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06:019:040 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of
Dan according to their families.
06:019:041 And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and
06:019:042 And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah,
06:019:043 And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,
06:019:044 And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath,
06:019:045 And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon,
06:019:046 And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho.
06:019:047 And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for
them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against
Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword,
and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan,
after the name of Dan their father.
06:019:048 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan
according to their families, these cities with their villages.
06:019:049 When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance
by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to
Joshua the son of Nun among them:
06:019:050 According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which
he asked, even Timnathserah in mount Ephraim: and he built the
city, and dwelt therein.
06:019:051 These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and
Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the
tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance
by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of
dividing the country.
06:020:001 The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying,
06:020:002 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you
cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of
06:020:003 That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and
unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge
from the avenger of blood.
06:020:004 And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall
stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and shall
declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they
shall take him into the city unto them, and give him a place,
that he may dwell among them.
06:020:005 And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall
not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his
neighbour unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime.
06:020:006 And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the
congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high
priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer
return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house,
unto the city from whence he fled.
06:020:007 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and
Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in
the mountain of Judah.
06:020:008 And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they
assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the
tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad,
and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.
06:020:009 These were the cities appointed for all the children of
Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that
whosoever killeth any person at unawares might flee thither,
and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he
stood before the congregation.
06:021:001 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto
Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto
the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of
06:021:002 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan,
saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us
cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
06:021:003 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their
inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and
06:021:004 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and
the children of Aaron the priest, which were of the Levites,
had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of
Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.
06:021:005 And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the
families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan,
and out of the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
06:021:006 And the children of Gershon had by lot out of the families of
the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out
of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of
Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
06:021:007 The children of Merari by their families had out of the tribe
of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe
of Zebulun, twelve cities.
06:021:008 And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these
cities with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand
06:021:009 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and
out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which
are here mentioned by name.
06:021:010 Which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the
Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi, had: for theirs
was the first lot.
06:021:011 And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which
city is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the suburbs
thereof round about it.
06:021:012 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave
they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
06:021:013 Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with
her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah
with her suburbs,
06:021:014 And Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa with her suburbs,
06:021:015 And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs,
06:021:016 And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, and
Bethshemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two
06:021:017 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs,
Geba with her suburbs,
06:021:018 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four
06:021:019 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were
thirteen cities with their suburbs.
06:021:020 And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites which
remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities
of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.
06:021:021 For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim,
to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her
06:021:022 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs;
06:021:023 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs,
Gibbethon with her suburbs,
06:021:024 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs; four
06:021:025 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her
suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities.
06:021:026 All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of
the children of Kohath that remained.
06:021:027 And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the
Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave
Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for
the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities.
06:021:028 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs,
Dabareh with her suburbs,
06:021:029 Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs; four
06:021:030 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon
with her suburbs,
06:021:031 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four
06:021:032 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her
suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Hammothdor
with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities.
06:021:033 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families
were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
06:021:034 And unto the families of the children of Merari, the rest of
the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her
suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs,
06:021:035 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four
06:021:036 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and
Jahazah with her suburbs,
06:021:037 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four
06:021:038 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her
suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Mahanaim
with her suburbs,
06:021:039 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities
06:021:040 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their
families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites,
were by their lot twelve cities.
06:021:041 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the
children of Israel were forty and eight cities with their
06:021:042 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about
them: thus were all these cities.
06:021:043 And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to
give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt
06:021:044 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that
he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all
their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their
enemies into their hand.
06:021:045 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had
spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
06:022:001 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the
half tribe of Manasseh,
06:022:002 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of
the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I
06:022:003 Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day,
but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your
06:022:004 And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren,
as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto
your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses
the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.
06:022:005 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law,
which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the
LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his
commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with
all your heart and with all your soul.
06:022:006 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto
06:022:007 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given
possession in Bashan: but unto the other half thereof gave
Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And
when Joshua sent them away also unto their tents, then he
06:022:008 And he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto
your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with
gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much
raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
06:022:009 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the
half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the
children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of
Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead, to the land of their
possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word
of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
06:022:010 And when they came unto the borders of Jordan, that are in the
land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad
and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan,
a great altar to see to.
06:022:011 And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of
Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh
have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the
borders of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel.
06:022:012 And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole
congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves
together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them.
