THE BOOK OF
1:1: Now after the death of Joshua it came to
pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who
shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against
1:2: And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold,
I have delivered the land into his hand.
1:3: And Judah said unto Simeon his brother,
Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites;
and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went
1:4: And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered
the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew
of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
1:5: And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and
they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the
1:6: But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued
after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great
1:7: And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten
kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered
their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited
me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
1:8: Now the children of Judah had fought against
Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the
sword, and set the city on fire.
1:9: And afterward the children of Judah went
down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain,
and in the south, and in the valley.
1:10: And Judah went against the Canaanites
that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-arba:)
and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
1:11: And from thence he went against the inhabitants
of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher:
1:12: And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher,
and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
1:13: And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's
younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter
1:14: And it came to pass, when she came to
him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she
lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?
1:15: And she said unto him, Give me a blessing:
for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water.
And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
1:16: And the children of the Kenite, Moses'
father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the
children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in
the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
1:17: And Judah went with Simeon his brother,
and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly
destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.
1:18: Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof,
and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
1:19: And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave
out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the
inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
1:20: And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses
said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.
1:21: And the children of Benjamin did not drive
out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites
dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
1:22: And the house of Joseph, they also went
up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them.
1:23: And the house of Joseph sent to descry
Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)
1:24: And the spies saw a man come forth out
of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the
entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.
1:25: And when he shewed them the entrance into
the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but
they let go the man and all his family.
1:26: And the man went into the land of the
Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which
is the name thereof unto this day.
1:27: Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants
of Beth-shean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the
inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam
and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but
the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
1:28: And it came to pass, when Israel was strong,
that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive
1:29: Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites
that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
1:30: Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants
of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites
dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
1:31: Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants
of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib,
nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
1:32: But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites,
the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.
1:33: Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants
of Beth-shemesh, nor the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt
among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless
the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became tributaries
1:34: And the Amorites forced the children of
Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come
down to the valley:
1:35: But the Amorites would dwell in mount
Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of
Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.
1:36: And the coast of the Amorites was from
the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
2:1: And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal
to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have
brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and
I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
2:2: And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants
of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not
obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?
2:3: Wherefore I also said, I will not drive
them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your
sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
2:4: And it came to pass, when the angel of
the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that
the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
2:5: And they called the name of that place
Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.
2:6: And when Joshua had let the people go,
the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to
possess the land.
2:7: And the people served the LORD all the
days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua,
who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for
2:8: And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant
of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
2:9: And they buried him in the border of his
inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the
north side of the hill Gaash.
2:10: And also all that generation were gathered
unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them,
which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for
2:11: And the children of Israel did evil in
the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
2:12: And they forsook the LORD God of their
fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed
other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them,
and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
2:13: And they forsook the LORD, and served
Baal and Ashtaroth.
2:14: And the anger of the LORD was hot against
Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that
spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies
round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their
2:15: Whithersoever they went out, the hand
of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and
as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
2:16: Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges,
which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
2:17: And yet they would not hearken unto their
judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves
unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers
walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did
2:18: And when the LORD raised them up judges,
then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the
hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented
the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed
them and vexed them.
2:19: And it came to pass, when the judge was
dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their
fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down
unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their
2:20: And the anger of the LORD was hot against
Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed
my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened
unto my voice;
2:21: I also will not henceforth drive out any
from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
2:22: That through them I may prove Israel,
whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as
their fathers did keep it, or not.
2:23: Therefore the LORD left those nations,
without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into
the hand of Joshua.
3:1: Now these are the nations which the LORD
left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not
known all the wars of Canaan;
3:2: Only that the generations of the children
of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as
before knew nothing thereof;
3:3: Namely, five lords of the Philistines,
and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that
dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering
in of Hamath.
3:4: And they were to prove Israel by them,
to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the
LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
3:5: And the children of Israel dwelt among
the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites,
3:6: And they took their daughters to be their
wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their
3:7: And the children of Israel did evil in
the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served
Baalim and the groves.
3:8: Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot
against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim
king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim
3:9: And when the children of Israel cried unto
the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel,
who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger
3:10: And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him,
and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered
Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his
hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.
3:11: And the land had rest forty years. And
Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
3:12: And the children of Israel did evil again
in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the
king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the
sight of the LORD.
3:13: And he gathered unto him the children
of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed
the city of palm trees.
3:14: So the children of Israel served Eglon
the king of Moab eighteen years.
3:15: But when the children of Israel cried
unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son
of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children
of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
3:16: But Ehud made him a dagger which had two
edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment
upon his right thigh.
