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The Ephraimites plain, Ibzan, &e.

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yeares.

fons fons

Chap. xii. xiii. An angel appearsto Manoah's wife. thirty fons, and thirty daughters, 11 and Elon, nephews, that rode on threefcore and 249 13 and Abdon, who had fourty fons,and thirty ten affe-colts: and he judged Ifrael eight Heb. nephews, judged Ifrael. Nd the men of Ephraimtgathered them- 15 And Abdon the fon of Hillel the Piwere cal- A felves together, and went north-ward, rathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon and faid unto Jephthah, Wherefore paffedit in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the thou over to fight against the children of Amalekites. Ammon, and didit not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine houfe upon thee

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2 And Jephthah faid unto them, I and my people were at great ftrife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

3 And when I faw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and paffed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead fimote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim, among the Ephraimites, and among the Manaffites.

5 Ånd the Gileadites took the paffages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was Jo,that when thofe Ephraimites which were efcaped, faid, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead faid unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay:

6 Then faid they unto him,Say now Shibboleth and he faid Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and flew him at the paffages of Jordan and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites, fourty and two thoufand.

7 And Jephthah judged Ifrael fix yeares: then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

8 And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Ifrael.

9And he had thirty fons,and thirty daughters, whom he fent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his fons. And he judged Ifrael feven yeares.

10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Beth-lehem.

II And after him, Elon a Zebulonite judged Ifrael,& he judged Ifrael ten yeares. 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Ajjalon in the countrey of Zebulun.

13 ¶ And after him, Abdon the fon of Hillel a Pirathonite judged Ifrael.

14 Aud he had fourty fons, and thirty

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CHAP. XIII.

Ifrael is in the band of the Philifines. 2 An angel appeareth to Manoahs wife. 8. The angel appeareth to Manoah. 15 Manoahs facrifice, whereby the angel is difcovered. 24 Samson is born.

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And
Nd the children of Ifrael + *did evil a- † Heb.
gain in the fight of the LORD, and the added to.
LORD delivered them into the hand of the commit,
Phililtines fourty yeares.

2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whofe name was Manoah, and his wife was barren and bare not.

3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and faid unto her, Behold now, thou art barren and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive and bear a fon.

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Chap. ..and 3.7. and 4.1. and

6.-1. and 10.6.

4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine, nor ftrong drink, and eat * Num.. not any unclean thing.

6.2,3.

6.5.

5 For lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a fon, and no rafour fhall come on his Num. head: for the child fhall be a Nazarite unto God from the wombe: and he fhall begin to deliver Ifrael out of the hand of the Phi liftines.

6 Then the woman came and told her husband, faying, A man of God came unto me,and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name.

7 But he faid unto me, Behold, thou fhalt conceive and bear a fon; and now drink no wine nor ftrong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child fhall be a Nazarite to God, from the wombe to the day. of his death.

8Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and faid, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didit fend, coine again unto us, and teach us what we fhall do unto the child that fhall be born.

9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as the fat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.

10 And the woman made hafte, and ran, and fhewed her husbandsand faid unto him,

Behold

1. Sam.

Manoah and the angel.

Judges. 250 Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.

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what

II And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man,and faid unto him, Art thou the man that spakeft unto the woman? And he said, I am.

12 And Manoah faid,Now let thy words come to paffe: † How fhall we order the child, and how fhall we do unto him?

13 And the angel of the LORD faid unto Manoah, Of all that I faid unto the woman, let her beware.

14 She may not cat of any thing that coshall he meth of the vine, neither let her drink wine or ftrong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her,let her obferve.

do? † Heb. what fhall be

15 ¶And Manoah faid unto the angel of his work the LORD, I pray thee,let us detain thee,unHeb. till we fhall have made ready a kid † for

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16 And the angel of the LORD faid unto Manoah,Though thou detain me,I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt-offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD: for Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

17 And Manoah faid unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy fayings come to paffe, we may do thee honour?

18 And the angel of the LORD faid unto him, Why askeft thou thus after my name, feeing it is fecret ?

19S0 Manoah took a kid,with a meat-offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD and the angel did wonderously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.

20 For it came to paffe, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD afcended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.

21 (But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife) then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

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22 And Manoah faid unto his wife, We fhallfurely die, because we have seen God.

Chap.6. 23 But his wife faid unto him, If the LORD were pleafed to kill us, he would not have received a burnt-offering and a meat-offering at our hands, neither would he have fhewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us Juch things as thefe.

