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The fong of Deborah and Barak. JUDGES. Ifrael oppreffed by Midian. tinued on the sea shore, and abode in his against Ifrael : and because of the Midibreaches.

anites the children of Israel made them 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a peo- the dens which are in the mountains, and ple that jeoparded their lives unto the caves, and strong holds. death in the high places of the field. 3 And so it was, when Israel had fown,

19. The kings came and fought, then that the Midianites came up, and the fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach Amalekites, and the children of the east, by the waters of Megiddo; they took no even they came up against them ; gain of money.

4. And they encamped against them, 20 They fought from heaven; the stars and destroyed the increase of the earth, in their courses fought against Sifera. till thou come unto Gaza, and left no

21 The river of Kishon swept them a. fuftenance for Israel, neither Meep, nor way, that ancient river, the river Kithon.ox, nor afs. O my foul, thou hast trodden down For they came up with their cattle ftrength.

and their tents, and they came as grass22. Then were the horfehoofs broken hoppers for multitude; for both they and by the means of the pranfings, the pranf- their camels were without number: and ings of their mighty ones.

they entered into the land to destroy it. 23 Curse ye Meroz, faid the angel of 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabi. because of the Midianites; and the chiltants thereof; because they came not to dren of Israel cried unto the LORD. the help of the LORD, to the help of the And it came to pass, when the Lord against the mighty.

children of Ifrael cried unto the LORD 24 Blefled above women shall Jael the because of the Midianites, wite of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall 8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the be above women in the tent.

the children of Israel, which faid unto 25 He asked water, and she gave him them, Thus faith the Lord God of If nilk; she brought forth butter in a lord- rael, I brought you up from Egypt, and ly dish.

brought you forth out of the house of 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her bondage. right hand to the workmen's hammer; 9 And I delivered you out of the hand and with the hammer the fiote Sisera, of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of The linote off his head, when she had pierc- all that opprefled you,and drave them out ed and stricken through his temples. from before you, and gave you their land;

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay 10 And I said unto you, I am the down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where LORD your God; fear not the gods of he bowed, there he fell down dead. the Amorites, in whore land ye dwell:

28 The mother of Sisera looked out at but ye have not obeyed my voice. a window, and cried through the lattice, 11'? And there came an angel of the Why is his chariot so long in coming ? Lord, and sat under an oak which was why tarry the wheels of his chariots? in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the

29 Her wise ladies antivered her, yea, Abi-ezrite : and his fon Gideon threshed the returned answer to herself,

wheat by the winepreis, to hide it from 30 Have they not fped? have they not the Midianites. divided the prey; to every man i dam 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared fel or two; to siséra a prey of divers co-uto him, and laid unto him, The LORD lours, a prey of divers colours of needle-sis with thee, thou mighty man of valour. work, of divers colours of needlework on 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my both sides, meet for the necks of them that Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then take the spoil?

is all this befallen us? and where be all 31 So lit all thine enemies perish, o his miracles which our fathers told us of, LORD: but let them that love him be as taying, Did not the LORD bring us up the sun when he goeth forth in his might. from Egypt? but now the Lord hath And the land had rest forty years. forsaken us, and delivered us into the C H A P. VI.

hands of the Midianites. I The Israelites for their sin are oppreffed 14 And the Lord looked upon him,

by Midian. 7 A prophet rebuketh them. and faid, Go in this thy might, and thou 11 Gideon delivereth them.

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the of the Lordthe 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, Lord delivered them into the hand of wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my Midian seven years.

family is poor in Manassch, and I am the 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed least in my father's house.

Gideon deliziereth them.

Chap. vii.

Gideon's fieere : His army. 16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the I will be with thee, and thou thalt smite son of Joalh hath done this thing. the Midianites as one man.

30 Then the men of the city laid unto 17 And he said unto him, If now I Joalh, Bring out thy son, that he may have found grace in thy fight, then shew die: because he hath cast down the altar me a sign that thou talkest with me. of Baal, and because he hath cut down

18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until the grove that was by it. I come unto thee, and bring forth my 31 And Joash said unto all that stood present, and set it before thee. And he against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will laid, I will tarry until thou come again. ye save him? he that will plead for him, let

19 And Gideon went in, and made him be put to death whilft it is yet mornready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ing: if he be a god, let him plead for himephah of four: the flesh he put in a bar. felf, because one hath cast down his altar. ket, and be put the broth in a pot, and 32 Therefore on that day he called brought it out unto him under the oak, him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead and presented it.

