1. And it came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of
Israel asked of Jehovah, saying, Who shall go up for us first against the
Canaanites, to fight against them?
2 And Jehovah said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land
into his hand.
3 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 him.
4 And Judah went up; and Jehovah delivered the Canaanites and the
Perizzites into their hand: and they smote of them in Bezek ten thousand
5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek; and they fought against him, and
they smote the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and
cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and
their great toes cut off, gathered [their food] under my table: as I have
done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he
8 And the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem, and took it, and
smote it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
9. And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the
Canaanites that dwelt in the hill-country, and in the South, and in the
10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron (now the
name of Hebron beforetime was Kiriath-arba); and they smote Sheshai, and
Ahiman, and Talmai.
11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir. (Now the
name of Debir beforetime was Kiriath-sepher.)
12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kiriath-sepher, and taketh it, to him
will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he
gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
14 And it came to pass, when she came [unto him], that she moved him to
ask of her father a field: and she alighted from off her ass; and Caleb
said unto her, What wouldest thou?
15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing; for that thou hast set me
in the land of the South, give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her
the upper springs and the nether springs.
16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' brother-in-law, went up out of
the city of palm-trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of
Judah, which is in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt with the
17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they smote the Canaanites
that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city
was called Hormah.
18 Also Judah took Gaza with the border thereof, and Ashkelon with the
border thereof, and Ekron with the border thereof.
19 And Jehovah was with Judah; and drove out [the inhabitants of] the
hill-country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley,
because they had chariots of iron.
20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses had spoken: and he drove out
thence the three sons of Anak.
21. 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.
22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Beth-el; and
Jehovah was with them.
23 And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Beth-el. (Now the name of the
city beforetime was Luz.)
24 And the watchers saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said
unto him, Show us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will
deal kindly with thee.
25 And he showed them the entrance into the city; and they smote the city
with the edge of the sword; but they let the man go and all his family.
26 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.
27 And Manasseh did not drive out [the inhabitants of] Beth-shean and its
towns, nor [of] Taanach and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its
towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and its towns, nor the inhabitants of
Megiddo and its towns; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
28 And it came to pass, when Israel was waxed strong, that they put the
Canaanites to taskwork, and did not utterly drive them out.
29 And Ephraim drove not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the
Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30 Zebulun drove not out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants
of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became subject to
31 Asher drove not out the inhabitants of Acco, nor the inhabitants of
Sidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of
32 but the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the
land; for they did not drive them out.
33 Naphtali drove not out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, nor the
inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the
inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and
of Beth-anath became subject to taskwork.
34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the hill-country; for
they would not suffer them to come down to the valley;
35 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 subject to taskwork.
36 And the border of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabbim, from
the rock, and upward.
1. And the angel of Jehovah came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he 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
2 and ye shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; ye
shall break down their altars. But ye have not hearkened unto my voice: why
have ye done this?
3 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
4 And it came to pass, when the angel of Jehovah spake these words unto
all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and
5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed
there unto Jehovah.
6. Now when Joshua had sent the people away, the children of Israel went
every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.
7 And the people served Jehovah all the days of Joshua, and all the days
of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of
Jehovah that he had wrought for Israel.
8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Jehovah, died, being a
hundred and ten years old.
9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres,
in the hill-country of Ephraim, on the north of the mountain of Gaash.
10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and
there arose another generation after them, that knew not Jehovah, nor yet
the work which he had wrought for Israel.
11 And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of
Jehovah, and served the Baalim;
12 and they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers, who brought them
out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the
peoples that were round about them, and bowed themselves down unto them:
and they provoked Jehovah to anger.
13 And they forsook Jehovah, and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.
14 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he delivered
them into the hands of spoilers that despoiled them; and he sold them into
the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer
stand before their enemies.
15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for
evil, as Jehovah had spoken, and as Jehovah had sworn unto them: and they
were sore distressed.
16 And Jehovah raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those
that despoiled them.
17 And yet they hearkened not unto their judges; for they played the
harlot after other gods, and bowed themselves down unto them: they turned
aside quickly out of the way wherein their fathers walked, obeying the
commandments of Jehovah; [but] they did not so.
18 And when Jehovah raised them up judges, then Jehovah was with the
judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the
judge: for it repented Jehovah because of their groaning by reason of them
that oppressed them and vexed them.
19 But it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they turned back,
and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to
serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their doings,
nor from their stubborn way.
20 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel; and he said,
Because this nation have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their
fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice,
21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the
nations that Joshua left when he died;
22 that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of
Jehovah to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
23 So Jehovah left those nations, without driving them out hastily;
neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
1. Now these are the nations which Jehovah left, to prove Israel by them,
even as many [of Israel] as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
2 only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to
teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof:
3 [namely], the five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites,
and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount
Baal-hermon unto the entrance of Hamath.
4 And they were [left], to prove Israel by them, to know whether they
would hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah, which he commanded their
fathers by Moses.
5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites,
and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites:
6 and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own
daughters to their sons and served their gods.
7 And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of
Jehovah, and forgat Jehovah their God, and served the Baalim and the
8. Therefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold
them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the
children of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.
