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218 Gideon delivereth the Israelites. JUDGES.

Gideon': fleece : 14 And the Lord looked upon him, || Baal was cast down, and the grove was and said, Go in this thy might, and thou cut down that was by it, and the second shalt save Israel from the hand of the Mid- bullock was offered upon the altar that ianites : have not I sent thee?

yvas built. 15 And he said unto him, O my LORD, 29 And they said one to another, Who wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my hath done this thing? And when they family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the inquired and asked, they said, Gideon least in my father's house.

the son of Joash hath done this thing. 16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely 30 Then the men of the city said unto I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may the Midianites as one man.

die : because he hath cast down the altar 17 And he said unto him, If now I of Baal, and because he hath cut down have found grace in thy sight, then shew. | the grove that was by it. me a sign that thou talkest with me. 31 And Joash said unto all that stood a

18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until gainst him, Will ye plead for Baal? will I come unto thee, and bring forth my ve save him? he that will plead for him, let present, and set it before thee. And he him be put to death whilst it is yet mornsaid, I will tarry until thou come again. ing: if he be a god, let him plead for him

19 And Gideon went in, and made self, because one hath cast down his altar." ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an 32 Therefore on that day he called ephah of flour : the flesh he put in a bas- || him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead ket, and he put the broth in a pot, and against him, because he hath thrown brought it out unto him under the oak, || down his altar. and presented it.

33 | Then all the Midianites, and the 20 And the angel of God said unto Amalekites, and the children of the east him, Take the flesh and the unleavened were gathered together, and went over, cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. pour out the broth. And he did so. 34 But the Spirit of the LORD came

21 ? Then the angel of the Lord put upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; forth the end of the staff that was in his and Abiezer was gathered after him. hand, and touched the flesh and the un- 35 And he sent messengers throughout leavened cakes ; and there rose up fire all Manasseh ; who also was gathered afout of the rock, and consumed the flesh || ter him: and he sent messengers urto Ashand the unleavened cakes. Then the an- er, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphgel of the Lord departed out of his tali; and they came up to meet them. sight.

36 | And Gideon said unto God, if thou 22 And when Gideon perceived that he wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, hast said, Alas, 0 LORD God! for because I have 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in seen an angel of the Lord face to face. the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece on

23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace || ly, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, be unto thee ; fear not : thou shalt not die. then

shall I know that thou wilt save

Is24 Then Gideon built an altar there rael by mine hand, as thou hast said. unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah- 38 And it was so: for he rose up early shalom: unto this day it is yet in Oph- the morrow, and thrust the fleece rah of the Abi-ezrites.

together, and wringed the dew out of the 25 T And it came to pass the same night, fleece, a bowl-full of water. that the LORD said unto him, Take thy 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not father's young bullock, even the second thine anger be hot against me, and I will bullock of seven years old, and throw speak but this once: Let me prove, I pray down the altar of Baal that thy father thee, but this once with the fleece; let hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: it now be dry oniy upon the fleece, and

26 And build an altar unto the LORD upon all the ground let there be dew. thy God upon the top of this rock, in 40 And God did so that night : for it the ordered place, and take the second was dry upon the fleece only, and there bullock, and offer a burnt-sacrifice with was dew on all the ground. the wood of the grove which thou shalt

CHAP. VII. cut down.

1 Gideon's army. 9 He is encouraged 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his by the dream, and interpretation of the servants, and did as the LORD had said

barley-cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb..

HEN ) ed his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, rose up early, and pitched beside the well that he did it by night.

of Harod : so that the host of the Midi28 F And when the men of the citv.arose | anites were on the north side of them bv early in the morning, behold, the citar of the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

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unto him : and so it was, because he fearr Thali the people that were with him.

Gideon's stratagem.

CHAP. VII. The Midianites overthrown. 219 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, into his fellow, and said, Behold, I The people that are with thee are too dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barmany for me to give the Midianites into ley-bread tumbled into the host of Midtheir hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves ian, and came unto a tent, and smote it against me, saying, Mine own hand hath that it fell, and overturned it that the saved me.

tent lay along. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the 14 And his fellow answered, and said, ears of the people, saying, Whosoever This is nothing else save the sword of Gidis fearful and afraid, let him return and eon the son of Joash, a man of Israel : depart early from mount Gilead. And for into his hand hath God delivered Midthere returned of the people twenty and iun, and all the host. two thousand; and there remained ten 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard thousand.

