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· Judges. The dream of a barley-cake. ty on the morrow, and thrust the Alcece dianites into chine hand: and let all the together, and wringed the dew out of orher people go every map unto his place, the fleece a bowl-full of water.

8 So the people took vi&uals in their 39. And Gideon said unto God, Ler hand, and their trumpets: and he sent nor chine anger be hot against me, and I all the rest of Israel, every man unto his will speak but chis once: Let me prove, tent,, and retained those three hundred I pray thee, but this once with the men and the hoft of Midian was beAleece ; let it now be dry only upon the neath him in the valley. fleece, and upon all the ground let chere ? And it came to pass the same be dew.

night, that the LORD said unto him, A40 And God did so that night : for it rise, ger chee down unto che hoft, for I was dry upon the Aeece only, and there have delivered it into chine hand. was dew on all the ground.

10 But if thou fear to go down, go CHA P. VII.

thou wich Phurah thy feryant down to Gideons army. He is encouraged by the hoft. the dream, and the interpretation of

11 And thou asalt hear what they say, the barley-cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb taken. and afterward fhall chine hands be T "Hen Jerubbaal ( who Gideon) Arengthned to go down unto the host.

and all the people that were wich Then went he down with Phurah his him, rose up early, and pitched beside servant, unto the outside of the armed the well of Harod: so that the hoft of men that were in the hoft. the Midianites were on the north-fide 12 And the Midianites, and the Abf them by the hill of Moreh, in the malekites, and all the children of the Nalley.

cast, Jay along in the valley like graf2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, hoppers for multitude; and their camels the people that are with chee, are too were without number, as the fand by the many for me to give the Midianites into fea-Gide for mulritude, 5 their hands, left Ifrael vaunt themselves 13 And when Gideon was come, be against me, saying, Mine own hand hach hold, there was a man elrat told a dream Caved me.

unto his fellow, and faid, Behold, 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barche ears of the people, saying, Whosom ley-bread tumbled into the hoft of Mi-, ever is fearful and afraid, let him return dian, and came unto a tent, and fiore and depart early from mount Gilead: it that it fell, and overturned it, that and there returned of the people twenty the tent lay along. and two thousand, and there remained 14 And his fellow answered, and said, cen thousand.

This ý nothing else lavé the fword of 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, Gideon the son of Joanh, a man of Israe The people are yet too many: bring el: for into his hand hath God deliverthem down unto the water, and I will cd Midian, and all the hoft. try them for thee there : and it shall be 15. And it was so, when Gideon shar of whom I say unto thee, This thall heard the telling of the dream, and go with thee, the same shall go with the interpretation thereof, chat he worchee; and of whomsoever I lay unto thipped, and returned into the host of

thee, This Thall not go with thee, che Israel, and said, Arife, for dhe LORD fame shall not go.

hath delivered into your band che host 5. So he brought down the people un- of Midian. to the water: and the LORD said unto

16 And he divided the chree hünGideon, Every one that lappeth of the dred men into chiree companies, and he water with his tongue as a dog lappech, put a trumpet in every mans hand, with him shalt thou set by himself; likewise empty picchers; and lamps within the every one that boweth down upon his pitchers. knees to drink.

17 And he said unto them, Look on 6 And the number of them that lap- me, and do likewise: and behold, when ped, purting their hand to their mouth, I come to the outfide of the camp, it shall were three hundred men : but all the be that as I do, so Thall ye do. reft of the people bowed down upon 18 When 1 blow with a trumpet, I their knees to drink water.

and all that are with me, then blow ye 7 And the LORD said unito Gideon, che trumpcés also on every side of all the By the three hundred men that lappeds camps and say; The fiverd of the LORD, will fave you and deliver the Mic and of Gidcon. 3 }

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oft ordo Ephraim gachered chemselves togecher, way of them chat dwelt in tents, on the ind time and took the waters Unto.Bech-barah and east of Nobah, and Jogbehah, and smote Adelie and pursued Midian, and brought che e her that thou calledft us not when chou Succoth, and faid, Behold, Zebah and and a wenteft to fight with che Midianites? Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid DWR of you? Then their anger was abated ci Gideons frategem.

