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Jael killeth Sisera

JUDGES

Deborah and Burak's song of Napbiali, and of the children of Zebulun; even I, will sing unto the LORD: I will sine

And I will draw unto thee, to the river Ki-praise to the Lord God of Israel. shon, Sisera the captain of Jabin's army, with 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Scir, when his chariots and his multitude; and I will de-thout marchedst out of the field of Edom, the liver him into thy hand ?

earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the 8 And Barak said unto her, I thou wilt go with clouds also dropped water. me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with 5 The mountaisis melted from before the LORD. me, then I will not go.

eren that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel. 9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: 0 In the dilysof Shamgar the son of Anath, in the notwithstanding the journey that thou takest days of Jael, the lighways were unoccupied, shall not be for thine lionour; for the LORD shall and the travellers walked through by-ways. sell Sisera into the brand of a woman. *And De- 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they borah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that

10 1 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphkali to 1 arose a mother in Israel. Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men 8 They chose new gods; then was war in the at his feet: and Deborah went up with him. gates: was there a shield or spear seen among

11 Now Heber the Kcnite, which was of the forty thousand in Israel ? children of Hobab the fatlıer-in-law of Moscs, O My heart is toward the governors of Israel Hrad severed himself from the Kenites, and pitch-that offered themselves willingly among the reoerd his tent unto the plain of Zaanain, which is ple: Bless ye the Lord. by Kedesh.

[ 10 Sicak, ye that ride on white asses, ve that 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son sit in judgment, and walk by the way. of Abinoan was gone up to mount Tabor. 11 They that are delivered from the noise of

13 And Sisera gathered together all his chari-archers in the places of drawing water, there shall ots, enen nine hündred chariots of iron, and all they rehearse the riglitcous acts of the LORT, the people that were with him, from llarosheth cven the righteous acts toroard the inhabitants of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon

o r his villages in Israel: then shall the people or 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Uy; for this the LORD go down to the gates. is the day in which the LORD hath delivered 19 Awake, awake, Deboralı; awake, awake. Sisera into iliv hand : is not the LORD gone out nitter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivi. hefore thee? So Barak went down from mountty captive, thou son of Abinoam. Tabor, and ten thousand nen after him. 113 Then he made him that remaineth have do

15 And thie LORD discomfited Sisera, and all minion over the nobles among the people: the his chariots, and all his liost, with the cdge of the Lord made me have dominion over ile inight sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them off his chariot, and fled away on liis feet. lagainst Amalck; after thee, Benjamin, among

16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and thy people; ont or Machir came down governors, after the host, unto Ilaroshieth of the Gentiles: and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the writer. the sword; and there was not a man left. 15 And the princes of Issachar noere with Debo

17 Jlowbeit, Sisera fled away on lris feet to the rah; cven Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for on foot into the valley. For the divisions of thcre was peace between Jabin the king of la-Reuben there were great thoughts of heart. .. zor and the liouse of Ileber the Kenice.

16 Why abodest thout among the sheepfolds, ta 18 11 And Jacl went ont to meet Sisera, and hcar the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions said unto him, Turn ini, niy lord, turn in to me; of Rruben there were great searchings of heart. fear not. And when he had turned in unto her 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Into the tent, she covered him with a mintlc. Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the

19 And he said unto hier, Give me, I pray thee, sea-silove, and abode in his breaches. a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. Am 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, jeoparded their lives unto the dcath in the light and covered him.

places of the field. 20 Again lic said unto her, Stand in the door of 19 The kings cane and fonght, then fought the the tent, and it shall be, when any inan doth kings of Cangan in Tazinach by the waters of come and inquire of thee, and say, is there any Megiddo; 1) took no gain of money. inan here? that thou shalt say, No.

20 They teaght froin heaven; uie stars in their 2 Then Jael lieber's wife took a nail of the courses fought against Sisera. tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that suntly unto him, and smote the nail into his tem- ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou ples, and fastened it into tbe ground: for lie was hast trodden down strength. fast asicer, and weary. Sy he died.

| 29 Then were the horse-hoofs broken by the 2 And belold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jacl means of the prancings, tie prancings of their came out to meet him, and said unto him, Coine, mighty oncs. and I will shew thee the man whom thou seek 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord. est. And when he came into her tent, behold, curse ye bit:erly the inhabitants thereof; because Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. they came not to the help of the LORD, lo lle

23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king help of the LORD against the mighty. of Canaan before the children of Israel.