9 And when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, Jehovah raised up a
saviour to the children of Israel, who saved them, even Othniel the son of
Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
10 And the Spirit of Jehovah came upon him, and he judged Israel; and he
went out to war, and Jehovah delivered Cushan-rishathaim king of
Mesopotamia into his hand: and his hand prevailed against
11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
12. And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Jehovah: and Jehovah strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel,
because they had done that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah.
13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek; and he went
and smote Israel, and they possessed the city of palm-trees.
14 And the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen
15 But when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, Jehovah raised
them up a saviour, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a man left-handed.
And the children of Israel sent tribute by him unto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and
he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
17 And he offered the tribute unto Eglon king of Moab: now Eglon was a
very fat man.
18 And when he had made an end of offering the tribute, he sent away the
people that bare the tribute.
19 But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and
said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king. And he said, Keep silence.
And all that stood by him went out from him.
20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting by himself alone in the
cool upper room. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he
arose out of his seat.
21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right
thigh, and thrust it into his body:
22 and the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the
blade, for he drew not the sword out of his body; and it came out behind.
23 Then Ehud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper
room upon him, and locked them.
24 Now when he was gone out, his servants came; and they saw, and,
behold, the doors of the upper room were locked; and they said, Surely he
is covering his feet in the upper chamber.
25 And they tarried till they were ashamed; and, behold, he opened not
the doors of the upper room: therefore they took the key, and opened
[them], and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries,
and escaped unto Seirah.
27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the
hill-country of Ephraim; and the children of Israel went down with him from
the hill-country, and he before them.
28 And he said unto them, Follow after me; for Jehovah hath delivered
your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and
took the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites, and suffered not a man
to pass over.
29 And they smote of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, every
lusty man, and every man of valor; and there escaped not a man.
30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land
had rest fourscore years.
31. And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who smote of the
Philistines six hundred men with an ox-goad: and he also saved Israel.
1. And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Jehovah, when Ehud was dead.
2 And Jehovah sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that
reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, who dwelt in
Harosheth of the Gentiles.
3 And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah: for he had nine hundred
chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of
4. Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at
5 And she dwelt under the palm-tree of Deborah between Ramah and Beth-el
in the hill-country of Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her
6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of
Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not Jehovah, the God of Israel,
commanded, [saying], Go and draw unto mount Tabor, and take with thee ten
thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
7 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 thy hand.
8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go; but
if thou wilt not go with me, I will not go.
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding, the journey
that thou takest shall not be for thine honor; for Jehovah will sell Sisera
into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
10. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh; and there
went up ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
11 Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, even from
the children of Hobab the brother-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent
as far as the oak in Zaanannim, which is by Kedesh.
12 And they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to
13 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 Kishon.
14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which Jehovah
hath delivered Sisera into thy hand; is not Jehovah gone out before thee?
So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
15 And Jehovah discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his
host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his
chariot, and fled away on his feet.
16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto
Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell by the edge of
the sword; there was not a man left.
17. 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.
18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord,
turn in to me; fear not. And he turned in unto her into the tent, and she
covered him with a rug.
19 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
20 And he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be,
when any man doth come and inquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here?
that thou shalt say, No.
21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a tent-pin, and took a hammer in her hand,
and went softly unto him, and smote the pin into his temples, and it
pierced through into the ground; for he was in a deep sleep; so he swooned
22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and
said unto him, Come, and I will show thee the man whom thou seekest. And he
came unto her; and, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the tent-pin was in his
23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the
children of Israel.
24 And the hand of the children of Israel prevailed more and more against
Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
1. Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
2 For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, For that the people
offered themselves willingly, Bless ye Jehovah.
3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, [even] I, will sing unto
Jehovah; I will sing praise to Jehovah, the God of Israel.
4 Jehovah, when thou wentest forth out of Seir, When thou marchedst out
of the field of Edom, The earth trembled, the heavens also dropped, Yea,
the clouds dropped water.
5 The mountains quaked at the presence of Jehovah, Even yon Sinai at the
presence of Jehovah, the God of Israel.
6. In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the
highways were unoccupied, And the travellers walked through byways.
7 The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, Until that I Deborah arose,
That I arose a mother in Israel.
8 They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or
spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel?
9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, That offered themselves
willingly among the people: Bless ye Jehovah.
10 Tell [of it], ye that ride on white asses, Ye that sit on rich
carpets, And ye that walk by the way.
11 Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water, There
shall they rehearse the righteous acts of Jehovah, [Even] the righteous
acts of his rule in Israel. Then the people of Jehovah went down to the
12. Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, utter a song: Arise, Barak, and
lead away thy captives, thou son of Abinoam.
13 Then came down a remnant of the nobles [and] the people; Jehovah came
down for me against the mighty.
14 Out of Ephraim [came down] they whose root is in Amalek; After thee,
Benjamin, among thy peoples; Out of Machir came down governors, And out of
Zebulun they that handle the marshal's staff.
15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; As was Issachar, so was
Barak; Into the valley they rushed forth at his feet. By the watercourses
of Reuben There were great resolves of heart.
16 Why sattest thou among the sheepfolds, To hear the pipings for the
flocks? At the watercourses of Reuben There were great searchings of heart.
17 Gilead abode beyond the Jordan: And Dan, why did he remain in ships?
Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, And abode by his creeks.
18 Zebulun was a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, And
Naphtali, upon the high places of the field.
19 The kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan. In Taanach
by the waters of Megiddo: They took no gain of money.