3:17: And he brought the present unto Eglon
king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
3:18: And when he had made an end to offer the
present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
3:19: But he himself turned again from the quarries
that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee,
O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went
out from him.
3:20: And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting
in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud
said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of
3:21: And Ehud put forth his left hand, and
took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
3:22: And the haft also went in after the blade;
and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the
dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
3:23: Then Ehud went forth through the porch,
and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
3:24: When he was gone out, his servants came;
and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were
locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
3:25: And they tarried till they were ashamed:
and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore
they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was
fallen down dead on the earth.
3:26: And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and
passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
3:27: And it came to pass, when he was come,
that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children
of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
3:28: And he said unto them, Follow after me:
for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your
hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan
toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.
3:29: And they slew of Moab at that time about
ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there
escaped not a man.
3:30: So Moab was subdued that day under the
hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.
3:31: And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath,
which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad:
and he also delivered Israel.
4:1: And the children of Israel again did evil
in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.
4:2: And the LORD sold them into the hand of
Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose
host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
4:3: And the children of Israel cried unto the
LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years
he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.
4:4: And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of
Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
4:5: And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah
between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of
Israel came up to her for judgment.
4:6: And she sent and called Barak the son of
Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the
LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount
Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of
Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
4:7: And I will draw unto thee to the river
Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots
and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.
4:8: And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go
with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then
I will not go.
4:9: And she said, I will surely go with thee:
notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for
thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of
a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
4:10: And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali
to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and
Deborah went up with him.
4:11: Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the
children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself
from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim,
which is by Kedesh.
4:12: And they shewed Sisera that Barak the
son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor.
4:13: And Sisera gathered together all his chariots,
even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were
with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.
4:14: And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this
is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine
hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down
from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
4:15: And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all
his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before
Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away
on his feet.
4:16: But Barak pursued after the chariots,
and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the
host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was
not a man left.
4:17: Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to
the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace
between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
4:18: And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and
said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And
when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him
with a mantle.
4:19: And he said unto her, Give me, I pray
thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened
a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.
4:20: Again he said unto her, Stand in the door
of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire
of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say,
4:21: Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of
the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto
him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into
the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
4:22: And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera,
Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will
shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her
tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
4:23: So God subdued on that day Jabin the king
of Canaan before the children of Israel.
4:24: And the hand of the children of Israel
prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until
they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
5:1: Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of
Abinoam on that day, saying,
5:2: Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of
Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
5:3: Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes;
I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the
LORD God of Israel.
5:4: LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when
thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and
the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
5:5: The mountains melted from before the LORD,
even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.
5:6: In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath,
in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers
walked through byways.
5:7: The inhabitants of the villages ceased,
they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose
a mother in Israel.
5:8: They chose new gods; then was war in the
gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in
5:9: My heart is toward the governors of Israel,
that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye
5:10: Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye
that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.
5:11: They that are delivered from the noise
of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse
the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward
the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people
of the LORD go down to the gates.
5:12: Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter
a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son
5:13: Then he made him that remaineth have dominion
over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion
over the mighty.
5:14: Out of Ephraim was there a root of them
against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of
Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle
the pen of the writer.
5:15: And the princes of Issachar were with
Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into
the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts
5:16: Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds,
to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
5:17: Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did
Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode
in his breaches.
5:18: Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that
jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the
5:19: The kings came and fought, then fought
the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they
took no gain of money.
5:20: They fought from heaven; the stars in
their courses fought against Sisera.
5:21: The river of Kishon swept them away, that
ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden
5:22: Then were the horsehoofs broken by the
means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.
5:23: Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the
LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they
came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against
5:24: Blessed above women shall Jael the wife
of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the
5:25: He asked water, and she gave him milk;
she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
5:26: She put her hand to the nail, and her
right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote
Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken
through his temples.
5:27: At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay
down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he
fell down dead.
5:28: The mother of Sisera looked out at a window,
and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming?
why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
5:29: Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she
returned answer to herself,
5:30: Have they not sped? have they not divided
the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers
colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours
of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take
5:31: 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.
6:1: And the children of Israel did evil in
the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand
of Midian seven years.
6:2: And the hand of Midian prevailed against
Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made
them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong
6:3: And so it was, when Israel had sown, that
the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of
the east, even they came up against them;
6:4: 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.
6:5: 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.
6:6: And Israel was greatly impoverished because
of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.
6:7: And it came to pass, when the children
of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
6:8: That the LORD sent a prophet unto 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;
6:9: 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;
6:10: 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.
6:11: And there came an angel of the LORD, and
sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash
the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress,
to hide it from the Midianites.