against hiin, because he hath thrown 20 And the angel of God said unto down his altar. bim, Take the fleth and the unleavened 33 Then all the Midianites and the cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and Amalekites and the children of the east pour out the broth. And he did fo. were gathered together, and went over,

21 Then the angel of the Lord put and pitched in the valley of Jezreei. forth the end of the staff that was in his 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came hand, and touched the fleth and the un- upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet ; leavened cakes; and there rose up fire and Abi-ezer was gathered after him. out of the rock, and consumed the flesh 35 And he sent messengers throughout and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel all Manasseh ; who also was gathered after of the LORD departed out of his light. him: and he sent messengers unto Asher,

22 And when Gideon perceived that he and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, and they came up to meet them. Ala3, O Lord God! for because I have 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou seen an angel of the Lord face to face. wilt save Ifrael by mine hand, as thou

23 And the Lord said unto him, Peacej haft said, be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 37 Behold, I will put a Reece of wool

24 Then Gideon built an altar there in the floor ; and if the dew be on the unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah- fleece only, and it be dry upon all the shalom : unto this day it is yet in Ophrah earth befide, then Mall I know that thou of the Abi-ezrites,

wilt save lfrael by mine hand, as thou 25 And it came to pass the same night, haft said. that the Lord said unto him, Take thy 38 And it was so : for he rose up early father's young bullock, even the second on the morrow', and thrust the feece tobullock of seven years old, and throw gether, and wringed the dew out of the down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, Heece, a bowl full of water. and cut down the grove that is by it : 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not

26 And build an altar unto the LORD thine anger be hot against me, and I will thy God upon the top of this rock, in speak but this once: let me prove, I pray the ordered place, and take the second thee, but this once with the fleece; let bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with it now be dry only upon the fleece, and the wood of the grove which theu Malt upon all the ground let there be dew. cut down.

40 And God did to that night : for it 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his was dry upon the fleece only, and there servants, and did as the LORD had said was dew on all the ground. unto him: and so was, because he

CHAP. VII. feared his father's houshold, and the men 1 Gideon's arn!y: 9 He is encouraged by the of the city, that he could not do it by dream, and interpretation of the barley day, that he did it by night.

cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb. early in the morning, behold, the altar of and all the people that Baal was cast down, and the grove was him, rose up early, and pitched beside the cut down that was by it, and the second well of Ilarod: so that the host of the Mibullock was offered upon the altar that dianites were on the north side of them, was built.

by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 29 And they said one to another, Who 2 And the Lord faid unto Gideon, hath done this thing?' and when they The people that are with thee are too

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JUDGES The Mídianites overthrown. many for me to give the Midianites into hold, there was a man that told a dream their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I against me, saying, Mine own hand hath dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of baro saved me.

ley bread tumbled into the host of Mi3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in dian, and came unto a tent, and fmote the ears of the people, saying, Whoso- it that it fell, and overturned it, that the ever is fearful and afraid, let him return tent lay along. and depart early from mount Gilead. 14 And his fellow answered and said, And there returned of the people twenty This is nothing else fave the sword of and two thousand; and there remained Gideon the fon of Joath, a man of Israel: ten thousand.

for into his hand hath God delivered 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, Midian, and all the host. The people are yet too many; bring 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard them down unto the water, and I will the telling of the dream, and the intertry them for thee there: and it shall be, pretation thereof, that he worshipped, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall and returned into the host of Jfrael, and go with thee, the same shall go with said, Arife; for the Lord hath delivered thee; and of whomfoever I say unto into your hand the host of Midian. thee, This shall not go with thee, the 16 And he divided the three hundred same Mall not go.

men into three companies, and he put a 5 So he brought down the people unto trumpet in every man's hand, with empty the water; and the LORD taid unio Gi- pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. deon, Every one that lappeth of the wa 17 And he said unto them, Look on ter with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, me, and do likewife: and, behold, when I him shalt thou set by himself; likewise come to the outlide of the camp, it shall every one that boweth down upon his be that, as I do, fo Mall ye do. knees to drink.

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I 6 And the number of them that lap- and all that are with me, then blow ye ped, putting their hand to their mouth, the trumpets alto on every side of all the were three hundred men: but all the rest camp, and fay, The favord of the LORD, of the people bowed down upon their and of Gideon. knees to drink water.

