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a and her towns, and in Aroer y and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years 1 why therefore did ye not recover them within that time !

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against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me : the LORD the Judge z be judge a 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 b of the LORD came upon Jephthah, c 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 d a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, 31 Then it shall be, that 5 whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall e surely be the LoRD's, 6 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 the LORD delivered then into his hands. 33 And he smote them from Aroer eventill thou come to Minnith, feven twenty cities, and unto 7 the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. 34 "[ And Jephthah came to Mizfo unto his house, and behold, his daughter came out to meet. him with h timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; 8 beside her he had neitherson nor daughter. 35 And it came to pass, when he Saw her, that he rent i 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 the LORD, and I cannot k go back. 36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out 9f thy mouth ; forasmuch as l the LORf hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon. 37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: Let

JUDGES, XII.

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me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows: 38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who m did with her according to his vow which he had vowed : and she knew no man. And it was a 10 custom in Israel, 40 That the daughters of Israel went 11 yearly to 12 lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year. CHAPTER XII. The Ephraimites quarrelling with Jephthah, and discerned by Shibboleth, are slaim by the Gileadites. A. the men of Ephraim 1 gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee 3 we will burn thine 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 delivered me not out of their hands. 3 And when I saw that we delivered me not, I put b my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand : wherefore, then are ye, come up wo me this day, to fight against

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Yne 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 Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Mamassites. 5 And the Gileadites took the assages c of Jordan before the § hraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If

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6 Then said they unto him, Say now 2 Shibboleth : and he said Sibboleth : for he could not frame to §. it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan. And there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

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Jephthah's death. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Üileadite, and was buried in one of: the cities of Gilead. And after him Ibzan d of Beth-lehem judged Israel. 9 And he had thirty sons and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10. Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Beth-lehem. 11 *| And after him Elon, e a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years. 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon f in the country of Zebulum. 13 *| And after him Abdon g the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. 14 And he had forty sons and thirty 3 nephews, that rode h 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 mount i of the Amalekites. CHAPTER XIII. 1 Israel is in the hand of the Philistimes. 24 Samson is born. ND the children of Israel 1 did evil again a in the sight of the LoRD ; and the LoRD delivered b them into c the hand of the Philistimes forty years. 2 *| And there was a certain man of Zorah, d of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah ; and his wife was barren, and bare

not. 3 And the angele of the LORD ap: peared 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 not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no frazor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a g Nazarite unto God from the womb : and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6 * Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, Ah man of came unto me, and his countenance i was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible : but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: . 7 But he said unto me, Behold,

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Manoah's Sacrifice. thou shalt conceive and bear a son, and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing : for the child shall be a NaZarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which o 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

€I’. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 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 wo— man And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let th words come to pass. 2 How shall we order the child, and 3 how shall we do unto him 13, And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman, let her beware. 14 She k may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, ho 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 the LORD, I pray thee, let l us detain thee, until we shall have

made ready a kid 4 for thee. 16, And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the | LORD. 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What m is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee honour? 18, And the *ś of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou |thus after my name, seeing it is Secret 7 19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and n offered it upon a rock unto the LORD : and the |angel did wonderously ; and Manoah and his wife looked on. | 20 For it came to pass, when the o went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Samson l orn. LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell o on their faces to the ground. 21 But the angel of the IORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall p surely die because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, q neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. 24 of And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson. r And s the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 25 And the Spirit t of the Lord began to move him at times in 6 the camp of Dan between Zorahu and Eshtoal. CHAPTER XIV. Samson desireth a wife of the Philistimes. ND Samson went down to a Timnath, and saw b a woman in Timnath 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 Timnath 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, c or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised d Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she 1 pleaseth lne well. . 4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LoRD,e that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over rael. 5's Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother to Tim. 'oth and came to the vineyards of Timnath; and behold, a young lion roared 2 against him. 6 And the Spirit g of the LoRD Some mightily upon him, and h he ot 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. ...And he went down and talked §ith the woman; and she pleased amson well

JUDGES, XIV.

