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Of Israel's idolatry, JUDGES,

and God's anger delivered them into the hands of 2 Only that the generations of spoilers that spoiled them, and he the children of Israel might know sold them into the hands of their to teach them war, at the least enemies round about, so that they such as before knew nothing could not any longer stand before thereof;) their enemies.

3 Namely, five lords of the Phi15 Whithersoever they went out, listines, and all the Canaanites, and the hand of the LORD was against the Sidonians, and the Hivites that thom for evil, as the LORD had said, dwelt in mount Lebanon, from and as the LORD had sworn unto mount Baal-hermon unto the enthem; and they were greatly dis- tering in of Hamath. tressed.

4 And they were to prove Israel 16 11 Nevertheless the LORD rais- by them, to know whether they ed up judges, which delivered them would hearken

unto the commandout of the hand of those that spoil- ments of the LORD, which he com ed them.

manded their fathers by the hand 17 And yet they would not hear- of Moses. ken unto their judges, but they 5 11 And the children of Israel went a whoring after other gods, dwelt among the Canaanites, Hitand bowed themselves unto them: tites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, they turned quickly out of the way and Hivites, and Jebusites: which their fathers walked in, 6 And they took their daughters obeying the commandments of the to be their wives, and gave their LORD; but they did not so. daughters to their sons, and served

18 And when the LORD raised their gods. them up judges, then the LORD 7 And the children of Israel did was with the judge, and delivered evil in the sight of the Lord, and them out of the hand of their ene- forgat the LORD their God, and mies all the days of the judge: (for served Baalim, and the groves. it repented the LORD because of 8 IT Therefore the anger of the their groanings by reason of them LORD was hot against Israel, and that oppressed them and vexed he sold them into the hand of them.)

Chushan-rishathaim king of Me19 And it came to pass, when the sopotamia: and the children of judge wasdead, that they returned, Israel served Chushan-rishathaim and corrupted themselves more eight years. than their fathers, in follow 9 And when the children of Ising other gods to serve them, rael cried unto the LORD, the and to bow down unto them; LORD raised up a deliverer to the They ceased not from their own children of Israel, who delivered doings, nor from their stubborn them, ren Othnicl the son of way.

Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 20 | And the anger of the LORD 10 And the Spirit of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he came upon him, and he judged Issaid, Because that this people hath rael, and went out to war: and the transgressed my covenant which I LORD delivered Chushan-rishacommanded their fathers, and thaim king of Mesopotamia into have not hearkened unto my his hand; and his hand prevailed voice;

against Chushan-rishathaim. 21 I also will not henceforth 11 And the land had rest forty drive out any from before them years: and Othniel the son of of the nations which Joshua left Kenaz died. when he died :

12 | And the children of Israel 22 That through them I may did evil again in the sight of prove Israel, whether they will the Lord : and the LORD keep the way of the LORD to strengthened Eglon the king, of walk therein, as their fathers did Moab against Israel, because they kez therefore the Lord left those the LORD.

had done evil in the sight of nations, without driving them out 13 And he gathered unto him hastily, neither delivered he them the children of Ammon and into the hand of Joshua.

Amalek, and went and smote CHAP. III.

Israel, and possessed the city of The Nations left to prove Israel. palm-trees. NWichthese are the nations 14 So the children of Israel

which the Lord left, to prove served Eglon the king of Moab Israel by them, (even as many of eighteen years. Israel as had not known all the 15 But when the children of wars of Canaan;

Israel cried unto the LORD, the

Ehud kills Eglon.

CHAP. IV: The Moabites defeated LORD rạised them up a deliverer, they

went down after him, and took Ehud the son of Gera, a Benja- the fords of Jordan toward Moab, mite, a man left-handed : and by and suffered not a man to pass him the children of Israel sent a over. present unto Eglon the king of 29 | And they slew of Moab at Moab.

that time about ten thousand men, 16 But Ehud made him a dagger all lusty, and all men of valour: which had two edges, of a cubit and there escaped not a man. length: and he did gird it under

his 30 So Moab was subdued that raiment upon his right thigh. day under the hand of Israel :

17 And he brought the present and the land had rest fourscore unto Eglon king of Moab: and years. Eglon was a very fat man.

31 And after him was Shamgar 18 And when he had made an the son of Anath, which slew of the end to offer the present, he sent Philistines six hundred men with away the people that bare the an ox-goad; and he also delivered present.

