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214 The Israelites wickedness, &c. JUDGES. Their obstinate idolatry.

2 And ye shall make no league with the out of the way which their fathers walked inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw || in, obeying the commandments of the down their altars : but ye have not obey- || | LORD ; but they did not so. ed my voice : why have ye done this? 18 And when the LORD raised them

3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive || :p judges, then the LORD was with the them out from before you; but they shall judge, and delivered them out of the be as thorns in your sides, and their gods | hand of their enemies all the days of the shall be a snare unto you.

judge: (for it repented the Lord because 4 And it came to pass, when the angel of their groanings by reason of them that of the LORD spake these words unto all oppressed them and vexed them.) the children of Israel, that the people 19 And it came to pass, when the judge lifted up their voice, and wept.

was dead, that they returned, and cor5 And they called the name of that rupted themselves more than their fathers, place Bochim; and they sacrificed there in following other gods to serve them, and anto the LORD.

to bow down unto them; they ceased not 6 | And when Joshua had let the people from their own doings, nor from their go, the children of Israel went every man stubborn way. unto his inheritance to possess the land. 20 9 And the anger of the LORD was

7 And the people served the LORD all || hot against Israel; and he said, Because the days of Joshua, and all the days of that this people hath transgressed my covthe elders that outlived Joshua, who had enant which I commanded their fathers, seen all the great works of the LORD, and have not hearkened unto my voice ; that he did for Israel.

21 I also will not henceforth drive out 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the ser- | any from before them of the nations rant of the Lord, died, being an hundred ) wlich Joshua left when he died : and ten years old

| 22 That through them I may prore Is9 And they buried him in the border i rael, whether they will keep the way of of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers the mount of Ephraim, on the north side | did keep it, or not. of the hill Gaash.

10 And also all that gencration were | tions, without driving them out hastily, gathered unto their fathers : and there || neither delivered he them into the hand arose another generation after them, | of Joshua. which knew not the LORD, nor yet the ||

CHAP. III. works which he had done for Israel. 1 The nations left to firove Israel. 5 By

11 1 And the children of Israel did communion with them they commit idola evil in the sight of the LORD, and served fry. 8 Of Othniel, 12 Ehud, 31 Shamgar. Baalim :

N OW these are the nations which the 12 And they forsook the LORD God TV LORD left, to prove Israel by them, of their fathers, which brought them out || (even as many of Israel as had not known of the land of Egypt, and followed other || all the wars of Canaan; gods, of the gods of the people that were 2 Only that the generations of the chilround about them, and bowed them- || dren of Israel might know to teach them sclves unto them, and provoked the LORD war, at the least such as before knew to anger,

nothing thereof;) 13 And they forsook the LORD, and 3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, served Baal and Ashtaroth.

and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, 14 | And the anger of the LORD was and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebhot against Israel, and he delivered them anon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the into the hands of spoilers that spoiled l entering in of Hamath. them, and he sold them mto the hands 4 And they were to prove Israel by of their enemies round about, so that | them, to know whether they would hearkthey could not any longer stand before I en unto the commandments of the LORD, their enemies.

which he commanded their fathers by the 15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of Moscs. hand of the LORD was against them for 5 | And the children of Israel dwelt evil, as the LORD had said, and as the among the Canaanites, Hittites, and AmLORD had sworn unto them: and they orites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and were greatly distressed.

Jebusites : 16 | Nevertheless the LORD raised up 16 And they took their daughters to he judges, which delivered them out of the their wives, and gave their daughters to hand of those that spoiled them.

their sous, and served their gods. 17 And yet they would not hearkeu 1 7 And the children of Israel did evil in unto their judges, but they went a whor- || the sight of the LORD, and forgat the ing after other gods, and bowed them- | LORD their God, and served Baalim, and -elves unto them: they turned quickly Il the groves.

Gthniel delivereth Israel. CHAP. IV. Shamgar slayeth the Philistines. 215

8 9 Therefore the anger of the LORD! 24 When he was gone out, his serwas hot against Israel, and he sold them. vants camc; and when they saw that, beinto the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king hold, the doors of the parlour were lockof Mesopotamia : and the children of Is- ed, they said, Surely he covereth his feet rael served Chushan-rishathaim eight || in his summer-chamber. fears.

