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CHAPTER III.

Ehud killeth Eglon. Before of their enemies round about, so that they could not } 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the any longer stand before their enemies.

Lord, the LORD raised up a f deliverer to the chil- CHRIST 15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of dren of Israel, who delivered them, even ° Othniel Deut

. 23. the LORD was against them for evil, * as the LORD the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. & Chr. 15, bad said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and

1: 10 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon hiin, and thereby they were greatly distressed.

he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord) i Tinu 1. 16. 16 Nevertheless the LORD' raised upjudges, which delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia o ch. 1, 13 helt . 2, delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled into his hand : and his hand prevailed against Chuthem.

shan-rishathaim. 1. & 8, 29. 17 And yet they would ? not hearken unto their 11 And the land had P rest forty years: and Othniel kilosh. 11, 1: Chr. 36, judges, but they went 'a whoring after other gods, and the son of Kenaz died.

bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly 12 1 And the children of Israel did evil again in Ps.78, 32. a Levit. 17,

out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the sight of the LORD: and the LORD 'strengthened Hosca 22 the commandments of the LORD ; but they did not so. Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they soln 19,8

18 And when the LORD raised them up, judges, had done evil in the sight of the Lord. b Josh. 1,5. then "the LORD was with the judge, and deliveres 13 And he gathered unto him the children of s Am- s Ps. 83, 7.

them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of mon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and (Gen. 6, & the judge: for it“ repented the Lord because of their possessed the city of ' palm-trees.

groanings, by reason of them that oppressed them 14 So the children of Israel "served Eglon the king u Deut. 28, EL. 2, 24. and vexed them.

of Moab eighteen years. 19 And it came to pass, when the judge was ® dead, 15 But when the children of Israel * cried unto the 3 Ps. 50, 15. 3.00h. 24, that they returned and corrupted themselves more than Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud chap. 3, 12 their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left-handed:

and to bow down unto them : they ceased not from and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto
their own doings, nor from their † stubborn way. Eglon the king of Moab.

20 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Is- 16 But Ehud made him a dagger, which had two f Hleb, two
rael; and he said, Because that this people hath edges, of a cubit length ; and he did gird it under his Rs. 148, 6
transgressed my covenant which I commanded their raiment upon his right thigh.
fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice, 17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king

21 l also will not henceforth drive out any from { of Moab; and Eglon was a very fat man.
beiore them of the nations which Joshua % left when 18 And when he had made an end to offer the
he died;

present, he sent away the people that bare the present. 22 That through them I may" prove Israel, whether 19 But he himself turned again from the || quarries images, Joob. 23 18 they will keep the way of the Lord, to walk therein, that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand Josh. 4, 20. as their fathers did keep it, or not.

unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all
23 Therefore the Lord left those nations, without that stood by him went out from him.
driving them out hastily; neither delivered 'he them 20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting
into the hand of Joshua.

in a summer parlour, which he had for himself, alone:
CHAPTER III.

and Ehud said, I have t a message from God unto word from 1 The nations which were left to prove Israel....5 By com- thee. And he y arose out of his seat. munion with them, they commit idolatry. 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the mention

. TOW these are the nations which the Lord left, dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly,

to prove Israel by them ; (even as many of Is- 22 And the haft also went in after the blade ; and Elim, no rael as had not known all the wars of Canaan ; the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not 1 Cor. 8, 4.

2 Only that the generations of the children of Is-draw the dagger out of his belly; and the || dirt came yThess. 2, 6 Ps. B), 18 rael might know to teach them war, at the least such out. slosh. 22, as before knew nothing thereof;)

23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and . Num. 25, 3 Namely, * five lords of the Philistines, and all shut the doors of the parlour upon bim, and locked Sam. 15, d ch. 10,& the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites them. Sam. 6, that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount 'Baal- 24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and Or, it came hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour

fundament. 4 And they were to prove Israel by them, s to know were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet Deut. 1,9 whether they would hearken unto the command in his summer chamber. 1.ba 2; 22 ments of the LORD, which he commanded their fa. ,

25 And they tarried till they were ashamed ; and,
thers by the hand of Moses.

behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour: there-
5 I And the children of Israel dwelt among the fore they took a key and opened them: and, behold,
Canaanites, Hittites, and Amarites, and Perizzites, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
and Hivites, and Jebusites:

26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and pass-
6 And they took their daughters to be their wives,ed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
EL. 34, 16.
Deut. 7, 2 and gave their daughters to their sons, and 'scrved 27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that
Kings 11, their gods.

he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, b ch. 6, 34. 7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of} and the children of Israel went down with him from Josh. 1:5, Deut. 32. the Lord, and forgat the LORD their God, and served the mount, and he before them. Baalim and the groves.

