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VIII. 2 What have I now done in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? What need ye contend for this? That later fact, that ye Ephraimites have done, in chasing and executing the Midianites, is much more than all that, which we followers of Abiezer have done, in joining the battle and routing these enemies.
VIII. 6 Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?
Canst thou be so foolish, as to hope to subdue Zeba and Zalmunna, that we should cast away our victuals on thine army, upon this vain pretence?
VIII. 7 I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness. I will beat your bodies, with whips of thorns and briers, unto death. VIII. 16 And with them he taught the men of Succoth.
With them he did, according as he had threatened, beat the elders of that city, for a warning unto the men of Succoth; who, by their example were taught, how dangerous it is to slight God's agents.
VIII. 26 A thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold.
A thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold, whereof every one weighed a hundred and sixty grains, which is two drams and six
VIII. 27 And put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it.
He put it, as a monument of that great victory and deliverance, in his city Ophrah: but the people afterwards made an ill use of it; turning it to the service of their idols, wherewith they were shamefully defiled,
IX. 13 Which cheereth God and man.
Which is pleasing to God in the use of his sacrifices, and to men in their feasts.
IX. 20 Let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, &c.
Let there be deadly dissension between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and let the one of them be used as a means to plague and destroy the other: let Abimelech burn the Shechemites, and let them kill him.
IX. 23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem.
Then God, according to the imprecation of Jotham, did, in his just judgment, give way and power to Satan, to set discord between Abimelech and the men of Shechem.
IX. 28 Is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him?
Is not he the base son of Jerubbaal? and is not this unworthy Zebul his officer? if ye must serve, rather submit yourselves to those that are the issue of the ancient lords of this city, than to this upstart generation,
IX. 45 And sowed it with salt.
In sign of an utter solitude and vastation, he sowed salt in the soil of the streets there; as those which he would have continue desert and forlorn.
X. 16 And his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
And God had compassion on the miseries, that Israel had brought upon themselves by their idolatry.
XI. 11 And Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.
And Jephthah, calling all the congregation together in Mizpeh, did before them repeat the covenant, that was between him and Israel, and called the Lord to witness of this their mutual agreement.
XI. 24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.
Ye do vainly worship Chemosh your false god; and, when you have obtained a victory or possession, ascribe it falsely to that your idol, and think that you both do and ought to hold it of him; and is it not reason then, that when the only and true God, whom we serve, gives us possession of the land of our enemies, we should enjoy it?
XI. 29 The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.
God stirred up the courage of Jephthah, and put into him the spirit of fortitude, &c.
XI. 31 Whatsoever cometh forth of the doors, &c. shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
Whatsoever cometh first out of my doors to meet me, &c. shall surely be consecrated to the Lord; and if it be ought that may be capable of being sacrificed, I will offer it up for a burnt-sacrifice to God.
XI. 35 Thou hast brought me very low, &c: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.
Thou art now, unwittingly, a cause of much sorrow and affliction to me; for I have made a vow to God concerning whatsoever should first come forth to meet me, and I cannot reverse it.
XI. 37 Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
Since thou hast vowed to consecrate me to God, I do also willingly yield to make good thy vow; only let me have two months respite to bewail that virginity of mine, which will follow upon this vow of thine, and shall occasion this discomfort unto thee.
XI. 40 To lament (or speak with) the daughter of Jephthah. And the daughters of Israel went yearly to condole with the daughter of Jephthah, four days in a year.
XII. 4 Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.
Ye Gileadites are no better than base fugitives, the scum of two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, a mungrel generation; compounded of both, and living upon both; so as ye have no reason to stand out, in a contestation with the noble tribe of Ephraim. XII. 6 Say now Shibboleth.
Give proof of thy tribe, by thy speech. Thou wouldst pass over the ford of Jordan; pronounce that word which signifieth a ford; say, Shibboleth.
XIII. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.
The Nazariteship of thy son shall begin very early, even in the womb of thee his mother; thou shalt, therefore neither eat nor drink that, which is in the Law forbidden to these votaries, lest the child should, within thy womb, be nourished with unlawful suste
XIII. 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan.
And he began to have many instincts and strong motions from God, at several times; whereby he found himself set apart and prepared for the great work of delivering his people.
