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Jabbok, and unto Jordan : now therefore re 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow urto this store those lanıls again peaceably.

Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fai! 14 1 And Jephthalı sent messengers again deliver the children of Ammon into inine unto the king of the children of Ainion, hands,

15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jeph 31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever comthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, eth forth of the doors of my house to meet nur the land of the children of Ammon. ine, when I return in peace from the children

16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's, and and walked through the wilderness unto the I will offer it up for a burnt-offering. Red sea, and came to kadesh;

32 1 So Jephthah passed over unto the 17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; king of Edom, saying, Let ine, I pray thee, and the Lord delivered them into his hands. pass through thy land: but the king of Edom 33 And he smote them from Aroer, even would not bearken thereto. And in like man- till thou come to Minnithi, even twenty cities, ner they sent unto the king of Moab; but he and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a would not consent and Israel abode ir Kadesh. very great slaughter. Thus the children of

13 Then they went along through the wil- Ammon were subdued before the children of derness, and compassed the land of Edom, Israel. and the land of Moab, and came boy the east 34 1 And Jeplıthalı came to Mizpeb unto side of the lanıl of Moab, and pitched on the his house, and behold, his daughier came other side of Aruon, but came not within the out to meet him with timbrels and with border of Moab: for Arnon was the border dances: and she was his only child; beside of Moao.

her he had neither con nor daughter. 19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon 35 And it came to pass when he saw lier, king of the Amorites, the king of Fleslibor. ; that he rent his clothies, and said, Alas, my and Israel said unto bim, Let us pass, we pray daugliver ! thou hast brought me very low, thee, ihrough thy land unto iny place. and thou art one o! then that trouble me

20 But Sibon trusted not Israel to pass for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, through his coast : but Sibon gathered all his and I cannot go back. people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and 36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou lought against Israel.

hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do lo 21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered me according to that which hath proceeded Sihon, and all his people, into the hand of out of thy mouth ; forasmuch as ihe 1.3RD Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possess-bath taken vengeance for thee of thine eneed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabil-mies, even of the children of Ammon, ants of that country.

37 And she said unto her father, Let this 22 And they possessed all the coasts of the thing be done for me ; let me alone 'wo Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, monils, that I may go up and down upon and from the wilderness even unto Jordan. the mountains, and bewail my virginiy, I

23 So now the LORD God of Israel bath and my fellows. dispossessed the Amorites from before huis 38 And he said, Go. And he sent her people Israel, and shouldest thou possess in? away for two montis: and she went with

21 Wilt not thou possess that which Che- her companions, and bewailed fier virginity moshi thy god givelli thee to possess? So upon the mountains. whomsoever the LORD our God stall drive 33 and it came to pass, at the end of two out from before us, them will we possess. months, that she returned unto her father

5 And now, urt thou any thing better who did with her according to his vow which than Balak, the son of Zippor king of Mo- he had vowed: and she knev no man. And ab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did it was a custom in Israel, lie ever fight against them,

10 That the dacghters of Israel went year. 26 Whilelreldwelt in Heshbon and herly to lament the daugliter of Jephthali the towns, and in Aroer and bertowns, and in all Cleadite four days in a year. the cities that be along by the coasts of Ar

CHAP, X11. Donereer boundrech year, in die lierefore AND the men of Ephraina gathered tlem.

7 Wherefore I have not sinned against and said unto Jephtbah, Wherefore passedst thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against thou over to figlit against the children of me: the Lord the Judge be judge this day Ammon, and didst not call us to go wilis between the cluildren of Israel and the chil- thee: we will burn thine house ipon thee dren of Ammon.

with fire. 28 Howbeit the king of the children of 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and

my Ammon bearkened not unto the words of people were at great strife with the children Jepithah which he sent liim;

of Ainmon; and when I called you, ye deli29 9 Then the Spirit of the Lord came vered me not out of their hands. upon Jephubalı, and lle passed over Gilead 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeli of I put my life in my hands, and passed over Gilead, and from Mizpeli of Gilcad he pass against ilie children of Ammon,and the Lorn

then are ye come up unto me this day, to tenance of an angel of God, very terrible; fight against me?

