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Samson's death.

CHAP. XVII, XVIII. Micah's idolatry. 229 great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and my hand for my son, to make a graven · to rejoice : for they said, Our god hath | image and a molten image : now theredelivered Samson our enemy into our | fore I will restore it unto thee. hand.

4 Yet he restored the money unto his 24 And when the people saw him, mother ; and his mother took' two hunthey praised their god : for they said, Our dred shekels of silver, and gave them to god hath delivered into our hands our the founder, who made thereof a graven enemy, and the destroyer of our country; image and a molten image: and they were which slew many of us.

Il in the house of Micah. 25 And it came to pass, when their 5 And the man Micah had an house of hearts were merry, that they said, Call gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, for Samson that he may make us sport. and consecrated one of his sons, who beAnd they called for Samson out of the came his priest. prison-house ; and he made them sport : 6 In those days there was no king in and they set him between the pillars. Israel, but every man did that which was

26 And Samson said unto the lad that || right in his own eyes. held him by the hand, Suffer me that I 7 And there was a young man out may feel the pillars whereupon the house of Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Justandeth, that I may lean upon them. dah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned


8 And the man departed out of the listines were there; and there were upon city from Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn the roof about three thousand men and where he could find a place : and he came women, that beheld while Samson made || to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, sport.

as he journeyed. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence and said, O Lord God, remember me, comest thou ? And he said unto him, I I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I thee, only this once, O God, that I may go to sojourn where I may find a place. be at once avenged of the Philistines for 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell my two eyes.

with me, and be unto me a father and a 29 And Samson took hold of the two | priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of middle pillars upon which the house silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, stood, and on which it was borne up, of and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. the one with his right hand, and of the 11 And the Levite was content to dwell other with his left.

with the man; and the young man was 50 And Samson said, Let me die with unto him as one of his sons. the Philistines. And he bowed himself 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; with all his might ; and the house fell and the young man became his priest, upon the lords, and upon all the people and was in the house of Micah. that were therein. So the dead which 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that he slew at his death were more than they the LORD will do me good, seeing I have which he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house

CHAP. XVIII. of his father came down, and took him, || 1 The Danises send five men to seek out and brought him up, and buried him be an inheritance. 27 They win Laish. tween Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying IN those days there was no king in Isplace of Manoah his father. And he judg I rael: and in those days the tribe of ed Israel twenty years.

the Danites sought them an inheritance | CHAP. XVII.

to dwell in ; for unto that day all their 1 Micah restoring the stolen money to his inheritance had not fallen unto them mother, she maketh images. 7 He hir- || among the tribes of Israel. eth a Levite to be his priest.

2 And the children of Dan sent of AND there was a man of mount E- || their family five men from their coasts, A phraim, whose name was Micah. men of valour, from Zorah, and from

2 And he said unto his mother, The Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search eleven hundred shekels of silver that were l it ; and they said unto them, Go, search taken from thee, about which thou curs the land : who when they came to mount edst, and spakest of also in mine ears, Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they behold, the silver is with me; I took it. lodged there. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of 3 When they were by the house of Mithe LORD, my son.

cah, they knew the voice of the young 3 And when he had restored the man the Levite: and they turned in thitheleven hundred shekels of silver to his er, and said unto him, Who brough mother, his mother said, I had wholly | thee hither? and what makest thou in dedicated the silver unto the LORD from this place ? and what hast thou here !

230 The spies of Dan.


Micah robbed. 4 And he said unto them, Thus and 18 And these went into Micah's house, thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath || and fetched the carved image, the ephod, hired me, and I am his priest.

ll and the teraphim, and the molten image. 5 And they said unto him, Ask coun- Then said the priest unto them, What sel, we pray thee, of God, that we may do yc ? know whether our way which we go shall 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy be prosperous.

| peice, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, 6 And the priest said unto them, Go and go with us, and be to us a father and in peace: before the LORD is your way | a pricst: is it better for thee to be a wherein ye go.

priest unto the house of one man, or that 79 Then the five men departed, and I thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family came to Laish, and saw the people that in Israel were therein, how they dwelt careless, || 20 And the priest's heart was glad, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and secure; and there was no magistrate and the graven image, and went in the in the land, that might put them to shame midst of the people. in any thing; and they were far from the 21 So they turned and departed, and Zidonians, and had no business with any I put the little ones, and the cattle, and the man.

carriage before them. 8 And they came unto their brethren 22 | And when they were a good way to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their breth from the house of Micah, the men that ren said wito them, What say ye? were in the houses near to Micah's house