6:12: And the angel of the LORD appeared unto
him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man
6:13: And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord,
if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and
where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying,
Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath
forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
6:14: And the LORD looked upon him, and said,
Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand
of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
6:15: And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith
shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and
I am the least in my father's house.
6:16: And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will
be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
6:17: And he said unto him, If now I have found
grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with
6:18: 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.
6:19: And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid,
and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in
a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto
him under the oak, and presented it.
6:20: And the angel of God 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.
6:21: Then the angel of the LORD put forth the
end of the staff that was in his hand, 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 his sight.
6:22: And when Gideon perceived that he was
an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because
I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.
6:23: And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto
thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
6:24: Then Gideon built an altar there unto
the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet
in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
6:25: And it came to pass the same night, that
the LORD said unto him, Take thy father'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
6:26: 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.
6:27: Then Gideon took ten men of his servants,
and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because
he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that
he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
6:28: And when the men of the city arose early
in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the
grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was
offered upon the altar that was built.
6:29: And they said one to another, Who hath
done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said,
Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
6:30: Then the men of the city said unto Joash,
Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down
the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that
was by it.
6:31: And Joash said unto all that stood against
him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will
plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning:
if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast
down his altar.
6:32: Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal,
saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down
6:33: Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites
and the children of the east were gathered together, and went
over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
6:34: But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon,
and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.
6:35: 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.
6:36: And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt
save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
6:37: Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in
the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry
upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save
Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
6:38: And it was so: for he rose up early on
the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew
out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
6:39: And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine
anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me
prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now
be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there
6:40: And God did so that night: for it was
dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
7:1: Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all
the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside
the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on
the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
7:2: And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people
that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites
into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying,
Mine own hand hath saved me.
7:3: Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears
of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him
return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned
of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten
7:4: And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people
are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try
them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto
thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and
of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the
same shall not go.
7:5: So he brought down the people unto the
water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of
the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set
by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees
7:6: And the number of them that lapped, putting
their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the
rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7:7: And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three
hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites
into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto
7:8: 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.
7:9: 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.
7:10: But if thou fear to go down, go thou with
Phurah thy servant down to the host:
7:11: And thou shalt hear what they say; and
afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the
host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside
of the armed men that were in the host.
7:12: And the Midianites and the Amalekites
and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like
grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number,
as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
7:13: 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 smote it that it
fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
7:14: And his fellow answered and said, This
is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man
of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all
7:15: And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling
of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped,
and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the
LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
7:16: And he divided the three hundred men into
three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with
empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
7:17: 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.
7:18: When I blow 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.
7:19: 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.
7:20: And the three companies blew the trumpets,
and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands,
and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they
cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
7:21: And they stood every man in his place
round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
7:22: And the three hundred blew the trumpets,
and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout
all the host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and
to the border of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.
7:23: And the men of Israel gathered themselves
together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh,
and pursued after the Midianites.
7:24: And Gideon sent messengers throughout
all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and
take before them the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then
all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took
the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.
7:25: And they took two princes of the Midianites,
Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb
they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought
the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
8:1: And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why
hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou
wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with
8:2: And he said unto them, What have I done
now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of
Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
8:3: 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.
8:4: And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over,
he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing
8:5: And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give,
I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for
they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings
8:6: And the princes of Succoth said, Are the
hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should
give bread unto thine army?
8:7: 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.
8:8: 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.
8:9: And he spake also unto the men of Penuel,
saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.
8:10: Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor,
and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that
were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there
fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
8:11: And Gideon went up by the way of them
that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote
the host: for the host was secure.
8:12: And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued
after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna,
and discomfited all the host.
8:13: And Gideon the son of Joash returned from
battle before the sun was up,
8:14: And caught a young man of the men of Succoth,
and enquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of
Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen
8:15: And he came unto the men of Succoth, and
said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me,
saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand,
that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?
8:16: And he took the elders of the city, and
thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the
men of Succoth.
8:17: And he beat down the tower of Penuel,
and slew the men of the city.
8:18: Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna,
What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they
answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children
of a king.
8:19: And he said, They were my brethren, even
the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them
alive, I would not slay you.
8:20: And he said unto Jether his firstborn,
Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared,
because he was yet a youth.
8:21: Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou,
and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And
Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments
that were on their camels' necks.
8:22: Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon,
Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also:
for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
8:23: And Gideon said unto them, I will not
rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall
rule over you.
8:24: And Gideon said unto them, I would desire
a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings
of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were
8:25: And they answered, We will willingly give
them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man
the earrings of his prey.
