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with me, and be unto me a father and a priest,and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Lenle went in.
11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; ami the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
12And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 1 13 Then said Micah, Now know 1 that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest, CHAP. XVHf
JN those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of theDanites sought them an inheritance todwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.
2 And the children of Dan sent of (heir family live men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it ; and they said unto them, Go, search the land; who, when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
3 When they we're by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite : and they turned in"thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou iu this place? and what hast thou here?
4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am 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 pt nsperous.
6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the Lord W your wherein ye go.
7 IT Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt cureless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had oo business \v\l\\any man.
S And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol ;and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?
y And '.hey said, Arise, that we may
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 to possess the land.
10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land : for God hath given it into your hands ; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.
11 IT And there went from thence of the family of the Dauites, ou.. of Zorah
of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.
12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjath-jearim in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahauch-ddii unto this clay ; behold, it is behind Kirjath-jeariin.
13And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah.
14 IF 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 teraphirn, and a ;n image, and a molten image? therefore consider what ye have to do.
5 And they turned thitherward, and me to the house of the young man
the Levite, even unto the house of
Micah, and saluted him.
16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of v
of the children ofDar the entering in of the gate.
17 And the live men lha out the land went up, < thither, anil took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphirn, and the molten image : and the pr'eststood in the entering of the gate, with the si.v hundred men thai nitre appointed with weapons of war.
18And tliese went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphirn, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?
19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy i and go with us and a "priest: is it better" a priest unto the hous that, thou be a pries family in Israel?
20 An 1 the pries, and he tock the ep.
stood by went to spy
The Levitt Jl phim, and the graven image, and went| m the midst of the people".
21 So they turned find departed, and put the little ones, and the cattle, and the carriage, before them.
22 TT And when they were a good way from the house of IMicah, the men that were in the houses near to Alieah'a house were gathered together,1 and over'ook the children ofDan.
23 And they cried unto the children of Dan: and they turned their fa and said unto ftlicah, What aileth thee, that thou corneal with such a company?
24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which 1 made, and the priest, and ye are gone away ; and what have 1 more ? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth ihee?
25 And Hie children of Dansaid unto! him, Let not thy voice he heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.
21 j And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned, and went hack unto his house.
27 TT And they took the things which1 IMicah hail made,-and the priest which' lie had, and came unlo Laish, unto a people that were at quiet, and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword,aml burnt the city with tire.
28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, ami they had no business with arm man ; and it was m the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob: and they built a city, and dwelt
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 wa. J.aish at the first.
30 11 And tl ; children of Dan setup] the graven image: and Jonathan the eon of Gershom, the son of IManasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the cap
•■IV of the land.
they set them np Mirah'f which he made, all the] e of God was in Shi
pass in those days, no kin^ in Is
ES. and his concubine
rael, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem-judah.
2 And his concubine played tlie whore against him, and went away from him unto her lather's house, to Beth-lehem -judah, and was there lour whole months.
3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and 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 hirn.
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, when they arose early in tin morning, that he rose up to depart; and the damsel's father said unto his son in-law, Comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.
6 And t hey sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel's father had said unto the man, Be content, 1 pray thee, and tarry ail night, and let thy heart be merry"
7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father-in-law urged him; therefore he lodged there again.
8 And he arose early in the morning on tlie fifth day, to depart; and the damsel's father said. Comfort thy heart, 1 pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, 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 knight : behold, the day growelh to an end, lodge here, that thy heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your way, that thou
layest go home.
10 But the man would not tarry that light, but he rose up and departed,
and came over against Jebus, (which is Jerusalem,) and there were with him two asseB saddled; his concubine also was with him.
11 And when they were by Jcbus, the
He is entertained CHAP. XX.
day was far spent, and the servant eaid unto his master, Come, 1 pray thee, and let us turn in unto this ci of the JeDusites. and lodge in it.
12 And his master said unto liim.V will not turn aside hither into the ci of a stranger, that is not of the cli dren of Israel; we will pass over Gibeah.
J3 And he said unto his servant. Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramali.
14 Anil they passed on,aml went their | way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belnngeth to .Benjamin.
16 And they turned aside thither, to go in aiul to lodge in Gibeah: when he went in, he sat him dowi a street of the city; for there ivas no man that took them into his house to lodging.
