Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the Children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, "Who will go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?"
And the Lord said, "Judah will go up, behold, I have delivered the land into his hand."
And Judah said to Simeon his brother, "Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with you into your lot." So Simeon went with him.
And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they slew ten thousand men of them in Bezek.
And they found Adonibezek in Bezek, and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
And Adonibezek said, "Seventy kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered [their meat] under my table, as I have done, so God has requited me." And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
Now the Children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
And afterward the Children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, who dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.
And Judah went against the Canaanites who dwelt in Hebron (now the name of Hebron before [was] Kirjatharba) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
And from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir, and the name of Debir before [was] Kirjathsepher.
And Caleb said, "He who strikes Kirjathsepher and takes it, to him will I give Achsah, my daughter, to wife."
And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it, and he gave him Achsah, his daughter, to wife.
And it came to pass, when she came [to him], that she moved him to ask of her father a field, and she came down from off [her] donkey; and Caleb said to her, "What do you will?"
And she said to him, "Give me a blessing, for you have given me a south land; give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the Children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which [lies] in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
And Judah went with Simeon, his brother, and they slew the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.
Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out [the inhabitants of] the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses said, and he expelled the three sons of Anak from there.
And the Children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the Children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.
And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel, and the Lord [was] with them.
And the house of Joseph meandered around Bethel (now the name of the city before [was] Luz).
And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said to him, "Show us, we pray you, the entrance into the city, and we will show you mercy."
And when he showed them the entrance into the city, they struck the city with the edge of the sword; but they let the man and all his family go.
And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz, which [is] the name to this day.
Neither did Manasseh drive out [the inhabitants of] Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, *~9:29 and did not utterly drive them out.
Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries. *~9:29
Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob.
But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land, for they did not drive them out.
Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land, nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries to them. *~9:29
And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain, for they would not allow them to come down to the valley.
But the Amorites would dwell in Mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim, yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries. *~9:29
And the coast of the Amorites [was] from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, "I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you.'
And you will make no league with the inhabitants of this land; you will throw down their altars, but you have not obeyed My voice, why have you done this?
Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out from before you; but they will be [as thorns] in your sides, and their gods will be a snare to you.'"
And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the Children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they called the name of that place Bochim, and they sacrificed there to the Lord.
And when Joshua had let the people go, the Children of Israel went, every man to his inheritance, to possess the land.
And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that He did for Israel.
And Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, [being] a hundred and ten years old.
And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
And also all that generation was gathered to their fathers, and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the Lord, nor the works which He had done for Israel.
And the Children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim.
And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people who [were] around them, and prostrated to them, and provoked the Lord to anger.
And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers who spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them, and they were greatly distressed.
Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, who delivered them out of the hand of those who spoiled them.
And yet they would not hear their judges, but they went whoring after other gods, and prostrated to them, they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lord; [but] they did not so.
And when the Lord raised up judges for them, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge, for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of those who oppressed them and vexed them.
And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, [that] they returned, and corrupted [themselves] more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to prostrate to them; they did not cease from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He said, "Because this people has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened to My voice;
I will not also drive out any of the nations from before them from now on, which Joshua left when he died.
That through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers kept [it], or not."
Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither did He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.
Now these [are] the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them, [even] as many [of Israel] who had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of the Children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before, they knew nothing thereof;
[Namely], five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in mount Lebanon, from Mount Baalhermon to the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to test Israel by them, to know whether they would hear the commandments of the Lord, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
And the Children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites.
And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
And the Children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim, king of Mesopotamia, and the Children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim for eight years.
And when the Children of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the Children of Israel, who delivered them, [even] Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war, and the Lord delivered Chushanrishathaim, king of Mesopotamia, into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.
And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, died.
And the Children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord strengthened Eglon, the king of Moab, against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord.
And he gathered the children of Ammon and Amalek to him, and went and struck Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
So the Children of Israel served Eglon, the king of Moab, for eighteen years.
But when the Children of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to them, Ehud, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a lefthanded man, and by him the Children of Israel sent a present to Eglon, the king of Moab.
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
And he brought the present to Eglon, king of Moab, and Eglon [was] a very fat man.
And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people who bore the present.
But he himself turned again from the quarries that [were] by Gilgal, and said, "I have a secret errand to you, O king," who said, "Keep silence." And all who stood by him went out from him.
And Ehud came to him; and he was sitting in a summer parlor, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, "I have a message from God to you." And he arose out of [his] seat.
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.
And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlor upon him, and locked them.
When he had gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlor [were] locked, they said, "Surely he covers his feet in his summer chamber."
And they abode until they were ashamed, and, behold, he did not open the doors of the parlor; therefore they took a key, and opened [them], and, behold, their lord [had] fallen down dead on the earth.
And Ehud escaped while they abode, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped to Seirath.
And it came to pass, when he had come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the Children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
And he said to them, "Follow after me, for the Lord has delivered your enemies, the Moabites, into your hand." And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and did not allow a man to pass over.
And they slew about ten thousand men of Moab at that time, all lusty, and all men of valor; and no man escaped.
So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.
And after him was Shamgar, the son of Anath, who slew six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad, and he also delivered Israel.
And the Children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.
And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin, king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host [was] Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
And the Children of Israel cried to the Lord, for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and he mightily oppressed the Children of Israel for twenty years.
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in Mount Ephraim, and the Children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
And she sent and called Barak, the son of Abinoam, out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said to him, "Has the Lord God of Israel not commanded, [saying], 'Go and draw toward Mount Tabor, and take ten thousand men of the Children of Naphtali and of the Children of Zebulun with you?
And I will draw to you to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your hand.'"
And Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go, but if you will not go with me, [then] I will not go.