8:26: And the weight of the golden earrings
that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of
gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was
on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about
their camels' necks.
8:27: 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 snare unto Gideon, and
to his house.
8:28: Thus was Midian subdued before the children
of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the
country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
8:29: And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and
dwelt in his own house.
8:30: And Gideon had threescore and ten sons
of his body begotten: for he had many wives.
8:31: And his concubine that was in Shechem,
she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
8:32: And Gideon the son of Joash died in a
good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father,
in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
8:33: 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.
8:34: And the children of Israel remembered
not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands
of all their enemies on every side:
8:35: Neither shewed they kindness to the house
of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which
he had shewed unto Israel.
9:1: And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went
to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them,
and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
9:2: Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the
men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the
sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign
over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am
your bone and your flesh.
9:3: And his mother's brethren spake of him
in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their
hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our
9:4: And they gave him threescore and ten pieces
of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech
hired vain and light persons, which followed him.
9:5: And he went unto his father's house at
Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore
and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the
youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.
9:6: And all the men of Shechem gathered together,
and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king,
by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.
9:7: And when they told it to Jotham, he went
and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice,
and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem,
that God may hearken unto you.
9:8: The trees went forth on a time to anoint
a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou
9:9: But the olive tree said unto them, Should
I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and
go to be promoted over the trees?
9:10: And the trees said to the fig tree, Come
thou, and reign over us.
9:11: But the fig tree said unto them, Should
I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted
over the trees?
9:12: Then said the trees unto the vine, Come
thou, and reign over us.
9:13: And the vine said unto them, Should I
leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted
over the trees?
9:14: Then said all the trees unto the bramble,
Come thou, and reign over us.
9:15: And the bramble said unto the trees, If
in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust
in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and
devour the cedars of Lebanon.
9:16: 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;
9:17: (For my father fought for you, and adventured
his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:
9:18: And ye are risen up against my father's
house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons,
upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant,
king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)
9:19: If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely
with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in
Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you:
9:20: 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.
9:21: And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went
to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
9:22: When Abimelech had reigned three years
9:23: Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech
and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously
9:24: That the cruelty done to the threescore
and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid
upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men
of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
9:25: 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.
9:26: And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his
brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put
their confidence in him.
9:27: And they went out into the fields, and
gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry,
and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and
9:28: And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is
Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not
he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve the men
of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him?
9:29: And would to God this people were under
my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech,
Increase thine army, and come out.
9:30: And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard
the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
9:31: And he sent messengers unto Abimelech
privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren
be come to Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the city against
9:32: Now therefore up by night, thou and the
people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field:
9:33: 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 shalt
9:34: And Abimelech rose up, and all the people
that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem
in four companies.
9:35: And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and
stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose
up, and the people that were with him, from lying in wait.
9:36: And when Gaal saw the people, he said
to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the top of the mountains.
And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains
as if they were men.
9:37: 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.
9:38: 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.
9:39: And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem,
and fought with Abimelech.
9:40: And Abimelech chased him, and he fled
before him, and many were overthrown and wounded, even unto the
entering of the gate.
9:41: And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul
thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in
9:42: And it came to pass on the morrow, that
the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.
9:43: And he took the people, and divided them
into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked,
and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he
rose up against them, and smote them.
9:44: 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 people
that were in the fields, and slew them.
9:45: And Abimelech fought against the city
all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was
therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
9:46: And when all the men of the tower of Shechem
heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god
9:47: And it was told Abimelech, that all the
men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.
9:48: 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.
9:49: And all the people likewise cut down every
man his bough, 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.
9:50: Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped
against Thebez, and took it.
9:51: 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
9:52: And Abimelech came unto the tower, and
fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to
burn it with fire.
9:53: And a certain woman cast a piece of a
millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.
9:54: Then he called hastily unto the young
man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay
me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man
thrust him through, and he died.
9:55: And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech
was dead, they departed every man unto his place.
9:56: Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech,
which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
9:57: And all the evil of the men of Shechem
did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse
of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
10:1: And after Abimelech there arose to defend
Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar;
and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.
10:2: And he judged Israel twenty and three
years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
10:3: And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite,
and judged Israel twenty and two years.
10:4: And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty
ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havoth-jair
unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
10:5: And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
10:6: And the children of Israel did evil again
in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and
the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab,
and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines,
and forsook the LORD, and served not him.
10:7: And the anger of the LORD was hot against
Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and
into the hands of the children of Ammon.
10:8: And that year they vexed and oppressed
the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel
that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites,
which is in Gilead.
10:9: Moreover the children of Ammon passed
over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin,
and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
10:10: And the children of Israel cried unto
the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we
have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.
