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THE BOOK OF THE JUDGES
The 1st Chapter
fter the death of the children of Israel asked the saying Who shall go up the to fight against them? And the said Juda shall go up: behold I have delivered the land into his hand. Juda said unto Simeon his brotherome with me into my lot, fight against the nd I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. o Simeon went with him.And Juda went up and the delivered the Cananites and into their handnd they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. And they found Adonibezek in Bezeknd they fought against him, and slew the Cananites and . But Adonibezek fled and they after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. Adonibezek said and ten kings having their thumbs and great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table as I have done so God hath me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
children of fought against Jerusalem and it, and it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
And after the children of Juda went to fight against the that dwelt in the mountain, in the south, and in the . And Juda went the Cananites that dwelt in Hebron And from thence went the of name was And Caleb saide that smiteth , and taketh it, to him will I give Acsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Calebs younger brother took it: he gave Acsah his daughter to wifend she him to ask of her father a fieldnd she lighted off her ass and Caleb said unto her What th? he said unto himive me a blessing: for thou hast given me a land give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her springs and . And the children of the Kenite, Moses father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Juda into the wilderness of Judalieth in the outh of Arad and dwelt among the people. And Juda went Simeon , and they slew the Cananites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed itnd the name of the city Hormah. Juda took za with the coast thereof, and Asklon with the coast thereof, and with the coast thereof. And the was with Juda he the mountain but could not drive out the of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. And they gave Hebron unto Caleb as Moses saidnd he expelled thence the three sons of .
And the children of Benamin did not out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benamin in Jerusalem unto this day.And the house of Joseph went up Bethel and the with themnd the house of Joseph Bethel before was Lu. And the spies saw a man come out of the city and they said unto himhew us the into the citynd we will shew thee mercy. And he shwed them the into the city, they smote with the edge of the sword but let the man and all his And the man went into the land of the , and built a city and called the name thereof Lu which is the name thereof unto this day.Neither did Bethsean her towns, Taanach her towns, the of Dor her towns, the of her towns, the of her towns the Cananites dwel in land. Israel was they put the Cananites to tribute that dwelt in but the Cananites dwelt in Gzer among them.Neither did dwelt among them and became tributaries.
Neither did Aser out the of Acho, the of Zidon, of Ahlab, Aczib, Hlbah, Aphk, nor of ut the Aserites dwelt among the the of the land
, nor the of Bethanath but dwelt among the the of the landevertheless the of and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.And the Amorites the children of Dan in the mountain suffer them come down to the valley the Amorites dwell in mount Heres in and in the hand of Joseph , so that they became tributaries. And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to , from the rock upward.
The 2nd Chapter
And angel of the came up from Glgal to Bocim, and said, I you out of Egypt and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathersnd I said I never break my with you ye mae no with the of this land ye down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye this Wherefore I I will not them out before you they shall be in sides, and their ods shall be snare unto you. And when the angel of the these words unto all the children of Israel, the people and wept. And called the name of place and there unto the .
And when Joua had the people , the children of Israel went every man his inheritance to possess the land. And the people served the all the days of Josua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Josua, had seen all the great works of the that he did Israel. And Josua the son of Nun the servant of the diedan hundred and ten years old they buried in the of his inheritance in in mount Ephraim on the north side of the hill Gaas. And all that generation were unto their fathers and there arose another generation after them which knew the , nor yet the works which he Israel.
And the children of Israel did in the sight of the , and served Baalimnd forsook the God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed , of the ods of the that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and the . And they forsook the and served Baal and . the Israel, and delivered them the hands of spoil them and sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they any longer stand before their enemies. they went, the hand of the Nevertheless the raised up udges, which delivered them out of the hand of nd yet they would not hearken unto their udgesut went a whoring after and bowed themselves unto them turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in obeying the commandments of the did not so.And when the raised them up udges, was with the udge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the udge: for the their by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them the judge was dead they and than their fathers in following them, and ceased not from their nor from their this people hath transgressed which I commanded their fathers and have not my voice henceforth out before them of the nations which Josua left when he diedhat prove Israel whether they will keep the way of the to walk therein as their fathers did or not. the left those nations, them out neither delivered them into the hand of Josua.
The 3rd Chapter
hese are the nations which the left to Israeleven as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan Only the generation of the children of Israel before knew nothing five ords of the Philistines, and all the Cananites, the Sidonis, the Hvites that dwelt in mount from mount Baalermon unto Hmath. to prove Israel by, to whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the , which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. And the children of Israel dwel among the Cananites, , Amorites, , Hvites, and Jebusites they took the daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their ods. And the children of Israel did in the sight of the and forgt the their God and served Baalim and
them into the hand of ing of Mesopotamia the children of Israel served eight years.And the children of Israel cried unto the the son of Ken, Calebs younger brother. And the pirit of the came upon himnd he judged Israel, and went out to warnd the ing of Mesopotamia into his hand his hand . And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Ken died.
the children of Israel again in the sight of the Israel, because they had the . And gathered unto him the children of Ammon and, and went and smote Israel, and the city of alm trees.
the children of Israel served Eglon the ing of eighteen years. cried unto the the them up a , the son of Gera,
the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of made him a dagger two edges, of a cubit length and he did gird it under his upon his right thighnd the present unto Eglon ing of Eglon was a very fat man. And when he had the present, he sent the people that bare ut he himself turned again from the by Glgal, and said I have a secret unto thee O ing: nd all that stood him out from him.
