite fojournthou be a priest unto a tribe and a family ing on the side of mount Ephraim, who in Israel ?

took to hiin a concubine out of Beth20 And the priest’s heart was glad, and lehem-judah. She took the ephod, and the teraphim, 2 And his concubine played the whore and the graven image, and went in the against him, and went away from him midst of the people.

unto her father's house to Beth-lehem21 So they turned and departed, and judah, and was there four whole months. put the little ones and the cattle and the 3 And her husband arose, and went carriage before them.

after her, to speak friendly unto her, and 22 And when they were a good way to bring her again, having his servant from house of Micah, the men that with him, and a couple of asses: and she were in the houses near to Micah's house brought him into her father's house: and were gathered together, and overtook when the father of the damsel saw him, the children of Dan.

he rejoiced to meet him. 23 And they cried unto the children of 4 And his father in law, the damíel's Dan. And they turned their faces, and father, retained him; and he abode with said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that him three days: so they did eat and thou comet with such a company? drink, and lodged there.

24 And he said, Ye have taken away 5 And it came to pass on the fourth my gods vhich I made, and the priest, day, when he arose early in the mornand ye are gone away: and what have I ing, that he rose up to depart: and the more? and what is this that ye say unto damsel's father said unto his fon in law, me? aileth tliee?

Comfort thine heart with a morfel of 25 And the children of Dan said unto bread, and afterward go your way, him, Let not thy voice be heard among 6 And they sat down, and did eat and us, left angry fellows run upon thee, and drink both of them together: for the thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy damfel's father had said unto the man, houshold.

Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all 26 And the children of Dan went their night, and let thine heart be merry. way: ard when Micah saw that they 7 And when the man rose up to depart, were too strong for him, he turned and his father in law urged him: therefore lie went back unto his house.

lodged there again. 29 I And they took the things which 8 And he arote early in the morning on Micah had made, and the priest which the fifth day to depart: and the damfel's he had, and came unto Laish, unto a father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray people hat were at quiet and secure : thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they smote them with the edge of the and they did eat both of them. sword, and burnt the city with fire. 9 And when the man rose up to de

28 Ard there was no deliverer, because 'part, he, and his concubine, and his fer. it was fır from Zidon, and !hey had no vant, his 'ather in law, the damtel's fabusiness with any man; and it was in the ther, said unto him, Behold, now the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob. And day draweth toward evening, I pray you they bult a city, and dwelt therein. tarry all night; behold, the day groweth

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