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The conduet of Ehud.

JUDGES. Deborah and Barak deliver Israel. 17 And he brought the present unto of Jabin king of Canaan that reigned in Zglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a Hazor, the captain of whose host was very fat man.

Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the 18 And when he had made an end to Gentiles. offer the present, he sent away the people 3 And the children of Israel cried unte that bare the present.

the LORD; for he had nine hundred cha19 But he himself turned again from riots of iron; and twenty years he mightithe quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, ly oppressed the children of Israel. I have a secret errand unto thee, O king : 4 1 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife who said, Keep silence. And all that stood of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. by him went out from him.

And she dwelt under the palm-tree of 20 And Ehud came unto him; and he Deborah, between Ramah and Beth-el in was sitting in a summer-parlour, which he mount Ephraim: and the children of Ishad for himself alone: and Ehud said, Irael came up to her for judgment. have a message from God unto thee. And 6 And she sent and called Barak the he arose out of his seat.

son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God and took the dagger from his right thigh, of Israel commanded, saying, Go, and and thrust it into his belly:

draw toward mount Tabor, and take 22 And the haft also went in after the with thee ten thousand men of the chilblade: and the fat closed upon the blade, dren of Naphtali, and of the children of so that he could not draw the dagger out Zebulun; of his belly ; and the dirt came out. 7 And I will draw unto thee, to the ri

23 Then Ehud went forth through the ver Kishon, Sisera the captain of Jabin's porch, and shut the doors of the parlour army, with his chariots and his multitude ; upon him, and locked them.

and I will deliver him into thy hand? 24 When he was gone out, his servants 8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt eame; and when they saw that, behold, go with me, then I will go: but if thon the doors of the parlour wire locked, they wilt not go with me, then I will not go. said, Surely he covereth his feet in his 9 And she said, I will surely go with suminer-chamber.

thee: notwithstanding the journey that 25 And they tarried till they were thou takest shall not be for thine honour; ashamed: and behold, he opened not the for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand doors of the parlour, therefore they took of a woman. And Deborah arose, and a key and opened them: and behold, their went with Barak to Kedesh. lord was fallen down dead on the earth. 10 | And Barak called Zebulun and

26 And Ehud escaped while they tar- Naphtali to Kedesh ; and he went up with ried; and passed beyond the quarries, and ten thousand men at his feet: and Deboescaped unto Seirath.

rah went up with him. 27 And it came to pass when he was 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of come, that he blew a trumpet in the moun-the children of Hobab the father-in-law tain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel of Moses, had severed himself from the went down with him from the mount, and Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain he before them.

of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. 28 And he said unto them, Follow after 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak me: for the LORD hath delivered your the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount enemies the Moabites into your hand. Tabor. And they went down after him, and took 13 And Sisera gathered together all his the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and chariots, even nine hundred chariots of suffered not a man to pass over.

iron, and all the people that were with bim, 29 | And they slew of Moab at that time from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all river of Kishon. men of valour: and there escaped not a man. 14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up;

30 So Moab was subdued that day un- for this is the day in which the Lord hatha der the hand of Israel: and the land had delivered Sisera into thy hand : is not rest fourscore years.

the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak 31 | And after him was Shamgar the went down from mount Tabor, and ten son of Anath, which slew of the Puilis- thousand men after bim. tines six hundred men with an ox-goad; 15 And the Lond discomfited Sisera, and he also delivered Israel.

and all his chariots, and all his host, with CHAP. IV.

the edge of the sword before Barak; so A

ND the children of Israel again did that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, Ehud was dead.

16 But Barak pursued after the chari. And the Lord sold them into the band lots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of

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Jael kills Shoere.

CHAP. V. Song of Deborah ard Barak. the Gentiles: and all the host of Sis ra in the gates : was there a shield or speap fell upon the edge of the sword; and there seen among forty thousand in Israel ? vas not a man left.