And came unto him in a summer parlor, which he had himself alonend said I have a message unto thee. And he arose out of his seat. And put forth his left hand and took the dagger from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly the haft went in after the bladend the fat, he not the dagger out of his bellynd the dirt came out. and shut the doors of the parlor upon him and locked them.When he was gone out, his servants came and behold, the doors of the parlor were locked they said, he his in his summer chamber. And they tarried till they were ashamed, the doors of the they took a key and opened them: and behold their ord was fallen down dead the earth. escaped while they tarried and when he was come he blew a trumpet in Ephraimnd the children of Israel went down with him the and he before them. And he said unto them, ollow me: for the hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they after him and took the of Jordan , and suffered not a man to pass over. And they slew of time ten thousand men, all , and men of there escaped not a mano subdued that day under the hand of Israelnd the land had rest years.
And after him Samgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox and delivered Israel.
The 4th Chapter
And the children of Israel again in the sight of the , when was dead. And the sold them into the hand of Jabin ing of Canaan, that reigned in captain of was Sisra, which dwelt in Haroseth of the entiles. And the children of Israel cried unto the : for he had nine hundred chariots of iron he oppressed the children of Israel.
And Debora a rophetess, the wife of Lapidoth judged Israel timend dwelt under the palm tree of Debora between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim the children of Israel came to her for judgment. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of , and said unto him
he God of Israel , o and draw mount and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of and of the children of And I will unto the river Kison Sisra, the aptain of , with his chariots and his and will deliver into thine hand. And Barak said unto her, f thou wilt go with me, I will go: ut if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she , I will surely go with thee into the hand of a woman. And arose and went with Barak to Kedes.
Barak called and to Kedesnd he went up with ten thousand men: and Debora went with him.
Heber the enite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, and pitched his tent unto the of Zaanaim, by Kedes.
And shwed that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. And Sisra all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that , from Haroseth of the entiles unto the river of Kison. unto Barakp for this is the day in which the hath delivered Sisra into thine hand: the gone out before theeo Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
with the edge of the sword before Barak Sisra lighted down off his chariot and fled . But Barak after the chariots and after the host, unto Haroseth of the entilesnd all the host of Sisra fell upon the edge of the swordthere was not a man left.
Howbeit Sisra fled to the tent of Jael the wife of Hber the enite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the of Hber the Kenite.And Jael went out and said unto himurn in my lord, turn me fear not. And turned her tent she covered him with a mantle. And he said unto her, ive me a little water to drink for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk and gave him drink and covered him. he said unto her, tand in the door of th tent, and any man come and enquire of thee wife took a nail of the tent, and an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail temples into the ground, Jael came out him, and said unto himome and I will shw thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisra lay dead, and the nail his temples. o God Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel. And the hand of the children of Israel prospered and Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had
The 5th Chapter
Then Debora and Barak the son of Abinoam day saying Praise the of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heaven, the clouds dropped waterhe mountains melted
In the days of Samgar the son of Anath in the days of Jael, the were unoccupiednd the I arose a mother in Israel.
chose new war gates: there seen among forty thousand in Israel heart the of Israel, that willing among the people. Bless the ye that ride on sses sit in judgmentnd walk by the
water, there shall they the people of the down the gates.
, thou son of Abinoam. Then among the people
into the valley. the divisions of were great of heart. abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks the divisions of
in their course fought against Sisra. The river of Kison them away that ancient river the river Kison.
the angel of the , urse the thereof because they came not help the , to help the the mighty.
Blessed Jael the wife of
He asked water, she gave him milk brought butter in a dish. She through his temples. her feet he bowed fell down her feet he bowed
why tarry the wheels of his ? ladies answered her yea she all thine enemies And the land had rest forty years.
The 6th Chapter
And the children of Israel in the sight of the nd the delivered them into the hand of seven years. the children of Israel made them dens in the mountains and caves and strong holds. when Israel had sown the the Amalekites and of the ast against them and destroyed the increase of the earth unto za, and left no sustenance Israel, neither sheep, ox assor they came with their cattle and as grasshoppers multitudeboth they and their camels were without numbernd they entered the land to destroy it. Israel impoverished the and cried unto the .
And when the children of Israel cried unto the because of the Mdianites, the sent a prophet unto , said unto them Thus saith the God of Israel I you from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondagend I you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and them out before you, and gave you their And I said unto you, I am the your God fear not the ods of the Amorites in whose land y dwellut y have not obeyed my voice.
And thengel of the and sat under an And the angel of the appeared unto him, and saidhe is with thee, thou man of . And Gdeon him O my Lord, if the be with us, why is all this us and where beall his miracles which our fathers told us of the us Egyptut now the hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Mdianites. And the looked upon him and said Go in this thy might and I save Israel? ehold my is in Manasse, and I am the least in my fathers house. the said unto him I will be with thee and thou shalt smite the as one man. And he him, f I have found grace in thy sight, then shw me a sign that thou talke with me. Depart not hence until I come unto thee and bring , and set it before thee.
And he said I will tarry until thou come again. And Gdeon went and made ready a kid, and the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the ak and presented it. the angel of God said unto himake the flesh and the cakes and them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. Then the angel of the put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the flesh and the cakesnd there up fire out of the rock and consumed the flesh and the cakes. the angel of the out of his sight. And when Gdeon perceived that was an angel, said Alas Lord I have seen an angel of the face to face. And the said unto him, eace be unto thee fear not thou shalt not die. Then Gdeon an altar there unto the and called it Jehovah unto this day is
said unto him, ake thy fathers of seven years old, and the altar of Baal that thy father, and cut down the grove that is by itnd an altar unto the thy God upon the top of this rock and take the second and offer burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. Then Gdeon took ten men of his servants and did as the the men of the city, he did it by night. the men of the city early in the morningehold the altar of Baal was , and the grove cut downnd the second offered upon the altar that was built. they said one to another, ho hath done this thingnd they enquired and asked the Gdeon the son of Joas ha done . Then the men of the city said unto Joas, ring out thy son that he may die because he hath the altar of Baal, and cut down the grove that was by it. And Joas said unto all that stood him, ill ye for Baal will ye he that cast down his altar. because he hath down his altar.
