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Hois encouraged. 32 Therefore on y day he called hina Jerub 6 And the pumber of them that lapped baal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, putting their hand to their mouth, were because he hath thrown down bis altar. three hundred men : but all the rest of the

31 i Then all the Midiapites and the people bowed down upon their knees to Amalekites, and the children of the eatt drink water. were gathered together, and went over, 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By and pitched in the valley of Jezreel, the three hundred men that lapped, will 1

34 Bet the Spirit of the LORD came up; fore you, and deliver the Midianites into on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, and thine hand : and let all the otber people Abiezer was gathered after him.

go cvery man unto his place. 35. And helent messengers througheat 8 So I people took victuals in theirhands al Manaffen, who also was gathered after and their trumpets :& he sent all

tbe reft of him, and he sent messengers anto Ather ifrael,every man unto his tent, & retained and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali, those three hundred men: and the host of and they came up to meet them.

Midian was bencath him in the valley. 36 And Gideon said onto God, If thou 99. And it came to pals the same night, wilt lave Israel by mine hand, as thou that the

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thee down unto the hott, for I have deli37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in vered it into thine hand. the floor : and if the dew be on the Accoe 10 But if thou fear to go dowo, go thon only, and it be dry upon all the carth be- with Phurah thy servant down to the host,

fide, then shall I know that thou wilt save 11 And thou shalt hear what they say, & $ Ifrael by mine hand, as thou hast said. afterward shall thinę bands be strengthen

38 And it was fo: for he rose up early ed to go down unto the hoft. Then went he on the morrow, and thrust the feece to down with Phurah his servant, unto the gether, and wringed the dew out of the one-side of the armed men y were ing bott, Acece, a bowl foll of water.

12 And the Midianites, & Amalekites, 39 Add Gideon said unto God, Let not and all the children

of the cast, lay along thinc anger be hot against me, and I will in S valley like grashoppers for multitude" : speak but this once : let me prove, I pray and their camels were without number, as thee, but this once with the fleecc ;let it the sand by the sea-side for multitude. now be dry only upon the fleece, aód opon 13 And when Gideon was come, behold, all the ground let there be dew.

there was a man that told a dream voto bis | 40 And God did so that night: for it was fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dry upon the Acece only, aod there was dream, and lo, a cake of barley broad dew on all the ground.

tumbled into the host of Midian, and came CHAP. VII.

unto a tent, and smoke it that it fell, and i Gideons army. 9 He is encouraged tbe overturned it, that the tent lay along.

dream G the interpretation of ibe barley 14 And his fellow answered, and said, cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb.

This is nothing else save the sword of Gi

) all the people that were with bim, into his hand hath God delivered Midian, rose up early, and pitched beside the well and all the hoft. of Harod : To that the host of the Midia. 15 9 And it was so, when Gideon head, Dites were on the north fide of them by the the telling of the dream, and the inter bill of Moreb, in the valley.

pretation thereof, that he worshipped, and 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The returned into the boft of Israel, and said, people that are with thee, are too many for Arise, for the LORD bath delivered into me io give the Midianites into their hands your hand the hostof Midian. Jest Israel vaunt themselves against me, 16 And he divided the three bundred saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. men into three companies, and he put a

Now therefore go to, proclaim in the trumpet in every mans hand, with empty cars of the

people, laying, whosoever is pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers, fearful and afraid, let him return and de 17 And he said unto them, Look on me, part early from mount Gilcad : and theie and do likewise : and behold, when I come seturned of the people twenty and two to the out- side of the camp, it Thall be that thousand, & there remained ten thousand. as I do, so thall ye do.

4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I & all people are yet too many : bring them down that are with me, then blow ye the trumunto the water, and I will try them for pets allo on every side of all the camp, & thee there : and it shall be, tbat of whom I lay,Tb: sword of the LORD and of Gideon. say unto thee, This thall go with thee, the 19 91 So Gideon and the hundred meny same shall go with thee ; and of whomso were with him, came unto tbc out-fide of ever I say unto thee. This ihall not go with the camp, iq the beginning of the middle thee, the same shall not go.

watch, and they had but newly set the 5 So he brought down the people unto the watch, and they bļew the trumpets, and water : and the LORD said unto Gideon, brake the pitchers y were in their hands. Every one that lappeth of the water with 20 And the thrée companies blew the his tongue as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou trumpets and brake the pitchers, and held

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Zıbab and Zalmunne. witbal: and they cried, The sword of the in Karkor, & their hosts with them, about LORD, and of Gideon.

