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Gideon's stratagem.

CHAP. VII. The Midianites overthrown. 219 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, l) unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I The people that are with thee are too | dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barmany for me to give the Midianites into | ley-bread tumbled into the host of Midtheir hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves ian, and came unto a tent, and smhote it against me, saying, Mine own hand hath that it fell, and overturned it that the saved me.

tent lay along. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the 14 And his fellow answered, and said, ears of the people, saying, Whosoever This is nothing else save the sword of Gidis fearful and afraid, let him return and eon the son of Joash, a man of Israel : depart early from mount Gilead. And .for into his hand hath God delivered Midthere returned of the people twenty and liun, and all the host. two thousand; and there remained ten 15 | And it was so, when Gideon heard thousand

the telling of the dream, and the inter4. And the LORD said unto Gideon, pretation thereof, that he worshipped, The people are yet 100 many ; bring and returned into the host of Israel, and them down unto the water, and I will || said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered try them for thee there ; and it shall be, into your hand the host of Midian. that of whom I say unto thee, This shall 16 And he divided the three hundred go with thee, the same shall go with men into three companies, and he put a thee; and of whomsoever I say unto trumpet in every man's hand, with empthee, This shall not go with thee, the ty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. same shall not go

17 And he said unto them, Look on 5 So he brought down the people unto me, and do likewise : and behold, when the water: and the LORD said unto Gid- I come to the outside of the camp, it shall ean, Every one that lappeth of the wa- be that as I do, so shall ye do. ter with his tongue as a dog lappeth, || 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and him shalt thou set by himself; likewise all that are with me, then blow ye the every one that boweth down upon his trumpets also on every side of all the knees to drink.

camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, 6 And the number of them that lap and of Gideon. ped, pulting their hand to their mouth, 19 [ So Gideon, and the hundred men were three hundred men: but all the rest || that were with him, came unto the outof the people bowed down upon their side of the camp in the beginning of the knees to drink water.

middle watch ; and they had but newly 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, I set the watch : and they blew the trumBy the three hundred men that lapped pets, and brake the pitchers that were in will I save you, and deliver the Midian their hands. ites into thine hand : and let all the other 20 And the three companies blew the people go every man unto his place. trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and

8 So the people took victuals in their held the lamps in their left hands, and hand, and their trumpets : and he sent the trumpets in their right hands to blow all the rest of Israel every man unto his withal : and they cried, The sword of the tent, and retained those three hundred | LORD, and of Gideon. men. And the host of Midian was be 21 And they stood every man in his neath him in the valley.

place round about the camp; and all the 9 f And it came to pass the same night, host ran, and cried, and fed. that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get 22 And the three hundred blew the thee down unto the host; for I have de trumpets, and the LORD set every man's livered it into thine hand.

sword against his fellow, even throughout 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou all the host : and the host fled to Bethwith Phurah thy servant down to the shittah in Zererath, and to the border of host:

Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath. 11 And thou shalt hear what they say ; 23 And the men of Israel gathered and afterward shall thine hands he themselves together out of Naphtali, and strengthened to go down unto the host. out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, Then went he down with Phurah his and pursued after the Midianites. servant unto the outside of the armed men 24 4 And Gideon sent messengers that were in the host.

throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, 12 And the Midianites, and the Amal Come down against the Midianites, and ckites, and all the children of the east, lay take before them the waters unto Bethalong in the valley like grasshoppers for barah and Jordan. Then all the men multitude; and their camels were without of Ephraim gathered themselves togethnumber, as the sand by the sea side for er, and took the waters unto Beth-barah multitude,

and Jordan. 13 And when Gideon was come, be- 25 And they took two princes of the hold, there was a man that told a dream Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb ; and they 220 The Ephraimites pacified. JUDGES. Succoth and Penuel destroyed. slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Ze) Ind he described unto him the princes of they slew at the wine-press of Zeeb, and Succoth, and the elders thereof, even pursued Midian, and brought the heads | threescore and seventeen men. of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the oth- || 15 And he came unto the men of Sucer side Jordan.

coth, and said, Behold Zebah and ZalCHAP. VIII.

munna, with whom ye did upbraid me, i The Ephraimites pacified. 4 Zebah saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zal

and Zalmunna. 33 The Israelites idol munna now in thine hand, that we should atry and ingratitude.

give bread unto thy men that are weary? AND the men of Ephraim said unto 16 And he took the elders of the city, 11 him, Why hast thou served us thus, and thorns of the wilderness, and briers, that thou calledst us not when thou went- and with them he taught the men of Sucest to fight with the Midianites? and they | coth. did chide with him sharply. .

