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UP judges, then the Lord was with the "and the groves.

And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

1 And the children of Israel did evil in the. sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim,

fudge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies, all the days of the judge: ( far it repented theLoKD, because of their gronings,by reason of them that oppressed them, and vexed them ) 19 Andit came to pass when me judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselvts more than their fathers, in following other gods co serve diem, and to bow down unto them: they cea

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10 % And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel: and he said, Because chat this people ham. transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hcarkned unto my voice: , . . ,

n I also will not henceforth drive our any from before rhem, of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

n That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord, to walk therein, as their m&S £% i:cr if: or not,

1% Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily, neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

'CHAP. III. I Thenaiitni vhich mreicfi provt Is

8 ^ Therefore the angerostheLoRr> was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishithaim king os Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chuflian-rishathaim eighr years.

9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of IsraeL. who delivered them, even Othn"

fed not from their own doings, nor from the son oF Kenaz, Calebs y ounger brotheir stubborn way. . . dicr.

10 And the spirit of the LoRD came upon 'him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war ^ and the Lord delivered Chuihan-rilhacliaim king of .Me-, sopotamia into his hand : and his hand prevailed against Chulhan-rishathaim.

11 \nd the land had rest forty years: and Othnicl the (on of Kenaz died.

. ll f And the children of Israel did eyil again, in the sight of the Lord V and the Lord, strengchned Eglon the

king of Moab against Israel, because uiey had done evil in the sight of the Lord. ,1 13 And he gathered unto htm the* children of Ammon, and Amalck, andwenrand smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm-trees.

14, So the children of Israel served irftl. 5 &); ctmmumen with them they i Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.. commit ifalatrj. 15 But when rhe children of Israel

'Ow these are the nations which the.'crkd unto the Lord, ttfeLoRB. raised:

them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Ge-, ra,a BcnjamRC,,amarileft-narjdco': and by him rhe children os Israel sentapre

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3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, andthcHivitesthatdwcltin mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon, untotheentting inof Hamath.

4 And el cy were to prove Ifiracl by offer the presenr, he sent away the pcothem, to know whether they would , pie chat bare the presenr,. vr' hearken unto the commandments of the 19 But he himself turned again from Lord, which he commanded their fa- !die quarries that were by Gilgal, and diets by the hand of Moses. |said, I have a secret errand unto thee,

5 ^ And the children of Israel dwelt j O king: who said, Keep silence. And. among the Canaanitc5,Hittites, and A- all that stood by him, went out from

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so And Ehud came unto him, and he wasÆtting in a summer-parlor, which he had for himself alone, and Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee, And he arose out of his seat.

21 And Ehud put forth his left band, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.

Z2 And the haft also went in after the blade: and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out or his belly, and the dirt came out.

a J Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and (hut the doors of the parlor upon him,and locked them.

J4 When he was gone but, his servants time ; and when they saw, that, behold, the doors of the parlor nieri locked; they said,Surely hecovereth his feet in his summer-chamber.

2 5 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and behold, he opened not the doors of the parlor, therefore they took a key, and opened them : and behold, their lord mat fallen down dead on the earth.

16 And Ehud escaped while they tarried : and paired beyond the quarries: and escaped unto Seirath. ""'

17 And it cam" to pals when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them

Judges. JMtrakmd Earak. deliver Israel. hand of Jain king of Canaan, that

18 And he said unto them, Follow' with thee: notwithstanding the jour

after me: for the Loud hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your band. And they went down after him, land took the fords of Jordan toward Mo.ib, and suffered not a man to pass over.

j »9 T And they flew of Moab at that (time about ten thousand men, all lusty, land all men of valour; and there cescaped not a man.

;o So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel: and the land had rest fourscore years.

■ at ^ Andaftct him wasShamgarthe. son of Anath, which flew of the Philistines six hundred, men with an (>xgoad) and he also delivered Israel. r '.

- • I C H A P. IV. 1 ■•>

I Deborah and Barak, deliver Israel frm
JMn and Sisera. 18 Joel ''kfUeth
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A Nd the children ofKraeSaeaindid £\ evil in the sight of the LoltD when Ehttd was dead.

reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host wxJ Sisera, which dwelt in Hato(hedi of the Gentiles.

j And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hon dred chariots of iron; and twenty year! he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. '■

4 q And Deborah a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, the judged Israel at that time.

5 And (he dwelt under the palmtree of Deborah, between Raman and Beth-el in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

6 Andfhesent and called Barak the son of Abinoam. out of Kedesti naph tali, and faid_unto him, Hath not the

Lord God of Israel commanded, M. »»?. Go, and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men, ol the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

T And I will draw unto thee, to the river Kishon, Sisera the captain only bins army, with his chariots, and hi) multitude: and I will deliver him into thine hand.

8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go : but if thou wilt not go with me, then\ will not go.

9 And they said, I will surely go

ney that thou takest, (shall not be for thine honour; for the loRD (hall sell Sisera into the band of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesti.

10 s And Barak eallediebulun and Naphtali, to Kedeso, and he went up with ten thousand men at his sect: and Deborah went up with him.

11 Now Heber the Kenite, vhici »•* of rhe children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which » by Kedesti. ,:' ," ••' t ■

•4 And they shewed Sisera, that Ha ralc the son of Abinoam was gone upto mount Tabor*" •"

\\ And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Haroslierh of die Gentiles, unto the river of Kistion. 14 And Deborah aid unto Barak, 11 n;

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17 Gilea3 abocTebeyondJordan: an3 why did Dan remain in ships? Ashcr ■continued on the lea-shore, and abode in] his breaches.

