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CHAP. A. XI. The Israelites repent. 223 54 Then he called hastily unto the young 12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalman his armour-bearer, and said unto him, ekites, and the Maonites did oppress Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men you ; and ye cried to me, and I delivered say not of me, A woman slew him. And

you out of their hand. his young man thrust him through, and 13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and servhe died.

ed other gods: wherefore I will deliver 55 And when the men of Israel saw you no more. that Abimelech was dead, they departed 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye every man unto his place.

have chosen ; let them deliver you in the 56 Thus God rendered the wicked- time of your tribulation. ness of Abimelech, which he did unto his 15 And the children of Israel said unfather, in slaying his seventy brethren: to the LORD, We have sinned: do thou un

57 And all the evil of the men of She- to us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; chem did God render upon their heads : deliver us only, we pray thee, this day. and upon them came the curse of Jotham 16 And they put a way the strange gods the son of Jerubbaal.

from among them, and served the LORD: CHAP. X.

and his soul' was grieved for the misery of 1 Tola judgeth Israel, 3 also Jair. 7 | Israel.

The Philistines and Ammonites op- 17 Then the children of Ammon were press Israel ; 15 upon their refient- gathered together, and encamped in Gilance God pitieth them.

cad. And the children of Israel assemND after Abimelech there arose to bled themselves together, and encamped the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and 18 And the people and princes of Gilhe dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. ead said one to another, What man is he

2 And he judged Israel twenty and three that will begin to fight against the chilyears, and died, and was buried in Shamir. dren of Ammon ? he shall be head over

SF And after him arose Jair, a Gilead all the inhabitants of Gilead. ite, and judged Israel twenty and two

CHAP. XI. years.

1 Jephthah's covenant with the Gilead4 And he had thirty sons that rode on ites. 30 His vor. 34 He performeth thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, it on his daughter. day, which are in the land of Gilead.

5 And Jair died, and was buried in the son of an harlot : and Gilead begat Camon

Jephthah. 6 And the children of Israel did evil a- 2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and gain in the sight of the Lord, and served his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods shalt not inherit in our father's house ; of Moab, and the gods of the children of for thou art the son of a strange woman. Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethand forsook the Lord, and served not him. ren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and

7 9 And the anger of the LORD was there were gathered vain men to Jephhot against Israel, and he sold them into | thah, and went out with him. the hands of the Philistines, and into the 4 And it came to pass in process of hands of the children of Ammon. time, that the children of Ammon made

8 And that year they vexed and op- war against Israel. pressed the children of Israel eighteen 5 And it was so, that when the chilyears, all the children of Israel that were dren of Ammon made war against Israel, on the other side Jordan in the land of the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthe Amorites, which is in Gilead.

thah out of the land of Tob: 9 Moreover, the children of Ammon 6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, passed over Jordan, to fight also against and be our captain, that we may fight Judah, and against Benjamin, and against with the children of Ammon. the house of Ephraim ; so that Israel was 7 And Jephthah said unto the elders sore distressed.

of Gilead, Did not ye hate ine, and ex10 | And the children of Israel cried | pel me out of my father's house? and why unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned are ye come unto me now when ye are in against thee, both because we have for- distress? saken our God, and also served Baalim. 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto

11 And the LORD said unto the chil- Jephthalı, Therefore we turn again to dren of Israel, Did not I deliver you thee now, that thou mayest go with us, from the Egyptians, and froin the Amo- and fight against the children of Ammon, rites, from the children of Immon, and and be our head over all the inhabitants from the Philistines

of Gilead.

which are called Hayoth-jair unto this mighty? man of valour, and he was

my land?

224 Jepayah made capitain. JUDGES.

His rash vow. 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of 23 So now the LORD God of Israel Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight hath dispossessed the Amorites from beagainst the children of Ammon, and the fore his people Israel, and shouldest thou LORD deliver them before me, shall I be possess it? your head ?

24 Wilt not thou possess that which 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess ? Jephthah, The Lordbea witness between So whomsoever the LORD our God shall us, if we do not so according to thy words. || drive out from before us, them will wę

11 Then Jephthah went with the el- || possess. ders of Gilead, and the people made him 25 And now art thou any thing better head and captain over them: and Jeph-than Balak the son of Zippor king of Mo thah uttered all his words before the ab? did he ever strive against Israel, or LORD in Mizpeh.

did he ever fight against them, 12 And Jephthah sent messengersunto 26 While Israel dwelt in Heslbon and the king of the children of Ammon, say- her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, ing, What hast thou to do with me, and in all the cities that be along by the that thou art come against me to fight in coasts of Arnon, three hundred years

why therefore did ye not recover them 13 And the king of the children of Am- within that time? mon answered unto the messengers of 27 Wherefore I have not sinned against Jephthah, Because Israel took away my thee, but thou doest me wrong to war aland, when they came up out of Egypt, gainst me: the LORD the Judge be judge from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto this day between the children of Israel Jordan : now therefore restore those lands and the children of Ammon. again peaceably.