but I asked him not whence he was, neither 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the told he' me his name. men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim : 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt

and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, he conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no | cause they said, ye Gileadites are fugitives wine nor strong drink, neither eat any un

of Ephraim, among the Ephraimites, and clean thing : for the child shall be a Nazarite among the Manassites.

to God from the womb to the day of his death 5 And the Gileadites took the passages of 8. Then Manoal entreated the LORD, Jordan before the Ephraimites : and it was and said, O my Lord, let the man of God so, that when those Ephraimites which were which thou didst send, come again unto us, escaped said, Let me go over ; that the men and teach us what we shall do unto the child of Gilead said unto hiin, Art ihou an Eph- that shall be born. raimite? If he said, Nay;

9 And God hearkened to the voice of Ma. 6 Then said they unto him, say now Shib- noah ; and the angel of God came again unboleth ; and he said, Sibivoleth: 'for he could to the woman as she sat in the field; but Manot frame to pronounce it right. Then they noah her husband was hot with her. took him, and slew him at tie passages of 10 And the woman made haste, and ron, Jordan: and there fell at that time of the and shewed her hustand, and said unto him, Ephraimites forty and two thousand. Behold, the man hath appeared unto me that

71 And Jephiliah judged Israel six years: came unto me the other day. then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his buried in one of the cities of Gilead. wise, and came 10 the man, and said unto

8 | And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the udged Israel.

woman? And he said, I am. 9 And he had thirty sons and thirty daugh 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words ters, whom he sent abroad, and look in tiiruy come to pass : how shall we order the chuld? daughters from abroad for liis sons: and he and how shall we do unto him? judged Israel seven years.

13 And the angel of the Lord said unto 10 Then died Ibžan, and was buried at Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman Beth-lehern.

let her beware. 11 !! And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, 14 She may not eat of any thing that co. judged Israel: and he judged Israelten years. meth of the vine, neither let her drink wine

12 And Elontine Zebulonite died, and was or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: buried in Ajalon, in the country of Zebulun. all that I commanded ber let her observe.

13 ! And after himn Abdon the son of Hil 15 | And Manoah said unto the angel of lel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel

the LORD, ! pray thee, let us detain thee, un14 And he had forty sons, and thirty ne-lil we shall have made ready a kid for thee, phews, that rode on threesocre and ten ass. 16 And the angel of the Lord said unto colts : and he judged Israel eight years, Manoalı, Though thou detain me, I will not

15 And Abdon the son of Hillel ihe Pirath-eat of thy bread; and if thou wilt offer a unite died, and was buried in Pirathon, in the burnt-offering, thou must offer it unto the and of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amale. Lord: for Manoah knew not that he was an kites.

angel of the LORD. CHAP. XIII.

17 And Manoal said unto the angel of the in the sight of the LORD ; and the LORD ings come to pass we may do thee honour? delivered them into the land of the Philistines 18 and the angel of the Lord said unto forty years.

him, Why askest thou thus after my name, 2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, seeing it is secret: of the family of the Danites, whose name 19°So Munoah took a kid with a meatsoas Manoah; and his wife was barren, and offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the bare not

LORD : and the angel did wondrously : and 3 And the angel of the Lord appeared Manoah and his wife looked on. unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold 20 For it came to pass, when the flame now, tlwu ar t harren, and bearest not; but went up toward heaven from offthe altar, that thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. the angel of the LORD ascended in the fame

4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and of the altar: and Manoah and ris wife look. drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat noted on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. any unclean thing :

21 (But the angel of the Lord did no more 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a appear to Manoal and to his wife.) Then Ma. son; and nó razor shall come on his head: for noah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from 420 And Manoah said unto his wife, We the womb; and lie shall begin to deliver Is- shall surely die, because we have seen God. rael vut of the land of the Philistines, 23 But his wife said unto him, Il'the LORD