the telling of the dream, and the inter4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, pretation thereof, that he worshipped, The people are yet too many ; bring and returned into the host of Israel, and them down unto the water, and I will said, Arise ; for the Lord hath delivered try them for thee there ; and it shall be, | into your hand the host of Midian. that of whom I say unto thee, This shall 16 And he divided the three hundred go with thee, the same shall go with men into three companies, and he put a thee; and of whomsoever I say unto trumpet in every man's hand, with empthee, This shall not go with thee, the ty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. same shall not go

17 And he said unto them, Look on 5 So he brought down the people unto me, and do likewise : and behold, when the water: and the Lord said unto Gid- I come to the outside of the camp, it shall ean, Every one that lappeth of the wa- be that as I do, so shall ye do. ter with his tongue as a dog lappeth, 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and him shalt thou set by himself; likewise all that are with me, then blow ye the every one that boweth down upon his trumpets also on every side of all the knees to drink.

camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, 6 And the number of them that lap- and of Gideon. ped, putting their hand to their mouth, 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men were three hundred men: but all the rest that were with him, came unto the outof the people bowed down upon their side of tire camp in the beginning of the knees to drink water.

middle watch ; and they had but newly 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, set the watch : and they blew the trumBy the three hundred men that lapped pets, and brake the pitchers that were in Will I save you, and deliver the Midian- their hands. ites into thine hand : and let all the other 20 And the three companies blew the people go every man unto his place. trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and

8 So the people took victuals in their held the lamps in their left hands, and hand, and their trumpets : and he sent the trumpets in their right hands to blow all the rest of Israel every man unto his withal : and they cried, The sword of the tent, and retained those three hundred | LORD, and of Gideon. men. And the host of Midian was be- 21 And they stood every man in his neath him in the valley.

place round about the camp; and all the 9 f And it came to pass the same night, host ran, and cried, and fed. that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get 22 And the three hundred blew the thee down unto the host; for I have de- trumpets, and the LORD set every man's livered it into thine hand.

sword against his fellow, even throughout 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou all the host : and the host Aed to Bethwith Phurah thy servant down to the shittah in Zererath, and to the border of host :

Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath. 11 And thou shalt hear what they say ; 23 And the men of Israel gathered and afterward shall thine hands be themselves together out of Naphtali

, and strengthened to go down unto the host out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, Then went he down with Phurah his and pursued after the Midianites. servant unto the outside of the armed men 24' And Gideon sent messengers that were in the host.

throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, 12 And the Midianites, and the Amal-Come down against the "Midianites, and ckites, and all the children of the east, lay take before them the waters unto Bethalong in the valley like grasshoppers for barah and Jordan. Then ali the men multitude; and their camels were without of Ephraim gathered themselves togethnumber, as the sand by the sea side for er, and took the waters unto Beth-barah multitude,

and Jordan. 13 And when Gideon was come, be- 25 And they took two princes of the hold, there was a man that told a dream Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they

220 The Ephraimites pacified. JUDGES Succoth and Penuel destroyed. slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zees and he described unto him the princes of they slew at the wine-press of Zeeb, and Succoth, and the elders thereof, even pursued Midian, and brought the heads threescore and seventeen men. of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the oth- 15 And he came unto the men of Sucer side Jordan.

coth, and said, Behold Zebah and ZalCHAP. VIII.

munna, with whom ye did upbraid me, i The Ephraimites pacified. 4 Zebah saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zal

and Zalmunna. 33 The Israelites idol- munna now in thine hand, that we should atry and ingratitude.

give bread unto thy men that are weary? Aihe me nast Ephraimesaid unto

16 And he took the elders of the city, him, Why hast thou served us thus, || and thorns of the wilderness, and briers, thit thou calledst us not when thou went and with them he taught the men of Sucest to fight with the Midianites? and they coth. did chide with him sharply.

17 And he beat down the tower of Pe2 And he said unto them, What have | nuel, and slew the men of the city. I done now in comparison of you? Is not 18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalthe gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim munna, What manner of men were they better than the vintage of Abiezer? whom ye slew at Tabor? And they an

3 God hath delivered into your hands swered, As thou art, so were they ; each the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb : one resembled the children of a king. and what was I able to do in comparison 19 And he said, They were my brethof you? Then their anger was abated to ren, even the sons of my mother: as the ward him, when he had said that. Lord liveth, if ye had saved them alive,

4 And Gideon came to 'Jordan, and I would not slay you. passed over, he, and the three hundred 20 And he said unto Jether his firstmen that were with him, faint, yet pur- born, Up, and slay them. But the youth suing them.

drew not his sword: for he feared, be5 °And he said unto the men of Succoth, il cause he was yet a youth. Give, I pray you, loaves of bread untó 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, the people that follow me: for they be Rise thou, and fall upon us : for as the faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and

man is, 80 is his strength. And Gideon Zalmunna, kings of Midian.

arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, 6 9 And the princes of Succoth said, and took away the ornaments that wore Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna on their camels necks. now in thine hand, that we should give 22 | Then the men of Israel said unto bread unto thine army?

Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zal- | hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. munna into mine hand, then I will tear 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will your flesh with the thorns of the wilder- not rule over you, neither shall my son ness and with briers.

rule over you : the LORD shall rule over 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, you. and spake unto them likewise ; and the 24 And Gideon said unto them, I men of Penuel answered him as the men would desire a request of you, that you of Succoth had answered him.

would give me every man the ear-rings of 9 And he spake also unto the men of his prey. (For they had golden car-rings, Penuel, saying, When I come again in | because they were Ishmaelites.) peace, I will break down this tower.

25 And they answered, We will will10 1 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were | ingly give them. And they spread a garin Karkor, and their hosts with them, a- ment, and did cast therein every man the bout fifteen thousand men, all that were ear-rings of his prey. left of the all hosts of the children of the 26 And the weight of the golden ear. east: for there fell an hundred and twenty rings that he requested, was a thousand thousand men that drew sword.

and seven hundred shekels of gold; be11 q And Gideon went up by the way || side ornaments, and collars, and purple of them that dwelt in tents on the east of raiment that was on the kings of Midian, Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: and beside the chains that were about for the host was secure.

their camels necks. 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna 27 And Gideon made an ephod therefled, he pursued after them, and took the of, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmun- || and all Israel went thither a whoring afna, and discomfited all the host.

ter it: which thing became a snare unto 13 9 And Gideon the son of Joash re- || Gideon, and to his house. turned from battle before the sun was up, 28 9 Thus was Midian subdued before

14 And caught a young man of the the children of Israel, so that they lifted men of Succoth, and inquired of him : up their heads no more. And the coun

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Gideon's death.

CHAP. IX.

Jotham's parable. 221 try was in quietness forty years in the cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto days of Gideon.

me, ye men of Shechem, that God may 29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash hearken unto you. went and dwelt in his own house.

8 The trees went forth on a time to 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten anoint a king over them; and they said sons of his body begotten: for he had ma- unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us. ny wives.

9 But the olive-tree said unto them, 31 And his concubine that was in Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose me they honour God and man, and go name he called Abimelech.

to be promoted over the trees? 32 F And Gideon the son of Joash died 10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, in a good old age, and was buried in the Come thou, and reign over us. sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah 11 But the fig-tree said unto them, of the Abi-ezrites.

Should I forsake my sweetness, and my 33 And it came to pass as soon as good fruit, and go to be promoted over Gideon was dead, that the children of the trees? Israel turned again, and went a whor- 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, ing after Baalim, and made Baal-berith Come thou, and reign over us.

13 And the vine said unto them, Should 34 And the children of Israel remem- I leave my wine, which cheereth God bered not the Lord their God, who had and man, and go to be promoted over delivered them out of the hands of all the trees? their enemies on every side :

14 Then said all the trees unto the 35 Neither shewed they kindness to the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. house of Jerubbaal, namely Gideon, ac- 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, cording to all the goodness which he had If in truth ye anoint me king over you, shewed umto Israel.

then come and put your trust in my shadCHAP. IX.

ow: and if not, let fire come out of the 1 Abimeiech is made king by the She- bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebachemites. 7 Jotham by a parable rebukith them. 26 Gaal's conspiracy. 56 16 Now therefore, if ye have done truJo ham's curse is fulfilled.

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went to Shechem unto his mother's with Jerubbaal and his house, and have brenren, and communed with them, and done unto him according to the deserving with all the family of the house of his of his hands : mother's father, saying,

17 (For my father fought for you, and 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all adventured his life far, and delivered you the men of Shechem, Whether is better out of the hand of Midian: for you, either that all the sons of Jerub- 18 And ye are risen up against my fabaal, which are threescore and ten persons, ther's house this day, and have slain his reign over you, or that one reign over sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one you? remember also that I am your bone stone, and have made Abimelech, the son and your flesh.

of his maid-servant, king over the men of 3 And his mother's brethren spake of Shechem, because he is your brother:). him in the ears of all the men of Shechem 19 If ye then have dealt truly and sinall these words: and their hearts inclined cerely with Jerubbaal and with his house to follow Abimelech ; for they said, He this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, is our brother.

and let him also rejoice in you: 4 And they gave him threescore and ten 20 But if not, let fire come out from pieces of silver out of the house of Baal- Abimelech, and devour the men of Sheberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain chem, and the house of Millo; and let and light persons, which followed him. fire come out from the men of Shechem,

5 And he went unto his father's house and from the house of Millo, and devour at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons | Abimelech. of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten per- 21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and sons, upon one stone; notwithstanding, yet went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was Abimelech his brother. left ; for he hid himself.

