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Where he bowed, there he fell

down Idead. 28) "Through the window she looked

'forth', and cried, The mother of Sisera 'cried through

the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in com

ing? Why tarry the wheels of his

chariots? 29 Her wise ladies answered her,

8Yea, she returned answer to herself, (30) Have they not 'found', have they

not divided the Ispoili? A damsel, two damsels! to every

man; To Sisera a ispoill of divers col

ours, A 'spoil' of divers colours of lem

broidery', Of divers colours of lembroidery!

on both sides, lon' the necks of

the spoil ? 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O

But let them that love him be as

the sun when he goeth forth in

his might. And the land had rest forty years. 61 And the children of Israel did that

which was' evil in the sight of the LORD: and the Lord delivered them

into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 °And the hand of Midian prevailed

against Israel: and because of Midianl the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains,

and the caves, and the strong (3 holds. And so it was, when Israel

had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the chil

dren of the east; they came up 4 against them; Cand they encamped

against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance lin!

Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. (5 °For they came up with their cattle

and their tents, they came in' as 'locustsl for multitude; both they and their camels were without number:

and they 'camel into the land to de6 stroy it. °And Israel was brought

very lowl because of Midian!; and the children of Israel cried unto the

LORD. 7 And it came to pass, when the chil

dren of Israel cried unto the LORD 8 because of Midian', 'that the LORD

sent a prophet unto the children of Israel: and hel said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and

brought you forth out of the house of 9 bondage; °and I delivered you out of

the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you,

and drave them out from before you, 10) and gave you their land ; 'and I said

unto you, I am the LORD your God; 'ye shall' not fear the gods of the Ámorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not 'hearkened unto my

voice. (11) And 'thel angel of the Lord came,

and sat under the boak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon Iwas beating out wheat lin' the wine

press, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared

unto him, and said unto him, The

Lord is with thee, thou mighty man 13 of valour. And Gideon said unto

him, Oh my lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us ? and where be all his Iwondrous works! which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath

'cast' us toff', and delivered us into (11 the hands of Midiani. °And the

Lord blooked upon him, and said,
Go in this thy might, and save Israel

from the hand of Midian': have not (15 I sent thee? And he said unto him,

Oh Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is the poor

est in Manasseh, and I am the least 16 in my father's house. And the LORD

said unto him, Surely I will be with

thee, and thou shalt smite the Midi17 anites as one man. °And he said

unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign

that it is thou 'that' talkest with me. 18 °Depart not hence, I pray thee, until

I come unto thee, and bring forth my $present, and 'layi it before thee.

And he said, I will tarry until thou 19 come again. 'And Gideon went in,

and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of 'meall: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the

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5 Or, Iterebinthi
• Or, Iturned towards!

7 Heb. thousand.
8 Or, offering

VERSION OF 1611.- 28 out at a ; 30 sped . . prey .. (or). . prey.. prey.. needlework.. needlework .. Meet for .. (them that take). -VÍ. 2 the Midianites; 3 (even); 4 for: 5 (and).. grasshoppers . . (for). . entered; 6 greatly impoverished.. the Midianites; 7 the Midianites; 8 which; 10 obeyed; il (there). threshed. by; 13 miracles . . forsaken .. hands .. the Midianites ; 14 (thou shalt) the Midianites; 15 (my). . poor ; 18 set; 19 four. = [49]

broth in a pot, and brought it out

unto him under the loak, and pre20 sented it. '°And the angel of God

said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon

this rock, and pour out the broth. 21 And he did so. °Then the angel of the

Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes ; and there went up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; landi the angel of

the LORD departed out of his sight. 22 °And Gideon Isawl that he was 'thel

angel of the LORD; 'andi Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! 'forasmuch as I

have seen the angel of the Lord 23 face to face. And the LORD said

unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear 21 not: thou shalt not die. "Then

Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it 4Jehovah-shalom : unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's bullock, 3even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father

hath, and cut down the 4 Asherah! 26 that is by it: °and build an altar

unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this strong hold", in the Forderly mannerl, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt 'offerings with the

wood of the 'Asherahi which thou 27) shalt cut down. "Then Gideon took

ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had ispoken' unto him: and it came to pass!, because he feared his father's household and the men of the city, so that he could not

do it by day, that he did it by night. 28 °And when the men of the city arose

early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was 'broken down, and the 'Asherah' was cut down that was 5by it, and the second bullock was

offered upon the altar that was built. 29 °And they said one to another, Who

hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said,

Gideon the son of Joash hath done 30 this thing. 'Then the men of the

city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he

hath 'broken' down the altar of Baal,

and because he hath cut down the * 31 'Asherah' that was 5by it. °And Jo

ash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? lori will ye save him? he that will plead for him, 'let him be put to death $whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let

him plead for himself, because one 32 hath broken down his altar. "Therefore on

that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath 'broken!

down his altar. 33 Then all the Midianites and the

Amalekites and the children of the east 'assembled themselves together;

and they passed' over, and pitched in 34 the valley of Jezreel. 'But the spirit

of the Lord löcame upon Gideon ; and

he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was 35 gathered together after him. And

he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh ; and they also 'werel gathered 'together, after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto

Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they 36 came up to meet them. And Gideon

said unto God, If thou wilt save Is

rael by mine hand, as thou hast ispo(37) ken', 'behold, I will put a fleece of

wool lon' the threshingl-floor ; if therel be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the 'grounds, then shall I know that thou wilt save Is.

rael by mine hand, as thou hast 'spo38 keni. And it was so : for he rose up

early on the morrow, and 'pressed! the fleece together, and wringed the

dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of 39 water. °And Gideon said unto God,

Let not thine anger be kindled against me, and I will speak but this once : let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece ; let it now

be dry only upon the fleece, and upon 40 all the ground let there be dew. And

God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was

dew on all the ground. 71 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and

all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the Ispring of 11 Harod: 'and' the 'camp! of Midian wası on the north side of them, 12by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

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10 Heb. clothed itself with. 11 That is, Trembling; See ver, 3: 12 Or, from the hill of Moreh lon

wards' in the valley

VERSION OF 1611.-21 rose . . Then; 22 when .. perceived . . an . . for because; 25 (young).. grove; 26 rock..ordered place . . sacrifice. . grove; 27 said .. was; 28 cast . . grove; 30 cast. . grove; 31 cast; 32 thrown; 33 were gathered . . went; 35 who.. was; 36 said; 37 in . . (and).. the . . earth beside .. said; 38 thrust; 39 hot. - VII. 1 that.. host .. the Midianites were.= [44]

2 And the LORD said unto Gideon,

The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt

themselves against me, saying, Mine (3 own hand hath saved me. "Now there

fore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and itrembling", let him return and idepart from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say

unto thee, This shall not go with 5 thee, the same shall not go. So he

brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself;

likewise every one that boweth down 6 upon his knees to drink. °And the

number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, iwasi three hundred men : but all the rest of the

people bowed down upon their knees to (1 drink water. And the LORD said unto

Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand :

and let all the people go every man 8 unto his place. 25o the people took

victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the menl of Israel every man unto his tent, 'buti retained the three hundred men: and the 'camp' of Midian was beneath him

in the valley. 9 And it came to pass the same night,

that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down into the camp!; for

I have delivered it into thine hand. 10 °But if thou fear to go down, go thou

with 'Purahi thy servant down to the 11 Icamp' : 'and thou shalt hear what they

say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down siintoi the icamp. Then went he down with "Purah his servant unto the louter

most parti of the armed men that were 12 in the camp. And the Midianites

and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like 'locusts' for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the

sand 'which is upon the sea 'shorel 13 for multitude. And when Gideon was

come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the Icamp' of Midian, and came unto Ithel tent, and smote it that it fell, and

turnedi it lupside down', that the tent (14) lay along °And his fellow answered

and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel : into his hand God hath

delivered Midian, and all the host. 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard

the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped; and the returned into the Icampi of Israel, and said, Arise ; for the LORD.

