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25 i And they took two i Psal. 1xxxiii. 2 Thine Enemies

make a Tumult: and they that hate Princes of the Midianites,

Turales, thee, lift up the Head. Oreb and ZEEB; and they3 They have taken crafty Counsel flew OREB upon the Rock against thy People, and consulted a

Le gainst thy hidden ones. Oreb, and ZEEB they flew saj

4. They have said, Come, and let at the Wine-press of Zeeb, us cut them off from being a Nation : and pursued Midian, and

Aidian and that the Name of Israel may be no

more in Remembrance. brought the Heads of Oreb s For they have consulted togeand Zeeb to Gideon on the ther with one Consent : they are other side Jordan.

confederate against thee.

6 The Tabernacles of Edom, and the Ilhmaelites : of Moab, and the Hagarenes.

7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek, the Philistines, with the Inhabitants of Tyre.

9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites, as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the Brook of Kison.

10 Which perished at En dor: they became as Dung for the Earth. 11 Make their Nobles like OREB, and like ZEEB : yea, all their Princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the Houses of God in poffeflion.

13 O my God, make them like a Wheel ; as the Stubble before the Wind.

CH A P. VIII.

i Gideon pacifieth the Ephraimites. 4 Succoth and Penuel re.

fuse to relieve Gideon's Army. 10 Zeba and Zalmunna are taken. 13 Succoth and Penuel are destroyed. 17 Gideon revengeth his Brethrens Death on Zeba and Zalmunna : 22 He refuseth Government : 24 His Ephod Cause of Idolatry. 28° Midian subdued. 32 Gideon's Children and Death. 33 The Ifraelites Idolatry and Ingratitude.

Ver. 32 AND Gideon died in a good old Age.

n 33 And it came to pass afloon as Gideon was dead, that the Children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baal-berith their God.

34 And the Children of Israel remembred not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the Hands of all their Enemies on every side.

35 Neither shewed they Kindness to the House of Jerubbaal, namely Gideon, according to all the Goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

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CHA P. IX. i Abimelech by Conspiracy with the Shechemites, and Murder

of his Brethren, is made King: 7 Fotham by a Paraí le rebuketh them, and foretelleth their Ruin. 22 Gaal confpireth with the Shechemites against him : 30 Zebull revealetb it. 34 Abimelech overcometh them, and loweth the City with Salt: 46 He burneth the Hold of the God Berith: 50 At Thebaz he is pain by a piece of a Milftone. 57. Jo tham's Curse is fulfilled.

CH A P. X. 1 Tola judgeth Israel. 3. Fair fucceedeth him, whose thirty

Sons had thirty Cities. 7 The Philistines and Ammonites oppreling Ifrael, 15 upon their Repentance, God pitieth them.

Ver. 10 AND the Children of Israel cried unto the LORD,

n saying, We have SINNED against thee, both because we have FORSAKEN our God, and also SERVED BAALIM.

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 PhiliItines.

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.

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other Gods : wherefore I will deliver you no more.

14 Go and cry unto the Gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your Tribulation.

15 k And the Children of * Psal. lxxviii. 34 when he Bew Israel said unto the LORD them, then they soUGHT him : and We have finned do thou they returned and enquired early ar

ter God. unto us whatsoever seemeth 35 And they remembred that good unto thee, deliver us was their Rock, and the high GOD

this Day their REDEEMER. only, we pray thec, this Day. the

36 Nevertheless they did flatter 16 And they put away the him with their Mouth, and they lied Strange Gods from among unto him with their Tongues. them, and served the LORD: 37 For their HEART was not RIGHT

GOD

and and his soul was grieved for with him, neither were they stedfaft

in his Covenant. the Misery of Israel.

38 But he being full of Compasslon, forgave their Iniquity, and destroyed them not ; yea, many a time turned he his Anger away, and did not stir up all his Wrath.

39 For he remeinbied that they were but Flesh ; a WIND that paleth away and comerh not again.

40 How oft did they provoke him in the Wilderness, and grieve him in the Deiert:

41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy ONE of Israel

42 They remembred not his Hand, nor the Day when he delivered them from the Enemy

43 How he had wrought his Signs in Egypt, and his Wonders in the Field of Zoan.

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1 Yepthah's Covenant with the Gileadites : 29 His Vow: 32 His Conquest of the Ammonites : 34 He performeth his Vow on his Daughter.

Ver. I N OW Jepthah the Gileadite was a mighty Man

N of Valour, and he was the Son of an Harlot : and Gilead begat Jepthah.

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.

3 Then Jephthah fed from his Brethren, and dwelt in the Land of Tob: and there were gathered vain Men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the Children of Ammon made War against Israel. .

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:

6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come and be our Captain, that we may fight with the Children of Ammon.

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?

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,

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9 And Jephthah said unto the Elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight againīt the Children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me; fhall I be your Head ?

10 And the Elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be Witness between us, if we do not so according to thy Words.

u 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.

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 ? · 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: now therefore, · restore those Lands again peaceably.

14 And Jephthah sent Messengers again unto the King:

15 And said unto him, Thus faith Jephthah, Israel took not away the Land of Moab, nor the Land of the Children of Ammon :

16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the Wilderness, unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadeth.

17 Then Israel sent Meslengers unto the King of Edom, faying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy Land: but the King of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like inanner they sent unto the King of Moab; but he would not consent.

23 The LORD God of Israel hath dispofsefled the Amorites from before his People Israel, and shouldst thou pofless it?

24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemoth thy God giveth thee to pofless? So whomsoever the LORD our GOD Thall drive out from before us, them will we posless.

25 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the Son of Zippor King of Moab? did he ever strive againit Israel, or did he ever fight against them,

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?

27 Wherefore

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27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doit me wrong to war against me : the LORD the Judge, be Judge this Day, between the Children of Israel, and the Children of Ammon.

28 Howbeit, the King of the Children of Ammon hearkned not unto the Words of Jephthah which he sent him.

29 Then the SPIRIT of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over unto the Children of Ammon.

30 And Jephthah vowed a Vow unto the Lord, and, said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the Children of Ammon into mine Hands,

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.

32 So Jephthah passed over unto the Children of Ammon to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his Hands.

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.

34 And Jepthah 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.

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.

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; forafinuch as the LORD hath taken Vengeance for thce of thine Enemies, even of the Children of Ammon.

37 And she said unto him, 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 Fellows.

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.

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