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early in the morning, hehold, thic altar of and afraid, let him return, and depart early Bad! was cast downl, and the prove was cut from mount Gilead. And there returned of dorn that uus hy it, and the second bullock the people twenly and two thousand, and was offered upon the altar thut uous built. there reinained ten silousand.

29 Anxl they said one to another, l'ho hath 1 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The don this thing? And when they enquired people are yet too many : bring them down and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Ju- unto the water, and I will try them for the Hai bath done this thing.

there : and it shall be, that of whom I say 50 Then the men of the city said unte Jo- unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same ash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: be shall go with thee : and of whomsoever I say quise le bath cast down the altar of Baal, unto thee, This shall not go wirls !hce, the I because he bath cut down the grove that same shall not go. Cushrit.

5 So he brought down the people unto the indl Joash said unto all that stood against water: and the LORD said unto Gietron, in, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save Every one tliat lappetli of the water with lis å u? lie that will plead for him, let him betongue, as a dog lappeth, liim shalt thouse! tot lo death whilst it is vet inorning: if he be by himself; likewise every one that boseth i god, let him plead for himself, because one down upon his knees to drink. bail cast down his altar.

6 And the number of them that lapper?, 32 Therefore on that day he called him Je- putting their land to their moutlı, veri ubhaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, three liundred men : but all the rest of the jecause he hath thrown down his altar, people bowed down upon their knees to

331 Then all the Midia vites, and the Ama-drink water. rkiles, and the children of the east, were ga. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the hered together, and went over, and pitched three hundred men thai lapped will I save in the valley of Jezreel.

you, and detiver the Midianites into thine 31 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon hand : and let all the other people go every Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-man unto his place. szer was gathered after hiin.

8 So the people took victuals in their 35 And he sent messengers throughout all hand, and their trumpets: and be sent all the Manasseh ; who also was gathered after him : rest of Israel, every man unto his tent, and and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto retained those three hundred men. And the Lebulun, anıl unto Naphtali; and they came host of Midian was beneath him in the up to meet them.

valley. 36 1 And Gideon said unto God, Iftuou will 91 And it came to pass the same night, jave Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, that the LORD said unto bim, Arise, get thee

37 Beliold, I will put a fleece of wool in the down unto the host ; for I have delivered it bor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, into thine hand. and it le dry upon all the earth beside, then 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by with Phurality servant down to the host : mine hand, as thou liast said.

11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and 38 And it was so : for he rose up early on afterward shall thine hands he strengi!ened dhe morrow, and thrust the fleece together, to go down into the host. Then went he and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a down with Phurah his servant to the out. gowl-full of wate:

side of the armed men that were in the lost 39 And Gideon said unto God. Let not 12 And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, ühine anger be hot against me, and I will and all the children of the east. lay along in speak but this once : Let me prove, I pray the valley like grasshoppers for multitude ; thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now and their camels rrere without number, as be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the the sand by the sea side for multitude. ground lei there be dew,

13 And when Gideon was conne, behold, 40 And God did so that night : for it was there was a man that told a dream unto liis dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, on all the ground.

and, lo, a cake of barley-bread tumbled into CHAP VII.

the host of Midian, and came to a put, and TAEN Jerubbaal: (who is G. leon,) and smole it that it fell, and overturned il, diat

all the people that were with him, rose the tent lay along. ap early, and pitched beside the well of Ha 14 And bis Tellow answered and said, This rod : so that the host of the Midianites were is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the on the north side of them, by the bill of Mo- son of Joash, a man of Israel : for into liis reh, in the valley.

hand hath God delivered Midian, and ail the 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The bust. people that are with thee are 100 inany for 15 \ And it was so, when Gideon heard me in give the Midianites into their hands, the telling of tbe dream, and the interpretales: Israel vaunt themselves against me, say-ition thereof, that he worshipped, and reurnmg, Mine own hand haih saved me, ed into the host of Israel, and said, Arise ;

3 Now therefore go to, proclain in the ears for the Lord hath delivered into your hand of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful the host of Blidian.

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16 A'i ne divided the three lundred men 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth into three companies, and he put a trumpet Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, people thiat follow me; for they he faint, and and lamps within the pitchers.