Israel. 19 But he himself turned again

CHAP. IV. from the quarries that were by Gil- Deborah and Barak deliver Israel. gal, and said, I have a secreterrand Adid evil in the sight of the silence. And all that stood by him LORD when Ehud was dead. went out from him.

2 And the LORD sold them into 20 And Ehud came unto him; the hand of Jabin king of Canaan and he was sitting in a summer- that reigned in Hazor, the captain parlour, which he had for himself of whose host was Sisera, which alone: and Ehud said, I have a dwelt in Harosheth of the Genmessage from God unto thee. And tiles. he arose out of his seat.

3 And the children of Israel cried 21 And Ehud put forth his left unto the LORD; for he had nine hand, and took the dagger from hundred chariots of iron ; and his right thigh, and thrust it into twenty years he mightily oppressed his belly:

the children of Israel, 22 And the haft also went in 4 1 And Deborah, a prophetess, after the blade: and the fat closed the wife of Lapidoth, she judged upon the blade, so that he could not Israel at that time. draw the dagger out of his belly; 5 And she dwelt under the and the dirt came out.

palm-tree of Deborah, between 23 Then Ehud went forth Ramah and Beth-el in mount through the porch, and shut the Ephraim : and the children of doors of the parlour upon him, and Israel came up to her for judglocked them.

ment. 24 When he was gone out, his 6 And she gent and called Barak servants came; and when they saw the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshthat, behold, the doors of the par- naphtali, and said unto him, Hath Jour were locked, they said, Surely not the LORD God of Israel comhe covereth his feet in his summer- manded, saying, Go, and dran chamber.

toward mount Tabor, and take 25 And they tarried till they were with thee ten thousand men of the ashamed: and behold, he opened children of Naplitali, and of the not the doors of the parlour, there children of Zebulun; fore they took a key and opened

7 And I will draw unto thee, to them : and behold, their lord the river Kishon, Sisera the captain was fallen down dead on the of Jabin's army, with his chariots earth.

and his multitude; and I will deli26 And Ehud escaped while ver bim into thy hand ? they tarried ; and passed beyond 8 And Barak said unto her, If the quarries, and escaped unto thou wilt go with me, then I will Seirath.

go; but if thou wilt not go with 27 And it came to pass when he me, then I will not go. was come, that he blew a trumpet 9 And she said, I will surely go in the mountain of Ephraim, and with thee: potwithstanding the the children of Israel went down journey that thou takest shall not with him from the mount, and he be for thine honour; for the LORD before them.

shall sell Sisera into the hand of a 28 And he said unto them, woman. And Deborah arose, and Follow after me: for the LORD went with Barak to Kedesh. hath delivered your enemies the 10 T And Barak called Zebulun Moabites into your hand. And and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he

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JUDGES, by Deborah and Barak went up with ten thousand men at sued Sisera, Jael came out to meet his feet: and Deborah went up him, and said unto him, Come, with him.

and I will shew thee the mars 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which whom thou seekest. And when he was of the children of Hobab the came into her tent, behold, Sisera father-in-law of Moses, had sever, lay dead, and the nail was in his ed himself from the Kenites, and temples. pitched his tent unto the plain of 23 So God subdued on that day Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. Jabin the king of Canaan before

12 And they shewed Sisera that the children of Israel. Barak the son of Abinoam was 24 And the hand of the children gone up to mount Tabor.

of Israel prospered, and prevailed 13 And Sisera gathered together against Jabin the king of Canaan, all his chariots, even nine hundred until they had destroyed Jabin king chariots of iron, and all the people of Canaan. that were with him, from Haro

CHAP. V. sheth of the Gentiles unto the river Song of Deborah and Barak. of Kishon.

WHEN sang Deborah and Barak 14 And Deborah said unto the son of Abinoam on that Barak, Up; for this is the day in day, saying, which the LORD hath delivered 2 Praise ye the LORD for the Sisera into thy hand: is not the avenging of Israel, when the peoLORD gone out before thee? So ple willingly offered themselves. Barak went town from mount 3 Hear, Oye kings; give ear, Tabor, and ten thousand men after ye princes; I, even 1, will sing unto him.

the LORD; I will sing praise to 15 And the LORD discomfited the LORD God of Israel. Sisera, and all his chariots, and all 4 LORD, when thou wentest out his host, with the edge of the of Şeir, when thou marchedst out sword before Baruk; so that Sisera of the field of Edom, the earth lighted down off his chariot, and trembled, and the heavens dropfled away on his feet.

ped, the clouds also dropped 16 But Barak pursued after the water. chariots, and after the host, unto 5 The mountains melted from Haroshcth of the Gentiles: and all before the LORD, even that Sinai the host of Sisera fell upon the from before the LORD God of edge of the sword; and there was Israel. not a man left.