25 And they tarried till they were 9 And when the children of Israel cried ashamed : and behold, he opened not the into the LORD, the LORD raised up a l doors of the parlour, therefore they took deliverer to the children of Israel, who a key and opened them: and behold, their delivered them, even Othniel the son of || lord was fallen down dead on the earth. Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

26 And Ehud escaped while they tarri10 And the spirit of the LORD came ed; and passed beyond the quarries, and upon him, and he judged Israel, and went || escaped unto Seirath. out to war: and the LORD delivered Chu 27 And it came to pass when he was shan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into | come, that he blew a trumpet in the his hand; and his hand prevailed against mountain of Ephraim, and the children Chushan-rishathaim.

of Israel went down with him from the 11 And the land had rest forty years: mount, and he before them. and Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

28 And he said unto them, Follow after 12 f And the children of Israel did evil me : for the Lord hath delivered your again in the sight of the LORD: and the enemies the Moabites into your hand. LORD strengthened Eglon the king of And they went down after him, and took Moab against Israel, because they had the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and done evil in the sight of the LORD.

suffered not a man to pass over. 13 And he gathered unto him the 29 | And they slew of Moab at that children of Ammon and Amalek, and time about ten thousand men, all lusty, went and smote Israel, and possessed the and all men of valour : and there escapcity of palm-trees.

ed not a man. 14 So the children of Israel served Eg 30 So Moab was subdued that day unlan the king of Moab eighteen years. der the hand of Israel: and the land had

15 But when the children of Israel cri rest fourscore years ed unto the LORD, the LORD raised them 31 [ And after him was Shamgar the ap a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a son of Anath, which slew of the PhilisBenjamite, a man left-handed : and by tines six hundred men with an ox-goad; him the children of Israel sent a present and he also delivered Israel. unto Eglon the king of Moab.

CHAP. IV. 16 But Ehud made him a dagger which || 1 Deborah and Barak deliver Israel from had two edges, of a cubit length; and Jabin and Sisera. 18 Jael killeth Sisera. he did gird it under his raiment upon his AND the children of Israel again did right thigh.

A evil in the sight of the LORD when 17 And he brought the present unto | Ehud was dead. Egian king of Moab: and Eglon was a | 2 And the LORD sokl them into the Very fat man.

hand of Jabin king of Canaan that reign13 And when he had made an end to ed in Hazor, the captain of whose host offer the present, he sent away the people was Sisera, which dwelt in Haroshieth of that bare the present.

the Gentiles. 19 But he himself turned again from 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, the LORD; for he had nine hundred charI have a sccret crrand unto thee, U king: iots of iron ; and twenty years he mightwho said, Keep silence. And all that ily oppressed the children of Israel. stood by him went out from him.

| 4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife 20 And Ehud came unto him ; and he of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. was sitting in a summer-parlour, which 5 And she dwelt under the palm-treehe had for himself alone: and Ehud said, I of Deborah, between Ramah and Beth-el I have a message from God unto thee. | in mount Ephraim ; and the children of And he arose out of his seat.

Israel came up to her for judgment. 21 And Eliud put forth his left hand, || 6 And she sent and called Barak the and took the dagger from his right thigh, son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and thrust it into his belly:

and said unto him, Hath not the LORD 22 And the haft also went in after the 1. God of Israel commandecl, saying, Go, blade: and the fat closed upon the blade, and draw toward mount Tabor, and so that he could not draw the dagger out take with thee ten thousand men of the of his belly ; and the dirt came out. | children of Naphtali, and of the children

23 Then Ehud went forth through the of Zebulun? porch, and shut the doors of the parlour il 7 And I will draw unto thice, to the upon him, and locked them.

I river Kishon, Sisera the captain of Jabin's

216 Jael killeth Sisera.

JUDGES. The song of Deborah and Barak. army, with his chariots and his multitude; || the nail into his temples, and fastened it and I will deliver him into thine hand into the ground : for he was fast asleep,

8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt and weary. So he died. go with me, then I will go : but if thou 22 And behold, as Barak pursued Siwilt not go with me, then I will not go. sera, Jael came out to meet him, and said

9 And she said, I will surely go with unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the thee : notwithstanding the journey that man whom thou seekest. And when he thou takest shall not be for thine honour; || came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the dead, and the nail was in his temples. hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, 23 So God subdued on that day Jabin and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10 s And Barak called Zebulun and Israel. Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with 24 And the hand of the children of Isten thousand men at his feet: and Deborael prospered, and prevailed against Jaralı went up with him.

bin the king of Canaan, until they had 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which cvas li destroyed Jabin king of Canaan. of the children of Hobab the father-in-law

CHAP. V. of Moses, had severed himself from the The song of Deborah and Barak. Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the THEN sang Deborah and Barak the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. | 1 son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak || 2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount of Israel, when the people willingly offerTabor.

ed themselves. 13 And Sisera gathered together all his 3 Hear, () ye kings; give ear, 0 ye chariots, even nine hundred chariots of princes ; I, even I, will sing unto the iron, and all the people that were with Lord; I will sing praise to the LORD him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto God of Israel. the river of Kishon.