hath delivered into your hand the host 16 of Midian. °And hé divided the three

hundred men into three companies, and he put linto the hands of all of them trumpets, and' empty pitchers,

'withi storchesi within the pitchers. 17 °And he said unto them, Look on me,

and do likewise : and, behold, when I come to the foutermost parti of the

camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall 18 ye do. °When I blow ithel trumpet, I

and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, 'For the Lord and

Ifori Gideon. 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men

that were with him, came unto the loutermost parti of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, 'when! they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake lin

pieces' the pitchers that were in their 20 hands. °And the three companies blew.

the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the Storches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried,

*The sword of the LORD and of Gid21 eon. °And they stood every man in

his place round about the camp: and

all the host ran; and Ithey shouted', 22) and 5 put them to flight!. And theyi

blew the three hundred trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, 'and against all the

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VERSION OF 1611.– 2 hands; 3 afraid . . (early); 6 were; 7 (other); 8 rest.. and.. those.. host; 9 unto . . host; 10 Phurah.. host; 11 unto .. host .. Phurah .. outside .. host; 12 grasshoppers .. by :. side ; 13 host..a.. overturned; 14 (for); 15 host; 16 a trumpet in every man's hand, with .. and lamps ; 17 outside; 18 with a..

. The sword of..of; 19 outside .. and; 20 lamps; 21 cried . . fled , 22 the.. even throughout. = [50]


host: and the host fled las far asl Beth-shittah 'toward Zererah, as far

as the border of Abel-meholah, 'by! 23 Tabbath. °And the men of Israel

Iwerel gathered together out of Naph. tali, and out of Asher, and out of all

Manasse and pursued after Midian!. 24 °And Gideon sent messengers through

out all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, Come down against Midian', and take before them the waters, las far as! Beth-barah, 2even! Jordan. ISol all the men of Ephraim 'werel gathered together, and took the waters

las far as Beth-barah, Pleven! Jordan. 25) °And they took the two princes of

Midian', 'Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb lat! the rock 'of' Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian : and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon 'beyond' Jordan.

And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with Midian'? And

they did chide with him sharply. 2) °And he said unto them, What have I

now done in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of

Ephraim better than the vintage of 3 Abiezer ? "God hath delivered into

your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then

their fanger was abated toward him, (4 when he had said that. And Gideon

came to Jordan, and passed over, he,

and the three hundred men that were 5 with him, faint, yet pursuing. And

he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah

and Zalmunna, 'thel kings of Midian. 6 °And the princes of Succoth said, Are

the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now

in thine hand, that we should give 7 bread unto thine army? °And Gideon

said, Therefore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will 6tear your flesh

with the thorns of the wilderness and (8 with briers. And he went up thence

to Penuel, and spake unto them lin like manneri : and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth

9 had answered. And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying: When I come again in peace, I will break

down this tower. 10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in

Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the host of the children of the east: for there fell an hun

dred and twenty thousand men that 11 drew sword. °And Gideon went up

by the way of them that dwelt in tenis on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah,

and smote the host ; for the host was 12 secure. °And Zebah and Zalmunna

fed; and he pursued after them; and 'hel took the two kings of Midian,

Zebah and Zalmunna, and discom13 fited all the host. And Gideon the

son of Joash returned from the battle 14 Ifrom the lascent of Herest. And

The caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he described 'fori him the princes

of Succoth, and the elders thereof, 15 Iseventyi and iseven' men. 'And he

came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, Iconcerning whom ye did 'taunti me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we

should give bread unto thy men that 16 are weary? And he took the elders

of the city, and thorns of the wilder

ness and briers, and with them he 17 Staught the men of Succoth. And

he 'brakel down the tower of Penuel, 18 and slew the men of the city. "Then

said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner

of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor ? And they answered, As thou art, so were they;

each one resembled the children of a (19 king. And he said, They were my

brethren, the sons of my mother : as

the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them 20 alive, I would not slay you. °And he

said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew

not his sword : for he feared, because (21 he was yet a youth. "Then Zebah

and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us : for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the Icrescents that were

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on their camels' necks.

