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Abimelecka
CHAP. IX.

mude king. ing alter Baalim, and made Baal-berith go to be promoted over the trees? llicir god.

10 And the lrecs said to the fig-tree,
34 And the children of Israel remem- Come thou, and reign over us.
bered not the LORD their God, who 11 But the sig tree said unto them,
had delivered them out of the hands of Should I forsake my sweetness, and
all tlieir enemies on every side: my good fruit, auid go to be promote

35 Neitlier sliewed they kinduces to over the trees?
Llic house of Jerrubbaal, namely, Gid. 12 Then said the trees unto the vine,
eon, according to all the goodness Come thou, and reign orer us.
which he had oliewed unto Israel. 13 And the vie said unto them,
CHAP. IX.

Should I leave my wine which cheer.
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mother's brethren, and communed 1+ Then suid all the trees unto the
with them, and wich all the family of brambic, Corne thou, and reign over
the house of his mother's father, say- us.
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15 And tlie bramble said unto the
2 Speak, I pay you, in the ea13 of trees, I in truth ye anoint me king
all the men of Shechem, Whether is over you, then come and put your
better for you, either that all the sons trust in my aliadow: and it' not, let
of Jerubbaal, whichare thireescore and fire come out of the bramble, and de:
ten persons, reign over you, or that rour the cellars of Lebanon.
one reign over you? remeinber also 16 Now therefore, if ye have done
that I am your bone and your tiesli. truly and sincerely, in that ye have

3 and his mother's brethren spake of made Abimelech king, and il ye bave hiin in the ears of all the nien of She-dealt well with Jerubbaal and his chem all these words: and their hearts bouse, and have done unto bim accopa iuclined to follow Abimelech; for they lling to the deserving o? bis lands; said, He is our brother.

17 (For my father fought for you and 4 And they gave liim threescore and adventured his life lar, ani delivered ten pieces of silver out of the house of you out of the land of Midian; Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech 18 And ye are risen up against my luired rain and light persons, which father's liouse this day, and have slain followed him.

bis sons, threescore and ten persona, 6 And he went unlo liis father'aliouse upon one stone, and have madı Abimat Oplıralı, and slew his brethren, the elech, the son of his naid-serrat, cons of Jerubbaal, being threescore king over the men of Shechein, bxe and ten persons, upou one stone: 101.cause he is your brother:) withstanding yet Jotham the youngest 19 Il'ye then have dealt truly ang Bon of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his himself.

house this day, then rejoice ye in O And all the men of Shechem gath-Abimelecli, and let liiin also rcjono cred together, and all the house or in you: Millo, and went, and made Abimelech 20 But if not, let fire come out from king, by the plain of the pillar that Abimelech, and devour the inen of was in Shechem.

Shechem, and the house of Millo; and 7 1 And when they told it to Jotham, let are come out from the men of She. he went and stood in the top of mount chem, and from the house of Millo, Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and and devour Abimelech. cried, and said unto them, Hearken 21 And Joulam ran away, and fied, unto me, yemen of Shechem, that God and went to Beor, and dwelt there, Bor may hcarken unto you.

fear of Abiinelecl his brother. 8 The trees went forth on a time to 22 11 When Abimelech had reigned nnoint a king over theni; and they three years over Israel. said unto the olive-tree, Reign thou 23 Then God sent an evil spirit be

tween Abinielech and the men of 9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Shechem; and the men of Shechem Should I leave my fitness, wherewidi dealt treacherously with Abimelech by me they honour Gort and man, and ( 24 Tuat the cruelty done to the three

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Gaal overcome score and ten sons of Jerubbaal night, 36 And when Gaal saw the people, come, and their blood be Inid upon he said lo Zebul, Behold, there come Abiinelecli their brother, which slew people down from the top of the moun. them; and upon the men of Slechem, tains, and Zebul said unto bian, Thoy which aided him in the killing of bis seest the shadow of the mountains is brelliren.

if they vere men. 25 And the men of Shechiem set liers 37 And Gaal spake again and said, in wait for lim in the top or llie moun. See there come people down by ube tains, and they robbed all that came middle of the land, and another comalong that way by them; and it was pany come along by the plain of Meotold Abimelech.

