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CHAP. V. fong of Deborah and Barak,

LORD hath delivered Sifera into thine, the LORD, even that Sinai from before band: is not the LORD gone out be- the LORD God of Ifrael.

Jore thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

6 In the days of Shamgar the fon of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the tra15 And the LORD difcomfited Sifera, velfers walked through byways. and all bis chariots, and all bis hoft, 7 The inhabitants of the villages with the edge of the fword before ceafed, they ceafed in Ifrael, until that Barak; fo that Sifera lighted down I Deborah arofe, that 1 arose a mother off bis chariot, and fled away on his in Ifrael.

& They chofe new gods; then war 16 But Barak purfued after the war in the gates: was there a field chariots, and after the hoft, unto Ha-jor fpear feen among forty thousand rotheth of the Gentiles: and all the in Ifrael?

best of Sifera fell upon the edge of the g My heart is toward the governors fword; and there was not a man left. of Ifrael, that offered themfelves wil 17 Howbeit Sifera fled away on his lingly among the people. Bleís ye feet to the tent of Jael the wife of the LORD.

Heber the Kenite: for there was peace 10 Speak, ye that ride on white between Jabin the king of Hazor and affes, ye that it in in judgment, and walk by the way.

the house of Heber the Kenite. 185And Jael went out to meet Sifera, II They that are delivered from the and faid unto him, Turn in, my lord, noife of archers in the places of drawturn in to me; fear not. And when he ing water, there fhall they rehearse had turned in unto her into the tent, the righteous acts of the LORD, even fhe covered him with a mantle. the righteous acts toward the inha 19 And he faid unto her, Give me, 1bitants of his villages in Ifrael: then pray thee, a little water to drink: for fhall the people of the LORD go down Jam thirty. And the opened a bottle to the gates.

vered him.

of milk, and gave him drink, and co- 12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a fong: arife, Barak, 30 Again he faid unto her, Stand in and lead thy captivity captive, thou the door of the tent, and it fhall be, fon of Abinoam."

when any man doth come and enquire 13 Then he made him that remainof thee, and fay, Is there any man eth have dominion over the nobles hint that thou shalt fay, No. among the people: the LORD made 11 Then Jael Heber's wife took alme have dominion over the mighty. of the tent, and took an hammer 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root in her hand, and went foftly unto him, of them against Amalek; after thee, and note the nail into his temples, Benjamin, among thy people; out of and fañened it into the ground: for Machir came down governors, and as fast afleep and weary. So he out of Zebulun they that handle the

pen of the writer.

fied. 22 And, behold, as Barak purfued 15 And the princes of Ifachar were Sifera, Jael came out to meet him, with Deborah; even Iffacher and alfo and faid unto him, Come, and I will Barak: he was fent on foot into the few thee the man whom thou feekeft. valley. For the divifions of Reuben And when he came into her tent, be-there were great thoughts of heart. hold, bifera lay dead, and the nail was 16 Why abodeft thou among the in iris temples. heep folds, to hear the bleatings of 13 So God fubdued on that day Jabin the flocks? For the divifions of Reuthe king of Canaan before the children ben there were great fearchings of of Krael. 24 And the hand of the children of 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: lirael profpered, and prevailed against and why did Dan remain in fhips? in the king of Canaan, until they Ather continued on the fea fhore, and had deftroyed Jabin king of Canaan. abode in his breaches.

CHAP. V.

heart.

18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto THEN fang Deborah and Barak the death in the high places of the the fon of Abinoam on that day,field.

THEN

Caging, 19 The kings came and fought, then 1 Praife ye the LORD for the aveng-fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach of lfrael, when the people willing-by the waters of Megiddo; they took It offered themfelves. no gain of money.

3 tar, Oye kings; give ear, O ye 20 They fought from heaven; the princes; 1, even 1, will fing unto the flars in their courfes fought against LORD; I will fing praife to the LORD Sifera.

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21 The river of Kifhon fwept them 4 LORD, when thou wenteft out of away, that antient river, the river Seiry when thou marchedft out of Kifhon. O my foul, thou haft trodden the Beld of Edom, the earth trembled, down ftrength. and the beavens dropped, the clouds 22 Then were the horfeboofs broken allo cropped water. by the means of the prancings, the 5 The mountains meltedfrom beforel prancings of their mighty ones.

Ifrael oppreffed by Midian."

JUDGES.

Gideon and the angel. 23 Curse ye Meroz, faid the angel 8 That the LORD fent a prophe of the LORD, curfe ye bitterly the unto the children of ifrael, which fai Inhabitants thereof: becaufe they unto them, Thus faith the LORD Go same not to the help of the LORD, of lfrael, I brought you up from Egypt to the help of the LORD against the and brought you forth but of the house mighty. of bondage;

24 Bieffed above women fhall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, bleffed fhall fhe be above women in the tent.

