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Jael killeth Sisera

JUDGES

Deborah and Barak's song of Naphiali, and of the children of Zebulun ; even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing * And I will draw into thee, to the river Ki-prnise to the Lord God of Israel. shon, Sisera the captain of Jabin's army, with 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, whon bis chariots and his mnltitude; and I will de- thon marchedst out of the tield of Edom, the liver him into thy hand ?

earth treinbled, and the heavens dropped, the & And Barak said unto her, Ir thou wilt go with clouds also dropped water. me, then I will go : bul if thou wilt not go with 5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, mic, then I will not go.

even that Sinai fronı before the LORDGod of Israel. 9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: In the daysof Shamgar the son of Anath, in the notwithstanding the journey ihat thou takest days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, shall not be for iline lionour; for the LORD shall and the travellers walked ihrough by-ways. sell Sisera into the land of a woman. “And De- 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they borah arose, and went with Barak in Kedesh. ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that

10 11 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphuli 10 I arose a mother in Israel. Kedesh; and lic went up with ten thousand men 8 They chose new gods; then icas war in the at his feet: and Deborah went up with him. gates: was there a shield or spear seen among

11 Now Heber the Xenite, which was of the forty thousand in Israel ? children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moscs, 9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel Brad severed himself from the Kenites, and pitch-ihat offered themselves willingly among tlic peued luis tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is pe: Bless ye the Loro. by Kedesh.

10 S;cak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son sit in judgment, and walk by the way. of Abinoani was gone up 10 mount Tabor. 11 They that are delivered from the noise of

13 And Sisera gathered together all his chari. archers in the places of drawing water, there shall Oti, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all they rehearse the riglitcous åcts of the Lorn, the people that were with hin, from llaroslieth even the righteous acis toroard the inhabitants of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. or his villages in Israel: then shall the people or 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Ur; for this the LORD go down to the gates. is the day in wliich the LORD liath delivered 19 Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake, Sisera into iliy hand : is not thc LORD gone out ntier a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivihefore thee? So Barak went down front mounty captive, thou son of Abinoam. Tabor, and ten thousand nien after liiin.

13 T'hen he made him that remaineth have do15 And the LORD discomtitcd Sisera, and all minion over the nobles among the people: the his chariots, and all his liost, with the cage of the Lord made me have dominion over ihe iniylity. sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them off his chariot, and fled away on luis feet. against Amalck; after thee, Benjamin, among 10 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and thy pcoplc; out of Machir came down governors, after the host, unto Ilarosheth of the Gentiles: and out of Zebulun they that handle ihe pen of and all the liost of Sisera fell upon the edge of the writer. the sword; and there was not a man left. 15 And the princes of Issachar rocre with Dcho

17 Jlowbcit, Sisera fled away on liis feet to the rah; cven Issachar, and also Barak: lie was sent Icnt of Jael the wife of leber the Kenite: pr on foot into the valley. For the divisions of thcre was peace between Jabin the king of lla- Reuben there were great thoughts of heart. zor and the liouse of Ileber the Kenite.

16 Why abodest thon among the sheepfolds, 10 18 11 And Jacl went out to meet Sisera, and Nicar the blcatings of the flocks? For the divisions said unto him, Turn in, niy lord, turn in to me; of Rruben there were great searchings of heart. fear not. And when he had turned in into her 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the

19 And he said unto lier, Give me, ! pray thee, sea-siiore, and abode in his breaclies. a little water to drink; for 1 am thirsty. Am. 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that slic opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, jeoparded their lives unto the death in the light and covered him.

places of the tield. 20 Again lie said unto her, Stand in the door of 19 The kings cane and fought, then foughi the the tent, and it shall be, when any maii doik kings of Cangan in Tarinach by the waiurs of come and inquire of thee, and say, Is there any Megiddo; il look no gain of money. inan here? that thou shalt say, No.

20 They tadght from heaven; wie stars in their 2 Then Jael lieber's wife took a nail of the courses fought against Sisera. tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that sunly unto him, and snote the nail into his tem- ancient river, the river Kishoi. O my soul, thou pics, and fastened it into ibe ground: for lie was hast trodden down strength. fast aslcer, and weary. Su lie dicd.

22 Then were the horse-hoofs broken hy thie 2 And behold, as Batak pursued Sisera, Jael means of the prancings, uié prancings of their came out to ineet him, and said unto him, Coinc, migłaty oncs. and I will shew thee the man whom thou seek" 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, est. And when he came into her tent, behold, curse ye bilierly the inhabitants thereof; because Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. they came not to the help of the LORD, to the

23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king help of the Lord against the mighty. of Canaan before the children of Israel.