And she said, "I will surely go with you, notwithstanding the journey that you take will not be for your honor; for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet, and Deborah went up with him.
Now Heber the Kenite, [who was] of the children of Hobab, the father-in-law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent to the plain of Zaanaim, which [is] by Kedesh.
And they showed Sisera that Barak, the son of Abinoam, had gone up to Mount Tabor.
And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, [even] nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who [were] with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles to the river of Kishon.
And Deborah said to Barak, "Up; for this [is] the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand, has the Lord not gone out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all [his] chariots, and all [his] host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera descended off [his] chariot, and fled away on his feet.
But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, to Harosheth of the Gentiles, and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; [and] not a man was left.
Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for [there was] peace between Jabin, the king of Hazor, and the house of Heber the Kenite.
And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; do not fear." And when he had turned in to her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.
And he said to her, "Give me, I pray you, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty." And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him a drink, and covered him.
Again he said to her, "Stand in the door of the tent, and it will be, when any man comes and inquires of you and says, 'Is there any man here?' That you will say, 'No.'"
Then Jael, Heber's wife, took a nail of the tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him, and struck the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground, for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek." And when he came into her [tent], behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail [was] in his temples.
So God subdued Jabin, the king of Canaan, on that day before the Children of Israel.
And the hand of the Children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin, the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin, king of Canaan.
Then Deborah and Barak, the son of Abinoam, sang on that day, saying,
"Praise the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
Hear, O you kings; give ear, O you princes; I, [even] I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing [praise] to the Lord God of Israel.
Lord, when You went out of Seir, when You marched out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
The mountains melted from before the Lord, [even] that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.
In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways.
[The inhabitants of] the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
They chose new gods; then war [was] in the gates; was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
My heart [is] toward the governors of Israel, who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the Lord.
Speak, you who rides on white donkeys, you who sits in judgment, and walk by the way.
[Those who are delivered] from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there they will rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, [even] the righteous acts [toward the inhabitants] of His villages in Israel, then the people of the Lord will go down to the gates.
Awake, awake, Deborah, awake, awake, utter a song, arise, Barak, and lead your captivity captive, you son of Abinoam.
Then He made him who remains have dominion over the nobles among the people, the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.
Out of Ephraim [there was] a root of them against Amalek; after you, Benjamin, among your people; governors came down out of Machir, and out of Zebulun, those who handle the pen of the writer.
And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak, he was sent on foot into the valley. [There were] great thoughts of heart for the divisions of Reuben.
Why do you abide among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? [There were] great investigations of heart for the divisions of Reuben.
Gilead abode beyond Jordan, and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
Zebulun and Naphtali [were] a people [who] jeopardized their lives to the death in the high places of the field.
The kings came [and] fought, then the kings of Canaan fought in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.
They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, you have trodden down strength.
Then the horsehoofs were broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.
Curse you Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse you bitterly, the inhabitants thereof; because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, will be blessed above women, she will be blessed above women in the tent.
He asked for water, [and] she gave [him] milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she struck Sisera, she struck off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
He bowed at her feet, he fell, he lay down, he bowed at her feet, he fell where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, 'Why is his chariot [so] long in coming? Why do the wheels of his chariots delay?'
Her wise ladies answered her, indeed, she returned answer to herself,
Have they not sped? Have they [not] divided the prey; to every man a damsel [or] two; to Sisera a prey of various colors, a prey of various colors of needlework, of various colors of needlework on both sides, for the necks of [those who take] the spoil?
So let all Your enemies perish, O Lord, but [let] those who love Him [be] as the sun when it goes forth in its might." And the land had rest forty years.
And the Children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years.
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel, [and] because of the Midianites, the Children of Israel made them the dens which [are] in the mountains, and caves, and strongholds.
And [so] it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, until you come to Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor donkey.
For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; [for] both they and their camels were without number, and they entered into the land to destroy it.
And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the Children of Israel cried to the Lord.
And it came to pass, when the Children of Israel cried to the Lord because of the Midianites,
That the Lord sent a prophet to the Children of Israel, who said to them, "Thus the Lord says God of Israel, 'I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their land;'
And I said to you, 'I [am] the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, but you have not obeyed My voice.'"
And an angel of the Lord came and sat under an oak which [was] in Ophrah, that [pertained] to Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide [it] from the Midianites.
And the angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, "The Lord [is] with you, you mighty man of valor."
And Gideon said to him, "Oh my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this befallen us? And where [are] all His miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, 'Did the Lord not bring us up from Egypt?' But now the Lord has forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites."
And the Lord looked upon him, and said, "Go in your might, and you will save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, have I not sent you?"
And he said to Him, "Oh my Lord, whereby will I save Israel? Behold, my family [is] poor in Manasseh, and I [am] the least in my father's house."
And the Lord said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you will strike the Midianites as one man."
And he said to Him, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, then show me a sign that You talk with me.
Do not depart from here, I pray You, until I come to You, and bring forth my present, and set [it] before You." And He said, "I will sit until you come again."
And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour, he put the flesh in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought [it] out to him under the oak, and presented [it].
And the angel of God said to him, "Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay [them] upon this rock, and pour out the broth." 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 fire rose up out of the rock and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
And when Gideon perceived that he [was] an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord God! For because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face."
And the Lord said to him, "Peace [be] to you; do not fear, you will not die."
Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom, to this day it [is] still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said to him, "Take your father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the grove that [is] by it.
And build an altar to the Lord your God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which you will cut down."
Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said to him, and [so] it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do [it] by day, that he did [it] by night.
And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that [was] by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar [that was] built.
