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Gideon's ephod,children,and death. 244 defire a requeft of you, that you would give me every man the ear-rings of his prey :(for they had golden care-rings, because they were Ishmaelites)

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25. And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did caft therein, every ran the earerings of his prey.

28 And the weight of the golden earerings that he requested, was a thoufand and feven hundred shekels of gold, befide ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and befide the chains that were about their camels necks.

27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his citie, even in Ophrah; and all Ifrael went thither a whoring after it: which thing became afnare unto Gideon and to his houfe.

28 Thus was Midian fubdued before the children of Ifrael, fo that they lifted up their heads no more: and the countrey was in quietneffe fourtie yeares in the dayes of Gideon.

29 And Jerubbaal the fon of Joafh went and dwelt in his own house.

30 And Gideon had threefcore and ten fons of his body begotten: for he had mat ny wives.

3 And his concubine that was in Shechem, fhe alfo bare him a fon, whofe name Heb.. het called Abimelech.

32 And Gideon the fon of Joafh died in a good old age, and was buried in the fepulchre of Joafh his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 And it came to paffe affoon as Gideon was dead,that the children of Ifrael turned again,and wenta whoring after Baalim, and made Baal-berith their god.

34 And the children of Ifrael remembred not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every fide :

35 Neither fhewed they kindneffe to the houfe of Jerubbaal,namely Gideon,according to all the goodneffe which he had fhewed unto Ifrael,.

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Abimelech made king. Jotham's burneth the hold of the god Berith. 50 At Thebez be is flain by a piece of a milftone. 56 70thams curfe is fulfilled.

ANd Abimelech the fon of Jerubbaal went to Shechem, unto his mothers bre-thren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mothers father, faying,

2 Speak, I pray you, in the eares of all the men of Shechem, † Whether is better † Heb. for you,either that all the fons of Jerubbaal what is goods (which are threefcore and ten perfons) whether, reigne over you,or that one reigne over you? &c. remember alfo that I am your bone and your flesh.

3 And his mothers brethren fpake of him. in the eares of all the men of Shechem all thefe words and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they faid, He † Heb. is our brother.

4 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of filver, out of the houfe of Baal-berith: wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light perfons, which followed him.

5 And he went unto his fathers house at Ophrah, and flew his brethren the fons of Jerul baal,being threefcore and ten perfons, upon one ftone: notwithstanding, yet Jotham the youngest fon of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself..


6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the houfe of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by Or, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem. the oke 7 And when they told it to Jotham, of the he went and ftcod in the top of mount pillar: See Jofh. Gerizim, and lift up his voice, and cried, 226. and faid unto them, Hearken unto me, you men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

8 The trees went forth on a time toanoint a king over them, and they said unto the olive-tree, Reigne thou over us.


9. But the olive-tree faid unto them, Should leave my fatneffe, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and t go to be + Heb. promoted over the trees?

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10 And the trees faid to the fig-tree,Come down for. thou, and reigne over us.


II. But the fig-tree faid unto them,Should forfake my fweetneffe, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

thousand reigne over us..

12 Then faid the trees unto the vine,Come

13 And the vine faid unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God & man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 14. Then


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15 And the bramble faid unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your truft in my fhadow and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devoure the cedars of Leba


16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and fincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal & his houfe, and have done unto him according to the deferving of his hands: 17 (For my father fought for you, and † adventured his life farre, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:

18 And ye are rifen up against my fathers houfe this day, and have flain his fons, threefcore and ten perfons, upon one ftone, and have made Abimelech the fon of his maid-servant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother)

19 If ye then have dealt truly and fincere ly with Jerubbaal and with his houfe this day, then rejoyce ye in Abimelech, and let him alfo rejoyce in you:

20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devoure the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo: and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the houfe of Millo, and devoure Abimelech. 21 And Jotham ran away and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for feare of Abimelech his brother.

22 When Abimelech had reigned three yeares over Ifrael,

23 Then God fent an evil fpirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem: and the men of Shechem dealt treacheroufly with Abimelech:

24 That the cruelty done to the threefcore and ten fons of Jerubbaal might come, and their bloud be laid upon Abimelech their brother which flew them, and upon the men Heb. of Shechem which † aided him in the killing itrength of his brethren. ened his bands to


25 And the men of Shechem fet liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them and it was told Abimelech.

26 And Gaal the fon of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.

27 And they went out into the fields,and gathered their vineyards, and trode the

Gaal's confpiracy against Abimelech, grapes, and made merry,and went into the 245 houfe of their god, and did eat and drink, Or and curfed Abimelech. fongs.

28 And Gaal the fon of Ebed faid, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we fhould ferve him? is not be the fon of Jerubbaal, and Zebul his officer? ferve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why fhould we serve him?

29 And would to God this people were under my hand; then would I remove Abimelech. And he faid to Abimelech,Increase thine army,and come out.

30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the fon of Ebed, his anger was kindled.

