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.
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.
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 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 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
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 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 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 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.
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 do 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 thrust 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
That the Lord sent a prophet to the Children of Israel, who said to them, "Thus the Lord God of Israel says, 'I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
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 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 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].
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 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, *~21:63 because [one] has cast down his altar."
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 Gideon said to God, "Do not let Your anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once, please let me prove but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew."
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 Lord said to Gideon, "I will save you by the three hundred men who lapped, *~2:249 and deliver the Midianites into your hand, and let all the [other] people go, every man to his place."
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 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 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."
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 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 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.
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 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?"
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.
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.
"Please speak 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 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 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.
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;
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).
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."
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 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 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 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."
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 now please, and fight with them."
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 got himself 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 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 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 Sidon, 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 that year they maltreated 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.
Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation." *7:194
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."
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 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."
Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Please let me 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 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.
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?
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.
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."
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 lament over my virginity, I and my fellows."
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,
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 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.
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.'"
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.
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 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."
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."
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 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.
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.
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 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? Please take her instead of her."
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.
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 was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, "You have given this great deliverance into the hand of Your servant, *19:93, *21:26 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 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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, please remember me, and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
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 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 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.
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?"
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 Sidonians, 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 Sidonians, and had no business with [any] man.
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.
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 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 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 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 Sidon, 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 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 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 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 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 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, please 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 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."
[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], please 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.
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 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]."
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."
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.
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.
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 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."
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, *2:187 and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
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 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 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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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."
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.