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iš toward the governors of 17 How beit, Sisera Aled away on his Israel that offered themselves willingly feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber among the people : Bless ye the LORD. the Kenite : for there was peace between 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the Heber the Kenite.

way. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, 11 They that are delivered from the noise and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn of archers in the places of drawing water, in to me; fear not. And when he had there shall they rehearse the righteous acts turned in unto her into the tent, she cover- of the LORD, even the righteous acts toed him with a mantle.

zward the inhabitants of his villages in Is19 And he said unto her, Give me, I rael: then shall the people of the LORD pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am go down to the gates. thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, 12 Awake, awake, Deborah ; awake, and gave him drink, and covered him. awake, utter a song : arise, Barak, and

20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the lead thy captivity captive, thou son of door of the tent, and it shall be, when any Abinoam. man doth come and inquire of thee, and 13 Then he made him that remaineth say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt bave dominion over the nobles among the

people: the LORD made me bave do21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail minion over the mighty. of the tent, and took a hammer in her 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of hand, and went softly unto him, and smote them against Amalek ; after thee, Benjathe nail into his temples, and fastened it min, among thy people; out of Machir into the ground: for he was fast asleep, came down governors, and out of Zeliuand weary. So he died.

lun they that handle the pen of the writer. 22 And behold, as Barak pursued Si- 15 And the princes of Issachar were æra, Jael came out to meet him, and said with Deborah ; even Issachar, and also anto him, Come, and I will shew thee the Barak: he was sent on foot into the valman whom thou seekest. And when he ley. For the divisions of Reuben there came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, were great thoughts of heart. and the nail was in his temples.

16 Why abodest thou among the sheep: 23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the folds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks ! king of Canaan before the children of Israel. For the divisions of Reuben there were

24 And the hand of the children of Israel great searchings of heart. prospered, and prevailed against Ja in 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and the allig of Canaan, until they had de- why did Dan remain in ships ? Asher constroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

tinued on the sea-shore, and abode in his CHAI, i.

breaches. THEN sang Deborah and Barak the 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people

son of Abinoam on that day, saying, that jeoparded their lives unto the death

Praise ye the Lord for the avenging in the high places of the field. ef Israel, when the people willingly offer- 19 The kings came and fought, then ed themselves.

fought the kings of Canaanin Taanach by 3 Hear, 0 ye kings; give ear, 0 ye the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain princes; 1, even I, will sing unto the LORD; of money. willsing praise to the Lord God of Israel. 20 They fought from heaven; the stars

4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, in their courses fought against Sisera. when thou marchedst out of the field of 21 The river of Kishon swept them Edom, the earth trembled, and the hea- away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. vens dropped, the clouds also dropped Omy soul, thou hast trodden down strength. vater.

22 Then were the borse-hoofs broken by 5 The mountains melted from before the means of the prancings, the prancings the LORD, even that Sinai from before the of their mighty ones. LORD God of Israel,

23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways thereof; because they came not to the were unoccupied, and the travellers walk- help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD ed through by-ways.

against the mighty. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, 24 Blessed above women shall Jael the they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborab wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. she be above women in the tent. 8 They chose new gods; then was war 05 He asked water, and she gave him



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The Israelites oppressed by Midian. JUDGES. Gideon sent to deliver then. milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly out from before you, and gave you theit dish.

26 She put her hand to the nail, and her 10' And I said unto you, I am the LORD right hand to the workmen's hammer; and your God; fear not the gods of the Amowith the hammer she synote Sisera, she rites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have emote off his head, when she had pierced not obeyed my voice. and stricken through his temples.

11 T And there came an angel of the 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay Lord, and sat under an oak which was in down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: Opbrah, that pertained unto Joash the where he bowed, there he fell down dead. Abi-ezrite : and his son Gideon threshed

28 The mother of Sisera looked out at wheat by the wine-press, to bide it from a window, and cried through the lattice, the Midianites. Why is his chariot so long in coming ? why 12 And the angel of the LORD appeartarry the wheels of his chariots? ed unto him, and said unto bim, The LORD

29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. she returned answer to herself,

13 And Gideon said unto him, O my 30 Have they not sped? have they not Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is divided the prey; to every man a damsel all this befallen us? and where be all his or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, miracles which our fathers told us of, say, a prey of divers colours of needle-work, ing, Did not the Lord bring us up from of divers colours of needle-work on both Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken sides, meet for the necks of them that take us, and delivered us into the hands of the the spoil?