10:11: And the LORD said unto the children of
Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the
Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
10:12: The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites,
and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered
you out of their hand.
10:13: Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other
gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
10:14: Go and cry unto the gods which ye have
chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
10:15: And the children of Israel said unto
the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good
unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
10:16: And they put away the strange gods from
among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for
the misery of Israel.
10:17: Then the children of Ammon were gathered
together, and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel
assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
10:18: And the people and princes of Gilead
said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against
the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants
11:1: Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty
man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat
11:2: And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his
wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto
him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou art
the son of a strange woman.
11:3: Then Jephthah fled from his brethren,
and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men
to Jephthah, and went out with him.
11:4: And it came to pass in process of time,
that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.
11:5: And it was so, that when the children
of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to
fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:
11:6: And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and
be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.
11:7: And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead,
Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's house? and
why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?
11:8: And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah,
Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with
us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over
all the inhabitants of Gilead.
11:9: And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead,
If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon,
and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head?
11:10: And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah,
The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy
11:11: Then Jephthah went with the elders of
Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and
Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.
11:12: And Jephthah sent messengers unto the
king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with
me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?
11:13: And the king of the children of Ammon
answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took
away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even
unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands
11:14: And Jephthah sent messengers again unto
the king of the children of Ammon:
11:15: And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah,
Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children
11:16: But when Israel came up from Egypt, and
walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
11:17: Then Israel sent messengers unto the
king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land:
but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner
they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and
Israel abode in Kadesh.
11:18: Then they went along through the wilderness,
and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came
by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other
side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon
was the border of Moab.
11:19: And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon
king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto
him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place.
11:20: But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass
through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together,
and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
11:21: And the LORD God of Israel delivered
Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote
them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants
of that country.
11:22: And they possessed all the coasts of
the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness
even unto Jordan.
11:23: So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed
the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou
11:24: Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh
thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God
shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.
11:25: And now art thou any thing better than
Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against
Israel, or did he ever fight against them,
11:26: While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her
towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that
be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore
did ye not recover them within that time?
11:27: Wherefore I have not sinned against thee,
but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge
be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children
11:28: Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon
hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
11:29: Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon
Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed
over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over
unto the children of Ammon.
11:30: And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD,
and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon
into mine hands,
11:31: Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh
forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace
from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I
will offer it up for a burnt offering.
11:32: So Jephthah passed over unto the children
of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into
11:33: And he smote them from Aroer, even till
thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of
the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children
of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
11:34: And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his
house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels
and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had
neither son nor daughter.
11:35: And it came to pass, when he saw her,
that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast
brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me:
for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.
11:36: And she said unto him, My father, if
thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to
that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD
hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children
11:37: And she said unto her father, Let this
thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up
and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my
11:38: And he said, Go. And he sent her away
for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed
her virginity upon the mountains.
11:39: And it came to pass at the end of two
months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according
to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was
a custom in Israel,
11:40: That the daughters of Israel went yearly
to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in
12:1: And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves
together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore
passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and
didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon
thee with fire.
12:2: And Jephthah said unto them, I and my
people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when
I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.
12:3: And when I saw that ye delivered me not,
I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children
of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore
then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?
12:4: Then Jephthah gathered together all the
men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead
smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives
of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.
12:5: And the Gileadites took the passages of
Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those
Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the
men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said,
12:6: Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth:
and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it
right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan:
and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
12:7: And Jephthah judged Israel six years.
Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the
cities of Gilead.
12:8: And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged
12:9: And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters,
whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad
for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
12:10: Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.
12:11: And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged
Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.
12:12: And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was
buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.
12:13: And after him Abdon the son of Hillel,
a Pirathonite, judged Israel.
12:14: And he had forty sons and thirty nephews,
that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel
12:15: And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite
died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the
mount of the Amalekites.
13:1: And the children of Israel did evil again
in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the
hand of the Philistines forty years.
13:2: And there was a certain man of Zorah,
of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife
was barren, and bare not.
13:3: And the angel of the LORD appeared unto
the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and
bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
13:4: Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and
drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
13:5: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear
a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall
be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver
Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
13:6: Then the woman came and told her husband,
saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like
the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked
him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
13:7: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt
conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink,
neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite
to God from the womb to the day of his death.
13:8: Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said,
O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again
unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall
13:9: 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.
13:10: 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.
13:11: And Manoah arose, and went after his
wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man
that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
13:12: And Manoah said, Now let thy words come
to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto
13:13: And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah,
Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.