I am pursuing after Zehah and Zalmunna, 17 And lie said unto tiem. Look on me, kings of Midian. and do likewise: and, behold, when I come 6 Ind the princes or Succoth saia, Are the to the outside of the camp, it shall be, that as hands of Zebch and Zalmunna now in lone I do, so shall we do.

hand, that we should give bread unto thine 13 Wel blow with a trumpet, I and all army? that are with me. then blow ye the trumpets 7 And Gideon said, Therefore, when the Riso on every side of all the camp: and say: Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna 2 ke sirord of the Lord, and of Gideon. into mine hand, then I will tear your tesh

131 So Gideon, and the hundred men that with the thorns of the wilderness, and with rrere with him, came unto the outside of the briers. tamp in the beginning of the middle watel : 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and and they had but newly set the watch: and spake unto them likewise : and thic men of they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitch Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth ers that were in their hands.

had answered him. 20 And the three companies blew the 9 And he spake a!so unto the men of Pe. trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held nuel, saying, "llien I come again in peace, tip lamps in their left hands, and the trum. I will break down this tower. pels in their right hands w blow withal: and 10 1 Now Zebali and Zalmunna trere ir. they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Karkor, and their hosts with them, about iif. Gideon.

teen thousand men, all that were left of ail 21. And they stood every man in his place the hosts of the children of the cast: for there roumd about the camp: and all the host ran, fell an hundred and twenty thousand men and cried, and ted.

that drew sword. 2 And the Uiree hundred blew the trum 11 And Gideon went up by the way of pets, and the LORD set every man's sword them that dwelt in tents, on the east of Noagainst his fellow, even througlout all the bah and Jogbelial, and smote the host : for höst: and the lost fled to Beth-shitah in the host was secure. Zererath, and to the boruer of Abel-mehalal, 12. And when Zebali and Zalmunna fled, uto Tabhath.

he pursued after them, and took the two 23 And the men of Israel gathered them- kings of Midian, Zebali and Zalmunna, selves together out of Naphtali, and out of and discomtited all the host. Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued 13 1 And Gideon the son of Joaslı returnafter the Midianites.

ed from haule before the sun was ur, 241 And Gideon ent messengers through 14 And caught a young man of the men out all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down of Succoth, and enquired of him: and be against the Midianites, and take before them described unto him the princes of Succoth, the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then and the elders thereof, even threescore aná all the men of Ephraim galliered theinselves seventeen men. together, and took the waters unto Beth-ba 15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, rah and Jordan.

and said, Behold Zebali and Zalinumna, with 25 And they took two princes of the Mi. whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the dianites, Oreb and Zeeb: and they slew Oreb hands of Zebal and Zalmunna now in thine upon the rock Oreb, and Zeel, they slow at nand, that we should give bread unto thy the wine-press of Zeeh, and pursued Midian, men that are weary? and brought the leads of Oreb and Zeeb to 16 And he took the elders of the ciiv, aud Gideon on the other side Jordan.

thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and with CHAP. VIII.

them lie taught the men of Succoth, ND the men of said unto , 17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel calledsı us not, when thou wentest to fighe 18 1 Then said he unto Zebab and Za. with the Midianites? And they did chide munna, Wlat manner of inen were they with him sharply.

whom ye slew at Tabor 4:d they answer 2 And he said unto them, What have led, As thou art, so were they ; each one re done now in comparison of you? Is not the sembled the children of a king. gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better 19 And be said, They were my brethren, than the vintage of Abi-ezer?

even the sons of my mother : as the Lord 3 God hath delivered into your hands the liveth, if ye liad saved them alive, I wouid princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what not slay you. was I able to do in comparison of you? Then 20 And he said unto Jether his first born, their anger was abated toward him, when he Up, and slay iliem: but the youth drew not had said that,

kis sword; for be feared, because lie uus yet 4 1 And Gideon came to Jordan, and pass a you'h. ed over, he, and the three hundred men thail 21 Toen Zelah and Zalmuna said, Pise were with lim, saint, yet pursuing them. thio', and fall you us for as the man is, $0

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is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew or that one reign over you? remember also Zebali and Zalmunna, and took away the or- that I ain your bone and your flesh. naments that were on their camel's necks. 3 And this mother's brethren spake of him