fifteen thousand men, all that were left of And they stood every man in his all the hosts of the children of the ealt : for place, round about the camp: and all the there fell an hundred and twenty thousand hoitran, and cried, and Aed.

men that drew sword. 22 And the three hundred blew the trum I! 9 And Gideon went up by the way pets, and the LORD set every mas sword of them that dwelt in tents, on the ealt of against his fellow, even throughout all Nobah, and Jokbehah, and (mote the hott : the hoit:

and the hott Aed to Beth-fhittah, for the holt was 1ecure. in Zererath, and to the border of Abel 12 And when Zebah and Zalmuuna fled mehol ah unto Tabbath.

he pursued after them, and took the two 23 And the men of Israel gathered kings of Midiam Zebah and Zalmunna, themselves together out of Naphtali, and and discomfited all the host. out of Ather, and out of all Manalleh, and 13 9 And Gideon the son of Joash repursued after the Midianites.

torned from battle before the sun was up. 240AodGideon sent messengers through 14 And caught a young man of the men out all mount Ephraim, saying, Come of Succoth, and enquired of him and he down againit the Midianites,& take before described unto him the princes of Succoth, them the waters unto Beth-barah, and and the elders thereof, even three core and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim ga- feventeen men. thered themselves together, and took the 15 And he came unto the men of Sucwaters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.

coth, and said, Behold, Zebah & Zalman25 And they took two princes of the Mi. Qa, with whom ye did apbraid me,saying, dianites, Oreb and Zeeb : and they New Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna Oreb upon f rock Oreb, & Zeeb they new now in thine hand, that we should give at the wine-press of Zeeb,and pursued Mic bread unto thy men that are weary? diin, and brought the heads of Oreb and 16 And he took the elders of the city,and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan. thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and CHAP. VIII.

with them he taught the men of Succoth. 1 Tbe Epbraimites Pacified. 17. Zebab and 17 And he beat down the tower of Penu. Zalmunnab. 33 rbe Ifraelites idolatry and el, and New

the men of the city. ingratitude.

18 11 Then said he unto Zebah and zalNd the men of Ephraim said unto him, Munna, What manner of men were they

whom ye thou calledst us not when thou wentelt toed, As thou art, so were they, each one fight with the Midianites? And they did resembled the children of a king, chide with bim sharply.

19 And he said, They were my brethren, 2 And he said unto them, What have I even the fons of my mother : as the LORD done now in comparison of you? Is not liveth, if ye bad laved them alive I woald the gleaning of the grapes of Ephrain, not Nay you. better than itc vintage of Abiezer?

20 And he laid onto Jether his first. 3 God hath delivered into your hands born, Up and nay them: but the youth the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb : drew not his sword : for he feared, because and what was I able to do in comparison he was yet a yepth. of you? Then their anger was abated to 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunca said, Rife ward him, when he bad said that. thou and fall upon us : for as the man is, so

4And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed is his strength, And Gideon arole, and new over, he, and the three hundred men that Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the were with him, faint, yet pursuing tbem. ornaments that were on their camels nécks.

§ And he said unto the men of Succoth, 22 Then the men of Israel said unto Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and people that follow me, for they be faint, thy son, and thy sons fon also, for thou haft and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalo delivered us from the land of Midian. munna, kings of Midian.

23 And Gideon laid unto them, I will not 69 And the princes of Succoth said, rule over you, neither shall my son rule over Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna you : the LORD shall rule over you. now in thine band that we should give 24 And Gideon said unto them, I bread unto thine army?

would defire a request of you, that you 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when would give me every man the ear-rings of the LORD hath delivered Zebah and his prey ; (for they had golden ear-rings Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will because they were Ílhmaelites;-) tear your flesh with the thorns of the 25 And they answered, We will willingly wilderness, and with briero, 8. And he went up thence to Penuel, did cast therein every man the ear-rings of

give tbem. And they spread a garment, and and spake unto them likewise : and the his prey: men of Pengel 201wered him as the men of 26 And the weight of golden ear-rings Succoth had answered bim.

that he requelied, was a thousand and seven 9 And he spake also unto the men of hundred sbekels of gold, beside ornaments Penuel, laying, When I come again in and collars, and purple raiment that was on peace, I will break down this tower, Jo 41 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were that were about their camele neeks,