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31 And he fent meffengers unto Abimelech hot. privily, faying, Behold, Gaal the fon of t Heb. Ebed, and his brethren be come to Shechem; craftily, and behold, they fortifie the city against Tormah, thee.

32 Now therefore up by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field.

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33 And it fhall be, that in the morning affoon as the fun is up, thou fhalt rife early, and fet upon the city: and behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayeft thou do to them t as thou fhalt find occafion. † Heb. 34 And Abimelech rofe up, and all the hand people that were with him, by night, and shall they laid wait against Shechem in foure com- find. panies.

35 And Gaal the fon of Ebed went out, and ftood in the entring of the gate of the citie: and Abimelech rofe up, and the people that were with him from lying in wait.

36 And when Gaal faw the people, he faid to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul faid unto him, Thou fecft the fhadow of the mountains as if they were men.

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37 And Gaalfpake again, and faid, See, there come people down by the † middle of tHeb. the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim.

38 Then faid Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou faidit, Who is Ábimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou haft defpifed? go out, I pray now,and fight with them.

39 And Gaal went out before-the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech. Q3 40 And


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Abimelech wins Shechem, and is flain

Judges 246 40 And Abimelech chafed him, and he fled before him,and many were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entring of the gate.

41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah:
and Zebul thruft out Gaal and his brethren,
that they should not dwell in Shechem.
42 And it came to paffe on the morrow,
that the people went out into the field, and
they told Abimelech.

43 And he took the people, and divided
them into three companies, and laid wait in
the field,and looked, and behold, the people
were come forth out of the citie, and he rofe
up against them, and finote them.

44 And Abimelech,and the company that
was with him, rufhed forward, and flood in
the entring of the gate of the citie: and the
two other companies ran upon all the peo-
ple that were in the fields,and flew them.

45 And Abimelech fought against the ci-
ty all that day, and he took the city, and
flew the people that was therein, and beat
down the city,and fowed it with falt.
46 And when all the men of the tower
of Shechem heard that, they entred into an
hold of the house of the god Berith.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all
the men of the tower of Shechem were ga-
thered together.

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon,he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axin his hand, and cut down abough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his fhoulder, and faid unto the people that were with him, Heb. What ye have feent me do,make hatte,and doas I have done.

I have done.

49 And all the people likewife cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and fet the hold on fire upon them: fo that all the men of the tower of Shechem died alfo, about a thousand men and women.

50Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped againft Thebez, and took it. 51. But there was a ftrong tower within the citfc, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the citie,and fhut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the



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at Thebez. Tola and Jair. Ifrael oppreffed.. 54 Then he called haftily unto the young man his armour-bearer, and faid unto him, Draw thy fword, and flay me, that men fay not of me, A woman flew him. And his young man thruft him through,and he died. 55 And when the men of Ifrael faw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place.

56 Thus God rendred the wickedneffe of Abimelech which he did unto his father, in flaying his feventy brethren.

57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem, did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curfe of Jotham the fon of Jerubbaal.


Tola judgeth Ifrael in Shamir. 3 Fair, whofe
thirty fons had thirty cities. 7 The Philistines
and Ammonites oppresse Ifrael. 10 In their mi-
fery, God fendeth them to their falfe gods. 15
upon their repentance he pitieth them.


ANd after Abimelech, there arofe to de- lor, defend Ifrael, Tola the fon of Puah, the † Heb. fon of Dodo, a man of Iffachar; and he fave. dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.

2 And he judged Ifrael twenty and three yeares,and died,and was buried in Shamir. 3 And after him arofe Jair, a Gileadite,and judged Ifrael twenty & two yeares 4 And he had thirty fons that rode on thirty affe-colts,and they had thirty cities, which are called Havoth-jair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead. villages 5 And Jair died, and was buried in Ca- of Jair. mon.


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6 And the children of Ifrael did evil a- *Chap. gain in the fight of the LORD, and ferved 11.X Baalim, and Afhtaroth, and the gods of 1.& 6.1. Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods & 13.1. of Moab, and the gods of the children of Chap. Ammon,and the gods of the Philistines,and forfook the LORD, and ferved not him. 7 And the anger of the LORD was hot againft Ifracl, and he fold them into the hands of the Philiftines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.


8 And that yeare they vexed and † oppref- tHeb. fed the children of Ifrael: eighteen yeares, all the children of Ifrael that were on the other fide Jordan, in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

9 Moreover, the children of Ammon paffedover Jordan, to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the houfe of Ephraim; fo that Ifrael was fore diftreffed.

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to the LORD, faying, We have finned against thee, both because we have forfaken our God, and alfo ferved Baalim.

II And the LORD faid unto the children of Ifrael, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philiftines?

12 The Zidonians alfo, and the Amale kites, and the Maonites did oppreffe you, and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.

