but let those who love Him be as the sun when it rises forth in its
Then the land had rest forty years.
6,1The children of Israel
did that which was evil in the sight of the L-rd; and the L-rd delivered them
into the hand of Midian seven years.
6,2The hand of Midian prevailed
against Israel; and because of Midian the children of Israel made them the
dens which are in the mountains, and the caves, and the strongholds.
6,3So it was, when Israel had
sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of
the east; they came up against them;
6,4and they encamped against them,
and destroyed the increase of the earth, until you come to Gaza, and left
no sustenance in Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor donkey.
6,5For they came up with their
livestock and their tents; they came in as locusts for multitude; both
they and their camels were without number; and they came into the land to
destroy it. 6,6Israel was
brought very low because of Midian; and the children of Israel cried to
6,7It happened, when the
children of Israel cried to the L-rd because of Midian,
6,8that the L-rd sent a prophet to the
children of Israel; and he said to them, Thus says the L-rd, G-d of
Israel, 'I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the
house of bondage; 6,9and I
delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all
who oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their
land; 6,10and I said to you,
I am the L-rd your G-d; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land you dwell. But you have not listened to my voice.'
6,11The angel of the L-rd
came, and sat under the oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained to Joash
the Abiezrite; and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress,
to hide it from the Midianites.
6,12The angel of the L-rd appeared to
him, and said to him, the L-rd is with you, you mighty man of valor!
6,13Gideon said to him,
Oh, my lord, if the L-rd is with us, why then has all this happened to
us? Where are all his wondrous works which our fathers told us of, saying,
'Didn't the L-rd bring us up from Egypt?' But now the L-rd has cast us
off, and delivered us into the hand of Midian.
6,14The L-rd looked at him,
and said, Go in this your might, and save Israel from the hand of
Midian. Haven't I sent you?
6,15He said to him, O
L-rd, how shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is the
poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
6,16The L-rd said to him,
Surely I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one
6,17He said to him, If
now I have found favor in your sight, then show me a sign that it is you
who talk with me. 6,18Please
don't go away, until I come to you, and bring out my present, and lay it
He said, I will wait until you come back.
6,19Gideon went in, and
prepared a young goat, and unleavened cakes of an ephah
of meal. He put the meat in a basket and he put the broth in a pot, and
brought it out to him under the oak, and presented it.
6,20The angel of G-d said
to him, Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and lay them on this
rock, and pour out the broth.
He did so. 6,21Then the
angel of the L-rd stretched out the end of the staff that was in his hand,
and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes; and fire went up out of the
rock, and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of
the L-rd departed out of his sight.
6,22Gideon saw that he was
the angel of the L-rd; and Gideon said, Alas, L-rd the L-rd! Because I have
seen the angel of the L-rd face to face!
6,23The L-rd said to him,
Peace be to you! Don't be afraid. You shall not die.
6,24Then Gideon built an
altar there to the L-rd, and called it 'the L-rd is
Peace'. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
6,25It happened the same
night, that the L-rd said to him, Take your father's bull, even the
second bull seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that your
father has, and cut down the Asherah that is by it;
6,26and build an altar to the L-rd your
G-d on the top of this stronghold, in an orderly way, and take the second
bull, and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which you
shall cut down.
6,27Then Gideon took ten
men of his servants, and did as the L-rd had spoken to him; and it happened,
because he feared his father's household and the men of the city, so
that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
6,28When the men of the
city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken
down, and the Asherah was cut down that was by it, and the second bull was
offered on the altar that was built.
6,29They said one to another, Who
has done this thing?
When they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash has
done this thing.
6,30Then the men of the
city said to Joash, Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has
broken down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the Asherah
that was by it. 6,31Joash
said to all who stood against him, Will you contend for Baal? Or will
you save him? He who will contend for him, let him be put to death by
morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because someone has
broken down his altar.
6,32Therefore on that day he named
him Jerub-Baal, saying, Let Baal contend against him,
because he has broken down his altar.
6,33Then all the
Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east assembled
themselves together; and they passed over, and encamped in the valley of
Jezreel. 6,34But the Spirit
of the L-rd came on Gideon; and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered
together after him. 6,35He
sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; and they also were gathered
together after him; and he sent messengers to Asher, and to Zebulun, and
to Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
6,36Gideon said to G-d,
If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken,
6,37behold, I will put a fleece of
wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is
dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my
hand, as you have spoken.
6,38It was so; for he rose
up early on the next day, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the
dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
6,39Gideon said to G-d,
Don't let your anger be kindled against me, and I will speak but this
once. Please let me make a trial just this once with the fleece. Let it
now be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.
6,40G-d did so that night;
for it was dry on the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
7,1Then Jerubbaal, who is
Gideon, and all the people who were with him, rose up early, and encamped
beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was on the north side
of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
7,2The L-rd said to Gideon, The
people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into
their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, 'My own
hand has saved me.' 7,3Now
therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is
fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.'
Twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
7,4The L-rd said to Gideon,
The people are still too many. Bring them down to the water, and I will
test them for you there. It shall be, that of whom I tell you, 'This
shall go with you,' the same shall go with you; and of whoever I tell
you, 'This shall not go with you,' the same shall not go.
7,5So he brought down the people to
the water; and the L-rd said to Gideon, Everyone who laps of the water
with his tongue, like a dog laps, you shall set him by himself; likewise
everyone who bows down on his knees to drink.
7,6The number of those who lapped,
putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest
of the people bowed down on their knees to drink water.
7,7The L-rd said to Gideon, By the
three hundred men who lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites
into your hand. Let all the other people go, each to his own place.
7,8So the people took food
in their hand, and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of Israel every
man to his tent, but retained the three hundred men; and the camp of
Midian was beneath him in the valley.
7,9It happened the same night, that
the L-rd said to him, Arise, go down into the camp; for I have delivered
it into your hand. 7,10But if
you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp;
7,11and you shall hear what
they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened to go down into
the camp. Then went he down with Purah his servant to the outermost
part of the armed men who were in the camp.
7,12The Midianites and the
Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like
locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand
which is on the seashore for multitude.
7,13When Gideon had come,
behold, there was a man telling a dream to his fellow; and he said,
Behold, I dreamed a dream; and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled
into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and struck it so that it
fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.
