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Death of Gideon braid me, saying, Are the hands of of gold; besides ornaments, and colZebah and Zalmunna now in thine lars, and purple raiment that was on hand, that we should give bread un- the kings of Midian, and besides the to thy men that are weary? chains that were about their camels'

16 And he took the elders of the necks. city, and thorns of the wilderness, 27 And Gideon made an ephod and briers, and with them he taught thereof, and put it in his city, even in the men of Succoth.

Ophrah : and all Israel went thither 17 And he beat down the tower of a whoring after it: which thing bePenuel, and slew the men of the came a snare unto Gideon, and to his city.

18 Then said he unto Zebah and 28 Thus was Midian subdued beZalmunna, What manner of men fore the children of Israel, so that were they whom ye slew at Tabor ? they lifted up their heads no more. And they answered, As thou art, so And the country was in quietness were they; each one resembled the forty years in the days of Gideon. children of a king.

29 And Jerubbaal the son of 19 And he said, They were my Joash went and dwelt in his own brethren, even the sons of my moth- house. er: as the LORD liveth, if ye had

30 And Gideon had threescore and saved them alive, I would not slayten sons of his body begotten: for he you.

had many wives.
20 And he said unto Jether his first 31 And his concubine that was in
born, Up, and slay them. But the Shechem, she also bare him a son,
youth drew not his sword: for he whose name he called Abimelech.
feared, because he was yet a youth. 32 And Gideon the son of Joash

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, died in a good old age, and was
Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as buried in the sepulchre of Joash
the man is, so is his strength. And his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-
Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and ezrites.
Zalmunna, and took away the or 33 And it came to pass, as soon as
naments that were on their camels' Gideon was dead, that the children
necks.

of Israel turned again, and went
22 ( Then the men of Israel said a whoring after Baalim, and made
unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, Baal-berith their god.
both thou, and thy son, and thy son's

34 And the children of Israel reson also: for thou hast delivered us membered not the LORD their God, from the hand of Midian.

who had delivered them out of the 23 And Gideon said unto them, I hands of all their enemies on every will not rule over you, neither shall side: my son rule over you: the LORD shall 35 Neither shewed they kindness

to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, 24 And Gideon said unto them, I Gideon, according to all the goodness would desire a request of you, that which he had shewed unto Israel. ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. For they had

CHAPTER IX. golden earrings, because they were

Abimelech by conspiracy with the Shechemites, and

murder of his brethren, is made king. 7 Jotham Ishmaelites.

by a parable rebuketh them, and foretelleth their 25 And they answered, We will

ruin. 22 Gaal conspireth with the Shechemites

against Abimelech. 30 Zebul revealeth it. willingly give them. And they spread

Abimelech overcometh them, and soucth the city a garment, and did cast therein ev

with salt. 46 He burneth the hold of the god Be

rith. 50 At Thebez he is slain by a piece of a ery man the earrings of his prey.

millstone. 56 Jotham's curse is fulfilled.

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Shechem destroyed. threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal | by night, and they laid wait against might come, and their blood be laid, Shechem in four companies. npon Abimelech their brother, which 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went slew them, and upon the men of out, and stood in the entering of the Shechem, which aided him in the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose killing of his brethren.

up, and the people that were with 25 And the men of Shechem set him, from lying in wait. liers in wait for him in the top of 36 And when Gaal saw the peothe mountains, and they robbed all ple, he said to Zebul, Behold, there that came along that way by them: come people down from the top of and it was told Abimelech.

the mountains. And Zebul said un26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came to him, Thou seest the shadow of with his brethren, and went over to the mountains as if they were men. Shechem: and the men of Shechem 37 And Gaal spake again and said, put their confidence in him. See, there come people down by the

27 And they went out into the middle of the land, and another comfields, and gathered their vineyards, pany come along by the plain of Meand trode the grapes, and made mer- onenim. ry, and went into the house of their 38 Then said Zebul unto him, god, and did eat and drink, and curs. Where is now thy mouth, whereed Abimelech.

with thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, 28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, that we should serve him? is not Who is Abimelech, and who is She- this the people that thou hast dechem, that we should serve him ? is spised ? go out, I pray now, and not he the son of Jerubbaal ? and fight with them. Zebul his officer ? serve the men of 39 And Gaal went out before the Hamor the father of Shechem: for men of Shechem, and fought with why should we serve him?

Abimelech. 29 And would to God this people 40 And Abimelech chased him, and were under my hand! then would i he fled before him, and many were remove Abimelech. And he said to overthrown and wounded, even unto Abimelech, Increase thine army, and the entering of the gate. come out.

41 And Abimelech dwelt at Aru30 And when Zebul the ruler of the mah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal city heard the words of Gaal the son and his brethren, that they should of Ebed, his anger was kindled. not dwell in Shechem. 31 And he sent messengers unto

42 And it came to pass on the morAbimelech privily, saying, Behold, row, that the people went out into Gaal the son of Ebed and his breth- the field; and they told Abimelech. ren be come to Shechem; and, be 43 And he took the people, and hold

, they fortify the city against divided them into three companies, thee.

and laid wait in the field, and look32 Now therefore up by night, thou ed, and, behold, the people were come and the people that is with thee, and forth out of the city; and he rose up lie in wait in the field :

against them, and smote them. 33 And it shall be, that in the morn

44 And Abimelech, and the coming, as soon as the sun is up, thou pany that was with him, rushed forshalt rise early, and set upon the ward, and stood in the entering of city: and, behold, when he and the the gate of the city: and the two people that is with him come out other companies ran upon all the against thee, then mayest thou do people that were in the fields, and to them as thou shalt find occa- slew them. sion.

45 And Abimelech fought against 34 And Abimelech rose up, and the city all that day; and he took all the people that were with him, the city, and slew the people that

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