And they said to one another, "Who has done this thing?" And when they inquired and asked, they said, "Gideon, the son of Joash, has done this thing." *~21:58 - 60
Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has cast down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the grove that [was] by it." *~21:68
And Joash said to all who stood against him, "Will you plead for Baal? Will you save him? He who will plead for him, let him be put to death while [it is still] morning, if he [is] a god, let him plead for himself, because [one] has cast down his altar."
Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, "Let Baal plead against him, because he has thrown down his altar." *~21:63
Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who was also gathered after him, and he sent messengers to Asher, and to Zebulun, and to Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
And Gideon said to God, "If You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said,
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; [and] if the dew is on the fleece only, and [it is] dry upon all the earth [beside], then will I know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said."
And it was so, for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
And Gideon said to God, "Do not let Your anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once, let me prove, I pray You, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon 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.
Then Jerubbaal, who [is] Gideon, and all the people who [were] with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod, so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people who [are] with you [are] too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, unless Israel vaunts themselves against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'
Now therefore go, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilead.'" And twenty two thousand of the people returned; and ten thousand remained.
And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people [are] still [too] many; bring them down to the water, and I will try them for you there, and it will be, [that] of whom I say to you, 'This will go with you,' the same will go with you; and of whomever I say to you, 'This will not go with you,' the same will not go."
So he brought down the people to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, "Everyone who laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him you will set by himself; likewise everyone who bows down upon his knees to drink."
And the number of those who lapped, [putting] their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men, but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
And the Lord said to Gideon, "I will save you by the three hundred men who lapped, and deliver the Midianites into your hand, and let all the [other] people go, every man to his place." *~2:249
So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets, and he sent all [the rest of] Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men, and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said to him, "Arise, get down to the host; for I have delivered it into your hand.
But if you fear to go down, go with Phurah, your servant, down to the host.
And you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened to go down to the host." Then he went down with Phurah, his servant, to the outside of the armed men who [were] in the host.
And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels [were] without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
And when Gideon had come, behold, [there was] a man who told a dream to his fellow, and said, "Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, look, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came to a tent, and struck it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along."
And his fellow answered and said, "This [is] nothing else except the sword of Gideon, the son of Joash, a man of Israel, [for] God has delivered Midian into his hand, and all the host."
And it was [so], when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshiped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, "Arise; for the Lord has delivered the host of Midian into your hand."
And he divided the three hundred men [into] three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
And he said to them, "Look on me, and do likewise, and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it will be [that], as I do, so you will do.
When I blow with a trumpet, I and all who [are] with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, '[The sword] of the Lord, and of Gideon.'"
So Gideon, and the hundred men who [were] with him, came to the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch, and they blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers that [were] in their hands.
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and broke the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow [in addition], and they cried, "The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon."
And they stood, every man in his place around the camp, and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host, and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, [and] to the border of Abelmeholah, to Tabbath.
And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.
And Gideon sent messengers throughout all Mount Ephraim, saying, "Come down against the Midianites, and take the waters before them to Bethbarah and Jordan." Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters to Bethbarah and Jordan.
And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and they slew Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of Jordan.
And the men of Ephraim said to him, "Why have you served us thus, that you did not call us when you went to fight with the Midianites?" And they chided with him sharply.
And he said to them, "What have I done now in comparison of you? [Is] the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim not better than the vintage of Abiezer?
God has delivered the princes of Midian into your hands, Oreb and Zeeb, and what was I able to do in comparison of you?" Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.
And Gideon came to Jordan, [and] passed over, he and the three hundred men who [were] with him, faint, yet pursuing [them].
And he said to the men of Succoth, "Give, I pray you, loaves of bread to the people who follow me; for they [are] faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian."
And the princes of Succoth said, "[Are] the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your army?"
And Gideon said, "Therefore, when the Lord has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers."
And he went up from there to Penuel, and spoke likewise to them, and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered [him].
And he also spoke to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I come again in peace, I will break this tower down."
Now Zebah and Zalmunna [were] in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all who were left of all the hosts of the children of the east, for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand men who drew [their] sword.
And Gideon went up by the way of those who dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and struck the host, for the host was secure.
And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.
And Gideon, the son of Joash, returned from battle before the sun [was up],
And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him, and he described the princes of Succoth to him, and the elders thereof, [even] seventy seven men.
And he came to the men of Succoth, and said, "Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom you upbraided me, saying, "[Are] the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your men [who are] weary?"
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and he taught the men of Succoth with them.
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What manner of men [were they] whom you slew at Tabor?" And they answered, "As you [are], so [were] they; each one resembled the children of a king."
And he said, "They [were] my brethren, [even] the sons of my mother, [as] the Lord lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you."
And he said to Jether, his firstborn, "Up, [and] slay them." But the youth did not draw his sword, for he feared, because he [was] still a youth.
Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, "Rise, and fall upon us, for as the man [is, so is] his strength." And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that [were] on their camels' necks.
Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, both you and your son, and your son's son also, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian."
And Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, neither will my son rule over you, the Lord will rule over you."
And Gideon said to them, "I would desire a request of you, that you would give me, every man, the earrings of his prey." (For they had golden earrings, because they [were] Ishmaelites).
And they answered, "We will willingly give [them]." And they spread a garment, and cast therein, every man, the earrings of his prey.
And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand seven hundred [shekels] of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that [was] on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their camels' necks.
And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, [even] in Ophrah, and all Israel went there whoring after it, which became a snare to Gideon, and to his house.
Thus Midian was subdued before the Children of Israel, so that they no longer lifted up their heads. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
And Jerubbaal, the son of Joash, went and dwelt in his own house.
And Gideon had seventy sons begotten of his body, for he had many wives.
And his servant-wife that [was] in Shechem, she also bore him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
And Gideon, the son of Joash, died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulcher of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the Children of Israel turned again, and went whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.