7,14His fellow answered,
This is nothing other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man
of Israel. G-d has delivered Midian into his hand, with all the army.
7,15It was so, when Gideon
heard the telling of the dream, and its interpretation, that he worshiped;
and he returned into the camp of Israel, and said, Arise; for the L-rd
has delivered the army of Midian into your hand!
7,16He divided the three
hundred men into three companies, and he put into the hands of all of them
trumpets, and empty pitchers, with torches within the pitchers.
7,17He said to them,
Watch me, and do likewise. Behold, when I come to the outermost part of
the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so you shall do.
7,18When I blow the trumpet, I and
all who are with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the
camp, and shout, 'For the L-rd and for Gideon!'
7,19So Gideon, and the
hundred men who were with him, came to the outermost part of the camp in
the beginning of the middle watch, when they had but newly set the watch;
and they blew the trumpets, and broke in pieces the pitchers that were in
their hands. 7,20The three
companies blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers, and held the torches
in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands with which to
blow; and they shouted, The sword of the L-rd and of Gideon!
7,21They each stood in his place
around the camp; and all the army ran; and they shouted, and put them to
flight. 7,22They blew the
three hundred trumpets, and the L-rd set every man's sword against his
fellow, and against all the army; and the army fled as far as Beth Shittah
toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
7,23The men of Israel were gathered
together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and
pursued after Midian.
7,24Gideon sent messengers throughout
all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, Come down against Midian, and
take before them the waters, as far as Beth Barah, even the Jordan! So
all the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and took the waters as far
as Beth Barah, even the Jordan.
7,25They took the two princes of
Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb
they killed at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian; and they brought
the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon beyond the Jordan.
8,1The men of Ephraim
said to him, Why have you treated us this way, that you didn't call
us, when you went to fight with Midian? They rebuked him sharply.
8,2He said to them, What
have I now done in comparison with you? Isn't the gleaning of the grapes
of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
8,3G-d has delivered into your hand
the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb! What was I able to do in comparison
with you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.
8,4Gideon came to the
Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men who were with him,
faint, yet pursuing. 8,5He
said to the men of Succoth, Please give loaves of bread to the people
who follow me; for they are faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and
Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.
8,6The princes of Succoth
said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we
should give bread to your army?
Therefore when the L-rd has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand,
then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with
8,8He went up there to
Penuel, and spoke to them in the same way; and the men of Penuel answered
him as the men of Succoth had answered.
8,9He spoke also to the men of
Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this
8,10Now Zebah and Zalmunna
were in Karkor, and their armies with them, about fifteen thousand men,
all who were left of all the army of the children of the east; for there
fell one hundred twenty thousand men who drew sword.
8,11Gideon went up by the way of
those who lived in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and struck the
army; for the army was secure.
8,12Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he
pursued after them; and he took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and
Zalmunna, and confused all the army.
8,13Gideon the son of Joash returned
from the battle from the ascent of Heres.
8,14He caught a young man of the men
of Succoth, and inquired of him; and he described for him the princes of
Succoth, and its elders, seventy-seven men.
8,15He came to the men of Succoth,
and said, See Zebah and Zalmunna, concerning whom you taunted me,
saying, 'Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we
should give bread to your men who are weary?'
8,16He took the elders of the city,
and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men
of Succoth. 8,17He broke down
the tower of Penuel, and killed the men of the city.
8,18Then he said to Zebah
and Zalmunna, What kind of men were they whom you killed at Tabor?
They answered, They were like you. Each one resembled the children
of a king.
8,19He said, They were
my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the L-rd lives, if you had saved them
alive, I would not kill you.
8,20He said to Jether his
firstborn, Get up, and kill them! But the youth didn't draw his
sword; for he was afraid, because he was yet a youth.
8,21Then Zebah and
Zalmunna said, Rise and fall on us; for as the man is, so is his
strength. Gideon arose, and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the
crescents that were on their camels' necks.
8,22Then the men of Israel
said to Gideon, Rule over us, both you, and your son, and your son's
son also; for you have saved us out of the hand of Midian.
8,23Gideon said to them,
I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you. the L-rd
shall rule over you.
8,24Gideon said to them, I would
make a request of you, that you would give me every man the earrings of
his spoil. For they had golden earrings, because they were
8,25They answered, We
will willingly give them. They spread a garment, and every man threw
the earrings of his spoil into it.
8,26The weight of the golden earrings
that he requested was one thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold,
besides the crescents, and the pendants, and the purple clothing that was
on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were about their
camels' necks. 8,27Gideon
made an ephod of it, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah; and all
Israel played the prostitute after it there; and it became a snare to
Gideon, and to his house.
8,28So Midian was subdued before the
children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more. The land had
rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
8,29Jerubbaal the son of Joash went
and lived in his own house.
8,30Gideon had seventy sons conceived
from his body; for he had many wives.
8,31His concubine who was in Shechem,
she also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.
8,32Gideon the son of Joash died in a
good old age, and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, in Ophrah of
the Abiezrites. 8,33It
happened, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned
again, and played the prostitute after the Baals, and made Baal Berith
their god. 8,34The children
of Israel didn't remember the L-rd their G-d, who had delivered them out
of the hand of all their enemies on every side;
8,35neither did they show kindness to
the house of Jerubbaal, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had
shown to Israel.
9,1Abimelech the son of
Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brothers, and spoke with them,
and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
9,2 Please speak in the
ears of all the men of Shechem, 'Is it better for you that all the sons
of Jerubbaal, who are seventy persons, rule over you, or that one rule
over you?' Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
9,3His mother's brothers
spoke 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. 9,4They gave him
seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal Berith, with which
Abimelech hired vain and light fellows, who followed him.
9,5He went to his father's house at
Ophrah, and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, being seventy
persons, on one stone; but Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left;
for he hid himself. 9,6All
the men of Shechem assembled themselves together, and all the house of
Millo, and went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar that was
in Shechem. 9,7When they told
it to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted up
his voice, and cried, and said to them, Listen to me, you men of
Shechem, that G-d may listen to you.
9,8The trees went forth on a time to
anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over
9,9 But the olive tree
said to them, 'Should I leave my fatness, with which by me they honor
G-d and man, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?'
9,10 The trees said to
the fig tree, 'Come and reign over us.'
