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225 Manoah's sacrifice. us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah ; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, .4rt thou the man that spakest unto the woman 2 And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him 2 13 And the angel of the LoRD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman, let her beware. 14 She may not eat of o thing that commeth of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing : all that I commanded her let her observe. 15 s. And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thce. 16. And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt-offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LoR D. 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee honour * 18 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why, askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? 19 So Manoah took a kid, with a meatoffering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lok D ; and the angel did wonderously, and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 21 But the angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then §. knew that he was an angel of the LoRD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LoR D were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt-offering and a meat-offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor
Samson is born,
would as at this time have told us such things as these. 24 || And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson. And the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Ashtaol. CHAP. XIV. 1 Samson desireth a wife of the Philistimes. 10 His |##"; 12 and riddle. 19 He shoileth thirty Philistines. ND Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. 3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife o the uncircumcised Philistines 2 And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. 4. But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel. 5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and behold, a young lion roared against him. 6 And the Spirit of the Lor D came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand : but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. 7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well. 8 || And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion. 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion. 10 s So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made thcre a feast; for so used the young men to do. 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 || And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you : if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:
Samson's riddle. CHAP
13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty, sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. 14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire : , have ye olod us to take that we have 2 Is it not &2 : 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee 2 17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him : and she o the riddle to the children of her e. 18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey 2 and what is stronger than a lion ? And he said unto them, If ye had not ploughed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle. 19 to And the Spirit of the Lok D came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which e ded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house. 20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his
friend. CHAP. XV. 1 Samson is denied his wife. 3. He burneth the Philistines corn. 9 He is bound by the men of Judah, and delivered to the Philistines. 14. He killeth them with a jaw-bone. B'. it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat-harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she take her I pray thee, instead of her. 3 * And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the
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4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took fire-brands, and turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand in the midst between two tails.
! 5 And when he had set the brands on
fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives. 6 * Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire. 7 's And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease. 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter. And he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. 9 || Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. 10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, Tobind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he bath done to us. 11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that wo may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistimes. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. 13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. 14 W.And when he came unto Lehi, the | Philistines shouted against him ; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. 15 And he found a new jaw-bone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 16 And Samson said, With the o: of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw. of an ass have I slain a thousand men. 17 And it came to pass when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast a. way the jaw-bone out of his hand, and oiled that place Ranaath-lehi. 18 "I And he was sore athirst, and call
Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
ed on the Lord, and said, Thou hast gvi. 228 Samson enticed by Delilah.
en this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised ? 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. 20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. Co. XVI. . 1 Samson carrieth away the gates of Gaza. 4 Delilah, corrupted by the Philistimes, enticeth him ; 15 and overcometh him. 21 The Philistines flut out his eves. 23 The manner of his death. HEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they com
passed him in, and laid wait for him all ||
night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning when it was day we shall kill him.
3 And Samson lay till midnight, and || arose at midnight, and took the doors of
the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. 4 || And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred flieces of silver. 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me,
I pray thee, wherein thy great strength |
tieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. 7. And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withes, that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines ". up to her seven green withes, which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9. (Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber.) And she said unto him, The Philistines he upon thee, Samson. . And he brake the withes as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. 19 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me
lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him there with, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. (And there were liers in wait abid|ing in the chamber.) And he brake them from off his arms like a thread. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web. 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out Phis sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web. 15 || And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? Thou hast mocked mc these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to o when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death ; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb : if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and . like any other man. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. 19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head ; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20 And she said, The Philistines be P. thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at | other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LoRD was departed from him. 21 || But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23 Then the lords of the Philistines, gathered them together, for to offer a Samson's death.
reat sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and ; rejoice: for they o Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
24 And when the o: saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country; which slew many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison-house ; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.
27 Now the house was full of men and women: and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made
28 And Samson called unto the LoRD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years. XHAP. XVII. 1 Micah restoring the stolen mon mother, she maketh images. 7 eth a Levite to be his firiest. ND there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursodst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me ; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LoRD, my son. 3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lok D from
to his e hir
my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee. 4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother ; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. 7 || And there was a }. man out of Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. 8 And the man departed out of the city from Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn where he could find a flace: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeved. 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou ? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a flace. 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man ; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord will dome good, seeing I have a Levite to mu priest. AP, XVIII. 1 The Danites send five men to seek out an inheritance. 27. They win Laish. IS those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in ; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. 2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there. 3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brou thee hither 2 and what makest thou in
this filace 2 and what hast thou here * 230 The sfies of Dan. 4 And he said unto them, Thus and
thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath
hired me, and I am his priest. 5 And they said unto him, Ask coun
sel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we goshall be p
rosperous. 6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LoRD is your way wherein ye go. 7 * Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that overe therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any main. 8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye * 9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them : for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. 10. When ye go, ye shall come unto a
God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth. 11 And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. 12 And they went up, and pitched in Kiriath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim. 13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah. 14 of Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image 2 now therefore consider what ye have to do. 15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him. 16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which :vere of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. 17. And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred o that overe appointed with weapons Of Wal’.
my gods which I made, and the
18 And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the ol.". and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye 2 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel 2 20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the terap im, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people. 21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones, and the cattle, and the carriage before them. 22 of And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that
were in the houses near to Micah's house . | Were the children of Dan.
athered together, and overtook 23 And they cried unto the children of
Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company ”
people secure, and to a large land: for ||
24 And he said, Ye have taken away ricst, and ye are gone away; and what have I more ? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee *
25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard amon us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, as thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
26 And the children of Dan went their "
way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house. 27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that overe at quiet and secure : and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire. 28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob. And they built a city and dwelt therein. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first. 30 || And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. 31 And they set them up Micah's graven image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.