6 In the days of Shamgar the son 17 How beit, Sisera fled away on of Anath, in the days of Jael, the his feet to the tent of Jael the wife highways were unoccupied, and of Heber the Kenite : for there was the travellers walked through bypeace between Jabin the king of ways. Hazor and the house of Heber the 7 The inhabitants of the villages Kenite.

ceased, they ceased in Israel, until 18 1 And Jael went out to meet that I Deborah arose, that I arose Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, a mother in Israel. my lord, turn in to me; fear not. 8 They chose new gods; then And when he had turned in unto was war in the gates: was there her into the tent, she covered him a shield or spear seen among forty with a mantle.

thousand in Israel? 19 And he said unto her, Give 9 My heart is toward the gover me, I pray thee, a little water to nors of

Israel that offered them drink; for I am thirsty. And she selves willingly among the people : opened a bottle of milk, and gave Bless ye the LORD. him drink, and covered him. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white

20 Again he said unto her, Stand asses, ye that sit in judgment, and in the door of the tent, and it shall walk by the way. be, when any man doth come and 11 They that are delivered from inquire of thee, and say, Is there the noise of archers in the places any man here ? that thou shalt say, of drawing water, there shall they No.

rehearse the righteous acts of the 21 Then Jael Heber's wife took LORD, even the righteous acts toa nail of the tent, and took a ham-ward the inhabitants of his villages mer in her hand, and went softly in Israel: then shall the people of unto him, and smote the nail into the LORD go down to the gates. his temples, and fastened it into 12 Awake, awake, Deborah the ground: for he was fast asleep, awake, awake, utter a song: arise and weary So he died.

Barak, and lead thy captivity cap22 And behold, as Barak pur-Itive, thou son of Abinoam.

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Thesong of Deborah. CHAP. VÌ. Midian oppresses Israel

13 Then he made him that re- 1 ed, he fell: where he bowed, there maineth have dominion over the he fell down dead. nobles among the people: the LORD 28 The mother of Sisera looked inade me have dominion over the out at a window, and cried Inighty.

through the lattice, Why is his 14 Out of Ephraim was there a chariot so long in coming ? why root of them against Amalek; tarry the wheels of his chariots? after thee, Benjamin, among thy

29 Her wise ladies answered her, people; out of Machir came down yea, she returned answer to hergovernors, and out of Zebulun self, they that handle the pen of the 30 Have they, not sped? have writer.

they not divided the prey; to every 15 And the princes of Issachar man a damsel or two; to Sisera a were with Deborah; even Issachar, prey of divers colours, a prey of and also Barak; he was sent on divers colours of needle-work, of foot into the valley. For the di- divers colours of needle-work on visions of Reuben there were great both sides, meet for the necks of thoughts of heart.

them that take the spoi) ? 16 Why abodest thou among the

31 So let all thine enemies perish, sheep-folds, to hear the bleatings O LORD: but let them that love of the flocks ? For the divisions of him be as the sun when he goeth Reuben there were great searchings forth in his might. And the land of heart.

had rest forty years. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan:

CHAP. VI. and why did Dan remain in ships? Israel oppressed by Midian. Ashen

continuid bore the sea-shore, A Dihe einbildiren of thsrael did! 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a and the LORD delivered them into people that jeoparded their lives the hand of Midian seven years. unto the death in the high places of

2 And the hand of Midian prethe field.

vailed against Israel: and because 19 The kings came and fought, of the Midianites the children of then fought

the kings of Canaan in Israel made them the dens which Taanach by the waters of Megid- are in the mountains, and caves, do; they took no gain of mo- and strong holds. nexo They fought from heaven; sown, that the Midianites came up, the stars in their courses fought and the Amalekites, and the chil against Sisera.

dren of the east, even they came 21 The river of Kishon swe up against them: them away, that ancient river, the 4 And they encamped against river Kishon. O my soul, thou them, and destroyed the increase hast trodden down strength. of the earth, till thou come unto

22 Then were the horse-hoofs Gaza; and left no sustenance for broken by the means of the pran- Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor cings, the prancings of their mighty ass. ones.