18 Zebulon and Naphtaliwrf a reople that jeoparded their lives unto the Ideadi, in the high places of die field.

1 19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, they took no Sfiain of money.

j 10 They fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought against SiUera.

*i The river of Kiflion swept them away, that antient river, the river Ki[flion: Only foul, thou hasttrodendown 'strength.

22 Then were the horse-hoofs broken, by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

a? Curse ye Meroz, ( said the angel of the Loa D ) curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof: because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty. i 24 Blessed above women (hall Jael the wife of Heber the Kcnite be,fc»lessed shall (lie be above women in the tent.

2 J He asked water, and they gave him milk, (he brought forth butter in a lord, Edith.

16 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workman's hammer : and with the hammer the smote Siscra, she smote off'his head, when (he had pierced and stricken through his temples.

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he Jay down s at her feet he bowed, he fell ; where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

28 The mother of Siscra looked out at a widow, and cried through the lat- jxess, Why » his chariot so long in com|ing? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

29 Her wife ladies answered her, yea, jstie. returned answer to her selri

ao-Have they notsped ? haverrfeywr [divided the prey, to every man a dam jsel er two ? to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of nccdUjwork, ot divers colours of needle-work ion both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil )

I 51 So let all thine enemies perish, O pLcatD: but let them that love him, be las the fun when he goerh forth in his Imighc And the land had rest forty

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Chap. vr.

I The Israelites for their fins, are oppressed by Midicm. 8 A prophet rebukfth them.

11 Gideon deliver eth them.

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord : and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel : and because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

2 And so it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianitcs came up, and the Amalckires, and the children of the east, even they came up- against them:

4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

j For they came up with their cattle, and their tents, and they came as grafhoppers for multitude, for both they and their camels were without number: and theyentred into the land to destroy it.

6 And Israel was greatly impoverished, because of the Midianitcs j and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

7 ^ And it came to pass when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, because of the Midianitcs 5

8 Thatthe Lord sent a prophet upto the children of Israel, which said un-. to them, Thus faith the Lord Godot Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage,

9 And I delivered you out osthc hand of the Egyptians, and out of the band of all that oppressed you, anddrave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

10 Andlsaid untoyoii,IumtheloRD your God, fear not the gods, of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

U ^ And there came an angel of the Lord, and fat under ah oak which in Ophrah, that pertained unto]oalh the Abi-ezritc: and his son Gideon thresheded wheat by the wine-press, to hide" from the Midianites.

12 And the angel of the Lord fP" scared unto' him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou migh1/ man of valour. nt,

15 And Gideon said unto him» Oh my lord, if the Lord be with us,

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then is alTthis befallen us7 imcTwherc itf AfllbuilcT an altar unto the Lotto if all his miracles which our fathers told : thy God upon thetopof this rock, in us of, laying. Did not the Lord bring the ordered place, and take the second us up from Egypt? but now the LoRT> j bullock, and osier a burnt-sacrifice with bach forsaken us, and delivered us into' die hands ef the Midianites.

14 And the I.okd looked upon him, snd said, Go in thjstby might, and thou shalt (ave Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

15 And he said unto him, Oh, my lord, wherewith shall 1 save Israel i behold, my family « poor in Manassch, snd I em die least in my fathers house.

\6 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be wich thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites, as one man.

17 And he laid unco him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. a 8 Depart not hence, I pray thee, un

rhe li ood of die grove which thou shalt cut down.

17 Then Gideon took ten men os Jiis servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: andyi it wasjbecause he feared his farhers houshold, and the men of the city, diat he could not do it by Jay, that he did it by night.

J8 T And when the men os the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that wts by it, and the second bullock was ottered upon the altar that you built.

i-j And they said one toanother. Who hath done this thing r And when they enquired and asked, they (aid, Gideon

til I come unto thee, and bring forth my I die son ofJoash hath done this thing

present, and set it before thee. And he laid, I will tarry untjlchou come again.

19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephan of flour: die flesh ,he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unco him under the oak, and presented it.

10 And the angel os God said unto him, Take the flesh, and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour ouc die broth. And he did so. ai f Then the angel of the Lord

, Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down die altacj of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove thac H by it.

31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal i will ye save him > he that will plead for him, let him be put to death, whilst it u yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because on« hath cast down his altar. J1 Therefore on that day he called

put forth the end oftiicstaf that ut, in him Jcrubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead his hand, and touched the flesh, and the against him, because he hath thrown unleavened • cakes: and there rose up down his altar. ■ .

fire out of the rock, and consumed the 55 ^ .Then all the Midianites and the flesh and the unleavened cakes: then Arnalckites, and the children of the cast

the angel of the Lord departed ouc of his sight.

ai And when Gideon perceived that he ** an angel of die Lorp, Gideon said, Alas O Lord God : for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.

13 And the Lord said unto him

were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jczreel.

54 But the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, and Abiezcr was garnered after him.

35 And he sent messengers diroughout all Manassch, w ho also was gathered after him, and he sent messengers

Peace be unto thee, feat not, thou shalt j unto Asher,and unto Zebulun, and un not die. ;to Naphtali, and they came up to meet

14. Then Gideon built an altar there jthem.

unto the Lord, and called it Jchovahflialetn: unto this day it N yet in Ophrah of the Abi-czrices.

25 % And it came to pass the fame night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy lathers young bullock, even the second bullock, of seven years old,

jsi % And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast (aid,

37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wools in die floor: and it the dew be on the fle.ee only, and it be dry upon all the

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