9,11 But the fig tree
said to them, 'Should I leave my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to
wave back and forth over the trees?'
9,12 The trees said to
the vine, 'Come and reign over us.'
9,13 The vine said to
them, 'Should I leave my new wine, which cheers G-d and man, and go to
wave back and forth over the trees?'
9,14 Then all the trees
said to the bramble, 'Come and reign over us.'
9,15 The bramble said to
the trees, 'If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and take
refuge in my shade; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and
devour the cedars of Lebanon.'
9,16 Now therefore, if
you have dealt truly and righteously, in that you have made Abimelech
king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have
done to him according to the deserving of his hands
9,17for my father fought for you,
and risked his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;
9,18and you have risen up against my
father's house this day, and have slain his sons, seventy persons, on
one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his female servant, king
over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;
9,19if you then have dealt truly and
righteously with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in
Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you;
9,20but 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 devour Abimelech.
9,21Jotham ran away, and
fled, and went to Beer, and lived there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
9,22Abimelech was prince
over Israel three years.
9,23G-d sent an evil spirit between
Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt
treacherously with Abimelech;
9,24that the violence done to the
seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and that their blood might be laid
on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem,
who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.
9,25The men of Shechem set an ambush
for him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who came along
that way by them; and it was told Abimelech.
9,26Gaal the son of Ebed came with
his brothers, and went over to Shechem; and the men of Shechem put their
trust in him. 9,27They went
out into the field, and harvested their vineyards, and trod the grapes,
and held festival, and went into the house of their god, and ate and
drank, and cursed Abimelech.
9,28Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who
is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Isn't he the
son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? Serve the men of Hamor the father
of Shechem; but why should we serve him?
9,29Would that this people were under
my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech. He said to Abimelech,
Increase your army, and come out!
9,30When Zebul the ruler
of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was
kindled. 9,31He sent
messengers to Abimelech craftily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed
and his brothers have come to Shechem; and behold, they incite the city
against you. 9,32Now
therefore, go up by night, you and the people who are with you, and lie in
wait in the field; 9,33and it
shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you shall rise
early, and rush on the city; and behold, when he and the people who are
with him come out against you, then may you do to them as you shall find
9,34Abimelech rose up, and
all the people who were with him, by night, and they laid wait against
Shechem in four companies.
9,35Gaal the son of Ebed went out,
and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city; and Abimelech rose up,
and the people who were with him, from the ambush.
9,36When Gaal saw the
people, he said to Zebul, Behold, people are coming down from the tops
of the mountains.
Zebul said to him, You see the shadow of the mountains as if they
9,37Gaal spoke again and
said, Behold, people are coming down by the middle of the land, and one
company comes by the way of the oak of Meonenim.
9,38Then Zebul said to
him, Now where is your mouth, that you said, 'Who is Abimelech, that
we should serve him?' Isn't this the people that you have despised?
Please go out now and fight with them.
9,39Gaal went out before
the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.
9,40Abimelech chased him, and he fled
before him, and many fell wounded, even to the entrance of the gate.
9,41Abimelech lived at
Arumah; and Zebul drove out Gaal and his brothers, that they should not
dwell in Shechem. 9,42It
happened on the next day, that the people went out into the field; and
they told Abimelech. 9,43He
took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in
the field; and he looked, and behold, the people came forth out of the
city; He rose up against them, and struck them.
9,44Abimelech, and the companies that
were with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entrance of the gate of
the city; and the two companies rushed on all who were in the field, and
struck them. 9,45Abimelech
fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and killed the
people who were therein; and he beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
9,46When all the men of
the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered into the stronghold of the
house of Elberith. 9,47It was
told Abimelech that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered
together. 9,48Abimelech went
up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him; and Abimelech
took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it
up, and laid it on his shoulder; and he said to the people who were with
him, What you have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done!
9,49All the people likewise
each cut down his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them at the base
of the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire on them; so that all the
people of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.
9,50Then went Abimelech to
Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.
9,51But there was a strong tower
within the city, and there fled all the men and women, and all they of the
city, and shut themselves in, and went up to the roof of the tower.
9,52Abimelech came to the
tower, and fought against it, and drew near to the door of the tower to
burn it with fire. 9,53A
certain woman cast an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, and broke his
9,54Then he called hastily
to the young man his armor bearer, and said to him, Draw your sword,
and kill me, that men not say of me, 'A woman killed him.' His young
man thrust him through, and he died.
9,55When the men of Israel
saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man to his place.
9,56Thus G-d requited the wickedness
of Abimelech, which he did to his father, in killing his seventy brothers;
9,57and all the wickedness of
the men of Shechem did G-d requite on their heads; and on them came the
curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
10,1After Abimelech there
arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of
Issachar; and he lived in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.
10,2He judged Israel twenty-three
years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
10,3After him arose Jair, the
Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years.
10,4He had thirty sons who rode on
thirty donkey colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havvoth
Jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
10,5Jair died, and was buried in
Kamon. 10,6The children of
Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of the L-rd, and served
the Baals, and the Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of
Sidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and
the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the L-rd, and didn't serve
him. 10,7The anger of the L-rd
was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the
Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon.
10,8They troubled and oppressed the
children of Israel that year. For eighteen years, they oppressed all the
children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the
Amorites, which is in Gilead.
10,9The children of Ammon passed over
the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against
the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was very distressed.
10,10The children of Israel cried to
the L-rd, saying, We have sinned against you, even because we have
forsaken our G-d, and have served the Baals.
10,11The L-rd said to the
children of Israel, Didn't I save you from the Egyptians, and from
the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
10,12The Sidonians also, and
the Amalekites, and the Maonites, oppressed you; and you cried to me, and
I saved you out of their hand.
10,13Yet you have forsaken me, and
served other gods; therefore I will save you no more.
10,14Go and cry to the gods which you
have chosen. Let them save you in the time of your distress!
10,15The children of
Israel said to the L-rd, We have sinned; do you to us whatever seems good
to you; only deliver us, please, this day.
10,16They put away the
foreign gods from among them, and served the L-rd; and his soul was grieved
for the misery of Israel.
10,17Then the children of
Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. The children of
Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpah.
10,18The people, the princes of
Gilead, said one to another, What man is he who will begin to fight
against the children of Ammon? He shall be head over all the inhabitants
11,1Now Jephthah the
Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of a prostitute;
and Gilead became the father of Jephthah.