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And the children of Ifrael faid unto the LORD, We have finned,do thou unto us whatsoever † feemeth good unto thee, is good deliver us onely, we pray thee, this day. in thine 16 And they put away the † ftrange gods THeb. from among them, and ferved the LORD: gods of and his foult was grieved for the miferie of Itrangers † Heb. Ifrael.



washor. 17 Then the children of Ammon were + gathered together, and encamped in Gile↑ Heb. cried toad: and the children of Ifrael affembled gether. themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.

18 And the people and princes of Gilead faid one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Chap. Ammon? he fhall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.


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1 The covenant between Fephthab and the Gileadites, that be should be their bead.12 The treaty of peace between him and the Ammonites is in vain. 29 Fephthahs vow. 32 His conqueft of the Ammonites. 34 He perform:th his vow on his daughter.

Ow Jephthah the Gileadite was a NOW mighty man of valour, and he was the Jephthae fon of an harlot:& Gilead begat Jephthah. THeb. 2 And Gileads wife bare him fons, and a woman his wives fons grew up, and they thruft out Jephthah, and faid unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our fathers houfe,for thou art the fon of a ftrange woman.


↑ Heb. 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, fom the and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.


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4 And it came to paffe † in proceffe of time, that the children of Ammon made warre against Ifrael.

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5 And it was fo, that when the, children 247 of Ammon made warre against Ifrael, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

6 And they faid unto Jephthah,Come and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

7 And Jephthah faid unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expell me out of my fathers houic? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in diftreffe? 8 And the elders of Gilead faid unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayeft go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. 9 And Jephthah faid unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me; fhall I be your head?

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10 And the elders of Gilead faid unto Jephthah, The LORD t be witneffe between † Heb. US, if we do not fo according to thy words. II Then Jephthah went with the elders beccen of Gilead, and the people made him head us. and captain over them: & Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.

12 And Jephthah fent meffengers unto the king of the children of Ammon,faying, What haft thou to do with me, that thou art come againft me to fight in my land?



13 And the king of the children of Ammon anfwered unto the meffengers of Jephthah, Because Ifrael took away my land * Num. when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore reftore thofe lands again peaceably.

14 And Jephthah fent meffengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon: 15 And faid unto him, Thus faith Jephthah, Ifrael took not away the land of * Deut. Moab, nor the land of the children of Am- 29. mon:

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16 But when Ifrael came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderneffe, unto the Red fea, and came to Kadesh;



17 Then Ifrael fent meffengers unto the * Num. king of Edom, faying, Let me, I pray thee, paffe through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they fent unto the king of Moab; but he would not confent: and Ifrael abode in Kadesh.

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19 And Ifrael fent meffengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites,the king of Hefhbon; and Ifrael faid unto him, Let us paffe, we pray thee, through thy land unto my place.

20 But Sihon trufted not Ifrael to paffe through his coaft: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Ifrael.

21 And the LORD God of Ifrael delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Ifrael, and they finote them: fo Ifrael poffeffed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that countrey.


22 And they poffeffed all the coafts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderneffe even unto Jordan.

23 So now the LORD God of Ifrael hath difpoffeffed the Amorites from before his people Ifrael, and fhouldeft thou poffeffe it?

24 Wilt not thou poffeffe that which Chemoth thy god giveth thee to poffeffe? So whomfoever the LORD our God fhall drive out from before us, them will we pofleffe.


25 And now art thou any thing better then Balak the fon of Zippor king of MoDeut.23. ab? did he ever ftrive against Ifrael, or did Jof.z4. he ever fight against them,.


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26 While Ifrael dwelt in Hefhbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coafts of Arnon, three hundred yearcs? why therefore did ye not recover them with in that time?

27 Wherefore I have not finned against thee, but thou doeft me wrong to warre againft me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Ifrael and the children of Ammon.

28 Howbeit, the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he fent him

29 Then the fpirit of the LORD came. upon Jephthah, and he paffed over Gilead, and Manaffeh, and paffed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he. paffed over unto the children of Ammon..

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LORD, and said, If thou fhalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,


31 Then it fhall be, that † whatsoever co- t Heb. meth forth of the doores of my houfe to meet me, when I return in peace from the cometh children of Ammon, fhall furely be the forth, LORDS, || and I will offer it up for a burnt- fhall offering.



32 So Jephthah paffed over unto the chil- forth. dren of Ammon to fight against them, and I Or, or the LORD delivered them into his hands. offer it, 33 And he fmote them from Aroer, even &c. till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, Or, with a very great flaughter. Thus the chil-Abel dren of Ammon were fubdued before the children of Ifrael.


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34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his houfe, and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances, and he was his onely child: it befide her he had neither fon nor daughter. 35 And it came to paffe when he faw her, own, eithat he rent his clothes, and faid, Alas, my ther fon daughter, thou haft brought me very low, or daugh and thou art one of them that trouble me: ↑ Heb. for I have opened my mouth unto the of himLORD, and I cannot go back.

36 And fhe faid unto him, My father, if thou haft opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

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