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Josbams peratkt. 27 And Gideon made an ephod thercof, said unto thein, Hearken unto me, you and put it in his ciry, even in Ophrah; and men of Shechem, that God may hearken all llrael went thither a whoring after it : unto you. which thing became a snare unto Gideon, 8 The trees went forth on . time to and to his house,

anoint a king over them, and they said 28 | Thus was Midian subdued before unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us. the children of Israel, so thar they lifted 9 But the olive-tree faid unto them, op their heads no more : and the country. Should I leave my latness, wberewith by was in quie: ness forty years in the days of me they bonoar God and man, and go to Gideon.

be promoted over the trees? 29 11 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash tė And the trees said unto the fig-tree, went and dwelt in bis own house, Come thou, and reign over us. 30 And Gideon bad three core and ten

u But the fig-tree said unto them, Should Jons of his body begotten : tor be had ma- i forsake my lweetness, and my good fruit, ny Wives.

and go to be promoted over the

trees? 31 And his concubine that was in She 12 Then said the trees unto the vinc, chem, the also bare him a son, whose name Come thou, and reign over us. he called Abime ech.

13 And the vine laid unto them, Should 32 || And Gideon the son of Joalh died I leave my wine, which cheereth God and in a good old age, and

was buried in the man, and go to be promoted over trees? sepulchre of Joath his father, in Ophrah of 14 Then Taid all thetrees unto the brain. the Abi-ezrites.

ble, come thou, and reign over us. 33 And it came to pass as soon as Gideon 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, was dead, that the children of Irael tun. If in truth ye anoint me king over you, ed again, and went a whoring after Ba- tben come and put your trust in any Ahadow : alim, and made Baal-berith their god. and if not, let fire come cut of the bram

34. And the children of Israel remen, ble, and devour the cedars of Labanon. breù not the LORD their God, who had 16 Now there'ore, if ye have done truly delivered them out of the hands of all and lincerely, in that ye have made Abitheir enemies, on every Gide :

melech king, and if ye have dealt well 35 Neither thewed they kindnels to the with Jerubball, and his house, and have boule of Jesubbial ; namely, Gidern, ac- done unto him according to the deferv. cording to all the goodness which he bad ing ot his bands : thewed unto Israel,

17 ( For my father fought for you, and CHAP. IX.

adventured his life far, and delivered you 1 Abimelecb made king. 7 jotbams para- cut of the hard of Midian : ble. 22 Goal conspirasy.

18. And ye are risen ypagainst my fathers went to Shechem, unto his mothers threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, brethren, and commoned with them, and and have made Abimelech the son of his with all the family of the house of his mo. maid-Servant, K ng over the men of Sbe. thers father, saying,

chem, because he is your brother) 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all

19 If ye then have dealt truely and finthe men of 'Shechem, Whether is better cerely with Jerubbaal and with his house for you, either that all the sons of Jerub- this

day, tben rejoice ye in Abimelech, and baal (ubicb are threescore and ten persons) let him also rejoice in you : reign over you, or that one reign over 20 But if not, let fire come out from you ? remember also, that I am your bone Abimolech, and devour the men of Sheand your fleih.

chem, and the house of Millo ; and let fire 3 And his mothers brethren spake of come out from the men of Shechem, and him in the ears of all the men of Shechem from Shoule of Millo,&devour Abimelech. all these words : and their bearts enclined 21 And Jotham ran a way and fled, and to follow Abimelech ; for they laid, He is went to Bees, and dwelt there, for fear of our brother.

Abimelech his brother. 4 And they gave him threescore and cen 22 41 When Abimelech had reigned three pieces of silver, oot of the house of Baal- years over Isarel, berith : wherewith Abimelech hired vain 23 Then God sent so evil spirit between and light perlons, which followed him. Abimelech and the men of Shechem: and

5. And be went unto his fathers house at the men of Shechem dealt treacheroudy Ophrab, and Nćw his brethren the sons of with Abimelech.

