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;ods of Syria, and the pods of Zidon, nd the gods of Moab, and the gods of he children of Ammrei, and the gods of he Philistines, and forsook the Lord, md senred not him.
7 ^ And the anger of the Lord was hor against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and Into : h c hands of the children of Am mon.
8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel thatww* on the other side Jordan, in the land of the Amorites, which ii in Gilead.
9 Moreover, the children os Ammon passed over Jordan, to fight also against Judah,and against Benjamin,and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was fore distressed.
10 ^ And the children of Arael cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have for
NOw Jephthah the Gilcadrte wa» a mighty man of valour, and he wot the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
a And Gileads wife bare him sons, and his wises sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah. and said unro him, Thou shalt not inherit in our fathers house, for thou art the son of a strange woman.
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.
4 ^ And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Am mon made war against Israel.
J And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jeph-» thah out of the land of Tob: 6 And they said unto Jephthah,Come
saken our God, and also served Baalim, and be our captain, that we may sight
11 And the Lord said unto the chil- with the children of Ammon. drenof Israel, Did not / dtlivrryou from Jj And jephthah said unto the elders the Egyptians, and from the Amorices, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
n TbeZldonians also, and the Amakkites, and the Maonites did. oppress you, and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
i 3 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods : wherefore I will deliver you no more.
14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; lec them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
15 1 And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned, da thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee, deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel..
17 Then the children of Ammon w«re gathered together, and encamped in Gilead: and the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
18 An<J.the people and princes of Gilead said one to another,What man is he that will begin to sight against the children of Ammon? he snail be head uvet all the inhabitants of Gilead.
. ,..fi H A P. XI. 1 Jtphthjbt covenant with the GHcadites, 30 Hit wt». 34 He ptrstrmtth it tn his daughter,. U1-nc.a u •. ... .
of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my fathers house? and why are ye come unto me now when yc are in distreG?
8 And the elders of Gilead said unto* Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, tbat thou mayst go with us, and fight against the children of Am* mon, and be our head over all the ia-> habitants of Gilead.
9 And Jephthah said unto the elder* of Gilead,If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon) and the Lord deliver them before me, shall I be your head i
10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The Lord be witness between Us, if we do not so according to thy words.
11 Then Jephthah went with the eldersof Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh.
ii ^ And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, faying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?
13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unro the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of & gypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan : now therefore restore those lands againpcaccably.
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14 And Jephthah sent messengers
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of Mo.ib, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
16 But when Israel came up from E pjpt, and walked through the wilderieiSj unto the Red sea, and came to Kaiiiesli; .
17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, faying,Let me, I pray thee, pals through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken there-
And in like manner they lent unto the kina>of Moab; but he would not ctw jtnt: andlfraelabodcinKadeih.
18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of fcdom, and the land of Moctb, and came by the east-side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but same not within the border of Moab: tor Arnon wad the border of Moab.
19 And Israel sent messengers unto [jihon king of the Amotites, the king of Htslibon; and Israel said unto him, Let
pass, we pray thee, through thy land j unto my place.
ao But Sihon trusted not Israel to j>ass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahai, and fought against Israel.
21 And the Lord God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into die hand of Israel, and they (smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of rhe Amotites, the inhabitants of rhatcoumry.
21 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.
23 So now the Lord God of Israel had) dispossessed the Amoritet from before his people Israel, and (shouldest thou possess it >
14 Wilt not thou possess that which Cbcmofh thy God giveth thee to possess? so whomsoever the Lord our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.
- 2 5 And now art thou any thing better •ban Balak the son of Zippor king of Moab? did he ever strive Igiinstlbael, or did he ever fight against them,
atf While Israel dwelt in Hcshbon and her towns, and in Atoer and her towns, and in all the cities that he along by tie coasts of Arnon, three hundred years ? why therefore did ye et them within that time?
gain unto the king of the children of gainst thee, but thou doest me wrong to Ammon: war against me : the Lord the Judge be
15 And said unto him, Thus saith judge this day between the childrenof Jephrhahi Israel rook not away the land Israel and the children of Ammon.