06:022:013 And the children of Israel sent unto the children of Reuben,
and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh,
into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the
06:022:014 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince
throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head
of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.
06:022:015 And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children
of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of
Gilead, and they spake with them, saying,
06:022:016 Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass
is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to
turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have
builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the
06:022:017 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are
not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in
the congregation of the LORD,
06:022:018 But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD?
and it will be, seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that
to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of
06:022:019 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean,
then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD,
wherein the LORD's tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession
among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against
us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our
06:022:020 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the
accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of
Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
06:022:021 Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the
half tribe of Manasseh answered, and said unto the heads of
the thousands of Israel,
06:022:022 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and
Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in
transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
06:022:023 That we have built us an altar to turn from following the
LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering,
or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself
06:022:024 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing,
saying, In time to come your children might speak unto our
children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of
06:022:025 For the LORD hath made Jordan a border between us and you, ye
children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part in the
LORD: so shall your children make our children cease from
fearing the LORD.
06:022:026 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar,
not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
06:022:027 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our
generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD
before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices,
and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say
to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.
06:022:028 Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should so say
to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say
again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our
fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but
it is a witness between us and you.
06:022:029 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn
this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt
offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the
altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.
06:022:030 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the
congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were
with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the
children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased
06:022:031 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the
children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the
children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is
among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against
the LORD: now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of
the hand of the LORD.
06:022:032 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes,
returned from the children of Reuben, and from the children of
Gad, out of the land of Gilead, unto the land of Canaan, to
the children of Israel, and brought them word again.
06:022:033 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children
of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up against
them in battle, to destroy the land wherein the children of
Reuben and Gad dwelt.
06:022:034 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the
altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD
06:023:001 And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given
rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that
Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.
06:023:002 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and
for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers,
and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age:
06:023:003 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all
these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that
hath fought for you.
06:023:004 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that
remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan,
with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great
06:023:005 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you,
and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess
their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.
06:023:006 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is
written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not
aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
06:023:007 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among
you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause
to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto
06:023:008 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this
06:023:009 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and
strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before
you unto this day.
06:023:010 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God,
he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
06:023:011 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the
LORD your God.
06:023:012 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant
of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall
make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to
06:023:013 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive
out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be
snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and
thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land
which the LORD your God hath given you.
06:023:014 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and
ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one
thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your
God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and
not one thing hath failed thereof.
06:023:015 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are
come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall
the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have
destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God
hath given you.
06:023:016 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God,
which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods,
and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD
be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off
the good land which he hath given unto you.
06:024:001 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and
called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for
their judges, and for their officers; and they presented
themselves before God.
06:024:002 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God
of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood
in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father
of Nachor: and they served other gods.
06:024:003 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the
flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and
multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
06:024:004 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau
mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went
down into Egypt.
06:024:005 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to
that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
06:024:006 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the
sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with
chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
06:024:007 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you
and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered
them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and
ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
06:024:008 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt
on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave
them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I
destroyed them from before you.
06:024:009 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred
against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to
06:024:010 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you
still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
06:024:011 And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men
of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the
Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the
Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered
them into your hand.
06:024:012 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from
before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with
thy sword, nor with thy bow.
06:024:013 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and
cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the
vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
06:024:014 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in
truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the
other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
06:024:015 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you
this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your
fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or
the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for
me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
06:024:016 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should
forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
06:024:017 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our
fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage,
and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us
in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people
through whom we passed:
06:024:018 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the
Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve
the LORD; for he is our God.
06:024:019 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for
he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive
your transgressions nor your sins.
06:024:020 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will
turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done
06:024:021 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the
06:024:022 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against
yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And
they said, We are witnesses.
06:024:023 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are
among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
06:024:024 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we
serve, and his voice will we obey.
06:024:025 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set
them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
06:024:026 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God,
and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that
was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
06:024:027 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall
be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the
LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness
unto you, lest ye deny your God.
06:024:028 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his
06:024:029 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of
Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten
06:024:030 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in
Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of
the hill of Gaash.
06:024:031 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the
days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known
all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
06:024:032 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought
up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground
which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem
for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance
of the children of Joseph.
06:024:033 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a
hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him
in mount Ephraim.
Book 07 Judges
07:001:001 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the
children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for
us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
07:001:002 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered
the land into his hand.