24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of 24 And the hand of the children of Israel pros-Ileber the Kenire be, blessed shall she be above pered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of women in the tent. Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of 25 lle asked water, and she gave him milk; she Canaan.

brought forth butter in a lordly dish. ✓ CHIAP. V.

26 Slie put herhand to thcnail, and her right hand Song of Deborah and Barak. . to the workmen's hammer; and with the hanner TIN sang nebanada anda Biarak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 2 Praise ye the Loro for ille avenging of Israel, 27 Allier feet lic bowed, lie tell, he lay down: when the people willingly offered themselves. at her feet lie bowed, be sell: where he buwed, 3 Ilear, Oye kings; give car, o ye princes ; Ilthere he fell duwn dead.

Israelites rebuked by a prophet. CHAP. vi.

Gideon sent to deliver them. 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a win-grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou dow, and cried through the lattice, Why is his talkest with me. chariot so long in coming ? why tarry the wheels 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come of his chariots?

junto tliee, and bring forth my present, and set it 29 fler wise ladies answered her, yea, she re-before thce. And he said, I will tarry until thou turned answer to herself,

come again. 30 Have they not sped ?' have they not divided 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Si- and unleavened cakes ot' an ephah of ficur: the sera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a colours of needle-work, of divers colours of nee-pot, and brought it out unto hiin under the oak, dle-work on both sides, meet for the necks of and presented it. them that take the spoil 1

20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but sesli and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon let them that love him toe as the sun when he this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest| 21 91 Tlicn the angel of the LORD put forth the furty years.

end of the staf' thai roas in his hand, and touchCUIAP. VI.

ed the flesh and the unleavened cakcs; and there Israel oppressed by Midian. rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the A .

Nn the children of Israel did evil in the sighttlesh and the unleavened cakes. Then tire angel into the hand of Midian seven years.

22 And whicn Gideon perceived that he was an ? Aud the hand of Midian prevailed against Is- angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord rael: and because of the Midianites the children God! for because I have seen an angel of the of Israel made them the dens which are in thc LORD face to facc. mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 23 Aud the LORD said unto him, Peace be unio 3 And so it was, when Israel liad sown, that thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. the Midianites came up, and the Amalekitcs, 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the and the children of the cast, even they came up Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this against then:

day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. 4 And they encamped against them, and de- 25 9 And it came to pass the same night, that nroyed the increase of the earth, till thou conic the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young unto Gaza; and left no sustenance for Israel, bullock, even the second bullock of seven years neither slicep, nor ox, nor ass.

old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy 5 For they came up with their cattle and their father haih, and cut down the grove that is by it: lents, and they came as grasshoppers for multi- 20 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God tude; for both tlrey and their camels were with- upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, out number: and they entered into the land to and take the second bullock, and offer a burntdestroy it.

sacritice with the wood of the grove which thou 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because shult cut down. of the Midianites; and the children of Isracl 27 Then Gidoon took ten men of his servants, cried unto the LORD.

and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so 71 And it came to pass, when the children of Isra- it was, because he feared his father's household, el cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, and the men of the city, that he could not do it

8 That the Lord scnt a prophet unto the chil- by day, that he did it by night. dren of Israel, which said unto thein, Thus saith28 11 And when the men of the city arosc early the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast Egypt, and brought you forth out of the housc or down, and the grove was cut down that was by bondage;

it, and the second bullock was offered upon the 9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the altar that was built. Egyptians, and ont of the hand of all that op. 29 And they said one to another, Who hath dono presscd you, and drave tliem out froin before this thing and when they inquired and asked, you, and gave you their land;

they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this 10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your thing. God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose 30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed iny voice. Bring out thy son, that he may die: because hic

11 And there came an angel of the LORD, hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, thai hath cut down the grove that was by it. pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and bis son 31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Gidcon threshed wheat by the wine-press, to Will ye plead for Baal ? will ye save him? he that hide it froin the Midianites.

will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, himself, because one hath cast down his altar. thou mighty man of valour.

32 'Therefore on that day he called him Jerub 13 And Gideon said unto him, O my Lord, if the baal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because Lord be with us, why then is all

this befallen us? he hath throw down his altar. and where be all his miracles which our fathers 33 Then all the Midianitcs, and the Amalekites, told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up and the children of the east weregathered together, from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 34 But the Spirit of the Lordcame upon Gideon,

14 And the LORD looked upon hini, and said, Go and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezerwasgather In this tlıy might, and thou shalt save Israel from ed after him. the land of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Ma 15 And he said unto him, O my Lord, wherewith nasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, Mannssel, and I am the least in my father's house, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will 36 1 And Gideon said unto God, if thou wilt be with thee, and thou shalt siite the Midianites save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said,

37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the 17 And he said unto him, If now I have found floor: and if the dew be on the flecce only, and

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Ordeon's Fleece

JUDGES.