28 Howbeit, the king of the children of 14 And Jephthah sent messengers again Ammon hearkened not unto the words of unto the king of the children of Ammon: Jephthah which he sent him.

15 And said unto him, Thus saith 29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came Jephthah, Israel took not away the land upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilof Moab, nor the land of the children | ead, and Manasseh, and passed over of Ammon :

Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of 16 But when Israel came up from E-Gilead he passed over unto the children gypt, and walked through the wilderness of Ammon. unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh; 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto

17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the the LORD, and said, If, thou shalt without king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray fail deliver the children of Ammon into thee, pass through thy land: but the king mine hands, of Edom would not hearken thereto. And 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever in like manner they sent unto the king of cometh forth of the doors of my house to Moab; but he would not conscnt. And Is- meet me, when I return in peace from racl abode in Kadesh.

the children of Ammon, shall surely be 18 Then they went along through the the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a wilderness, and compassed the land of E- burnt-offering. dom, and the land of Moab, and came by 32 So Jephthah passed over unto the the east side of the land of Moab, and children of Ammon to fight against them; pitched on the other side of Arnon, but and the LORD delivered them into his came not within the border of Moab: for hands. Arnon was the border of Moab.

33 And he smote them from Aroer 19 And Israel sent messengers unto

even till thou come to Minnith, even Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of twenty cities, and unto the plain of the Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let vineyards, with a very great slaughter. us pass, we pray thee, through thy land Thus the children of Ammon were subunto my place.

dued before the children of Israel. 20 But Sibon trusted not Israel to pass 34 4 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh through his coast: but Sihon gathered all unto his house, and behold, his daughhis people together, and pitched in Jahaz, ter came out to meet him with timbrels and fouglat against Israel.

and with dances : and she was his only 21 And the LORD God of Israel de-child; beside her he had neither son nor livered Sihon and all his people into the daughter. hand of Israel, and they smote them: so 35. And it came to pass, when he sav Israel possessed all the land of the Amo-her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Arites, the inhabitants of that country. las, my daughter! thou hast brought me

22 And they possessed all the coasts of very low, and thou art one of them that the Amorites, from Amnon even unto trouble me: for I have opened my mouth Jabbok, and from the wilderness even wn- unto the Lord, and I cannot go back. to Jordan.

36 And she said unto him, My father,. The Ephraimites slain. Chap. XII, XIII. An angel appeareth to Manoah. 225 if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the 8 And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem LORD, do to me according to that which judged Israel. hath proceeded out of thy mouth ; for- 9 And he had thirty sons and thirty asmuch as the Lord hath taken ven- | daughters whom he sent abroad, and took geance for thee of thine enemies, even of in thirty daughters from abroad for his the children of Ammon.

sons: and he judged Israel seven years. 37 And she said unto her father, Let 10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried this thing be done for me : Let me alone at Beth-lehem. two months, that I may go up and down 11 | And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, upon the mountains, and bewail my vir- judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten ginuty, I and my fellows.

years. 38 And he said, Go. And he sent her 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and away for two months : and she went was buried in Ajalon in the country of with her companions, and bewailed her | Zebulun. virginity upon the mountains.

13 | And after him Abdon the son of 39 And it came to pass at the end of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. two months, that she returned unto her 14 And he had forty sons and thirty father, who did with her according to his nephews, that rode on threescore and row which he had vowed: and she knew || ten ass colts : and he judged Israel eight no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

years, 40 That the daughters of Israel went 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the yearly to lament the daughter of Jeph- Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pithah the Gileadite four days in a year. rathon in the land of Ephraim, in the CHAP. XII.

mount of the Amalekites. 1 The Ephraimites, discerned by Shibbo

CHAP. XIII. leth, are slain by the Gileadites. 7 Jeph-1 Israel is in the hand of the Philistines. 2 thah dieth.

An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife.

8 The angelappeareth to Manoah. 15 themselves together, and went north- Manoah's sacrifice, whereby the angel Ward, and said unto Jephthah, Where- is discovered. 24 Samson is born.