26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came 38 Then said Zebulunto bim, Where with his brethren, und went over to is now thy mouth, wlierewith tliou Shechem: and the men of Suechem saidat, Who is Abimelech, that we put their confidence in liim.

should serve bim i is not this the peo27 And they went out into the fields, ple that thou hast despised ? go out, i and yatbered their vineyards,and trode pray now, ud fight with them. the grapes, und made merry,and went 39 And Gival went out before the mcı into the house of their god, and did of Shechem, and sought with Abimeeat and drink, and cursel Abimelech, lech. 28 And Gital the son of Ebed said, 10 And Abimelech chased bim, and Who is Abimelech, and who is She-be fed before him; and many were chem, that we should serve him? is overthrown and wounded, even unto not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Ze- the entering of the gate. bui his officer? serve the men of Ha- 41And Abimelech dwelt at Arumal : mor llie father of Shechem: for why and Zebul thrust out Gaal and liis gliould we serve him?

brethren, that they should not dwell 29 And would to God this people in Shechem. were under my hand! then would 1 12 And it caine to pass on the inore remove Abimelech. And he said to row, that the people went out into the Abimelech, Increase thine army, and field; and they told Abimelech.

13 Aod he took the people, and divi. 30 1 And when Zebul the ruler of ded them into three companies, and tbe city heard the words of Gaal the laid wait in the field, and looked, and, son of Ebed, his anger was kindled. bebold, the people were come sortli 31 And lie sünt messengers unto out of the city; and le rose up against Abunelech privily, saying, Beliold, them, and emote them. Gaal the soti of Ebed, and his breth-44 And Abimelech, and the company ren, be come to Shechem; and, behold, that was with him, rushed forward, tbey fortify the city against thee. and stood in the entering of the gate

32 Now therefore up by ght, lhou of the city: and the two other compás and the people that is with thee, and nies ran upon all the people that were lie in wait in the fiel;

in the fields, and slew them. 33 And it shall be, that in the morn- 45 And Abimelech fought against the ing as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt city all that day; and he took the city', rise early, and set upon the cils; and, and slew the people that was thereill, behold, when bie and the people that is and beat down the city, and sowed it with him come out against thee, then with salt. mayest 1.hou do to them as thou shalt 46 | And when all the men of the find occasion.

tower or Shechem lieard that, they 34 | And Abimelech rose up, and entered into a hold of the nouse of the all the people that were with him, by god Berith. night, and they laid wait against She-47 And it was told Abimelech, that chem in four companies.

all the incn of the tower of Shecheni 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went were gathered together. out, and stood in the entering of the 48 And Abimelech gat him up to gate of the city: and Abimelech rose mount Zalmon, lie and all the people up, and the people that were with that were with hin; and Abimelech him, from lying in wait.

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Tola and Jair

CHAP. X.

judge Israce. a bouglı fivin the trees, and took it, junto this day, which are in the land and laid it on his shonlder, and said of Gilead. unto the people that were with him, 6 And Jair died, and was buried in What ye lave seen me do, make laste, Camon. and do as I have done.

61 And the children of Israel did 49 And all the people likewise cut evil again in the sight of the Lono, down every man his bough, and fol. and served Baalim and Ashtarotli, and lowed Abimelech, and put them to the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zithe hold, and set the hold on fire upon don, and the gods of Moab, and the them; so that all the men of the tow. gods of the children of Aininon, and er of Shechem died also, about a thou- the gods of the Philistines,and sorsook sand men and women.

the LORD, and served not hiin. 50 T Then weut Abimelech to The- 7 And the anger of the LORD was bor bez, and encamped against Thebez, against Israel, and he sold them into and took ito

the lands of the Philistincs, and into 61 But there was'a strong tower with the lands of shie children of Ainmon. in the city, and thither fled all the men 8 and that year they vexed and opand women, and aii :!ey of the city, pressed the children of Israel eighteen and shut it to thes, and gat them up years, all the children of Israel that to the top of the to:ver.

were on the other side Jordan, in the 52 And Abimelech cane unto the land of the Amorites, wliicb is in toiver, and sought against it, and went Gilead. jard unto the door of llie tower to 9 Nloreover the children of Ammon burn it with fire.

passed over Jordan to fight also against 53 An a certain woman cast a piece Juilalı, and against Benjamin, and of a millstone upon Abimelech's licad, aglinst the house of Ephraim; so that and all to break his scull.

Ismael was sore distressed. 51 Then he called hastily unto the 10 | Aud children of Israel cricu young man leis armour-bearer, and unto the LORD, saying, We have ginsaid unto bin, Draw thy sword, and ned against thee, boli because we slay me, that men say not of me, A have forsakeo our God, and also serv: woman slew him. And his young man cd Baalim. thrust him through, and he died. 11 And the Lord said unto the chil.