11,2Gilead's wife bore him sons;
and when his wife's sons grew up, they drove out Jephthah, and said to
him, You shall not inherit in our father's house; for you are the son
of another woman. 11,3Then
Jephthah fled from his brothers, and lived in the land of Tob; and there
were gathered vain fellows to Jephthah, and they went out with him.
11,4It happened after a
while, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.
11,5It was so, that when the children
of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get
Jephthah out of the land of Tob;
11,6and they said to Jephthah,
Come and be our chief, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.
11,7Jephthah said to the
elders of Gilead, Didn't you hate me, and drive me out of my
father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?
11,8The elders of Gilead
said to Jephthah, Therefore we have turned again to you now, that you
may go with us, and fight with the children of Ammon; and you shall be our
head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
11,9Jephthah said to the
elders of Gilead, If you bring me home again to fight with the children
of Ammon, and the L-rd deliver them before me, shall I be your head?
11,10The elders of Gilead
said to Jephthah, the L-rd shall be witness between us; surely according
to your word so will we do.
11,11Then Jephthah went
with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and chief over
them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the L-rd in Mizpah.
messengers to the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What have you
to do with me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?
11,13The king of the
children of Ammon answered to the messengers of Jephthah, Because
Israel took away my land, when he came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon
even to the Jabbok, and to the Jordan; now therefore restore that
territory again peaceably.
messengers again to the king of the children of Ammon;
11,15and he said to him, Thus says
Jephthah; Israel didn't take away the land of Moab, nor the land of the
children of Ammon, 11,16but
when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness to
the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh;
11,17then Israel sent messengers to
the king of Edom, saying, 'Please let me pass through your land;' but
the king of Edom didn't listen. In the same way, he sent to the king of
Moab; but he would not; and Israel stayed in Kadesh.
11,18Then they went through the
wilderness, and went around the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and
came by the east side of the land of Moab, and they encamped on the other
side of the Arnon; but they didn't come within the border of Moab, for
the Arnon was the border of Moab.
11,19Israel sent messengers to Sihon
king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him,
'Please let us pass through your land to my place.'
11,20But Sihon didn't trust Israel
to pass through his border; but Sihon gathered all his people together,
and encamped in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
11,21The L-rd, G-d of Israel,
delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they
struck them; so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the
inhabitants of that country.
11,22They possessed all the border of
the Amorites, from the Arnon even to the Jabbok, and from the wilderness
even to the Jordan. 11,23So
now the L-rd, G-d of Israel, has dispossessed the Amorites from before
his people Israel, and should you possess them?
11,24Won't you possess that which
Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whoever the L-rd our G-d has
dispossessed from before us, them will we possess.
11,25Now are you anything better than
Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel,
or did he ever fight against them?
11,26While Israel lived in Heshbon
and its towns, and in Aroer and its towns, and in all the cities that are
along by the side of the Arnon, three hundred years; why didn't you
recover them within that time?
11,27I therefore have not sinned
against you, but you do me wrong to war against me. L-rd, the Judge, be
judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.
11,28However the king of
the children of Ammon didn't listen to the words of Jephthah which he
sent him. 11,29Then the
Spirit of the L-rd came on Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead and Manasseh,
and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over
to the children of Ammon.
11,30Jephthah vowed a vow
to the L-rd, and said, If you will indeed deliver the children of Ammon
into my hand, 11,31then it
shall be, that whatever comes forth from the doors of my house to meet me,
when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, it shall be the L-rd's,
and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
11,32So Jephthah passed
over to the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the L-rd delivered
them into his hand. 11,33He
struck them from Aroer until you come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and
to Abelcheramim, with a very great slaughter. So the children of Ammon
were subdued before the children of Israel.
11,34Jephthah came to
Mizpah to his house; and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with
tambourines and with dances; and she was his only child; besides her he
had neither son nor daughter.
11,35It happened, when he saw her,
that he tore his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! You have brought
me very low, and you are one of those who trouble me; for I have opened my
mouth to the L-rd, and I can't go back.
11,36She said to him,
My father, you have opened your mouth to the L-rd; do to me according to
that which has proceeded out of your mouth, because the L-rd has taken
vengeance for you on your enemies, even on the children of Ammon.
11,37She said to her father,
Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may
depart and go down on the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my
11,38He said, Go. He
sent her away for two months; and she departed, she and her companions,
and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
11,39It happened at the end of two
months, that she returned to her father, who did with her according to his
vow which he had vowed; and she was a virgin. It was a custom in Israel,
11,40that the daughters of
Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite
four days in a year.
12,1The men of Ephraim
were gathered together, and passed northward; and they said to Jephthah,
Why did you pass over to fight against the children of Ammon, and
didn't call us to go with you? We will burn your house around you with
12,2Jephthah said to them,
I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and
when I called you, you didn't save me out of their hand.
12,3When I saw that you didn't save
me, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of
Ammon, and the L-rd delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up
to me this day, to fight against me?
12,4Then Jephthah gathered
together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of
Gilead struck Ephraim, because they said, You are fugitives of Ephraim,
you Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim, and in the midst of Manasseh.
12,5The Gileadites took the
fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. It was so, that when the
fugitives of Ephraim said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said to
him, Are you an Ephraimite? If he said, No;
12,6then they said to him, Now say
'Shibboleth;' and he said Sibboleth; for he couldn't manage
to pronounce it right; then they siezed him, and killed him at the fords
of the Jordan. At that time, forty-two thousand of Ephraim fell.
12,7Jephthah judged Israel six years.
Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in the cities of Gilead.
12,8After him Ibzan of
Bethlehem judged Israel.
12,9He had thirty sons; and thirty
daughters he sent abroad, and thirty daughters he brought in from abroad
for his sons. He judged Israel seven years.
12,10Ibzan died, and was buried at
Bethlehem. 12,11After him
Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.
12,12Elon the Zebulunite died, and
was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
12,13After him Abdon the son of
Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
12,14He had forty sons and thirty
sons' sons, who rode on seventy donkey colts; and he judged Israel eight
years. 12,15Abdon the son of
Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of
Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
13,1The children of Israel
again did that which was evil in the sight of the L-rd; and the L-rd delivered
them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
13,2There was a certain man of Zorah,
of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was
barren, and didn't bear.