20 From heaven fought the stars, From their courses they fought against
21 The river Kishon swept them away, That ancient river, the river
Kishon. O my soul, march on with strength.
22 Then did the horsehoofs stamp By reason of the prancings, the
prancings of their strong ones.
23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of Jehovah. Curse ye bitterly the
inhabitants thereof, Because they came not to the help of Jehovah, To the
help of Jehovah against the mighty.
24. Blessed above women shall Jael be, The wife of Heber the Kenite;
Blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
25 He asked water, [and] she gave him milk; She brought him butter in a
26 She put her hand to the tent-pin, And her right hand to the workmen's
hammer; And with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote through his head;
Yea, she pierced and struck through his temples.
27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; At her feet he bowed, he fell;
Where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
28 Through the window she looked forth, and cried, The mother of Sisera
[cried] through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why
tarry the wheels of his chariots?
29 Her wise ladies answered her, Yea, she returned answer to herself,
30 Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil? A damsel, two
damsels to every man; To Sisera a spoil of dyed garments, A spoil of dyed
garments embroidered, Of dyed garments embroidered on both sides, on the
necks of the spoil?
31 So let all thine enemies perish, O Jehovah: But let them that love him
be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty
1. And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of
Jehovah: and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
2 And the 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.
3 And so 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;
4 and they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the
earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance in Israel, neither
sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle 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 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian; and the children of
Israel cried unto Jehovah.
7. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah
because of Midian,
8 that Jehovah sent a prophet unto the children of Israel: and he said
unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, I brought you up from
Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
9 and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the
hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and
gave you their land;
10 and I said unto you, I am Jehovah your God; ye shall not fear the gods
of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell. But ye have not hearkened unto my
11. And the angel of Jehovah came, and sat under the oak which was in
Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon was
beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto him, and said unto him, Jehovah
is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh, my lord, if Jehovah is with us, why then
is all this befallen us? and where are all his wondrous works which our
fathers told us of, saying, Did not Jehovah bring us up from Egypt? but now
Jehovah hath cast us off, and delivered us into the hand of Midian.
14 And Jehovah looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and save
Israel from the hand of Midian: have not I sent thee?
15 And he said unto him, Oh, Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold,
my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's
16 And Jehovah said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt
smite the Midianites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found favor in thy sight, then
show me a sign that it is thou that talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth
my present, and lay it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an
ephah of meal: 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.
20 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.
21 Then the angel of Jehovah put forth the end of the staff that was in
his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there went up
fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and
the angel of Jehovah departed out of his sight.
22 And Gideon saw that he was the angel of Jehovah; and Gideon said,
Alas, O Lord Jehovah! forasmuch as I have seen the angel of Jehovah face to
23 And Jehovah said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt
24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it
Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
25. And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Take
thy father's bullock, even the second bullock seven years old, and throw
down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the Asherah that
is by it;
26 and build an altar unto Jehovah thy God upon the top of this
stronghold, in the orderly manner, and take the second bullock, and offer a
burnt-offering with the wood of the Asherah which thou shalt cut down.
27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as Jehovah had
spoken unto him: and it came to pass, 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.
28 And when 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 bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they
inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this
30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he
may die, because he hath broken down the altar of Baal, and because he hath
cut down the Asherah that was by it.
31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye contend for
Baal? Or will ye save him? he that will contend for him, let him be put to
death whilst [it is yet] morning: if he be a god, let him contend for
himself, because one hath broken down his altar.
32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal
contend against him, because he hath broken down his altar.
33. Then 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.
34 But the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet; and
Abiezer was gathered together after him.
35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; and they also were
gathered together after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto
Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou
37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there
be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I
know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast spoken.
38 And it was so; for he rose up early on the morrow, and pressed the
fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water.
39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be kindled against me,
and I will speak but this once: let me make trial, 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.
40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and
there was dew on all the ground.
1. Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that 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.
2 And Jehovah said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too
many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt
themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
3 Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is
fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from mount Gilead. And
there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained
4 And Jehovah 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.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and Jehovah 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.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth,
was three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their
knees to drink water.
7 And Jehovah said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will
I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thy hand; and let all the
people go every man unto his place.
8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets; and he
sent all the men of Israel every man unto his tent, but retained the three
hundred men: and the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9. And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Arise,
get thee down into the camp; for I have delivered it into thy hand.
10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Purah thy servant down to
11 and thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thy hands be
strengthened to go down into the camp. Then went he down with Purah his
servant unto the outermost part of the armed men that were in the camp.
12 And the 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 upon the sea-shore for multitude.
13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man telling a dream unto
his fellow; and he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream; and, lo, a cake of
barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came unto the tent, and
smote it so that it fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay
14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword
of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: into his hand God hath
delivered Midian, and all the host.
15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the
interpretation thereof, that he worshipped; and he returned into the camp
of Israel, and said, Arise; for Jehovah hath delivered into your hand the
host of Midian.
16. And he 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.
17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when
I come to the outermost part of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so
shall ye do.
18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the
trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, For Jehovah and for
19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto 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 brake in
pieces the pitchers that were in their hands.
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and
held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands
wherewith to blow; and they cried, The sword of Jehovah and of Gideon.
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all
the host ran; and they shouted, and put [them] to flight.
22 And they blew the three hundred trumpets, and Jehovah set every man's
sword against his fellow, and against all the host; and the host fled as
far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah,
23. And the men of Israel were gathered together out of Naphtali, and out
of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after Midian.
