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224 Jepitjah made capitain. JUDGES.

His rash vow. 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of 23 So now the LORD God of Israel Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight hath dispossessed the Amorites from beagainst the children of Ammon, and the || fore his people Israel, and shouldest thou LORD deliver them before me, shall I be possess it?" your head?

24 Wilt not thou possess that which 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto || Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess ? Jephthah, The Lordbea witness between || So whomsoever the LORD our God shall us, if we do not so according to thy words. || drive out from before us, them will we

11 Then Jephthah went with the el possess. ders of Gilead, and the people made him 25 And now art thou any thing better head and captain over them; and Jeph than Balak the son of Zippor king of Mothah uttered all his words before the ab? did he ever strive against Israel, or LORD in Mizpeh.

did he ever fight against them, 12 | And Jephthah sent messengersunto 26 While Israel dwelt in Heslibon and the king of the children of Ammon, say her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, ing, What hast thou to do with me, and in all the cities that be along by the that thou art come against me to fight in coasts of Arnon, three hundred years : my land ?

why therefore did ye not recover them 13 And the king of the children of Am- | within that time? mon answered unto the messengers of 27 Wherefore I have not sinned against Jephthah, Because Israel took away my | thee, but thou doest me wrong to war aland, when they came up out of Egypt, gainst me: the LORD the Judge be judge from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto this day between the children of Israel Jordan : now therefore restore those lands and the children of Ammon. again peaceably.

28 Howbeit, the king of the children of 14 And Jephthah sent messengers again Ammon hearkened not unto the words of unto the king of the children of Ammon: Jephthah which he sent him.

15 And said unto him, Thus saith 29 | Then the Spirit of the Lord came Jephthah, Israel took not away the land | upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilof Moab, nor the land of the children ead, and Manasseh, and passed over of Ammon :

Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of 16 But when Israel came up from E-Gilead he passed over unto the children gypt, and walked through the wilderness ! of Ammon. unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh; || 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto

17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the the LORD, and said, If, thou shalt without king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray | fail deliver the children of Ammon into thee, pass through thy land: but the king || mine hands, of Edom would not hearken thereto. And 31 Then it shall be, that whatscever in like manner they sent unto the king of | cometh forth of the doors of my house to Moab; but he would not conscnt. And Is meet me, when I return in peace from racl abode in Kadesh.

the children of Aminon, shall surely be 18 Then they went along through the the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a wilderness, and compassed the land of E burnt-offering. dom, and the land of Moab, and came by 32 So Jephthah passed over unto the the east side of the land of Moab, and children of Ammon to fight against them; pitched on the other side of Arnon, but and the LORD delivered them into his came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab.

33 And he smote them from Aroer 19 And Israel sent messengers unto even till thou come to Minnith, even Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of twenty cities, and unto the plain of the Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let vineyards, with a very great slaughter. us pass, we pray thee, through thy land Thus the children of Ammon were subunto my place.

dued before the children of Israel. 20 But Sibon trusted not Israel to pass 34 | And Jephthah came to Mizpeh through his coast; but Sihon gathered all | unto his house, and behold, his daughbis people together, and pitched in Jahaz, ter came out to meet him with timbrels and fouglat against Israel.

and with dances : and she was his only 21 And the LORD God of Israel de child; beside her he had neither son nor livered Sihon and all his people into the daughter. hand of Israel, and they smote them: so 35 And it came to pass, when he saw Israel possessed all the land of the Amo-her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Arites, the inhabitants of that country. las, my daughter! thou hast brought me

22 And they possessed all the coasts of very low, and thou art one of them that the Amorites, from Arnon even unto || trouble me: for I have opened my mouth Jabbok, and from the wilderness even un- unto the Lord, and I cannot go back. to Jordan.

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Tke Enhraimites slain. CHAP. XII, XIII. An angel appeareth to Manoah. 225 if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the 8 And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem LORD, do to me according to that which judged Israel. bath proceeded out of thy mouth ; for- 9 And he had thirty sons and thirty asmuch as the Lord hath taken ven daughters whom he sent abroad, and took geance for thee of thine enemies, even of in thirty daughters from abroad for his the children of Ammon.

sons: and he judged Israel seven years. 37 And she said unto her father, Let 10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried this thing be done for me : Let me alone at Beth-lehem. two months, that I may go up and down | 11 | And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, upon the mountains, and bewail my vir- || judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten ginity, I and my fellows.

years. ° 38' And he said, Go. And he sent her | 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and awar for two months : and she went || was buried in Ajalon in the country of with her companions, and bewailed her | Zebulun. virginity upon the mountains.