all the the Amalekites and of the ast were gathered together and and pitched in the valley of the pirit of the nd he blew a trumpet and Abiezer himnd sent messengers throughout all Manasse alsond he sent messengers unto said unto Godf thou wilt save Israel by hand as thou hast said Behold I will put a fleece of wool in the if the dew be on the fleece only, and dry upon all the earth beside, then shall that thou wilt save Israel by hand as thou . And it he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together and the dew a bowl of water. And Gdeon said unto God, not with the fleeceet it be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground . And God did so that night: it was dry upon the fleece only, and on all the ground.
The 7th Chapter
Then and all the people that were with him, and pitched beside the well of so that the host of the Mdianites were on the north side of too many for me to give the Mdianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt , own hand hath saved . Now therefore in the ars of the people and afraid, let him return and from mount . And there returned of the people twenty two thousand and there ten thousand.
And the said unto he people are yet too many bring them down unto the water, and I will try them thee therend of whom I say unto thee, his shall go with thee, the same shall go with theend whosoever I say unto thee, his shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. he brought down the people unto the water the said unto the water with tongue, as knees to drink. And the number of them that their hand to their , were three hundred men all the of the people down upon their knees to drink water. And the said unto Gdeon, the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Mdianites into thine handnd all the other people go every man unto his . took victuals , and their trumpetsnd he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and the three hundred nd the host of Mdian was beneath him in valley.
And the same night the said unto him, down unto the host for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou down the hostnd what they say and shall thine hands be go down unto the host.
Then went down with Phrah his lay along in the valley like grasshoppers multitude and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side multitude. And when Gdeon was come behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow and said Behold I dreamed a dream and a of barley bread tumbled into the host of Mdian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, his is nothing else save the sword of Gdeon the son of Joas a man of Israelinto hand hath delivered and all the host.
Gdeon heard the telling of the dream and the interpretation he and returned the host of Israel, and said for the hath delivered into your hand the host of .
And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and a trumpet in hand, with empty pitcher and lamps nd said unto themook on me and do likewise: and behold, when I come to the of the , as I do, so do. hen I blow with a trumpet and all that are with me, blow ye trumpets also on every side the and say, the and Gdeon.o and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the of the in the beginning of the middle watch and the watchnd they blew the trumpets and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And three companies blew trumpets and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right to blow they criedhe sword of the and of Gdeon. And they stood every man in his place round about the nd all the host ran and cried and fled. And the three hundred blew trumpets, the set every mans sword his throughout all the hostnd the host fled to Zererath, and to the of Abelmeholah Tabath.
And the men of Israel gathered together o of , of Aser, and of all Manasse, and after the Mdianites. sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim sayingome down against the and take them the waters Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered together and took the waters Bethbarah and Jordan. And they took two of the Mdianites, Oreb and and slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and at the and nd brought the heads of Oreb and Zeb to Gdeon on the other side Jordan.
The 8th Chapter
And the men of Ephraim said unto him Why hast thou served us thus, that thou called us not, when thou wentest to fight with the And they with him And he said unto them What have I done not the of Ephraim better than the of Abiezer? God hath delivered into your hands the of Mdian, Oreb and nd what was I able to do youhen their abated him, when he had said that.
And Gdeon came to Jordan and passed over, he and the three hundred men that were with him faint yet the And he said unto the men of ive I pray you of bread unto the people that follow me for they be faint, I after Zebah and kings of Mdian. And the of Scoth saidre the hands of Zebah and Zalmna now in thine hand that we should give bread unto And Gdeon said,
herefore when the hath delivered Zebah and Zalmna into mine hand, I will tear flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers. And he went thence to Pnuel, and spake unto them likewisend the men of Pnuel answered him as the men of . And he also unto the men of Pnuel, hen I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. Zebah and Zalmna were in and their hosts with them, fifteen thousand, all that were left of all the hosts of of the ast a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.And Gdeon went them that dwel in on the east of Nobah and , and smote the host: for the host Zebah and Zalmna fled he after them, and took the two kings of , Zebah and and discomfited all the host.
And Gdeon the son of Joas returned from battle the up, nd caught a of the men of Scoth, and enquired of himnd he he came unto the men of and said Behold Zebah and Zalmna, with ye me sayingre the hands of Zebah and Zalmna in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and them . And he down the tower of and slew the men of the city.
unto Zebah and Zalmna, hat manner men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? nd they answered, the one the children of a king. And he said, hey were my brethren, even the sons of my motheras the liveth, if ye had saved the, I would not slay you. And he said unto Jether his , p and slay them But the drew not his sword for he feared, because he was yet you. Then Zebah and Zalmna said Rise thou and fall upon us for as the man is so is his strength. And Gdeon arose and slew and took away the that were on their camels necks.
Then the men of Israel said unto Gdeon, over us, both thou, thy son and thy sons son for thou hast delivered us the hand of . And Gdeon said unto them, I will not over you, neither shall my over you the shall over you.
Gdeon said unto them I would desire a request of you, that y would give me every man the earrings of his prey. For they had golden earrings, because they were Ismaelites. And they , e will . And they spread a and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. And the weight of the golden earrings was a thousand and seven hundred , and beside the chains that were about their camels necks. And Gdeon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his citynd all Israel went a whoring after which thing house. Thus before the children of Israel, so that they lift up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gdeon.