13:14: She may not eat of any thing that cometh
of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat
any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
13:15: 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 thee.
13:16: 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 LORD.
13:17: 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?
13:18: And the angel of the LORD said unto him,
Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
13:19: So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering,
and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously;
and Manoah and his wife looked on.
13:20: 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.
13:21: But the angel of the LORD did no more
appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was
an angel of the LORD.
13:22: And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall
surely die, because we have seen God.
13:23: But his wife said unto him, If the LORD
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 would as at this time have told us such
things as these.
13:24: And the woman bare a son, and called
his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
13:25: And the Spirit of the LORD began to move
him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
14:1: And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw
a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
14:2: 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.
14:3: 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 of the
uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get
her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
14:4: 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
14:5: 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.
14:6: And the Spirit of the LORD 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.
14:7: And he went down, and talked with the
woman; and she pleased Samson well.
14:8: And after a time he returned to take her,
and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold,
there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
14:9: 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 carcase of the lion.
14:10: So his father went down unto the woman:
and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
14:11: And it came to pass, when they saw him,
that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
14:12: 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:
14:13: 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
14:14: 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.
14:15: And it came to pass on the seventh day,
that they said unto 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 called us to take that we have? is it
14:16: 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?
14:17: 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 told
the riddle to the children of her people.
14:18: And the men of the city said unto him
on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than
honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them,
If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
14:19: And the Spirit of the LORD 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
expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went
up to his father's house.
14:20: But Samson's wife was given to his companion,
whom he had used as his friend.
15:1: But 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.
15:2: 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.
15:3: And Samson said concerning them, Now shall
I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
15:4: And Samson went and caught three hundred
foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a
firebrand in the midst between two tails.
15:5: 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.
15:6: 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
15:7: And Samson said unto them, Though ye have
done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will
15:8: And he smote them hip and thigh with a
great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the
15:9: Then the Philistines went up, and pitched
in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
15:10: And the men of Judah said, Why are ye
come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we
come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
15:11: 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.
15:12: And they said unto him, We are come down
to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines.
And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall
upon me yourselves.
15:13: 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.
15:14: 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.
15:15: And he found a new jawbone of an ass,
and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
15:16: And Samson said, With the jawbone of
an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain
a thousand men.
15:17: And it came to pass, when he had made
an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand,
and called that place Ramath-lehi.
15:18: And he was sore athirst, and called on
the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into
the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall
into the hand of the uncircumcised?
15:19: 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.
15:20: And he judged Israel in the days of the
Philistines twenty years.
16:1: Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there
an harlot, and went in unto her.
16:2: And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson
is come hither. And they compassed 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 is day, we shall kill him.
16:3: 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.
16:4: And it came to pass afterward, that he
loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
16:5: 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 pieces of silver.
16:6: And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I
pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou
mightest be bound to afflict thee.
16:7: And Samson said unto her, If they bind
me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I
be weak, and be as another man.
16:8: Then the lords of the Philistines brought
up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she
bound him with them.
16:9: Now there were men lying in wait, abiding
with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines
be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of
tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was
16:10: 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.
16:11: 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.
16:12: Delilah therefore took new ropes, and
bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon
thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber.
And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.
16:13: 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.
16:14: And she fastened it with the pin, and
said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked
out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and
with the web.
16:15: And she said unto him, How canst thou
say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast
mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy
great strength lieth.
16:16: And it came to pass, when she pressed
him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was
vexed unto death;
16:17: 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
be like any other man.
16:18: 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.
16:19: 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.
16:20: And she said, The Philistines be upon
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.
16:21: 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.
16:22: Howbeit the hair of his head began to
grow again after he was shaven.
16:23: Then the lords of the Philistines gathered
them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their
god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson
our enemy into our hand.
16:24: And when the people 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
16:25: 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.
16:26: 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.
16:27: 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 sport.
16:28: 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.
16:29: 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
16:30: 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.
16:31: 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 burying place of Manoah his
father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
17:1: And there was a man of mount Ephraim,
whose name was Micah.
17:2: And he said unto his mother, The eleven
hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which
thou cursedst, 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.
17:3: 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 LORD from my hand for my son, to
make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore
it unto thee.
17:4: 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.
17:5: 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.
17:6: In those days there was no king in Israel,
but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
17:7: And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah
of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
17:8: And the man departed out of the city from
Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he
came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
17:9: And Micah said unto him, Whence comest
thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah,
and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
17:10: 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.
17:11: And the Levite was content to dwell with
the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
17:12: And Micah consecrated the Levite; and
the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
17:13: Then said Micah, Now know I that the
LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
18:1: In 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.
18:2: 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.