13,3The angel of the L-rd appeared to
the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don't bear;
but you shall conceive, and bear a son.
13,4Now therefore please beware and
drink no wine nor strong drink, and don't eat any unclean thing;
13,5for, behold, you shall conceive,
and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall
be a Nazirite to G-d from the womb; and he shall begin to save Israel out
of the hand of the Philistines.
13,6Then the woman came
and told her husband, saying, A man of G-d came to me, and his face was
like the face of the angel of G-d, very awesome; and I didn't ask him
where he was from, neither did he tell me his name;
13,7but he said to me, 'Behold, you
shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink,
and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to G-d
from the womb to the day of his death.'
13,8Then Manoah entreated
the L-rd, and said, Oh, L-rd, please let the man of G-d whom you did send
come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be
13,9G-d listened to the
voice of Manoah; and the angel of G-d came again to the woman as she sat
in the field; but Manoah, her husband, wasn't with her.
13,10The woman made haste, and ran,
and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to
me, who came to me that day.
13,11Manoah arose, and
went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the
man who spoke to the woman?
He said, I am.
13,12Manoah said, Now
let your words happen. What shall the child's way of life and mission
13,13The angel of the L-rd
said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
13,14She may not eat of anything that
comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any
unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.
13,15Manoah said to the
angel of the L-rd, Please, let us detain you, that we may make a young
goat ready for you.
13,16The angel of the L-rd
said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I won't eat of your bread; and
if you will prepare a burnt offering, you must offer it to the L-rd. For
Manoah didn't know that he was the angel of the L-rd.
13,17Manoah said to the
angel of the L-rd, What is your name, that when your words happen, we may
13,18The angel of the L-rd
said to him, Why do you ask about my name, since it is wonderful?
13,19So Manoah took the
young goat with the meal offering, and offered it on the rock to the L-rd.
Then the angel did a wonderful thing as Manoah and his wife looked on.
13,20For it happened, when
the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of
the L-rd ascended in the flame of the altar; and Manoah and his wife looked
on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
13,21But the angel of the L-rd didn't
appear to Manoah or to his wife any more. Then Manoah knew that he was the
angel of the L-rd. 13,22Manoah
said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen G-d.
13,23But his wife said to
him, If the L-rd were pleased to kill us, he wouldn't have received a
burnt offering and a meal offering at our hand, neither would he have
shown us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things as
these. 13,24The woman bore
a son, and named him Samson; and the child grew, and the L-rd blessed him.
13,25The Spirit of the L-rd
began to move him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
14,1Samson went down to
Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.
14,2He came up, and told his
father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the
daughters of the Philistines; now therefore get her for me as wife.
14,3Then his father and
his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of
your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the
Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me
14,4But his father and his
mother didn't know that it was of the L-rd; for he sought an occasion
against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over
Israel. 14,5Then went Samson
down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards
of Timnah; and behold, a young lion roared against him.
14,6The Spirit of the L-rd came
mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a young goat; and
he had nothing in his hand; but he didn't tell his father or his mother
what he had done. 14,7He went
down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.
14,8After a while he returned to take
her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion; and behold, there
was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.
14,9He took it into his hands, and
went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave
to them, and they ate; but he didn't tell them that he had taken the
honey out of the body of the lion.
14,10His father went down to the
woman; and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
14,11It happened, when they
saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
14,12Samson said to them,
Let me tell you a riddle now. If you can declare it to me within the
seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty
linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;
14,13but if you can't declare it to
me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of
They said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.
14,14He said to them, Out of the eater came forth food.
Out of the strong came forth sweetness.
They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.
14,15It happened on the seventh day,
that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband, that he may
declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with
fire. Have you called us to impoverish us? Is it not so?
14,16Samson's wife wept
before him, and said, You just hate me, and don't love me. You have
put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and haven't told it
He said to her, Behold, I haven't told it my father nor my mother,
and shall I tell you?
14,17She wept before him
the seven days, while their feast lasted; and it happened on the seventh
day, that he told her, because she pressed him severely; and she told the
riddle to the children of her people.
14,18The men of the city said to him
on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than
honey? What is stronger than a lion?
He said to them,
If you hadn't plowed with my heifer,
you wouldn't have found out my riddle.
14,19The Spirit of the L-rd
came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty men
of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothing to those
who declared the riddle. His anger was kindled, and he went up to his
father's house. 14,20But
Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
15,1But it happened after
a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a
young goat; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the room.
But her father wouldn't allow him to go in.
15,2Her father said, I most
certainly thought that you had utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to
your companion. Isn't her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please
take her, instead.
15,3Samson said to them,
This time I will be blameless in regard of the Philistines, when I harm
them. 15,4Samson went and
caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned tail to tail, and
put a torch in the midst between every two tails.
15,5When he had set the brands on
fire, he let them go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burnt
up both the shocks and the standing grain, and also the olive groves.
15,6Then the Philistines
said, Who has done this?
They said, Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has
taken his wife, and given her to his companion. The Philistines came
up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
15,7Samson said to them,
If you behave like this, surely I will be avenged of you, and after
that I will cease. 15,8He
struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; and he went down and
lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
15,9Then the Philistines went up, and
encamped in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
15,10The men of Judah
said, Why have you come up against us?
They said, We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has
done to us.
15,11Then three thousand
men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to
Samson, Don't you know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What
then is this that you have done to us?
He said to them, As they did to me, so have I done to them.
15,12They said to him,
We have come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of
Samson said to them, Swear to me that you will not fall on me
15,13They spoke to him,
saying, No; but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand;
but surely we will not kill you. They bound him with two new ropes, and
brought him up from the rock.
15,14When he came to Lehi,
the Philistines shouted as they met him; and the Spirit of the L-rd came
mightily on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that
was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped from off his hands.
15,15He found a fresh jawbone of a
donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and struck a thousand men
therewith. 15,16Samson said,
With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps on heaps; with the jawbone of a
donkey I have struck a thousand men.
15,17It happened, when he had made an
end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand; and that
place was called Ramath Lehi.
15,18He was very thirsty, and called
on the L-rd, and said, You have given this great deliverance by the hand
of your servant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of
15,19But G-d split the
hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out of it. When he had drunk,
his spirit came again, and he revived; therefore its name was called En
Hakkore, which is in Lehi, to this day.