And the Children of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side.
Neither did they show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, [namely], Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shown to Israel.
And Abimelech, the son of Jerubbaal, went to Shechem to his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
"Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, 'Whether [it is] better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, [who are] seventy persons, reign over you, or that one reigns over you?' Remember also that I [am] your bone and your flesh."
And his mother's brethren spoke 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 [is] our brother."
And they gave him seventy [pieces] of silver out of the house of Baalberith, whereby Abimelech hired vain and light persons, who followed him.
And he went to his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren, the sons of Jerubbaal, [being] seventy persons, upon one stone, notwithstanding yet Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, was left; for he hid himself.
And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that [was] in Shechem.
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 to them, "Listen to me, you men of Shechem, that God may hear you.
The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us.'
But the olive tree said to them, 'Should I leave my fatness, whereby they honor God and man by me, and go to be promoted over the trees?'
And the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come, [and] reign over us.'
But the fig tree said to them, 'Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?'
Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come, [and] reign over us.'
And the vine said to them, 'Should I leave my wine, which cheers God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?'
Then all the trees said to the bramble, 'Come, [and] reign over us.'
And the bramble said to the trees, 'If in truth you anoint me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in my shadow, and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'
Now therefore, if you have done truly and sincerely, in that you have made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him according to the deserving of his hands;
(For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian.
And you have risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, seventy persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he [is] your brother).
If then, you have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, [then] rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.
But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech."
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech, his brother.
When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,
Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech.
That the cruelty [done] to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, who aided him in the killing of his brethren.
And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all who came along that way by them, and it was told to Abimelech.
And Gaal, the son of Ebed, came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem, and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.
And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode [the grapes], and made celebrations, and went into the house of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed Abimelech.
And Gaal, the son of Ebed, said, "Who [is] Abimelech, and who [is] Shechem, that we should serve him? [Is he] not the son of Jerubbaal? And Zebul his officer? Serve the men of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for why should we serve him?
And [what] would God [give if] this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech." And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army, and come out."
And when Zebul, the ruler of the city, heard the words of Gaal, the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
And he sent messengers to Abimelech privily, saying, "Behold, Gaal, the son of Ebed, and his brethren have come to Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the city against you.
Now therefore, [get] up by night, you and the people who [are] with you, and lie in wait in the field.
And it will be, [that] in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you will rise early, and set upon the city, and, behold, [when] he and the people who [are] with him come out against you, then you may do to them as you will find occasion."
And Abimelech rose up, and all the people who [were] with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.
And Gaal, the son of Ebed, went out, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city, and Abimelech rose up, and the people who [were] with him, from lying in wait.
And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, "Behold, people come down from the top of the mountains." And Zebul said to him, "You see the shadow of the mountains as [if they were] men."
And Gaal spoke again and said, "See, people come down by the middle of the land, and another company comes along by the plain of Meonenim."
Then Zebul said to him, "Where [is] your mouth now, whereby you said, 'Who [is] Abimelech, that we should serve him? [Is] this not the people whom you have despised?' Go out, I pray now, and fight with them."
And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.
And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many were overthrown [and] wounded, [even] to the entering of the gate.
And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah, and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.
And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold, the people [had] come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and struck them.
And Abimelech, and the company who [was] with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city, and the two [other] companies ran upon all [the people] who [were] in the fields, and slew them.
And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people who [were] therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard [that], they entered into a hold of the house of the god Berith.
And it was told to Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem had gathered together.
And Abimelech got him up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who [were] with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid [it] on his shoulder, and said to the people who [were] with him, "What you have seen me do, make haste, [and] do as I [have done]."
And all the people likewise cut down, every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put [them] to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.
Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.
But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women there fled, and all those of the city, and shut [it] to them, and got them up to the top of the tower.
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and went hard to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.
And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to break his skull.
Then he called hastily to the young man, his armourbearer, and said to him, "Draw your sword, and slay me, that men do not say of me, 'A woman slew him.'" And his young man thrust him through, and he died.
And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed, every man to his place.
Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did to his father, in slaying his seventy brethren.
And God rendered all the evil of the men of Shechem upon their heads, and the curse of Jotham, the son of Jerubbaal, came upon them.
And after Abimelech, there arose to defend Israel, Tola, the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in Mount Ephraim.
And he judged Israel for twenty three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
And Jair arose after him, a Gileadite, and judged Israel for twenty two years.
And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkey colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair to this day, which [are] in the land of Gilead.
And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
And the Children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and did not serve Him.
And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.
And that year they vexed and oppressed the Children of Israel, for eighteen years, all the Children of Israel who [were] on the other side of Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which [is] in Gilead.
Moreover, the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to also fight against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sorely distressed.
And the Children of Israel cried to the Lord, saying, "We have sinned against You, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim."
And the Lord said to the Children of Israel, "[Did I not deliver you] from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, oppressed you; and you cried to Me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
Yet you have forsaken Me, and served other gods, therefore I will deliver you no more.
Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation." *7:194
And the Children of Israel said to the Lord, "We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You; deliver us only, we pray You, this day."
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord, and His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
Then the children of Ammon had gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. And the Children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
And the people [and] princes of Gilead said to one another, "What man [is he] who will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? He will be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead."
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he [was] the son of a harlot, and Gilead fathered Jephthah.
And Gilead's wife bore him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust Jephthah out, and said to him, "You will not inherit in our father's house; for you [are] the son of a strange woman."
Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob, and vain men had gathered to Jephthah, and went out with him.
And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.
And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob.
And they said to Jephthah, "Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon."
And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "Did you not hate me, and expel me out of my father's house? And why have you come to me now when you are in distress?"
And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "Therefore we turn again to you now, that you may go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead."
