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JUDGES. Covenant with Jephthah. 10 And the children of Israel cried 3 Then Jephthah fled from his anto the LORD, saying, We have brethren, and dwelt in the land of sinned against thee, both because Tob: and there were gathered vain we have forsaken our God, and also men to Jephthah, and went out with served Baalim.

him. 11 And the LORD said unto the chil- | 4 | And it came to pass in process dren of Israel, Did not I deliver you of time, that the children of Ammon from the Egyptians, and from the made war against Israel. Amorites, from the children of Am 5 And it was so, that when the chilmon, and from the Philistines? dren of Ammon made war against

12 The Zidonians also, and the Am- Israel, the elders of Gilead went to alekites, and the Maonites, did op- fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob: press you; and ye cried to me, and 6 And they said unto Jephthah, I delivered you out of their hand. Come, and be our captain, that we

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and may fight with the children of Amserved other gods: wherefore I will mon. deliver you no more.

7 And Jephthah said unto the el14 Go and cry unto the gods which ders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, ye have chosen ; let them deliver and expel me out of my father's you in the time of your tribulation. house ? and why are ye come unto

15 And the children of Israel said me now when ye are in distress? anto the Lord, We have sinned: do 8 And the elders of Gilead said thou unto us whatsoever seemeth unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn good unto thee; deliver us only, we again to thee now, that thou maypray thee, this day.

est go with us, and fight against the 16 And they put away the strange children of Ammon, and be our head gods from among them, and served over all the inhabitants of Gilead. the Lord: and his soul was grieved 9 And Jephthah said unto the elfor the misery of Israel.

ders of Gilead, If ye bring me home 17 Then the children of Ammon again to fight against the children of were gathered together, and en- Ammon, and the Lord deliver them camped in Gilead. And the chil before me, shall I be your head? dren of Israel assembled themselves 10 And the elders of Gilead said together, and encamped in Mizpeh. unto Jephthab, The Lord be witness 18 And the people and princes of between us, if we do not so accordGilead said one to another, What ing to thy words. man is he that will begin to fight 11 Then Jephthah went with the against the children of Ammon? elders of Gilead, and the people he shall be head over all the in- made him head and captain over habitants of Gilead.

them: and Jephthah uttered all his

words before the Lord in Mizpeh. CHAPTER XI. The covenant between Jephthah and the Gilead.

12 | And Jephthah sent messeniles, that he should be their head. 12 Jephthah's gers unto the king of the children mesages to the Ammonites. 30 His pouc, 32 bis of Ammon, saying, What hast thou conquest of the Ammonites. 34 His daughter first meeteth him. 39 He performeth his vow. to do with me, that thou art come COW Jephthah the Gileadite was against me to fight in my land ?

a mighty man of valour, and he 13 And the king of the children of was the son of a harlot: and Gilead Ammon answered unto the messenbegat Jephthah.

gers of Jephthah, Because Israel took 2 And Gilead's wife bare him away my land, when they came up sons; and his wife's sons grew up, out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto and they thrust out Jephthah, and Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now theresaid unto him, Thou shalt not in- fore restore those lands again peaceherit in our father's house ; for thou ably. art the son of a strange woman.

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ter than Balak the son of Zippor, king unto him, Thus saith of Moab? did he ever strive against el took not away the Israel, or did he ever fight against , nor the land of the them, mon:

26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon 1 Israel came up from and her towns, and in Aroer and Sked through the wild her towns, and in all the cities that be Red sea, and came be along by the coasts of Arnon,

three hundred years! why therefore •I sent messengers un- did ye not recover them within that f Edom, saying, Let time! se, pass through thy 27 Wherefore I have not sinned king of Edom would against thee, but thou doest me hereto. And in like wrong to war against me: the Lord ent unto the king of the Judge be judge this day bewould not consent : tween the children of Israel and the

children of Ammon.

de in Kadesh.
y went along through 28 Howbeit the king of the chil-
s, and compassed the dren of Ammon hearkened not unto

and the land of Mo- the words of Jephthah which he sent br the east side of the him. , and pitched on the 29 ( Then the Spirit of the Lord Arnon, but came not came upon Jephthah, and he passed der of Moab: for Ar- overGilead, and Manasseh, and pass urder of Moab. ed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from sent messengers un- Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unof the Amorites, the to the children of Ammon. pon; and Israel said / 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unus pass, we pray thee, to the Lord, and said, If thou shalt nd into my place. without fail deliver the children of trusted not Israel to Ammon into mine hands,