55 And wlien the inen of Israel saw dren of Israel, Did not I deliver you that Abimelech was dead, they depart from the Egyptians, and from the Am. ed every man unto his place. orites, from the children of Ammon,

56 T Thus God rendered the wicked and from the Philistines? ness of Abimelech, which he did unto 12 The Zidonians also,aud the Amalhis father, in slaying his seventy ekites, and the Maonites, did oppress brethren:

you; and ye cried to me, and I deliv 67 And all the evil of the men of ered you out of their hand. Shechein did God render upon their 13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and beads: and upon them came the curse served other gods: wliercfore I will of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal. deliver you no more. CHAP. X.

14 Go and cry unto the gods which A Millanter Abimelech there arose to we have chosen let them deliver you Pual, the son of Dodo, a man of Issa- 15 T And the children of Israel said, char;

and in unto the , : nount Ephrain.

thou unto us whatsoever seemeth gooi 2 And he judged Israel twenty and unto three; deliver us only, we pray three years, and died, and was buried thee, this day. in Shamir.

16 And tbey put away the strange 31 And after him arose Jair, a Gil gods from among them, and served cadite, and judged Israel twenty and the LORD: and his soul was griered two years.

for the misery of Israel. + And he had thirty aons that rode on 17 Then the children of Ammoul thirty 298-colts, and they had thirty were gathered together, and oncampcities, which are called Havoth jairled in Gilead: and the children of Is.

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JUDGES,

to the Immonites rael assembled theinselves together, unto the king of the children of Ain. and encainped in Mizpebi.

mon, Siying, What hast thou to do 18 And the people and princes of with me, ürat thou art come against Gilead said one to another, What man me to fight in my land? is he that will begin to figbt against tbe 13 And the king of the children of children of Aminon? be shall be head Aminon answeredunto the inessengers over all the inliabitants of Gilead.

of Jephthal, Becauselsrael took away

iny land, wheu they caune up out of CHAP. XI.

Egypt, froin Arnon even unto Jabbok, OW Jeplıthalithe Gileadite was a and unto Jordan: now therefore rea

mighty maa of valour, and he store those lands again peaceably. was tlie son of a liarlot: and Gilead 14 || And Jeputhalı gent messengers begat Jephtah.

again unto the king of the children of 2 And Gilead's wife bare bim sons: Ammon, and bis wile's sons grew up, and they 15 And said unto him, Thus saith thrust out Jephthals, and said unto Jephthah, Israel took not away the him, Thou shalt not inherit in our fa- land of Moab, nor the liud of the chilthers bouse; for thou art the son of a ren of Ammon; strange womnan.

16 But when Israel caine up from 3 Then Jephtbah fled from bis breth- Egypt, and walked through llie wil

and dwelt in the land of Tob: Jerness unto the Red Sea, and came to and there were gathered raiu meu to Kadesh; Jephthal, and went out with him. 17 Then Israel sent messengers unto

+ | And it came to pass in process of the king of Edoin, saying, Let me, time, that the children of Ammon pray thee, passibrough thy land: but made war against Israel.

the king of Edom would not hearken 5. And it was so; that when the chil. thereus. Aod in like manner they sent dren of Anmon made war against 19. unto the king of Noab; but lie would mel the elders of Gilead went to fetch not consent. and Israel abode in Ka Jephthah out of the land of Toby: desli. 6. And thcy said unto Jephthal, Come| 18 Then they went along through the aud be our captain, that we may fight wilderness, and compassed the land of with the children of Ammon.

Edoin, and the land of Moab, and 7 And Jephthal sud unto the elders caine by the east side of the land of of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and ex. Moab,and pitched on the other side of pel me out of my father's house? and Aruon, but caine not within the borwhy are ye come uato me now when der of Moab: for Arnon was the bor. ye are in distress?

der of deoabi 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto 19 Aod lsrael sent messengery unto Jephthal, Tberefore we turo ngain to Silon, king of the Ainorites, the king

that thou mayest go with or Heslbon; and Israel sail unto him, us, and fight against the children of Let us pass, we pray thee, though thy' Ammon, and be our bead over all the land unto my place. juhabitants of Gilead.