He is encouraged by a dream. it be dry upon all the earth besides, then shan lof Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand has know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as God delivered Midian, and all the host. thou hast said.

15 11 And it was so, when Gideon heard the tell38 And it wasso: for he rosc up early on the mor- Jing of the dream, and the interpretation thereor, row, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed that he worshipped, and returned into the host the dcw out of the fleece, a bowl-full of water. of Israel, and said, Arise ; for the LORD hath

39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine an- delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
ger be hot against me, and I will speak but this 16 And he divided the three hundred men into
once: Let me prove, I pray thec, but this once three companies, and he put a trumpet in every
with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the man's hand, with cinpty pitchers, and lanıps
fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. within the pitchers.

40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon 17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do
the fleece only, and there was dew on all the likewise: and behold, when I come to the outside
ground.

of the camp, it shall be that as I do, so shall ye do. CHAP. VII.

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that The Midianitish host put to fight. are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on

(and say, The sword people that were with him, rose up carly and of the Lord, and of Gideon. pitched beside the well of Harod : so that the 19 1 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were host of the Midianites were on the north side of with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the them by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. beginning of the iniddle watch; and they liad but

2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, that are with thee are too many for me to give and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt 20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand and brake the pitchers, and lield the lamps in their hath saved me.

left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands
3 Now therefore go to, r'roclaim in the cars of the to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of
people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, the LORD, and of Gideon.
let hiin return and departearly from mount Gilead. 21 And they stood every man in his place round
And there returned of the people twenty and two about the camp; and all the lost ran, and criol,
thousand; and there remained ten thousand. and fied.

4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, 'The people 22 and the three hundred blew the trumpets, and
are yet too many; bring them down unto the the LORD set every man's sword against his fel-
water, and I will try them for thee there; and it low, even throughout all the host : and the lost
shall be that of whom I say unto thee, This shall fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the bor-
go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and der of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.
of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not 23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves to
go with thee, the same shall not go.

gether out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: Of all Manassch, and pursued atter the Midianites.
and the LORD said unto Gideon; Every one that A i And Gideon sent messengers throughout
lappeth of the water with his tongue as a dog lap- all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against
peih, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every the Midian tes, and take before them the waters
one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. unto Beth-barali and Jordan. Then all the men of
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting Ephraim gathered themselves together, and looks
their hand to their inouth, were three liundred the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.
men : but all the rest of the people bowed down 25 And they took two princes of the Midianites,
upon their knees to drink water.

Oreb and Zceb; and they slew Oreb upon the 1 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the wine-press hundred men that lapped will I save you, and of Zeeb, and pursued Nidian, and broughi the deliver the Midianites into thy hand: and let all heads of Oreb and Zeel to Gideon on the olher the other people go every man unto his place. side Jordan. 8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and

CHAP. VII. their trunipets: and he sent all the rest of Israel

Zebah and Zalmunna taken. every inan unto his tent, and retained those Uirec

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ND the inen of Eplıraim said unto him, Why hundred men. And the host of Midian was be- hast thou served us thus, that tiou calledst neath him in the valley.

us not when thou wentest to fight with the Mid991 And it came to pass the same night, that the ianites? and they did chide with frien sharply. LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto. 2 And he said unto them, What have Idone now the lost; for I have delivered it into thy hand. in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with grapes of Ephraim belter than the vintage of Plurah thy servant down to the host :

Abiezer ? 1 And thou shalt hear what they say; and 3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes afterward shall thy hands be strengthened to go of Midian, Oreb and Zceb: and what was I ablo down unto thc host. Then went he down with to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was Phurah lois servant unto the outside of the armed abated toward him, when he had said that. men that were in the host.

4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, 12 And thc Midianites, and the Amalekites, and he, and the three hundred inen that were with all the children of the east, lay along in the val- him, faint, yet pursuing them. ley like grasshoppers for inultitude; and their 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give caniels were without number, as the sand by the I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people thai sea-side for multitude.

follow me: for they be taint, and I am pursuing 13 And wlien Gideon was come, behold, therc after Zebah and Zalmunna, kinys of Midian. was a man that told a dreain unto his fellow, 6 11 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and lo, a hands of Zebali and Zalmunna now in thy hand, cake of barley-bread tumbled into the host of that we should give bread unto thine army ? Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD it fell, and overturned it that the tent lay along. hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my

14 And his fellow answered, and said, 'This is hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns Dothing elso save the sword of Gideon the son of the wilderness and withi briers.