? Or, Iwrote downl
8 Some

ancient authorities read,

See ver. 7.

VERSION OF 1611.-to.. in Zererath, and to.. unto; 23 themselves . , the Midianites ; 24 mount .. the Midianites . . unto. . and . . Then .. themselves . . unto..and; 25 Midianites . . upon .. on the other side. VIII. 1 the Midianites ; 3 hands; 4 (them); 8 likewise.. (him); 10 hosts ; 12 when ; 13 before.. sun was up; 14 unto . . even re.. seventeen; 15 with .. upbraid; 17 beat; 19 (even); 21 (away).. ornaments. = [46]


Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also:

for thou hast Isaved us lout of the 23 hand of Midian. "And Gideon said

unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over yo

you; 24 the Lord shall rule over you. And

Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that 'yei would give me every man the learrings of his Ispoill. (For they had golden ear

rings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 25 °And they answered, We will willingly

give them. And they spread a gar

ment, and did cast therein every man 26 the earrings of his 'spoill. And the

weight of the golden earrings that he
requested was a thousand and seven
hundred shekels of gold; beside the
crescents', and 'the pendants!, and
the' purple raiment that was
the kings of Midian, and beside the

chains that were about their camels' 27 necks. And Gideon made an ephod

thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah : and all Israel went a whoring after it "there : and it became a

snare unto Gideon, and to his house. 28) Sol Midian was subdued before the

children of Israel, 'and' they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had rest! forty years in the days of

Gideon. 29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash

went and dwelt in his own house. 30 °And Gideon had threescore and ten

sons of his body begotten: for he 31) had many wives. And his concubine

that was in Shechem, she also bare

him a son, 'and" he 'called 'hisi name 32 Abimelech. 'And Gideon the son of

Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his

father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as

Gideon was dead, that the children of
Israel turned again, and went a whor-

ing after thel Baalim, and made Baal34 berith their god. "And the children

of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them

out of the hand of all their enemies 35 on every side : oneither shewed they

kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, Iwho ist Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

91 And Abimelech the son of Jerub

baal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and ispakei with them,

and with all the family of the house (2 of his mother's father, saying, "Speak,

I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, Trulel over you, or that one 'rulel over

you? remember also that I am your 3 bone and your flesh. And his moth

er's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words : and their hearts inclined to

follow Abimelech ; for they said, He 4 is our brother. And they gave him

threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, wherewith

Abimelech hired vain and light 'fel5 lows, which followed him. And he

went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: 'but' Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was

left ; for he hid himself. 6 And all the men of Shechem las

sembled themselves together, and all 8the house of Millo, and went and made Abimelech king, by the usloak'

of the bpillar that was in Shechem. 7 °And when they told it to Jotham, he

went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken

unto me, 'ye! men of Shechem, that 8 God may hearken unto you. "The

trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto

the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 °But the olive tree said unto them,

Should I leave my fatness, “wherewith by me they honour God and man, and

go to 'wave to and frol over the trees? 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, 11 Come thou, and reign over us.

But the fig tree said unto them, Should I "leavel ny sweetness, and my good

fruit, and go to iwave to and frol over 12) the trees? And the trees said unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over

"And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheer

eth God and man, and go to Iwave to 14 and frol over the trees? Then said

all the trees unto the bramble, Come * 15 thou, and reign over us. And the

13 us.

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& Or, lwhichl God and man honour

linl me ? Or, lthorn!

VERSION OF 1611.-22 delivered .. from; 24 you .. prey;

prey ;

26 ornaments ..collars; 27 thither .. which thing; 28 Thus .. so was in quietness; 31 whose; 34 bands; 35 namely.

-IX. 1 communed; 2 (either) . . reign. . reign ; 4 persons; 5 notwithstanding yet ; 6 gathered . , plain; 7 lift . . you; '9 be promoted ; °11 forsake .. be promoted; 12 Then; 13 be promoted. = (39)

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