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35 And it came to pass, when he | ered me not, I put my life in my saw her, that he rent his clothes, hands, and passed over against the and said, Alas, iny daughter! thou children of Ammon, and the Lord dehast brought me very low, and thou livered them into my hand: whereart one of them that trouble me: for fore then are ye come up unto me I have opened my mouth unto the this day, to fight against me? Lord, and I cannot go back. 4 Then Jephthah gathered together 36 And she said unto him, My fa- all the men of Gilead, and fought ther, if thou hast opened thy mouth with Ephrain: and the men of Gilunto the LORD, do to me according ead smote Ephraim, because they to that which hath proceeded out of said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD Ephraim among the Ephraimites, hath taken vengeance for thee of and among the Manassites. thine enemies, even of the children 5 And the Gileadites took the pasof Ammon.

sages of Jordan before the Ephra37 And she said unto her father, imites: and it was so, when those Let this thing be done for me: let Ephraimites which were escaped me alone two months, that I may said, Let me go over, that the men go up and down upon the mount- of Gilead said unto him, Art thou ains, and bewail my virginity, I and an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; my fellows.

6 Then said they unto him, Say 38 And he said, Go. And he sent now Shibboleth: and he said Sibher away for two months: and she boleth: for he could not frame to went with her companions, and be pronounce it right. Then they took wailed her virginity upon the mount- him, and slew him at the passages ains.

of Jordan: and there fell at that 39 And it came to pass at the end time of the Ephraimites forty and of two months, that she returned two thousand. unto her father, who did with her 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six according to his vow which he had years. Then died Jephthah the Gilvowed: and she knew no man. And eadite, and was buried in one of the it was a custom in Israel,

cities of Gilead. 40 That the daughters of Israel 8 [ And after him Ibzan of Bethwent yearly to lament the daugh- lehem judged Israel. ter of Jephthah the Gileadite four 9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty days in a year.

daughters, whom he sent abroad, and

took in thirty daughters from abroad CHAPTER XII.

for his sons. And he judged Israel The Ephraimites, quarrelling with Jephthah, are seven years. detected by the word Shibboleth, and stain by the Gileadites. 7 Jephthah dieth. 8 Ibzan, 11 Elon,

10 Then died Ibzan, and was bur13 and Abdon, successively judge Israel. ied at Beth-lehem. ND the men of Ephraim gath 11 And after him Elon, a Zebulon

ered themselves together, and ite, judged Israel ; and he judged Iswent northward, and said unto Jeph- rael ten years. thah, Wherefore passedst thou over 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, to fight against the children of Am- and was buried in Aijalon in the mon, and didst not call us to go with country of Zebulun. thee? we will burn thine house up 13 And after him Abdon the son on thee with fire.

of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Is2 And Jephthah said unto them, I rael. and my people were at great strife 14 And he had forty sons and thirty with the children of Ammon; and nephews, that rode on threescore and when I called you, ye delivered me ten ass colts: and he judged Israel not out of their hands.

eight years. 3 And when I saw that ye deliv 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the 20

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The wife of Manoah. JUDGES.

Manoah's sacrifice.
Pirathonite died, and was buried in sat in the field: but Manoah her hus.
Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in band was not with her.
the mount of the Amalekites.

10 And the woman made haste,
CHAPTER XJII.

and ran, and shewed her husband, Israel delivered into the hand of the Philistines and said unto him, Behold, the man 2 An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife, 8 and hath appeared unto me, that came rifice, during which the angel is discovered. 24 unto me the other day. Samson is born.

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evil again in the sight of the and said unto him, Art thou the man Lord; and the Lord delivered them that spakest unto the woman? And into the hand of the Philistines forty he said, I am. years.

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy
2 [ And there was a certain man words come to pass. How shall we
of Zorah, of the family of the Dan- order the child, and how shall we do
ites, whose name was Manoah; and unto him?
his wife was barren, and bare not. 13 And the angel of the Lord said

3 And the angel of the LORD ap. unto Manoah, Of all that I said un-
peared unto the woman, and said to the woman let her beware.
unto her, Behold now, thou art bar-
ren, and bearest not: but thou shalt that cometh of the vine, neither let
conceive, and bear a son.