28 And he said unto them, Follow after me ; for 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against the Lord hath delivered your enemies the Moabites ** Israrl, and he sold them into the band of Chushan-into your hand. And they went down after him, and

rishathaim king of Mesopotamia : and the children of took the || fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered Chata Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years. { not a man to pass over.

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17 Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his feet to the
30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there unte one,
of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years. was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the Romania

31 And after him was Shamgar, the son of Anath, house of Heber the Kenite.

which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said i Cur. 1, 22, an 'ox-goad : and he also delivered Israel.

unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me ; fear not:
CHAPTER IV.

and when he had turned in unto her into the tent,
4, 6 Deborah and Barak deliver Israel from Jabin and she covered him with a mantle.
Sisera.

19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a
And the children of Israel, fain did exid in the little water to drink, for I am thirsty, and she open-

* of milkand gave , and cover2 And the LORD "sold them into the hand of Ja-ed him. c Josb. 11,1. bin king of Canaan, that reigned in o Hazor; the cap- 20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the Josh. 11, tain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in ® Haro- tent; and it shall be, when any man doth come and d sheth of the Gentiles.

inquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here ? that 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD ;{thou shalt say, No.

y for he had nine hundred chariots of iron: and 'twenty 21 Then Jael, Heber's wife, took ? a nail of the chis si. s chap. 3, 4. years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly sam. 17, 8.

4 And Deborah a prophetess, the wife of Lapi-unto bim, and smote the nail into his temples, and iCor. 1, 27. doth, she judged Israel at that time.

fastened it into the ground ; (for he was fast asleep,
5 And she dwelt under the palm-tree of Deborah, and weary :) so he died.
between Ramah and Beth-el in mount Ephraim; and 22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael
the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and

6 And she sent and called Barak, the son of Abi- I will shew thee tie man whom thou seekest. And h Josh. 19, noam, out of "Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead,

Hath not the Lorv God of Israel commanded, say- and the nail wus in his temples. i Gen. 19, 9. ing, Go, and draw toward' mount Tabor, and take 23 So. God subdued on that day Jabin the king of No.9, 24. k ch. 5, 14. with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naph- Canaan before the children of Israel. Ps. 86, 12 tali and of the children of Zebulun?

21 And the band of the children of Israel f pros-tenta dbe? 7 And I will draw into thee, to the river " Ki- spered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Ca- frul. 245 Mat. 6, 13." shon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his šnaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of "Canaan. Zeeba, ia t. 1 Kings chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him

CHAPTER V. into hand.

The song of Deborah and Barak.
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2 Praise ye the Lord for the "avenging of Israel,
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: not- {when the people willingly offered themselves.

withstanding the journey that thou takest shall not he 3 e Hear, o ye kings; give ear, O ye princes: I, d pa las peb. 214. for thine honour; for the Lord shall P sell Sisera into even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise tó verse !

the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went the LORD God of Israel.
with Barak to Kedesh.

4 Lord, when thou' wentest out of Seir, when Eccl. 5, & 10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali tothou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth Num. 20, a Ex. 11,1. Kedesh ; and he went up with ten thousand men at trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also Num. 24, his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

dropped water. 11 Now Heber the 'Kenite, which was of the 5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, 5 Ps 18, & children of Hobab, the father-in-law of Moses, { ever that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel. had severed himself froin the + Kenites, and pitched 6 In the days of 'Shamgar the son of Anath, in eh. 3, Si

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1 | Heb. Kain, his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, 2 Kedesh.

and the travellers walked through by-ways. 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak, the son of 3 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they 19. Heb, ga Abinoam, was gone up to inount Tabor.

ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I nch-4,4,6 13 And Sisera † gathered together all his chariots, arose a "mother in Israel. even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people 8 They chose " new gods; then was war in the 16. that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles { gates : was there a shield or spear seen among forty unto the river of Kishon.

thousand in Israel ? . 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is 9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that 1 Sam. 15,

the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into offered themselves P willingly among the people. Sam52. thine hand : is not the LORD 'gone out before thee? Bless ye the Lord. 1. 24,23. & So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten 10 Speak, ye that ride on 'white asses, ye that q Ps. 145, án thousand men after him.

sit in judgment, and walk by the way. 15 And the LORD "discomfited Sisera, and all his 11 They that are delivered from the noise of arch- rch.10 4 chariots, and all his host, with the fedge of the sword, ers in the places of drawing water, there shall they s Ps. 107,32 before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the Lam., 4 chariot, and fled away on his feet.

}righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages 16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after in Israel : then shall the people of the LORD go down the host. unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the to the gates.

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The song of Deborah and Barak.

CHAPTER VI.

Gideon sent to delieer Israel. 12 " Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake;} 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: CH. RAST utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity and because of the Midjanites the children of Israel captive, thou son of Abinoam.

made them the dens which are in the mountains, 13 Then he made him that remaineth have , do- and caves, and strong holds. IPs 68, 18.

minion over the nobles among the people ; the LORD 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Heb. 11, 38. Ps 49,14 made me have dominion over the mighty.

Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the Gen. 36, 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against children of the east, even they came up against them;

Amalek ; ' after thee, Benjamin, among thy people : 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyech 4,14 out of Macbir came down governors, and out of Ze-ed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto so.

bulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 'Gaza; and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, (Gen. 10,

15 And the princes of Issachar were with Debo- nor ox, nor ass.
rah ; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on 5 For they came up with their cattle, and their
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there were great dioughts of heart.

for both they and their camels were † without num-ich. 8, 10 16 Why abodest thou among the sheep-folds, to ber : and they entered into the land to destroy it.

hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of humoras impressions Reuben there were great searchings of heart. the Midianites; and the children of Israel'cried unto chap. 7, iż

17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan : and why did the LORD. Prov.22,13. Dan remain in ships ? Asher continued on the sea- 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel shore, and abode in his breaches.

cried unto the Lord because of the Midianitos, 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that 8 That the LORD sentta prophet unto the children 1 Heb. Phil 1, 21. jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high of Israel, which said unto them, 'Thus saith the LORD prophet

, Esther places of the field.

God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and chip. 1, 4 19 The kings came and fought; then fought the brought you forth out of the house of bondage; Rev. 12, 11. kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megid- 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyp& Ps. 49, 4 do : they took no gain of money.

tians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, k Ps. 44, 23. 20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their and drave them out from before you, and gave you 4 Ps 77,16. courses fought against Sisera.

their land : 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; 12 Kings 17,

ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou fear not the 'gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye Jer. 10,2 • Ps 83, 17. hast trodden down strength.

dwell : but ye have not obeyed my voice. 22 Then werethe horse-hoofs broken by the means 11 1 And there came an angel of the Lord, and of the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones. sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained Josh. 17,2

23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD ; {unto Joash the · Abi-ezrite : and his son Gideon Heb.to

curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because threshed wheat by the wine-press, to † hide it from flee. Rev. 17, in they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Midianites. &Luke 1,22. the LORD against the mighty.

12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, kom. ', su 24. Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of} and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou Heber the Kenite be; blessed shall she be above mighty man of valour. women in the "tent.

13 And Gideon said unto him, POh, my Lord, if the gPs. 25, e. 25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? Isaiah 58, brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

and " where be all his miracles which our fathers 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up frou. to the workman's hammer; and with the hammershe Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and de

smote Sisera ; she || smote off his head, when she had livered us into the hands of the Midianites i Thesam pierced and stricken through his temples.

14 And the LORD ' looked upou him, and said, Go 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down : at in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the chap. 46. I Pa 82, 7. her feet he bowed, he fell , where he bowed, there hand of the Midianites : have not I sent thee?

; he tell down 'dead.