25 He asked water, and fhe gave bim milk; fhe brought forth butter. in a lordly dish.

26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer: and with the hammer the fmote Sifera, the fmote off his head, when the had pierced and ftricken through his temples.

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.

28 The mother of Sifera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot fo long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

29 her wife ladies anfwered her, yea, the returned anfwer to herself, 30 Have they not fped? have they not divided the prey? to every man a damfel or two; to Sifera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needle work, of divers colours of needle work on both fides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the fun when he goeth forth in his his might. And the land had reft forty

years.

CHAP. VI.

ND the children of Ifrael did evil

A in the fight of the LORD: and
AND
the LORD delivered them into the
hand of Midian seven years.

9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppretted you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

IO And I faid unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whofe land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and fat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joaíh, the Abi-ezrite: and his fon Gi deon threshed wheat by the wineprefs, to hide it from the Midianites.

12 And the angel of the LORD ap peared unto him, and faid unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

13 And Gideon faid 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, faying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forfaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

14 And the LORD looked upon him, and faid, Go in this thy might, and thou fhalt fave Ifrael from the hand of the Midianites: have not I fent thee?

15 And he faid unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith fhall I fave Ifrael? behold, my family is poor in Manaf feh, and I am the leaft in my father's houfe.

16 And the LORD faid unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou fhalt fmite the Midianites as one man. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed) 17 And he faid unto him, If now againft Ifrael: and becaufe of the I have found grace in thy fight, then Midianites the children of Ifrael made fhew me a fign that thou talkett with them the dens which are in the moun-me.

tains, and caves, and ftrong holds. 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, 3 And fo it was, when Ifrael had until I come unto thee, and bring forth fown, that the Midianites came up, my prefent, and let it before thee. and the Amalekites, and the children And he faid, I will tarry until thou of the eaft, even they came up againft come again.

them; 19 And Gideon went in, and made 4 And they encamped against them, ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of and deftroyed the increafe of the an ephah of flour: the flesh he put earth, till thou come unto Gaza; and in a basket, and he put the broth in a left no fuftenance for Ifrael, neither pot, and brought it out unto him u fheep, nor ox, nor afs. der the oak, and presented it.

5 For they came up with their cattle 20 And the angel of God faid unto and their tents, and they came as him, Take the flesh and the unlesgrafshoppers for multitude; for both vened cakes, and lay them upon this they and their camels were without rock, and pour out the broth. And number and they entered into the he did fo.

land to deftroy it.

21 Then the angel of the LORD 6 And Ifrael was greatly impove-put forth the end of the ftaff that was rithed because of the Midianites; and in his hand, and touched the flesh and the children of Ifrael cried unto the the unleavened cakes; and there rofe LORD.

7 And it came to pafs, when the children of Ifrael cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,

up fire out of the rock, and confumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lenn departed lout of his fight.

Baals altar derged. CHAP. VII. Gideon's Reece: bis army. 22 And when Gideon perceived that 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool be was an angel of the LORD, Gideon in the floor; and if the dew be on the faid, Alas, O Lord Gop! for becaufe fleece only, and it be dry upon all the I have seen an angel of the LORD face earth befide, then fhall I know that thou wilt fave Ifrael by mine hand,

to face.

as thou haft faid.

23 And the LORD faid unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die, 38 And it was fo: for he rofe up 24 Then Gideon built an altar there fleece together, and wringed the dew early on the morrow, and thruft the thalom: unto this day it is yet in the LORD, and called it Jehovah. out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. Oprah of the Abi-ezrites. 39 And Gideon faid unto God, Let 25 And it came to pafs the fame and I will fpeak but this once: let me not thine anger be hot againft me, night, that the LORD faid unto him, prove, I pray thee, but this once with Take thy father's young bullock, even the ficece; let it now be dry only upon the second bullock of feven years old,fthe fleece, and upon all the ground let and throw down the altar of Baal that there be dew.

thy father bath, and cut down the grove that is by it:

CHAP. VII,

40 And God did fo that night: for 26 And build an altar unto the LORD there was dew on all the ground. thy God upon the top of this rock, in it was dry upon the fleece only, and the ordered place, and the fe-and wide cond bullock, and offer take the fa-T and all the people that were with THEN Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, crifice with the wood of the grove him, rofe up early, and pitched beside

which thou fhalt cut down.

the well of Harod: fo that the hoft of

his events, and did as the LORD had of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the Then Gideon took ten men of the Midianites were on the north fide faid unto him: and fo it was, becaufe valley.

he feared his father's houfehold, and

2 And the LORD faid unto Gideon, The people that

do it by day, that he did it by night. many for me to give the Midianites

amle early in the morning, behold, themselves againft me, faying, Mine 281 And when the men of the city into their hands, 1ft Ifrael vaunt the altar of Baal was cait down, and own hand hath faved me.

the grove was cut down that was by

and the fecond bullock was offered the ears of the people, faying, Who

3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in

on the altar that was built.

foever is fearful and afraid, let him Who hath done this thing? And when Gilead. And there returned of the 39 And they faid one to another, return and depart early from mount they enquired and afked, they faid, people twenty and two thoufand; and Gideon the fon of Joafh hath done there remained ten thousand.

this thing.