20BulSilion trusted not Israel to pass 9And Jephthalı said unto the elders or through his coast: but Sihon gathered Gilead, If ye bring me home again to all his people together and pitched in fight against the children of Ainmon, Jahaz, and fought against Israel. and the Lord deliver them before ine, 21 And the LORD God of Israel de. shall I be your head?

lived Silion and all his people into 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto the hand of Israel, and they smute Jephthah, The Lord be witness be-them: so Israel possessed all the land tween us, if we do not so according to of the Anorites, the inhabitants of thy words.

that country. 11 Tlien Jephthalı went with the el. 22 And they possessed all the coasts ders of Gilead, and the people made of the Anorites, froin Arion even unluim head and caplain over then: and to Jabbok, and from the wilderness Jephthalı uttered all his words before eren unto Jordan. the Lord in Mizpel.

2:3 So now the LORD God of Israel I! || And Jephthab sent messengers hati dispossessed the Ainorites from

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Jephthal makes
CHAP. XIL

arasli volo. hefore his people Israel, and slouldest her, that he rent his clothes, and said, thou possess it ?

Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought 24 W ilt not thou possess that wbicli me very low, and thou art one of thein Chemosli thy god giveth thee to pos. that trouble me: for 1 bave openert sess? So whoinsoever the LORD our toy mouth unto the LORD, and I canGod shall drive out from before us, not go

back, thein will we possess.

36 And olie said unto him, Myfather, 25 And now, ari tbou any thing bet. if thou hast opened thy inouth unto ter than Balak the son of Zippor, king tbe LORD, do lo ne according to that of Moab? did he ever strive against Is. which hath proceeded out of thy rael, or did lie ever fight against them, mouth; forasmuch as tbe LORD hath

26 While Israel dwelt in Heslibon Laken vengeance for thee of tbiae coeand her towns, and in Arner and her mies, even of the children of Ainmou. towns, and in all the ciues tliat be 37 And she said unto ber satber, Let uong by the coasts of Arnon, three this thing be done for me; let me hundred years? why therefore did ye alone two inontlis, that I may go up not recover them within the time?

and down upon the mountains, and 27 Wherefore I have not sinned a- bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. gainst thee, but thou doest me wrong to 38 And lie said, Go. And be sent war against me: the Lord the Judge her away for two months: and she be judge this day between the children went with her companions, and bewailor Israel and the children of Ammoned her virginity upon the mountains.

28 Howbeit the king of the children 39 And it came to pass at tbe end of of Aminon liearkencd not unto the two months, that she returned unto words of Jeplıtlah which he sent hin. her father, who did with lier according

29 | Then the Spirit of the LORD to his row which he had vowed: and came upon Jephthal, and he passed she knew no man. And it was a cusover Gilead and Manasseh, and passed tom in Isrnel, over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Miz 40 That the daughters of Israel went peh of Gilead lie passed over unto the yearly to lament the daughter of Jephchildren of ammon.

lihat the Gileadite four days in a year. 30 And Jephthalı rowed a row unto

CHAP, XII. LORDIf without fuil deliver the children of th: AND the men of Ephraim gathered

themselves together, and went mon into my hands,

worthwarıl, and said unto Jepnthan, 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever Wherelvre passedst thou over to fight comelli forth of the doors of my liouse against the children of Ainuon, and to meet me, when I return in peace didst not call us to go with thee we from the children of Ammon, shall will burn thy Louse upon tliee with surely be the LORD's, and I will offer tire. it up for a burnt-offering.

2 And Jephtbal said unto them, I and 32 | So Jephthab passed over unto my people were at great strise with the cluldren of Ammon to figlit against the children of Ammon; and when I them; and the LORD delivered them called you, ye delivered me not out of into his lands

their hands. 33 And he smote them from Aider, 3 And wben I saw that ye delivered even till thou come to Nlioneth, even me not, I put iny life in my hands, and twenty cities, and unto the plain of the passed over against the children of vineyards, with a very great slaughter.Ammon, and the LORD delivered them 'Thus the children of Ammon were into iny liand: wherefore then are ye subdued before the children of Is- come up unto me this day, to fight a. rael,

gainst me? 34 And Jephthalı came to Mizpel4 Then Jephthah gathered together unto his house, and, bebold, his daugh all the men of Gilead, and fought with ler came out to ineet him with time Ephraii: cuid the men of Gilead brels and with dances; and she was smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye fris only child: besides her he had nei. Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim aHier son nor daughter.

mong the Ephraimites, and among 30 And it came to pass, when he saw the Nanassites.

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