And Jerbaal the son of Joas went and dwelt in his own house. And Gdeon had sons of his body begotten for he had many wives. And his concubine that in bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech. And Gdeon the son of Joas died a good age, and was buried in the
the children of Israel turned and went a whoring after Baal, and made their odnd not the their God had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side Neither shwed they the house of Jerbaal, Gdeon, according to all the goodness which he .
The 9th Chapter
Abimelech the son of Jerbaal went to unto his mothers brethren, and communed with them and with all his mothers saying I pray you, in the ears of all the of hether is better for you that all the sons of which are persons reign over you, that one reign over you remember that I am your bone and your flesh. And his mothers brethren of him in the of all the of all these words and their hearts to follow Abimelech they saide brother. And they gave him pieces of silver out of the house of Baalerith, Abimelech hired and persons which him. And went unto his fathers house at , and slew his brethren the sons of Jerbaal, persons one stoneotwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerbaal for he hid himself. And all the of Schem gathered together all the house of Mllo, and went and made Abimelech ing
, he went and stood in the top of mount Grizim, and lift up his voice and , and said unto them Hearken unto me y of Schem, that God may hearken unto you. trees went to anoint a ing over them and said unto the olive tree, eign over us. But the olive tree said unto themhould I leave my fatness God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees the trees to the fig tree, ome thou and reign over us. the fig tree them, hould I forsake my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees Then said the trees unto the vine, ome thou and reign over us. And the vine , hould I leave my wine cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees Then said all the trees unto the ome thou and reign over us. And the said unto the treesf ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow and fire come out of the and the of Lbanon.ow, if ye have done truly and mae Abimelech kingnd if ye have dealt well with Jerbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands my father fought for you and adventured his life, and you out of the hand of And ye are risen up against my fathers house this daynd have slain his persons one stone and have made Abimelech the son of his maidservanting over the of Schem, because he is your brotherf then have dealt and with Jerbaal and with his house this daythen rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you and the house of nd come out the of Schem, and the house and Abimelech. And Jotham ran away and fled and went to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
When Abimelech had reigned three years God sent an between Abimelech and the of nd the of Schem Abimelech their brother which slew them and the of which aided him in the killing of his brethren. And the of Schem set for him in the top of the mountains, robbed all that came along th way by themnd it was told Abimelech.And Gaal the son of his brethren went to nd the men of Schem put their confidence in him. And they went out into the fields and gathered their and trod and made merry and went into the house of their od, and did eat and drink and cursed Abimelech. And Gaal the son of said that we should serve him? would God this people were under my hand then would Abimelech. And said Abimelech, thine and out. And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of , was sent messengers unto Abimelech privily saying Behold Gaal the son of and his brethren be come to and behold they the city against thee. Now therefore up by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the And in the morning as soon as the he and the people that is with him come out against thee, do to shal. Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by nightnd they laid in four companies. And Gaal the son of went out and stood in the entering of the gate of the citynd Abimelech rose up and the that were with him, from lying . And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul Behold there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him the shadow of the down by the middle of the land and another company come along by the Then said Zebul unto himhere is now thy mouth th said, is Abimelech, that we should serve him the people that thou despiseo out now and fight with them. And Gaal went out before the of Schem, and fought with Abimelech. And Abimelech chased him he fled before him and many were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate. And Abimelech dwelt at Arumahnd Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren,
the people went out into the fieldnd told Abimelech. And he took people and divided them into three companies and la in the fieldnd the people were come out of the city he and stood in the entering of the gate of the citynd the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields and slew them. And Abimelech fought against the city all that day and took , and slew the people that therein, and the city and sowed salt And when all the men of the tow of Schem heard that, they entered into a of the house of the god Berith. And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Schem were gathered togetheron his shoulder, and said unto the And all the people cut down every man bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold fire upon them so that all the men of the tower of Schem , a thousand men and women
Then went Abimelech to Thebe and and took it. But there was a strong tower the city, and thither all the men and women and all of the city and shut it to them, and gt them up the top of the tower. Abimelech unto the tower and fought against it, and went hard unto the of the to it fire. a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon head and all to brake his Then called hastily unto the young man his , and said unto himraw thy sword and slay me, that men say not of me, woman slew him. And his thrust him through and he died.
And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his . hus the wickedness of Abimelech which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethrennd all the of the men of God upon their heads: nd upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerbaal.
The 10th Chapter
fter Abimelech there arose to defend Israel the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of dwelt in Samir in mount Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty three years, and died and was buried in Samir. And after him arose Jair a , judged Israel twenty two years. And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ss colts, and had thirty cities, which are called unto this day, are in the land of . And Jair died, and was buried in .
And the children of Israel again in the sight of the , and served Baalim and , and the ods of Sria, and the ods of , the ods of Moab, the ods of the children of Ammon, and the ods of the Philistines, and forsook the and served him And the was Israel, and sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon and oppressed the children of Israel eighteen years, all that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites in . Moreover the children of Ammon over Jordan to fight against Juda, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim so that Israel was sore .
the children of Israel cried unto the sayinge have sinned against thee we have forsaken our God, and served Baalim. And the said unto the children of Israelid not the Egyptians, the Amorites, the children of Ammon, the Philistineshe , the Amalekites and the Maonites oppress yound ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. ye have forsaken me, and serve wherefore I will you no more. o and cry unto the ods which ye have chosen let them you in the time of your tribulation. the children of Israel said unto the e have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever thee deliver us only this . And they put away the strange ods from them and served the the misery of IsraelThen the children of Ammon gathered together and in . And the children of Israel against the children of Ammon shall be head over all the of .