XIV. 4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines. His father and his mother knew not that the Lord had purposely contrived it thus, that hereupon Samson might take an occasion to fall foul upon the Philistines, and might have the advantage of the quarrel.
XIV. 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid.
And the Lord endued him suddenly with an extraordinary measure of strength; and he pulled the lion in pieces, with as much ease, as if it had been a young and tender kid.
XIV. 18 If ye had not plowed with my heifer.
If ye had not used the means of my wife for the knowledge of this
XV. 8 And he smote them hip and thigh.
And he smote them both horse and foot; both those that used the thigh for seat, and those that used the hip for motion.
XV. 14 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him.
And God put a miraculous measure of strength into him.
XV. 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, (or
Lehi) and there came out water.
And God opened a hollowness that was in that place, which was called, Lehi; or jaw-bone; and there came out water.
XVI. 16 So that his soul was vexed unto death.
So as her importunity was an extreme and intolerable vexation to him.
XVII. 5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
And Micah had a chapel in his house, which he consecrated to his gods; and made statues or idols, which he placed therein; and, in imitation of God's own command to his priests, made an ephod for the priest to wear in his devotions; and consecrated one of his sons, though of the tribe of Ephraim, to be his priest.
XVII. 13 Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.
I know I did amiss, in consecrating one to be my priest, who is not of the tribe of Levi; but now I have made amends for that error; and now, I hope God will be favourable to me, seeing I have chosen a priest out of the due tribe.
· XVIII. 6 Before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.
XIX. 18 But I am now going to the house of the LORD.
I am travelling to Shiloh, where the tabernacle of the Lord, and my employment is.
XIX. 22 Sons of Belial.
Lewd and debauched men.
XIX. 22 That we may know him.
That we may abuse him to our lust.
XIX. 24 Humble ye them.
If ye will needs be so outrageous, take your pleasure on them rather; and bring this shame upon them.
XX. 16 Seven hundred chosen men, left-handed; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.
Seven hundred men, so skilful, that they could even with their left hand also wield their weapons; and so expert in the art of slinging, that they would not miss of the smallest inark.
XX. 23 And the LORD said, Go up against him.
Ye are over confident, as of your cause, so of your strength; nd therefore, for your further humiliation, I give way unto you tgo up against Benjamin; but I do not encourage you with promise of
XXI. 22 For ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.
Ye have sufficiently kept your oath, in that ye did not voluntarily give your daughters to them, so as now if you shall connive at this violence, they are furnished with wives, and ye are guiltless,
1. 11 Are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
You know I am past the possibility of having any other sons, that might raise a seed to their dead brethren.
I. 20 Call me not Naomi, call me Mara, &c.
My case is now altered, and so let my name be. I had a name when I was before with you, that sounded of pleasure, but now my present condition calls for a name of bitterness.
II. 3 And her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz.
God so disposed of her choice, that she lighted upon a part of the field belonging to Boaz.
II. 20 Who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead.
Who so lovingly continueth a kind remembrance of his dead kinsman, my late husband Elimelech, and, for his sake, of me.
III. 9 Spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
Take thou me into thy protection, as my husband; for thou art the man, who, by the Law of God, as being one of the nearest kinsmen to my husband, hast right, both to redeem his inheritance, and to marry me his widow.
IV. 6 I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar my own inhe
I cannot redeem it for myself, lest, if I should have one only son by Ruth, my inheritance should be utterly extinguished; since that son must be accounted as my deceased kinsman's, and not mine.
I. 5 The LORD had shut up her womb. But the Lord afflicted her with barrenness.
I. 20 When the time was come about.
When the full number of months were come about after her con ception.
I. 28 I have also lent him to the LORD.
I have, upon my vow, returned him to the Lord, as consecrated unto him by me formerly.
II. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly, &c.
Now let not Peninnah, or any other adversaries, that were wont to insult over me, open their mouths against me.