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31 many wives. And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a 32 son, whose name he called Abimelech. And Gideon the son of Joash died in

a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah

of the Abi-ezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel

turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baal-berith their 34 god. And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had 35 delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: neither

showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to

all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel. 9 AND Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's

brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his 2 mother's father, saying, Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem,

2 Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are

threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? re3 member also that I am your bone and your flesh. And his mother's brethren

spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their 4 hearts inclined 3 to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother. And

they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, 5 wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him. And

he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.

And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, 4 by the plain of the pillar that was in 7 Shechem. And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of

mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said 9 unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them,

Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and 10 5 go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come 11 thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake 12 my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then 13 said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine

said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go 14 to be promoted over the trees?' Then said all the trees unto the 6 bramble, 15 Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth

ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if

not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon. 16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made

Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and 17 have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands ; (for my father

fought for you, and 7 adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand 18 of Midian: and ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain

his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech,

the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is 19 your brother ;) if ye then have dealt truly, and sincerely with Jerubbaal and

with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in 20 you : but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of

Shechom, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of She21 chem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech. And Jotham ran

away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his

brother. 22, 23 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, then God sent an evil

spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem 24 dealt treacherously with Abimelech: that the cruelty done to the threescore and

ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their
brother, which slew them ; and upon the men of Shechem, which 8 aided him in
i Heb. set.
2 tleb. What is good!

4 Heb. or by the oak of the 6 Or, thistle.

pillar. Inhether, de.

Heb. east his life. 5 lleb. go up and down for $ Heb. strengthened his hands 3 Heb.avier.

other trees.

to kill.


25 the killing of his brethren. And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him

in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way 26 by them: and it was told Abimelech. And Gaal the son of Ebed came

with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put 27 their confidence in him. And they went out into the fields, and gathered their

vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made ! merry, and went into the house of 28 their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech. And Gaal the son of

Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him?

is not he the son of Jerubbaal ? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor 29 the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him? And would to God this

people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to

Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out. 30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son 31 of Ebed, his anger was kindled. And he sent messengers unto Abimelech

s privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren be come 32 to Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the city against thee. Now therefore up 33 by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field : and

it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and set upon the city: and, behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them * as thou shalt find occasion.

And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and 35 they laid wait against Shechem in four companies. And Gaal the son of Ebed

went out, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose 36 up, and the people that were with him, from lying in wait. And when Gaal saw

the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the top of

the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the 37 mountains as if they were men. And Gaal spake again and said, See there come

people down by the 5 middle of the land, and another company come along 38 by the plain of Meonenim. Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy

mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is

not this the people that thou hast despised ? go out, I pray now, and fight with 39 them.

And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with 40 Abimelech. And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many 41 were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate. And

Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that 42 they should not dwell in Shechem. And it came to pass on the morrow, 43 that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech. And he took

the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and

looked, and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up 44 against them, and smote them. And Abimelech, and the company that was

with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and

the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields, and stew 45 them. And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the

city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it

with salt. 46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an 47 hold of the house of the god Berith. And it was told Abimelech, that all the men 48 of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. And Abimelech gat him up

to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an ax in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it,

and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What 49 ye have seen 7me do, make haste, and do as I have done. And all the people

likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower

of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women. 50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it. 51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men

and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the 52 top of the tower. And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it,

1 Or, songs.
2 Or, hot.
3 Heb. craftile', or, to Tormah,

4 Heb. as thine hand shall

5 Heb, navel.

6 Or, the regarders of the

7 Heb. I have done.



53 and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire. And a certain

woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all-to brake his 54 scull. Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said

unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew 55 him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. And when the men

of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place. 56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his 57 father, in slaying his seventy brethren: and all the evil of the men of Shechem

did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham

the son of Jerubbaal. 10. AND after Abimelech there arose to 12 defend Israel Tola the son of Puah,

the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount 2 Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

AND after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two 4 years. And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty

cities, which are called 's Havoth-jair unto this day, which are in the land of 5 Gilead. And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.