Chap. vlil. Zebah and Zalmunna taken. 19 So Gideon and the hundred men men chat were with him, faint, yet pure chat were with him, came unto the out- fuing them. side of the camp, in the beginning of the s And he said unto che men of Suce middle watch; and they had but newly coth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread set the watch, and they blew the trum- unto the people that follow me, for they pets, and brake che pitchers that were be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah in their hands.

and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 20 And che chree companies blew the 6 G And the princes of Succoth said, frumpets, and brake the pitchers, and Are the bands of Zebah and Zalmunna held the lamps in their left hands, and now in thine hand, that we should give

the trumpers in their right hands to blow bread unto chinc army? client withal : and they cried, The Sword of 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when che LORD, and of Gideon.

thé LORD hath delivered Zebah and. 21 And they stood every man in his Zalmunna into mine hand, chen I will place, round about the camp: and all the tear your flesh with the chorns of the hoft ran, and cried, and Aed.

wilderness, and with briers. 22 And the three hundred blew the 8 And he went up thence to Penuel, trumpets, and the Lord set every mans and spake unto them likewise : and ene sword against his fellow, even through- men of Penuel answered him, as che out all the host: and che hoft fled to Bech- men of Succoth had answered him. Thittah, in Zererach, and to the border 9 And he spake also unto the men of of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbach. Penuel, saying, When I come again in

23 And the men of Israel gathered peace, I will break down this tower. themselves together out of Naphtali, and 10 ( Now Zebah and Zalmunna were out of Asher, and our of all Manaffen, in Karkor, and their hosts with them, and pursued after the Midianites. abour hfteen chousand men, all that

24 g And Gideon sent messengers were left of all the hosts of the chil. come to throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, dren of the east: for dere fell an hunSe come down againft dhe Midianites, and dred and ewenty thousand men that dreves

barah and Jordan. Then all the men of 11 And Gideon went up by the Jordan.

the host : for the host was secure. 25 And they took two princes of che 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they Aed, he pursued after them, and took the flew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Ze- two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zaleb chey flew at the wine-press of Zeeb, munna, and discomfited all the hoft.

13 C And Gideon the son of Joanh heads of Oreb and Zeeb, to Gideon on returned from battle before the fun was che osher fidc Jordan.

up CH A P. VIII.

14 And caught a young man of the 2 The Ephraimites pacified. 10 Zebah and men of Succoch, and enquired of him:

Zalmunna taken. 3The Ifraclites ido- and he described unto him the princes latry and ingratitude.

of Succoth, and the elders thercof, even Nd the men of Ephraim said unto chreefcore and feventeen men.

15 And he came unto the men of chey did chide with him

me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah 2 And he said unto chem, What have and Zalmunna now in chinc hand, that Idone now in comparison of you? Is not we should give bread unto thy men that che gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim, are weary? better than the vintage of Abiezer ? 16 And he took che elders of the city,

3 God hach delivered into your hands and chorns of the wilderness, and briers, the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and with them he taught che men of and what was I able to do in comparison Succoth.

in And he beat down the tower of toward him, when he had said that. Penuel, and flew the men of the city.

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Judges. His death. Abimelech madeking. they whom ye flew at Tabor ? and chey died in a good old age, and was buri d antwered, As chou art, so were they, each in the sepulchre of Joalh his father, in one resembled the children of a king. Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

19 And he said, They were my bre 33 And it came to pass assoon as Gichren, even the sons of my mocher: as deon was dead, that the children of the Lord liveth, if ye had faved chem Ifrael turned again, and went a whoring alive, I would not say you.

after Baalim, and made Baal-berich their 20 And he faid unto Jecher bis first god. bom, lip, and say them but the youch 34 And the children of Israel rememdrew not his sword : for he feared, be- bred not the LORD their God, who had cause he was yet a youth.

delivered them out of che hands of all 21 Then Žebah and Zalmunna said, their enemies on every fide : Rise chou, and fall upon us : for as the 35 Neicher shewed they kindness to manis, so is his strength. And Gideon the house of Jerubbaal, namely Gideon, arose, and flew Zebah and Zalmunna, according to all the goodness which be and took away the ornaments that were had shewed unto Israel. on their camels necks.

CHA P. IX. 22 Then che men of Israel said one I Abimelech is made king. 7 Fotham by to Gideon, Rule chou over us, both chou, a parable rebuketh them, and foretelleth and thy son, and thy sons fon also: for their ruine. Midian.

went to Shechem, unto his mothers 23 And Gideon said unto them, I brethren, and communed with them, will not rule over you, neither shall my and with all the family of che bouse of fon rule over you : che LORD shall'rule his mothers father, saying, over you.