1 1 2,8 Howbeit, the king of thcchiMrtn of Ammon hearkened not unto the work of Jephthah which he sent him.
29 ^ Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed river Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed river Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mir peh of Gilead he passed over mm the children of Ammon.
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto rhe Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, .
51 Then it (hart be, that whatsoever Cometh forth of the doors of my hon e, to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, (hall fiirely be the Lo Rd>, and I will ostcr ir up fora burnr-oftiring. •;
32 % So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fighr against tbem,and theLoRDjelivered them into his hands.
3 3 And he smote them from Amer, even till thou come to Mirmitb, nm twenty cities, and unto she plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Amman were subdued before the children of Israel ,
34 ^ And Jephthah came to Mitp*", unto his house, and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances, and the w«*»onlj child -. b. side her he had neither son nor daughter. -'
35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter, thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me : for I have opened my mouth unto theLosD, and I cannot go back.
36 And they said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do tomeaccorriing tochatwhitn! hath proceeded out of thy mouth, forasmuch as the Lo R D hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, tori of the children of Ammon.' '1
37 And the said unto her father, Let j this thing be done for me; Let me alone t wo months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewailmj'hr ginity, I and my fellows.
38 And he said, Go. Andhesenrher away fir two months: and they went
with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
%9 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that (he returned unto her father, who did with her according ro his vow which he had vowed: and (he knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
40 That the daughters of Israel went yearlyto lament the daughter of Jephth ah the Gileadice four days in a year.
CHAP. XII. 1 The Jipbraimites quarrelling ivii/i JrVpA
thah, and discerned by Shibboleth, are
fiiia by the Gileadites. 7 Jephthah
Nd the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire. _L
2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon ; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.
j And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Am mon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?
4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim, among the Bphraimices, ana among the Manassites.
5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimjtcs:
8 % And after him Ibzan of Beth-le» hem judged Israel.
9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
10 Then died tbzau, and was buried at Bethlehem.
11 *T And after him, Elon a Zebulonite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years.
ii And Elon the Zebulonitc died, and was buried in Aijalon in the court- try of Zebulun.
1? q Andafterhim.Abdontliesonof Hillel a Pirathonite judged Israel.
14 And be had forty sons, and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten afc-colrs: and he judged Israel eight years.
15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried inPirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalckites.
CHAP. XIII. I Israel is in the hand of the PhiHJUnes. a An angel appeareth to Manoahs wife8 The angel ippearcibto Maneab. \S Manoahs sacrifice, whereby the angel is dis covered, 24 Samson is born.
And the children of Israel did evil again in the fight of the Lord, and theLoR D delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
1 Q And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites whose name toot Manoah, and his wife W4) barren, and bare not.
J And theangclof theLoRDappeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and beareft not: but thou (shalt conceive, and bear a son.' . 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee,
and it was so, that when those Ephrai-! and drink not wine, nor strong drink,
a son, and no razor (hall come on his! head: for the child (ball be aNazarlte
untohim,/ir/thouanEphralmite? Ifhe said, Nay:
6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce 1;right. Then they took him,and flew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell atthat time of the Ephraimitcs, forty and two thousand.
7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years: then died Jephthah thcGileadite, and was buried in ontof she cities of Gilead.
unto God from the womb 1 and he (hall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 *J Then the woman came and told her husband, laying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance w** like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he vat, neither told he me hi* name.
% But he said unto me, Behold, thy
fcalt conceive and bear a sen; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither cat any unclean thing: for thechild Hull be a Nazatite to God, from the womb to the day of his death.
8 <[ Then Manoahintrcatcd the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send, come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that (hall be born.
9 And God hearkned to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as ihe fat in the field: but Manoah her husband Kiu not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and Ihewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that (pakest-unto the woman? And be said, 1 am.
n And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass: How shall we order the child, and bett shall we do unto Mm?
i; And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Ot all that I said unto the woman, let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that Cometh of the vine, neither let het drink wine or strong drink,nor eat anyunclean thing: all that I commanded her, let her observe.
if ^ And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a Hd for thee.