13 4 And after him Abdon the son of 39 And it came to pass at the end of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel two months, that she returned unto her | 14 And he had forty sons and thirty father, who did with her according to his nephews, that rode on threescore and row which he had vowed: and she knew ten ass colts : and he judged Israel eight no man. And it was a custom in Israel, || years,

40 That the daughters of Israel went | 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the rearly to lament the daughter of Jeph- | Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pithah the Gileadite four days in a year. rathon in the land of Ephraim, in the CHAP. XII.

mount of the Amalekites. 1 The Ephraimites, discerned by Shibbo

CHAP. XIII. leth, are slain by the Gileadiles. 7 Jephe | 1 Israel is in the hand of the Philistines. 2 thah dieth.

An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife. AND the men of Ephraim gathered 8 The angelappeareth to Manoah. 15 h themselves together, and went north- || Manouli's sacrifice, whereby the angel Ward, and said unto Jephthah, Where is discovered. 24 Samson is born. fore passedst thou over to fight against the A ND the children of Israel did evil children of Ammon, and didst not call || A again in the sight of the Lord; and us to go with thee? we will burn thine the LORD delivered them into the hand house upon thee with fire.

of the Philistines forty years. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my 2 And there was a certain man of people were at great strife with the chil Zorah, of the family of the Danites, dren of Ammon; and when I called you, whose name was Manoah ; and his wife ye delivered me not out of their hands. was barren, and bare not.

3 And when I saw that ye delivered me 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared not, I put my life in my hands, and pass- unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold, ed over against the children of Ammon, || now, thou art barren, and bearest not : and the LORD delivered them into my but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. hand: wherefore then are ye come up 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, unto me this day, to fight against me? and drink not wine, nor strong drink,

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all and eat not any unclean thing : the men of Gilead, and fought with E-1 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear phraim : and the men of Gilead smote E a son ; and no razor shall come on his phraim, because they said, Ye Gileaditeshead : for the child shall be a Nazarite are fugitives of Ephraim among the E unto God from the womb : and he shall phraimites, and among the Manassites. begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of

5 And the Gileadites took the passages | of Jordan before the Ephraimites : and 6 Then the woman came and told her it was 80, that when those Ephraimites husband, saying, A man of God came which were escaped, said, Let me go over; unto me, and his countenance was like that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art the countenance of an angel of God, very thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; terrible : but I asked him not whence he

6 Then said they unto him, Say now was, neither told he me his name: Shibboleth ; and he said Sibboleth: for 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou he could not frame to pronounce it right. shalt conceive, and bear a son ; and now Then they took him, and slew him at drink no wine nor strong drink, neither the passages of Jordan. And there fell eat any unclean thing : for the child shall at that time of the Ephraimites forty and be a Nazarite to God from the womb to two thousand.

the day of his death. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years: 8 9 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was and said, () my Lord, let the man of God

which thou didst send come again unto 26 Akinoah's sacrifice. 228 Samson enticed by Delilah. JUDGES.

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Samson is born. us, and teach us what we shall do unto || would as at this time have told us sucis the child that shall be born.

things as these. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of | 24 | And the woman bare a son, and Manoah ; and the angel of God came called his name Samson. And the child again unto the woman as she sat in the grew, and the Lord blessed him. field: but Manoah her husband was not 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began with her.

to move him at times in the camp of Dan, 10 And the woman made haste, and between Zorah and Ashtaol. ran, and shewed her husband, and said

CHAP. XIV.

ed unto me, that came unto me the other clay.

11 And Manoah arose, and went after

tines. 10 His marriage-feast, 12 and

riddle. 19 He spoileth thirty Philistines. AND Samson went down to Timnath,

unto him, Art thou the man that spakest daughters of the Philistines. unto the woman? And he said, I am. 1 2 And he came up, and told his father

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words || and his mother, and said, I have seen a come to pass. How shall we order the woman in Timnath of the daughters of child, and how shall we do unto him? the Philistines : now therefore get her for

13 And the angel of the LORD said me to wife. unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the 3 Then his father and his mother said "woman, let her beware.

unto him, Is there never a woman among 14 She may not eat of any thing that the daughters of thy brethren, or among coneth of the vine, neither let hier drink all my people, that thou goest to take a wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean wife of the uncircumcised Philistines ? thing: all that I commanded her let her || And Samson said unto his father, Get observe.

her for me ; for she pleaseth me well. 15 | And Manoah said unto the angel 4 But his father and his mother knew of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain not that it was of the Lord, that he thee, until we shall have made ready a | sought an occasion against the Philistines: kid for thee.

for at that time the Philistines had do 16 And the angel of the LORD said un- || minion over Israel. to Manoah, Though thou detain me, I 5 Then went Samson down, and his will not eat of thy bread; and if thou wilt father and his mother, to Timnath, and offer a burnt-offering, thou must offer it came to the vineyards of Timnath : and unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not behold, a young lion roared against him. that he was an angel of the LORD.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD came 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of || mightily upon him, and he rent him as he the Lord, What is thy name, that when would have rent a kid, and he had nothing thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee in his hand: but he told not his father or honour?

|| his mother what he had done. 18 And the angel of the LORD said un- 7 And he went down, and talked with to him, Why askest thou thus after my || the woman; and she pleased Samson well, name, secing it is secret?