94 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of 94 And the hand of the children of Israel pros-lleber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above pered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of women in the tent. Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of 25 lle asked water, and she gave him milk; she Canaan.

brought forılı butter in a lordly dish. CHAP. V.

26 She put her hand to the mail, and her right band Son of Deborah and Barak..

to the workmen's hammer; and with the hanner TIEN sang Deborah and Barak the son of she smote Sisera, she smote oft his head, when 1 A binoam on that day, saying,

Ishe had pierced and stricken through his temples. 2 Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, 27 Alher feet hic bowed, lie tell, he lay down: when the people willingly offered themselves. at her feet he bowed, he sell: where he bowed, 3 Ilear, O ye kings; give car, O ye princes; I, there he fell down dead.

Israelites rebuked by a prophet. CHAP. vi.

Gideon sent to deliver them. 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a win-grade in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou dow, and cried through the lattice, Why is his talkest with me. chariot so long in coming ? why tarry the wheels! 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I como or his chariots?

junto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it 29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she re-before thce. And he said, I will tarry until thou turned answer to herself,

come again. 30 llave they not sped ? have they not divided 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, the prey ; to every man a damsel or two; to Si- and unleavened cakes ot' an ephah of ficur: the sera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a colours of needle-work, of divers colours of nee-pot, and brought it out unto hin under the oak, dlc-work on both sides, mect for the necks or and presented it. them that take the spoil ?

| 20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but nesli and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon let them that love him the as the sun when he this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest| 21 | Then the angel of the LORD put forth the forty years.

end of the staff that was in his hand, and touchCUAP. VI.

ed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there Israel oppressed by Midian.

rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the ND the children of Israel did evil in the sight flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel H of the Lord, and the LORD delivered them of the LORD departed out of his sight. into the hand ot' Midian seven years.

| 22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an 2 Aud the hand of Midian prevailed against Is- angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord rael: and because of the Midianites the children God! for because I have seen an angel of the of Israel made them the dens which are in the LORD face to facc. mountains, and caves, and strong holds. | 23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto

3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the and the children of the east, even they came up LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this against then:

day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. 4 And they encamped against them, and de- 25 11 And it came to pass the same night, that stroyed the increase of the earth, till thou comic the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young unto Gaza; and left no sustenance for Israel, bullock, even the second bullock of seven years neither shicep, nor ox, nor ass.

old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy 5 For they came up with their cattle and their father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multi- 20 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God tude; for both tley and their camels were with- upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, out number: and they entered into the land to and take the second bullock, and offer a burntdestroy it.

Isncritice with the wood of the grove which thou 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because shalt cut down. of the Midianites, and the children of Isracl) 27 Then Gidoon took ten men of his servants, cried unto the LORD.

and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so 71 And it came to pass, when the children or Isra- it was, because he feared his father's housebold. el cried unto the Lord becanse of the Midianites, and the men of the city, that he could not do it

8 That the LORD scnt a prophet unto the chil- by day, that he did it by night. dren of Israel, which said unto thein, Thus saith 29 st And when the men of the city arosc early the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast Egypt, and brouglat you forth out of the house of down, and the grove was cut down that was by bondage;

it, and the second bullock was offered upon the 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the altar that was built. Egyptians, and ont of the hand of all that op 29 And they said one to another, Who hath dono presscd you, and drave tlicm out froin before this thing ? and when they inquired and asked, you, and gave you their land;

they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your thing. God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose 30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed iny voice. Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he

11 And there came an angel of the LORD, hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that hath cut down the grove that was by it. pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son 31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Gideon threshed wheat by the wine-press, to Will ye plead tor Baal? will ye save him ? he that hide it froin the Midianites.

will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared into is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, himself, because one hath cast down his altar. thou mighty man of valour.

| 32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerub13 And Gideon said unto him, O my Lord, if the baal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? he hath throwir down his altar. and where be all his miracles which our fathers 33 Then all the Midianites, and the Amalekites, told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up and the children of the east weregathered together, from Egypt? but now the Lord bath forsaken us, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites: 34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, * 14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer wasgatherIn this tlıy might, and thou shalt save Israel from ed after him. the land of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Ma

15 And he said unto him, O my Lord, wherewith nasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will 36 1 And Gideon said unto God, if thout wilt be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said, is one man.

37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found floor: and if the dew be on the fiecce only, and

wie Tha God did so that night: for it were be dew. within the pitcher einpty pitchers, and

The Midianitish host Lideon) and all the jer se LORD, and of Gideonldred men that we

Ordeon's lecce

JUDGES.