07:001:003 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into
my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I
likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with
07:001:004 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and
the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek
ten thousand men.
07:001:005 And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against
him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
07:001:006 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught
him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
07:001:007 And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their
thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under
my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they
brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
07:001:008 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and
had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and
set the city on fire.
07:001:009 And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against
the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south,
and in the valley.
07:001:010 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron:
(now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew
Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
07:001:011 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and
the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher:
07:001:012 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it,
to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
07:001:013 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took
it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
07:001:014 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him
to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her
ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?
07:001:015 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given
me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave
her the upper springs and the nether springs.
07:001:016 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up
out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into
the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and
they went and dwelt among the people.
07:001:017 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the
Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it.
And the name of the city was called Hormah.
07:001:018 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with
the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
07:001:019 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants
of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of
the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
07:001:020 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he
expelled thence the three sons of Anak.
07:001:021 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites
that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the
children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
07:001:022 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and
the LORD was with them.
07:001:023 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name
of the city before was Luz.)
07:001:024 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they
said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the
city, and we will shew thee mercy.
07:001:025 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote
the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man
and all his family.
07:001:026 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a
city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name
thereof unto this day.
07:001:027 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean
and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants
of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her
towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the
Canaanites would dwell in that land.
07:001:028 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the
Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
07:001:029 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in
Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
07:001:030 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor
the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among
them, and became tributaries.
07:001:031 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the
inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of
Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
07:001:032 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants
of the land: for they did not drive them out.
07:001:033 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh,
nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the
Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the
inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries
07:001:034 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain:
for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
07:001:035 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in
Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so
that they became tributaries.
07:001:036 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to
Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
07:002:001 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and
said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you
unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I
will never break my covenant with you.
07:002:002 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land;
ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my
voice: why have ye done this?
07:002:003 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before
you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods
shall be a snare unto you.
07:002:004 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these
words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted
up their voice, and wept.
07:002:005 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they
sacrificed there unto the LORD.
07:002:006 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel
went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.
07:002:007 And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all
the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all
the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.
07:002:008 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died,
being an hundred and ten years old.
07:002:009 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in
Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of
the hill Gaash.
07:002:010 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers:
and there arose another generation after them, which knew not
the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
07:002:011 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and served Baalim:
07:002:012 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought
them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the
gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed
themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
07:002:013 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
07:002:014 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he
delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them,
and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about,
so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
07:002:015 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against
them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn
unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
07:002:016 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them
out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
07:002:017 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they
went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto
them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers
walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did
07:002:018 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was
with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their
enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD
because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed
them and vexed them.
07:002:019 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they
returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in
following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them;
they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn
07:002:020 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said,
Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I
commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;
07:002:021 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of
the nations which Joshua left when he died:
07:002:022 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep
the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep
it, or not.
07:002:023 Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them
out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of
07:003:001 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel
by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars
07:003:002 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might
know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew
07:003:003 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites,
and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount
Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
07:003:004 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they
would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he
commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
07:003:005 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites,
Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and
07:003:006 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave
their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
07:003:007 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the
07:003:008 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he
sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of
Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served
Chushanrishathaim eight years.
07:003:009 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 Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
07:003:010 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged
Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered
Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his
hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.
07:003:011 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of
07:003:012 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against
Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.
07:003:013 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and
went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
07:003:014 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab
07:003:015 But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD
raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite,
a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a
present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
07:003:016 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit
length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right
07:003:017 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon
was a very fat man.
07:003:018 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away
the people that bare the present.
07:003:019 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by
Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king:
who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out
07:003:020 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer
parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have
a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
07:003:021 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his
right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
07:003:022 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 of
his belly; and the dirt came out.
07:003:023 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of
the parlour upon him, and locked them.
07:003:024 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw
that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said,
Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
07:003:025 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he
opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a
key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down
dead on the earth.
07:003:026 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the
quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
07:003:027 And it came to pass, 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.
07:003:028 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath
delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they
went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab,
and suffered not a man to pass over.
07:003:029 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all
lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.
07:003:030 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the
land had rest fourscore years.
07:003:031 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the
Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also
07:004:001 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the
LORD, when Ehud was dead.
07:004:002 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan,
that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera,
which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
07:004:003 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had
nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily
oppressed the children of Israel.
07:004:004 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged
Israel at that time.