4 And the LORD faid unto Gideon,

30 Thenthemen of the city faid unto the people are yet too many; bring Je, Bring out thy fon, that he may them down unto the water, and I will de: because be hath caft down the try them for thee there; and it fhall tar of Baal, and becaufe he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 31 And Jouth faid unto all that flood him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye fave him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilft get morning: if he be a god, let plead for himself, becaufe one hath aft down his altar.

be, that of whom I fay unto thee, This fhall go with thee, the fame fhall go with thee; and of whomfoever 1 fay unto thee, This fhall not go with thee, the fame fhall not go..

32 Therefore on that day he called Jerubbaal, faying, Let Baal piead ant him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD faid unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him fhalt thou fet by him felf; likewife every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

6 And the number of them that 33 Then all the Midianites and lapped, pulling their hand to their the Amalekites and the children of mouth, were three hundred men: but the eat were gathered together, and all the reft of the people bowed down went over, and pitched in the valley upon their knees to drink water. of Jezreel. 7 And the LORD faid unto Gideon, 34 But the Spirit of the LORD came By the three hundred men that lapupon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;ped will I fave you, and deliver the and Ali-ezer, was gathered after him. Midianites into thine hand: and let 35 And be fent meffengers through-all the other people go every man unto all Manch; who alfo was his place.

athered after him and he fent mef- 8 So the people took victuals in gers unto Alher, and unto Zebulun, their hand, and their trumpets: and and unto Naphtali; and they came up he fent all the rest of ifrael every man unto his tent, and retained thofe three 36 And Gideon faid unto God, If hundred men: and the hoft of Midian it fate lifrael by mine hand, as was beneath him in the valley. 9 And it came to pafs the fame

to meet them,

tho ba laid,

Gideon's fratagem.

JUDGES. The Ephraimites pacified.

night, that the LORD faid unto hin,, to the border of Abel-meholah, unt Arife, get thee down unto the hoft Tabbath. for I have delivered it into thine 23 And the men of Ifrael gathered hand. themfelves together out of Naphtali 10 But if thou fear to go down, go and out of Äther, and out of all thou with Phurah thy fervant down Manaffeh, and purfued after the to the hoft: Midianites.

II And thou fhalt hear what they 24 And Gideon fent meffengers fay; and afterward fhall thine hands throughout all mount Ephraim, faybe strengthened to go down unto the ing, Come down against the Midianhoft. Then went he down with Phu-ites, and take before them the waters rah his fervant unto the outfide of the unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then all armed men that were in the hoft. the men of Ephraim gathered them12 And the Midianites and the Ama-felves together, and took the waters lekites and all the children of the eaft unto Beth-barah and Jordan. lay along in the valley like grafshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the fand by the fea fide for multitude.

13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there wasaman that told a dream unto his fellow, and faid, Behold, dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of

barley bread tumbled into the hoft of

25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they flew Orebupon the rock Oreb,and Zeeb they flew at the wine prefs of Zeeb, and purfued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other fide Jordan.

CHAP. VIII.

AND him, Why haft thou ferved us

the men of Ephraim faid un

Midian, and came unto a tent, and to
fmote it that it fell, and overturned it,
that the tent lay along

14 And his fellow anfwered and faid, This is nothing elfe fave the fword of Gideon the fon of Joafh, a man of Ifrael: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian and all the hoft.

15. And it was fo, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worfhipped, and returned into the hoft of Ifrael, and faid, Arife; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the hoft of Midian.

thus, that thou calledft us not when thou wenteft to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him fharply.

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2 And he said unto them, What have done now in comparifon of you? if not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Ablezer?

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 faid that.

16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and a trumpet in every man's hand, with paffed over, he, and the three hunempty pitchers, and lamps within the dred men that were with him, faint, pitchers. yet purfuing them.

17 And he faid unto them, Look on me, and do likewife: and, behold, when I come to the outfide of the camp, it fhall be that, as I do, fo shall ye do.

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets alfo on every fide of all the camp, and fay, The ford of the LORD, and of Gideon,"

5 And he faid unto the men of Suc coth, Give, Ipray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I nm purfuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.

6 And the princes of Succoth faid, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army? 19 So Gideon, and the hundred 7 And Gideon faid, Therefore when men that were with him, came unto the LORD hath delivered Zebah and the outside of the camp in the begin-Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will ning of the middle watch; and they tear your flesh with the thorns of the had but newly fet the watch and wildernefs and with briers. they blew the trumpets, and brake the) 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, pitchers that were in their hands. and fpake unto them likewife: and 20 And the three companies blew the men of Penuel anfwered him as the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, the men of Succoth had anfwered him. and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The fword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the hoft ran, and cried, and fled.