24 And Gideon 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.
25 And they took the two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew
Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and
pursued Midian: and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon
beyond the Jordan.
1. 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 Midian? And they
did chide with him sharply.
2 And he said unto them, What have I now done in comparison with you? Is
not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of
3 God hath delivered into your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb:
and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their anger was
abated toward him, when he had said that.
4. And Gideon came to the Jordan, [and] passed over, he, and the three
hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing.
5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread
unto the people that follow me; for they are faint, and I am pursuing after
Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.
6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna
now in thy hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?
7 And Gideon said, Therefore when Jehovah hath delivered Zebah and
Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the
wilderness and with briers.
8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them in like manner;
and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.
9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in
peace, I will break down this tower.
10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them,
about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the host of the
children of the east; for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand men that
11 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.
12 And Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he pursued after them; and he took
the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.
13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle from the ascent
14 And he caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him:
and he described for him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof,
seventy and seven men.
15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and
Zalmunna, concerning whom ye did taunt me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah
and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that
16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and
briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.
17 And he brake down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
18. 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.
19 And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother: as Jehovah
liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
20 And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and slay them. But the
youth drew not his sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth.
21 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 the crescents that were on their camels' necks.
22. 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 saved us out of the hand
23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my
son rule over you: Jehovah shall rule over you.
24 And Gideon said unto them, I would make a request of you, that ye
would give me every man the ear-rings of his spoil. (For they had golden
ear-rings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a
garment, and did cast therein every man the ear-rings of his spoil.
26 And the weight of the golden ear-rings that he requested was a
thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold, besides the crescents, and
the pendants, and the purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and
besides the chains that were about their camels' necks.
27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in
Ophrah: and all Israel played the harlot after it there; and it became a
snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
28 So Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted
up their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of
29. And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.
30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he
had many wives.
31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, and he
called his name Abimelech.
32 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 Abiezrites.
33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of
Israel turned again, and played the harlot after the Baalim, and made
Baal-berith their god.
34 And the children of Israel remembered not Jehovah their God, who had
delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side;
35 neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, [who is]
Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel.
1. And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's
brethren, and spake with them, and with all the family of the house of his
mother's father, saying,
2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is
better for you, that all the sons of Jerubbaal, who are threescore and ten
persons, rule over you, or that one rule over you? remember also that I am
your bone and your flesh.
3 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.
4 And they gave him threescore and ten [pieces] of silver out of the
house of Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light fellows, who
5 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:
but Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.
6 And all 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.
7. And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood on 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.
8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they
said unto the olive-tree, Reign thou over us.
9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith
by me they honor God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?
10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
11 But the fig-tree said unto them, Should I leave my sweetness, and my
good fruit, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?
12 And the trees said unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.
13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my new wine, which
cheereth God and man, and go to wave to and fro over the trees?
14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over
15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye 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.
16 Now therefore, if ye have dealt truly and uprightly, 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
17 (for my father fought for you, and adventured his life, and delivered
you out of the hand of Midian:
18 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 maid-servant, king over the men of Shechem,
because he is your brother);
19 if ye then have dealt truly and uprightly with Jerubbaal and with his
house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in
20 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 devour Abimelech.
21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for
fear of Abimelech his brother.
22. And Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.
23 And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem;
and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:
24 that the violence done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal
might come, and that their blood might be laid upon Abimelech their
brother, who slew them, and upon the men of Shechem, who strengthened his
hands to slay his brethren.
25 And the men of Shechem set liers-in-wait for him on the tops of the
mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was
26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to
Shechem; and the men of Shechem put their trust in him.
27 And they went out into the field, and gathered their vineyards, and
trod [the grapes], and held festival, and went into the house of their god,
and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.
28 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 ye the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: but why should we
29 And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove
Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.
30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son
of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
31 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech craftily, saying, Behold, Gaal
the son of Ebed and his brethren are come to Shechem; and, behold, they
constrain the city [to take part] against thee.
32 Now therefore, up by night, thou and the people that are with thee,
and lie in wait in the field:
33 and it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou
shalt rise early, and rush upon the city; and, behold, when he and the
people that are with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them
as thou shalt find occasion.
34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by
night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.
35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and stood in the entrance of the
gate of the city: and Abimelech rose up, and the people that were with him,
from the ambushment.
36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come
people down from the tops of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou
seest the shadow of the mountains as if they were men.
37 And Gaal spake again and said, See, there come people down by the
middle of the land, and one company cometh by the way of the oak of
38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, that thou saidst,
Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that
thou hast despised? go out now, I pray, and fight with them.
39 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with
40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and there fell many
wounded, even unto the entrance of the gate.
41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul drove out Gaal and his
brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.
42 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the
field; and they told Abimelech.
43 And he 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; And he rose up against them, and smote them.
44 And Abimelech, 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 upon all that were in the field, and smote them.
45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the
city, and slew the people that were therein: and he beat down the city, and
sowed it with salt.
46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard thereof, they
entered into the stronghold of the house of Elberith.
47 And it was told Abimelech that all the men of the tower of Shechem
were gathered together.
48 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 up, and laid it on his shoulder: and he said
unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste,
and do as I have done.
49 And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed
Abimelech, and put them to the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire
upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a
thousand men and women.
50. Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took
51 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 themselves in, and gat
them up to the roof of the tower.
52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and drew
near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.
53 And a certain woman cast an upper millstone upon Abimelech's head, and
brake his skull.
54 Then he called hastily unto the young man his armorbearer, and said
unto him, Draw thy sword, and kill me, that men say not of me, A woman slew
him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.
55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed
every man unto his place.
56 Thus God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his
father, in slaying his seventy brethren;
57 and all the wickedness of the men of Shechem did God requite upon
their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
1. And after Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah,
the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the hill-
country of Ephraim.
2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried
3 And after him arose Jair, the Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty
and two years.
4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had
thirty cities, which are called Havvoth-jair unto this day, which are in
the land of Gilead.
5 And Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.
6. And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Jehovah, and served the Baalim, 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
Jehovah, and served him not.
7 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold them
into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of
8 And they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel that year: eighteen
years [oppressed they] all the children of Israel that were beyond the
Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
9 And the 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 sore distressed.
10. And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah, saying, We have sinned
against thee, even because we have forsaken our God, and have served the
11 And Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, [Did] not [I save you]
from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and
from the Philistines?
12 The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress
you; and ye cried unto me, and I saved you out of their hand.
13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will save
you no more.
14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them save you in
the time of your distress.
15 And the children of Israel said unto Jehovah, We have sinned: do thou
unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; only deliver us, we pray thee,
16 And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served
Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in
Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and
encamped in Mizpah.
18 And the people, the 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.
1. Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the
son of a harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they
drove out Jepthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our
father's house; for thou art the son of another woman.
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and
there were gathered vain fellows to Jephthah, and they went out with him.
4. And it came to pass after a while, that the children of Ammon made war
5 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;
6 and they said unto Jephthah, Come and be our chief, that we may fight
with the children of Ammon.
7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and
drive me out of my father's house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye
are in distress?
8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore are we turned
again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight with the children
of Ammon; and thou shalt be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again
to fight with the children of Ammon, and Jehovah deliver them before me,
shall I be your head?
10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Jehovah shall be witness
between us; surely according to thy word so will we do.
11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him
head and chief over them: and Jephthah spake all his words before Jehovah
12. And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon,
saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come unto me to fight
against my land?
13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of
Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when he came up out of Egypt,
from the Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and unto the Jordan: now therefore
restore those [lands] again peaceably.
14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of
15 and he said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah: Israel took not away the
land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon,
16 but when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the
wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh;
17 then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me, I
pray thee, pass through thy land; but the king of Edom hearkened not. And
in like manner he sent unto the king of Moab; but he would not: and Israel
abode in Kadesh.
18 Then 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 came not within
the border of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.
19 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 unto my place.
20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon
gathered all his people together, and encamped in Jahaz, and fought against
21 And Jehovah, the 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 that country.
22 And they possessed all the border of the Amorites, from the Arnon even
unto the Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto the Jordan.
23 So now Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath dispossessed the Amorites from
before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess them?
24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to
possess? So whomsoever Jehovah our God hath dispossessed from before us,
them will we possess.
25 And now art thou anything better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of
Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them?
26 While Israel dwelt 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; wherefore did ye not recover them within that time?
27 I therefore have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to
war against me: Jehovah, the Judge, be judge this day between the children
of Israel and the children of Ammon.
28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words
of Jephthah which he sent him.
29. Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jephthah, and he passed over
Gilead and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of
Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto Jehovah, and said, If thou wilt indeed
deliver the children of Ammon into my hand,
31 then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth from the doors of my
house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, it
shall be Jehovah's, and I will offer it up for a burnt-offering.
32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against
them; and Jehovah delivered them into his hand.
33 And he smote them from Aroer until thou come to Minnith, even twenty
cities, and unto Abelcheramim, with a very great slaughter. So the children
of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
34 And Jephthah came to Mizpah unto his house; and, behold, his daughter
came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only
child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and
said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of
them that trouble me; for I have opened my mouth unto Jehovah, and I cannot
36 And she said unto him, My father, thou hast opened thy mouth unto
Jehovah; do unto me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy
mouth, forasmuch as Jehovah hath taken vengeance for thee on thine enemies,
even on the children of Ammon.
37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me
alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and
bewail my virginity, I and my companions.
38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she
departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the
39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto
her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and
she knew not man. And it was a custom in Israel,
40 that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of
Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
1. And the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and passed northward;
and they said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against
the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn
thy house upon thee with fire.
2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with
the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye saved me not out of their
3 And when I saw that ye saved me not, I put my life in my hand, and
passed over against the children of Ammon, and Jehovah delivered them into
my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against
4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with
Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye are
fugitives of Ephraim, ye Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim, [and] in the
midst of Manasseh.
5 And the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the
Ephraimites. And it was so, that, when [any of] the fugitives of Ephraim
said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an
Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
6 then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth; for
he could not frame to pronounce it right: then they laid hold on him, and
slew him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time of Ephraim
forty and two thousand.
7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite,
and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.
8. And after him Ibzan of Bethle-hem judged Israel.
9 And he had thirty sons; and thirty daughters he sent abroad, and thirty
daughters he brought in from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel
10 And Ibzan died, and was buried at Bethle-hem.
11 And after him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel
12 And Elon the Zebulunite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the land of
13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
14 And he had forty sons and thirty sons' sons, that rode on threescore
and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in
Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.
1. And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Jehovah; and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto the woman, and said unto her,
Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not; but thou shalt conceive, and
bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink no wine nor strong drink,
and eat not any unclean thing:
5 for, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come
upon his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb:
and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came
unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of the angel of God,
very terrible; and I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his
7 but he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt 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 unto God from the womb to the day of his death.
8. Then Manoah entreated Jehovah, and said, Oh, Lord, I pray thee, let the
man of God whom thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we
shall do unto the child that shall be born.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came
again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was
not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said unto
him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the [other]
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and
said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass: what shall be the
ordering of the child, and [how] shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of Jehovah said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the
woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of anything that cometh of the vine, neither let her
drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded
her let her observe.
15. And Manoah said unto the angel of Jehovah, I pray thee, let us detain
thee, that we may make ready a kid for thee.
16 And the angel of Jehovah said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I
will not eat of thy bread; and if thou wilt make ready a burnt-offering,
thou must offer it unto Jehovah. For Manoah knew not that he was the angel
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of Jehovah, What is thy name, that,
when thy words come to pass, we may do thee honor?
18 And the angel of Jehovah said unto him, Wherefore askest thou after my
name, seeing it is wonderful?
19 So Manoah took the kid with the meal-offering, and offered it upon the
rock unto Jehovah: and [the angel] did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the
altar, that the angel of Jehovah ascended in the flame of the altar: and
Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of Jehovah did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife.
Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Jehovah.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have
23 But his wife said unto him, If Jehovah were pleased to kill us, he
would not have received a burnt-offering and a meal-offering at our hand,
neither would he have showed us all these things, nor would at this time
have told such things as these.
24. And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child
grew, and Jehovah blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of Jehovah began to move him in Mahaneh-dan, between
Zorah and Eshtaol.
1. And Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the
daughters of the Philistines.
2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have
seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore
get her for me to wife.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman
among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou
goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto
his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of Jehovah; for he
sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the
Philistines had rule over Israel.
5 Then 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
6 And the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he
would have rent a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his
father or his mother what he had done.
7 And he went down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson
8 And after 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.
9 And he took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he
came to his father and mother, and gave unto them, and they did eat: but he
told them not that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.
10. And his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a
feast; for so used the young men to do.
11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty
companions to be with him.
12 And Samson said unto them, Let me now put forth a riddle unto you: if
ye can declare it unto me within the seven days of the feast, and find it
out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of
13 but if ye cannot declare it unto me, then shall ye give me thirty
linen garments and thirty changes of raiment. And they said unto him, Put
forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.
14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth food, And out of
the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days declare
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's
wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we
burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to impoverish
us? is it not [so]?
16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me,
and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my
people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not
told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell thee?
17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and
it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed
him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the
sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a
lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, Ye had
not found out my riddle.
19 And the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and he went down to
Ashkelon, and smote thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the
changes [of raiment] unto them that declared the riddle. And his anger was
kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
20 But Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had used as
1. But it came to pass after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that
Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife
into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.
2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated
her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister
fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.
3 And Samson said unto them, This time shall I be blameless in regard of
the Philistines, when I do them a mischief.
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands,
and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between every two
5 And when 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 oliveyards.
6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they said, Samson,
the son- in-law of the Timnite, because he hath taken his wife, and given
her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her
father with fire.
7 And Samson said unto them, If ye do after this manner, surely I will be
avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went
down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
9. Then the Philistines went up, and encamped in Judah, and spread
themselves in Lehi.
10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they
said, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.
11 Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of
Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers
over us? what then is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto
them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.
12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may
deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them,
Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and
deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they
bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock.
14 When he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him: and
the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were upon
his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped
from off his hands.
15 And he found a fresh jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and
took it, and smote a thousand men therewith.
16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, With
the jawbone of an ass have I smitten a thousand men.
17 And it came to pass, 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.
18. And he was sore athirst, and called on Jehovah, and said, Thou hast
given this great deliverance by the hand of thy servant; and now shall I
die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised.
19 But God clave the hollow place that is in Lehi, and there came water
thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived:
wherefore the name thereof was called En-hakkore, which is in Lehi, unto
20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
1. And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.
2 [And it was told] the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they
compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city,
and were quiet all the night, saying, [Let be] till morning light, then we
will kill him.
3 And Samson lay till 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 upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the
top of the mountain that is before Hebron.
4. And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of
Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her,
Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we
may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will
give thee every one of us eleven hundred [pieces] of silver.
6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great
strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.
7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withes that
were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.
8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withes
which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
9 Now she had liers-in-wait abiding in the inner chamber. And she said
unto him, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withes,
as a string of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was
10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me
lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.
11 And he said unto her, If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no
work hath been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.
12 So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him,
The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And the liers-in-wait were abiding
in the inner chamber. And he brake them off his arms like a thread.
13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told
me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If
thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.
14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines
are upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and plucked away the
pin of the beam, and the web.
15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thy heart
is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me
wherein thy great strength lieth.
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and
urged him, that his soul was vexed unto death.
17 And he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come
a razor upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite unto God from my mother's
womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become
weak, and be like any other man.
18. And when 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
hath told me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto
her, and brought the money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon 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.
20 And she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out
of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself
free. But he knew not that Jehovah was departed from him.
21 And the 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 did
grind in the prison-house.
22. Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
23 And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a
great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our
god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said,
Our god hath delivered into our hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our
country, who hath slain many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said,
Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out
of the prison-house; and he made sport before them. And they set him
between the pillars:
26 and Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that
I may feel the pillars whereupon the house resteth, that I may lean upon
27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the
Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand
men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
28 And Samson called unto Jehovah, and said, O Lord Jehovah, remember me,
I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I
may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house
rested, and leaned upon them, the one with his right hand, and the other
with his left.
30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself
with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the
people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more
than they that he slew in his life.
31 Then his brethren 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
burying-place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
1. And there was a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, whose name was
2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred [pieces] of silver that
were taken from thee, about which thou didst utter a curse, and didst also
speak it in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his
mother said, Blessed be my son of Jehovah.
3 And he restored the eleven hundred [pieces] of silver to his mother;
and his mother said, I verily dedicate the silver unto Jehovah from my hand
for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will
restore it unto thee.
4 And when he restored the money unto his mother, his mother took two
hundred [pieces] of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof
a graven image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and
teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
6 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was
right in his own eyes.
7. And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of
Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.
8 And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem-judah, to
sojourn where he could find [a place], and he came to the hill-country of
Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am
a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find [a
10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a
priest, and I will give thee ten [pieces] of silver by the year, and a suit
of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.
11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man
was unto him as one of his sons.
12 And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest,
and was in the house of Micah.
13 Then said Micah, Now know I that Jehovah will do me good, seeing I
have a Levite to my priest.
1. In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe
of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day
[their] inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
2 And the 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 unto them, Go, search the land. And they
came to the hill-country of Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, and lodged
3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young
man the Levite; and they turned aside thither, and said unto him, Who
brought thee hither? and what doest thou in this place? and what hast thou
4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus hath Micah dealt with me, and he
hath hired me, and I am become his priest.
5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may
know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.
6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before Jehovah is your way
wherein ye go.
7. Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that
were therein, how they dwelt in security, after the manner 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.
8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their
brethren said unto them, What [say] ye?
9 And they said, Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen
the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful
to go and to enter in to possess the land.
10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and the land is large;
for God hath given it into your hand, a place where there is no want of
anything that is in the earth.
11 And there set forth from thence of the family of the Danites, out of
Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men girt with weapons of war.
12 And they went up, and encamped in Kiriath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore
they called that place Mahaneh-dan, unto this day; behold, it is behind
13 And they passed thence unto the hill-country of Ephraim, and came unto
the house of Micah.
14. Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish,
and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an
ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore
consider what ye have to do.
15 And they turned aside thither, and came to the house of the young man
the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare.
16 And the six hundred men girt with their weapons of war, who were of
the children of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.
17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in
thither, and took the graven 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 And when these went into Micah's house, and fetched the graven image,
the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image, the priest said unto
them, What do ye?
19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth,
and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee
to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a
family in Israel?
20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the
teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.
21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle
and the goods before them.
22 When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were
in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook
the children of Dan.
23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces,
and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a
24 And he said, ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest,
and are gone away, and what have I more? and how then say ye unto me, What
25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard
among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and thou lose thy life, with
the lives of thy household.
26 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they
were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.
27. And they took that which Micah had made, and the priest whom he had,
and came unto Laish, unto a people quiet and secure, and smote them with
the edge of the sword; and they burnt the city with fire.
28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they
had no dealings with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by
Beth-rehob. And they built the city, and dwelt therein.
29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their
father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at
30 And the children of Dan set up for themselves the graven 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
31 So they set them up Micah's graven image which he made, all the time
that the house of God was in Shiloh.
1. And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel,
that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the farther side of the
hill-country of Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of
2 And his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him
unto her father's house to Beth-lehem-judah, and was there the space of
3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak kindly unto her, to
bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and
she brought him into her father's house; and when the father of the damsel
saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.
4 And his father-in-law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode
with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.
5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, that they arose early in the
morning, and he rose up to depart: and the damsel's father said unto his
son-in-law, Strengthen thy heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward ye
shall go your way.
6 So they sat down, and did eat and drink, both of them together: and the
damsel's father said unto the man, Be pleased, I pray thee, to tarry all
night, and let thy heart be merry.
7 And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he
lodged there again.
8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the
damsel's father said, Strengthen thy heart, I pray thee, and tarry ye until
the day declineth; and they did eat, both of them.
9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his
servant, his father-in-law, the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now
the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day
groweth to an end, lodge here, that thy heart may be merry; and to-morrow
get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.
10 But the man would not tarry 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 asses saddled; his concubine also was with him.
11 When they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said
unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn aside into this city of
the Jebusites, and lodge in it.
12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside into the city of
a foreigner, that is not of the children of Israel; but we will pass over
13 And he said unto his servant, Come and let us draw near to one of
these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Ramah.
14 So they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them
near to Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.
15 And they turned aside thither, 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
that took them into his house to lodge.
16. And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at
even: now the man was of the hill-country of Ephraim, and he sojourned in
Gibeah; but the men of the place were Benjamites.
17 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the street of
the city; and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?
18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah unto the
farther side of the hill-country of Ephraim; from thence am I, and I went
to Beth-lehem-judah: and I am [now] going to the house of Jehovah; and
there is no man that taketh me into his house.
19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is
bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man
that is with thy servants: there is no want of anything.
20 And the old man said, Peace be unto thee; howsoever let all thy wants
lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.
21 So he brought him into his house, and gave the asses fodder; and they
washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
22. As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city,
certain base fellows, beset the house round about, beating at the door; and
they spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the
man that came into thy house, that we may know him.
23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said
unto them, Nay, my brethren, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that
this man is come into my house, do not this folly.
24 Behold, here is my daughter a virgin, and his concubine; them I will
bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto
you: but unto this man do not any such folly.
25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man laid hold on his
concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused
her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they
let her go.
26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the
door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.
27 And her 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 upon the threshold.
28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going; but none answered: then
he took her up upon the ass; and the man rose up, and gat him unto his
29 And when he was 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.
30 And it was so, that all that 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 unto this day: consider it, take counsel, and speak.
1. Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was
assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead,
unto Jehovah at Mizpah.
2 And the chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel,
presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred
thousand footmen that drew sword.
3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were
gone up to Mizpah.) And the children of Israel said, Tell us, how was this
wickedness brought to pass?
4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was murdered, answered
and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my
concubine, to lodge.
5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about
me by night; me they thought to have slain, and my concubine they forced,
and she is dead.
6 And I 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.
7 Behold, ye children of Israel, all of you, give here your advice and
8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go
to his tent, neither will we any of us turn unto his house.
9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: [we will go up]
against it by lot;
10 and we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of
Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to
fetch victuals for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah
of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together
as one man.
12. And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin,
saying, What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you?
13 Now therefore deliver up the men, the base fellows, that are in
Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But
Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of
14 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the
cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered on that day out of the
cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants
of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded;
every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss.
17 And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred
thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
18. And the children of Israel arose, and went up to Beth-el, and asked
counsel of God; and they said, Who shall go up for us first to battle
against the children of Benjamin? And Jehovah said, Judah [shall go up]
19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped
20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men
of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah.
21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed
down to the ground of the Israelites on that day twenty and two thousand
22 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set the
battle again in array in the place where they set themselves in array the
23 And the children of Israel went up and wept before Jehovah until even;
and they asked of Jehovah, saying, Shall I again draw nigh to battle
against the children of Benjamin my brother? And Jehovah said, Go up
24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin
the second day.
25 And Benjamin 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.
26. Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came
unto Beth-el, and wept, and sat there before Jehovah, and fasted that day
until even; and they offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before
27 And the children of Israel asked of Jehovah (for the ark of the
covenant of God was there in those days,
28 and 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? And Jehovah said, Go up;
for to-morrow I will deliver him into thy hand.
29 And Israel set liers-in-wait against Gibeah round about.
30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on
the third day, and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other
31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were
drawn away from the city; and they began to smite and kill of the people,
as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to Beth-el, and
the other to Gibeah, in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as
at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them
away from the city unto the highways.
33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set
themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers-in-wait of Israel brake
forth out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba.
34 And there came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all
Israel, and the battle was sore; but they knew not that evil was close upon
35 And Jehovah smote Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel
destroyed of Benjamin that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men:
all these drew the sword.
36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten; for the men of
Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted unto the liers-in- wait
whom they had set against Gibeah.
37 And the liers-in-wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the
liers-in-wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge
of the sword.
38 Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers-in-wait
was, that they should make a great cloud of smoke rise up out of the city.
39 And the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to
smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for they said,
Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
40 But 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 heaven.
41 And the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed;
for they saw that evil was come upon them.
42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the
way of the wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and they
that came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst thereof.
43 They inclosed the Benjamites round about, [and] chased them, [and]
trod them down at [their] resting-place, as far as over against Gibeah
toward the sunrising.
44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these [were] men
45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of
Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men, and
followed hard after them unto Gidom, and smote of them two thousand men.
46 So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five
thousand men that drew the sword; all these [were] men of valor.
47 But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the
rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months.
48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and
smote them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city, and the
cattle, and all that they found: moreover all the cities which they found
they set on fire.
1. Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, There shall not any
of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.
2 And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and
lifted up their voices, and wept sore.
3 And they said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, why is this come to pass
in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel?
4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and
built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings.
5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of
Israel that came not up in the assembly unto Jehovah? For they had made a
great oath concerning him that came not up unto Jehovah to Mizpah, saying,
He shall surely be put to death.
6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother,
and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by
Jehovah that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?
8 And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not
up unto Jehovah to Mizpah? And, behold, there came none to the camp from
Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.
9 For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the
inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the
valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of
Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little
11 And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every
male, and every woman that hath lain by man.
12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred
young virgins, that had not known man by lying with him; and they brought
them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
13 And the whole congregation sent and spake to the children of Benjamin
that were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace unto them.
14 And Benjamin 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
sufficed them not.
15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that Jehovah had
made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
16. Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives
for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that are escaped
of Benjamin, that a tribe be not blotted out from Israel.
18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the children
of Israel had sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
19 And they said, Behold, there is a feast of Jehovah from year to year
in Shiloh, which is on the north of Beth-el, on the east side of the
highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
20 And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in
wait in the vineyards,
21 and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in
the dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his
wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come to complain
unto us, that we will say unto them, Grant them graciously unto us, because
we took not for each man [of them] his wife in battle, neither did ye give
them unto them, else would ye now be guilty.
23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to
their number, of them that danced, whom they carried off: and they went and
returned unto their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them.
24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to
his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which
was right in his own eyes.