ND the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine the LORD delivered them into the hand house upon thee with fire.

of the Philistines forty years. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my 2 | And there was a certain man of people were at great strife with the chil- | Zorah, of the family of the Danites, dren of Ammon; and when I called you, whose name was Manoah ; and his wife ye delivered me not out of their hands. was barren, and bare not.

3 And when I saw that ye delivered me 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared not, I put my life in my hands, and pass- unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold, ed over against the children of Ammon, now, thou art barren, and bearest not : and the LORD delivered them into my but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. hand: wherefore then are ye come up 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, unto me this day, to fight against me? and drink not wine, nor strong drink,

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all | and eat not any unclean thing : the men of Gilead, and fought with E- 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear phraim : and the men of Gilead smote E- a son ; and no razor shall come on his phraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites head : for the child shall be a Nazarite are fugitives of Ephraim among the E- unto God from the womb : and he shall phraimites, and among the Manassites. begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of

5 And the Gileadites took the passages the Philistines. of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and 6 f Then the woman came and told her it was so, that when those Ephraimites husband, saying, A man of God came which were escaped, said, Let me go over; unto me, and his countenance was like that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art the countenance of an angel of God, very thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; terrible : but I asked him not whence he

6 Then said they unto him, Say now was, neither told he me his name: Shibboleth ; and he said Sibboleth : for 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou he could not frame to pronounce it right. shalt conceive, and bear a son ; and now Then they took him, and slew him at drink no wine nor strong drink, neither the passages of Jordan. And there fell eat any unclean thing: for the child shall at that time of the Ephraimites forty and be a Nazarite to God from the womb to two thousand.

the day of his death. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years: 8 9 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was and said, () my LORD, let the man of God buried in one of the cities of Gilead. which thou didst send come again unto


226 Manoah's sacrifice.


Samson is born. us, and teach us what we shall do unto 1) would as at this time have told us sucio the child that shall be born.

things as these. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of 24 9 And the woman bare a son, and Manoah ; and the angel of God came called his name Samson. And the child again unto the woman as she sat in the grew, and the Lord blessed him. field: but Manoah her husband was not 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began with her.

to move him at times in the camp of Dan, 10 And the woman made haste, and between Zorah and Ashtaol. ran, and shewed her husband, and said

CHAP. XIV. unto him, Behold, the man hath appear- 1 Samson desireth a wife of the Philised unto me, that came unto me the other tines. 10 His marriage-feast, 12 and day.

riddle. 19 He spoileth thirty Philistines. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said and saw a woman in Timnath of the unto him, Art thou the man that spakest daughters of the Philistines. unto the woman? And he said, I am. 2 And he came up, and told his father

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words and his mother, and said, I have seen a come to pass. How shall we order the woman in Timnath of the daughters of child, and now shall we do unto him? the Philistines: now therefore get her for

13 And the angel of the LORD said me to wife. unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the 3 Then his father and his mother said woman, let her beware.

unto him, Is there never a woman among 14 She may not eat of any thing that the daughters of thy brethren, or among coneth of the vine, neither let her drink | all my people, that thou goest to take a wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean || wife of the uncircumcised Philistines ? thing: all that I commanded her let her || And Samson said unto his father, Get observe.

her for me; for she pleaseth me well. 15 | And Manoah said unto the angel 4 But his father and his mother knew of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain not that it was of the LORD, that he thee, until we shall have made ready a sought an occasion against the Philistines: kid for thee.

for at that time the Philistines had do 16 And the angel of the LORD said un- minion over Israel. to Manoah, Though thou detain me, I 5 Then went Samson down, and his will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt father and his mother, to Timnath, and offer a burnt-offering, thou must offer it came to the vineyards of Timnath : and unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not behold, a young lion roared against him. that he was an angel of the Lord.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD came 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of | mightily upon him, and he rent him as he the Lord, What is thy name, that when would have rent a kid, and he had nothing thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee in his hand: but he told not his father or honour ?

his mother what he had done. 18 And the angel of the LORD said un- 7 And he went down, and talked with to him, Why askest thou thus after my the woman; and she pleased Samson well. name, secing it is secret?

8 | And after a time he returned to 19 So Manoah took a kid, with a nieat-take her, and he turned aside to see the offering, and offered it upon a rock unto carcass of the lion: and behold, there was the LORD; and the angel did wonderous- a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass ly, and Manoah and his wife looked on. of the lion.

20 For it came to pass, when the flame 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went up toward heaven from off the altar, went on eating, and came to his father that the angel of the Lord ascended in and mother, and he gave them, and they the flame of the altar. And Manoah and did eat: but he told not them that he had his wife looked on il, and fell on their | taken the honey out of the carcass of the faces to the ground.

lion. 21 But the angel of the Lord did no 10 So his father went down unto the more appear to Manoah and to his wife. woman: and Samson made there a feast; Then Manoah knew that he was an an- for so used the young men to do. gel of the Lord.