Midianitos. 31° So let all thine enemies perish, O 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and LORD: but let them that love him be as said, Go in this thy might, and thou sbalt the sun when he goeth forth in his might. save Israel from the hand of the Midian. And the land had rest forty years. ites : have not I sent thee ? CHAP, VÍ.

15 And he said unto him, O my Lord, the sight of the LORD, and the LORD family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the delivered them into the hand of Midian se- least in my father's house. ven years.

16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite against Israel: and because of the Midi- the Midianites as one man. anites the children of Israel made them the 17 And he said unto him, If now I havo dens wbichare in the mountains, and caves, found grace in thy sight, then shew me a and strong holds.

sign that thou talkest with me. 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, 18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, ua. that the Midianites came up, and the Ama- till come unto thee, and bring forth my prelekites, and the children of the east, even sent, and set it before thee. And he said, they came up against them:

I will tarry until thou come again. 4 And they encamped against them, 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready and destroyed the increase of the earth, a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah till thou come unto Gaza; and left no sus- of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and tenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out

unto him under the oak, and presented it. 5 For they came up with their cattle 20 And the angel of God said unto him, and their tents, and they came as grass- Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, hoppers for multitude ; for both they and and lay them upon this rock, and pour out their camels were without number: and the broth. And he did so. they entered into the land to destroy it. 21 9 Then the angel of the LORD put

6 And Israel was greatly impoverished forth the end of the staff that was in his because of the Midianites; and the chil- hand, and touched the flesh and the undren of Israel cried unto the LORD. leavened cakes; and there rose up fire out

79 And it came to pass, when the chil- of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the dren of Israel cried unto the Lord because unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the of the Midianites,

LORD departed out of his sight. 8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto 22 And when Gideon perceived that he the children of Israel, which said unto thein, was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, í Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen brought you up from Egypt, and brought an angel of the Lord face to face. you forth out of the bouse of bondage ; 23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace

9 And I delivered you out of the band be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of 24 Then Gideon built an altar there all that oppressed you, and drave them unto the Lord, and called it Jebovah-sha

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Gideon's fleece.

CHAP. VII. lle is encouraged by a dream. lom : unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of|ther, and wringed the dew out of the fleece the Abi-ezrites.

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

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

CHAP. VII. of the grove which thou shalt cut down. WHEN Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) and

all servants, and did as the Lord bad said unto rose up early and pitched beside the well him: and so it was, because he feared his of Harod: so that the host of the Midianfather's household, and the men of the city, ites were on the north side of them by the that he could not do it by day, that he did hill of Moreh, in the valley. it by night.

2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The 28 [ And when the men of the city people that are with thee are too many arose early in the morning, behold, the al- for me to give the Midianites into their tar of Baal was cast down, and the grove hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against was cut down that was by it, and the se- me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. cond bullock was offered upon the altar 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the that was built.

ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is 29 And they said one to another, Who fearful and afraid, let him return and dehath done this thing? And when they in-part early from mount Gilead. And there quired and asked, they said, Gideon the returned of the people twenty and two thouson of Joash hath done this thing. sand; and there remained ten thousand.

30 Then the men of the city said unto 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The Joash, B out thy son, that he may die: people are yet too many; bring them down because he hath cast down the altarof Baal, unto the water, and I will try them for thee and because he hath cut down the grove there; and it shall be that of whom I say that was by it.

unto thee, This shall go with thee, the 31 And Joash said unto all that stood same shall go with thee; and of whomsoagainst him, Will ye plead for Baal ? will ever I say unto thee, This shall not go ye save him? he that will plead for him, with thee, the same shall not go. let! im he put to death whilst it is yet morn- 5 So he brought down the people unto ing: if he be a god, let him plead for him- the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon. sell, because one hath cast down his altar. Every one that lappeth of the water with

32 Therefore on that day he called him his tongue as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou Jeri bbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against set by himself; likewise every one that him, because he hath thrown down his altar. boweth down upon his knees to drink.