Jei ubbaal, being threescore and ten per 24 That the cruelty done to the threey fons, upon one itone : notwithstanding, yet score and ten sons of Jerubbaal might

Jorbam the youngest son of Jerubbaal was come, and their blood bo laid upon Abi. 1 iest : for he hid himself. )

melech their brother wbich new them, and 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered upon the men ofShcehem which aided him ► together, and all the house of Millo, and in the

killing of his brethren. went, and made Abimelech king, by the 25 And the men of Shechem ret liers in plain of the pillar that was in Shechem, wait for him in tte top of the mountains,

79 Ard when they told it to Jotham, be add they robbed &u that came along that wear and itood in the top of moont Geri- way by them: and it was told Abimeiech. zim, and Hift up his voico, nad cried, and 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with


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Abimeeleb slain. his brethren, and went over to Shechem : in the field, and looked, and behold, the and the man of Shechem put their confi- people were come forth out of the city, and

he role up against them, and smote them. 27 And they went out into the fields,

44 And Abimelech, & the company that and gathered their vineyards, and trode tbe was with him, rushed forward, and stood grapes, and made merry, and went into in the entring of the gate of the city : and the houle of their god, and did eat and the two other companies ran upon all tbe drink, and curled Abimelech.

people that were in the fields, & new them. 28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, who

45 And Abimelech fought against the is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that city all that day, and he took the city, and we should serve him ? is not be the son of new the people that was therein, and beat Jerubbaal, and Zebul his officer ? serve down the city, and lowed it with salt. the men of Hamor the father of Shechem:

45 | And when all the men of the tower for why should we terve him?

of Shechem heard that, they entred into 39 And would to God this people were an hold of the house of the god Berith. onder my hand; then would I remove A 47. And it was told Abimelech, that all bimelech. And he said to Abimelech, In- the men of the tower of Shechem were gacrease thrine army, and come out.

thered together. 30 And when Zebul, the ruler of the

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount city, heard the words of Gaal the ion of Zaliaon, he and all the people that were Ebed, his anger was kindied.

with him, and Abimelech took an ax in 31 And he sent messengers, unto Abi- his hand, and cut down a bough from the melech privily, saying, Behold, Goal the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulfon of Ebed, and his brethren be come to der, and said unto the people that were Shechem; and behold, they fortity the with him, What ye have seen me do,

make halte, and do as I bave done. city against thee.

32 Naw therefore up by night, thou, 49 And all the people likewise cut down and the people that is with thee, and lie every man his bough, and followed Abiin wait in the field.

melech, 20d put tbem to the hold, and fet 33 And it shall be, that in the morning the hold on fire upon them: so that all the assoon as the sun is up, thou shait rise car- men of the tower of Shechem died allo, ly, and fet upon the city: and behold, about a thousand men and women. when he and the People that is with him 50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, come out againit thee, then niayelt thou and encamped against Thebez, & took it. do to them as thou shalt find occasion. 51 But there was a strong tower within

349 And Abimelech rose up, and all the city, and thither filed 311 the men and the people that doere with

him, by night, women, & all they of ý ciry, and jhut it to and they laid wait againit Shechemin four them, and gat them up to s top of $ tower. companies.

52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and fought againit it, and went hard unto and stood in the entring of the gate of the the door of the tower to burn it with fire. city : and Abimelech rose up, and the peo 53. And a certain woman cait a piece of ple that were with him from lying in wait. a milftone upon Abimelechs head, and ali

36 And when Gaal saw the people, he to break his skull. faid to Zebu!, Behold, there come people 54 Theo he called hastily unto the young down from the top of the mountains, and man his armour-bearer, and said unto him, Lebut said unto him, Thou seest the fha- Draw

thy sword, and lay me, that men fay dow of the mountains, as if they were men. not of me, A woman sew him. And his

37 And Gaalfpake again, and said, See, jourg man thrutt him through, & he died. there come people down by the middle of 55 And when the men of lirsel saw that the land, and another company come a- Abimelech was dead, they departed every long by the plain of Meonenim.

man unto his place. 38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is 55 9. Thus God rendred the wickedness now thy mouth, wherewith thou faidīt, of Abimelech, which he did unto his fa: Who is Abimelech, that we should serve ther, in saying his seventy brethren. bim? is not this the people that thou hast 51 And all the evil of the men of Shedespised ? go out, I p.ay now, and fight chem, did God render upon their heads: with them.

and upon them came the curle of Jotham 39 And Gaal went our before the men of the son of Jerubbaal. Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

CH A P. X. 40 And Abimelech chaled him, and he "; Tola judgeeb Ifrael. 3 Fairs sons. Tbe fied before him, and many were over Pbilistines and Ammonites oppress Irael. elhed on and wounded, even unto the cotring And material, Toalehe

son of Pugh the of the gate.

41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : son of Dodo, a man of Ifachar: and he and Zebul thrust out Goal & his brethren, dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephrain. that they should not dwell in Shechem. 2 And he judged Israel twenty and three

42 And it came to pass on the morrow, years, and died, and was buried in Shamit. that the people went out into the field, & 341 And after him arose Jair a Gileadite, they told Abimelech.

and judged Ifrael twenty and two years. And he took tite people, and divided 4 And he had thirty sons that rode on The into three companies, and laid wait


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Chap. xi.

