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hand of those that spoiled them.

Wickedness of the Israelites.

in the sight of the Lord, and served JBaalim : . 12 And they forsook the LoRD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people, that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LoRd toanger. 13 And they forsook the LoRD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. 14 T And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of , spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that the could not any longer stand before their enemies. 15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the LoRD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. 16 of Nevertheless the Lond raised up judges, which delivered them out of the

17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lond ; but they did not so. 18 And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: (for it repented the Lond because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.) 19. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unio them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. 20 T.And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this #. le hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; 21. I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: 22 That through them I may prove IsTael, whether they will keep the way of the Loan to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. 23 Therefore the Lond left those nations, withgut driving them out hastily, neither delivered he them into the hand of

Joshua.
CHAP. III.
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(even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know to teach them war, at the least such as before knew no thereof;) 3 o five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. 5 || And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the LoRD their God, and served Baalim, and the groves. 8's Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim ki of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israe served Chushan-rishathaim eight years. 9 And when the children of Israel cricd unto the Lord, the Lond raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lond delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim. 11 And the land had rest forty years: and Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 12 T And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of . Lonp: and the LoRD strengthened Eglon the king ol

Moab against Israel, because they had

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15 But when the children of Israel cried
unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up
a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Ben-
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The conduct of Ehud. JUDGES. Deborah and Barakdeliver Israel.

17 And he brought the present unto of Jabin king of Canaan that reigned in Eglon king of Moab; and Eglon was a Hazor, the captain of whose host was very fat man. Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the 18 And when he had made an end to Gentiles. offer the present, he sent away the people 3_And the children of Israel cried unto that bare the present. the Lord; for he had nine hundred cha19 But he himself turned again from riots of iron; and twenty years he mightithe quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, ly #. the children of Israel. I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: 4's And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife who said, Keep silence. And all that stood of Lapidoth, she judged lsrael at that time. by him went out from him. 5 And she dwelt under the palm-tree of 20 And Ehud came unto him; and hel Deborah, between Ramah and Beth-el in was sitting in a summer-parlour, which he mount Ephraim; and the children of Ishad for himself-alone: and Ehud said, Israel came up to her for judgment. have a message from God unto thee. And 6 And she sent and called Barak the he arose out of his seat. son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God and took the dagger o his right thigh, of Israel commanded, saying, Go, and and thrust it into his belly: draw towards mount Tabor, and take 22 And the haft also went in after the with thee ten thousand men of the chilblade: and the fat closed upon the blade, dren of Naphtali, and of the children of so that he could not draw the dagger out|Zebulun ? of his belly; and the dirt came out. 7 And I will draw unto thee, to the ri23 Then Ehud went forth through the ver Kishon, Sisera the captain of Jahin's porch, and shut the doors of the parlour|army, with his chariots and his multitude ; upon him, and locked them. and I will deliver him into thine hand. 24 When he was gone out, his servants, 8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt came ; and when they saw that, behold, go with me, then I will go; but if thou the doors of the parlour were locked, they|wilt not go with me, then I will not go. ! said, Surely he covereth his feet in his 9 And she said, I will surely go with * summerchamber. thee: notwithstanding the journey that 25 And they starried till they were thou takest shall not be for thine honour; ashamed: and behold, he opened not the for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand doors of the parlour, therefore they took of a woman. And Deborah arose, and a key and opened them: and behold, their went with Barak to Kedesh. lord was fallen down dead on the earth. 10 T And Barak called Zebulun and 26 And Ehud escaped while they tar-|Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ried; and passed ond the quarries, and ten thousand men at his feet: and Deboescaped unto Seirath. rah went up with him. 27 And it came to pass when he was 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of ,

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tain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel of Moses, had severed himself from the went down with him from the mount, and Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain he before them. of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. 28 And he said unto them, Follow after 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak me: for the Lord hath delivered your the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount enemies the Moabites into your hand. Tabor. And they went down after him, and took 13 And Sisera gathered together all his the fords of Jordan towards Moab, and chariots, even nine hundred chariots of suffered not a man to pass over. iron, and all the people that were with him. 29 || And they slew of Moab at that time|from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all|river of Kishon. men of valour: and there escaped notaman. 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up ; 30. So Moab was subdued that day un-for this is the day in which the Lond hath der the hand of Israel: and the land had delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not rest fourscore vears. the Load gone out before thee? So Barak 31 || And after him was Shamgar the went down from mount Tabor, and ten son of Anath, which slew of the Philis-|thousand men after him. tines six hundred men with an ox-goad; 15 And the Lord discomfited Sisera,

and he also delivered Israel. and all his chariots, and all his host, with - CHAP. IV. * the edge of the sword before, Baraki, so A” D,the children of Israel again did that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, evil in the sight of the Lord when and fled away on his feet. Ehud was dead. 16 But Barak pursued after the chari." * And the Lond sold them into the handlots, and after the o unto Harosheth of 20