33 Then all the Midianites, and the 6 And the number of them that lapped, Amalekites, and the children of the east putting their hand to their mouth, were were gathered together, and went over, three hundred men: but all the rest of the and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. people bowed down upon their knees to

34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon drink water. Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi- 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By ezer was gathered after him.

the three hundred men that lapped will I 35 And he sent messengers throughout save you, and deliver the Midianites into all Manasseh; who also was gathered af- thy hand : and let all the other people go ter him: and he sent messengers unto Ash- every man unto his place. er, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; 8 So the people took victuals in their and they came up to meet them. hand, and their trumpets: and be sent all

36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast and retained those three hundred men. said,

And the host of Midian was beneath him 31 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in in the valley. the floor: and if the dew be on the fleece 9 T And it came to pass the same night, only, and it be dry upon all the earth be that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get sides, then shall I know that thou wilt save thee down unto the host; for I have deIsrael by my hand, as thou hast said. livered it into thy hand.

38 And it was so: for he rose up early 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou on the morrow, and thrust the fleece toge-l with Phurah thy servant down to the host : The Midianiles overthrown. JUDGES. The Ephraimites pacified,

11 And thou shalt hear what they selves together out of Naphtali, and out of say; and afterward shall thy hands be Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and purstrengthened to go down unto the host. sued after the Midianites. Then went he down with Phurah his ser- 24 | And Gideon sent messengers vant unto the outside of the armed men that throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, were in the host.

Come down against the Midianites, and 12 And the Midianites, and the Amale-take before them the waters unto Beth-bakites, and all the children of the east, lay rah and Jordan. Then all the men of along in the valley like grasshoppers for Ephraim gathered themselves together, multitude ; and their camels were without and took the waters unto Beth-barah and number, as the sand by the sea-side for Jordan. multitude.

25 And they took two princes of the 13 And when Gideon was come, behold, Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew there was a man that told a dream unto his Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a slew at the wine-press of Zeeb, and purdream, and lo, a cake of barley-bread sued Midian, and brought the heads of tumbled into the host of Midian, and came Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and side Jordan. overturned it that the tent lay along:


ND the men This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for that thou calledst us not when thou wentinto his hand hath God delivered Midian, est to fight with the Midianites? and they and all the host.

did chide with bim sharply. 15 | And it was so, when Gideon heard 2 And he said unto them, What have I the telling of the dream, and the interpre- done now in comparison of you? Is not the tation thereof, that he worshipped, and re- gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim bette turned into the host of Israel, and said, than the vintage of Abiezer? Arise ; for the Lord hath delivered into 3 God hath delivered into your hands your hand the host of Midian.

the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and 16 And he divided the three hundred what was I able to do in comparison of men into three companies, and he put a you? Then their anger was abated totrumpet in every man's hand, with empty ward him, when he had said that. pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and pass

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, ed over, be, and the three hundred men and do likewise: and behold, when I come that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. to the outside of the camp, it shall be that 5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, ag I do, so shall ye do.

Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and people thai follow me: for they be fajut, all that are with me, then blow ye the and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zaltrumpets also on every side of all the cainp, inunna, kings of Midian. and say, The sword of the LORD, and of 6 1 And the princes of Succoth said, Gideon.

Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now 19 [ So Gideon, and the hundred men in thy, hand, that we should give bread that were with him, came unto the outside unto thine army? of the camp in the beginning of the middle 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the watch; and they had but newly set the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna watch: and they blew the trumpets, and into my hand, then I will tear your flesh brake the pitchers that were in their hands. with the thorns of the wilderness and with

20 And the three companies blew the briers. trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and the lamps in their left hands, and the trum- spake unto them likewise : and the men of pets in their right hands to blow withal: Penuel answered him as the men of Sucand they cried, The sword of the Lord, coth had answered him. and of Gideon.

9 And he spake also unto the men of 21 And they stood every man in his Penuel, saying, When I come again in place round about the camp; and all the peace, I will break down this tower. host ran, and cried, and fed.

10 | Now Zebab and Zalmunna mere in 22 And the three hundred blew the Karkor, and their hosts with them, about trumpets, and the LORD set every man's fifteen thousand men, all that were lett of stvord against his fellow, even throughout all the hosts of the children of the east: all the host: and the host fled to Beth- for there fell a hundred and twenty thoushittah in Zererath, and to the border of sand men that drew sword. Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.

11 | And Gideon went up by the way 23 And the men of Israel gathered them- of them that dwelt in tents on the east of

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