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Samson's marriage. 8 *| And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to See the carcase of the lion ; and behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 9 And i he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat : but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion. 10 *|| So his father went down unto the woman : and Samson made there a feast ; k 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, I will now put forth a riddle l unto you : if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven m days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty 3 sheets, and thirty change n of garments: 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shalf ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we o hear it. 14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle, 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice o thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest p we burn thee and thy father's house with fire : , have ye called us to 4 take that we have? is it not so f 16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou q dost but hate me, and lovest me not : thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my K.P. 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 it thee 7 o 17 And she wept before him 5 the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it come to pass on the seventh day that he told her because r. she lay sore upon him : 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 1 And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out opy riddle. 19 of And s the Spirit of the LORD came upon himo he went down

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up to his father's house. 20 But Samson's wife was given t to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.” CHAP"I’ER XV. Samson burneth dhe Philistines' corn with fores and firebrands. UT' it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid ; and he said, 1 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 a s gave her to thy companion : is not her younger sister fairer than she htake her, I pray thee, instead of €r.

3 *s And Samson said concerning them, Now shal! I be 2 more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. 4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took 3 firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. 5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn b of the Philistines and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives. Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this And they answered, Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt c ller and her father with fire. 7 *| And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease, 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter. And lie went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. 9 *| Then the Philistines went up and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.d e 10 And the men of Judah said § are ye come up, against us? And they answered, "To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. 11 Then three thousand men of Judah 4 went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the e Philistines

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JUDGES, XV, XVI. Samson slayeth the Philistines.

ore rulers f over us? what 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. Amd Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me your. selves. 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 cords, and brought him up from the rock. 14 *| And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him : and g the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords h that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands 5 loosed from off his hands. 15 And he found a 6 new jaw-bone of all ass, and put forth his hand and took it, and slew a thousand men there with. i8 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone of an ass, 7 heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men, 17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jaw-bone out of his hand, and called that place 8 Ramath-lehi. 18 "| And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou i hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fal into the hand of the uncircumcised 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in 9 the jaw, and there came k water thereout ; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, l and he revived. Wherefore he called the name thereof, 10 En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. 20 And he judged m Israel, in the days of the Philistines twenty years. CHAP"I'ER XVI. Samson escapeth, and carrieth away the gates of Gaza. To went Samson to Gaza and saw there 1 an harlot, and went in unto her. it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. ...And they compassed a him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were 2 quiet the night, saying, In the morning when it is day, we shall kill II].

Delilah betrays Samson. 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, 8 bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. 4"| And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a b woman 4 in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines fame up unto her, and said unto her, c Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to 5 afflict him, and we will give thee every one of us, eleven hundred pieces of silver. And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith !. mightest be bound to afflict thee. 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven 6 green withs that were never dried, then thall I be weak, and be as 7 anOther man. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines irought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 (Now there were men lying in Wait, abiding with her in the shamber. } . And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, SamSon. Amd he brake the withs as a thread of tow is broken when it * toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told mé lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be Ound. 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes 9 that lever were occupied, then shall I to weak, and be as another man. 12 Delilah therefore took new topes, and bound him there with, §lld said unto him, The Philistines "t upon thee, Samson. (And there oré liers in wait abiding in the shamber.) And he brake them from of his arms like a thread. 13.And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, “nd told me lies: tell me whereWith , thou mightest he bound. And he said unto her, If thou Weavest the seven locks of my lead with the web. 4 And she fastened it with the on, and said unto him, The PhilisWhes be upon thee, Samson. And

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1. i And she said unto him, How d canst thou say, I love thee when thine 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, so that his soul was

ath : 17 That he toide her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not Come a razor upon mine head; forf. I have been a Nazarite 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 shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. 19 And g she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off, the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, an his strength went from him. ... And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I h will go out, as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was i departed from him. 21 *|| But the Philistines took him and 11 put out his eyes, an brought him down to Gaza, and k bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prisonhouse. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again 12 after he was shaven. 23 Then the lords of the Philistimes gathered them together for to offer a #. sacrifice unto Dagon l their god, and to rejoice : m for they said, Our god hath delivered SamSon our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw him, they praised n their god : for they said, Our God hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country; 13 which slew many of us. And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, o thal, they said, Call for Samson that he may make us p sport. And they called for Samson out of the prisonhouse ; and he made 14 them

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