2 Speak, I pray you, in che ears of all 24 And Gideon said unto them, I the men of Shechem, Whether is better would desire a request of you, that you for you, eicher that all

the fons of Jerubwould give me every man che car-rings baal (which are threescore and ten perof his prey: (for they had golden car- sons) reign over you, or chat one reign zings, because chey were Ishmaelites.) over you remember also chat I am your

25 And they answered, We will wil bone and your felh. lingly give them. And they spread a gar 3 And his mothers brechren spake of ment, and did cast cherein, every man him in the ears of all the men of Shethe ear-rings of his prey:

chem all these words : and their hearts 26 And the weight of the golden ear. inclined to follow Abimelech; for they rings that he requested, was a chousand said, He is our brother. and seven hundred foekels of gold, beside 4. And they gave him threescore and ornaments, and collars, and purple rai- ten pieces of Glver, out of the house of ment that was on the kings of Midian, Baal-berich : wherewich Abimelech hiand beside the chains that were about red vain and light persons, which foltheir camels necks.

lowed him. 27 And Gideon made an ephod chere s And he went unto his fathers house of, and put it in his city, even in Oph- at Ophrah, and new his brethren che rah; and all Israel went chither a who- sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ring afterit: which thing became a snare cen persons, upon one stone : notwithunto Gideon, and to his house. standing, yer Jocham che youngest son

28 ( Thus was Midian fubdued be of Jerubbaal was left ; for he hid himfore che children of Israel, so that they self. lifted up cheir heads no more: and che 6 and all the men of Shechem gacountry was in quietness forty years in thered together, and all the house of Mil. che days of Gideon.

Jo, and went, and made Abimelech king, 29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joalh by the plain of the pillar crac was in She went and dwelt in his own house. chem.

30 And Gideon had threescore and ten 7 ( And when they told it to Jocham, sons of his body begotten : for be had he went and food in the top of mount

Gerizim, and lift up his voice, and crizi and his concubine that was in She- ed, and said unto them, Hearken unto chem, she also bare him a son, whose me, you men of Shechem, that God may name he called Abimelech.


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Forhams parable. Gaals Chap. ix. conspiracy against Abimelech. anoint a king over them, and they said 24 That the cruelty done to the chrcea unto che olive-tree, Reign chou over us. score and een fons of Jerubbaal might

9 But the olive-tree faid unto them, come, and their blood be laid upon Should I leave my fatness, wherewith Abimelech their brother which flew by me they honour God and man, and them, and upon the men of Shechem go to be promoted over the trees? which aided' him in the killing of his

10 And the crees said to the fig-tree, brethren. Come thou, and reign over us.

25 And the men of Shechem fer liers 11 But the fig-tree laid unto them, in wait for him in the top of the mounShould I forsake my sweetness, and my cains, and they robbed all that came agood fruit, and go to be promoted over long chat way by them : and it was told the trees?

Abimelech. 12 Then said the trees tinto the vine, 26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came Come chou, and reign over us. wich his brechren, and went over to

13 And the vine said unto them, Shechem: and the men of Shechem put Should I leave my wine, which cheerech their confidence in him. God and man, and go to be promoted 27 And they went our into the fields, over the trees?

and gathered their vineyards, and trode 14 Then said all the trees unto the the grapes, and made merry, and went bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. into the house of their god, and did eat

15 And the bramble said unto the and drink, and cursed Abimelech. trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over 28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, you, then come and put your trust in my Wbo is Abimelech,and who is Shechem, îhadow: and if not, let fire come out that we should serve tiim ? is not he the of the bramble, and devour the cedars son of Jerubbaal, and Zebul his officer? of Lebanon.

serve the men of Hamorthe father of Shea 16 Now therefore, if ye have done chem: for why should we serve him? truly and sincerely, in that ye have made 29 And would to God this people | Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt were under my hand; then would I rewell with Jerubbaal and his house, and move Abimelech. And he said to Abimehave done unto him according to the lech, Increase chine armygand come out. deserving of his hands :

30 ( And when Zebul the ruler of 17 (For my father fought for you, and the city heard the words of Gaal the adventured his life far, and delivered son of Ébed, his anger was kindicd. you out of the hand of Midian :

31 And he sent messengers unto Abi18 And ye are risen up against my melech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal fachers house this day, and have slain his theson of Ebed, and his brethren be come fons, threescore and ten perfons, upon to Shechem; and behold, they fortific one stone, and have made Abimelech the city against thee. the son of his maid-fervant, king over 32 Now therefore up by night, thou the men of Shechem, because he is your and the pcople that is with chee, and lie brother)

in wair in the field. 19 If ye then have d alt truly and 33 And it shall be, that in the mornfincerely with Jerubhaal and with his ing, as soon as the sun is up, thou Malt house this day, then rejoyce ye in Abi- rile eariy, and sec upon the city : and melech, and let him also rejoyce in you : behold, when he and the people that