22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD fet every man's fword against his fellow, even

9 And he fpake alfo unto the men of Penuel, faying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

ICT Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hofts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hofts of the chil dren of the eaft: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew fword.

throughout all the hoft: and the hoft 119 And Gideon went up by the way Red to Beth-hittah in Zercruth, and of them that dwelt in tents on the eat

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the hoft: for the hoft was fecure.

CHAP. IX.

Abimelech made king. of Nobah and Jogbehah, and fimote, of, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Ifrael went thither 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna a whoring after it: which thing befled, he purfued after them, and took came a fnare unto Gideon, and to his the two kings of Midian, Zetah and boufe. Zalmanna, and discomfited all the hof.

13 And Gideon the fon of Joafh ted from battle before the fun wa: tap,

28 Thus was Midian fubdued before the children of Ifrael, fo that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietnefs forty years in the days of Gideon.

29 And Jerubbaal the fon of Joath went and dwelt in his own houfe.

30 And Gideon had threescore and

ten fons of his body begotten: for he

had many wives.

14 And caught a young man of the and he defcribed unto him the princes men of Succoth, and enquired of him: of Succoth, and the elders thereot, even threefcore and feventeen men. 15 And he came unto the men of 31 And his concubine that was in Seccoth, and faid, Behold Zebah and Shechem, the alfo bare him a fon, Zalma, with whom ye did upbraid whofe name he called Abimelech. me, faging, Are the hands of Zebah 32 And Gideon the fon of Joafh Zamuna now in thine hand, that died in a good old age, and was buried would give bread unto thy men in the fepulchre of Joafh his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-czrites.

that are weary?

16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness, and rs, and with them he taught the

men of Succoth.

33 And it came to pafe, as foon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Ifracl turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim,and made Baal-berith

17 And he beat down the tower of their god. Pensel, and flew the men of the city;

34 And the children of Ifrael re18 Then faid he unto Zebah and membered not the LORD their God, Zalmunna, What manner of men were who had delivered them out of the by whom ye flew at Tabor? And hands of all their enemies on every they answered, As thou art, fo were fide:

they: each one refembled the children of a king,

35 Neither fhewed they kindness to the houfe of Jerubbaal, namely, Gi

19 And he faid, They were my bre-deon, according to all the goodnes

СНАР. ІХ.

ND Abimelech the fon of Jerub

a the LORD liveth, if ye had faved thm alive, I would not flay you. ba, Up, and flay them. But the mother's brethren, and communed 10 And be faid unto Jether his firftAbaal went to Shechen unto his youth drew not his fword: for he with them, and with all the family

feared, because he was yet a youth.

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna faid, faying, of the house of his mother's father, Rife thou, and fall upon us: for as the

manis, jeis his ftrength. And Gideon all the men of Shechem, Whether is and took away the ornaments that of Jerubbaal, which are threefcore and and and flew Zebah and Zalmunna, better for you, either that all the fons

2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of

were on their camels' necks.

22 Then the men of Ifrael faid unto one reign over you? remember alf Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, that I am your bone and your fiefh. for thou haft delivered us from the of him in the ears of all the men of

ten perfons, reign over you, or that

hand of Midian.

rale over you.

3 And his mother's brethren fpake

Shechem all these words: and their

will not rule over you, neither fhall for they faid, He is our brother. 23 And Gideon faid unto them, Ihearts inclined to tollow Abimelech ; my fon rule over you: the LORD fhall would delire a requeft of you, that ye hired vain and light perfons, which 44 And Gideon faid unto them, 1 of Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech would give me every man the ear rings followed him.

4 And they gave him threefcore and ten pieces of filver out of the house

5 And he went unto his father's

of his prey. (For they had golden ear rings, because they were 1h-house at Ophrah, and flew his bre

maelites.)

lingly give them. And they spread aftone: notwithstanding, yet Jotham 25 Andthey answered, We will wil-threefcore and ten perfons, upon one garment, and did cat therein every the youngeft fon of Jerubbaal was

thren the fons of Jerubbaal, being

man the ear rings of his prey.

left; for he hid himself.

6 And all the men of Shechem ga

ear rings that he requefted was a thou-thered together, and all the houfe of fand and feven hundred Bekels of gold: Millo,and weet, and made Abimelech bede ornaments, and collars, and king by the plain of the pillar that purple raiment that was on the kings was in Shechem.

of Midian, and befide the chains that

were about their camels' necks.

7And when they told it to Jotham, he went and flood in the top of mount

27 Aad Gideon made an ephod there-Gerizim,and lifted up his voice, and

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