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Gaal's conspiracy.

Chap. ix. Abimelech overcometh him. Abimelech, and devour the men of She-they laid wait against Shechem in four chem, and the house of Millo ; and let companies. fire come out from the men of Shechem, 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went and from the house of Millo, and devour out, and stood in the entering of the gate Abimelech.

of the city: and Abimelech rose up, and 21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, the people that were with him, from ly. and went to Beer, and dwelt there, foring in wait. fear of Abimelech his brother.

36 And when Gaal saw the people, he 22 | When Abimelech had reigned said to Zebul, Behold, there come people three years over Israel,

down from the top of the mountains. And 23 Then God sent an evil spirit be- Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the lha. tween Abimelech and the men of She- dow of the mountains as if they were men. chem; and the men of Shechem dealt 37 And Gaal spake again and said, See treacherously with Abimelech :

there come people down by the middle 24 That the cruelty done to the three of the land, and another company come score and ten sons of Jerubbaal might along by the plain of Meonenim. come, and their blood be laid upon Abi-| 38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where melech their brother, which sew them ; is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidīt, and upon the men of Shechem, which | Who is Abimelech, that we should serve aided him in the killing of his brethren. him ? is not this the people that thou hast

25 And the men of Shechem fet liërs despised ? go out, I pray now, and fight in wait for him in the top of the moun- , with them. tains, and they robbed all that came a 39 And Gaal went out before the men long that way by them: and it was told of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech. Abimelech.

1 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came fled before him, and many were overwith his brethren, and went over to thrown and wounded, tven unto the en. Shechem: and the men of Shechem put, tering of the gate. their confidence in him.

45 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : 27 And they went out into the fields,' and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his and gathered their vineyards, and trodé brethren, that they should not dwell in the grapes, and made merry, and went Shechem. into the house of their god, and did cat 42 And it came to pass on the more and drink, and curred Alimelech. row, that the people went out into the

28 And Gaal the son o: Ebed said, Who ficid; and they toid Abimelech. is Abimelech, and who is Shecliem, that 43 And he took the people, and dividwe should serve him ? is not be the son of led them into three companies, and laid Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? ferve wait in the field, and looked, and, bethe men of Hamor the father of Shechem: hold, the people were come forth out of for why should we serve him?

the city; and he rose up against them, 29 And would to God this people were and smote them. under my hand ! then would I remove 44 And Abimelech, and the company Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, that was with him, rushed forward, and Increase thine army, and come out. food in the entering of the gate of the

30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city: and the two other companies ran city heard the words of Gaal the son of upon all the people that were in the fields, Ebed, his anger was kindled.

and new them. 31 And he sent messengers unto Abi 45 And Abimelech fought against the melech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the city all that day; and he took the city, son of Ebed and his brethren be come to and new the people that was therein, Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the and heat down the city, and fowed it city against thee.

with salt. 32 Now therefore up by night, thou 46 And when all the men of the tower and the people that is with thee, and lie of Shechem heard that, they entered into in wait in the field :

an hold of the house of the god Berith. 33 And it shall be, that in the morning, 47 And it was told Abimelech, that all as foon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise the men of the tower of Shechem were early, and set upon the city: and, behold, gathered together. when he and the people that is with him 48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount come out against thee, then mayest thou Zalmon, he and all the people that were do to thein as thou shalt find occasion. with him; and Abimelech took an ax

34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the in his hand, and cut down a bough people tha: were with him, by night, and from the trees, and took it, and laid it

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JUDGES. Israel oppreffeil by the Ammonites. on his shoulder, and said unto the people gods of Moab, and the gods of the chil. that were with him, What ye have seen dren of Ammon, and the gods of the me do, make haste, and do as I have done. Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and

49 Andail the people likewise cut down ferved not him. every man his bough, and followed Abi 7. And the anger of the LORD was melech, and put them to the hold, and set hot against Israel, and he fold them into the hold on fire upon them; so that all the hands of the Philistines, and into the the men of the tower of Shechem died hands of the children of Ammon. also, about a thousand men and women. 8 And that year they vexed and op

50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, pressed the children of Israel eighteen and encamped against Thebez,and took it. years, all the children of Israel that were

51 But there was a strong tower within on the other side Jordan in the land of the the city, and thither fled all the men and Amorites, which is in Gilead. women, and all they of the city, and Mut 9 Moreover the children of Ammon it to them, and gat them up to the top of passed over Jordan to fight also against the tower.