Jael kills Sisera.

the Gentiles: and all the host ol Gisera fell upon the o: of the sword; and there was not a man left. 17 Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite : for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 "I And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. 19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. T 20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and inquire of thee, and say, so any man here 2 that thou shalt say, No. 21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep, and weary. So he died. 22 And behold, as Barak, pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. 23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel. 24 And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan. CHAP. V. THEN sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 2 Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye so ; i.even I, will sing unto the Lord ; will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel. 4 Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped Water. 5 The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Load God of Israel. 6 in the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the Åof Juel, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers j}: ed_through by-ways. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. 8 They chose new gods; then was war

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in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel ? 9 My heart is towards the governors of Israel that offered themselves willingly among the o : Bless ye the Lord. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by th way. 11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts towards the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Load go down to the gates. 12 Awake, awake, Deborah ; awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. 13"Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty. 14 Out of Ephraim aas there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart. 16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea-shore, and abode in his breaches. 18 Zebulun and Noli were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field. 19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Tanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. 20 They fought from heaven ; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. Omy soul, thouhast trodden down strength. 22 Then were the horse-hoofs broken by the means of the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones. 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lond, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lorp, to the help of the Lond against the mighty. 24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, and she gave him

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ut her hand to the nail, and her
right hand to the workmen's hammer; and
with the hammer she smote Sisera, she
smote off his head, when she had pierced
and stricken through his temples.
27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay
down: at her feet he bowed, he sels:
, where he bowed, there he sell down dead.
* 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at
a window, and cried through the lattice,
Why is his chariot so long in coming 2 why
tarry the wheels of his chariots?
; 29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea,
she returned answer to herself, -
30 Have they not sped' have they not
divided the prey; to . man a damsel
or two; to Sisera a prey of divers, colours,
a prey of divers colours of needle-work,
of divers colours of needle-work on both
sides, meet for the necks of them that take
the spoil 7
31 So let all thine enemies perish, O
Lord : but let them that love him be as
the sun when he goeth forth in his might.
And the land had rest forty years.
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ND the children of Israel did evil in A the sight of the Lord : and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel; and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them : 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza; and left no sustenance for 1srael, neither sheep, nor ox, riol' ass. 5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number; and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lorn. 7 T And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, 8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israeh, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lond God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them

The Israelites oppressed by Midian. JUDGES.

Gideon sent to deliver them.

foom before you, and gave you their and ; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 T And there came an angel of the LoRD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite : and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the wine-press, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him,The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, O m Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt 2 but now the LoRD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lond looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee ? 15 And he said unto him, O my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold,my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again. 19 And Gideon went in, and made read a kid, and unleavened cakes of an epha of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21 * Then the angel of the Lond put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LoRD departed out of his sight. 22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LoRD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord G. D! for because I have seen an angel of the Lond face to face. 23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.

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lom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of ther, and wringed the dew out of the fleece,

the Abi-ezrites. 25 T And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baas that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: 26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt-sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him : and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. 28 || And when the men of the cit arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. 30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal 2 will ye save him 2 he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar. 33 Then all the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him. 35. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered af. ter him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. 36 TAnd Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast

said, 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor: and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth besides; then shall I know that thou wilt save israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and just the fleece toge

a bowl-full of water. 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: Let me prove, I o thee, but this once with the fleece; et it now be dry o upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground. 'HAP. VII. HEN Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) and all the people that were with him, rose up early and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The eople that are with thee are too man for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest lsrael vaunt themselves against o Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there; and it shall [...,that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou

boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men; but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men. And the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley. 9 || And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. - 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thoor with Phurah thy servant down to the Hoot: 2C9

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