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The Israelites oppressed.

CIIAP. XI. Jephthah's message to the Ammonites. 31 And after him arose Jair, a Glleadite, and ther's house? and why are ye come unto mo judged Israel twenty and two years.

Inow when ye are in distress? 4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, eolts, and they had thirty cities, which are call. Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou ed llavoth-jair unto this day, which are in the mayest go with us, and fight against the children land of Gilead.

for Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabi5 And Jair died, and was buried in Camon. Jtants of Gilead. 6 And the children of Israel did evil again in 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead. the sight of tbe LORD, and served Baalim, and if ye bring me home again to fight against the Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the before me, shall I be your head ? children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philis- 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah. lines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. Tie LORD be witness between us, if we do not 71 And the anger of the LORD was liot against so according to thy words. Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Phi- 11 Then Jephthah went with the elders or Gi-' listines, and into the hands of the children of lead, and the people made hiin head and captain Ammon.

over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words 8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the before the LORD in Mizpel. children of Israel eighteen years, all the children 12 ! And Jephthah sent messengers unto the of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in king of the children of Animon, saying. What the land of the Aiorites, which is in Gilead. Thast thou to do with me, that thou art coine

9 Moreover, the children of Ammon passed over against me to fight in my land ? Jordan, to fight also against Judah, and against 13 And the king of the children of Ammon ans Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim: swered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Be80 that Israel was sore distressed.

cause Israel took away my land, when they 10 I And the children of Israel cried unto the came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unito LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee. (Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore both because we have forsaken our God, and those lands again peaceably. also served Baalim.

14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto 11 And the LORD said unto the children of the king of the children of Ammon: Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, 15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, and from the Amorites, from the children of Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the Ammon, and from the Philistines ?

lland of the children of Ammon: 12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and 16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and the Maonites did oppress you; and ye cried to walked through the wilderness unto the Red me, and I delivered you out of their hand. sea, and came to Kadesh;

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other 17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through

14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearchosen: let them deliver you in the time of your ken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto tribulation.

the king of Moab; but he would not consent. 15And the children of Israel said unto the And Israel abode in Kadesh. Lord. We have sinned: do thou unto us what | 18 Then they went along through the wildersoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, Iness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the we pray thee, this day.

land of Moab, and came by the east side of the 16 And they put away the strange gods from land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of among them, and served the LORD: and his soul Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: was grieved for the misery of Israel.

for Arnon was the border of Moab. 17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered 19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king together, and encamped in Gilead. And the chil- of the Amorites, the king of leshbon; and Israel dren of Israel assembled theinselves together, and said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, througla encamped in Mizpeh.

thy land unto my place. 18 And the people and princes of Gilead said 20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through one to another, What man is he that will begin his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people togethto fight against the children of Ammon? he shall er, and pitched in Jahaz,and fought against Israel. be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. | 21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon CHAP. XI..

and all his people into the hand of Israel, and Jephthah's covenant, fc.

they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land N OW Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

W man of valour, and he was the son of a 22 And they possessed all the coastsof the Amoharlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. . frites, from Arnon oven unto Jabbok, and froin

2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons: and his the wilderness even unto Jordan. wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jeph- 23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath disposthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit sessed the Amorites from before his people 1sin our father's house; for thou art the son of a rael, and shouldest thou possess it? strange woman.

124 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and thy god giveth thee to possess ? So whomsoever dwelt in the land of Tob: and there weregather-the LORD our God shall drive out from before ed vain men to Jephthah, and wentout with him. us, them will we possess. 41 And it came to pass in process of time, that 25 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the children of Ammon made war against Israel. the son of Zippor king of Moab? did he ever strive

5 And it was so, that when the children of Am-against Israel, or did he ever fight against them, mon made war against Isracl, the elders of Gi. 26 While Israel dwelt in Heshibon and her lead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob: towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all

6 And they said unto Jephthah, Coine, and be the cities that be along by the coasts ot' Arnor, our captain, that we may fight with the children three hundred years? why therefore did ye not of Ammon.

recover them within that time? 7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead.l 27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my fa thou doest me wrong to war against me: the

Jephthal's rask now.