20 Buc if not, ler fire come out from is with him come out againft thee, then Abimelech, and devour the men of She- mayit thou do to chem as thou shalt find chem, and the house of Millo: and Ic occafion. Gre come out from the men of Shechem, 34 And Abimelech roseup, and all and from the house of Millo, and de- the people that were with him, by night, vour Abimelech

and they laid wait againft Shechem in 21 And Jotham ran away and fled, four companies, ard went to Beer, and dwelt there, for 35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went fear of Abimelech his brother. out, and stood in the entring of the gate

22 F When Abimelech had reigned of the city : And Abimelech rose up, three years over Israel,

and the people that were wid him from 23 Then God sent an evil spirit be- lying in wait. tween Abimelech and the men of She 36 And when Gaal raw the people, chem: and the men of Shechem dealt he said to Zebul, Behold, there cupid treacberously with Abimelech: people down from the top of the me

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Abimelech lain. ftains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou down every man his bow, and followfeeft the shadow of the mountains as if ed Abimelech, and put them to che hold, they were men.

and set the hold on fire upon them : so 37 And Gaal spake again, and said,Sec, that all the men of the tower of Shechere come people down by the middle chem died-allo, about a thousand men of the land, and another company come and women. along by the plain of Meonenim. 50 ( Then went Abimelech to The

38° Then said Zebul unto him, Where bez, and encamped against Thebez, and is now thy mouth, wherewith thou took it. faidft, Whois Abimelech, that we should s! But there was a strong tower with-ferve him? is not this the people that in the city, and thither Acd all the men

thou haft despised? go out, I pray now, and women, and all they of the city, and fight with them.

and fhur it to them, and gac chem up to 39 And Gaal went out before the the top of the tower. men of Shechem, and fought wich Abi 52 And Abimelech came unto the melech.

tower, and fought against it, and went 40 And Abimelech chased him, and hard unto the door of me tower to burn he filed before him, and many were o- it with fire. verchrown and wounded, even unto the 53 And a certain woman caft a piece entring of the gate.

of a milftone upon Abimelechs head, 41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : and.all to brake his scull. and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his bre 54 Then he called hastily unto the

thren, that they fhould not dwell in young man his armour-bearer, and said Shechem.

unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, 42 And it came to pass on the mor- that men say not of me, A woman flew row, that the people went out into the him. And his young man thrust him field, and they told Abimelech. through, and he died.

43 And he took the people, and divi 55 And when the men of Israel faw. ded them into three companies, and laid that Abimelech was dead, chey departwait in the-field, and looked, and be ed cvery man unto his place. hold, the people were come forch out of 56 (Thus God rendred the wicked the city. and he rose up against them, and nels of Abimelech which he did unto his {mote them.

father, in Naying his seventy brethren. 44 And Abimelech, and the company, 57. And all the evil of the men of that was with hiin, rushed forward, and shechem, did God render upon their stood in the entring of the gate of the heads : and upon them came the curse city: and the two other companies ran of Jotham the son of Jerubbaa!: upon all the people that were in the fields,

C H A P. X. and flew them,

1 Tola judgeth Israel. , The Philistines' 45 And Abimelech fought against the and Anmonites opprefling Israel, 15 up city all that day, and he took the city, on their repentance God pitieth them. and flew the people that was therein, Nd after Abimelech, chere arose to with salt.

the Ton of Dodo.a man of Issachar; and 46 C And when all the men of the he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. tower of Shechem heard that, they en 2 And he judged Israel twenty and

ered into an hold of the house of me god three years, and died, and was buried in Berith.

Shamir. 47 And it was told Abimelech, that 3. And after him arose Jair, a Giall

the men of the tower of Shechem were leadice, and judged Israel twenty and gathered together.

two years. 48 And Abimelech gat him up to 4 And he had thirry fons that rode mount Zalmon, he and all the people on thirty ass-coles, and they had thirty

that were with him ; And Abimelech cities, which are called Havoch-jair uncook an ax in his hand, and cut down.a to this day, which are in the land of bough from the trees, and took it, and Gilead.

laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the 5 And Jair died, and was buried in people that were with him, What ye Camon.

have seen, make halte, und do as. -6 And the children of Israel did eI have done.

vil again in the light of the Lord, and 49 And all the people likewife cut served Baalim, and Ashtaroch, and the


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