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13 And aeon said unto him, Oh my Lord, where if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down; at her feet he bowed, he fell he bowed, there he fell down dead.

23 The mother of Sisera looked out at & which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not window, and cried through the lattice, Why the LORD bring us up from Egypt: but now is his chariot so long in coming? why tany the LORD hathi forsaken us, and delivered the wheels of his chariots? us into the hands of the Midianites.

29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she rétarned answer to herself,

14 And the LORD looked upon him. and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt 30 Have they not sped? have they not di-save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: vided the prey? to every man a damsel or have not I sent thee?

two, to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, of divers colours of needle-work, of divers co-wherewith shall I save Israel behold, my lours of needle-work on both sides, meet for family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the the necks of them that take the spoil? least in my father's house.

31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years. CHAP. VI.

AND the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven


16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely 1 will be with thee, and thou shalt smite ine Midianites as one man.

17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a

sign that thou talkest with me,

13 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.

2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the chil- 19 And Gideon went in and made ready dren of Israel made them the dens which are in a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unthat the Midianites came up, and the Ama-to him under the oak, and presented it. lekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them:

4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza; and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,

8 That the LORD sent a prophet untɔ the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land:

10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice

And the angel of Goa said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth, and he did so.

21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in bis Land, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of This sight.

22 Aud when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord Gon' for because I have scen an angel of the LORD face to face.

25 And the LORD said unto him, Peace le Junto thee; fear not thou shalt not die. 21 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD,and called itJehovan-shaloin: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy fa ther's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it;

26 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrab, 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his serthat pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and vants, and did as the LORD had said unto his son Gideon thrashed wheat by the wine- him: and so it was, because he feared his press, to hide it from the Midianites. father's household, and the men of the city,

12 And the angel of the LORD appeared that he could not do it by day, that he did it unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is by night. with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

And when the men of the city arose

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early in the morning, behold, the altar of and afraid, let him return, and depart early Baa! was cast down, and the grove was cut from mount Gilead. And there returned of down that was by it, and the second bullock the people twenty and two thousand, and was offered upon the altar that was built. there reinained ten thousand.

29 And they said one to another, Who hath 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The done this thing? And when they enquired people are yet too many; bring them down and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Jo- unto the water, and I will try them for thee ash hath done this thing. there and it shall be, that of whom I say

50 Then the men of the city said unte Jo-junto 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 use he hath cast down the altar of Baal, unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the - because he hath cut down the grove that same shall not go. cus by it.

5 So he brought down the people unto the And Joash said unto all that stood against water: and the LORD said unto Gidron, im, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save Every one that lappeth of the water with Lis n he that will plead for him, let him be tongue, as a dog lappeth him shalt thou set t to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be by himself; likewise every one that boweth god, let him plead for himself, because one down upon his knees to drink. hail cast down his altar. 6 And the number of them that lapped,

32 Therefore on that day he called him Je-putting their hand to their mouth, were ubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, three hundred men: but all the rest of the jecause he hath thrown down his altar. people bowed down upon their knees to

7 And the LORD said anto Gideon, By the

33 Then all the Midianites, and the Ama-drink water. rkites, and the children of the east, were gahered together, and went over, and pitched three hundred men that lapped will I save in the valley of Jezreel. you, and deliver the Midianites into thine 34 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. ezer was gathered after him.

35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt Jave Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the bor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel, every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men. And the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: 11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and 38 And it was so: for he rose up early on afterward shall thine hands be strengthened the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, to go down unto the host. Then went he and wringed the dew out of the fleece, aldown with Phurah his servant unto the outbowl-full of water

side of the armed men that were in the host 39 And Gideon said unto God. Let not 12 And the Midianites, and the Amale kites, hine 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 were without number, as be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the the sand by the sea side for multitude. ground let there be dew.

40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.


13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley-bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and the tent lay along. smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that

THEN for HEN Jerubbaai. (who is Gedeon,) and ap early, and pitched beside the well of Ha- 14 And his fellow answered and said, 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 hill of Mo-son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his reh, in the valley. hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the

2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The host. people that are with thee are too many for 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard me to give the Midianites into their hands, the telling of the dream, and the interpretatest Israel vaunt themselves against me, say-tion thereof, that he worshipped, and returnag, Mine own hand hath saved me. ed into the host of Israel, and said, Arise;

3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears for the LORD hath delivered into your hand of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful the host of Midian.


5 And he said unto the men of Succoth 16 A he divided the three hundred men 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 that follow me; for they be faint, and am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmúnna. and lamps within the pitchers. kings of Midian.

17 And he said unto them. Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be, that as I do, so shall ye do.

13 When Ihlow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me. then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

131 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch : and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thune hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?

7 And Gideon said, Therefore, when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness, and with briers.

8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him.

9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, will break down this tower.

20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trum-I 10 Now Zebali and Zalmunna were ir pets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all Gideon. 21 And they stood every man in his place the hosts of the children of the east: for there round about the camp: and all the host ran, fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. and cried, and fled. 11 And Gideon went up by the way of 92 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword them that dwelt in tents, on the east of Noagainst his fellow, even throughout all the bah and Jogbelah, and smote the host: for host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in the host was secure. Zererath, and to the border of Abel-mehalali,] unto Tabbath.