And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "If you bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivers them before me, will I be your head?"
And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, "The Lord is witness between us, if we do not do so according to your words."
Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them, and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh.
And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the children of Ammon, saying, "What have you to do with me, that you are brought against me to fight in my land?"
And the king of the children of Ammon answered to the messengers of Jephthah, "Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even to Jabbok, and to Jordan, now therefore restore those [lands] again peaceably."
And Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the children of Ammon.
And said to him, "Thus Jephthah says, 'Israel did not take away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon.'
But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness to the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh;
Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Let me, I pray you, pass through your land,' but the king of Edom would not listen [thereto]. And in like manner they sent to the king of Moab, but he would not [consent], and Israel abode in Kadesh.
Then they went along through the wilderness, and encompassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but did not come within the border of Moab, for Arnon [was] the border of Moab.
And Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, 'Let us pass, we pray you, through your land into my place.'
But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his coast, but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.
And the Lord God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they struck them, so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even to Jabbok, and from the wilderness even to Jordan.
So now the Lord God of Israel has dispossessed the Amorites from before His people Israel, and should you possess it?
Will you not possess that which Chemosh your god gives you to possess? So whomever the Lord our God will drive out from before us, them we will possess.
And now [are] you at all better than Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them,
While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that [are] along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? Why therefore did you not recover [them] within that time?
Therefore I have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against me, the Lord the Judge will judge this day between the Children of Israel and the children of Ammon."
Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon did not listen to the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead, he passed over [to] the children of Ammon.
And Jephthah vowed a vow to the Lord, and said, "If You will, without failure, deliver the children of Ammon into my hands,
Then it will be, that whatever comes forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, will surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering."
So Jephthah passed over to the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands.
And He struck them from Aroer, even until you come to Minnith, [even] twenty cities, and to the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the Children of Israel.
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances, and she [was his] only child; beside her he had neither son or daughter.
And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are one of those who trouble me, for I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot go back."
And she said to him, "My father, [if] you have opened your mouth to the Lord, do to me according to that which has proceeded out of your mouth; forasmuch as the Lord has taken vengeance for you of your enemies, [even] of the children of Ammon."
And she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me, let me [be] alone for two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows."
And he said, "Go." And he sent her away [for] two months, and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned to her father, who did with her [according] to his vow which he had vowed, and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
[That] the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days in a year.
And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said to Jephthah, "Why did you pass over to fight against the children of Ammon, and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house upon you with fire."
And Jephthah said to them, "I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, you did not deliver me out of their hands.
And when I saw that you did not deliver [me], I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand, why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?"
Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead together, and fought with Ephraim, and the men of Gilead struck Ephraim, because they said, "You Gileadites [are] fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, [and] among the Manassites."
And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites, and it was [so], that when those Ephraimites who had escaped said, "Let me go over;" that the men of Gilead said to him, "[Are] you an Ephraimite?" If he said, "No;"
Then they said to him, "Say now Shibboleth," and he said "Sibboleth," for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan, and forty two thousand fell at that time of the Ephraimites.
And Jephthah judged Israel for six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.
And after him, Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, [whom] he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel for seven years.
Then Ibzan died, and was buried at Bethlehem.
And after him, Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel for ten years.
And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.
And after him, Abdon, the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.
And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, who rode on seventy donkey colts, and he judged Israel for eight years.
And Abdon, the son of Hillel the Pirathonite, died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.
And the Children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name [was] Manoah; and his wife [was] barren, and did not bear.
And the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman, and said to her, "Behold now, you [are] barren, and do not bear, but you will conceive, and bear a son.
Now therefore beware, I pray you, and do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat any unclean [thing].
For, look, you will conceive, and bear a son; and no razor will come on his head, for the child will be a Nazarite to God from the womb, and he will begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A man of God came to me, and his countenance [was] like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible, but I did not ask him from where he [was], neither did he tell me his name.
But he said to me, 'Behold, you will conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine or strong drink, neither eat any unclean [thing], for the child will be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'"
Then Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, "O my Lord, let the man of God whom You sent come again to us, and teach us what we will do to the child that will be born."
And God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field, but Manoah her husband [was] not with her.
And the woman made haste, and ran, and showed her husband, and said to him, "Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the [other] day."
And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, "[Are] you the man who spoke to the woman?" And he said, "I [am]."
And Manoah said, "Now let your words come to pass. How will we order the child, and [how] will we do to him?"
And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, "Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.
She may not eat of any [thing] that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean [thing], all that I commanded her, let her observe."
And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, "I pray you, let us detain you, until we will have readied a kid for you."
And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, "Though you detain me, I will not eat of your bread, and if you will offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord." For Manoah did not know that he [was] an angel of the Lord.
And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, "What [is] your name, that when your sayings come to pass we may do you honor?"
And the angel of the Lord said to him, "Why do you thus ask after my name, seeing it [is] secret?"
So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered [it] upon a rock to the Lord, and [the angel] did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.
For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on [it], and fell on their faces to the ground.
But the angel of the Lord no longer appeared to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he [was] an angel of the Lord.
And Manoah said to his wife, "We will surely die, because we have seen God."
But his wife said to him, "If the Lord were pleased to kill us, He would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would He have shown us all these [things], nor would as at this time have told us [such things] as these."
And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson, and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, "I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines, now therefore get her for me to wife."
Then his father and his mother said to him, "[Is there] never a woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?" And Samson said to his father, "Get her for me; for she pleases me well."
But his father and his mother did not know that it [was] of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines, for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
Then Samson went down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath, and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and [he had] nothing in his hand, but he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and, behold, [there was] a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.
And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they ate, but he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
So his father went down to the woman, and Samson made a feast there; for the young men used to do so.