He is encouraged by a dream.

. then sha hof Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hasa know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as God delivered Midian, and all the host. thou hast snid.

151 And it was so, when Gideon heard the tell38 And it wasso: for herosc unearly on the mor-ling of the dream, and the interpretation thereor, row, and thrust the fleece togeiher, and wringed that he worshipped, and returned into the host the ucw out of the fleece, a bowl-full of water. Jof Israel, and said, Arise ; for the LORD hath

:39 And Gideon said unto God. Let not thine an-delivered into your hand the host of Midian. ger be hot against me, and I will speak but this 16 And he divided the three hundred men into onice: Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once three companies, and he put a trumpet in every with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the man's hand, with einpty pitchers, and lamps Heece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. within the pitchers. 40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon 17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do the fleece only, and there was dew on all the likewise: and behold, when I come to the outsido ground.

or the camp, it shall be that as I do, so sliall ye do. CHAP. VII.

| 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that

are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on NBEN Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) and all thejevery side of all the camp, and say, The sword

people that were with him, rose up early and of the LORD, and of Gideon. pitched beside the well of Harod : so that the 19 i So Gideon, and the hundred men that were host of the Midianites were on the north side of with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the them by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

beginning of the iniddle watch; and they had but 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, that are with thee are too many for me to give and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt 20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand and brake the pitchers, and field the lamps in their liath saved me.

left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands 3 Now therefore go to, rroclaim in the ears of the to blow withal : and they cried, The sword of people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, the LORD, and of Gideon. jet hiin return and departearly from mount Gilead. 21 And they stood every man in his place round And there returned of the people twenty and two about the camp; and all the lost ran, and cricul, thousand; and there remained ten thousand. and fled.

4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, 'The people 22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and are yet too many ; bring them down unto the the LORD set every man's sword against hus felwater, and I will try them for thee there; and it low, even throughout all the host : and the host shall be that of whom I say unto thee, This shall fled to Betlo-shittah in Zererath, and to the burgo with thee, the same shall go with thee; and der of Abel-mekolah, unto Tabbath. of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not 23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves to go with thee, the same shall not go.

gether out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: of all Manassch, and pursued after the Midianites. and the LORD said unto Gideon: Every one that 24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout lappeth of the water with his tongue as a dog lap- all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against peth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every the Midian tes, and take before them the waters one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. Junto Beth-baralı and Jordan. Then all the men of

6 And the number of them that lapped, putting Eplıraim gathered theinselves together, and took their hand to their mouth, were three hundred the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. men : but all the rest of the people bowed down 25 And they took two princes of the Midianites. upon their knees to drink water.

TOreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the wine-press hundred men that lapped will I save you, and of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the deliver the Midianites into tly hand: and let all heads of Oreb and Zeel to Gideon on the other the other people go every man unto his place. side Jordan. I 8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and

CHAP. VIII. their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel

Zebah and Zalmunna taken. every inan unto his tent, and retained those three AND the inen of Ephraim said unto him, Why hundred men. And the host of Midian was be- El hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst death him in the valley.

us not when thou wentest to fight with the Mid9 And it came to pass the same night, that the ianites? and they did chide with him sharply. LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto 2 And he said unto them, What have I done now the host; for I have delivered it into thy hand. in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of'the

10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with grapes of Ephraim belier than the vintage or Phurah thy servant down to the host :

Abiezer ? U And thou shalt bear what they say; and 3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes afterward shall thy hands be strengthened to go of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb : and what was I able down unto the host. Then went he down with to do in comparison of you ? Then their anger was Thurah bis servant unto the outside of the armedlabated toward him, when he had said that. men that were in the host.

14 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, 12 And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and he, and the three hundred inen that were with all the children of the east, lay along in the val-him, saint, yet pursuing them. ley like grasshoppers for inultitude; and their 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, canels were without number, as the sand by the I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that sea-side for multitude.

follow me: for they be faint, and I am pursuing 13 And whien Gideon was come, behold, there after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, 61 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and lo, a hands of Zebali and Zalmunna now in thy hand, cake of barley-bread tumbled into the host of that we should give bread unto thine army ? Midian, and came unto a tent, and sinote it that 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD it fell, and overturned it that the tent lay along. hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my

14 And his fellow answered, and said, This is hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns. nothing elso save the sword of Gideon the son of the wilderness and with briers.