17 And he beat down the tower of Pe2 And he said unto them, What havenuel, and slew the men of the city. I done now in comparison of you? Is not 18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalthe gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim | munna, What manner of men were they better than the vintage of Abiezer ? whom ye slew at Tabor? And they an

3 God hath delivered into your hands swered, As thou art, so were they ; each the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb :| one resembled the children of a king. and what was I able to do in comparison 19 And he said, They were my brethof you. Then their anger was abated to ren, even the sons of my mother: as the ward him, when he had said that. LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive,

4 | And Gideon came to 'Jordan, and I would not slay you. passed over, he, and the three hundred 20 And he said unto Jether his firstmen that were with him, faint, yet pur- | born, Up, and slay them. But the youth suing them.

| drew not his sword: for he feared, be5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, cause he was yet a youth. Give. I pray you, loaves of bread unto 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, the people that follow me : for they be Rise thou, and fall upon us : for as the faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and | man is, 80 is his strength. And Gideon Zalmunna, kings of Midian.

arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, 6 | And the princes of Succoth said, and took away the ornaments that wore Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna on their camels necks. now in thine hand, that we should give 22 | Then the men of Israel said unto bread unto thine army?

Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and y And Gideon said, Therefore when || thý son, and thy son's son also: for thou the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zal- || hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. munna into mine hand, then I will tear || 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will your flesh with the thorns of the wilder- | not rule over you, neither shall my son ness and with briers.

rule over you : the Lord shall rule over 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, ll you. and spake unto them likewise : and the 24 And Gideon said unto them, I men of Penuel answered him as the men || would desire a re

| would desire a request of you, that you of Succoth had answered him.

would give me every man the ear-rings of 9 And he spake also unto the men of || his prey. (For they had golden ear-rings, Penuel. saying, When I come again in || because they were Ishmaelites.) peace, I will break down this tower.

25 And they answered, We will will10 1 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were | ingly give them. And they spread a garin Karkor, and their hosts with them, a ment, and did cast therein every man the bout fifteen thousand men, all that were ear-rings of his prey. left of the all hosts of the children of the 26 And the weight of the golden eareast: for there fell an hundred and twenty | rings that he requested, was a thousand thousand men that drew sword.

and seven hundred shekels of gold; be11 | And Gideon went up by the way || side ornaments, and collars, and purple of them that dwelt in tents on the east of raiment that was on the kings of Midian, Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: || and beside the chains that were about for the host was secure.

their camels necks. 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna | 27 And Gideon made an ephod therefled, he pursued after them, and took the of, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.

139 And Gideon the son of Joash re- || Gideon, and to his house. turned from battle before the sun was up, 28 Thus was Midian subdued before

14 And caught a young man of the the children of Israel, so that they lifted men of Succoth, and inquired of him :up their heads no more. And the coun

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Jotham's parable. 221 try was in quietness forty years in the cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto days of Gideon.

me, ye men of Shechem, that God may 29 9 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash hearken unto you. went and dwelt in his own house.

8 The trees went forth on a time to 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten anoint a king over them; and they said sons of his body begotten: for he had ma- unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us. ny wives

9 But the olive-tree said unto them, *31 And his concubine that was in Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose me they honour God and man, and go name he called Abimelech.

to be promoted over the trees? 32 And Gideon the son of Joash died 10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, in a good old age, and was buried in the Come thou, and reign over us. sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah || 11 But the fig-tree said unto them, of the Abi-ezrites.

Should I forsake my sweetness, and my 33 And it came to pass as soon as I good fruit, and go to be promoted over Gideon was dead, that the children of the trees? Israel turned again, and went a whor- 12 Then said the trees into the vine, ing after Baalim, and made Baal-berith || Come thou, and reign over us. their god.

13 And the vine said unto them, Should 34 Ånd the children of Israel remem I leave my wine, which cheereth God bered not the LORD their God, who had and man, and go to be promoted over delivered them out of the hands of all the trees? their enemies on every side :

14 Then said all the trees unto the 35 Neither shewed they kindness to the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. house of Jerubbaal, namely Gideon, ac 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, cording to all the goodness which he had If in truth ye anoint me king over you, shewed umto Israel.

then come and put your trust in my shadCHAP. IX.

ow: and if not, let fire come out of the 1 Abimciech is made king by the She bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebachemites. 7 Jotham by a parable re non. bukith them. 26 Gaal's conspiracy. 56 16 Now therefore, if ye have done truJodham's curse is fulfilled.