And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.
And Samson said to them, "I will now put forth a riddle to you, if you can certainly declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find [it] out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty changes of garments.
But if you cannot declare [it] me, then you will give me thirty sheets and thirty changes of garments." And they said to him, "Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it."
And he said to them, "Meat came forth out of the eater, and sweetness came forth out of the strong." And they could not expound the riddle in three days.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your husband, that he may declare the riddle to us, unless we burn you and your father's house with fire, have you called us to take what we have? [Is it] not [so]?"
And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, "You do but hate me, and do not love me, you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and have not told [it] to me." And he said to her, "Behold, I have not told [it] to my father or my mother, and will I tell you?"
And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted, and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him, and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What [is] sweeter than honey? And what [is] stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you [would] not have found out my riddle."
And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave changes of garments to those who expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.
But Samson's wife was [given] to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, "I will go in to my wife into the chamber." But her father would not allow him to go in.
And her father said, "I verily thought that you had utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion, [is] her younger sister not fairer than her? Take her, I pray you, instead of her."
And Samson said concerning them, "Now I will be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure."
And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.
And when he had set the brands on fire, he let [them] go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards [and] olives.
Then the Philistines said, "Who has done this?" And they answered, "Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion." And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
And Samson said to them, "Though you have done this, I will still be avenged of you, and after that I will cease."
And he struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter, and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.
Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.
And the men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" And they answered, "We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us."
Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, "Do you not know the Philistines [are] rulers over us? What [is] this [that] you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so have I done to them."
And they said to him, "We are brought down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me, that you will not fall upon me yourselves."
And they spoke to him, saying, "No; but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand, but surely we will not kill you." And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.
[And] when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that [were] upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
And he found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
And Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of a donkey I have slain a thousand men."
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.
And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, "You have given this great deliverance into the hand of Your servant, and now, will I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?"
But God clave a hollow place that [was] in the jaw, and water came thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived, therefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which [is] in Lehi to this day.
And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines for twenty years.
Then Samson went to Gaza, and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
[And it was told to] the Gazites, saying, "Samson has come here." And they encompassed [him] in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, "In the morning, when it is day, we will kill him."
And Samson lay until midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put [them] upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of a hill that [is] before Hebron.
And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name [was] Delilah.
And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, "Entice him, and see wherein his great strength [lies], and by what [means] we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him, and we will give you eleven hundred [pieces] of silver, every one of us."
And Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me, I pray you, wherein your great strength [lies], and whereby you might be bound to afflict you."
And Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven green cords that have never dried, then I will be weak, and be as another man."
Then the lords of the Philistines brought seven green cords which had not been dried up to her, and she bound him with them.
Now [there were] men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson." And he broke the cords, as a thread of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known.
And Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies, now tell me, I pray you, whereby you might be bound."
And he said to her, "If they bind me fast with new ropes that were never occupied, then I will be weak, and be as another man."
Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson." And [there were] liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he broke them from off his arms like a thread.
And Delilah said to Samson, "Here you have mocked me, and told me lies, tell me whereby you might be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web."
And she fastened [it] with the pin, and said to him, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson." And he awakened out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.
And she said to him, "How can you say, I love you, when your heart [is] not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me wherein your great strength [lies]."
And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, [so] that his soul was vexed to death;
That he told her all his heart, and said to her, "There has not come a razor upon my head; for I [have been] a Nazarite to God from my mother's womb, if I am shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I will become weak, and be like any [other] man."
And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up this once, for he has shown me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought money in their hand.
And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
And she said, "The Philistines [are] upon you, Samson." And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, "I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself." And he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground in the prison house.
Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon, their god, and to rejoice, for they said, "Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hand."
And when the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, and the destroyer of our country, who slew many of us."
And it came to pass, when their hearts were good, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may make us sport." And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport, and they set him between the pillars.
And Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Allow me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house stands, that I may lean upon them."
Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines [were] there; and [there were] about three thousand men and women upon the roof, who beheld while Samson made sport.
And Samson called to the Lord, and said, "O Lord God, remember me, I pray You, and strengthen me, I pray You, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." And he bowed himself with [all his] might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people who [were] therein. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than [those] whom he slew in his life.
Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought [him] up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah, his father. And he judged Israel for twenty years.
And there was a man of Mount Ephraim, whose name [was] Micah.
And he said to his mother, "The eleven hundred [shekels] of silver that were taken from you, about which you cursed, and spoke of also in my ears, behold, the silver [is] with me; I took it." And his mother said, "Blessed [are you] of the Lord, my son."
And when he had restored the eleven hundred [shekels] of silver to his mother, his mother said, "I had wholly dedicated the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image, now therefore I will restore it to you."
Yet he restored the money to his mother; and his mother took two hundred [shekels] of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah.
And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.
And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who [was] a Levite, and he sojourned there.
And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find [a place], and he came to Mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
And Micah said to him, "From where did you come?" And he said to him, "I [am] a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find [a place]."
And Micah said to him, "Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten [shekels] of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and your victuals." So the Levite went in.
And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his sons.
And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
Then Micah said, "Now I know that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to [my] priest."
In those days [there was] no king in Israel, and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought an inheritance for them to dwell in; for that day, [all their] inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.
And the Children of Dan sent five men of their family from their coasts, men of valor, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said to them, "Go, search the land," which when they came to Mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
When they [were] by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man, the Levite, and they turned in there, and said to him, "Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this [place]? And what do you have here?"
And he said to them, "Thus and thus deals Micah with me, and has hired me, and I am his priest."
And they said to him, "Ask counsel, we pray you, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go will be prosperous."
And the priest said to them, "Go in peace, before the Lord [is] your way wherein you go."
Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people who [were] therein, how they dwelt carelessly, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and [there was] no magistrate in the land, who might put [them] to shame in [any] thing; and they [were] far from the Zidonians, and had no business with [any] man.
And they came to their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol, and their brethren said to them, "What do you [say]?"
And they said, "Arise, that we may go up against them, for we have seen the land, and, behold, it [is] very good, and you [are] still? Do not be slothful to go, [and] to enter to possess the land.
When you go, you will come to a secure people, and to a large land, for God has given it into your hands; a place where [there is] no want of anything that [is] in the earth."
And there went from there, of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.
And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah, therefore they called that place Mahanehdan to this day, behold, [it is] behind Kirjathjearim.
And they passed from there to Mount Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah.
Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish answered and said to their brethren, "Do you know that there is an ephod in these houses, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? Now therefore consider what you have to do."
And they turned there and came to the house of the young man, the Levite, [even] to the house of Micah, and saluted him.
And the six hundred men, appointed with their weapons of war, who [were] of the Children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.
And the five men who went to spy out the land went up, [and] came in there, [and] took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image, and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men [who were] appointed with weapons of war.
And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then the priest said to them, "What are you doing?"
And they said to him, "Hold your peace, lay your hand upon your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest, [is it] better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or that you are a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.
So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.
[And] when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men who [were] in the houses near Micah's house had gathered together, and overtook the Children of Dan.
And they cried to the Children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said to Micah, "What ails you, that you come with such a company?"
And he said, "You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and you have gone away, and what more do I have? And what [is] this [that] you say to me, 'What ails you?'"
And the Children of Dan said to him, "Do not let your voice be heard among us, unless angry fellows run upon you, and you lose your life with the lives of your household."
And the Children of Dan went their way, and when Micah saw that they [were] too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.
And they took [the things] which Micah had made, and the priest whom he had, and came to Laish, to a people [who were] quiet and secure, and they struck them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
And [there was] no deliverer, because it [was] far from Zidon, and they had no business with [any] man; and it was in the valley that [lies] by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.
And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel, howbeit the name of the city [was] Laish at first.
And the Children of Dan set up the graven image, and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.
And they set up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the House of God was in Shiloh.
And it came to pass in those days, when [there was] no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of Mount Ephraim, who took a servant-wife to him out of Bethlehemjudah.
And his servant-wife played the whore against him, and went away from him to her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there for four whole months.
And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly to her, [and] to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of donkeys, and she brought him into her father's house, and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.
And his father-in-law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode with him for three days, so they ate and drank, and lodged there.
And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart, and the damsel's father said to his son-in-law, "Comfort your heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way."
And they sat down, and ate and drank, both of them together, for the damsel's father had said to the man, "Be content, I pray you, and lodge all night, and let your heart feel good."
And when the man rose up to depart, his father-in-law urged him, therefore he lodged there again.
And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart, and the damsel's father said, "Comfort your heart, I pray you." And they abode until afternoon, and they ate, both of them.
And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his servant-wife, and his servant, his father-in-law, the damsel's father, said to him, "Behold, now the day draws toward evening, I pray you, lodge all night, behold, the day grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may feel good; and tomorrow get early on your way, that you may go home."
But the man would not lodge that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which [is] Jerusalem; and two saddled donkeys [were] with him, his servant-wife also [was] with him.
[And] when they [were] by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master, "Come, I pray you, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it."
And his master said to him, "We will not turn aside here into the city of a stranger, that [is] not of the Children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah."
And he said to his servant, "Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah."
And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them [when they were] by Gibeah, which [belongs] to Benjamin.
And they turned aside there, to go in [and] to lodge in Gibeah, and when he went in, he sat down in a street of the city, for [there was] no man who took them into his house to lodge.
And, behold, an old man came from his work out of the field at evening, who [was] also of Mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah, but the men of the place [were] Benjamites.
And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city, and the old man said, "Where do you go? And from where do you come?"
And he said to him, "We [are] passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of Mount Ephraim; I [am] from there, and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I [am now] going to the House of the Lord; and there [is] no man who receives me to house.
Yet there is both straw and provender for our donkeys; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for your handmaid, and for the young man [who is] with your servants, [there is] no want of anything."
And the old man said, "Peace [be] with you; however [let] all your wants [lie] upon me; only do not lodge in the street."
So he brought him into his house, and gave provender to the donkeys, and they washed their feet, and ate and drank.
[Now] as they were making their hearts feel good, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, [and] beat at the door, and spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring forth the man who came into your house, that we may know him."
And the man, the master of the house, went out to them, and said to them, "No, my brethren, [no], I pray you, do not do [so] wickedly; seeing that this man has come into my house, do not do this folly.
Behold, [here is] my daughter a maiden, and his servant-wife; I will bring them out now, and humble them, and do with them what seems good to you, but to this man do no such a vile thing."
But the men would not hear him, so the man took his servant-wife, and brought her forth to them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning, and when the day began to spring, they let her go.
Then the woman came in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord [was], until it was light.
And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way, and, behold, the woman, his servant-wife, had fallen down [at] the door of the house, and her hands [were] upon the threshold.
And he said to her, "Up, and let us be going." But none answered. Then the man took her [up] upon a donkey, and the man rose up, and got him to his place.
And when he had come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his servant-wife, and divided her, [together] with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
And it was so, that all who saw it said, "There was no such deed done or seen from the day that the Children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt to this day, consider of it, take advice, and speak [your minds]."
Then all the Children of Israel went out, and the congregation had gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, to the Lord in Mizpeh.
And the chief of all the people, [even] of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen who drew swords.
(Now the Children of Benjamin heard that the Children of Israel had gone up to Mizpeh). Then the Children of Israel said, "Tell [us], how was this wickedness?"