15 And he said unto him, Oh, my Lord, ' where. Heb. 11,32 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, with shall I save Israel? behold, my t family is poor the land, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so in Manasseh, and I am the" least in ny father's house. Wiehl 35, long in coming ? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be

29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she return-{* with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as i Cor. 13, . ed answer to herself,

one man. 30 Have they not sped ? have they not divided the 17 1 And he said unto him, If now I have found Joshua , & prey; to every man a damsel or two? to Sisera a prey grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou y Ex. 4, 6. of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needle-talkest with me. work, of divers colours of needle-work on both sides, 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unmeet for the necks of them that take the spoil ? to thee, and bring forth my’ present, and set it before en 13,5

31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but thee. And he said, I will tarry un:il thou come again. let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh CHAPTER VI.

he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and 1 The Israelites for their sin are oppressed by Midian....31 }brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented ut.

Joash defendeth his son, and calleth him Jerubbaal. 20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the

A Israel of insi Num. 25, 18. the LORD; and the LORD delivered the n into this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. the band of Midian seven years.

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JUDGES.

His army and stratagem. the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh}, 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger CIE. 129. and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up "fire out į be hot against me, and I will speak but this once : CHRIST

b of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleav- Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the 18, Fringe ened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed fleece ; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and $2" out of his sight.

upon all the ground let there be dew. 22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an

40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon Acmn. 17, angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground. for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face

CHAPTER VII. to face.

1,7 Gideon's army of two and thirty thousand is brought to 23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto

three hundred. + Philem. 3. thee; fear not : thou shalt not die.

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THEN a Jerubbaal, (who is Gideon,) and all the a ch. 6, 52. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, people that were with him, rose up early, and and called it Jehovah-shalom : unto this day it is yet pitched beside the well off Harod : so that the host the beaches in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the well of 25 And it came to pass the same night, that the the hill of Moreh, in the valley: PS.8; 3. LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock,

2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw are with thee are

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me to give the Mid- b Zecl. 4,6 down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cutianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves e Exod. 8,d. down the grove that is by it ;

against me, saying, ' Mine own hand hath saved me. d Deut 20, 26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon 3 Now, therefore, go to, proclaim in the ears of Nat

. 13, 21. the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the people, saying, : Whosoever is fearful and afraid, the second bullock, and offer a burnt-sacrifice with { let him return, and † depart early from mount Gilead: Alles the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down and there returned of the people twenty and two thou- "Psalm 11; 1. .

sí 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and sand, and there remained ten thousand.

& did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are formate, peiri Gal . 1, 16. because he feared his father's household, and the men yet too many: bring them down unto the water, and dial.3

, 33 b Ps 1125. of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did I will f try them for thee there: and it shall be, that I Sam. 16, it by night.

of e whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee,
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever Í
morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, şay unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same
and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the shall not go.
second bullock was offered upon the altar that was 5 So he brought down the people

unto the water:
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and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that

f Isa. 18, & 29 And they said one to another, Who hath done flappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lap1 John 16,2. this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they peth, bim shalt thou set by himself ; likewise every

said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring 6 And the number of them that lapped, putting out thy son, that he may 'die : because he hath cast their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men :

i down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their E. in the grove that was by it.

knees to drink water.
31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three
Pror. 80, 9 Will ye" plead for Baal ? will ye save him? he that hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver

will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it the Midianites into thine hand : and let all the other
is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for him- people go every man into his place.
self, because one hath cast down his altar.

8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and Verse 18 32 Therefore on that day he called him || Jerub- their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel,

baal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he every man unto his tent, and retained those three Gen. 46,2 8. & 19,18. hath thrown down his altar.

hundred men. And the host of Midian was beneath Isa. 43, ? 33 1 Then all the Midianites, and the Amalekites, {him in the valley. and the children of the east, were gathered togeth- 9 And it came to pass the same night, that the

er, " and went over, and pitched in the valley of Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the Like 24, 49. Jezreel.

host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. 34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, 10 Butifthou fear to godown, go thou with Phurah Gen. and heo blew a trumpet ; and Abi-ezer was gath-thy servant down to the host : ered after him.

11 And thou shalt hear what they say ; and after

I Acts 25, 15 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manas- {ward shall thine 'hands be strengthened to go down Catecnifici, seh ; who also was gathered after him: and he sent unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his fired,

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all the children of the east, lay along in the valley Isa Ra 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor ; } like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were & 48, is - P« 147,19

, and if the 9 dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry { without number, as the sand † by the sea-side for become . 10.5

. upon all the earth besides, then shall I know that thou multitude. 6. & 19 24. wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was o ch. , 31.

38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the mor- a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, in row, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, oa cake of bar- 1 Cor. 1, 27 dew out of the fleece, a bowl-full of water.