07:004:005 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and
Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to
her for judgment.
07:004:006 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of
Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of
Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and
take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali
and of the children of Zebulun?
07:004:007 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the
captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude;
and I will deliver him into thine hand.
07:004:008 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will
go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
07:004:009 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the
journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for
the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And
Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
07:004:010 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went
up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with
07:004:011 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the 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 is by
07:004:012 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone
up to mount Tabor.
07:004:013 And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine
hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with
him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.
07:004:014 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which
the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the
LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount
Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
07:004:015 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all
his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that
Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his
07:004:016 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto
Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell
upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.
07:004:017 Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the
wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin
the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
07:004:018 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in,
my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in
unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.
07:004:019 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to
drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and
gave him drink, and covered him.
07:004:020 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it
shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say,
Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.
07:004:021 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an
hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the
nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he
was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
07:004:022 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet
him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man
whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold,
Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
07:004:023 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the
children of Israel.
07:004:024 And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and
prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had
destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
07:005:001 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day,
07:005:002 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people
willingly offered themselves.
07:005:003 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing
unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
07:005:004 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out
of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens
dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
07:005:005 The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai
from before the LORD God of Israel.
07:005:006 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael,
the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked
07:005:007 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel,
until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
07:005:008 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a
shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
07:005:009 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered
themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.
07:005:010 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment,
and walk by the way.
07:005:011 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the
places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the
righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the
inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people
of the LORD go down to the gates.
07:005:012 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise,
Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.
07:005:013 Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles
among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the
07:005:014 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after
thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down
governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the
07:005:015 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar,
and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the
divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.
07:005:016 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings
of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great
searchings of heart.
07:005:017 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships?
Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
07:005:018 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives
unto the death in the high places of the field.
07:005:019 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in
Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.
07:005:020 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought
07:005:021 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the
river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.
07:005:022 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings,
the pransings of their mighty ones.
07:005:023 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, 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.
07:005:024 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite
be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
07:005:025 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth
butter in a lordly dish.
07:005:026 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the
workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she
smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through
07:005:027 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he
bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
07:005:028 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through
the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry
the wheels of his chariots?
07:005:029 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to
07:005:030 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every
man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a
prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of
needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take
07:005:031 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that
love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And
the land had rest forty years.
07:006:001 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD:
and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven
07:006:002 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.
07:006:003 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came
up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even
they came up against them;
07:006:004 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.
07:006:005 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they
came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their
camels were without number: and they entered into the land to
07:006:006 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites;
and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.
07:006:007 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto
the LORD because of the Midianites,
07:006:008 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel,
which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I
brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the
house of bondage;
07:006:009 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out
of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from
before you, and gave you their land;
07:006:010 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods
of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not
obeyed my voice.
07:006:011 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak
which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite:
and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it
from the Midianites.
07:006:012 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto
him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
07:006:013 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us,
why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his
miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the
LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken
us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
07:006:014 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might,
and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites:
have not I sent thee?
07:006:015 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save
Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the
least in my father's house.
07:006:016 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and
thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
07:006:017 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight,
then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
07:006:018 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and
bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I
will tarry until thou come again.
07:006:019 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes
of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put
the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak,
and presented it.
07:006:020 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the
unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out
the broth. And he did so.
07:006:021 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that
was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened
cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed
the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD
departed out of his sight.
07:006:022 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD,
Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God! for because I have seen an
angel of the LORD face to face.
07:006:023 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou
shalt not die.
07:006:024 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it
Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the
07:006:025 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto
him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock
of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy
father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:
07:006:026 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this
rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and
offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou
shalt cut down.
07:006:027 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD
had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his
father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not
do it by day, that he did it by night.
07:006:028 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning,
behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut
down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon
the altar that was built.
07:006:029 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And
when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of
Joash hath done this thing.
07:006:030 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son,
that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal,
and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
07:006:031 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead
for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let
him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god,
let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his
07:006:032 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let
Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
07:006:033 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of
the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in
the valley of Jezreel.
07:006:034 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a
trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
07:006:035 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was
gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and
unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet
07:006:036 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine
hand, as thou hast said,
07:006:037 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the
dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth
beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine
hand, as thou hast said.
07:006:038 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust
the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a
bowl full of water.