And the Levite, the husband of the woman who was slain, answered and said, "I came into Gibeah, which [belongs] to Benjamin, I and my servant-wife, to lodge.
And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house around upon me by night, [and] thought to have slain me, and they had forced my servant-wife, that she is dead.
And I took my servant-wife, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel, for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
Behold, you [are] all Children of Israel; give your advice and counsel here."
And all the people arose as one man, saying, "We will not go to his tent, neither will any [of us] turn into his house.
But now this [will be] the thing which we will do to Gibeah; [we will go up] by lot against it;
And we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victuals for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have done in Israel."
So all the men of Israel had gathered against the city, knit together as one man.
And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What wickedness [is] this that is done among you?"
Now therefore deliver [us] the men, the children of Belial, who [are] in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel." But the Children of Benjamin would not hear the voice of their brethren, the Children of Israel.
But the Children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the Children of Israel.
And the Children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities, twenty six thousand men who drew swords, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, who were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
Among all this people [there were] seven hundred chosen lefthanded men; everyone could sling stones at a hair [breadth], and not miss.
And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men who drew swords, all these [were] men of war.
And the Children of Israel arose, and went up to the House of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, "Which of us will go up first to the battle against the Children of Benjamin?" And the Lord said, "Judah [will go up] first."
And the Children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.
And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.
And the Children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed twenty two thousand men down to the ground of the Israelites that day.
And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.
And the Children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, "Should I go up again to battle against the Children of Benjamin my brother?" And the Lord said, "Go up against him."
And the Children of Israel came near against the Children of Benjamin the second day.
And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed eighteen thousand men of the Children of Israel down to the ground again; all these drew the sword.
Then all the Children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to the House of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
And the Children of Israel inquired of the Lord, for the ark of the covenant of God [was] there in those days,
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days, saying, "Should I yet again go out to battle against the Children of Benjamin, my brother, or will I cease?" And the Lord said, "Go up; for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand."
And Israel set liers in wait around Gibeah.
And the Children of Israel went up against the Children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at the other times.
And the Children of Benjamin went out against the people, [and] were drawn away from the city; and they began to strike of the people, [and] kill, as at the other times, in the highways, of which one goes up to the House of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.
And the Children of Benjamin said, "They [are] struck down before us, as at the first." But the Children of Israel said, "Let us flee, and draw them from the city to the highways."
And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baaltamar, and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, [even] out of the meadows of Gibeah.
And there came against Gibeah, ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore, but they did not know that evil [was] near them.
And the Lord struck Benjamin before Israel, and the Children of Israel destroyed twenty five thousand one hundred men of the Benjamites that day, all these drew the sword.
So the Children of Benjamin saw that they were struck, for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted the liers in wait whom they had set beside Gibeah.
And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait drew [themselves] along, and struck all the city with the edge of the sword.
Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke rise up out of the city.
And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to strike [and] kill about thirty persons of the men of Israel, for they said, "Surely they are struck down before us, as [in] the first battle."
But when the flame began to rise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.
And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed, for they saw that evil was brought upon them.
Therefore they turned [their backs] before the men of Israel to the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and those who [came] out of the cities, they destroyed in the midst of them.
[Thus] they enclosed the Benjamites round about, [and] chased them, [and] trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.
And eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell; all these [were] men of valor.
And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they gleaned five thousand men of them in the highways; and pursued hard after them to Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty five thousand men who drew the sword; all these [were] men of valor.
But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness to the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon for four months.
And the men of Israel turned again upon the Children of Benjamin, and struck them with the edge of the sword, as well, the men of [every] city, as the beast, and all who came to hand, they also set all the cities that they came to on fire.
Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, "None of us will give his daughter to Benjamin to wife."
And the people came to the House of God, and abode there until evening before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;
And said, "O Lord God of Israel, why has this come to pass in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel?"
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and built an altar there, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
And the Children of Israel said, "Who [is there] among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up with the congregation to the Lord?" For they had made a great oath concerning those who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpeh, saying, "He will be put to death."
And the Children of Israel repented for Benjamin their brother, and said, "There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
What will we do for wives for those who remain, seeing we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?"
And they said, "What one [is there] of the tribes of Israel who did not come up to Mizpeh to the Lord?" And, behold, none came to the camp from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.
For the people were numbered, and, behold, [there were] none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.
And the congregation sent twelve thousand men of the most valiant there, and commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.
And this [is] the thing that you will do, you will utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has lain by man."
And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, who had known no man by lying with any male, and they brought them to the camp to Shiloh, which [is] in the land of Canaan.
And the whole congregation sent [some] to speak to the Children of Benjamin who [were] in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably to them.
And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives, whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead, and so they still did not suffice them.
And the people repented for Benjamin, because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
Then the elders of the congregation said, "What will we do for wives for those who remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?"
And they said, "[There must be] an inheritance for those who have escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe is not destroyed out of Israel.
Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters, for the Children of Israel have sworn, saying, 'Cursed [is] he who gives a wife to Benjamin.'"
Then they said, "Behold, [there is] a feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly [in a place] which [is] on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah."
Therefore they commanded the Children of Benjamin, saying, "Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;
And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come out of the vineyards, and catch, every man, his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
And it will be, when their fathers or their brethren come to us to complain, that we will say to them, 'Be favorable to them for our sakes, because we did not reserve to each man his wife in the war, for you did not give to them at this time, [that] you should be guilty."
And the Children of Benjamin did so, and took wives, according to their number, of those who danced, whom they caught, and they went and returned to their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
And the Children of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from there, every man to his inheritance.
In those days [there was] no king in Israel, every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.