15,20He judged Israel in the days of
the Philistines twenty years.
16,1Samson went to Gaza,
and saw there a prostitute, and went in to her.
16,2The Gazites were told, Samson
is here! They surrounded him, and laid wait for him all night in the
gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, Wait until
morning light, then we will kill him.
16,3Samson lay until midnight, and
arose at midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and
the two posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them on his
shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before
16,4It came to pass
afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was
Delilah. 16,5The lords of the
Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see in
which his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against
him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will each give you eleven
hundred pieces of silver.
16,6Delilah said to
Samson, Please tell me where your great strength lies, and what you
might be bound to afflict you.
16,7Samson said to her,
If they bind me with seven green cords that were never dried, then
shall I become weak, and be as another man.
16,8Then the lords of the
Philistines brought up to her seven green cords which had not been dried,
and she bound him with them.
16,9Now she had an ambush waiting in
the inner room. She said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson!
He broke the cords, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire.
So his strength was not known.
16,10Delilah said to
Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies; now please tell
me with which you might be bound.
16,11He said to her, If
they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then
shall I become weak, and be as another man.
16,12So Delilah took new
ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, The Philistines are on
you, Samson! The ambush was waiting in the inner room. He broke them
off his arms like a thread.
16,13Delilah said to
Samson, Until now, you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me with
what you might be bound.
He said to her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the
16,14She fastened it with
the pin, and said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson! He
awakened out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the
16,15She said to him,
How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You
have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great
16,16It happened, when she
pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was
troubled to death. 16,17He
told her all his heart, and said to her, No razor has ever come on my
head; for I have been a Nazirite to G-d from my mother's womb. If I am
shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will become weak, and be
like any other man.
16,18When Delilah saw that
he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the
Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all his
heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought
the money in their hand.
16,19She made him sleep on her knees;
and she called for a man, and shaved off the seven locks of his head; and
she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
16,20She said, The Philistines are
upon you, Samson!
He awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other
times, and shake myself free. But he didn't know that the L-rd had
departed from him. 16,21The
Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him
down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground at the
mill in the prison.
16,22However the hair of his head
began to grow again after he was shaved.
16,23The lords of the
Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon
their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god has delivered Samson
our enemy into our hand.
16,24When the people saw him, they
praised their god; for they said, Our god has delivered our enemy and
the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us, into our hand.
16,25It happened, when
their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may
entertain us. They called for Samson out of the prison; and he
performed before them. They set him between the pillars;
16,26and Samson said to the boy who
held him by the hand, Allow me to feel the pillars whereupon the house
rests, that I may lean on them.
16,27Now the house was
full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there;
and there were on the roof about three thousand men and women, who saw
while Samson performed.
16,28Samson called to the L-rd, and
said, L-rd the L-rd, remember me, please, and strengthen me, please, only
this once, G-d, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my
two eyes. 16,29Samson took
hold of the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and leaned on
them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left.
16,30Samson said, Let me die with
the Philistines! He bowed himself with all his might; and the house
fell on the lords, and on all the people who were therein. So the dead
that he killed at his death were more than those who he killed in his
life. 16,31Then his brothers
and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him
up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burial site of Manoah
his father. He judged Israel twenty years.
17,1There was a man of the
hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
17,2He said to his mother, The
eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you
uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with
me; I took it.
His mother said, Blessed be my son of the L-rd.
17,3He restored the eleven
hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I most
certainly dedicate the silver to the L-rd from my hand for my son, to make
an engraved image and a molten image. Now therefore I will restore it to
17,4When he restored the
money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and
gave them to the founder, who made of it an engraved image and a molten
image; and it was in the house of Micah.
17,5The man Micah had a
house of gods, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of
his sons, who became his priest.
17,6In those days there was no king
in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
17,7There was a young man out of
Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he lived
there. 17,8The man departed
out of the city, out of Bethlehem Judah, to live where he could find a
place, and he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah,
as he traveled. 17,9Micah
said to him, Where did you come from?
He said to him, I am a Levite of Bethlehem Judah, and I am looking
for a place to live.
17,10Micah said to him, Dwell with
me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of
silver per year, a suit of clothing, and your food. So the Levite went
in. 17,11The Levite was
content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his
sons. 17,12Micah consecrated
the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of
Micah. 17,13Then Micah said,
Now know I that the L-rd will do good to me, since I have a Levite to my
18,1In those days there
was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought
an inheritance to dwell in; for to that day, their inheritance had not
fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.
18,2The children of Dan sent of their
family five men from their whole number, men of valor, from Zorah, and
from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said to
them, Go, explore the land!
They came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and
lodged there. 18,3When they
were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the
Levite; and they turned aside there, and said to him, Who brought you
here? What do you do in this place? What do you have here?
18,4He said to them,
Thus and thus has Micah dealt with me, and he has hired me, and I am
become his priest.
18,5They said to him,
Please ask counsel of G-d, that we may know whether our way which we go
shall be prosperous.
18,6The priest said to
them, Go in peace. Your way in which you go is before the L-rd.
18,7Then the five men
departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people who were therein, how they
lived in security, in the way of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for
there was none in the land, possessing authority, that might put them to
shame in anything, and they were far from the Sidonians, and had no
dealings with any man.
18,8They came to their brothers to
Zorah and Eshtaol; and their brothers said to them, What do you say?
18,9They said, Arise,
and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it
is very good. Do you stand still? Don't be slothful to go and to enter
in to possess the land.
18,10When you go, you shall come to a
secure people, and the land is large; for G-d has given it into your hand,
a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth.
18,11There set forth from
there of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six
hundred men girt with weapons of war.
18,12They went up, and encamped in
Kiriath Jearim, in Judah; therefore they called that place Mahaneh Dan, to
this day; behold, it is behind Kiriath Jearim.
18,13They passed there to the hill
country of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah.
18,14Then the five men who
went to spy out the country of Laish answered, and said to their brothers,
Do you know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and
an engraved image, and a molten image? Now therefore consider what you
have to do. 18,15They
turned aside there, and came to the house of the young man the Levite,
even to the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare.
18,16The six hundred men girt with
their weapons of war, who were of the children of Dan, stood by the
entrance of the gate.