9 And they said, Arise, that we may i were gathered together, and overtook go up against them: for we have seen the children of Dan. the land, and behold, it is very good: 23 And they cried unto the children of and are ye still be not slothful to go, and Dan. And they turned their faces, and to enter to possess the land.

said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a thou comest with such a company? people secure, and to a large land : for 24 And he said, Ye have taken away God hath given it into your hands; a my gods which I made, and the priest, place where there is no want of any and ye are gone away: and what have I thing that is in the earth.

| more? and what is this that ye say unto 11 | And there went from thence of me, What aileth thee? the family of the Danites, out of Zorahi 25 And the children of Dan said unto and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men ap- him, Let not thy voice be heard among pointed with weapons of war.

us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and 12 And they went up, and pitched in thou lose thy life, with the livos of thy Kirjath-jcarim, in Judah : wherefore they || household. cailed that place Mahanel-dan unto this 26 And the children of Dan went their day: behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim. way: and when Micah saw that they

13 And they passed thence unto mount || were too strong for him, he turned and Ephraim, and came unto the house of went back unto his house. Micah.

27 And they took the things which 14 Then answered the five men that Micah had made, and the priest which went to spy out the country of Laish, and he had, and came unto Laish, unto a peosaid unto their brethren, Do ye know | ple that were at quiet and secure : and that there is in these houses an cphod, | they smote them with the edge of the and teraphim, and a graven image, and || sword, and burnt the city with fire. a molten image ? now therefore consider Il 28 And there was no deliverer, because what ye have to do.

it was far from Zidon, and they had no 15 And they turned thitherward, and business with any man; and it was in the came to the house of the young man the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob. And Levite, even unto the house of Micah, | they built a city and dwelt therein. and saluted him.

29 And they called the name of the 16 And the six hundred men appoint- || city Dan, after the name of Dan their ed with their weapons of war, which father, who was born unto Israel: howwere of the children of Dan, stood by beit the name of the city was Laish at the entering of the gate.

the first. 17 And the five men that went to spy 30 í And the children of Dan set up out the land went up, and came in thith the graven image: and Jonathan, the son er, and took the graven image, and the | of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan image: and the priest stood in the en | until the day of the captivity of the land. tering of the gate with the six hundred 31 And they set them up Micah's gramen ihat were appointed with weapons ven image which he made, all the time of war.

ll that the house of God was in Shiloh.

The Letite and his concubine. CHAP. XIX. The Gibeathites abuse her. 231 CHAP. XIX.

a stranger, that is not of the children of 1 A Levite going to Beth-lthem to fetch Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.

his trife, 16 an old man entertaineth | 13 And he said unto his servant, Come, wim at Gibeah. 22 The Gibeathites 1 and let us draw near to one of these course his concubine to death.

| places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in A D it came to pass in those days, | Ramah. 1 wheo there svas no king in Israel, 14 And they passed on and went their *h there was a certain Levite sojourn- way ; and the sun went down upon them ing on the side of mount Ephraim, who | when they were by Gibeah, which belongtook to him a concubine out of Beth-le- eth to Benjamin. nem-judah.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go 2 And his concubine played the whore in and to lodge in Gibeah : and when he arainst him, and went away from him went in, he sat him down in a street of

to her father's house to Beth-lehem- || the city : for there was no man that took "Jah, and was there four whole months. || them into his house to lodging.

3 And her husband arose, and went | 16 | And, behold, there came an old after her, to speak friendly unto her, and man from his work out of the field at to bring her again, having his servant even, which was also of mount Ephraim; with him, and a couple of asses : and she and he sojourned in Gibeah ; but the brought him into her father's house : and men of the place were Benjamites. vien the father of the damsel saw him, 17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he rejoiced to meet him.

he saw a wayfaring man in the street of 4 Ånd his father-in-law, the damsel's the city : and the old man said, Whither father, retained him; and he abode with goest thou ? and whence comest thou? him three days : so they did eat and 18 And he said unto him, We are pass drink, and lodged there.

ing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side 5 And it came to pass on the fourth of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: day, when they arose early in the morn and I went to Beth-lehem-judah, but I am ing, that he rose up to depart : and the now going to the house of the LORD; and damsel's father said unto his son-in-law, there is no man that receiveth me to house, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of 19 Yet there is both straw and provenbread, and afterward go your way. der for our asses; and there is bread and

6 And they sat down, and did eat and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, drink both of them together : for the and for the young man which is with thy damsel's father had said unto the man, servants: there is no want of any thing." Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all 20 And the old man said, Peace be with night, and let thine heart be merry. I thee; howsoever, let all thy wants lie upar

7 And when the man rose up to depart, me; only lodge not in the street. his father-in-law urged him: therefore 21 So he brought him into his house, and he loriged there again.