JUDGES. Dzen, Elon, and Abdon, Judge Israel LORD the Judge be judge this day between the! 5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan children of Israel and the children of Ammon. before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when

28 Howbeit, the king of the children of Ammon those Ephraimites which were escaped, said, Let hearkened not wato the words of Jephthah me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto hiin, which he sent him.

Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; 29 | Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Ma- and he said Sibboleth: for l:e could not frame to pronasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and nounce it right. Then they took him and slew him from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the at the passages of Jordan. And there fell at that children of Ammon.

time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand. 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years: then and said, if thou shalt without fail deliver the died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in children of Ammon into my hands,

one of the citics of Gilead. 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh 81 And after him Ibzan or Beth-lehem judged forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when Israel. I return in peace from the children of Ammon, 9 And he had thirty sons and thirty daughters shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughfor a burnt-offering.

ters from abroad for his sons: and he judged la 32 1 So Jephthah passed over unto the chil-rael seven years. dren of Ammon to fight against them: and the 10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at BechLORD delivered their into his hands.

lleliein. 33 And he smote them from Aroer even till thoul 11 1 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite. iu come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto Israel, and he judged Israel ten years. the plain of the vineyards, with a very great 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was bu. slaughter. Thus the children of Ainmon were ried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun. subdued before the children of Israel.

13 11 And after him Abdon the son of Ilillel, a 34 1 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his Pirathonite, judged Israel. honge, and behold, his daughter came out to 14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, meet him with timbrels and with dances: and that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he she was his only child; besides her he had nei- judged Israel eight years. ther son nor daughter.

| 15 And Abdon the son of Ilillel the Pirathonite 35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter: Ephraim, in the mount of the Ainalekites. thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one

CHIAP. XIII. of them that trouble me: for I have opened my

Birth of Samson foretold. mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. ND the children of Israel did evil again in the

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. according to that which hath proceeded out of 2 | And there was a certain man of Zorah, of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken the family of the Danites, whose name was Mavengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the noah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. children of Ammon.

3 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the 37 And she said unto her father, Let this thinglwoman, and said unto her, Behold, now, thou be done for me: Let me alone two months, that art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conI inay go up and down upon the mountains, and ceive, and bear a son. bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink 38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for not wine, nor strong drink, and eat not any untwo months: and she went with her companions, clean thing: and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear & son:

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, and no razor shall coine on his head: for the that she returned unto her father, who did with child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the her according to his vow which he had vowed: womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out and she knew no man. And it was a custoin in of the hand of the Philistines. Israel,

| 6 1 Then the woman came and told her hus40 7hat the daughters or Israel went yearly to band, saying, A man of God came into me, and Jansent the daughter of Jephthah the Gilcadite his countenance was like the countenance of an Tour days in a year.

angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not CHAP. XII.

whence he was, neither told he me his name: Ephraimites discerned by Shibboleth. 17 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt con

ND the men of Ephrain gathered them-ceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine A selves together, and went northward, and nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the over to fight against the children of Ammon, and womb to the day of his deatli. didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn 8.11 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, thy house upon thee with fire.

TO my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my peo-send come again unto us, and teach us what we ple were at great strife with the children of Am-Ishall do unto the child that shall be born. mon; and when I called you, ye delivered mel 9 And God hearkened to the voice of MSlot out of their hands.

noah; and the angel of God came again unto 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah put my life in my hands, and passed over against her husband was not with her. the children of Amnon, and the LORD delivered 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and Wein into niy hand: wherefore then are ye come shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, up unto me this day, to fight against me?

the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men me the other day. of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the il And Manoalı arose, and went after his wife, men of Gilead smole Ephrainn, because they said, land came to the man, and said unto him, Art

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CHAP. XIV, XV.