The 11th Chapter
Jephthah was the son of an harlot: begat Jephthah. wife bare him sons, they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto himhou shalt not inherit in our fathers house for thou art the son of a strange woman. Then Jephthah fled from his brethren and dwelt in the land of Tobnd there gathered to Jephthah, and went out with him.
it in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of went fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tobnd said unto ome and be our captain, fight with the children of Ammon. Jephthah said unto the elders of Did not ye hate me and expel me out of my fathers house? y come unto me now in ? And the elders of Jephthah Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the of . And Jepthah said unto the elders of If ye bring me home again to fight the children of Ammon, the deliver them before me, shall be your head And the elders of said Jephthah, he be witness between us if we do not according to thy words. Then Jephthah went with the elders of nd the people made him head and over themnd Jephthah all his words
Jephthah sent messengers unto the ing of the children of Ammon, sayinghat with me that thou me to fight my land? And the ing of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, ecause Israel took away my land, when they came out of Egypt from Arnon unto Jabok, and unto Jordanow therefore restore those lands again . And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the children of Ammonnd said unto himhus saith Jephthah Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon But when Israel came Egypt, walked through the wilderness unto the ed sea, and came to sent messengers unto the king of Edom sayinget pray thee through thy landut the ing of Edom would not thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the ing of Moab but he would not consent: and Israel abode in . hen they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, came not within the of: for was border.
And Israel sent messengers unto ing of the Amorites, ing of and said unto him Let us pass through thy land But Shon trusted not Israel to through his coast: but gathered all his people together and pitched in , and fought Israel. the God of Israel delivered Shon and all his into the hand of Israelnd so Israel all the land of the Amorites, the of country. And they all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon unto Jabok, and from the wilderness unto Jordan. So now the God of Israel hath the Amorites before his people shouldest thou possess better than Balak the son of ing of Moab? did he strive Israel or fight against thehile Israel dwelt in Hesbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why did not recover them within that herefore I have not sinned against theeut thou doest me wrong to war against mehe be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon. Howbeit the ing of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
Then the pirit of the came upon Jephthahnd he passed over and Manasse, and the children of Ammon. And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the and said If thou shalt deliver the children of Ammon into hands, hen that cometh of the doors of my house me, when I in peace from the children of Ammon, shall be the , and I will offer it up a . o Jephthah unto the children of Ammon to fight themnd the delivered them into his hands. And he smote them from Aroer Mnith, twenty citiesnd the plain of the vineyards, a great slaughter. hus the children of Ammon were before the children of Israel. Jephthah came to unto his housend, his daughter came out him with timbrels and danceswas his only child beside her he had neither son nor daughter. And when he saw her, he rent his clothes and said Alas my daughter thou hast me , and art one of them that trouble meor I have opened my mouth unto the , and cannot go back. And she said unto himy father, if thou ha opened thy mouth unto the , do me according to that proceeded out of thy mouth forasmuch as the hath thee of thine enemies the children of Ammon. And she said unto her father, this for me: let me alone two months that I may go down the mountains and bewail my virginity my fellows. And he said, nd he sent her away two monthsnd she went with her companions and her upon the mountains. And the two months she unto her father did with her according to his vow which he had vowed and she knew no man. And it a in Israel, hat the daughters of Israel lament the daughter of Jephthah the four days in a year.
The 12th Chapter
And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah Wherefore thou to fight the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire. And Jephthah said unto them I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammonnd I called you ye delivered me not out of their hands. And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands and the children of Ammonnd the delivered them into my handherefore then are ye come me to fight me Jephthah gathered together all the men of , and fought with nd the men of smote , because they said Ye are of Ephraim among the and the Manassites. the took the passages of Jordan the nd when those Ephraites were escaped saidet go over at the passages of Jordannd there at that time of the Ephraites forty two thousand. And Jephthah judged Israel six years died, and was buried in one of the cities of .
fter of Bethlehemnd he had thirty sons and thirty daughters, sent thirty daughters for his sons. And judged Israel seven years died, and was buried at Bethlehem.And after him Elon a judged Israel ten yearsnd died and was buried in in the country of .And after him Abdon the son of a judged Israel. And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on ass coltsnd judged Israel eight years died, and was buried in the land of Ephraim in the mount of the Amalekites.
The 13th Chapter
And the children of Israel again in the sight of the nd the delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And there was a man of the of the , nameManoah and said unto her Behold, thou art barren and bearest not: ut thou shalt conceive and bear a son. ow beware, and drink no wine nor strong drink, eat any unclean thing: or, thou shalt conceive and bear a sonnd no razor come on his head: for the shall be a unto God from the nd he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Then the and told her husband saying man of God came unto me, and I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name he said unto meehold thou shalt and bear a son and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the shall be a to God from to the day of his death.
Then Manoah the , and said my Lord let the man of God which thou come unto us and teach us what we shall do unto the born. And God the voice of Manoah and the angel of God came again unto the as she sat in the field: ut Manoah her husband was not with her. the made haste and ran and shwed her husband and said him Behold the man appeared unto me that came unto me.
And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said unto himrt thou the man that spakest unto ? And he said, the child, and shall do? And the ngel of the said unto Manoah all that I said unto herhe may eat of that cometh of the vine, drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I
And Manoah said unto the angel of the thy name, that when thy come to pass we may do thee And the angel of the said unto himhy askest thou after my name it is secret?
Manoah took a id with a meat offering and offered it upon a rock unto the nd the angel did Manoah and his wife . For when the flame up of the altar, the angel of the ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked and fell on their faces the ground But the angel of the did no more appear Manoah and his wife. hen Manoah knew that was an angel of the said unto his wifee shall surely die, because we have seen God. But his wife said unto him If the kill us, he would not have received a and a our hands, neither would he have shwed us all these things, nor would have told us things . And the bare a son, and called his name Samsonnd the grew, and the blessed him. And the pirit of the began the of Dan between and .