I gave provender unto the asses: and they 8 And he arose early in the morning on washed their feet, and did eat and drink. the fifth day to depart : and the damsel's 22 Now as they were making their father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, thee. And they tarried until afternoon, || certain sons of Belial, beset the house round and they did eat both of them.

about, and beat at the door, and spake to 9 And when the man rose up to depart, the master of the house, the old man, saybe, and his concubine, and his servant, | ing, Bring forth the man that came into his father-in-law, the damsel's father, said thine house, that we may know him. unto him, Behold, now the day draweth 23 And the man, the master of the house, toward evening, I pray you tarry all went out unto them, and said unto them, tight: behold, the day groweth to an end, || Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not lodge here, that thine heart may be mer 80 wickedly; seeing that this man is come ry; and to-morrow get you early on your into mine house, do not this folly. way, that thou mayest go home.

24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maid10 But the man would not tarry that en, and his concubine; them I will bring night, but he rose up and departed, and it out now, and humble ve them, and do came over against Jebus, which is Jerusa with them what seemeth good unto you: lem; and there were with him two asses || but unto this man do not so vile a thing. saddled, his concubine also was with him. 25 But the men would not hearken to

11 And when they were by Jebus, the him ; so the man took his concubine, and day was far spent ; and the servant said || brought her forth unto them; and they pinto his master, Come, I pray thec, and || knew her, and abused her all the night let us turn in unto this city of the Jebu- || until the morning: and when the day besites, and lodge in it.

gan to spring, they let her go. 12 And his master said unto him, We 1 26 Then came the woman in the will not turn aside hither into the city of dawning of the day, and fell down at

232 The Benjamiles wickedness. JUDGES. The Israelites war with Benjamin. the door of the man's house where her el, and an hundred of a thousand, and a lord was, till it was light.

thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch 27 And her lord rose up in the morn- victual for the people, that they may do, ing, and opened the doors of the house, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, and went out to go his way: and behold, according to all the folly that they have the woman his concubine was fallen down wrought in Israel. at the door of the house, and her hands 11 So all the men of Israel were gathwere upon the threshold

ered against the city, knit together as one 28 And he said unto her, Up, and let man. us be going. But none answered. Then 12 | And the tribes of Israel sent men the man took her up upon an ass, and the through all the tribe of Benjamin, sayman rose up, and gat him unto his place. || ing, What wickedness is this that is done

29 | And when he was come into his among you? house, he took a knife, and laid hold on 13 Now therefore deliver us the men, his concubine, and divided her, together the children of Belial, which are in Gibwith her bones, into twelve pieces, and eah, that we may put them to death, sent her into all the coasts of Israel. and put away evil from Israel. But the

30 And it was so, that all that saw it, children of Benjamin would not hearken said, There was no such deed done nor to the voice of their brethren the children seen from the day that the children of of Israel: Israel came up out of the land of Egypt | 14 But the children of Benjamin gathunto this day: consider of it, take ad ered themselves together out of the cities vice, and speak your minds.

unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against CHAP. XX.

the children of Israel. 1 The Levite in a general assembly de 15 And the children of Benjamin were clareth his wrong. 8 Their decree. 26 | numbered at that time out of the cities The Benjamites are destroyed.

twenty and six thousand men that drew THEN all the children of Israel went sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah,

1 out, and the congregation was gath which were numbered seven hundred ered together as one man, from Dan even || chosen men. to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, 16 Among all this people there were unto the Lord in Mizpeh.

seven hundred chosen men left-handed; 2 And the chief of all the people, even every one could sling stones at an hairof all the tribes of Israel, presented them- | breadth, and not miss. selves in the assembly of the people of 1 17 And the men of Israel, beside BenjaGod, four hundred thousand footmen that | min, were numbered four hundred thoudrew sword.

sand men that drew sword: all these were 3. (Now the children of Benjamin heard || men of war. that the children of Israel were gone up 18 | And the children of Israel arose, to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of and went up to the house of God, and Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness? || asked counsel of God, and said, Which of

4 And the Levite, the husband of the us shall go up first to the battle against the woman that was slain, answered and said, children of Benjamin ? And the LORD I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Ben- said, Judah shall go up first. jamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

19 And the children of Israel rose up 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against in the morning, and encamped against me, and beset the house round about up- || Gibeah. on me by night, and thought to have slain 20 And the men of Israel went out to me: and my concubine have they forced, l, battle against Benjamin ; and the men of that she is dead.