Treachery of his wife. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words comeland he turned aside to see the carcass of the to pass. How shall we order the child, and how lion: and behold, there was a swarın of becs shall we do, unto him?

land honey in the carcass of the lion. 13 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah,l 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went Or all that I said unto the woman, let her beware. Jon eating, and came to his father and mother,

14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh orland he gave them, and they did eat: but he told the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong not then that he had taken the honey out of the drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I com-carcass of the lion. manded her let her observe.

| 10 I So his father went down unto the woman : 15 | And Manoah said unto the angel of the and Samson made there a feast ; for so used the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we young men to do. shall have made ready a kid for thee.

| 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that 16 And the angel of ihe LORD said unto Mano-they brought thirty companions to be with hini. ah. Though thou detain me, I will not eat or thy| 12 11 And Samson said unto them, I will now bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt-offering, put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah declare it me within the seven days of the feast, knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets

17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, and thirty change What is thy name, that when thy sayings come 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye to pass, we may do thee honour ?

give me thirty sheets and thirty change of gir18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, inents. And they said unto him, Put forth thy Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it riddle, that we may hear it. is secret?

14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater 19 So Manoah took a kid, with a meat-offering, came forth meat, and out of the strong came and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD; and forth sweetness. And they could not in three the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his days expound the riddle. wife looked on.

| 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went they said unto Samson's wise, Entice thy husup toward heaven from off the altar, that the band, that he may declare unto us the riddle. angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the lest we burn thee and thy father's house with altar, and Manoah and his wife looked on it, fire: bave ye called us to take that we have? is and fell on their faces to the ground.

it not so ? 21 But the angel of the Lord did no more ap-16 And Samson's wife wept before him and pear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not i knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of 2 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall my people, and hast not told it me. And he said surely die, because we have seen God.

unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee? were pleased to kill us, he would not have re- 17 And she wept before him the seven days. ceived a burnt-offering and a meat-offering at while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on our hands, neither would he have shewed us all the seventh day, that he told her, because she these things, nor would as at this time have told lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to us such things as these.

the children of her people. 24 l And the woman bare a son, and called his 18 And the men of the city said unto him on the name Samson. And the child grew, and the seventh day before the sun went down, What is Lord blessed him.'

sweeter than honey ? and what is stronger than 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move a lion ? And he said unto them, If ye had not bim at times in the camp of Dan, between Zorah ploughed with my heifer, ye had not found out and Esbiaol.

my riddle. CHAP. XIV.

19 1 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon Samson's marriage and riddle.

Ihim, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew AND Samson went down to Timnath, and thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and H saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters gave change of garments unto them which exof the Philistines.

Ipounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, 2 And he came up, and told his father and his and he went up to his father's house. mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Tim- 20 But Samson's wife was given to his comnath of the daughters of the Philistines : now panion, whom he had used as his friend. therefore get her for me to wife.

CHAP. XV. 3 Then his father and his mother said unto Samson's revenge on the Philistines. him, Is there never a woman among the daugh-I DUT it came to pass within a while after, in Lers of thy brethren, or among all my people, that D the time of wheat-harvest, that Samson thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised visited his wife with a kid, and he said, I will Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, go in to my wife into the chamber. But her Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. father would not suffer him to go in.

4 But his father and his mother knew not that) 2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to against the Philistines: for at that time the Phi-thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer listines had dominion over Israel.

than she ? take her, I pray thee, instead of her. 5 Then went Samson down, and his father and 3 17 And Samson said concerning them, Now his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vine- shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, yards of Timnath: and behold, a young lion though I do them a displeasure. roared against him.

14 And Samson went and caught three hundred 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mi Lily upon foxes, and took fire-brands, and turned tail to tail, him, and he rent him as he would have rent a and put a fire-brand in the midst between two tails kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told) 5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he les not his father or his mother what he had done. them go into the standing corn of the Philistinea,

7 And he went down, and talked with the wo-and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standman; and she pleased Samson well.

ing corn, with the vineyards and olives. 8 1 And after a time he returned to take her. I 6 U Then the Philistines said, Who hath done

Samson slays the Philistines.'