8 | And after a time he returned to 19 So Manoah took a kid, with a nieat- take her, and he turned aside to see the offering, and offered it upon a rock unto carcass of the lion: and behold, there was the LORD; and the angel did wonderous a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass ly, and Manoah and his wife looked on. of the lion.

20 For it came to pass, when the flame 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went up toward heaven from off the altar, || went on eating, and came to his father that the angel of the Lord ascended in and mother, and he gave them, and they the flame of the altar. And Manoah and did eat: but he told not them that he had his wife looked on it, and fell on their || taken the honey out of the carcass of the faces to the ground.

21 But the angel of the LORD did no 10 | So his father went down unto the more appear to Manoah and to his wife. woman: and Samson made there a feast; Then Manoah knew that he was an an for so used the young men to do.

11 And it came to pass, when they saw 22 And Manoal said unto his wife, We him, that they brought thirty companions shall surely die, because we have seen to be with him. God.

12 | And Samson said unto them, I will 23 But his wife said unto him, If the now put forth a riddle unto you : if ye can LORD were pleased to kill us, he would || certainly declare it me within the seven not have received a burnt-offering and a || days of the feast, and find it out, then meat-offering at our hands, neither would || I will give you thirty slicets and thirty He have shewed us all these things, nor l change of garments:

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Chap. xv. He burneth the Philistines corn. 227 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then 14 And Samson went and caught three shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty hundred foxes, and took fire-brands, and change of garments. And they said unto I turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may in the midst between two tails. hear it.

5 And when he had set the brands on 14 And he said unto them, Out of the fire, hic let them go into the standing corn eater came forth meat, and out of the of the Philistines, and burnt up both the strong came forth sweetness. And they shocks, and also the standing corn, with could not in three days expound the the vineyards and olives. riddle.

1 69 Then the Philistines said, Who hath 15 And it came to pass on the seventh done this? And they answered, Samson, the day, that they said to Samson's wife, En- son-in-law of the Timnite, because he tice thy husband, that he may declare un- | had taken his wife, and given her to his to us the riddle, lest we burn thee and companion. And the Philistines came up, thy father's house with fire ; have ye and burnt her and her father with fire. called us to take that we have? Is it not il 7 And Samson said unto them, 80 ?

Though ye have done this, yet will I be 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, avenged of you, and after thai I will cease. and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lov 8 And he smote them hip and thigh est me not : thou hast put forth a riddle with a great slaughter. And he went down unto the children of my people, and hast and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. not told it me. And he said unto her, 91 Then the Philistines went up, and Behold, I have not told it my father nor pitched in Judah, and spread themselves my mother, and shall I tell it thee? in Lehi.

17 And she wept before him the seven 10 And the men of Judah said, Why days, while their feast lasted : and it came | are ye come up against us? And they anto pass on the seventh day, that he told swered, Tobind Samson are we come up, her, because she lay sore upon him : and to do to him as he bath done to us. she told the riddle to the children of her 11 Then three thousand men of Judah people.

went to the top of the rock Etam, and 18 And the men of the city said unto | said to Samson, Knowest thou not that him on the seventh day before the sun went | the Philistines are rulers over us? what down, What is sweeter than honey ? and is this that thou hast done unto us? And what is stronger than a lion? And he said he said unto them, As they did unto me, unto them, If ye had not ploughed with my | so have I done unto them. heifer, ye had not found out my riddle. 1 12 And they said unto him, We are

19 And the Spirit of the LORD came ll come down to bind thce, that we may upon him, and he went down to Ashke deliver thee into the hand of the Philisfon, and slew thirty men of them, and tines. And Samson said unto them, Swear took their spoil, and gave change of gar unto me, that ye will not fall upon me ments unto them which expounded the yourselves. riddle. And his anger was kindled, and | 13 And they spake unto him, saying, he went up to his father's house.