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CHAPTER VIII.

Zebah and Zalmunna Before unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturnedhe, and the three hundred men that were with him, Belu CHRIST

CHRIST cir. 1249. it, that the tent lay along.

faint, yet pursuing them. 14 And his fellow answered and said, 'This is no- 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I . Num. 23. thing else save the sword of Gideon the

son of Joash, pray you, " loaves of bread unto the people that follow i Gen. 38, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah Psal. 60, 6 Midian, and all the host.

and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling 6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the 'hands 2 Sam. 17, Mat. 13 '12. of the dream, and the † interpretation thereof, that he of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hands, that we Acts 2, 51. worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and should 6 give bread unto thine army ? 92 Cor. 1, said, ' Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your 7 And Gideon said, Therefore, when the LORD hand the host of Midian.

hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, 11. 16 And he divided the three hundred men into three then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wil- š. John 1, 16. companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, derness and with briers. 2.Cor.3, s. with 'empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 8 And he went up thence to b Penuel, and spake sh. 5, 23.

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do {unto them likewise : and the men of Penuel answered 10. likewise : and, behold, when I come to the outside him as the men of Succoth had answered him. of the camp, it shall be, that as I do, so shall ye do. 9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, say- 50. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that ing, When I come again ' in peace, I will break Kings 19

i are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every down this tower.

" Iverse 20. side of all the camp, and say, "The sword of the 10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and 21,2. LORD, and of Gideon.

their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all k Prov. 18, 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were that were left of all the hosts of the children of the 28

with him, came unto the outside of the camp, in the east : for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand I. 14beginning of the middle watch ; and they had butmen that drew sword. Rev. 16, 15. newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, 11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that 17, 25. P82. and brake the pitchers, that were in their hands. dwelt in tents, on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, 2

20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and smote the host: for the host was ° secure. and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna Pfled, he pur- 12. left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to sued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, blow withal; and they cried, The sword of the Lord, } Zebah and Zalmuna, and discomfited all the host. and of Gideon.

13 And Gideon, the son of Joash, returned from Thess

. 5, 21 And they stood every man in his place round battle before the sun was up, 2. Chr.20, about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, 14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, is and fled.

and inquired of him: and he described unto himn the 16. 22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threethe LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, score and seventeen men.

even throughout all the host : and the host fled to 15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and 2.Chr.20

, Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel- said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye meholah, unto Tabbath.

did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and 23. And the men of Israel gathered themselves Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give can 5, 85. together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out bread unto thy men that are weary?

of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites. 16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns

24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all of the wilderness and briers, and with them he them to d ch., 12. mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the t taught the men of Succoth. ech 3 2. Midianites, and take before them the waters unto 17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and

Beth-barahand Jordan. Then allthe men of Ephraim slew the 'men of the city,

gathered themselves together, and took the waters 18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What 20. fJohn 1, 28 unto 'Beth-barah and Jordan.

manner of men were they whom ye slew at l'abor ? sch. 4.6. 25 And they took stwo princes of the Midianites, And they answered, · As thou art, so were they ; . P. 12 2 Ise 10, 36. Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock each one resembled the children of a king.

Josh. 7,26. Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the wine-press of 19 And he said, They were my brethren, even the i Rev. 14,19. Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of sons of my inother : as the Lord liveth, if

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had Ich. 6, 4. Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan. saved them alive, I would not slay you. CHAPTER VIII.

20 And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and 1 Gideon pacifieth the Ephraimites....4 Succoth and Penuel slay them: but the youth drew not his sword; for he Ps. 149, refuse to relieve Gideon's arnıy.

feared, because he was yet a youth. ND of Ephraim unto , Why { 21 , Rise thou, Rev. 8,6 not when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites ? And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, " Ps 83, " And they did chide with him t sharply.

and took away the ornaments that were on their 2 And he said unto them, What have I done now camels' necks. Pr. 15,!: ' in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the 22 1 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon,

grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer??? Rule thou over us, both thou and thy son, and thy

3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes son's son also ; for thou hast delivered us from the Ps 44, 3.de of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to hand of Midian.

do in comparison of you? Then their anger was 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule 1 Cor. 7,27 abated toward him, when he had said that.

over you, neither shall my son rule over you : "the 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, { LORD shall rule over you.

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