4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; || when thou marchedst out of the field of for this is the day in which the LORD hath Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavdelivered Sisera into thine hand : is not ens dropped, the clouds also dropped wathe LORD gone out before thee? So Barakter. went down from mount Tabor, and ten 5 The mountains melted from before thousand men after him.

15. And the LORD discomfited Sisera, il the LORD God of Israel. and all his chariots, and all his host, with 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of the edge of the sword before Barak: so || Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, were unoccupied, and the travellers walkand fled away on his feet.

ed through by-ways · 16 But Barak pursued after the chari-li 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, ots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of they ceased in Israel, until that I Debothe Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera rah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. fell upon the edge of the sword; and there 8 They chose new gods; then tas war was not a man left.

in the gates : was there a shield or spear 17 Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his seen ainong forty thousand in Israel? feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber 9 My heart is toward the governors of the Kenite: for there was peace between Israel that offered themselves willingly Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of among the people : Bless ye the LORD. Heber the Kenite.

10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye 18 | And Jael went out to meet Sisera, that sit in judgment, and walk by the way. and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn 11 They that are delivered from the in to me; fear not. And when he had noise of archers in the places of drawing turned in unto her into the tent, she cov- || water, there shall they rehearse the rightered him with a mantle.

lleous acts of the LORD, even the righteous 19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray | acts toward the inhabitants of his villages thee, a little water to drink; for I am || in Israel : then shall the people of the thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, || LORD go clown to the gates. and gave him drink, and covered him. 12 Awake, awake, Deborah ; awake.

20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the awake, utter a song: arisc, Barak, and door of the tent, and it shall be, when any l lead thy captivity captive, thou son of inan doth come and inquire of thee, and | Abinoam. say, Is there any man here? that thou 13 Then he made him that remaineti shalt say, No.

have dominion over the nobles among the

of the tent, and took an hanımer in her lion over the mighty. hand, and went softly unto him, and smote" 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of The song of Deborah and Barak. Cuap. VI. Israel oppressed by Midian. 217 Chem against Amalek ; after thee, Benja- || LORD : but let them that love him be as min, among thy people ; out of Machir | the sun when he goeth forth in his might. came down governors, and out of Zebu | And the land had rest forty years. lun they that handle the pen of the writer.

| CHAP. VI. 15 And the princes of Issachar were 1 The Israelites for their sin are oppresswith Deborah : even Issachar, and also ed by Midian. 8 Aprophet rebuketh Barak: he was sent on foot into the val them. 11 Gideon delivereth them. ley. For the divisions of Reuben there A ND the children of Israel did evil in were great thoughts of heart.

A the sight of the LORD: and the 16 Why abodest thon among the sheep LORD delivered them into the hand of folds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks ? || Midian seven years. For the divisions of Reuben there were | 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed great searchings of heart.

against Israel: and because of the Midi17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and anites the children of Israel made them why did Dan remain in ships? Asher con the dens which are in the mountains, and tinuied on the sea-shore, and abode in his caves, and strong holds. breaches

3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a peo that the Midianites came up, and the ple that jeoparded their lives unto the Amalekites, and the children of the east, death in the high places of the field. even they came up against them;

19 The kings came and fought, then 4 And they encamped against them, fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach and destroyed the increase of the earth, by the waters of Megiddo; they took no till thou come unto Gaza; and left no gain of money.

sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor 20 They fought from heaven; the stars ox, nor ass. in their courses fought against Sisera. I 5 For they came up with their cattle

21 The river of Kishon swept them a- || and their tents, and they came as grassway, that ancient river, the river Kishon. hoppers for multitude ; for both they and O my soul, thou hast trodden down their camels were without number : and strength.

they entered into the land to destroy it. 22 "Then were the horse-hoofs broken 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished by the means of the prancings, the pranc | because of the Midianites; and the chil, ings of their mighty ones.

dren of Israel cried unto the LORD. 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of || 71 And it came to pass, when the the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabit- || children of Israel cried unto the LORD ants thereof; because they came not to || because of the Midianites, the help of the LORD, to the help of the 8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto LORD against the mighty.

the children of Israel, which said unto 24 Blessed above women shall Jael the them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall I brought you up from Egypt, and brought she be above women in the tent.

you forth out of the house of bondage ; 25 He asked water, and she gave him 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of milk ; she brought forth butter in a lord the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all ly dish.

that oppressed you, and drave them out * 26 She put her hand to the nail, and from before you, and gave you their land; her right hand to the workman's hammer; 10 And I said unto you, I am the and with the hammer she smote Sisera, LORD your God; fear not the gods of she smote off his head, when she had pierc the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell ; ed and stricken through his temples. but ye have not obeyed my voice.