07:006:039 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against
me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee,
but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the
fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
07:006:040 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece
only, and there was dew on all the ground.
07:007:001 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were
with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod:
so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of
them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
07:007:002 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee
are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands,
lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand
hath saved me.
07:007:003 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people,
saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and
depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the
people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten
07:007:004 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many;
bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee
there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This
shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of
whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the
same shall not go.
07:007:005 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD
said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his
tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself;
likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
07:007:006 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to
their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the
people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
07:007:007 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that
lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine
hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his
07:007:008 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets:
and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent,
and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian
was beneath him in the valley.
07:007:009 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto
him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered
it into thine hand.
07:007:010 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant
down to the host:
07:007:011 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine
hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he
down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men
that were in the host.
07:007:012 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of
the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for
multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand
by the sea side for multitude.
07:007:013 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a
dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream,
and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of
Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and
overturned it, that the tent lay along.
07:007:014 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save
the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for
into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.
07:007:015 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and
the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned
into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath
delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
07:007:016 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and
he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and
lamps within the pitchers.
07:007:017 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and,
behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be
that, as I do, so shall ye do.
07:007:018 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then
blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and
say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
07:007:019 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto
the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch;
and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the
trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
07:007:020 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the
pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the
trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried,
The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
07:007:021 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp;
and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
07:007:022 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set
every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the
host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the
border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
07:007:023 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of
Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and
pursued after the Midianites.
07:007:024 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim,
saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them
the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of
Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto
Bethbarah and Jordan.
07:007:025 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb;
and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at
the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the
heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
07:008:001 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us
thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight
with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.
07:008:002 And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of
you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than
the vintage of Abiezer?
07:008:003 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb
and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then
their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.
07:008:004 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three
hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.
07:008:005 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves
of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint,
and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
07:008:006 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and
Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto
07:008:007 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah
and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with
the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.
07:008:008 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise:
and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had
07:008:009 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come
again in peace, I will break down this tower.
07:008:010 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with
them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all
the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an
hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
07:008:011 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on
the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host; for the
host was secure.
07:008:012 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and
took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and
discomfited all the host.
07:008:013 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the
sun was up,
07:008:014 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and enquired of
him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the
elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men.
07:008:015 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah
and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the
hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should
give bread unto thy men that are weary?
07:008:016 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the
wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of
07:008:017 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the
07:008:018 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were
they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so
were they; each one resembled the children of a king.
07:008:019 And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my
mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I
would not slay you.
07:008:020 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But
the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was
yet a youth.
07:008:021 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for
as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew
Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on
their camels' necks.
07:008:022 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us,
both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast
delivered us from the hand of Midian.
07:008:023 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither
shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
07:008:024 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you,
that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For
they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
07:008:025 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they
spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings
of his prey.
07:008:026 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a
thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments,
and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of
Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels'
07:008:027 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even
in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it:
which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
07:008:028 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that
they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in
quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
07:008:029 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own
07:008:030 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten:
for he had many wives.
07:008:031 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a
son, whose name he called Abimelech.
07:008:032 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was
buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the
07:008:033 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the
children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after
Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.
07:008:034 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God,
who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies
on every side:
07:008:035 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal,
namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had
shewed unto Israel.
07:009:001 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his
mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the
family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
07:009:002 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem,
Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of
Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over
you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your
bone and your flesh.
07:009:003 And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the
men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to
follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.
07:009:004 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of
the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and
light persons, which followed him.
07:009:005 And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his
brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten
persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the
youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.
07:009:006 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the
house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the
plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.
07:009:007 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top
of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said
unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may
hearken unto you.
07:009:008 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and
they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
07:009:009 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness,
wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted
over the trees?
07:009:010 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over
07:009:011 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my
sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the
07:009:012 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over
07:009:013 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which
cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
07:009:014 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign
07:009:015 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me
king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and
if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the
cedars of Lebanon.
07:009:016 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye
have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with
Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to
the deserving of his hands;
07:009:017 (For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far,
and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:
07:009:018 And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and
have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one
stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant,
king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)
07:009:019 If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and
with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let
him also rejoice in you:
07:009:020 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the
men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out
from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and
07:009:021 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt
there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
07:009:022 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,
07:009:023 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of
Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with
07:009:024 That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of
Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech
their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem,
which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
07:009:025 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of
the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by
them: and it was told Abimelech.