AND the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Židon, and

the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the 7 Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him. And the anger of the

LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, 8 and into the hands of the children of Ammon. And that year they vexed and

4 oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that

were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against

Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel

was sore distressed. 10 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, 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 12 the Philistines? 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

Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver 15 you in the time of your tribulation. And the children of Israel said unto the

LORD, We have sinned : do thou unto us whatsoever 5 seemeth good unto 16 thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day. And they put away the strange

gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul 7 was grieved for

the misery of Israel. 17 Then the children of Ammon were 8 gathered together, and encamped in

Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and en18 camped in Mizpeh. And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another,

What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he

shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. 11 NOW Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the

son of 10 an harlot : and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead's wife bare him 2 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 3 strange woman. Then Jephthah fled 11 from his brethren, and dwelt in the

land of Tub: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out 4 with him. And it came to pass 19 in process of time, that the children of 5 Ammon made war against Israel. And it was so, that when the children of

Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah 6 out of the land of Tob: and they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our 7 captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.' And Jephthah said

unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's 1 Or, deliver.

14 no more.

5 Heb. is good in thine eyes. 9 Heb. xi. 32, called Jepthae. 2 Heb. save.

6 Heb. gods of strangers. 10 Heb. a roman an karlol. 3 Or, the villages of Jair. 7 Heb. eras shortened.

11 Heb. from the face. 8 Heb. cried together.

12 Heb. after days.

4 Heb. crushed.

8 house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress? 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 9 our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. And Jephthah said unto the

elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of 10 Ammon, and the Lord deliver them before me, shall I be your head ? And

the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD ' be witness between us, 11 if we do not so according to thy words. 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 13 my land? And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the mes

sengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan : now therefore

restore those lands again peaceably. 14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Am15 mon : and said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land 16 of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon: but when Israel came up

from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came 17 to Kadesh; then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me,

I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken

thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab : but he would 18 not consent : and Israel abode in Kadesh. Then they went along through the

wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon,

but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab. 19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of

Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy 20 land into my place. But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast :

but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought 21 against Israel. And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his

people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the 22 land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country. And they possessed all

the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the 23 wilderness even unto Jordan. So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispos

sessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess 24 it? Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess?

So whomsoever the Lord our God shall drive out from before us, them will we 25 possess. And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor,

king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against 26 them, 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 27 years? why therefore did ye not recover them within that time? Wherefore

I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest 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 hearkened not unto the words 29 of Jephthah which he sent him. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon

2 Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Miz.

peh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of 30 Ammon. And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt 31 without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be,

that I 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; 33 and the Lord delivered them into his hands. And he smote them from Aroer,

even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto 5 the plain of the

1 Heb. be the hearer between us. 3 Heb. that which cometh forth, which shall come forth. 2 Jephthah scems to have been judge 4 Or, or I will offer it, &c. only of North-east Israel

5 Or, Abel,

vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were sub

dued before the children of Israel. 34 And Jephthah 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 35 child ; 1 2 beside her he had neither son nor daughter. 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 36 have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back. 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; forasmuch as the

Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of 37 Ammon. And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me

alone two months, that I may I go up and down upon the mountains, and 38 bewail my virginity, I and my fellows." And he said, 'Go. And he sent her

away for two months : and she went with her companions, and bewailed her 39 virginity upon the mountains. And it came to pass at the end of two months,

that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which 40 he had vowed : and she knew no man. And it was a 4 custom in Israel, that

the daughters of Israel went 5 yearly 6 to lament the daughter of Jephthah the

Gileadite four days in a year. 12 And the men of Ephraim ? gathered themselves together, and went north

ward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against

the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn 2 thine house upon thee with fire. And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people

were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye 3 delivered me not out of their hands. And when I saw that ye delivered me

not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ainmon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim : 'and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye

Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraimn among the Ephraimites, and among the 5 Manassites. And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the

Ephraimites : and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped

said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an 6 Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; then said they unto him, Say now 8 Shibboleth:

and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce il right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan ; and there fell at that time

of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

AND after him 9 lbzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel. And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters 10 from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. Then died Ibzan,



and was buried at Beth-lehem. 11 AND after him, 10 Elon,a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel 12 ten years. And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the

country of Zebulun. 13, 14

AND after him 11 Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. And he had forty sons and thirty 12 nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass 15 colts: and he judged Israel eight years. And Abdon the son of Hillel the

Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the

mount of the Amalekites. 13. And the children of Israel 13 did evil again in the sight of the Lord; 14 and

the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

1 Or, he had not of his own 7 Heb. uere called.

11 A civil judge also in Northeither son or daughter. 8 Which signifieth a stream, east Israel. 2 Heb. of himself. or, flood.

12 Heb. sons' sons. 3 Heb. go and go down. 9 He seems to have been only 13 Heb. added to commit, &c. 4 Or, ordinance.

a clvil judge to do justice in 14 This seems a partial cap5 Heb. from year to year. North-east Israel.

tivity. 6 Or, to talk with. 10 Acivil judge in North-east Israel

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