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he 11 1 And there came an angel of the lay down : at her feet he bowed, he fell: | LORD, and sat under an oak which was where he bowed, there he fell down dead. || in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the

28 The mother of Sisera looked out at | Abi-ezrite : and his son Gideon threshed a window, and cried through the lattice, wheat by the wine-press, to hide it from Why is his chariot so long in coming the Midianites. why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared

29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, ll unto him, and said unto him, The LORD she returned answer to herself,

is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 30 Have they not sped: have they not di 13 And Gideon said unto him, O my vided the prey ; to every man a damsel or Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, ll is all this befallen us? and where be all a prey of divers colours of needle-work, | his miracles which our fathers told us of,

divers colours of needle-work on both saying, Did not the Lord bring us up sides, meet for the necks of them that take | from Egypt? but now the LORD hath for the spoil?

saken 15, and delivered us into the hands 31 So let all thing enemies perish, o ll of the 2.lidianitęs.

218 Gideon delivereth the Israelites. JUDGES.

Gideon's fleece : 14 And the Lord looked upon him, || Baal was cast down, and the grove was and said, Go in this thy might, and thou || cut down that was by it, and the second shalt save Israel from the hand of the Mid-bullock was offered upon the altar that ianites : have not I sent thee?

tvas built. . 15 And he said unto him, O my LORD, 29 And they said one to another, Who · wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my || hath done this thing? And when they

family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the | inquired and asked, they said, Gideon least in my father's house.

the son of Joash hath done this thing. 16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely | 30 Then the men of the city said unto I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may the Midianites as one man.

die : because he hath cast down the altar 17 And he said unto him, If now I of Baal, and because he hath cut down have found grace in thy sight, then shew. ll the grove that was by it. me a sign that thou talkest with me. 31 And Joash said unto all that stood a

18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I gainst him, Will ye plead for Baal ? will I come unto thee, and bring forth my || ve save him? he that will plead for him, let present, and set it before thee. And he him be put to death whilst it is yet mornsaid, I will tarry until thou come again. ing: if he be a god, let him plead for him

19 And Gideon went in, and made self, because one hath cast down his altar. ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an 32 Therefore on that day he called ephah of flour : the flesh he put in a bas- || him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead ket, and he put the broth in a pot, and against him, because he hath thrown brought it out unto him under the oak, down his altar. and presented it.

33 | Then all the Midianites, and the 20 And the angel of God said unto | Amalekites, and the children of the east him, Take the flesh and the unleavened were gathered together, and went over, cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. pour out the broth. And he did so.

34 But the Spirit of the LORD came 21 | Then the angel of the Lord put upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; forth the end of the staff that was in his and Aliezer was gathered after him. hand, and touched the flesh and the un 35 And he sent messengers throughout leavened cakes ; and there rose up fire all Manasseh ; who also was gathered afout of the rock, and consumed the flesh || ter him: and he sent messengers unto Ashand the unleavened cakes. Then the an er, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphgel of the LORD departed out of his tali; and they came up to meet them. sight.

36 s And Gideon said unto God, if thou 22 And when Gideon perceived that he || wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, || hast said, Alas, () LORD God! for because I have 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in seen an angel of the Lord face to face the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece on

23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace || ly, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, be unto thee; fear not : thou shalt not die. || then shall I know that thou wilt save Is

24 Then Gideon built an altar there || rael by mine hand, as thou hast said. unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah 38 And it was so : for he rose up early shalom: unto this day it is yet in Oph- l on the morrow, and thrust the fleece rah of the Abi-ezrites.

together, and wringed the dew out of the 25 | And it came to pass the same night, || fleece, a bowl-full of water. that the Lord said unto him, Take thy 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not father's young bullock, even the second thine anger be hot against me, and I will bullock of seven years old, and throw | speak but this once: Let me prove, I pray down the altar of Baal that thy father thee, but this once with the fleece; let hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: it now be dry only upon the fleece, and

26 And build an altar unto the LORD | upon all the ground let there be dew. thy God upon the top of this rock, in 940 And God did so that night : for it the ordered place, and take the second | was dry upon the fleece only, and there bullock, and offer a burnt-sacrifice with was dew on all the ground. the wood of the grove which thou shalt

CHAP. VII. cut down.

1 Gideoni's army. 9 He is encouraged 27 Then 'Gideon took ten men of his by the dream, and interpretation of the servants, and did as the Lord had said barley-cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb. unto him : and so it was, because he fear THEN Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) and ed his father's household, and the men of | 1 all the people that were with him, the city, that he could not do it by day, | rose up early, and pitched beside the well that he did it by night.

ll of Harod : so that the host of the Midi28 | And when the men of the city arose | anites were on the north side of them bv early in the morning, behold, the citar of the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

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