17 And laught the men of Succothers, and will 3 And his and your flesh.

Succoth and Penuel destroyed.

CHAP. IX.

Jotham's parable of the trees. B And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake un- of his body begotten : for he had many wives. to them likewise: and the men of Penuel answer-| 31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she ed him as the men of Succoth had answered him. also bare him a son, whose name he called Abi

9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, melech. saying. When I come again in peace, I will break] 32 1 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a down this tower.

Igood old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of 10 | Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand) 33 And it came to pass as soon as Gideon was men, all that were left of all the hosts of the chil- dead, that the children of Israel turned again, dren of the eas: : for there fell a hundred and and went a whoring after Baalim, and made twenty thousand men that drew sword.

Baal-berith their god. 11 And Gideon went up by the way of them 34 And the children of Israel remembered not that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobal and Joybe-the LORD their God, who had delivered them out hah, and sinote the host: for the host was secure. of the hands of all their enemies on every side:

12And when Zebah andZalmunna fled, he pursu- 33 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of ed after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the Zebah and Zalmunna,and discomfited all the host. goodness which he had shewed unto Israel. 13 | And Gideon the son of Joash returned

CHAP. LX. from battle before the sun was up,

Abimelech's conspiracy. 14 And caught a young man of the men of Suic-LAND Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to coth, and inquired of him: and he described 11 Shechein unto his mother's brethren, and unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders communed with them, and with all the fainily thereof, even threescore and seventeen meni. of the house of his mother's father, saying,

15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom of Shechem, whether is better for you, either yedid upbraid me, saying, Arethe hands or.ebah that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threeand Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should score and ten persons, reign over you, or that give bread unto thy men that are weary? one reign over you ? remember also that I am

16 And he took the elders of the city, and your bone and your flesh. thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and with 3 And his mother's brethren spake of him in the

ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: 17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; slew the men of the city.

for they said, He is our brother. 18 1 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, 4 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces What manner of men were they whom ye slew at of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, whereTabor? And they answered, As thou art, so icere with Abimelech hired vain and light persons, they; each one resembled the children of a king, which followed him.

19 And he said, They were my brethren, eren 5 And he went unto his father's house at Ophthe sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, iflrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you. being thrcescore and ten persons, upon one stone:

20 And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and notwithstanding, yet Jotham the youngest son of slay them. But the youth drew not his sword : Jerubbaal was len; for he hid himself. for he feared, because he was yet a youth. 16 And all the men of Shechem gathered together,

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and all the house of Millo, and went and mada and fall upon us : for as the man is, so is his Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebali was in Shechem. and Zalmunna, and took away the ornainents 7 11 And when they told it to Jotham, he went that were on their camels' necks.

land stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lift22 | Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, led up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and Hcarken unto me, ye men of Shechen), that God thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us may hearken unto you. from the hand of Midian.

| 8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over them; and they said unto the olive-tree, over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Reign thou over us. the LORD shall rule over you.

| 9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Should I leave 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a my fatness wherewith by me they honour God request of you, that you would give me every nian and man, and go to be promoted over the trees ! the ear-rings of his prey. (For they had golden 10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, ear-rings, because they were Ishmaelites.) and reign over us.

25 And they answered, We will willingly give 11 Bui the fig tree said unto them, Should I for. them. And they spread a garment, and did cast sake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go therein every man the ear-rings of his prey. to he promoted over the trees ?

26 And the weight of the golden ear-rings that 12 Then said the trecs unto the vine, Come he requested, was a thousand and seven hundredthou, and reign over us. shekels of gold; besides ornaments, and collars, 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leare and purple raiment that was on the kings of Mi- my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go dian, and besides the chains that were about to be promoted over the trees ? their camels' necks.

| 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, 27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put Come thou, and reign over us. it in his city, even in Ophrah : and all Israel 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in went thither a whoring after it: which thing truth ve anoint me king over you, then come and became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire

28 1 Thus was Midian subdued before the chil-Icome out of the bramble, and devour the cedars dren of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads of Lebanon. no more. And the country was in quietness 16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and forty years in the days of Gideon.

sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, 29 | And Jernbbaal the son of Joash went and and if ve have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his dwelt in his own house.

house, and have done unto him according to the 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons deserving of his hands:

thy son's son alus: both thou, and thy son, smiled up his voice, and cried im Gerizim, and lift

ay hearken unye men of Shecho unto them,

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Conspiracy of Gaal.

JUDGES.