Judah, and against Benjamin, and against 52 And Abimelech came unto the the house of Èphraim; so that Israel was tower, and fought against it, and went fore distressed. hard unto the door of the tower to burn 10 And the children of Israel cried unto it with fire.

Ithe LORD, saying, We have sinned against 53 And a certain woman cast a piece thee, both because we have forsaken our of a milstone upon Abimelecli's head, God, and also served Baalim. and all to break his scull.

11 And the Lord said unto the chil. 54 Then he called hastily unto the dren of Israel, Did not I deliver you from young man his armourbearer, and said the ligyptians, and from the Amorites, unto him, Draw thy sword, and say me, from the children of Ammon, and from that men say not of me, A woman New the Philistines? bim. And his young man thrust him 12 The Zidonians also, and the Ama, through, and he died.

lekites, and the Maonites, did oppress 55 And when the men of Israel saw you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered that Abimelech was dead, they departed you out of their hand. every man unto his place.

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served 56 T Thus God rendered the wicked- other gods: wherefore I will deliver you ness of Abimelech, which he did unto his no more. father, in saying his teventy brethren : 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye

57 And all the evil of the men of She- have chosen ; let them deliver you in the chem did God render upon their heads : time of your tribulation. and upon them came the curse of Jotham 15 And the children of Israel said unto the son of Jerubbaal.

the Lord, We have finned: do thou unto C H A P. X.

us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; 1 Tola judgeth Ifracl, 3 olio Fair. 7 The deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.

Philistines and Ammonites oppreling Il 16 And they put away the strange gods : rael, 15 upon their repentance God pitieth from among them, and served the LORD: them.

and his soul was grieved for the misery defend Ifrael Tola the son of Puah 17 Then the children of Ammon were the son of Dodo, a man of Iffachar; and gathered together, and encamped in Gi. he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. lead. And the children of Israel assem

2 And lie judged Israel twenty and bled themselves together, and encamped three years, and died, and was buried in Mizpeh. in Shamir.

18 And the people and princes of Gi. 31 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, lead said one to another, What man is he and judged Ifrael twenty and two years. that will begin to fight against the chil

4. And he had thirty sons that rode on dren of Ammon? he shall be head over thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, all the inhabitants of Gilead. which are called Havoth-jair unto this

C HAP. XI. day, which are in the land of Gilead. I Jephthah's covenant with the Gileadites.

5 And Jair died, and was buried in 30 His vow. 34 He performeth it on Camon.

bis daughter. 6 And the children of Israel did evil OW

of he Baalim, and Astaroth, and the gods of the son of an harlot : and Gilead begat Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the Jephthah.

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Chap, xi, His treaty with the Ammonites. 2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and gypt, and walked through the wilderness his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh; out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou 17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the fhalt not inherit in our father's house; king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray for thou art the son of a strange woman. thee, pass through thy land: but the

3 Then Jephthah fied from his bre- king of Edom would not hearken thereto. thren, and dwelt in the land of Tob:And in like manner they sent unto the and there were gathered vain men to king of Moab: but he would not confent: Jephthah, and went out with him. and Israel abode in Kadesh.

4 And it came to pass in process of 18 Then they went along through the time, that the children of Ammon made wilderness, and compafled the land of war against Israel.

Edom, and the land of Moab, and came 5 And it was so, that when the chil- by the east side of the land of Moab, and dren of Ammon made war against Israel, pitched on the other side of Arnon, but the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jeph- came not within the border of Moab: thah out of the land of Tob:

for Arnon was the border of Moab. 6 And they said unte Jephthah, Come, 19 And Ifrael sent messengers unto. and be our captain, that we may fight Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of with the children of Ammon.

lieflibon; and Ifrael said unto him, Let 7 And Jephthah said unto the chil- us pass, we pray thee, through thy land dren of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and into my place. expel me out of my father's house? and 20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass why are ye come unto me now when ye through his coast : but Sihon gathered are in distress?

all his people together, and pitched in 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jahaz, and fought against Israel. Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to 21 And the LORD God of Israel de

that thou mayest go with us, livered Sihon and all his people into the and fight against the children of Ammon, hand of Ifrael, and they smote them : so and be our head over all the inhabitants Ifrael poflefled all the land of the Amorof Gilead.

ites, the inhabitants of that country. 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of 22 And they possessed all the coast of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to the Amorites, from Arnon even unto fight against the children of Ammon, and Jabbok, and from the wilderness even the Lord deliver them before me, shall unto Jordan. I be your head?