ly and sincerely, in that ye have made AAND Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal bimelech king, and if ye have dealt well n went to Shechem unto his mother's with Jerubbaal and his house, and have brenren, and communed with them, and done unto him according to the deserving with all the family of the house of his of his hands : mother's father, saying,

17 (For my father fought for you, and 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all adventured his life far, and delivered you the men of Shechem, Whether is better out of the hand of Midian : for you, either that all the sons of Jerub 18 And ye are risen up against my fabaal, which are threescore and ten persons, ther's house this day, and have slain his reign over you, or that one reign over sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one you? remember also that I am your bone stone, and have made Abimelech, the son and your flesh.

of his maid-servant, king over the men of 3 And his mother's brethren spake of Shechem, because he is your brother:) him in the ears of all the men of Shechem 19 If ye then have dealt truly and sinall these words; and their hearts inclined cerely with Jerubbaal and with his house to follow Abimelech ; for they said, He this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, is our brother.

and let him also rejoice in you: 4 And they gave him threescore and ten 2 0 But if not, let fire come out from pieces of silver out of the house of Baal- Abimelech, and devour the men of Sheberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vainchem, and the house of Millo; and let and light persons, which followed him. || fire come out from the men of Shechem,

5 And he went unto his father's house and from the house of Millo, and devour at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons | Abimelech. of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten per-|| 21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and sons, upon one stone; notwithstanding, yet went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was Abimelech his brother. left ; for he hid himself.

22 | When Abimelech had reigned 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered three years over Israel, together, and all the house of Millo, and 23 Then God sent an evil spirit between went and made Abimelech king, by the Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and plain of the pillar that was in Shechem. || the men of Shechem dealt treacherously

7. And when they told it to Jotham, ll with Abimelech: he went and stood in the top of mount 24 That the cruelty done to the threeGerizim, and lifted up his voice and Il score and ten sons of Jerubbaal might

222 Gaals conspiracy.

JUDGES. Abimelech overconieth him. come, and their blood be laid upon Abim- || him? is not this the people that thou hast elech their brother which slew them, | despised ? go out, I pray now, and fight and upon the men of Shechem which with them. aided him in the killing of his brethren. 39 And Gaal went out before the men

25 And the men of Shechem set liers of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech. in wait for him in the top of the moun- | 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he tains, and they robbed all that came a- fled before him, and many were overlong that way by them: and it was told thrown and wounded, even unto the enAbimelech.

tering of the gate. 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : with his brethren, and went over to 1 and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethShechein; and the men of Shechem put || ren, that they should not dwell in Shechem. their confidence in him.

42 And it came to pass on the morrow, 27 And they went out into the fields, || that the people went out into the field; and gathered their vineyards, and trode and they told Abimelech. the grapes, and made merry, and went || 43 And he took the people, and divided into the house of their god, and did eat | them into three companies, and laid wait and drink, and cursed Abimelech. | in the field, and looked, and behold, the

28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who | people were come forth out of the city ; is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that and he rose up against them, and smote we should serve him? is not he the son of them. Jerubbaal ? and Zebul his officer ? Serve 44 And Abimelech, and the company the men of Hamor the father of Shechem:thąt was with him, rushed forward, and for why should we serve him?

stood in the entering of the gate of the 29 And would to God this people were city : and the two other companies ran under my hand! then would I remove upon all the people that were in the fields, Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, and slew them. Increase thine army, and come out.

45 And Abimelech fought against the 30 | And when Zeb il the ruler of the city all that day ; and he took the city, city heard the words of Gaal the son of and slew the people that was therein, Ebed, his anger was kindled.

and beat down the city, and sowed it 31 And he sent messengers unto Abim with salt. elech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the il 46 4 And when all the men of the tower son of Ebed, and his brethren, be come to of Shechem heard that, they entered into Shechem ; and behold, they fortify the lan hold of the house of the god Berith. city against thee.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all 32 Now therefore up by night, thou, | the men of the tower of Shechem were and the people that is with thee, and lie gathered together. in wait in the field:

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount 33 And it shall be, that in the morning, Zalmon, he and all the people that were as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise with him ; and Abimelech took an ax Garly, and set upon the city : and behold, in his hand, and cut down a bough when he and the people that is with him from the trees, and took it, and laid it come out against ihee, then mayest thou on his shoulder, and said unto the people do to them as thou shalt find occasion. that were with him, What ye have seen

34 | And Abimelech rose up, and all me do, make haste, and do as I have done. the people that were with him, by night, 49 And all the people likewise cut and they laid wait against Shechem in down every man his bough, and followed four companies.

Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, set the hold on fire upon them : so that and stood in the entering of the gate of all the men of the tower of Shechem died the city : and Abimelech rose up, and the also, about a thousand men and women. people that were with him, from lying | 50 ? Then went Abimelech to Thebez, in wait.

and encamped against Thebez, and took it. 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he | 51 But there was a strong tower within said to Zebul, Behold, there come people the city, and thither fled all the men and down from the top of the mountains. And women, and all they of the city, and shut Zebulsaid untohim, Thou seest the shadow || it to them, and gat them up to the top of of the mountains as if they were men. the tower.

37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See, | 52 And Abimelech came unto the there come people down by the middle tower, and fought against it, and went of the land, and another company come hard unto the door of the tower to burn along by the plain of Meonenim.

it with fire. 38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where 53 And a certain woman cast a piece is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, ll of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and Who is Abimelech, that we should serve ll all to break his skull.

Abimelech slain.

CHAP. x. XI. . The Israelites repent. 223 54 Then he called hastily unto the young 11 12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalman his armour-bearer, and said unto him, l ekites, and the Maonites did oppress Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men || you; and ye cried to ine, and I delivered say not of me, A woman slew him. And you out of their hand. his young man thrust him through, and || 13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and servhe died.

ed other gods: wherefore I will deliver 55 And when the men of Israel saw you no more. that Abimelech was dead, they departed 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye every man unto his place.

have chosen ; let them deliver you in the · 56 ? Thus God rendered the wicked-| time of your tribulation. ness of Abimelech, which he did unto his 15 9 And the children of Israel said unfather, in slaying his seventy brethren: to the LORD, We have sinned: do thou un

57 And all the evil of the men of She- || to us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; chem did God render upon their heads : deliver us only, we pray thee, this day. and upon them came the curse of Jotham 16 And they put a way the strange gods the son of Jerubbaal.

from among them, and served the LORD: CHAP. X.

and his soul was grieved for the misery of 1 Tola judgeth Israel, 3 also Jair. 7 Israel.

The Philistines and Ammonites 07 17 Then the children of Ammon were prese Israel ; 15 upon their refient- ll gathered together, and encamped in Gilance God pitieth them.

ead. And the children of Israel assemAND after Abimelech there arose to || bled themselves together, and encamped A defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, in Mizpeh. the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and 18 And the people and princes of Gilhe dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. lead said one to another, What man is he

2 And he judged Israel twenty and three li that will begin to fight against the chilyears, and died, and was buried in Shamir. dren of Ammon ? he shall be head over 'Sf And after him arose Jair, a Gilead-1 all the inhabitants of Gilead. ite, and judged Israel twenty and two

CHAP. XI. years.

1 Jephthah's covenant with the Gilead4 And he had thirty sons that rode on ites. 30 His vor. 34 He performeth thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, it on his daughter. which are called Havoth-jair unto this N OW Jephthah the Gileadite was az day, which are in the land of Gilead. W mighty man of valour, and he was 5 And Jair died, and was buried in the son of an harlot : and Gilead begat

Jephthah. 6 And the children of Israel did evil a- | 2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and gain in the sight of the LORD, and served || his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods shalt not inherit in our father's house ; of Moab, and the gods of the children of for thou art the son of a strange woman. Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethand forsook the LORD, and served not him. ren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and

7 1 And the anger of the LORD was there were gathered vain men to Jephhot against Israel, and he sold them into thah, and went out with him. the hands of the Philistines, and into the 4 9 And it came to pass in process of hands of the children of Ammon. time, that the children of Ammon made

8 And that year they vexed and op- || war against Isracl. pressed the children of Israel eighteen 5 And it was so, that when the chilyears, all the children of Israel that were dren of Amion made war against Israel, on the other side Jordan in the land of the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthe Amorites, which is in Gilead.

thah out of the land of Tob: 9 Moreover, the children of Ammon 6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, passed over Jordan, to fight also against l and be our captain, that we may fight Judah, and against Benjamin, and against with the children of Ammon. the house of Ephraim ; so that Israel was 7 And Jephthah said unto the elders sore distressed.

of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and ex10 f And the children of Israel cried || pel me out of my father's house ? and why unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned are ye come unto me now when ye are in against thee, both because we have for- || distress? saken our God, and also served Baalim. 8 And the elders of Gilead said unto

11 And the LORD said unto the chil- || Jephthal, Therefore we turn again to dren of Israel, Did not I deliver you thee now, that thou mayest go with us, from the Egyptians, and from the Amo- l and fight against the children of Ammon, rites, from the children of Immon, and and be our head over all the inhabitants from the Philistines

of Gilead.

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