Succoth and Penuel destroyed.

CHAP. IX.

Jotham's parable of the trees. 8 And he went up thence to Penuel,and spake un-for his body begotten : for he had many wives. to them likewise: and the men of Penuel answer. 31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she ed him as the men of Succoth had answered him. also bare him a son, whose name he called Abi9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, melech. saying, When I come again in peace, I will break 32 41 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a down this tower.

good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of 10 1 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand 33 And it came to pass as soon as Gideon was men, all that were left of all the hosts of the chil. dead, that the children of Israel turned again, dren of the eas:: for there fell a hundred and and went a wlioring after Baalim, and made twenty thousand men that drew sword. Baal-berith their god.

10 T And Gideon went up by the way of them 34 And the children of Israel remembered not tha: dwelt in tents on the east of Nobal and Joybe- the LORD their God, who had delivered them out hah, and sinote the host: for the host was secure. of the hands of all their enemies on every side:

12, nd when Zebah andZalmunna fled, he pursu-35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of ed after them, and took the two kings of Alidian, Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the Zebah and Zalmunna,and discomfited all the host. goodness which he had shewed unto Israel. 13 | And Gideon the son of Joash returned

CHAP. LX. from battle before the sun was up,

Abimelech's conspiracy: 14 And caught a young man or the men of Sniccoth, and inquired of him : and he described AD Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went 10

Shechern unto his mother's brethren, and unto him the princes of Succoth, and the clders communed with them, and with all the fainily thereof, even threescore and seventeen men. of the house of his mother's father, saying,

15 And he came unto the inen of Succoth, and 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all thie men said, Behold Zebal and Zalmunna, with whom or Shechem, Whether is better for you, either yedid upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of.ebah wat all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threeand Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should score and ten persons, rcign over you, or that give bread unto thy men that are weary? one reign over you ? remember also that I am 16 And he took the elders of the city, and your bone and your flesh. thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and with 3 And liis mother's trethren spake of him in the them he taught the men of Succoth.

ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: 17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech ; slew the men of the city.

for they said, He is our brother. 18 1 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, 4 And they gave him thrccscore and ten pieces What manner of men were they whom ye slew at of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, whereTabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were with Abimelech hired vain and light persons, they; each one resembled the children of a king, which followed him.

19 And he said, They were my brethren, eren 5 And he went unto his father's house at Ophthe sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, ir rah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you. Jbeing thrcescore and ten persons, upon one stone:

20 And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and notwithstanding, yet Jotham the youngest son of slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: Jcrubbaal was len; for he hid himself. for he feared, because he was yet a youth. 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and all the housc of Millo, and went and mada and fall upon us : for as the man is, so is his Abimwech king, by the plain of the pillar that: strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah was in Shechem. and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments 7 11 And when they told it to Jotham, he went that were on their camels' necks.

and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lift221 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, ed up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and Hcarken unto me, ye men of Shechen, that God thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us may hearken unto you. from the hand of Midian.

8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over them; and they said unto the olive-tree, over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Reign thou over us. the LORD shall rule over you.

9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Should Ileave 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a my fatnessy wherewith by me they honour God request of you, that you would give me every man and man, and go to be promoted over the trees ! the ear-rings of his prey. (For they had golden 10 And ihe trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, car-rings, because they were Ishmaelites.) and reign over us. 25 And they answered, We will willingly give 11 Bui the fig.tree said unto them, Should I forthem. And ihey spread a garment, and did cast sake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go therein every man the ear-rings of his prey. to he promoted over the trees ?

26 And the weight of the golden ear-rings that 12 Then said the trecs unto the vine, Come he requested, was a thousand and seven hundred thou, and reign over us. shekels of gold; besides ornaments, and collars, 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leare and purple raiment that was on the kings of Mi- my wine, which checreth God and man, and go dian, and besides the chains that were about to be promoted over the trees ? their camels' necks.

14 T'hen said all the trees unto the bramble, 27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put Come thou, and reign over us. it in his city, even in Ophrah : and all Israel 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in went thither a whoring after it: which thing truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire 28 9 Thus was Midian subdued before the chil- cume out of the bramble, and devour the cedars dren of Israel, so that they listed np their heads of Lebanon. no more. And the country was in quietness 16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and forty years in the days of Gideon.

sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, 29 T And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his dwelt in his own house.

house, and have done unto him according to the 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons deserving of his hands:

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Conspiracy of Gaal.