61 Then the woman came and told her were pleased 10 kill us, he would not have husband, saying, A man of God came unto received a burnt-offering and a meat-offering me, and his countenance was like the our hands · neither would he have shewed


us all these things : nor woul, as at this 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, time, have told us such things as these. that they said unto Samson's wise, Entice

24 1 And the woman bare a son, and call- thy husband, that he may declare unto us the ed his name Samson: and the child grew, riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's and the Lord blessed him.

house with fire: have ye called us to take 25 And the Spirit of the Lord began 10 that we have? is it not so ? move him at times in the camp of Dan, be 16 And Samson's wise wept before hiin, tween Zorah and Eshtaol.

and said, Tliou dost but hate me, and love CHAP. XIV.

est me not: thou last put forthi a riddle unto ND Samson went down to Timnath, and the children of my people, and liast not told ters of the Philistines.

not told it my father nor my mother, and ? And he came up and told his father and shall I tell it ibee? his inoil'er, and said, I have seen a woman 17 And she wept before tim Ne seven in Timnath of the daughters of the Philis- days, while their feast lasted ; and it came to tines; now therefore get her for me to wise. pass on the seven:h day, that he told her, be

3 Then his father and his mother said un- cause she lay sore upon him: and she told to him, Is there never a woman among the the riddle to ine children of her people. daughters of thy brethren, or among all my 18 And the men of the city said unto him people, that thou goest to take a wile of the on the seventh day, before the sun went uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson clown, What is sweeter than honey, and what said unto liis father, get her for me ; for she is stronger than a lion? and he said unto pleaseth me well.

them, I ye had not plowed with my heiser, 4 But his father and his mother knew not ye had not found out my riddle. that it was of the LORI), that he sought an 19 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon occasion against the Philistines : for at Hial him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew time the Philistines bad dominion over thirty men oi them, and took their spoil, and Israel.

gave change of garments unto them whicà 5 1 Then went Samson down, and liis expounded the riddle: and his anger was father and his mother, to Timnath, and came kindled, and be went up to his father's house. to the vineyards of Timnath; and, behold, 20 But Samson's wife was given to his a young lion roared against liim.

companion, whom he had used as his friend. 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came



in the time . in his band: but he cold not his father or his son visiled his wife with a kid; and he said, Inother what he had done.

I will go in to my wise into the chamber: but 7 And be went down and talked with the her father would not suffer liim to go in. woman; and she pleased Samson well. 2 And her father said, I verily thought that

8 11 And after a time he returned to take thou hadst utterly hated ber; therefore I gave her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of her to tly companion; is not her younger the lion; and, behold, there was a swarm of sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. instead of her.

9 And he took thereof in his hands, and 3 1 And Samson said concerning them, went on eating, and came to his father and Now shall I be more blameless than the Phil mother, and he gave them, and they did eat : istines, though I do them a displeasure. but he told not them that he had iaken the 4 And Samson went and caught three honey out of the carcase of the lion. hundred foxes, and took fire-brands, and

10° [ So his father went down unto the turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand in the woman: and Samson made there a feast; midst between two tails. for so used the young men to do.

5 And when he had set the brands on 11 And it came to pass, when they saw fire, he let them go into the standing corn of bim, that they brought thirty companions to cre Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, be with him.

and also the standing corn, with the vines 12 1 And Samson said unto them, I will yards and olives. now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can 6 Then the Philistines said, who hath certainly declare it me within the seven done this ? And they answered, Samson, the days of the feast, and find it out, then I will son-in-law of the Timnite, because he had give you thirty sheets and thirty change of taken his wise, and given her to his compangarments:

ion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt 13 But if ye cannot declare il me, then her and her father with fire. shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty 71 And Samson said unto them, Though change of garments. And they said unto him, ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of Put forth thy riddle, that we may bear it. you, and after thai I will cease.