29 1 Then the men of Israel said unto Gi- in the ears of all the men of Shechem all deon, Ruk thou over us, both thou, and thy these words: and their bearts inclined to son. and thy son's son also; for thou hast de follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our livered us from the hand of Midian.

brother. 23 And Gideon said u vodem. I will not 4. And they gave him threescore and ten rule over you, neither shri... 2y son mia ver pares of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, you : the Land shall rule over you. wherewita Abimelech hired vain and light

4 And Gideon said unto them, I would persons which fo!!wed him. desire a request of you, that ye would give 5 And he went unto his father's house at me every man the ear-rings of his prey: (for Opbrail, and slew his brethren, the sons of they had golden ear-rings, because they Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, were Ishmaelites.)

upon one stone: notwithstanding, yet Jo25 And they answered, We will willingly tliam the youngest son of Jerubhaal was left; give llum. And they spread a garment, for be lie himseil. and did cast therein every man the ear-rings 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered

together, and all the beuse of Millo, and 26 And the weiglit of the golden ear-rings wint and made Abimelechiking, by the plain that he requestre was a thousand and seven of the pillar that rus in Shechem, bundreri shekels of goll, besiiles ornaments. 7 1 unduhen they toll it to Jotham, he and collars, and purple raiment tha: was on went and stool in the top of monnt Gerizim, die kings of Midian, and besides the chains and lifted up bis voice and cried, and said ur. tal cere about their camels' necks.

co them, learken to me, ve men of She27 And Gideon made an ephiod thereof; test, that God mav hearken unto you. and put it in liis city, even in Ophralı: and The trees went forth on a time to anoin! all Israel went thither a whoring after it a king over thrin; and they said unto thie. wiel tling became a snare unto Gideon, olive-tree, Reign thou over us. an to his house.

9 Butine olivp-lee said unto them, Should 2 ! Thus was Midian subdued before time I leave my farness, wherewith by nie they children of Israel, so that they lived up their ionow God and man, and go to be proino. heads no more: aad the country was inted over the trees? quietaess forty years in the days of Gideon. 10 Anille trees said to the fig-tree, Come

20 I And Jerubs)aal the son of Joash went thout, and reign over us. and swelt in his own house.

11 But the fig-uree said unto them, Should 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten i forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, sons of his body begotten : for lie land many and go to be promoted over the trees? wives.

13 Then said the trees unto the vine, 31 And his concubine that was in Sle- Come thou, and reign over is. chem, she also bare him a son, whose naine 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I be called Abimelech.

leave my wine, which cheereth God and 32 1 And Gideon the son of Joash died in man, and go to be promoted over the trees? a good old age, and was buried in the sep 14 Then said all the trees unto the bram ulchre of Joasii bis father, in Ophralı of the ble, Come thou, and reign over us. Abi-ezrites.

15 And the hramble said unto the trees, 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon ifin truth ye anoint me king over you, then was dead, that the children of Israel turned come and put your trust in my shadow; and again, and went a whoring after Baalim, if not, let tire come out of the bramble, and and made Baal-berith their god.

devour the cedars of Lebanon. 31 And the children of Israel remembered 16 Now therefore, il ye have done truly and not the Lord their God, whic had delivered sincerely, in that ye liave made Abimelech them out of the hands of all their enemies on king, and if ye liave dealt well with Jerub

baal and his house, and have done unto liian 33 Neither shewed they kindness to the according to the deserving of his hands ; house of Jerubhaal, nimely, Gideon, accord. 17 (For my father fought for you, and ing to all the goodness which he had shewed adventured his life far, and delivered you ur:to Israel.

out of the land of Midian ; CHAP. IX.