12 And when Zebali and Zalmunna fled, The pursued after them, and took the two 23 And the men of Israel gathered them-kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, selves together out of Naphtali, and out of and discomfited all the host. Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued efter the Midianites.

13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 14 And caught a young man of the men 24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down of Succoth, and enquired of him and he 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 and all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves seventeen men. together, and took the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.

15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zahnunna, 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 Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb, they slew at hand, that we should give bread unto thy the wine-press of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, men that are weary? and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.


ND the men of Ephraim said unto him, A Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.

16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel

and slew the men of the ce

18 Then said he unto' Zebah and Za. munna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor' And 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 han the vintage of Abi-ezer?

3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him when he had said that.

4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and pass ed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.


19 And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LoRu liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

20 And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and slay them: but the youth drew not kis sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth.

21 Tnen Zebal and Zalmume said. Pise thou, and fall upon as for as the man is, so

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Es his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew or that one reign over you? remember also Zebab and Zalmunna, and took away the or-that I am your bone and your flesh. naments that were on their camel's necks. 3 And his mother's brethren spake of him 22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gi- in the ears of all the men of Shechem all deon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy these words: and their hearts 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 cali u to them. I will not 4 And they gave him threescore and ten rule over you, neither shay sonra over pics of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, you: the LORD shall rule over you. wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would persons which followed 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 Ophrah, 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 Jo

25 And they answered, We will willingly thiam the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left ; give them. And they spread a garment, for he hid himself.

and did cast therein every man the ear-rings| 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered of his prey. together, and all the house of Millo, and

26 And the weight of the golden ear-rings went and made Abimelech king, by the plain that he requested was a thousand and seven of the pillar that was in Shechem hundred shekels of gold, besides ornaments. 7 And when they told it to Jotham, he and collars, and purple raiment that was on went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, the kings of Midian, and besides the chains and lifted up his voice and cried, and said un that cere about their camels' necks. Ito them. Hearken unto me, ye men of She chem, that God may bearken unto you.

27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it which thing became a suare unto Gideon, and to his house.

The trees went forth on a time to anoint king over them; and they said unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us.



9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Should 231 Thus was Midian subdued before the I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they children of Israel, so that they lifted up their honour God and man, and go to be heads no more: and the country was in!ted over the trees? quietness forty years in the days of Gideon. 10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, and reign over us.

¶ And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.

But the fig tree said unto them, Should forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine that was in She-Come thou, and reign over us. chem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

1 Then said the trees unto the vine,

13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and 321 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 Joash his father, in Ophrah of the ble, Come thou, and reign over us. Abi-ezrites.

3 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baal-berith their god.

34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, whe had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:

35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel. CHAP. IX.

ND Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal

A went to Shechem, unto his mother's breth ren, and communed with them, and with ail the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,

2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sous of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten person, reign over you,

15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then cone and put your trust in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands;

17 (For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;

18 And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have sla his sons, three

score and to persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)

19 If ye then have dealt truly and sincere. ¡y with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelecn, and le him also rejoice in you

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20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.

21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,

23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech :

said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of
mountains as if they were men.

37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See, there come people down by the middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim.

33 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? Is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out. I pray now, and fight with them. 39 And Gaal weat out, before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled 24 That the cruelty done to the threescore before him; and many were overthrown and and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Årumah and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that of Shechem, which aided him in the killing they should not dwell in Shechem. of his brethren.

25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them; and it was told Abimelech,

26 And Gaal the son of bed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the menof Shechem put their confidence in him.

27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made me,y, and went into the house of their god and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.

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12 And it came to pass on the morrow that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.

43 And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and boked, and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and smote them.

44 And Abimelech, and the company that was with him,rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies ran upon all the peop ie that were in the fields, and slew them.

45 And Abimelech fought against the city 23 And Gaal the seu of Ebed said, Who! is Abimelech, and who is Snechem, that we all that day; and he took the city, and slew should serve him Is not he the son of Jerab- the people that was therein, and beat down baal? and Zebal his officer: Serve the men the city, and sowed it with salt. 46 And when all the men of the tower of Hamor the father of Shechem; of Shechem heard that, they entered into an should we serve hira? 29 And would to God this people were un-hold of the house of the god Berith. der my hand then would I remove Abinelech. And he said to Abimelecn, increase thine army, and come out.

30 And when Zebul, the ruler of the city, neard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.

31 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed, and his brethren, be come to Shechem; and, bebold, they fortify the city against thee.

32 Now therefore, up by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field;

33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and set upon the city; and, behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them as thou shall find occasion.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.

43 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he, and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him' What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done.

49 And all the people likewise cut down every man his hough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them: so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.

50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez; and took it.

51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.

34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that we with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies. 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, 52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city; and Abimelech rose up and the peo- and fought against it, and went hard unto ple that were with him, from lying in wait. the door of the tower, to burn it with fire. 53 And a certain woman cast a piece of 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all from the top of the nontains. And Zebul break his scull.


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