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CHAPTER V.
host, with the edge of the sword The song of Deborah and Barak.

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saying,
16 But Barak pursued after the 2 Praise

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the Lord for the avengchariots, and after the host, unto ing of Israel, when the people willHarosheth of the Gentiles: and all ingly offered themselves. the host of Sisera fell upon the edge 3 Hear, () ye kings; give ear, O of the sword; and there was not a ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto man left.

the LORD; I will sing praise to the 17 Howbeit Sisera fled away on LORD God of Israel. his feet to the tent of Jael the wife 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of of Heber the Kenite: for there was Seir, when thou marchedst out of peace between Jabin the king of the field of Edom, the earth tremHazor and the house of Heber the bled, and the heavens dropped, the Kenite.

clouds also dropped water. 18 ( And Jael went out to meet 5 The mountains melted from beSisera, and said unto him, Turn in, fore the Lord, even that Sinai from my lord, turn in to me; fear not. before the LORD God of Israel. And when he had turned in unto her 6 In the days of Shamgar the son into the tent, she covered him with of Anath, in the days of Jael, the a mantle.

highways were unoccupied, and the 19 And he said unto her, Give me, travellers walked through byways. I pray thee, a little water to drink; 7 The inhabitants of the villages for I am thirsty. And she opened a ceased, they ceased in Israel, until bottle of milk, and gave him drink, that I Deborah arose, that I arose a and covered him.

mother in Israel.
20 Again he said unto her, Stand 8 They chose new gods; then was
in the door of the tent, and it shall | war in the gates: was there a shield
be

, when any man doth come and or spear seen among forty thousand
inquire of thee, and say, Is there any in Israel?
man here? that thou shalt say, No. 9 My heart is toward the gover-

21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nors of Israel, that offered themselves
nail of the tent, and took a hammer willingly among the people. Bless
in her hand, and went softly unto ye the Lord.
him, and smote the nail into his 10 Speak, ye that ride on white
temples, and fastened it into the asses, ye that sit in judgment, and
ground: for he was fast asleep and walk by the way.
weary. So he died.

11 They that are delivered from the 22 And, behold, as Barak pursued noise of archers in the places of Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, drawing water, there shall they reand said unto him, Come, and I will hearse the righteous acts of the shew thee the man whom thou seek- LORD, even the righteous acts toest. And when he came into her ward the inhabitants of his villages tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and in Israel: then shall the people of the nail was in his temples.

the LORD go down to the gates. 23 So God subdued on that day 12 Awake,awake,Deborah: awake, Jabin the king of Canaan before the awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, children of Israel.

and lead thy captivity captive, thou 24 And the hand of the children son of Abinoam. of Israel prospered, and prevailed 13 Then he made him that remainagainst Jabin the king of Canaan, eth have dominion over the nobles until they had destroyed Jabin king among the people: the Lord made of Canaan.

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Gideon is sent
JUDGES.

to deliver them.
5 For they came up with their cat- | Lord, wherewith shall I save Is-
te and their tents, and they came rael ? behold, my family is poor in
as grasshoppers for multitude; for Manasseh, and I am the least in my
both they and their camels were father's house.
without number: and they entered 16 And the LORD said unto him,
into the land to destroy it.

Surely I will be with thee, and thou 6 And Israel was greatly impover- shalt smite the Midianites as ono ished because of the Midianites; and man. the children of Israel cried unto the 17 And he said unto him, If now I Lord.

have found grace in thy sight, then 7 And it came to pass, when the shew me a sign that thou talkest children of Israel cried unto the with me. Loed because of the Midianites,

18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, 8 That the LORD sent a prophet until I come unto thee, and bring unto the children of Israel, which forth my present, and set it before said unto them, Thus saith the Lord thee. And he said, I will tarry un God of Israel, I brought you up til thou come again. from Egypt, and brought you forth 19 And Gideon went in, and made out of the house of bondage ; ready a kid, and unleavened cakes 9 And I delivered you out of the of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put hand of the Egyptians, and out of in a basket, and he put the broth in the hand of all that oppressed you, a pot, and brought it out unto him and drave them out from before you, under the oak, and presented it. and gave you their land;

20 And the angel of God said unto 10 And I said unto you, I am the him, Take the flesh and the unleavLord your God; fear not the gods ened cakes, and lay them upon this of the Amorites, in whose land ye rock, and pour out the broth. And dwell: but ye have not obeyed my he did so. voice.