22 41 When Abimelech had reigned 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered three years over Israel, together, and all the house of Millo, and 23 Then God sent an evil spirit between went and made Abimelech king, by the Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and plain of the pillar that was in Shechem. the men of Shechem dealt treacherously

7. And when they told it to Jotham, I with Abimelech: he went and stood in the top of mount 24 That the cruelty done to the threeGerizim, and lifted up his voice and I score and ten sons of Jerubbaal might

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222 Gaal's consfiracy.

JUDGES. Abimelech overconieth him. come, and their blood be laid upon Abim- || him? is not this the people that thou hast elech their brother which slew them, despised? go out, I pray now, and fight and upon the men of Shechem which with them. aided him in the killing of his brethren. 39 And Gaal went out before the men

25 And the men of Shechem set liers of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech. in wait for him in the top of the moun- 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he tains, and they robbed all that came a- fled before him, and many were overlong that way by them: and it was told thrown and wounded, even unto the enAbimelech.

tering of the gate. 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : with his brethren, and went over to | and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethShechein: and the men of Shechem put | ren, that they should not dwell in Shechem. their confidence in him.

42 And it came to pass on the morrow, 27 And they went out into the fields, || that the people went out into the field; and gathered their vineyards, and trode and they told Abimelech. the grapes, and made merry, and went 43 And he took the people, and divided into the house of their god, and did eat them into three companies, and laid wait and drink, and cursed Abimelech. in the field, and looked, and behold, the

28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who | people were come forth out of the city; is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that and he rose up against them, and smote we should serve him? is not he the son of them. Jerubbaal ? and Zebul his officer ? Serve 44 And Abimelech, and the company the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: thąt was with him, rushed forward, and for why should we serve him?

stood in the entering of the gate of the 29 And would to God this people were city: and the two other companies ran under my hand! then would I remove upon all the fieople that were in the fields, Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, and slew them. Increase thine army, and come out. 45 And Abimelech fought against the

30 | And when Zebel the ruler of the city all that day; and he took the city, city heard the words of Gaal the son of and slew the people that was therein, Ebed, his anger was kindled.

and beat down the city, and sowed it 31 And he sent messengers unto Abim- || with salt. elech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the 46 And when all the men of the tower son of Ebed, and his brethren, be come to of Shechem heard that, they entered into Shechem ; and behold, they fortify the an hold of the house of the god Berith. city against thee.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all 32 Kow therefore up by night, thou, the men of the tower of Shechem were and the people that is with thee, and lie gathered together. in wait in the field:

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount 33 And it shall be, that in the morning, Zalmon, he and all the people that were as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise with him ; and Abimelech took an ax early, and set upon the city : and behold, in his hand, and cut down a bough when he and the people that is with him from the trees, and took it, and laid it come out against ihee, then mayest thou on his shoulder, and said unto the people do to them as thou shalt find occasion. that were with him, What ye have seen

34 | And Abimelech rose up, and all me do, make haste, and do as I have done. the people that were with him, by night, 49 And all the people likewise cut and they laid wait against Shechem in down every man his bough, and followed four companies.

Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, set the hold on fire upon them : so that and stood in the entering of the gate of all the men of the tower of Shechem died the city; and Abimelech rose up, and the also, about a thousand men and women. people that were with him, from lying 50 q Then went Abimelech to Thebez, in wait.

and encamped against Thebez, and took it. 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he 51 But there was a strong tower within said to Zebul, Behold, there come people the city, and thither fied all the men and down from the top of the mountains. And women, and all they of the city, and shut Zebul said untohim, Thou seest the shadow | it to them, and gat them up to the top of of the mountains as if they were men.

the tower. 37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See, 52 And Abimelech came unto the there come people down by the middle tower, and fought against it, and went of the land, and another company come hard unto the door of the tower to burn along by the plain of Meonenim.

it with fire. 38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where 53 And a certain woman cast a piece is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, l of a millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and Who is Abimelech, that we should serve all to break his skull,

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