JUDGES.

His eyes are put out. this? And they answered, Samson, the son-in-lin his great strength lieth, and hy what means we law of the Timnite, because he had taken his may prevail against him, that we may bind him wife, and given her to his companion. And the to afflict him: and we will give thee every one Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father of us eleven hundred pieces of silver. with fire.

| 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray 7 1 And Samson said unto them, Though ye thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherehave done this, yet will I be avenged of you, with thou mightest be bound to aflict thee. and after that I will cease.

7 And Samson said unto her, if they bind me 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great with seven green withs, that were never dried, slaughter. And he went down and dwelt in the then shall I be weak, and be as another man. top of the rock Etam.

18 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up 9 Then the Philistines went un, and pitched to her seven green withs, which had not been in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. dried, and she bound him with them.

10 And the men of Judah said,. Why are yel 9 (Now there were men lying in wait, abiding come up against us? And they answered, so with her in the chamber.) And she said unto bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as him, The Philistines be upon thce, Samson. And he hath done to us.

The brake the withs as a thread of tow is broken 11 Thén three thousand men of Judah went to when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, not known. Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou over us? what is this that thou hast done unto hast nocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I us? And he said unto them, As they did unto pray thee, wherewith thou nightest be bound. me, so have I done unto them.

11 And he said unto her, if they bind me rast 12 And they said unto him, We are come down with new ropes that never were occupied, then to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the shall I be weak, and be as another man. . hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound them, Swear unto ine, that ye will not fall upon him therewith, and said unto him, The Philis. me yourselves.

Trines be upon thee, Sainson. (And there were 13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but liers in wait abiding in the chamber.) And he we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their brake them from off his arms like a thread. hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thout they bound him with two new cords, and brought hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherehim up from the rock.

with thou mightest be bound. And he said unto 14 1 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philis- her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head tines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the with the web. Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said were upon his arms became asftax that was burnt unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away

15 And he found a new jaw-bone of an ass, with the pin of the beam, and with the web. and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew al 15 | And she said unto him, How canst thou thousand men therewith.

say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with 16 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone of an me? Thou hast mocked me these three times, and ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass hast not told me wherein thy great strength licth. have I slain a thousand men.

| 16 And it came to pass when she pressed hiin 17 And it came to pass when he had made an end daily with her words, and urged him, so that his of speaking, that he cast away the jaw-bone outsou) was vexed untd death; of his hand, and called that place Ramath-leh| 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto

18 1 And he was sore athirst, and called on the her, There hath not come a razor upon my head: LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great de- for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mio. liverance into the hand of thy servant: and now ther's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the will go from me, and I shall become weak, and uncircumcised ?

be like any other man. 19 But God clave a hollow place that was in 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her the jaw, and there came water thereout; and all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he revived. Wherefore he called the name thereof hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day, of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought

20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Phi- money in their hand. listines twenty years.

19 And she made him sleep upon her knecs: CHAP. XVI.

and she called for a man, and she caused him to Delilah betrayeth Samson.

shave off the seven locks of his head; and she beM IEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw there gan to afflict him, and his strength went from lim. I a harlot, and went in unto her.

20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and is come hither. And they compassed him in, said, I will go out as at other times before, and and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the shake myscif. And he wist not that the LORD city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the was departed from him. morning when it is day we shall kill him. | 21 But the Philistines took him, and put out

3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind city, and the two posts, and went away with in the prison-house. them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoul- 22 Howbeit the hair of his head o grow ders, and carried them up to the top of a hill again after he was shaven. that is before Hebron

23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered 4 1 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved them together, for to offer a great sacrifice unto a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, was Delilah.

Our god hath delivered Sainson our eneny into 5 And the lords of the Philistines came np untolour hand.. ter, and said unto her, Entice him, and sec where- 24 And when the people saw him, they praised

The death of Samson.
CHAP. XVII, XVII.