JUDGES.

The Death of Abimelech 17 (For my father fought for you, and adven-| 38 Then said Zebulunto him, Where is now thy tured his life far, and delivered you out of the mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimehand of Midian:

lech, that we should serve him? is not this the 18 And ye are risen up against my father's house people that thou hast despised ? go out, I pray 1) is day, and have slain his sons, threescore and now, and fight with them. len persons, upon one stone, and have made 39 And Gaal went out before the men of SheAbimelech, the son of his maid-servant, king over chem, and fought with Abimelech. the men of Shechem, because he is your brother:) 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled be: 19 If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with fore him, and many were overthrown and Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice wounded, even unto the entering of the gate. ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arunah: and Zebul

20 But if not, let tire come out from Abimelech, thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should and devour the men of Shechem, and the house not dwell in Shechem. of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of 42 and it came to pass on the morrow, that the Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and de- people went out into the field; and they told vour Abimelech.

Abimelech. 21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went 43 And he took the people, and divided them to Beer, and dwell there, for fear of Abimeicch into three companies, and laid wait in the field, his brother.

and looked, and behold, the people were come 22 9 When Abimelech had reigned three years forth out of the city; and le rose up against over Israel,

them, and smote them. 23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abime- 44 And Abimelech, and the company that was lech and the men of Sliechem; and the men or with him, ruslied forward, and stood in the enBhechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech : tering of the gate of the city: and the two other

24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and companies ran upon all the pcople that were in ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood the fields, and slew them. be laid upon Abimelech iheir broilier which slew 45 And 'Abimelech fought against the city all them, and upon the men of Shechein which aid- that day; and he took the city, and slew the ed him in the killing of his brethren.

people that was therein, and beat down the city, 25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait and sowed it with salt. for him in the top of the mountains, and they 46 !! And when all the men of the tower of robbed all that cams along that way by theni: Shechem heard that, they entered into a hold of and it was told Abimelech.

the house of the god Berith. 26 And Gaal the sou of Ebed came with his 47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the of the tower or Shechem were gathered together. men of Shechem put their confidence in him. 48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zal27 And they went out into the fields, and gather-mon, lie and all thc people that were with him; ed their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut made merry, and went into the house of their god, down a bough from the trees, and took it, and and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech. laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people 28 Ard Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abim-that were with him, What ye have seen me do, clech, and who is Shechein, that we should serve make haste, and do as I kave done. him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal ? and Zebul 49 And all the people likewise cut down every liis officer ? Serve thc mcn of Mamor the father man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and of Shechem: for why should we serve him ? put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon

29 And would to God this people were under them: so that all llic men of the tower of Shemy hand! then would I remove Abiniclech. And chem died also,ahout a thousand men and woinen, he said to Abinielech, Increase thine army, and 50 11 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and en

camped against Thcbez, and took it. 30 T And when Zebul the rulet of the city heard 51 But ilicre was a strong tower within tho the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, lis anger city, and thither fled all the men and women, was kindleu.

and all thcy of the city, and shut it to them, and 31 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech gat them up to the top of the tower. privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed, and 52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and his brethren, be come to Shechem; and bchold, fought against it, and went hard unto the door they fortify the city against thee.

of the tower to burn it with fire. 32 Now therefore up by night, thou, and the peo- 53Anda certain

woman cast a piece of a millstone ple that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field: upon Abimelech's head, and all to break his skull.

33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon 54 Then he called hastily unto the young anao as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and set his armour-bearer, and said unto him, Draw thy upon the city: and behold, when he and the people sword, and slay ine, that inen say not of nie, Å that is with him come out against thee, then may- woman slew him. And his young man trust est thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion. him through, and he died. 34 | And Abimelech rose up, and all the people 55And when the menof Israel sawthatAbimelech that were with him, by night, and they laid wait was dead, they departed every runn unto his place. against Shechem in four companies.

56 1 Thus God rendered the wickedness of 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in stood in the entering of the gatc of the city: and slaying his seventy brethren : Abimelech rosc up, and the people that were 57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did with him, from lying in wait.

God render upon their heads: and upon them 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbual. Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the

CHAP. X. top of the mountains. And Zcbul said unto

Tola and Jair judge Israel. him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains A prael,rola the son of Puah, the son of

ND after Abimelech there arose to defend as if they were men.

37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See, there Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Sha.
come people down by the middle of the land, mir in mount Ephraim.
and another company come alung by the plain 2 And he judged Israel twenty and thrce years,
of Meonenim.

land died, and was buried in Shamir.

come out.

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