5 For they came up with their 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the an- cattle and their tents, and they gel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly came as grasshoppers for multithe inhabitants thereof; because tude; for both they and their cathey came not to the help of the mels were without number : and LORD, to the help of the LORD they entered into the land to deagainst the mighty.

stroy it. 24 Blessed above women shall 6. And Israel was greatly impo Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite verished because of the Midianbe, blessed shall she be above wo- itęs ; and the children of Israel men in the tent.

cried unto the LORD. 25 He asked water, and she gave 71 And it came to pass, when him milk; she brought forth butter the children of Israel cried unto the in a lordly dish.

LORD because of the Midianites, 26 She put her hand to the nail, 8 That the LORD sent a prophet and her right hand to the work unto the children of Israel, which men's hammer; and with the ham- said unto them, Thus saith the mer she smote Sisera, she smote LORD God of Israel, I brought you off his head, when she had pierced up from Egypt,

and brought you and stricken through his tem- forth out of the house of bondples.

age; 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, 9 And I delivered you out of the he lay down: at her feet he bow- hand of the Egyptians, and out of

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An angel sendeth Gideon JUDGES,

to deliver Israel. the hana of all that oppressed you, the unleavened cakes. Then the and drave them out from before angel of the LORD departed out of you, and gave you their land; his sight.

10 And I said unto you, I am the 22 And when Gideon perceived LORD your God; fear not the gods that he was an angel of the LORD, of the Amorites, in whose land ye Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! dwell: but ye have not obeyed my for because I have seen an angel voice.

of the LORD face to face. 11 | And there came an angel 23 And the LORD said unto him, of the LORD, and sat under an oak Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou which was in Ophrah, that pertain- shalt not die. ed unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and 24 Then Gideon built an altar his son Gideon threshed wheat by there unto the LORD, and called it the wine-press, to hide it from the Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it Midianites.

is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ez12 And the angel of the LORD rites. appeared unto him, and said unto 25 T And it came to pass the him, The LORD is with thee, thou same night, that the LORD said unto mighty man of valour.

him, Take thy father's young bul13 And Gideon said unto him, O lock, even the second bullock of semy Lord, if the LORD be with us, ven years old, and throw down the why then is all this befallen us? altar of Baal'that thy father hath, and where be all his miracles which and cut down the grove that is by our fathers told

us of, saying, Did it: not the LORD bring us up from

26 And build an altar unto the Egypt? but now the LORD hath LORD thy God upon the top of this forsaken us, and delivered us into rock, in the ordered place, and the hands of the Midianites. take the second bullock, and offer

14 And the LORD 'ooked upon a burnt-sacrifice with the wood of him, and sạid, Go in this thý might, the grove which thou shalt cut and thou shalt save Israel from the down. hand of the Midianites: have not

27 Then Gideon took ten men of I sent thee?

his servants, and did as the LORD 15 And he said unto him, O my had said unto him: and so it was, Lord, wherewith shall I save Is- because he feared his father's rael? behold, my family is poor in household, and the men of the city, Manasseh, and I am the least in that he could not do it by day, that my father's house.

he did it by night. 16 And the LORD said unto him, 28 1 And when the men of the Surely I will be with thee, and thou city arose early in the morning, beshalt smite the Midianites as one hold, the altar of Baal was cast man.

down, and the grove was cut 17 And he said unto him, If now down that was by it, and the seI have found grace in thy sight, cond bullock was offered upon the then shew me a sign that thou talk- altar that was built. est with me.

29 And they said one to another, 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, Who hath done this thing? And until I come unto thee, and bring when they inquired and asked, forth my present, and set it before they said, Gideon the son of Joash thee. And he said, I will tarry un- hath done this thing. til thou come again.

30 Then the men of the city said 19 And Gideon went in, and unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that made ready a kid, and unleavened he may die : because he hath cast cakes of an ephah of flour: the down the altar of Baal, and befiesh he put in a basket, and he put cause he hath cut down the grove the broth in a pot, and brought it that was by it. out unto him under the oak, and

31 And Joash said unto all that presented it.

stood against him, Will ye plead 20 And the angel of God said for Baal? will ye save him? he unto him, Take the flesh and the that will plead for him, let him be unleavened cakes, and lay them put to death whilst it is yet mornupon this rock, and pour out the ing; if he be a god, let him plead broth. And he did so.

for himself, because one hath cast 21 1 Then the angel of the LORD down his altar. put forth the end of the staff that 32 Therefore on that day he callwas in his hand, and touched the ed him Jerubbaal, saying, Let flesh and the unleavened cakes; Baal plead against him, because he and there rose up fire out of the hath thrown down his altar. rock, and consumed the flesh and 33 Then all the Midianites, and

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