16 And the angel of the Lord said iunto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not cat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt-offering, thou must jeffer it unto the Lord: for Manoah [knew not that he wgi an angelof *"
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What»thy name, that when ithy sayings come to pass, we may do jthee honour?
8 And the angel of the Lord (aid unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it u secret r
19 So Manoah rook a kid, with a meat-offering, aud offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wondroufly, and Manoah and his wife looked on. Jo For it came to pass, when the
flame went up toward heaven from off] the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on «*, and fell on i heir faces to the ground.
ai (But the angel of tbe Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife.) Then M anoah knew that he i an angel of the Lord.
la And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
a; But his wife said unto him. If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt-offering and a meat-offering at out hands, neither would he have shewed us all ihekthings nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
14 ^ And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
ij And the spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eslitaol.
CHAP. XIV. I Simson iefireth a vise esthe Philistimi:
lo Hit marriage-feast, la and riddle.
If He spoil et h thirty Philistine).
ANd Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath, of the daughters of the Philistines.
2 And he came up and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get het for me to wise.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, h there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, chat thou goeft ro rake a wife of tbe uncircumcised Philistines i And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me, for she plcaseth
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it teat of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Krael.
f Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Tiirnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnath! and behold, a young lion rored against him.
6 And the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him ** he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not
his father or his mother what he had
7 And he wen t down, and talked with the woman, and (he pleased Samson welU >■■- . ■
8 % And after a time, he returned to take her, and he turned aside to sec the carcase of the lion: and behold thereuM a swarm of bees, and bony In the carcase of the lion.
9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his sachet and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he tola not them that he had taken the bony oucof the carcase of the lion. '' : t:
To %; So his father went down unto the woman, and Samson made there a feast: for so used the young men to do.
ii And it came to pass when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
ia ^ And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you : if you can certainly declare it me within eheseren days of the feast, and find i; out, then I will give you thirty sheets, and thirty change of garments.
- ijy:Bur if ye- cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets, and thirty change of garments. And they said.unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
f 4 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
IJ And it came to pass on the seventh dajy that they said unto Samson* wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle,lest we burn tbee and thy fathers house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have ink nor ft?
16 And Samsons wife wept before hint, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and loveft me not: thou hast put forth a- ridd le unto the children of my people, and hast not-told >7 me. And he laid unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father not my mother, and (hall I tell u thee )
17 And she w ept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he toid her, because (he lay sore upon him : and (he told the tiddle tathe children of her people.
18 And the men of the city said unto
bin on the seventh day before the sun
wentdown, Whatisweeterrhanhony? and what » stronger than-a lion i And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not sound'out my riddle.
19 ^ And the spiritof the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Aslrkelon, and slow thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and pave change osparments unto them which expounded the riddle: and bis anger was kindled, and he went up to his fathers house. '20 But Samsons wife was,?ivtn to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
■•• .' CHAP XV.
1.1 Samson is defied his veife : J. He burneth the Philistines com • 7 He fmiteth them hip and thigh: 9 He is hound by the men oj Judah, and delivered to the Philistines: 14 He kfBeth them »ith a jave-Une,
BUt it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wht at-harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid, and he said, I will go in to my wife into thechamber. Bur her father would net suffer him to go in.
» And her father said, Iverily thought that thou hadst uttetly hated her, therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than (lie? take her, I pray thee, in dead of her.
3 % And Samson said concerning them, ; Now (hall 1 be more blameless than the
Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
4 And Samson went and caught three [hundred foxes, and took fire-brands,and turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand in the midst between two tails.
5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standingcorn of the Philistines, and butnt up both the (hocks, and also the standingcorn, with the vineyards jn<iolives.
6 f Then the Philistines said. Who hath done this i And they answered, Samson the son in law of theTimnite, because he had taken his wife,andgiven hec to his Companion. And the Philistines can e up, and burnt net and hot father with fire.
7 % And Samson said unto them, 1 hough ye have done this, yet will I bet avenged of you, and afret that, 1 will ■ cease.
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a gnat slaughter j and be went dewn and dwelt in the top of the rock