her drink wine or strong drink, nor 4 Now therefore beware, I pray eat any unclean thing: all that I thee, and drink not wine nor strong commanded her let her observe. drink, and eat not any unclean 15 And Manoah said unto the anthing:

gel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and detain thee, until we shall have
bear a son; and no razor shall come made ready a kid for thee.
on his head: for the child shall be a 16 And the angel of the Lord said
Nazarite unto God from the womb: unto Manoah, Though thou detain
and he shall begin to deliver Israel me, I will not eat of thy bread: and
out of the hand of the Philistines. if thou wilt offer a burnt offering,

6 Then the woman came and told thou must offer it unto the LORD.
her husband, saying, A man of God For Manoah knew not that he was
came unto me, and his countenance an angel of the Lord.
was like the countenance of an an 17 And Manoah said unto the an-
gel of God, very terrible: but I asko gel of the Lord, What is thy name,
ed him not whence he was, neither that when thy sayings come to pass
told he me his name:

we may do thee honour ?
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou 18 And the angel of the Lord said
shalt conceive, and bear a son; and unto him, Why askest thou thus af-
now drink no wine nor strong drink, ter my name, seeing it is secret?
neither eat any unclean thing: for 19 So Manoah took a kid with a
the child shall be a Nazarite to God meat offering, and offered it upon a
from the womb to the day of his rock unto the LORD: and the angel
death.

did wondrously; and Manoah and 8 T Then Manoah entreated the his wife looked on. LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the 20 For it came to pass, when the man of God which thou didst send fame went up toward heaven from come again unto us, and teach us off the altar, that the angel of the what we shall do unto the child that Lord ascended in the frame of the shall be born.

altar: and Manoah and his wife 9 And God hearkened to the voice looked on it, and fell on their faces of Manoah; and the angel of God to the ground. came again unto the woman as she 21 But the angel of the Lord did

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The birth of Samson. JUDGES

His marriage feast. no more appear to Manoah and to nath: and, behold, a young lion roarhis wife. Then Manoah knew that ed against him. he was an angel of the LORD. 6 And the Spirit of the Lord came 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, mightily upon him, and he rent him We shall surely die, because we as he would have rent a kid, and he have seen God.

had nothing in his hand: but he told 23 But his wife said unto him, If not his father or his mother what he the Lord were pleased to kill us, he had done. would not have received a burnt of 7 And he went down, and talked fering and a meat offering at our with the woman; and she pleased hands, neither would he have shew- Samson well. ed us all these things, nor would as 8 And after a time he returned to at this time have told us such things take her, and he turned aside to see as these.

the carcass of the lion: and, behold, 24 And the woman bare a son, and there was a swarm of bees and honey called his name Samson: and the in the carcass of the lion. child grew, and the Lord blessed 9 And he took thereof in his hands, him.

and went on eating, and came to 25 And the Spirit of the LORD be- his father and mother, and he gave gan to move him at times in the them, and they did eat: but he told camp of Dan between Zorah and not them that he had taken the Eshtaol.

honey out of the carcass of the lion. CHAPTER XIV.

10 So his father went down unto Samson desirelh a wife of the Philistines. 5 In the woman: and Samson made there his journey he killeth a lion. 8 In a second journey, he findeth honey in the carcass.

a feast; for so used the young men Samson's marriage feast. 12 His riddle is made to do. known by his wife. 19 He slayeth and spoileth thirty Philistines. 20 His wife is given to an

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Samson said unto them, nath of the daughters of the Philis- I will now put forth a riddle unto tines.

you: if ye can certainly declare it 2 And he came up, and told his me within the seven days of the father and his mother, and said, I feast, and find it out, then I will have seen a woman in Timnath of give you thirty sheets and thirty the daughters of the Philistines : change of garments : now therefore get her for me to 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, wife.

then shall ye give me thirty sheets 3 Then his father and his mother and thirty change of garments. And said unto him, Is there never a wo- they said unto him, Put forth thy man among the daughters of thy riddle, that we may hear it. brethren, or among all my people, 14 And he said unto them, Out of that thou goest to take a wife of the eater came forth meat, and out the uncircumcised Philistines? And of the strong came forth sweetness. Samson said unto his father, Get her And they could not in three days for me; for she pleaseth me well. expound the riddle. 4 Bat his father and his mother 15 And it came to pass on the sevknew not that it was of the Lord, enth day, that they said unto Samthat he sought an occasion against son's wife, Entice thy husband, that the Philistines: for at that time he may declare unto us the riddle, the Philistines had dominion over lest we burn thee and thy father's

house with fire: have ye called us 5 Then went Samson down, and his to take that we have? is it not father and his mother, to Timnath, so? and came to the vineyards of Tim 16 And Samson's wife wept before

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