23 So now the LORD God of Israel 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto hath dispossessed the Amorites from beJephthah, The Lord be witness between fore his people Ifrael, and shouldest thou us, if we donot so according to thy words. poffefs it?

11 Then Jephthah went with the el. 24. Wilt not thou possess that which ders of Gilead, and the people made him Chemoth thy god giveth thee to possess ? head and captain over them: and Jeph- so whomsoever the LORD our God Mall tbah uttered all his words before the drive out from before us, them will we LORD in Mizpeh.

posless. 12 And Jephthah sent messengers unto 25 And now art thou any thing better the king of the children of Ammon, say-than Balak the son of Zippor, king of ing, What haft thou to do with me, that Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, thou art come against me to fight in my or did he ever fight against them, land?

26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and 13 And the king of the children of Am- her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, mon answered unto the messengers of and in all the cities that be along by the Jephthah, Because Israel took away my coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? land, when they came up out of Egypt, why therefore did ye not recover them from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto within that time? Jordan, now therefore restore those lands 27 Wherefore I have not linned against again peaceably.

thee, but thou doest me wrong to war a14 And Jephthah sent messengers a- gainst me: the LORD the Judge be judge gain unto the king of the children of this day between the children of Israel Ammon:

and the children of Ammon. 15 And said unto him, Thus faith 28 Howbeit the king of the children of Jephthah, Ifrael took not away the land Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Moab, nor the land of the children of of Jephthah which he sent him. Ammon:

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fore pailedft thou over to fight against 30 9 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the children of Ammon, and didft not the LORD, and said, If thou shalt with-call us to go with thee? we will burn out fail deliver the children of Ammon thine house upon thee with fire. into mine hands,

2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever my people were at great strife with the cometh forth of the doors of my house children of Ammon; and when I called to meet me, when I return in peace from you, ye delivered me not out of their the children of Ammon, fall surely be hands. the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me burnt offering.

not, I put my life in my hands, and paff32 So Jephthah passed over unto the ed over against the children of Ammon, children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into my and the LORD delivered them into his hand : wherefore then are ye come up hands.

unto me this day, to fight against me? 33 And he smote them from Aroer, 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all even till thou come to Minneth, even the men of Gilead, and fought with twenty cities, and unto the plain of the Ephraim : and the men of Gilead fmote vineyards, with a very great Naughter. Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites Thus the children of Ammon were sub-are fugitives of Ephraim among the Edued before the children of Ifrael. phraimites, and among the Mapaffites.

34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh s And the Gileadites took the passages unto his house, and, behold, his daugh- of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and ter came out to meet him with timbrels it was so, that when those Ephraimites and with dances: and she was his only which were efcaped faid, Let me go over; child; beside her he had neither fon nor that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art daughter.

thou an Ephraimite? If he faid, Nay; 35 And it came to pass, when he saw 6 Then faid they unto him, Say now her, that he rent his clothes, and said, A- Shibboleth: and he faid Sibboleth : for las, my daughter! thou hast brought me he could not frame to pronounce it right. very low, and thou art one of them that Then they took him, and flew him at trouble me: for I have opened my mouth the patiages of Jordan: and there fell at unto the Lord, and I cannot go back. that time of the Ephraimnites forty and

36 And she said unto him, My father, two thousand. if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the 7 And Jephthah judged Ifrael fix LORD, do to me according to that which years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadhath proceeded out of thy mouth ; for-ite, and was buried in one of the cities asmuch as the LORD hath taken ven- of Gilead. geance for thee of thine enemies, even 8 And after him Jbzan of Beth-lehem of the children of Ammon.

judged Ifrael. 37 And she faid unto her father, Let 9. And he had thirty fons, and thirty this thing be done for me: let me alone daughters, cuhom he fent abroad, and took two months, that I may go up and down in thirty danghters from abroad for his upon the mountains, and bewail my vir- fons. And he judged Ifrael leven years. ginity, I and my fellows.