The 14th Chapter
Samson went down to Tmnath, and saw a woman in Tmnath of the daughters of the Philistinesnd came up and told his father and his mother, and said I have seen a woman in Tmnath of the daughters of the Philistines now her me to wife. Then his father and mother said unto him, s there never a woman the daughters of thy brethren, among all my people that thou a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, me for she pleaseth me well. But his father and mother knew not that it wasof the , that he sought an occasion the Philistines at that time over Israel.
Then went Samson and his father and his mother to nd came to the vineyards of Tmnath: behold a young lion roared him. And the pirit of the came upon himnd he him as would rent a id, and had nothing in his hand he told not his father mother what he had done. And he went down and talked with the woman
to see the carcase of the ionnd behold there was a swarm of bees in the carcase of the ion And he took the in his hands and went eating, and came to his father and mother, and gave them they did eatut he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the
Samson made there a feast for so used the young men to do. And when saw him, they brought thirty companions to be. And Samson said unto them I will put forth a riddle unto you if y can declare it within seven days of the feast and find it out, I will give you thirty shts and thirty change of garments: But if y cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty shts and thirty change of garments. And they him, ut forth thy riddle hear it. And he said unto them Out of the eater came meat and out of the strong came sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. And the seventh day they said unto Samsons wife, husband, that he may declare us th riddle, we burn thee and thy fathers house with fire: have ye called us to and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my and not it . And he said Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and I tell it thee?And she wept him seven days, while the feast lastednd the seventh day he told her, because she lay sore upon himnd she told the children of her . And the men of the city said unto him the seventh day before the went down, What is sweeter than honey and what is stronger than a ion said unto them If ye had not with my , ye had not found out my riddle. the pirit of the came upon himnd he went down to , and slew thirty men of them and , and gave garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And was and went up to his fathers house. But Samsons wife was given to his companionhi.
The 15th Chapter
But it within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a idnd he to wife into the chamber her father would not suffer him to go in said I thought that thou hadst hated her therefore gave her thy her younger sister fairer than sheake her instead of . Samson them Now I blameless the Philistines though I do them .
And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. And set the on fire, them into the corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the and also the standing, with and olives. Then the Philistines , ho ha done th? And the Samson the son in law of the Tmnite, because he had taken his wife and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came and burnt her and her father with fire.
And Samson said unto them ye do will be avenged of you, and th I will cease. And he smote them and thigh with a he went and dwelt in the of the rock Etam.
Then the Philistines up and pitched Juda, and in Lehi. And the men of Juda said, Why are ye come against us? And they answeredo bind Samson are we come, to do him as he hath done to us. Then three thousand men of Juda went to the of the rock Etam, and said to Samson thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? And they said unto him, e are come to bind thee deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them unto me, that ye not me yourselves. And they , we will bind thee and deliver thee their hand: ut we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords and brought him up from the rock. And when he cme Lehi, the Philistines shouted against himnd the pirit of the came upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire and bands loosed from his hands. And he found a of ass, and put forth his hand and it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And when he had speaking he cast away the out of his hand and called th place Ramathehi.
And he was sore , and called on the and said Thou given this great the hand of thy servantnd now I die for thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised But God a that was in the aw, and there came water thereoutnd when he had drunk his spirit came again, and he wherefore the name thereof , which is in Lehi unto this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
The 16th Chapter
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an , and went in unto her. And it was told the Gazites, Samson come . And they and laid for him all night in the gate of the city, were all the night saying the morning it day, kill him. And Samson till midnight, and arose at midnight took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that before Hebron.
And that he loved a woman the of Sorek, the ords of the Philistines, and said unto her him and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may him, that we may bind him to him and we will give every eleven hundred .And Dlilah said to Samson, ell me where thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thee. And Samson said unto her If bnd me with seven green that were never dried, be weak and as another man. hen the ords of the Philistines brought her seven green dried and she bound him men lying in wait with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, he Philistines be upon thee Samson. And he brake the as a of tow when it fire. o his strength was not known.
said Samson thou hast mocked me and told me liesow tell me I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said If with new ropes that never were occupied, then I be weak, and as another man. took new ropes and bound him therewith, and said unto him, he Philistines be upon thee Samson. And there were lers wait in the chambernd he brake them from off his arms a thread.
And Dlilah said unto Samson, itherto thou hast me and told me lies: tell me wherewith . And he said unto her If thou the seven locks of my head with the And she said unto him, he Philistines be upon thee Samson. And awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the the and with the . she said unto him How canst thou say, when thine heart is not with me thou hast mocked me three times, and hast not told wherein thy great strength lieth. And he told her all his heart, and said unto herhere go from me, and I and be like aother mn.