18,17The five men who went to spy out
the land went up, and came in there, and took the engraved image, and the
ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image; and the priest stood by the
entrance of the gate with the six hundred men girt with weapons of war.
18,18When these went into
Micah's house, and fetched the engraved image, the ephod, and the
teraphim, and the molten image, the priest said to them, What are you
18,19They said to him,
Hold your peace, put your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be to
us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house
of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?
18,20The priest's heart
was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the engraved image,
and went in the midst of the people.
18,21So they turned and departed, and
put the little ones and the livestock and the goods before them.
18,22When they were a good way from
the house of Micah, the men who were in the houses near to Micah's house
were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.
18,23They cried to the children of
Dan. They turned their faces, and said to Micah, What ails you, that
you come with such a company?
18,24He said, You have
taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and have gone away, and
what more do I have? How then do you say to me, 'What ails you?'
18,25The children of Dan
said to him, Don't let your voice be heard among us, lest angry
fellows fall on you, and you lose your life, with the lives of your
18,26The children of Dan
went their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he
turned and went back to his house.
18,27They took that which Micah had
made, and the priest whom he had, and came to Laish, to a people quiet and
secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword; and they burnt the
city with fire. 18,28There
was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they had no dealings
with any man; and it was in the valley that lies by Beth Rehob. They built
the city, and lived therein.
18,29They called the name of the city
Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel; however
the name of the city was Laish at the first.
18,30The children of Dan set up for
themselves the engraved image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son
of Moses, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until
the day of the captivity of the land.
18,31So they set them up Micah's
engraved image which he made, all the time that the house of G-d was in
19,1It happened in those
days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite
living on the farther side of the hill country of Ephraim, who took to him
a concubine out of Bethlehem Judah.
19,2His concubine played the
prostitute against him, and went away from him to her father's house to
Bethlehem Judah, and was there the space of four months.
19,3Her husband arose, and went after
her, to speak kindly to her, to bring her again, having his servant with
him, and a couple of donkeys; and she brought him into her father's
house; and when the father of the young lady saw him, he rejoiced to meet
him. 19,4His father-in-law,
the young lady's father, retained him; and he stayed with him three
days; so they ate and drink, and lodged there.
19,5It happened on the
fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to
depart; and the young lady's father said to his son-in-law,
Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward you shall
go your way. 19,6So they
sat down, ate, and drank, both of them together; and the young lady's
father said to the man, Please be pleased to stay all night, and let
your heart be merry.
19,7The man rose up to depart; but
his father-in-law urged him, and he lodged there again.
19,8He arose early in the morning on
the fifth day to depart; and the young lady's father said, Please
strengthen your heart and stay until the day declines; and they both
19,9When the man rose up
to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father-in-law, the
young lady's father, said to him, Behold, now the day draws toward
evening, please stay all night; behold, the day grows to an end, lodge
here, that your heart may be merry; and tomorrow go on your way early,
that you may go home.
19,10But the man wouldn't stay that
night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, the same
is Jerusalem; and there were with him a couple of donkeys saddled; his
concubine also was with him.
19,11When they were by
Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master,
Please come and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites, and
lodge in it.
19,12His master said to
him, We won't turn aside into the city of a foreigner, that is not of
the children of Israel; but we will pass over to Gibeah.
19,13He said to his servant, Come
and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah,
or in Ramah. 19,14So they
passed on and went their way; and the sun went down on them near to
Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin.
19,15They turned aside there, to go
in to lodge in Gibeah; and he went in, and sat him down in the street of
the city; for there was no man who took them into his house to lodge.
19,16Behold, there came an
old man from his work out of the field at evening; now the man was of the
hill country of Ephraim, and he lived in Gibeah; but the men of the place
were Benjamites. 19,17He
lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the street of the city;
and the old man said, Where are you going? Where did you come from?
19,18He said to him, We
are passing from Bethlehem Judah to the farther side of the hill country
of Ephraim. I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem Judah. I am going to
the house of the L-rd; and there is no man who takes me into his house.
19,19Yet there is both straw
and provender for our donkeys; and there is bread and wine also for me,
and for your handmaid, and for the young man who is with your servants;
there is no want of anything.
19,20The old man said,
Peace be to you; howsoever let all your wants lie on me; only don't
lodge in the street.
19,21So he brought him into his
house, and gave the donkeys fodder; and they washed their feet, and ate
and drink. 19,22As they were
making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain base
fellows, surrounded the house, beating at the door; and they spoke to the
master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring out the man who came
into your house, that we may have sex with him!
19,23The man, the master
of the house, went out to them, and said to them, No, my brothers,
please don't act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house,
don't do this folly.
19,24Behold, here is my virgin
daughter and his concubine. I will bring them out now. Humble them, and do
with them what seems good to you; but to this man don't do any such
19,25But the men
wouldn't listen to him; so the man laid hold of his concubine, and
brought her out to them; and they had sex with her, and abused her all
night until the morning; and when the day began to dawn, they let her go.
19,26Then came the woman in
the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house
where her lord was, until it was light.
19,27Her lord rose up in the morning,
and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way; and behold,
the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, with her
hands on the threshold.
19,28He said to her,
Get up, and let us be going! but no one answered. Then he took her
up on the donkey; and the man rose up, and went to his place.
19,29When he had come into
his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided
her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the
borders of Israel. 19,30It
was so, that all who saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen
from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt
to this day! Consider it, take counsel, and speak.
20,1Then all the children
of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from
Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, to the L-rd at Mizpah.
20,2The chiefs of all the
people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the
assembly of the people of G-d, four hundred thousand footmen who drew
sword. 20,3Now the children
of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah. The
children of Israel said, Tell us, how did this wickedness happen?
20,4The Levite, the
husband of the woman who was murdered, answered, I came into Gibeah
that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.
20,5The men of Gibeah rose against
me, and surrounded the house by night. They thought to have slain me, and
they forced my concubine, and she is dead.
20,6I took my concubine, and cut her
in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of
Israel; for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
20,7Behold, you children of Israel,
all of you, give here your advice and counsel.
20,8All the people arose
as one man, saying, None of us will go to his tent, neither will any of
us turn to his house. 20,9But
now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it
by lot; 20,10and we will take
ten men of one hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and one
hundred of one thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to get food
for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin,
according to all the folly that they have worked in Israel.