14 And he said unto them, Out of the 8' And he smote thein hip and thigh with eater came forth meat, and out of the strong a great slaughter: and be went down and caine forth sweetness. And they could not dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. tree days expound the riddle.

91 Then the Philistines went up, and

would have rent a kid, and he had nothing B Titeaime to pass within a while after,


pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in, he loved a woman in une valley of Sorek, Lehi.

whose name was Delilah. 10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up come up against us? And they answered, unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and To bind Samson are we come up, to do 10 see wherein bis great strength lieth, and by bim as he hath done to us.

what means we may prevail against him, that 11 Then three thousand men of Judah we may bind him to affict him; and we will went to the top of the rock Etam, and said give thee, every one of us, eleven hundred to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Phi- pieces of silver. listines are rulers over us? what is this that 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I hou hast done unto us? And he said unto pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, them, As they did unto me, so have I done and wherewith thou mightest be bound 10 unto them.

aMict thee. 12 And they said unto him, We are come 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind down to bind ihee, that we inay deliver thee me with seven green withs that were neve: into the hand of the Philistines. And Sam-dried, then shall I be weak, and be as an son said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye other man. will not fall upon me yourselves.

8 Then the lords of the Philistines brouglit 13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; up to her seven green withs which had not but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee been dried, and she bound him with them. nto their hand: but surely we will not kill 9 (Now there were men lying in wait,abiding thee. And they bound him with iwo new with her in the chamber.) And she said unto cords, and brought him up from the rock. him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson,

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the And he brake the withs, as a thread of low Philistines shouted against him: and the Spi- is broken when it toucheth the fire: so liis rit of the Lord came mightily upon him; strength was not known. and the cords that were upon his arms be 10° And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, came as flax that was burnt with fire, and thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now his-bands loosed from off his hands. tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest

15 And he found a new jaw-bone of an be bound. ass, and put forth his hand and took it, and 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me slew a thousand men therewith.

fast with new ropes that never were occupied, 16 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone then shall I be weak, and be as another man of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of 12 Delilah therefore look new ropes, and an ass have I slain a thousand men. bound himn therewith, and said unto bim,

17 And it came to pass, when he had made The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. (And an end of speaking, that he cast away the there were liers in wait abiding in the chamjaw-bone out of his hand, and called that ber.) And he brake them from off his arms piace Ramath-lehi.

like a thread. 18 And he was sore athirst, and called on 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hither. the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this to thou hast mocked me, and told me lies great deliverance into the hand of thy ser- tell me where with thou mightest be bound vant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall And he said unto her, If thou weaves the into the hand of the uncircumcised? seven locks of my head with the web.

19 But God clave an hallow place that 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and was in the jaw, and there came water there- said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, out; and when he had drunk, his spirit came Samson. And he awaked out oi his sleep, again, and he revived: wherefore he called and went away with the pin of the beam, and the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in with the web. Lehi unto this day.

15 | And she said unto him, How canst 20 And he judged Israel in the days of the thou say, I love thee, when thy heart is Philistines twenty years.

not with me? thou hast mockod me ujese CHAP. XVI.

three times, and hast not told me whercin WHEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw thy great strength lieth.

16 And it came to pass, when she pressed % An it was told the Gazites, saying, him daily with her words, and urged him so Samson is come bither. And they compass- that his soul was vexed unto death, ed him in, and laid wait for him all night, 17 That he told her all his heart, and said in the gate of the city, and were quiet ali the unto her, There hath not come a razor upon pight, saying, In the morning, when it is mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto day, we shall kill him.

God from my mother's womb: if I be sha3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose ven, then my strength will go from me, and at midnight, and took the doors of the gate 'I shall become weak, and be like any other of the city, and the two posts, and went man. away with them, bar and all, and put them 13 And when Delilah saw that he had told upon his shoulders, and carried them up to her all his heart, the sent and calied for the the top of an bill that is before Hebron. lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this 4 1 And it came to pais afterward, that once; for he hath shewed me all his heart. 197

THere we hafion, and went in unto her.