18:3: 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 brought thee hither? and what
makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?
18:4: And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth
Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.
18:5: And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we
pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go
shall be prosperous.
18:6: And the priest said unto them, Go in peace:
before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.
18:7: Then the five men departed, and came to
Laish, and saw the people that were 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 man.
18:8: And they came unto their brethren to Zorah
and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?
18:9: 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.
18:10: When ye go, ye shall come unto a people
secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands;
a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.
18:11: 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.
18:12: And they went up, and pitched in Kirjath-jearim,
in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this
day: behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim.
18:13: And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim,
and came unto the house of Micah.
18:14: 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? now therefore consider
what ye have to do.
18:15: And they turned thitherward, and came
to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house
of Micah, and saluted him.
18:16: And the six hundred men appointed with
their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood
by the entering of the gate.
18:17: 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
men that were appointed with weapons of war.
18:18: And these went into Micah's house, and
fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the
molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
18:19: 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?
18:20: And the priest's heart was glad, and
he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and
went in the midst of the people.
18:21: So they turned and departed, and put
the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.
18:22: 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 gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.
18:23: 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?
18:24: And he said, Ye have taken away my gods
which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have
I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?
18:25: And the children of Dan said unto him,
Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon
thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
18:26: 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.
18:27: And they took the things which Micah
had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto
a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with
the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
18:28: 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.
18:29: 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.
18:30: 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.
18:31: And they set them up Micah's graven image,
which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
19:1: And it came to pass in those days, when
there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning
on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out
19:2: And his concubine played the whore against
him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah,
and was there four whole months.
19:3: And her husband arose, and went after
her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having
his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him
into her father's house: and when the father of the damsel saw
him, he rejoiced to meet him.
19:4: And his father in law, the damsel's father,
retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat
and drink, and lodged there.
19:5: And it came to pass on the fourth day,
when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart:
and the damsel's father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine
heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.
19:6: And they sat down, and did eat and drink
both of them together: for the damsel's father had said unto the
man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine
heart be merry.
19:7: And when the man rose up to depart, his
father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.
19:8: And he arose early in the morning on the
fifth day to depart: and the damsel's father said, Comfort thine
heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they
did eat both of them.
19:9: And when the man rose up to depart, he,
and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel's
father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening,
I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end,
lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you
early on your way, that thou mayest go home.
19:10: But the man would not tarry that night,
but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which
is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine
also was with him.
19:11: And when they were by Jebus, the day
was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray
thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and
lodge in it.
19:12: And his master said unto him, We will
not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not
of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.
19:13: And he said unto his servant, Come, and
let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in
Gibeah, or in Ramah.
19:14: And they passed on and went their way;
and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which
belongeth to Benjamin.
19:15: And they turned aside thither, to go
in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down
in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into
his house to lodging.
19:16: And, behold, there came an old man from
his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim;
and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.
19:17: And when he had lifted up his eyes, he
saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man
said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?
19:18: And he said unto him, We are passing
from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence
am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the
house of the LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.
19:19: Yet there is both straw and provender
for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for
thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants:
there is no want of any thing.
19:20: And the old man said, Peace be with thee;
howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the
19:21: So he brought him into his house, and
gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and
did eat and drink.
19:22: Now as they were making their hearts
merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset
the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the
master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man
that came into thine house, that we may know him.
19:23: And the man, the master of the house,
went out unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not
so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do
not this folly.
19:24: Behold, here is my daughter a maiden,
and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them,
and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man
do not so vile a thing.
19:25: But the men would not hearken to him:
so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them;
and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning:
and when the day began to spring, they let her go.
19:26: Then came the woman in the dawning of
the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her
lord was, till it was light.
19:27: And her lord rose up in the morning,
and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way:
and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door
of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.
19:28: And he said unto her, Up, and let us
be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an
ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.
19:29: And when he was come into his house,
he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her,
together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into
all the coasts of Israel.
19:30: And it was so, that all that saw it said,
There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children
of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider
of it, take advice, and speak your minds.
20:1: Then all the children of Israel went out,
and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan
even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in
20:2: And the chief of all the people, even
of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly
of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew
20:3: (Now the children of Benjamin heard that
the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the
children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?
20:4: And the Levite, the husband of the woman
that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth
to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.
20:5: And the men of Gibeah rose against me,
and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought
to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she
20:6: And I took my concubine, and cut her in
pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance
of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
20:7: Behold, ye are all children of Israel;
give here your advice and counsel.
20:8: And all the people arose as one man, saying,
We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us
turn into his house.