21 Then the angel of the Lord put 11 And there came an angel of forth the end of the staff that was in the Lord, and sat under an oak his hand, and touched the flesh and which was in Ophrah, that pertain the unleavened cakes; and there ed unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and rose up fire out of the rock, and conhis son Gideon threshed wheat by sumed the flesh and the unleavened the winepress, to hide it from the cakes. Then the angel of the LORD

departed out of his sight. 12 And the angel of the Lord ap

22 And when Gideon perceived peared unto him, and said unto him, that he was an angel of the LORD, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty Gideon said, Alas, o Lord God! for man of valour.

because I have seen an angel of the 13 And Gideon said unto him, O Lord face to face. my Lord, if the Lord be with us,

23 And the LORD said unto him, why then is all this befallen us? Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou and where be all his miracles which shalt not die. our fathers told us of, saying, Did not 24 Then Gideon built an altar there the Lord bring us up from Egypt? unto the LORD, and called it Jeho but now the Lord hath forsaken us, vah-shalom: unto this day it is yet and delivered us into the hands of in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. the Midianites.

25 T And it came to pass 14 And the Lord looked upon him, night, that the Lord said unto him, and said, Go in this thy might, and Take thy father's young bullock, thou shalt save Israel from the hand even the second bullock of seven of the Midianites : have not I sent years old, and throw down the altar thee!

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His plan of attack. will try them for thee there: and it 13 And when Gideon was come, shall be, that of whom I say unto behold, there was a man that told a thee, This shall go with thee, the dream unto his fellow, and said, Besame shall go with thee; and of hold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a whomsoever I say unto thee, This cake of barley bread tumbled into shall not go wit thee, the same the host of Midian, and came unto

a tent, and smote it that it fell, and 5 So he brought down the people overturned it, that the tent lay along. unto the water: and the LORD said 14 And his fellow answered and unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth said, This is nothing else, save the of the water with his tongue, as a sword of Gideon the son of Joash, dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by a man of Israel: for into his hand himself; likewise every one that hath God delivered Midian, and all boweth down upon his knees to the host. drink.

15 | And it was so, when Gideon 6 And the number of them that heard the telling of the dream, and lapped, putting their hand to their the interpretation thereof, that he mouth, were three hundred men: worshipped, and returned into the but all the rest of the people bowed host of Israel, and said, Arise; for down upon their knees to drink the LORD hath delivered into your water.

hand the host of Midian. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, 16 And he divided the three hunBy the three hundred men that lap- dred men into three companies, and ped will I save you, and deliver the he put a trumpet in every man's Midianites into thine hand : and let hand, with empty pitchers, and all the other people go every man lamps within the pitchers. unto his place.

17 And he said unto them, Look 8 So the people took victuals in on me, and do likewise: and, betheir hand, and their trumpets: and hold, when I come to the outside of he sent all the rest of Israel every the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so man unto his tent, and retained those shall ye do. three hundred men: and the host of 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I Midian was beneath him in the val- and all that are with me, then blow ley.

ye the trumpets also on every side 9. And it came to pass the same of all the camp, and say, The sword night, that the Lord said unto him, of the Lord, and of Gideon. Arise, get thee down unto the host; 19 So Gideon, and the hundred for I have delivered it into thine men that were with him, came unto hand.

the outside of the camp in the be10 But if thou fear to go down, go ginning of the middle watch; and thou with Phurah thy servant down they had but newly set the watch: to the host:

and they blew the trumpets, and 11 And thou shalt hear what they brake the pitchers that were in their şay; and afterward shall thine hands hands. be strengthened to go down unto the 20 And the three companies blew host. Then went he down with Phu- the trumpets, and brake the pitchrah his servant unto the outside ofers, and held the lamps in their left the armed men that were in the host. hands, and the trumpets in their 12 And the Midianites and the Am- right hands to blow withal: and alekites and all the children of the they cried, The sword of the LORD, east lay along in the valley like and of Gideon. grasshoppers for multitude; and 21 And they stood every man in their camels were without number, his place round about the camp: as the sand by the sea side for mul- and all the host ran, and cried, and titude.

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