18 And ye are risen up against my fauler's ND) Abimelech the son of Jerubhaal house this day, and have slaiolis sons, threeren, and communed with them, and with all have made Abimelech, the son of his maidthe family of the house of his mother's father, servant, king over the men of Shechem, be. saying,

cause he is your brother:) Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the 19 If ye ilien have dealt truly and sincere. men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, is with Jerubbaal and with his hause iris either that all the sons of Jerubbaai, which are day, then rejoice ye in Abimelecn, and les Hreescore and ten personai, reign over you,! him also rejoice in you

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20 But if not, let fire come out from Abi-said unlo him, Thou seest the shadow of Inelech, and devoir the men of Shechem, mountains as if they were men. and the house of Millo; and let fire come out 57 And Gaal spake again, and said, Sce, from the men of Sieciem, and from the there come people down by the middle of house of Millo, and devour Abimelech. the land!, and another coinpany come arong

21 And Jotham ran away, and tled, and by the plain of Meonenim. went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of 33 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is Abimriechi his brother.

now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidse, Who 24 When Animelech nad reigned three is Abimelechi, that we should serve him? Is years over Israel,

not this the people that thou last despised ? 23 Then God sent an evil spirit between go out, I pray now, and fight with them. Abimelech and the inen ot Shechem; and 39 Aud Gaal went out before the men of the men of Shechem deal ireacherously with Shechein, and fouglit wiili Abimelech. Abimelech:

40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fed 24 That the cruelty done to the threescore before lim; and inany were overthrown and and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and wounded, eren unto the entering of the gate their blood be laid upon Abimelech their 11 And Abimcleen dwelt at Ărumah: and brother, which slew thein; and upon the men Zebul tbrust out Gaal and his bretiren, that of Shechein, whici: aided liim in the killing they should not dwell in Sliechem. of his brethren.

R. And it came to pass on the morrow 25 And the men of Shechem eet liers in that the people went out into the field; and wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they told Alimelechi. they robbed ali that came along that way by 43 And he took the people, and divided ther; and it was toid Abimeleci.

thein into three companies, and laid wait in 26 And Gaal the con of the came with luis the field, and bokeil, anal, hehold, the peo brethren, and went overlo sluchem: and the ple rere come forth out of the city; and he menof Shechemputtheir confidence in him. rose up against them, and smote them.

27 And they went out into the fields, and H And Ibimelech. and the company that gathered their vineyards, and trodle therrus withi hiin,rushed forward, and stood in grapes, and made me :, and went into the the entering of the gate of the city: and tire house of their god and did eat and drink, two other companies ran upon all the people and cursed Abimelech.

that were in the fields, and siew them. OS And Gaal the son of Ebed said, illo :15 And Abimelecli fougiit against the city is lbimelech, and lois Snechem, that we all that day; and be took the city, and sle* should serve him: 18 not he the son of Jerib- the people that was therein, and beat down baal? and Zebal his officer: Serve the men the city, and sowed it with salt. of Hamor ile father of Shechem; for wliy 46 And when all the men of the tower should we serve hima ?

of Shechem beard that, they entered into an 24 And would to God this people were un- hold of the house of the god Beritb. der my hand! then wouid I remove Abiine 47 And it was told Abimeleclı, that all the lech. And he said to Abimelecn, increase men of the tower of Shechem were gathered thine army, and come out.

together. 304 And when Zehu, the ruler of the city, 13 And Abimelech gat him up to mount beard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, lis Zalmon, be, and all the people that were anger was kindled.

with him; and Abimelech took an axe in 31 And be sent messengers unto Abimelech his hand, and cut down a bough from the privily, saying, Behold, Gaalthe son of Ebed, trees, and took it, and laid it on lois shoulder, and his brethren, be come to Shechem; and, and said imto the people that were wiid bin bebold, they fortily tie city against thee. What ye have seen me do, make lasie, ard

32 Now therefore, up by night, thou and do as I have done. the people that is with thee, and lie in wait 19 And all the people likewise cut down in the ficid;

every inan liis hougli, ard lolowed Abirre. 33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as iech, and put them to the hold, and se! the soon as the sun is up, thou shall rise early, hold on fire upon them: soiliat all the men and set 12;0n the city; and, behold, unen of the tower of Shiechien died also, about a he and the people that is with him come out thousand men and women. against tee shen mayest thou do to them as 50 1 Then went Abimelech 10 Thebez, mou shali find occasion.

and encainped againsi Thiebez, and took it. 3!! And Abimelech rose up, and all the 51 But there was a strong tower within the people that write with him, by night, and they city, and thither fed all the men and women, laid wait against Shiechem in four companies. and all they of the city, and shut it to them,

35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and gai them up to the top of the tower. and stood in the entering of the gate of the 59° And Abimelech caine unto the tower, city; and Abimelech rose up and the peo- and fought against it, and went hard unte ple that were will him, from lying in wait the door of the tower, to burn it with fire.