Fepbtbabs covenant, thirty ass.colts, and they had thirty cities, Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt which are called Havoth-jair, unto this not inherit in our fathers house, for thou day, which are in the land of Gilead. art the son of a strange woman.

§ And Jair died, and was buried in Ca. 3. Then Jephthah ned from his brethren, mon.

and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there 6 And the children of Israel did evil were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and again in the fight of the LORD, and served went out with him. Baalim, and Athtaroth, and the Gods of 4 11. And it came to pa's in process of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, & the gods time that the children of Ammon made of Moab, and the gods of the children of war agaiott Ifrael. Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, 5 And it was so, that when the children and forfook the LORD, & served not him. of Ammon made war against Iracl, the el. And the anger of the LORD was hot ders of Gilead went to fetch Jephtbah out against Israel, and he fold them into the of the land of Tob: hands of the Philistines, & into the hands 6 And they said unto Jephthah, come of the children of Ammon.

and be our captain, that we may fight with 8. And that year they, vexed and op- the children of Animon. prelled the chikiren of Israel ; eighteen 7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of years, all the children of lírací that were Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me on the other fide Jordan, in the land of the out of my fathers house ? and why are ye Amorites, which is in Gilead.

come unto me now when ye are in distress? 9. Moreover, the children of Ammon 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto palled over Jordan, to fight also against Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to Judah, and against Benjamin, & against thee now, that thou mayelt go with us; & the house of Ephraim; so that Irael was fight against the children of

Ammon, and fore distrefied.

he our head over all the inhabitants of 10 | And the children of Ifrael cried Gilead. unto the LORD, saying, we have fioned 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of again't thee, börn because we have forfa- Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight ken our God, and also served Baalim, againtt the children of Ammon, and the

11 And the LORD said unto the children LORD deliver them before me, Mall I be of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the your head ? Egyptiars, and from the Ammorites, from 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto the children of Ammon, and from the Jephthah, the LORD be witness between Philistines?

us, if we do not so according to thy words. 12 The Zidonians also, and the Amale 11 Then Jephthah went with the elders kites, and the Maonites, did oppress you, of Gilead, and the people made him head and ye cried to me, and I delivered you and captain over them: and Jephthah utout of their hand.

tered all his words before the LORD in 13. Yet ye have forsaken me, and served Mizpeh. other gods : wherefore I will deliver you 12 || And Jephthah sent messengers upno more.

to the king of the children of Ammon, 14 Go and cry onto the gods which ye faying, what halt thou to do with me, have chosen ; let them deliver you in the that thou art come against me to fight in time of your tribulation,

my land ? 15 | And the children of Ifrael said un 13 And the king of the children of Am to the LORD, We have finned, do thou un. mon answered onto the messengers of Jeph. to us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee, thah, Because Israel took away my land deliver us only, we pray thee, this day. when they came up out of Egypt, from

16 And they put away the strange gods Arnon, even unro Jabbok, and unco Jora from among them, and served the LORD: dan: now therefore restore those bands ao and his soul was grieved for the misery of gain peaceably, Israel.

14 and Jephthah sert messengers again 17 Then the children of Ammon were ga, unto the king of the children of Ammon; thered together, and encamped in Gilead: 15 And said unto him, Thus faith Jeph. and the children of Israel 2 fembled them. thah, Israel took not away the land of MOselves together, & encamped in Mizpch. ab, nor the land of the children ofAmmon:

18 And the people and princes of Gilead 16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, Said one to another, What man ij be that and walked through the wildernels, unto will begin to fight against the children of the Red-fea, and came to Kadesh; Ammon? he thall be head over all the in. 19 Then Israel sent messengers unto the habitants of Gilead.

king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray C HA P. XI.

i tnce, pass through thy land: but the king 1 Fepbtbabs covenant witb Gilead, iz His of Edom would not hearken ibereto. And tresty witb Ammon.

in like manner they sent unto the king of mighty man of valour, & he was the rael abode in Kadesh. son of an harlot : and Gilead begat Jeph 18 Then they wert along through the thah.

wilderness, and compafled the land of E2 And Gileads wife bare him sons, and dom, and the land of Moab, and came by his wifes soos grew up, and they thrust out the cast-side of the land of Morb, and

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