And when Dlilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent for the Philistines saying, ome up this once, for he hath shwed me all his heart.Then the ords of the Philistines came and brought money in their hand. And she made him sleep upon her and for a man, and off the seven locks of his head and began to Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep and go out as at other times before and shake nd not that the was departed from him. But the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fettersnd he grind in the prison house
the hair of his head began to grow again after he was .Then the ords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a unto Dagon their od, and to rejoice: for they said, ur od hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their od: for they saidur od hath delivered into our hands our enemy, th our country slew many of us. And when their hearts were merry, they said for Samson us. And they Samson out of the prison house and he them and they set him between the pillars. And Samson said unto the lad that him by the hand me that I may the pillars the house , that I may lean them. the house was full of men and womennd all the lords of the Philistinesnd there were upon the roof three thousand men and women, that beheld Samson . And Samson called unto the , and said Lord , and strengthen me, this on O God, that I may be avenged of the Philstines for my two eyes. And Samson the two middle pillars which the house stood and on which it was borne up, the one his right hand, and the other his leftnd said die with the Philistinesnd bowed with mightnd the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people that were therein. o the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. hen his brethren and all the house of his father came down and took him, and brought himup, and buried him between and in the of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
The 17th Chapter
here was a man mount Ephraim, nameMicah said unto his motherhe eleven hundred that were taken from thee, about which thou cursed and in mine earsehold the silver is with me I took it. his mother, lessed be thou of the LORD, my son And he restored the eleven hundred to his mother his mother said I the silver unto the hand for my son to make a graven image and imageow therefore I it thee. he restored the money unto his mother his mother took two hundred and them to , mae thereof a graven image and a image in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had a of ods, and made an phod, and one of his sons became his priest. n those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did hi.
And there was a young man out of Bethlehem of the of Judawas a Levite and sojourned there. And the man departed out of the city Bethlehemuda to where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah as he journeyed. And Micah said unto him, hence comest thou? where I may find a place. And Micah said unto himwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priestnd I will give thee ten by year and of , and thy the Levite went
nd to dwell with the man and was unto him as one of his sons. And Micah the Levite and the young man became his priest, and in the house of Micah. Then said Micah, I that the will good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
The 18th Chapter
In those days there was no ing in Israelnd in those days the tribe of sought them an inheritance to dwell in for unto that inheritance unto them among the tribe of Israel. And the children of Dan sent of their they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah lodged there. hen they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite and turned in thither, and said unto himho brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? nd what hast thou here And he said unto them, hus and thus dealeth Micah with me and hath hired me his priest. And they said unto him Ask pray thee, that we may know whether way which we go shall be prosperous And the priest said unto themo in peace before the .
Then the five men departed and came to Lais, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the and had no business with any man. And they came unto their brethren to and nd their brethren said unto themhat y?
And they said up them for we have seen the land, it is very good and be not slothful to and the land. When ye , ye shall come unto a people , and a large : for God hath given into your hands a place is no of that is in the .And there thence of the of the Danites, out of and six hundred men appointed with of war. And they went and pitched in in Judaherefore called unto this day, is . And they thence unto mount Ephraim, and came the house of Micah.
Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Lais, and said unto their brethren know that there is in these houses anphod and , and a graven mage and mage? ow therefore consider what ye have to do.
And they turned thitherward and came to the house of the young man the Levite the house of Micah, and saluted him And the six hundred men with weapons of war which were of the children of Dan stood the entering of the gate. And the five men that went to spy out the land went in thither and took the mage, and the phod, the , and the mage the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war. 18 And these went Micahs house, and fetched the carved mage, the phod, the and the mage. Then said the priest unto themhat do ye? nd they him, old thy peace thine hand upon thy mouth, and with us, and be us a father and a priestis it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or be priest unto a tribe , and the graven mage, and went the people. they turned and departed, and put the the cattle and the before them. they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses Micahs house, and the children of Dannd unto . And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, hat aileth thee, that thou And he said, e have taken away my ods which I made and the priest, and go: nd what have I more say unto me, hat aileth thee? And the children of Dan said unto him, et not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of household And the children of Dan went their waynd when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house
And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and unto Lais, unto a people that were at and and smote them with the edge of the sword and burnt the city with fire. And there was no , because it was far from , and they had no with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built city and dwelt therein. And called Dan, after the name of Dan their father was born unto Israelowbeit the name of the city was Lais at the .
And the children of Dan set up the graven magend Jonathan the son of , the son of and his sons were priests the tribe of until of the land And they set them up mage which made, all the that the house of God was in Siloh.
The 19th Chapter
t in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that a certain Levite on the side of mount Ephraim, took to a concubine out of Bethlehemuda concubine played the whore , and went away from him unto her fathers house to Bethlehemuda, and there four months. And her husband arose and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, his with him and a couple of ssesnd she brought him her fathers house and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced hi And his father in law the damsels father him he abode with him three days so they and and lodged there.he fourth day they arose early in the morning, up to depart the damsels father said unto his son in law, omfort thine heart with a morsel of bread and go your way. And they sat down and did eat and drink both of them together the damsels father unto the man, I pray thee and tarry all night and let thine heart be merry. the man up to depart his father in law him again And he early the fifth day to depart the damsels father omfort thine heartnd until they did eat both of them
, and his concubine, and his by Jebus, the day was spent and the said unto his master, ome I pray thee and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites and lodge . his master said unto him, e will not turn in a that not of the children of Israel we will to . And he said unto his , , and to one place lodge all night in or in Ramah. And they went their way and the went down upon them when they were by which Benjamin. And they turned to go and lodge in nd when in, sat down in a street of the city for there was no man took them to .
behold there came an old man from his work out of the field at even which was also of mount Ephraim and in the men of the place were Benjamites. And when he had lifted up his eyes, saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city saidhither goest thou? nd whence comest thou? And him, e from Bethlehemuda toward the side of mount Ephraim from thence am I and went to Bethlehemuda now to the house of the there is no man that receiveth me to houseet straw and provender for our sses and bread and wine for me and thy handmaid, and with thy an. he old man said, eace be with theeall me only not in the street he brought him into his house, and gave unto ssesnd they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
as they were making their hearts merry, the men of the city, the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the of the house, the old man sayingring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. the man of the house went out them and said unto them, ay my brethren, do not so wickedly seeing that this man is come into mine house do not this folly. Behold my daughter a maiden and concubine them I will bring out , and humble them, and do with them what seemeth good: but unto this man do not thi But the men would not hearken to him the man took his concubine and brought her unto them and they her, and her all the night unt the morningnd when the day began to spring, they let her go.
hen came the woman in the dawning of the day and fell down at the door of the mans house where her ord was, till . And her ord up in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his waynd behold, his concubine the door of the house, and her hand upon the threshold. And he said unto herp and let us be going. But answered. Then took her up upon an ass and up and gat him unto his . And when he was come his house, he took a knife, and his concubine and divided her bones into twelve pieces, and sent her into all of Israel. And all that saw it saidhere was no such deed done seen the children of Israel came out of Egypt unto this day consider , and your minds.