Then the lords of the Philistines came up un hundred shekels of silver that were taken to her, and brought money in their hand. from thee, about which thou cursedst, and

19 And she made him sleep upon her spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the sil. knees: and she called for a man, and she ver is with me; I took it. And his mother caused him to shave off the seven locks of said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son. bis head; and she began to aflict him, and 3 And when he had restored the eleven hun. his strengļh went from him.

dred shekels of silver to his mother, bis mo20 And she said, The Philistines be upon ther said, I had wholly dedicated the silver thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his unto the LORD from my hand, for my son, to sleep, and said, I will go out, as at other make a graven image, and a molten image, times before, and shake inyself

. And he wist now therefore I will restore it unto thee. not that the LORD was departed from him. 4 Yet he restored the money unto liis mo

911 But the Philistines took him, and put ther; and his mother took two hundred shekels out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, of silver, and gave them to the founder, who and bound himn with letters of brass; and he made thereof a graven image and a molten did grind in the prison-house.

image: and they were in the house of Micah. 2? Howbeit the hair of his head began to 5° And the man Micah had an house of grow again after he was shaven.

gods, and inade an ephod, and teraphim, 13 Then the lords of the Philistines ga- and consecrated one of his sons, who became thered them together for to offer a great sa- his priest. crifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: 6 In those days there was no king in Is for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson rael, but every man did thul which was right our enemy into our hand.

in his own eyes. 24 And when the people saw him, they 7 | And there was a young man out of praised their god; for they said, Our god hath Beth-lehem-judah, of the family of Judah, delivered into our hands our enemy, and the who was a Levite: and he sojourned there. destroyer of our country, which slew many 8 And the man departed out of the city of is.

from Beth-lehen-judalı, to sojourn where 5 And it came to pass, when their hearts he could find a place : and he came to mount were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as he jourthat he may make us sport. And they call- neyed. ed for Samson out of the prison-house; and ý And Micah said unto luim, Wence com. he made ihem sport: and they set him be-est thou?

And he said unto iiim, I am a Le. *ween the pillars.

vite of Beil-leliem-judalı, and I go lo so. 26 1 And Samson said unto the lad that journ where I may find a place. held liim by the band, Suffer me that I may 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with feel the pillars whereupon the house stand- me, and be unto me a father and a priest, eth, that I may lean upon them.

and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by 27 Now the house was full of men and the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy vicwomen; and all the lords of the Philistines Luals. So the Levile went in. were there and there were upon the roof 11 And the Levile was content to dwell about three thousand nuen and women, that with the man; and the young man was unto belield while Samson made sport.

him as one of his sons. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray and the young man became liis priest, and thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only was in the liouse of Micah. this once, O God, that I may be at once 13 Then said Micah, Now know i that the avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. Lord will do me good, seeing I have a le

29 And Sanison look hold of the iwo middle vite to my priest. pillars upon which the house stood, and on

CHAP. XVIII. which it was borne, up of the ones with his I iliose days there was no king, in Israel

30 And Sainsen said, Let me die with the sought them an inheritance to dwell in : for Philistines. And he bowed bimself with all unto that day all their inheritance had not his might; and the house fell upon the lords, fallen unto them among the tribes of Israei. and upon all the people that were therein : so 2 And the children of Dan sent of their the dead which he slew at his death were family five men from their coasts. men of more than they which he slew in his life. valour, fiom Zorals, and from Eshitaol, io

31 Then his brethren and all the house of spy oui the land, and to search it; and they his father, came down, and took him, and said unto them, Go, search the land; whó, brought him up, and buried hiin between when they came to mount Ephraim, to the Zorah and Eslitaol, in the burying-place of house of Micah, they lodged there. Manoah his father: and he judged Israel 3 When they were by the house of Micah, twenty years.

they knew the voice of the young man the CỦAP. XVII.

Levite : and they turned in thither, and said Adobe Te was a manier mount Ephraim, unto him. Who brought outlingen bisher and

thou in this place ? and

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