1. The Death of Abimeleck 17 (For my father fought for you, and adven-/ 38 Then said Zebulunto him, Where is now thy tured his life far, and delivered you out of the mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimehand of Midian:

lech, that we should serve him ? is not this the 18 And ye are risen up against my father's house people that thou hast despised ? go out, I pray tl is day, and have slain his sons, threescore and now, and figlit with them.. ten persons, upon one stone, and have made 39 And Gaal went out before the men of SheAbimelech, the son of his maid-servant, king over chem, and fought with Abimelech. the men of Shechem, because he is your brother:) 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled be

19 If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with fore him, and many were overthrown and Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice wounded, even unto the entering of the gate. ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arunah: and Zebul

20 But if not, let tire come out from Abimelech, thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should and devour the men of Shechem, and the house not dwell in Shechem. of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of 42 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and de- people went out into the field; and they told vour Abimelech.

Abimelech. 21 And Jotham ran away, and ficd, and went 43 And he took the people, and divided them to Beer, and dwelt there, for sear of Abimeiech into three companies, and laid wait in the field, his brother.

and looked, and behold, the people were come 221 When Abimelech had reigned three years forth out of the city; and le rose up against over Israel,

them, and smote them., 23 Then God sent an evil spirit betwecn Abime- 44 And Abimelech, and the company that was lech and the men of Sliechem; and the inen of with him, ruslied forward, and stood in the enShechem dealt treacherously with Abiinelech : tering or the gate of the city: and the two other

24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and companies ran upon all the people that were in ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood the fields, and slew them. be laid upon Abimelech iheir broiler which slew 45 And Abimelech fought against the city all them, and upon the men of Shechein which aid- that day; and he took the city, and slew the ed him in the killing of his brethren.

people that was therein, and beat down the city, 25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait and sowed it with salt. for him in the top of the mountains, and thcyl 46 1 And when all the men of the tower of robbed all that came along that way by them: Shechem heard that, they entered into a hold of and it was told Abimelech.

the house of the god Berith. 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with big 47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. men of Shechem put their confidence in him. 48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zal

27 And they went out into the fields, and gather-mon, lie and all the people that were with him; ed their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut made merry, and went into the housc or their god, down a bough from the trees, and took it, and and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech. laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people

28 Ard Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abim- that were with him, What ye have seen me do, elech, and who is Shechein, that we should scrve make haste, and do as I have done. him?' is not he the son of Jerubbaal ? and Zebull 49 And all the people likewise cut down every liis officer ? Serve the men of Hamor the father man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and of Shechem: for why should we serve him? put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon

29 And would to God this people were under them: so that all the men of the tower of Shemy hand! then would I remove Abiniclech. And chem died also about a thousand men and woinen. he said to Abinielech, Increase thine army, and 50 11 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encome out.

camped against Thebez, and took it. 30 L And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard) 51 But thicre was a strong tower within tho the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger city, and thither fled all the men and women, was kindled.

land all they of the city, and shut it to them, and 31. And he sent messengers' unto Abimelech gat them up to the top of the tower. privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed, and 52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and his brethren, be come to Shechem; and belold, fought against it, and went hard unto the door they fortify the city against thee.

of the tower to burn it with fire. 32 Now therefore up by night, thou, and the peo- 53 Anda certain woman cast a pieceof a millstone ple that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field: upon Abimelech's head, and all to break his skull. '33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon 54 Then he called hastily unto the young inan as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and sct his armour-bearer, and said unto him, Draw thy upon the city: and behold, when he and the people sword, and slay ine, that inen say not of me, A that is with him come out against thee, then may-woman slew him. And his young man thrust est thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion. him through, and he died.

34 1 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people 55And when the menof Israel sawthatAbimelech that were with him, by night, and they laid wait was dead, they departed every manunto his place. against Shechem in four companies.

56 11 Thus God rendered the wickedness of of Ebed went out, and Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in stood in the entering of the gate of the city and slaying his seventy brethren: Abimelech rose up, and the people that were 57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did with him, from lying in wait.

God render upon their heads: and upon them 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal. Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the

CHAP. X. top of the mountains. And Zcbul said untol

Tola and Jair judge Israel. him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains A ND after Abimelech there arose to defend as if they were men.

A Israel, Tola the son ot' Puah, the son of 37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See, there Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt In Shacome people down by the middle of the land, mir in mount Ephraim. and another company come along by the plain 2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, of Meonenim.

land died, and was buried in Shamir.

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