11 And it came to pass, when they saw 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We him, that they brought thirty companions shall surely die, because we have seen to be with him. God.

12 | And Samson said unto them, I will 23 But his wife said unto him, If the now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can LORD were pleased to kill us, he would certainly declare it me within the seven not have received a burnt-offering and a days of the feast, and find it out, then meat-offering at our hands, neither would I will give you thirty sheets and thirty He have shewed us all these things, nor | change of garments:

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Samson's riddle.

CHAP. xv. He burneth the Philistines corn. 227 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then 4 And Samson went and caught three shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty hundred foxes, and took fire-brands, and change of garments. And they said unto I turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may in the midst between two tails. hear it.

5 And when he had set the brands on 14 And he said unto them, Out of the fire, hic let them go into the standing corn eater came forth meat, and out of the of the Philistines, and burnt up both the strong came forth sweetness. And they shocks, and also the standing corn, with could not in three days expound the the vineyarıls and olives. riddle.

6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath 15 And it came to pass on the seventh donethis. And they answered, Samson, the day, that they said to Samson's wife, En- ison-in-law of the Timnite, because he tice thy husband, that he may declare un- had taken his wife, and given her to his to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and companion. And the Philistines came up, thy father's house with fire : have ye and burnt her and her father with fire. called us to take that we have? Is it not 7 I And Samson said unto them,

Though ye have done this, yet will I be 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, || avenged of you, and after that I will cease. and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lov- 8 Ånd he smote them hip and thigh est me not : thou hast put forth a riddle with a great slaughter. And he went down unto the children of my people, and hast and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. not told it me. And he said unto her, 9 q Then the Philistines went up, and Behold, I have not told it my father nor | pitched in Judah, and spread themselves my mother, and shall I tell it thee? in Lehi.

17 And she wept before him the seven 10 And the men of Judah said, Why days, while their feast lasted : and it came are ye come up against us? And they anto pass on the seventh day, that he told swered, To bind Samson are we come up, her, because she lay sore upon him: and to do to him as he hath done to us. she told the riddle to the children of her 11 Then three thousand men of Judah people.

went to the top of the rock Etam, and 18 And the men of the city said unto | said to Samson, Knowest thou not that him on the seventh day before the sun went the Philistines are rulers over us? what down, What is sweeter than honey? and is this that thou hast done unto us? And what is stronger than a lion ? And he said he said unto them, As they did unto me, unto them, If ye had not ploughed with my so have I done unto them. lieifer, ye had not found out my riddle. 12 And they said unto him, We are

19 And the Spirit of the Lord came come down to bind thee, that we may upon him, and he went down to Ashke- deliver thee into the hand of the PhilisIon, and slew thirty men of them, and tines. And Samson said unto them, Swear took their spoil

, and gave change of gar- unto me, that ye will not fall upon me ments unto them which expounded the yourselves. riddle. And his anger was kindled, and 13 And they spake unto him, saying, he went up to his father's house.

No; but we will bind thee fast, and de20 But Samson's wife was given to his liver thee into their hand: but surely we companion, whom he had used as his will not kill thee. And they bound him friend.

with two new cords, and brought him CHAP. XV.

up from the rock. 1 Samson is denied his wife. 3 He burn- 14 [And when he came unto Leli, the

eth the Philistines corn. 9 He is bound Philistines shouted against him: and the by the men of Julah, and delivered to Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon the Philistines. 14 He killeth them him, and the cords that were upon his with a jaw-bone.

arms became as flax that was burnt B Tit came to pass within a while with fire, and his bands loosed from off that Samson visited his wife with a kid; 15 And he found a new jaw-bone of and he said, I will go in to my wife into an ass, and put forth his hand, and took the chamber. But her father would not it, and slew a thousand men therewith. suffer him to go in.

16 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone 2 And her father said, I verily thought of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw that thou hadst utterly hated her; there- of an ass have I slain a thousand men. fore I gave her to thy companion: is not 17 And it came to pass when he had her younger sister fairer than she? take made an end of speaking, that he cast aher I pray thee, instead of her.

way the jaw-bone out of his hand, and 3 And Samson said concerning them, called that place Ramath-lehi. Now shall I be more blameless than the 18 | And he was sore athirst, and callPhilistines, though I do them a displeasure. Ied on the Lord, and said, Thou hast grie

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