10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried 38 And he said, Go. And he fent her at Beth-leliem. away for two months : and she went II And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, with her companions, and bewailed her judged Ifrael; and he judged Ifrael ten yirginity upon the mountains.

years. 39 And it came to pass at the end of 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and two months, that she returned unto her was buried in Aijalon in the country of father, who did with her according to his Zebulun. vow which he had vowed: and the knew 13 And after him Abdon the son of no man. And it was a custom in Ifrael, Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Ifrael.

40 That the daughters of Israel went 14 And he had forty fons and thirty yearly to lament the daughter of Jeph- nephews, that rode on threescore and ihan the Gileadite four days in a year. ten afs colts : and he judged Ifrael eight C H A P. XII.

years. IT be Ephraimites discerned by Shibboleth, 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the

and pain by the Gileadites, 7 Jephthab Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pi. dieth.

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An angel appeareth to Manoah. Chap. xiii, xiv.

Samson's birth. rathon in the land of Ephraimn, in the 13 And the angel of the LORD said mount of the Amalekites.

unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the CHAP. XIII.

woman let her beware. 1 Ifrael is in the band of the Philistines. 2 14 She may not eat of any thing that An angel appeareth to Monoah's wife. 8 cometh of the vine, neither let her drink The angel appeareth to Manoah. 15 Ma- wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean noah's sacrifice, whereby the angel is dif thing: all that I commanded her let her covered. 24 Samson is born.

observe. · A Dithe children of Israel did evil 15 | And Manoah said unto the angel

again in the fight of the LORD; and of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain the Lord delivered them into the hand thee, until we shall have made ready a of the Philistines forty years.

kid for thee. 2 And there was a certain man of 16 And the angel of the LORD said Zorah, of the family of the Danites, unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, whose name was Manoah; and his wife I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou avas barren, and bare not.

wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must of. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared fer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew unto the woman, and said unto her, Be- not that he was an angel of the LORD. hold now, thou art barren, and bearest 17 And Manoah said unto the angel not : but thou shalt conceive, and bear of the LORD, What is thy name, that a fon.

when thy sayings come to pass we may 4. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, do thee honour? and drink not wine nor strong drink, 18 And the angel of the LORD said and eat not any unclean thing :

unto him, Why alkest thou thus after 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear my name, seeing it is secret? a son; and no razor shall come on his 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat head: for the child shall be a Nazarite offering, and offered it upon a rock unto unto God from the womb: and he shall the Lord: and the angel did wonderously; begin to deliver Ifrael out of the hand of and Manoah and his wife looked on. the Philistines.

20 For it came to pass, when the flame 6 'Then the woman came and told her went up toward heaven from off the al. husband, saying, A man of God came tar, that the angel of the LORD ascended unto me, and his countenance was like in the flame of the altar. And Manoah the countenance of an angel of God, very and his wife looked on it, and fell on terrible : but I asked him not whence he their faces to the ground. gvas, neither told he me his name:

21 But the angel of the LORD did no 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou more appear to Manoah and to his wife. fhalt conceive, and bear a son; and now Then Manoah knew that he was an angel drink no wine nor strong drink, neither of the LORD. eat any unclean thing: for the child shall 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, be a Nazarite to God from the womb to We shall surely die, because we have the day of his death.

seen God. 84 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, 23 But his wife said unto him, Jf the and said, O my LORD, let the man of God LORD were pleased to kill us, he would which thou didst send come again unto not have received a burnt offering and us, and teach us what we shall do unto a meat offering at our hands, neither the child that Thall be born.

would he have shewed us all these things, 9 And God hearkened to the voice of nor would as at this time have told us Manoah; and the angel of God came such things as these. again unto the woman as me fat in the 24 | And the woman bare a son, and field: but Manoah her husband was not called his name Samson : and the child with her

grew, and the Lord blessed him. 10 And the woman made hafte, and 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began ran, and shewed her husband, and said to move him at times in the camp

of Dan unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared between Zorah and Ethtaol. unto me, that came unto me the other day.

CHAP. XIV. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after I Samson defirech a wife of the Philistines. his wife, and came to the man, and said 10 His marriage feast, 12 and riddle. unto him, Art thou the man that spakest 19 He Spoileth thirty Philistines. the woman? and he , I am.

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