Id' And, behold, there came an ol man from his work out ol" the field a even, which was also of mount Epli raiin; and he sojourned in Gibea-h: but the men of the place were Benj mites.
17 And when he had lifted up h eyes, he saw a way-faring man in tl . street of the city: and the old man said,Whither goest thou P and whence coniest thou?
18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim ; from 1 hence am I: and I went to Beth lehem-judah, but lam iwicgoing to the house of the Lord; and there is no man that received me to house.
19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also lor me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants; there is no
door, and spake lt> tiie master of the
24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maiden, 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 so vile a tiling.
25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them ; and they knew her, and abused her all the
ight until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.
26 Then came the woman in the lawning 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 arose up in the morn ing,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,
id her hands were upon the thresh
23 And he said unto her, Up, and let is be going. But none answered. Then he man took her up upon an ass, and he man rose up, and gat him unto his place.
29 IT And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, nnd laid hold
'is concubine, and divided her, together with her bonea, into twelve pieces, and 6ent her into all the coasts >f 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 Israelcame up outof the hind ofEgypt into this day: consider of it, take adice, and speak y<ntr minds.
THEN all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan, even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the Lord in Mizpeh.
2 And the chief of all the people, even
Tlie complaint JUD ->f all the tribes of Israet, presented themselves in th i 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 Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?
4 And tlie Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and] said,I came into Gibeah that bclongeUi to Benjamin, 1 and my concubine, to lodge.
6 And the men ol Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.
6 And 1 took my concubine, andcut| 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 are all children of Israel: give here 3'our advice and counsel.
8 IT And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us — to his tent, neither will we any of turn into his house.
9 But now this shall be the tbing| which we will do to Gibeah; ive will go rip by lot against it;
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 outoften thousand,to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all ihe folly that] they have wrought in Israel.
11 So all the men ol Israel were gath ered against the city, knit together as
12 IT And the tribes oflsrael sent men through all the tribes ofBenjamin,say-| ing, What wickedness is Uiis that "is done among you?
13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the chililren oflsrael:
14 But the children of Benjamin ^thered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle tt£0;ust the children ol Israel.
,ES. of the Levite.
15 And the children of Benjamin ^ere numbered at that time, out of the
cities, twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numusred even hundred chosen men.
16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; every one could sling stones at a \\i\w-breadih, and not miss.
17 And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these icere men of war.
18 IT Ana the children oflsrael arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said,Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the Loud eni<l,Judiil)shail goup first.
19 And the children oflsrael rose up i the morning, and encamped against
20 And the men oflsrael went out to battle against Benjamin ; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to ight against them at Gibeah.
21 And the children of Benjamin came forth outof Gibeah,and destroyed down to the ground of the lsrael
tes that day twenty and two thousand
22 And the people the men oflsrael meouraged themselves, and set their battle again m array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
23 (And the children oflsrael went up and wept before the Lono until even, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, Shall 1 go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the Loud said, Go up against him.)
2-1 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 ol the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew tlio sword.
26 IT Then all the children oflsrael, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until even,and oll'cred burnt
War between CHAP, fkfleriuga, and peace offerings before the Lord.
27 And Uie children of Israel inquired of the Lord, (for the ark of the covenant of God xuas 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 the Lord said, Go up; for tomorrow I will deliver them into thy hand.
29 TT And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.
30 A.id the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.
31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the ciiy; and they began to smite of the people, a«t/kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goelh up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the lield, 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 (lee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.
33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, euen out of lue meadows of Gibeah.
34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men outof all Israel, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil »oajnear them.
35 And Lhe Lord smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men: all these drew the tsword.
36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten : for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the hers m wait which they had set beside Gibeah.
37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah : and the Hers in wait drew thcmseloes along, aud smote ull the city with the edge ol the sword.
XXI. Israel and Benjamin.
33 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame of smoke to rise up out of the city.
39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of L«raeJ about thirty persons; for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites locked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.
41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.
42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unlo the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook item ; and them which e«»ic out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.
43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sun-rising.
44 And tbere fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all tiiese were aien of valour.
45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unlo the rock of Rinv mon : anil they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; arid pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour.
47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock liimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.
43 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand; also they set on lire all the cities that they came to.
NOW the men of Israel had swoni in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.