20,11So all the men of Israel were
gathered against the city, knit together as one man.
20,12The tribes of Israel
sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is
this that is happen among you?
20,13Now therefore deliver up the
men, the base fellows, who are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death,
and put away evil from Israel.
But Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers the
children of Israel. 20,14The
children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities to
Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
20,15The children of Benjamin were
numbered on that day out of the cities twenty-six thousand men who drew
the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven
hundred chosen men.
20,16Among all this people there were
seven hundred chosen men left-handed; everyone could sling stones at a
hair-breadth, and not miss.
20,17The men of Israel, besides
Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men who drew sword; all
these were men of war.
20,18The children of
Israel arose, and went up to Bethel, and asked counsel of G-d; and they
said, Who shall go up for us first to battle against the children of
the L-rd said, Judah first.
20,19The children of
Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
20,20The men of Israel went out to
battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array
against them at Gibeah.
20,21The children of Benjamin came
forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites on
that day twenty-two thousand men.
20,22The people, the men of Israel,
encouraged themselves, and set the battle again in array in the place
where they set themselves in array the first day.
20,23The children of Israel went up
and wept before the L-rd until evening; and they asked of the L-rd, saying,
Shall I again draw near to battle against the children of Benjamin my
the L-rd said, Go up against him.
20,24The children of
Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.
20,25Benjamin went forth against them
out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the
children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
20,26Then all the children
of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to Bethel, and wept, and
sat there before the L-rd, and fasted that day until evening; and they
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the L-rd.
20,27The children of Israel asked of
the L-rd, for the ark of the covenant of G-d was there in those days,
20,28and Phinehas, the son of
Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days, saying,
Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my
brother, or shall I cease?
The L-rd said, Go up; for tomorrow I will deliver him into your
20,29Israel set ambushes
all around Gibeah. 20,30The
children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third
day, and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
20,31The children of Benjamin
went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they
began to strike and kill of the people, as at other times, in the
highways, of which one goes up to Bethel, and the other to Gibeah, in the
field, about thirty men of Israel.
20,32The children of
Benjamin said, They are struck down before us, as at the first. But
the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them away from the
city to the highways.
20,33All the men of Israel
rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Baal Tamar; and
the ambushers of Israel broke forth out of their place, even out of Maareh
Geba. 20,34There came over
against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle
was severe; but they didn't know that evil was close on them.
20,35The L-rd struck Benjamin before
Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin that day
twenty-five thousand one hundred men; all these drew the sword.
20,36So the children of Benjamin saw
that they were struck; for the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin,
because they trusted the ambushers whom they had set against Gibeah.
20,37The ambushers hurried,
and rushed on Gibeah; and the ambushers drew themselves along, and struck
all the city with the edge of the sword.
20,38Now the appointed sign between
the men of Israel and the ambushers was that they should make a great
cloud of smoke rise up out of the city.
20,39The men of Israel turned in the
battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill of the men of Israel about
thirty persons; for they said, Surely they are struck down before us,
as in the first battle.
20,40But when the cloud began to
arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked
behind them; and behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to the
sky. 20,41The men of Israel
turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed; for they saw that evil had
come on them. 20,42Therefore
they turned their backs before the men of Israel to the way of the
wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and those who came
out of the cities destroyed them in its midst.
20,43They surrounded the Benjamites,
chased them, and trod them down at their resting place, as far as over
against Gibeah toward the sunrise.
20,44There fell of Benjamin eighteen
thousand men; all these were men of valor.
20,45They turned and fled toward the
wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and they gleaned of them in the highways
five thousand men, and followed hard after them to Gidom, and struck of
them two thousand men.
20,46So that all who fell that day of
Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword; all these were
men of valor. 20,47But six
hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon,
and stayed in the rock of Rimmon four months.
20,48The men of Israel turned again
on the children of Benjamin, and struck them with the edge of the sword,
both the entire city, and the livestock, and all that they found; moreover
all the cities which they found they set on fire.
21,1Now the men of Israel
had sworn in Mizpah, saying, There shall not any of us give his
daughter to Benjamin as wife.
21,2The people came to Bethel, and
sat there until evening before G-d, and lifted up their voices, and wept
severely. 21,3They said, L-rd, G-d of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that there
should be today one tribe lacking in Israel?
21,4It happened on the
next day that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered
burnt offerings and peace offerings.
21,5The children of Israel said,
Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who didn't come up in the
assembly to the L-rd? For they had made a great oath concerning him who
didn't come up to the L-rd at Mizpah, saying, He shall surely be put to
death. 21,6The children of
Israel grieved for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe
cut off from Israel this day.
21,7How shall we provide wives for
those who remain, since we have sworn by the L-rd that we will not give them
of our daughters to wives?
21,8They said, What one is there
of the tribes of Israel who didn't come up to the L-rd at Mizpah?
Behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.
21,9For when the people were
numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead
there. 21,10The congregation
sent there twelve thousand men of the most valiant, and commanded them,
saying, Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of
the sword, with the women and the little ones.
21,11This is the thing that you shall
do; you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has lain
with a man. 21,12They
found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young virgins,
who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp
to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
21,13The whole congregation sent and
spoke to the children of Benjamin who were in the rock of Rimmon, and
proclaimed peace to them.
21,14Benjamin returned at that time;
and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of
Jabesh Gilead; and yet so they weren't enough for them.
21,15The people grieved for Benjamin,
because the L-rd had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
21,16Then the elders of the
congregation said, How shall we provide wives for those who remain,
since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
21,17They said, There must be an
inheritance for those who are escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe not be
blotted out from Israel.
21,18However we may not give them
wives of our daughters, for the children of Israel had sworn, saying,
'Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.'
21,19They said, Behold, there is a
feast of the L-rd from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of
Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to
Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
21,20They commanded the children of
Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,
21,21and see, and behold, if the
daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the
vineyards, and each man catch his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go
to the land of Benjamin.
21,22It shall be, when their fathers
or their brothers come to complain to us, that we will say to them,
'Grant them graciously to us, because we didn't take for each man his
wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, otherwise you would now
21,23The children of
Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of those
who danced, whom they carried off. They went and returned to their
inheritance, built the cities, and lived in them.
21,24The children of Israel departed
there at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they
went out from there every man to his inheritance.
21,25In those days there was no king
in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.