07:009:026 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over
to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in
07:009:027 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their
vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into
the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed
07:009:028 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is
Shechem, that we should serve him? 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?
07:009:029 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I
remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine
army, and come out.
07:009:030 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal
the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
07:009:031 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech privily, saying, Behold,
Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren be come to Shechem; and,
behold, they fortify the city against thee.
07:009:032 Now therefore up by night, thou and the people that is with
thee, and lie in wait in the field:
07:009:033 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is
up, thou shalt rise early, and set upon the city: and, behold,
when he and the people that is with him come out against thee,
then mayest thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion.
07:009:034 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him,
by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four
07:009:035 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and stood in the entering
of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose up, and the people
that were with him, from lying in wait.
07:009:036 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there
come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said
unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains as if they
07:009:037 And Gaal spake again, and said, See there come people down by
the middle of the land, and another company come along by the
plain of Meonenim.
07:009:038 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith
thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is
not this the people that thou hast despised? go out, I pray
now, and fight with them.
07:009:039 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with
07:009:040 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many
were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entering of the
07:009:041 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and
his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.
07:009:042 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out
into the field; and they told Abimelech.
07:009:043 And he took the people, and divided them into three companies,
and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold, the
people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against
them, and smote them.
07:009:044 And Abimelech, and the company that was with him, rushed
forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city:
and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were
in the fields, and slew them.
07:009:045 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he
took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat
down the city, and sowed it with salt.
07:009:046 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they
entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.
07:009:047 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of
Shechem were gathered together.
07:009:048 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the
people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his
hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and
laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were
with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I
07:009:049 And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and
followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold
on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem
died also, about a thousand men and women.
07:009:050 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez,
and took it.
07:009:051 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled
all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it
to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.
07:009:052 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and
went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.
07:009:053 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon
Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.
07:009:054 Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer,
and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say
not of me, A women slew him. And his young man thrust him
through, and he died.
07:009:055 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they
departed every man unto his place.
07:009:056 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did
unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
07:009:057 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon
their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of
07:010:001 And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son
of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in
Shamir in mount Ephraim.
07:010:002 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was
buried in Shamir.
07:010:003 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel
twenty and two years.
07:010:004 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they
had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto this day,
which are in the land of Gilead.
07:010:005 And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
07:010:006 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria,
and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of
the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and
forsook the LORD, and served not him.
07:010:007 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold
them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of
the children of Ammon.
07:010:008 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel:
eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the
other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in
07:010:009 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight
also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the
house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
07:010:010 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We
have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our
God, and also served Baalim.
07:010:011 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I
deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from
the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
07:010:012 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did
oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of
07:010:013 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I
will deliver you no more.
07:010:014 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them
deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
07:010:015 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned:
do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us
only, we pray thee, this day.
07:010:016 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served
the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
07:010:017 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and
encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled
themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
07:010:018 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What
man is he that will begin to fight against the children of
Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
07:011:001 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he
was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
07:011:002 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew up,
and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt
not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a
07:011:003 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.
07:011:004 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of
Ammon made war against Israel.
07:011:005 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war
against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah
out of the land of Tob:
07:011:006 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we
may fight with the children of Ammon.
07:011:007 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate
me, and expel me out of my father's house? and why are ye come
unto me now when ye are in distress?
07:011:008 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn
again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight
against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the
inhabitants of Gilead.
07:011:009 And Jephthah said unto the elders 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?
07:011:010 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be
witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.
07:011:011 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people
made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all
his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.
07:011:012 And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of
Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art
come against me to fight in my land?
07:011:013 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the
messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when
they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and
unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again
07:011:014 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the
children of Ammon:
07:011:015 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away
the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
07:011:016 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the
wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
07:011:017 Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let
me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom
would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto
the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and Israel abode
07:011:018 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the
land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side
of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon,
but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the
border of Moab.
07:011:019 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites,
the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we
pray thee, through thy land into my place.
07:011:020 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but
Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz,
and fought against Israel.
07:011:021 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people
into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel
possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of
07:011:022 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon
even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.
07:011:023 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites
from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?
07:011:024 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.
07:011:025 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of
Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or
did he ever fight against them,
07:011:026 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and
her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts