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CHAP. VI.

Gideon's signs. until I come unto thee, and bring forth arose early in the morning, behold, my present, and set it before thee. the altar of Baal was cast down, and And he said, I will tarry until thou the grove was cut down that was by it, come again.

and the second bullock was offered 19 9 And Gideon went in, and made upon the altar that was built. ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of 29 And they said one to another, an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in Who hath done this thing? And when a basket, and he put the broth in a they inquired and asked, they said, pot, and brought it out unto him un- Gideon the son of Joash hath done der the oak, and presented it.

this thing. 20 And the angel of God said unto 30 Then the men of the city said him, Take the flesh and the unleavened unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and may die : because he hath cast down pour out the broth. And he did so. the altar of Baal, and because he hath

21 Then the angel of the LORD cut down the grove that was by it. put forth the end of the staff that was 31 And Joash said unto all that stood in his hand, and touched the flesh and against him, Will ye plead for Baal ? the unleavened cakes; and there rose will

ye save him ? he that will plead up fire out of the rock, and consumed for him, let him be put to death whilst the flesh and the unleavened cakes. it is yet morning : if he be a god, let Then the angel of the Lord depart-him plead for himself, because one ed out of his sight.

hath cast down his altar. 22 And when Gideon perceived that 32 Therefore on that day he called he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead said, Alas, O Lord God! for because against him, because he hath thrown I have seen an angel of the LORD down his altar. face to face.

33 Then all the Midianites, and 23 And the LORD said unto him, the Amalekites and the children of the Peace be unto thee ; fear not : thou east were gathered together, and went shalt not die.

over, and pitched in the valley of 24 Then Gideon built an altar there Jezreel. unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah 34 But the spirit of the Lord came shalom: unto this day it is yet in Oph- upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; rah of the Abi-ezrites.

and Abi-ezer was gathered after him. 25 | And it came to pass

the same 35 And he sent messengers throughnight, that the LORD said unto him, out all Manasseh ; who also was gaTake thy father's young bullock, even thered after him : and he sent messenthe second bullock of seven years old, gers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and throw down the altar of Baal that and unto Naphtali; and they came up thy father bath, and cut down the to meet them. grove that is by it:

36 | And Gideon said unto God, 26 And build an altar unto the If thou wilt save Israel by my hand, LORD thy God upon the top of this as thou hast said, rock, in the ordered place, and take 37 Behold, I will put a Aeece of the second bullock, and offer a burnt wool in the floor : and if the dew be sacrifice with the wood of the grove on the fleece only, and it be dry upon which thou shalt cut down.

all the earth besides, then shall I know 27 Then Gideon took ten men of that thou wilt save Israel by my his servants, and did as the Lord had band, as thou hast said. said unto him: and so it was, because 38 And it was so: for he rose up be feared his father's household, and the early on the morrow, and thrust the men of the city, that he could not do feece together, and wringed the dew it by day, that he did it by night. out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 28 s And when the men of the city 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let

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JUDGES. He is encouraged by a dream. not thine anger be hot against me, and rest of the people bowed down upon I will speak but this once : let me their knees to drink water. prove, I pray thee, but this once with 7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, the fleece; let it now be dry only By the three hundred men that lapped upon the fleece, and upon all the will I save you, and deliver the Miground let there be dew,

dianites into thine hand: and let all 40 And God did so that night: for the other people go every man unto it was dry upon the fleece only, and his place. there was dew on all the ground. 8 So the people took victuals in their CHAP. VII.

hand, and their trumpets: and he sent | Gideon's army of two and thirty thousand is all the rest of Israel every man unto his

brought to three hundred. 13 he is encouraged tent, and retained those three hundred by the dream and interpretation of the barley

And the host of Midian was be16 His stratagem of trumpets and lamps in pitchers. 25 The Ephraimites take neath him in the valley. Oreb and Zeeb.

9 And it came to

pass the Then Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) night, that the Lord said unto hin, and all the people that were with him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; rose up early and pitched beside the for I have delivered it into thine hand. well of Harod : so that the host of the 10 But if thou fear to go down, go Midianites were on the north side of thou with Phurah thy servant down them by the hill of Moreh, in the to the host : valley.

11 And thou shalt hear what they 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, say; and afterward shall thine hands The people that are with thee are too be strengthened to go down unto the many for me to give the Midianites host. Then went he down with Phuinto their hands, lest Israel vaunt rah his servant unto the outside of the themselves against me, saying, Mine armed men that were in the host. own hand hath saved me.

12 And the Midianites and the Ama. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in lekites and all the children of the east, the ears of the people, saying, Who- | lay along in the valley like grasshopsoever is fearful and afraid, let him re- pers for multitude; and their camels turn and depart early from mount were without number, as the sand by Gilead. And there returned of the the sea side for multitude. people twenty and two thousand; and 13 And when Gideon was come, bethere remained ten thousand.

hold, there was a man that told a dream 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I The people are yet too many; bring dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of them down unto the water, and I will barley bread tumbled into the host of try them for thee there: and it shall Midian, and came unto a tent, and be, that of whom I say unto thee, This smote it that it fell, and overturned it shall go with thee, the same shall go that the tent lay along. with thee; and of whomsoever I say 14 And his fellow answered,and said, unto thee, This shall not go with thee, This is nothing else save the sword of the same shall not go.

Gideon the son of Joash, a man of 5 So he brought down the people Israel : for into his hand God hath unto the water: and the LORD said delivered Midian, and all the host. unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth, 15. And it was so, when Gideon of the water with his tongue as a dog heard the telling of the dream, and lappeth, him shalt thou set by him- the interpretation thereof, that he worself; likewise every one that boweth shipped, and returned into the host of down upon his knees to drink. Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD

6 And the number of them that lap- hath delivered into your hand the host ped, putting their hand to their mouth, of Midian. were three hundred men; but all the 16 And he divided the three hun.

The Midianites discomfited. CHAP. VIII. The Ephraimites pacified. dred men into three companies, and Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought he put a trumpet in every man's hand, the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gidewith empty pitchers, and lamps with on on the other side Jordan. in the pitchers.

CHAP. VIII. 17 And he said unto them, Look on

I Gideon pacifieth the Ephraimites. 4 Succoth me, and do likewise : and behold, and Penuel refuse to relieve Gideon's army. when I come to the outside of the 10 Zebah and Zalmunna are taken. 13 Suecamp, it shall be that

as I do, so

coth and Penuel are destroyed. 18 Gideon

revengeth his brethren's death on Zebah and shall ye do.

Zalmunna. 22 Hc refuseth government. 24 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I His ephod cause of idovutry. 28 Midian and all that are with me, then blow ye

subdued. 29 Gideon's children, and death.

33 The Israelites' idolutry and ingratitude. the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the And the men of Ephraim said unto Lord, and of Gideon.

him, Why hast thou served us thus, 19 So Gideon, and the hundred that thou calledst us not when thou men that were with him, came unto wentest to fight with the Midianites? the outside of the camp in the begin- And they did chide with him sharply. ning of the middle watch; and they 2 And he said unto them, What have had but newly set the watch: and I done now in comparison of you? they blew the trumpets, and brake the Is not the gleaning of the grapes of pitchers that were in their hands. Ephraim better than the vintage of

20 And the three companies blew Abi-ezer ? the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, 3 God hath delivered into your and held the lamps in their left hands, hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and the trumpets in their right hands and Zeeb : and what was I able to to blow withal : and they cried, The do in comparison of you? Then their sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. anger was abated toward him, when

21 And they stood every man in his he had said that. place round about the camp; and all 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, the host ran, and cried, and fled.

and passed over, he, and the three 22 And the three hundred blew the hundred men that were with him, faint, trumpets, and the Lord set every yet pursuing them. man's sword against his fellow, even 5 And he said unto the men of Sucthroughout all the host : and the host coth, Give, I pray you, loaves of Aed to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and bread unto the people that follow me: to the border of Abel-meholah, unto for they be faint, and I am pursuing Tabbath.

after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of 23 And the men of Israel gathered Midian. themselves together out of Naphtali, 6 And the princes of Succoth and out of Asher, and out of all Ma- said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalnasseh, and pursued after the Mi- munna now in thine hand, that we dianites.

should give bread unto thine army? 24 And Gideon sent messengers 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when throughout all mount Ephraim, say- the Lord hath delivered Zebah and ing, Come down against the Midian- Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will ites, and take before them the waters tear your flesh with the thorns of the urto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then wilderness and with briers. all the men of Ephraim gathered them 8 | And he went up thence to Peselves together, and took the waters nuel, and spake unto them likewise : unto Beth-barah and Jordan.

and the men of Penuel answered 25 And they took two princes of the him as the men of Succoth had an Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they swered him. slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and 9 And he spake also unto the men of Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Penuel, saying, When I come again

cure.

Zebah and Zalmunna taken. JUDGES. Gideon's children, and death. in

peace, I will break down this tower. | the man is, so is his strength. And

1o | Now Zebah and Zalmunna Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and were in Karkor, and their hosts with Zalmunna, and took away the orna them, about fifteen thousand men, all ments that were on their camels' necks. that were left of all the hosts of the 22 | Then the men of Israel said children of the east: for there fell unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both an hundred and twenty thousand men thou, and thy son, and thy son's son that drew sword.

also : for thou hast delivered us from 11 | And Gideon went up by the the hand of Midian. way of them that dwelt in tents on the 23 And Gideon said unto them, I east of Nobah and Joghehah, and will not rule over you, neither shall smote the host : for the host was se- my son rule over you: the LORD

shall rule over you. 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna 24 And Gideon said unto them, Aed, he pursued after them, and took I would desire a request of you, that the two kings of Midian, Zebah and you would give me every man the earZalmunna, and discomfited all the host. rings of his prey. (For they had

13 | And Gideon the son of Joash | golden earrings, because they were returned from battle before the sun Ishmaelites.) was up,

25 And they answered, We will 14 And caught a young man of the willingly give them. And they spread men of Succoth, and inquired of him: a garment, and did cast therein every and he described unto him the prin- man the earrings of his prey. ces of Succoth, and the elders thereof, 26 And the weight of the golden even threescore and seventeen men. earrings that he requested, was a thou

15 And he came unto the men of sand and seven hundred shekels of gold; Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and beside ornaments, and collars, and purZalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid ple raiment that was on the kings of me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah Midian, and beside the chains that and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that were about their camels' necks. we should give bread unto thy men 27 And Gideon made an ephod that are weary ?

thereof, and put it in his city, even in 16 And he took the elders of the Ophrah : and all Israel went thither a city, and thorns of the wilderness, and whoring after it: which thing became briers, and with them he taught the a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. men of Succoth.

28 Thus was Midian subdued be. 17 And he beat down the tower of fore the children of Israel, so that they Penuel, and slew the men of the city. lifted up their heads no more. And

18 | Then said he unto Zebah and the country was in quietness forty Zalmunna, What manner of men were years in the days of Gideon. they whom ye slew at Tabor? And 29 | And Jerubbaal the son of Jothey answered, As thou art, so were ash went and dwelt in his own house. they ; each one resembled the child 30 And Gideon had threescore and ren of a king.

ten sons of his body begotten : for he 19 And he said, They were my bre- had many wives. thren, even the sons of my mother : as 31 And his concubine that was in the Lord liveth, if ye had saved them Shechem, she also bare him a son, alive, I would not slay you.

whose name he called Abimelech. 20 And he said unto Jether his first 32 | And Gideon the son of Joash born, Up, and slay them. But the died in a good old age, and was buried youth drew not his sword: for he in the sepulchre of Joash his father, feared, because he was yet a youth. in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, 33 And it came to pass as soon as Rise thou, and fall upon us : for as Gideon was dead, that the children of

Abimelech murders his brethren. CHAP. IX. Jotham's parable of the trees. Israel turned again, and went a whor 7. | And when they told it to Joing after Baalim, and made Baal- tham, he went and stood in the top of berith their god.

mount Gerizim, and lifted up his 34 And the children of Israel re- voice, and cried, and said unto them, membered not the LORD their God, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, who had delivered them out of the that God may hearken unto you. bands of all their enemies on every side: 8

35 Neither shewed they kindness to anoint a king over them; and they said the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gi- unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. deon, according to all the goodness 9 But the olive tree said unto them, which he had shewed unto Israel. Should I leave my fatness, wherewith CHAP. IX.

by me they honour God and man, and | Abimelech by conspiracy with the Shechemites, go to be promoted over the trees ? and murder of his brethren, is made king. 7 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Jotham by a parable rebuketh them, and fore. Come thou, and reign over us. telleth their ruin. 22 Gaal conspireth with the Shechemites against him. 30 Zebul revealeth 11 But the fig tree said unto them, it. 34 Abimelech overcometh them, and sow Should I forsake my sweetpess, and eth the city with salt. 46 He burneth the hold of the god Berith. 50 At Thebez he is my good fruit, and go to be promoted slain by a piece of a millstone. 56 Jotham's over the trees ? curse is fulfilled.

12 Then said the trees unto the vine, And Abimelech the son of Jerub-Come thou, and reign over us. baal went to Shechem unto his mo 13 And the vinc said unto them, ther's brethren, and communed with Should I leave my wine, which cheerthem, and with all the family of the eth God and man, and go to be prohouse of his mother's father, saying, moted over the trees?

2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of 14 Then said all the trees unto all the men of Shechem, Whether is the bramble, Come thou, and reign better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and 15 And the bramble said unto the ten persons, reign over you, or that trees, If in truth ye anoint me king one reign over you? remember also over you, then come and put your that I am your bone and your flesh. trust in my shadow; and if not, let

3 And his mother's brethren spake fire come out of the bramble, and deof him in the ears of all the men of vour the cedars of Lebanon. Shechem all these words : and their 16 Now therefore, if ye have done hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; truly and sincerely, in that ye have for they said, He is our brother. made Abimelech king, and if ye have

4 And they gave him threescore and dealt well with Jerubbaaland his house, ten pieces of silver out of the house of and have done unto him according to Baal-berith, wherewith Abimelech the deserving of his hands: hired vain and light persons, which 17 (For my father fought for you, followed him.

and adventured his life far, and deli5 And he went unto his father's vered you out of the hand of Midian : house at Ophrah, and slew bis bre 19 And ye are risen up against my thren the sons of Jerubbaal, being father's house this day, and have slain threescore and ten persons, upon one his sons, threescore and ten persons, stone: notwithstanding, yet Jotham upon one stone, and have made Abithe youngest son of Jerubbaal was melech, the son of his maidservant, left; for he hid himself.

king over the men of Shechem, be6 And all the men of Shechem ga- cause he is your brother:) thered together, and all the house of 19 If ye then have dealt truly and Millo, and went and made Abimelech sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his king, by the plain of the pillar that house this day, then rejoice ye in Abiwas in Shechem.

melech, and let him also rejoice in you:

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