Israel put themselves in array to fight a· 6 And I took my concubine, and cut gainst them at Gibeah. her in pieces, and sent her throughout all 21 And the children of Benjamin came the country of the inheritance of Israel : forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down for they havw committed lewdness and to the ground of the Israelites that day folly in Israel.

twenty and two thousand men. 7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel ; | 22 And the people the men of Israel engive here your advice and counsel. couraged themselves, and set their battle

8 And all the people arose as one man, | again in array in the place where they put saying, We will not any of us go to his themselves in array the first day. tent, neither will we any of us turn into 23 (And the children of Israel went up his house :

and wept before the LORD until even, and 9 But now this shall be the thing which asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall - we will do to Gibeah : we will go up by || I go up again to battle against the children lot against it ;

of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD 10 And we will take ten men of an | said, Go up against him.) Inundred throughout all the tribes of Isra- !! 24 And the children of Ísrael came near

The Benjamites slain.


Gibeah burned. 233

ond day.

wait, that they should make a great flame 25 And Benjamin went forth against || with smoke to rise up out of the city. them out of Giveah the second day, and 39 And when the men of Israel retired destroyed down to the ground of the in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and children of Israel again eighteen thousand kill of the men of Israel about thirty permen; all these drew the sword.

sons : for they said, Surely they are smit26' Then all the children of Israel, and ten down before us, as in the first battle. all the people, went up, and came unto 40 But when the flame began to arise the house of God, and wept, and sat there up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, before the Lord, and fasted that day un ll the Benjamites looked behind them, and til even, and offered burnt-offerings and behold, the flame of the city ascended up peace-offerings before the LORD.

to heaven. 27 And the children of Israel inquired 41 And when the men of Israel turned of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant again, the men of Benjamin were amazed : of God was there in those days,

for they saw that evil was come upon 28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, | them. the son of Aaron, stood before it in those 42 Therefore they turned their backs dars,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to before the men of israel unto the way of battle against the children of Benjamin the wilderness; but the battle overtook my brother, or shall I cease? And the them; and them which came out of the LORD said, Go up; for to-morrow I will cities they destroyed in the midst of them. deliver them into thine hand.

43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites 29 And Israel set liers in wait round round about, and chased them, and trode about Gibeah.

them down with ease over against Gibeah 30 And the children of Israel went up toward the sun-rising. against the children of Benjamin on the 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighthird day, and put themselves in array || teen thousand men; all these were men against Gibeah, as at other times. of valour.

31 And the children of Benjamin went 45 And they turned and fled toward out against the people, and were drawn the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: away from the city; and they began to and they gleaned of them in the highways smite of the people, and kill, as at other | five thousand men ; and pursued hard times, in the highways, of which one go after them unto Gidom, and slew two eth up to the house of God, and the other thousand men of them. to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men 46 So that all which fell that day of of Israel.

Benjamin were twenty and five thousand 32 And the children of Benjamin said, men that drew the sword; all these were They are smitten down before us, as at men of valour. the first. But the children of Israel said, 47 But six hundred men turned and Let us flee, and draw them from the city fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimunto the highways.

mon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four 33 And all the men of Israel rose up months. out of their place, and put themselves in 48 And the men of Israel turned again array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait upon the children of Benjamin, and smote of Israel came forth out of their places, them with the edge of the sword, as well even out of the meadows of Gibeah. the men of every city, as the beasts, and

34 And there came against Gibeah ten | all that came to hand : also they set on thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and || fire all the cities that they came to. the battle was sore: but they knew not

CHAP. XXI. that evil was near them.

1 The people bewailing the desolation of 35 And the LORD smote Benjamin be- Benjamin, 16 advise them to surprise fore Israel: and the children of Israel de the virgins that danced at Shiloh. stroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty N OW the men of Israel had sworn in and five thousand and an hundred men: W Mizpeh, saying, Thereshall not any of all these drew the sword.

usgive his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. 36 So the children of Benjamin saw that 2 And the people came to the house of they were smitten : for the men of Israel God, and abode there till even before gave place tothe Benjamites, because they God, and lifted up their voices, and wept trusted unto the liers in wait which they sore; had set beside Gibeah.

3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, 37 And the liers in wait hasted, and why is this come to pass in Israel, that rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait there should be to-day one tribe lacking drew themselves along, and smote all the in Israel? city with the edge of the sword.

14 And it came to pass on the morrow, 38 Now there was an appointed sign that the people rose early, and built

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