The 20th Chapter
Then all the children of Israel went out and congregation together as one man, from Dan to of all the tribes of Israel, in the of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword. the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to .Then said the children of Israel, ell us, how this wickedness And the Levite the that was slain, answered and said I came into that Benjamin my concubine to lodge And the of rose against me, and the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine forced, that she . And I took my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout all the of the inheritance of Israelor they have committed and folly in Israel. Behold ye are all children of Israel give your advice .
all the people arose as one man saying not aof us go to his tent, neither turn into his house. now this And we will take ten men of hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people that they may Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel. o all the men of Israel gathered , knit together as one man.
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin sayinghat wickedness is this that is among you Now therefore deliver us the men, the of that we may them, and put away evil from Israel. the children of Benjamin would not hearken the voice of their brethren the children of Israel: ut gathered themselves together out of the cities unto , to out battle against the children of Israel. And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty six thousand men that drew sword beside the of which were numbered seven hundred chosen men. all were seven hundred every one could stones at an hair breadth, and not miss. And the of Israel beside Benjamin were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew all men of war.
And the children of Israel arose and went up to , and asked of God, the battle against the children of Benjaminnd the said Juda shall first. And the children of Israel up and . And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin and put themselves in array to fight against . And the children of Benjamin came out of and destroyed that day twenty two thousand men the children of Israel up and wept before the unt, and asked of the sayinghall go again to battle against the children of Benjamin ? And the saido up nd the children of Israel cme the children of Benjamin the second day Benamin went against them out of the second day, and destroyed to the of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men drew sword
Then the children of Israel and all the people went up and came unto , and wept and sat there before the , and fasted day unt, and offered and before the . And the the for the ark of the of God in those days And the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron it hall go out to battle against the children of Benjamin , or shall cease? And the saido for I will deliver them into hand. And Israel set lers round about. And the children of Israel went against the children of the third , and put themselves in array against , as . the children of Benjamin against the people, were drawn from the citynd they began to smite of the people as , t of which one goeth up to and the other to the field thirty men of Israel. the children of Benjamin he before , as at the first. But the children of Israel said, et us flee and them from the city unto the .
And all the men of Israel rose up out of their , and put themselves in array at Baalnd the lers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows of nd came ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and was sore knew not that evil was near them. And the Benjamin before Israel the children of Israel destroyed day twenty five thousand and a hundred men drew sword
the children of Benjamin the men of Israel they should make smoke rise up out of the city. And the men of Israel in the battle Benjamin began to smite of the of Israel about thirty persons for they the before , as in the first battle. began to arise out of the city a pillar of smoke the Benjamites looked and behold the of the city ascend up to heaven.
hen the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were : for they saw that evil them. they turned before the men of Israel the way the wilderness of Benjamin eighteen thousand all men of . And they turned and fled the wilderness unto the rock of the of them five thousand men and them , and slew two thousand of them. So that all that day of Benjamin were twenty five thousand men that drew all men of six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the ock and abode four months. And the men of Israel turned again the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword the beast and all that came to hand set all the cities they .
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the men of Israel in sayinghere shall of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. And the people came to and abode there till before God and lifted up their voices and wept sorend said O God of Israel, why is this in Israel, that there should be day one tribe lacking in Israel? And on the morrow the people rose and there an altar and offered and . And the children of Israel , ho theamong all the tribes of Israel that came not with the congregation unto the ? or they had made a great oath concerning that came not up to the to sayinge surely . And the children of Israel Benjamin their , and saidhere is one tribe cut off from Israel this day shall we do for them , we have sworn by the that we will not give them of our daughters to wives they said, hat theof the tribes of Israel that came not up to to the Andnone of the
And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the , and commanded them sayingo and smite the of with the edge of the sword women and children. And this isthe thing that ye shall do utterly destroy male and womn that ha by mn. And they found among the of four hundred virgins that had known no man by lying with any malend they brought them unto the to which is in the land of Canaan.And the whole congregation sent the children of Benjamin that were in the ock , and call peaceably unto themnd Benjamin came again at that time and they gave them which they had saved alive of the women of they sufficed them not. And the people Benjamin, because that had made a in the tribes of Israel.
hen the elders of the congregation said shall we do an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel we may not give them wives of our daughtersor the children of Israel sayingursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
Then they saidehold, there is a feast of the yearly in which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the that goeth from Bethel to and south . they commanded the children of Benjamin sayingo and lie in wait in the vineyards And see the daughters of Siloh come out to dance in , then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man wife of the daughters of Siloh, and g the land of Benjamin. And their fathers or brethren come us to complain, we will say unto them, them because we reserved not to each man his wife in And the children of Benjamin did so and took them wives according to the number of them th dance they caughtnd they went and returned unto their inheritance, and the cities and dwelt in them.
And the children of Israel departed thence at that time every man to his tribe and to his , and went out from thence every man to his inheritance. In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did right.
The end of the book of Judges.