20:9: But now this shall be the thing which
we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;
20:10: And we will take ten men of an hundred
throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand,
and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people,
that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according
to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
20:11: So all the men of Israel were gathered
against the city, knit together as one man.
20:12: And the tribes of Israel sent men through
all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that
is done among you?
20:13: Now therefore deliver us the men, the
children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them
to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of
Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the
children of Israel:
20:14: But the children of Benjamin gathered
themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to
battle against the children of Israel.
20:15: And the children of Benjamin were numbered
at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that
drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered
seven hundred chosen men.
20:16: Among all this people there were seven
hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at
an hair breadth, and not miss.
20:17: And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin,
were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these
were men of war.
20:18: And the children of Israel arose, and
went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said,
Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children
of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.
20:19: And the children of Israel rose up in
the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
20:20: And the men of Israel went out to battle
against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array
to fight against them at Gibeah.
20:21: And the children of Benjamin came forth
out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites
that day twenty and two thousand men.
20:22: And the people the men of Israel encouraged
themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where
they put themselves in array the first day.
20:23: (And the children of Israel went up and
wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD,
saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of
Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
20:24: And the children of Israel came near
against the children of Benjamin the second day.
20:25: And Benjamin went forth against them
out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground
of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these
drew the sword.
20:26: Then all the children of Israel, and
all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept,
and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even,
and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
20:27: And the children of Israel enquired of
the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those
20:28: And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the
son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I
yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my
brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow
I will deliver them into thine hand.
20:29: And Israel set liers in wait round about
20:30: And the children of Israel went up against
the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves
in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
20:31: And the children of Benjamin went out
against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they
began to smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in
the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the
other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
20:32: And the children of Benjamin said, They
are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children
of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto
20:33: And all the men of Israel rose up out
of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and
the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, even
out of the meadows of Gibeah.
20:34: And there came against Gibeah ten thousand
chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore: but they
knew not that evil was near them.
20:35: And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel:
and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day
twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the
20:36: So the children of Benjamin saw that
they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites,
because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set
20:37: And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed
upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and
smote all the city with the edge of the sword.
20:38: Now there was an appointed sign between
the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make
a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.
20:39: And when the men of Israel retired in
the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel
about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down
before us, as in the first battle.
20:40: But when the flame began to arise up
out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked
behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to
20:41: And when the men of Israel turned again,
the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come
20:42: Therefore they turned their backs before
the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle
overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed
in the midst of them.
20:43: Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round
about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against
Gibeah toward the sunrising.
20:44: And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand
men; all these were men of valour.
20:45: And they turned and fled toward the wilderness
unto the rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways
five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and
slew two thousand men of them.
20:46: So that all which fell that day of Benjamin
were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these
were men of valour.
20:47: But six hundred men turned and fled to
the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon
20:48: And the men of Israel turned again upon
the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the
sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that
came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came
21:1: Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh,
saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin
21:2: And the people came to the house of God,
and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices,
and wept sore;
21:3: And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is
this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe
lacking in Israel?
21:4: And it came to pass on the morrow, that
the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings.
21:5: And the children of Israel said, Who is
there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the
congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning
him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely
be put to death.
21:6: And the children of Israel repented them
for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off
from Israel this day.
21:7: How shall we do for wives for them that
remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give
them of our daughters to wives?
21:8: And they said, What one is there of the
tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And,
behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the
21:9: For the people were numbered, and, behold,
there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
21:10: And the congregation sent thither twelve
thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go
and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the
sword, with the women and the children.
21:11: And this is the thing that ye shall do,
Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath
lain by man.
21:12: And they found among the inhabitants
of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no
man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp
to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
21:13: And the whole congregation sent some
to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon,
and to call peaceably unto them.
21:14: And Benjamin came again at that time;
and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women
of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.
21:15: And the people repented them for Benjamin,
because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
21:16: Then the elders of the congregation said,
How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women
are destroyed out of Benjamin?
21:17: And they said, There must be an inheritance
for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed
out of Israel.
21:18: Howbeit we may not give them wives of
our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying,
Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
21:19: Then they said, Behold, there is a feast
of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north
side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up
from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
21:20: Therefore they commanded the children
of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;
21:21: And see, and, behold, if the daughters
of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the
vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of
Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
21:22: And it shall be, when their fathers or
their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto
them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved
not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto
them at this time, that ye should be guilty.
21:23: And the children of Benjamin did so,
and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced,
whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance,
and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
21:24: And the children of Israel departed thence
at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they
went out from thence every man to his inheritance.
21:25: In those days there was no king in Israel:
every man did that which was right in his own eyes.