Samfon born. He kills a lion, and marryes. 24 And the woman bare a fon,and called his name Samfon: and the childe grew, and the LORD bleffed him.

25 And the fpirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

CHAP. XIV.

Samfon defireth a wife of the Philistines. 5 In his journey he killeth a lion. 8 In a second journey he findeth hony in the carcafe. 10 Samfons marriage-feaft. 12 His riddle by his wife is made known. 19 He fpoileth thirty Philiftines. 20 His wife is married to another.

ANd Samfon went down to Timnath,

and faw a woman in Timnath, of the daughters of the Philiftines.

2 And he came up and told his father,and his mother, and faid, I have feen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philiftines now therefore get her for me to wife.

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3 Then his father and his mother faid unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all people, that thou goeft to take a wife of the uncircumcifed Philiftines? And Samfon faid unto his father,Get her for me, for the plea- † Heb. feth me well.

4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he fought an occafion against the Philiftines: for at that time the Philiftines had dominion over If

rael.

The is ne right in

mine

eyes.

5 Then went Sanfon down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and behold, a young lion roared against him. † Heb. 6 And the fpirit of the LORD came migh- in meettily upon him, and he rent him as he would ing him. have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

7 And he went down, and talked with the woman, and fhe pleafed Samfon well. 8 And after a time, he returned to take her, and he turned afide to fee the carcafe of the lion and behold, there was a fwarm of bees, and hony in the carcafe of the lion.

9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat but he told not them that he had taken the hony out of the carcafe of the lion.

10 So his father went down unto the woman, and Samfon made there a feaft: for fouled the young men to do.

II And it came to paffe when they faw

Samfon's riddle unriddled.

| Or, fhirts.

Chap. xv. His foxes.The men of Judah bind him. him, that they brought thirty companions to But it came to paffe within a while after, 251

be with him.

12 And Samfon faid unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if you can certainly declare it me within the feven dayes of the feaft, and finde it out, then I will give you thirtyfheets,and thirty change of garments.

13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then fhall ye give me thirty fheets, and thirty change of garments. And they faid unto him,Put forth thy riddle,that we may hear it. 14 And he faid unto them,Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the ftrong came forth fweetneffe.And they could not in three dayes expound the riddle.

15 And it came to paffe on the feventh day, that they faid unto Samfons wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, left we burn thee and thy fa↑ Heb. thers houfe with fire: have ye called us to to pol- take that we have? is it not fo?

feffe us,

or to im.

us.

16 And Samfons wife wept before him, poverish and faid, Thou doft but hate me, and loveft me not thou haft put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and haft not told it me.And he faid unto her,Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and fhall I tell it thee?

1 Or, the reft of the fe ven

17 And the wept before him the feven dayes,while their feaft lafted: and it came to paffe on the feventh day, that he told her,bedayes caufe fhe lay fore upon him: and fhe told the riddle to the children of her people.

18 And the men of the city faid unto him on the feventh day before the fun went down, What is fweeter then hony?and what is ftronger then a lion? And he faid unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

19 And the fpirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Afhkelon, and flew thirty men of them,and took their Lor, poil, and gave change of garments unto apparel. them which expounded the riddle: and his anger was kindled,and he went up to his fathers houfe.

20But Samfon's wife was given to his companion, whom he had ufed as his friend.

CHAP. XV.

1 Samfon is denied his wife. 3 He burneth the Philistines corn with foxes and fire-brands. 6 His wife and her father are burnt by the Philiftines. 7 Samfon fmiteth them hip and thigh. 9 He is bound by the men of Judah, and deli vered to the Philistines. 14 He killeth them with a jaw-bone. 18 God maketh the fountain Enbakkore for him in Lehi.

in the time of wheat-harveft, that Samfon vifited his wife with a kid, and he faid, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not fuffer him to go in. 2 And her father faid, I verily thought that thou hadft utterly hated her, therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger fifter fairer then fhe? t take her, I pray thee,in +Heb. ftead of her.

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3. And Samfon faid concerning them, be thine. Now fhall I be more blameleffe then the f Or, Philiftines, though I do them a difpleasure. now hall 4 And Samfon went and caught three hun- blamedred foxes,and took fire-brands, and turn- lefs from: ed tail to tail, and put a fire-brand in the the Philiftines, midft between two tails. though,

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5 And when he had fet the brands on fire, &c. he let them go into the ftanding-corn of the Il Or, Philiftines, and burnt up both the fhocks, and alfo the standing-corn, with the vineyards and olives.