36 And when Gaul saw the people, he said| 53 And a certain woman cast a piece of to Zebul, Behold, there come people down millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all the

son of Hodo, a man of Issachar; and 'ne Nonephthah the Gileadite was a migh

51 Mies he called liastily unto the young the Lor), We liave sinned: do thou unto us mau luis amour bearer, and said unto him, what-vever seemeth good unto thee; deliver Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say us only, we pray thee, this day. BOE of me, A womaa slew him. And his 16 And they put away the strange gods young man thrust him through, and he died. from among them, and served the LORD :

53 And when the inen of Israel saw that and his soul was grieved for the misery of Abimelech was dead, they departed every Israel. man unto his place.

17 Then the children of Ammon were ga. 56 S Thus God rendered the wickedness of thered together, and encamped in Gilead : Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in and the children of Israel assembled themslaying his seventy brethren:

selves together, and encamped in Mizpeh. 57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem 18 And the people, and princes of Gilead did God render upon their heads : and upon said one to anotler. What man is he that them came the curse of Jotham the son of will begin to fight against the children of lerubbaal.

Ammon he sliall be lead over all the in('HAP. X.

habitants of Gilead. A fenafieralhimo lechelsere caroserando de

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man of , dwelt in Sharnir in mount Ephraim... of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

2 And he judged israel twenty and three 9 And Gilead's wife bare him sons : and years, and died, and was buried in Shamir. bis wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out

31 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not and judged Israel twenty and two years. inherit in our father's house ; for thou art the

4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thir-ison of a strange woman, ty ass-colts, and they had thirty cities, which 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, are called Havoth-jair unto this day, which and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there are indhe land of Gilead.

were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and 5 And Jair died,aod was hurirdin Camon. went out with him.

61 And the children of Israel did evii again 4 9 And it came to pass in process of time, in the sight of the Lory, and served Baalim, that the children of Ammon made war against and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and Israel. the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, 5 And it was so, that, when the children of and the gods of the cliildren of Ammon, and Ammou made war against Israel, the elders the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the LORD, and served not hiin.

land of Tob: 7. And the anger of the Lord was hot 6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and against Israel, and he sold them into the be our captain, that we may fight with the bands of the Philistines, and into the hands children of Ammon. of the children of Armon.

7 And Jephthab said unto the elders of 8 And that year they vexed and oppressed Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me the children of Israel eighteen years, all the out of my fall.er's house and why are ye childrea of Israel that were on the other side come into me now when ye are in distress? Jordan. in the land of the Amorites, which 3 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jeph. is in Gilead,

thah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, 9 Moreover, the cliildren of Ammon passed that thou mayest go with us, and right over Jordan lo figlie also agains! Judah, and against the children of Ammon, and be our again! Menjanin, and against the house of head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. Ephrain; so that Israel was sore Ilistressed 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of

10. And the children of Israel cried unto Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight the Lorn, saying, We have sinned against against the children of Amnon, and ile thee both because we have forsaken our God, LORD deliver them before me, shall I he and also served Baalim.

Il An the Lord said unto the children of 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jeph Israel. Did not I deliver you from the figypthah, The Lurv be witness between us, it rans, ond from the Ainorites, from the child we do not so according to thy words. dren of Ammon, and from the Philistines? 11 Theu Jephthah went with the elders of

1. The Zidonians also and the Amalekites, Gilead, and the people made him head and and the Mac niles, did oppress you ; and ye captain over them. and Jephthah uttered ali cried to me, and I delivered you out of their luis words before the Lord in Mizpelt. hand.

12 Si And Jephthah sent messengers into 13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served the king of the children of Ammon, saying, other gods : wherefore I will deliver you rol Whial hast thou to do with me, that thou art

coine against me to figlie in my land? 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye bave 13 And the king of the children of Armon thosen ; let them deliver you in the time of answered unto the messengers of Jephthal, four tribulation.

Because Israel took away my la:d when they 15 1 And the children of Israel said unto came up out of ! gypl, from Aruou even unie

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