No; but we will bind thee fast, and de20 But Samson's wife was given to his | liver thee into their hand : but surely we companion, whom he had used as his will not kill thee. And they bound him friend.

with two new cords, and brought him CHAP. XV.

up from the rock. 1 Samson is denied his wife. 3 He burn 14 | And vhen he came unto Lehi, the

eth the Philistines corn. 9 He is bound Philistines shouted against him ; and the by the men of Judah, and delivered to Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon the Philistines. 14 He killeth them him, and the cords that were upon his with a jaw-bone.

arms became as flax that was burnt RUT it came to pass within a while | | with fire, and his bands loosed from off D after, in the time of wheat-harvest, | his hands. that Samson visited his wife with a kid; | 15 And he found a new jaw-bone of and he said, I will go in to my wife into | an ass, and put forth his hand, and took the chamber. But her father would not it, and slew a thousand men therewith. suffer him to go in.

16 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone 2 And her father said, I verily thought of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw that thou hadst utterly hated her; there- of an ass have I slain a thousand men. fore I gave her to thy companion: is not | 17 And it came to pass when he had her younger sister fairer than she? take made an end of spcaking, that he cast aher. I pray thee, instead of her.

way the jaw-bone out of his hand, and 3f And Samson said concerning them, I called that place Ramath-lehi. Now shall I be more blameless than the U 18 1 And he was sore athirst, and callPhilistines, though I do them a displeasure. Il ed on the Lord, and said, Thou hast grio

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She betrayeth him. en this great deliverance into the hand of lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherethy servant : and now shall I die for with thou mightest be bound. thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncir- 11 And he said unto her, If they bind cumcised?

me fast with new ropes that never were 19 But God clave an hollow place that occupied, then shall I be weak, and be was in the jaw, and there came water as another man. thereout; and when he had drunk, his 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, spirit came again, and he revived: where and bound him therewith, and said unto före he called the name thereof En-hak him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. son. (And there were liers in wait abid

20 And he judged Israel in the days of ing in the chamber.) And he brake them the Philistines twenty years.

from off his arms like a thread. CHAP. XVI. .

13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hith1 Samson carrieth away the gates of Ga erto thou hast mocked me, and told za. 4 Delilah, corrupted by the Philis- me lies : tell me wherewith thou mighttines, enticeth him ; 15 and overcometh est be bound. And he said unto her, If him. 21 The Philistincs put out his thou weavest the seven locks of my head Pue8. 23 The manner of his death. with the web. THEN went Samson to Gaza, and 14 And she fastened it with the pin,

I saw there an harlot, and went in and said unto him, The Philistines be unto her.

upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, of his sleep, and went away with the pin Samson is come hither. And they com- l of the beam, and with the web. passed him in, and laid wait for him all 15 And she said unto him, How canst night in the gate of the city, and were thou say, I love thee, when thine heart quiet all the night, saying, In the morn- | is not with me? Thou hast mocked me ing when it was day we shall kill him. these three times, and hast not told me

3 And Samson lay till midnight, and wherein thy great strength lieth. arose at midnight, and took the doors of 16 And it came to pass when she the gate of the city, and the two posts, I pressed him daily with her words, and and went away with them, bar and all, urged him, 80 that his soul was vexed and put them upon his shoulders, and car- unto death; ried them up to the top of an hill that is 17 That he told her all his heart, and before Hebron.

said unto her, There hath not come a 4 | And it came to pass afterward, that | razor upon mine head; for I have been a he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, Nazarite unto God from my mother's whose name was Delilah.

womb : if I be shaven, then my strength 5 And the lords of the Philistines will go from me, and I shall become weak, came up unto her, and said unto her, and be like any other man. Entice him, and see wherein his great 18 And when Delilah saw that he had strength lieth, and by what means we told her all his heart, she sent and called may prevail against him, that we may for the lords of the Philistines, saying, bind him to amict him; and we will give Come up this once, for he hath shewed thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces me all his heart. Then the lords of the of silver.

Philistines came up unto her, and brought 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, money in their hand. I pray thee, wherein thy great strength 19 And she made him sleep upon her lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be knees; and she called for a man, and bound to afflict thee.

she caused him to shave off the seven locks 7 And Samson said unto her, If they of his head ; and she began to afflict him, bind me with seven green withes, that and his strength went from him. were never dried, then shall I be weak, 20 And she said, The Philistines be and be as another man.

| upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out 8 Then the lords of the Philistines of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at brought up to her seven green withes, other times before, and shake myself. which had not been dried, and she bound And he wist not that the LORD was

departed from him. 9 (Now there were men lying in wait, | 21 But the Philistines took him, abiding with her in the chamber.) And and put out his eyes, and brought him she said unto him, The Philistines be down to Gaza, and bound him with fetupon thee, Samson. And he brake the ters of brass ; and he did grind in the withes as a thread of tow is broken when || prison-house. it toucheth the fire. So his strength was 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began not known.

to grow again after he was shaven. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Be- | 23 Then the lords of the Philistines, hold, thou hast mocked me, and told me gathered them together, for to offer a

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