19 So Gideon, and the hundred men 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, that avere with him, came unto the outBy the three hundred men that lapped side of the camp in the beginning of the will I fave you, and deliver the Midian- middle watch ; and they had but newly ites into thine hand; and let all the other set the watch: and they blew the trumpeople go every man unto his place. pets, and brake the pitchers that were in

8 So the people took victuals in their their hands. hand, and their trumpets: and he sent 20 And the three companies blew the all the rest of Israel every man unto his trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and tent, and retained those three hundred held the lamps in their left hands, and men: and the host of Midian was be the trumpets in their right hands to blow neath him in the valley.

withal: and they cried, The sword of 99 And it came to pass the same night, the LORD, and of Gideon. that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get 21 And they stood every man in his thee down unto the host ; for I have de- place round about the camp: and all the livered it into thine hand.

host ran, and cried, and fled. 10 But if thou fear to go down, go 22 And the three hundred blew the thou with Phurah thy servant down to trumpets, and the Lord fet every man's the host :

sword against his fellow, even throughout 11 And thou shalt hear what they say; all the host; and the host fled to Bethand afterwards Mall thine hands be Thittah in Zererath, and to the border of Itrengthened to go down unto the host. Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath. Then went he down with Phurah his 23. And the men of Israel gathered servant unto the outside of the armed themseves together out of Naphtali, and men that were in the host.

out of Afher, and out of all Manafleh, 12 And the Midianites and the Ama- and pursued after the Midianites. lekites and all the children of the east lay 24 4 And Gideon fent messengers along in the valley like grasshoppers for throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, multitude; and their camels were with- Come down against the Midianites, and out number, as the fand by the sea side take before them the waters unto Bethfor multitude,

barah and Jordan. Then all the men 13 And when Gideon was come, be- of Ephraim gathered themselves toge6

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The Epbraimites pacified. Chap. viii.

Succoth and Penuel defroyed, ther, and took the waters unto Beth-ba-lęd, he pursued after them, and took the rah and Jordan.

two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zal. 25 And they took two princes of the munna, and discomfited all the host. Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they 13 And Gideon the ton of Joalh reNew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and turned from battle before the sun was up, Zeeb they New at the winepress of Zeeb, 14 And caught a young man of the and pursued Midian, and brought the men of Succoth, and enquired of him : heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on and he described unto him the princes the other fide Jordan.

of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even CHAP. VIII.

threescore and seventeen men. I The Ephraimites pacified. 4 Zebah and 15 And he came unto the men of Suce

Zalmunna. 33 The Ifraelites' idolatry coth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zale and ingratitude.

munna, with whom ye did upbraid me,

, him, Why halt thou served us thus, munna now in thine hand, that we should that thou calledít us not, when thou give bread unto thy men that are weary? wentest to fight with the Midianites? and 16 And he took the elders of the city, they did chide with him sharply. and thorns of the wilderness and briers,

2 And he said unto them, What have and with them he taught the men of I done now in comparison of you? Is not Succoth. the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim 17 And he beat down the tower of better than the vintage of Abi-ezer? Penuel, and New the men of the city.

3 God hath delivered into your hands 18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zal. the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: munna, What manner of men were they and what was I able to do in comparison whom ye New at Tabor ? and they anof you? Then their anger was abated to- swered, As thou art, so were they; each ward him, when he had said that. one resembled the children of a king.

4 | And Gideon came to Jordan, and 19 And he said, They were my bre. passed over, he, and the three hundred thrén, even the fons of my mother: as men that were with him, faint, yet pur- the Lord liveth, if ye had saved them suing them.

alive, I would not say you. 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, 20 And he said unto Jether his firstGive, I pray you, loaves of bread unto born, Up, and say them. But the youth the people that follow me; for they be drew not his sword : for he feared, befaint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and cause he was yet a youth. Zalmunna, kings of Midian.

21 Then żebah and Zalmunna said, 6 And the princes of Succoth faid, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna man is, so is his strength. And Gideon now in thine hand, that we should give arose, and New Zebah and Zalmunna, bread unto thine army?

and took away the ornaments that were 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when on their camels' necks. the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zal 22 Then the men of Israel said unto munna into mine hand, then I will tear Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, your flesh with the thorns of the wilder- and thy son, and thy son's son also: for ness and with briers.

thou hast delivered us from the hand of 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, Midian, and spake unto them likewise : and the 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will men of Penuel answered him as the men not rule over you, neither shall my son rule of Succoth had answered him.

over you; the Lord Mall rule over you. 9 And he spake also unto the men of 24 And Gideon said unto them, I Penuel, saying, When I come again in would desire a request of you, that ye peace, I will break down this tower. would give me every man the earrings of

10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in his prey. (For they had golden earrings, Karkor, and their hosts with them, about because they were Ilhmaelites.) fifteen thousand men, all that were left 25 And they answered, We will wil. of all the hosts of the children of the east: lingly give them. And they spread a garfor there fell an hundred and twenty ment, and did cast therein every man the thousand men that drew sword. earrings of his prey.