The spies af Dan their god : for they said, Our god hath delivered 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of the man; and the young man was unto him as our country; which slew many of us.

one of his sons. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite ; and the merry, that they said, Call for Samson that he young man became his priest, and was in the may make us sport. And they called for Sam- house of Micah. son out of the prison-house; and he made them 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD sport: and they set him between the pillars will do megood,seeing I have a Levite to my priest. 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him

CHAP. XVIII. by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars

The Danites seek an inheritance. whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean TN those days there was no king in Israel: and upon them.

I in those days the tribe of the Danites sought 97 Now the house was full of men and women: them an inheritance to dwell in; for into that and all the lords of the Philistines were there: and day all their inheritance had not fallen unto there were upon the roof about three thousand men them among the tribes of Israel. and woinen, that beheld while Samson made sport. 2 And the children of Dan sent of their family

28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, five men from their coasts, men of valour, frojn O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search God, that I may be at once avenged of the Phi- the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, listines for my two eyes.

to the house of Micah, they lodged there. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle 3 When they were by the house of Micah, they pillars upon which the house stood, and on which knew the voice of the young man the Levite: it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and they turned in thither, and said unto him, and of the other with his left.

Who brought thee hither ? and what makest 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Phi-thou in this place ? and what hast thou here? listines. And he bowed himself with all his 4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealmight; and the house fell upon the lords, and eth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am upon all the people that were therein. So the his priest. dead which he slew at his death were more than 5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray they which he slew in his life.

thee, of God, that we may know whether our way 31 Then his brethren and all the house of his which we go shall be prosperous. father came down, and took him, and brought! 6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: him up, and buried him between Zorah and Esh- before the LORD is your way wherein ye go. taol in the burying-place of Manoah his father. 7 1 Then the five men departed, and came to And he judged Israel twenty years.

Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how 1 CHAP. XVII.

they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Ziof Micah's idolatry.

donians, quiet and secure, and there was no maAND there was a man of mount Ephraim, gistrate in the land, that might put them to shame whose name was Micah.

in any thing; and they were far from the Zido2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven nians, and had no business with any man. hundred shekels of silver that were taken from 8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; What say ye? I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou 9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up of the LORD, my son.

against them: for we have seen the land, and be

the eleven hundred hold, it is very good : and are ye still i be not shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people sefrom my hand for my sori, to make a graven cure, and to a large land: for God hath given it image and a molten image: now therefore I will into your hands; a place where there is no want restore it unto thee.

of any thing that is in the earth. 4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother :/ 11 And there went from thence of the family and his mother took two hundred shekels of sil- of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, ver, and gave them to the founder, who made six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. thereof a graven image and a molten image: 12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathand they were in the house of Micah.

jearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that 5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and place Mahaneh-dan unto this day : behold, it is made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated behind Kirjath-jcarim. one of his sons, who became his priest.

13 And they passed thenceunto mount Ephraim, 6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but and came unto the house of Micah. every man did that which was right in his owir 14 11 Then answered the five men that went to eyes.

spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their 7 | And there was a young man out of Beth- brethren, Do ye know that there is in these lehem judah of the family of Judah, who was a houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven Levite, and he sojourned there.

image, and a molten image 1 now therefore con8 And the man departed out of the city from sider what ye have to do. Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn where he could! 15 And they turned thitherward, and came to find a place : and he came to mount Ephraim the house of the young man the Levite, even to the house of Micah, as he journeyed. unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.

9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest 16 And the six hundred men appointed with thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of their weapons of war, which were of the chilBeth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where Ildren of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. may find a place.

| 17 And the five men that went to spy out the 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, land went up, and came in thither, and took the and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will graven innage, and the cphod, and the teraphin, give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and and the molten image: and the priest stood in a suit of apparel, and thy victuuls. Su thé Le the entering of the gate with the six hundred vite went in.

'men that were appointed with weapons of war.

3 And when he had resto

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