11 And Gideon went up by the way of 26 And the weight of the golden earthem that dwelt in tents on the east of rings that he requested was a thousand Nobah and Jogbehah, and (mote the hoft: and seven hundred Mekels of gold ; befor the host was secure.

fide ornaments, and collars, and purple 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna raiment that was on the kings of Mi

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Yotham's parable. dian, and beside the chains that were a 5 And he went unto his father's house bout their camels necks.

at Ophrah, and New his brethren the sons 27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten and put it in his city, even in Ophrah : persons, upon one stone : notwithstandand all Israel went thither a whoring after ing yet Jotham the youngest fon of Jerubit: which thing became a snare unto Gi-baal was left; for he hid himself. deon, and to his house.

6 And all the men of Shechem gathered 28 Thus was Midian subdued before together, and all the house of Millo, and the children of Israel, so that they lifted went, and made Abimelech king, by the up their heads no more. And the coun- plain of the pillar that was in Shechem, try was in quietness forty years in the 7. And when they told it to Jotham, days of Gideon.

he went and stood in the top of mount 29 And Jerubbaalthe son of Joash went Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and and dwelt in his own house.

cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten me, ye men of Shechem, that God may sons of his body begotten: for he had hearken unto you.

8 The trees went forth on a time to 31 And his concubine that was in anoint a king over them; and they said Shechem, me also bare him a son, whose unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. pame he called Abimelech.

9 But the olive tree faid unto them, 32 And Gideon the son of Joash died Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by in a good old age, and was buried in the me they honour God and man, and go to sepulchre of Joath his father, in Ophrah be promoted over the trees? of the Abi-ezrites.

10 And the trees said to the fig tree, 33 1 And it came to pass, as soon as Come thou, and reign over us. Gideon was dead, that the children of 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Ifrael turned again, and went a whor- Should I forsake my sweetness, and my ing after Baalim, and made Baal-berith good fruit, and go to be promoted over their god.

the trees? 34 And the children of Israel remem 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, bered not the Lord their God, who had come thou, and reign over us. delivered them out of the hands of all 13 And the vine said unto them, their enemies on every fide :

Should I leave my wine, which cheereth 35 Neither thered they kindness to God and man, and go to be promoted the house of Jerubbaal, nomely, Gideon, over the trees? according to all the goodness which he 14 Then said all the trees into the had thewed unto Israel.

bramble, Come tholl, and reign over us. CHAP. IX.

15 And the bramble faid unto the trees, i Abimelech is made king by the Shechem. If in truth ye anoint me king over you,

ites. 7 Yothan by a parable rebuketh then come and put your trust in my shathem. 22 Gaal’s conspiracy. 56 90- dow: and if not, let fire come out of the than's curfe fulfilled.

bramble, and devour the cedars of Les ANDA birbleche the fram of Serubbaaz banon.

went to Shechem unto his mother's 16 Now therefore, if ye have done brethren, and communed with them, and truly and sincerely, in that ye have made with all the family of the house of his Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well mother's father, saying,

with Jerubbaal and his house, and have 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all done unto him according to the deservthe men of Shechem, Whether is better ing of his hands; for you, either that all the sons of Jerub 17 (For my father fought for you, and baal, qvhich are threescore and ten per- adveniured his life far, and delivered fons, reign over you, or that one reign you out of the hand of Midian : over you? remember also that I am your 18 And ye are risen up against my fabone and your nesh.

ther's house this day, and have sain his 3. And his mother's brethren spake of ions, threescore and ten persons, upon one him in the ears of all the men of Shechem stone, and have made Abimelech, the son all these words: and their hearts inclined of his maiciservant, king over the men of to follow Abimelech ; for, they laid, He Shechem, because he is your brother;) is our brother.

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then bave dealt truly and fin4 And they gave him threescore and tencerely with Jerubbaal and with his house pieces of silver out of the house of Baal- this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, berith, whereivith Abimelech hired vain and let him also rejoice in you: ard light persons, which followed him. 29 But if not, let fire come out from

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