6 Then the Philistines faid, Who hath. done this? And they answered, Samfon the fon in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion.And the Philiftines came up,and burnt her and her father with fire.

7 And Samfon faid unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

8 And he fmote them hip and thigh with a great flaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

9 Then the Philiftines went up, and pitched in Judah, and fpread themfelves in Lehi.

10 And the men of Judah faid, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samfon are we come up, to do to him, as he hath done to us.

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II Then three thousand men of Judah † went to the top of the rock Etam, and † Heb. faid to Samfon, Knowelt thou not that the went Philiftines are rulers over us? what is this that thou haft done unto us? And he faid unto them, As they did unto me, fo have I: done unto them.

12 And they faid unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philiftines. And Samfon faid unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me your felves..

13 And they fpake unto him, faying, No: but we will bind thee faft, and deliver thee into their hand but furely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two

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Samfox's jaw-bone. The gates of Gaza.

Judges. 252 new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

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melted.

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines fhouted against him: and the fpirit 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 + loofed from off his hands.

15 And he found a new jaw-bone of an Heb. affe, and put forth his hand and took it,and flew athousand men therewith.

moilt.

† Hcb. an heap,

two

heaps.

16 And Samfon faid, With the jaw-bone of an affe,t heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an affe have I flain a thousand men.

17 And it came to paffe when he had made an end of speaking, that he caft away the jaw-bone out of his hand, and called the lift that place || Ramath-lehi.

ing up of 18 And he was fore athirft, and called
the jaw- on the LORD, and faid, Thou haft given
bone, or this great deliverance into the hand of thy
casting a-
way of fervant: and now fhall I die for thirft, and
the jaw- fall into the hand of the uncircumcifed?

bone.

Or, Lehi.

That is, the well

of him that called, or cried.

† Heb. a

woman

19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw,and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk,his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof || Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

20 And he judged Ifrael in the dayes of the Philistines twenty yeares.

CHAP. XVI.

I Samfon at Gaza efcapeth, and carrieth away
the gates of the citie. 4 Delilah corrupted by
the Philistines, enticeth Samfon. 6 Thrice he
is deceived. 15 At last he overcometh him.
21 The Philistines take him, and put out his
eyes. 22 His ftrength renewing, he pulleth down
the house upon the Philiftines, and dieth.

THen

Hen went Samfon to Gaza, and faw therean harlot, and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, faying, an harlos Samfon is come hither. And they compaffed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were † quiet all the night, faying, In the morning when it is day, we fhall kill him.

† Heb. filent.

3 And Samfon lay till midnight, and arofe at midnight, and took the doores of the gate of the city, and the two pofts, and went a↑ Heb. way with them, t barre and all, and put with the them upon his fhoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before He

bar.e.

bron.

4 And it came to paffe afterward, that Or, by he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whofe name was Delilah.

the

brook.

Delilah's falfhood.

5 And the lords of the Philiftines came up unto her, and faid unto her, Entice him, and fee wherein his great strength liet hand by what means we may prevail against hin, that we may bind him to afflict him: and or, we will give thee every one of us eleven hun- bamble, dred pieces of filver.

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6 And Delilah faid to Saifon, Tell me, pray thee,wherein thy great ftrength lieth, and wherewith thou mighteft be bound to

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12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, hath not and bound him therewith, and faid unto been hum, The Philiftines be upon thee, Samfon. done. (And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber) And he brake them from off his arms like a threed.

13 And Delilah faid unto Samfon, Hitherto thou haft mocked me,and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mighteft be bound. And he faid unto her, If thou weaveft the feven locks of my head with the web.

14 And fhe faftened it with the pin, and faid unto him, The Philiftines be upon thee, Samfon. And he awaked out of his fleep,and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.

15 And fhe faid unto him, How canft thou fay, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? Thou haft mocked me these three times,and haft not told me wherein thy great ftrength lieth.

16 And it came to paffe, when fhe preffed him daily with her words,& urged him, † Heb. fo that his foul was † vexed unto death; horten

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Chap. xvii.

17 That he told her all his heart, and faid unto her, There hath not come a rafour upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mothers wombe: if I be fhaven, then my strength will go from me, and I fhall become weak, and be like any other man.

18And when Delilah faw that he had told her all his heart, fhe fent and called for the lords of the Philistines,faying, Come up this once, for he hath fhewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philiftines came up unto her, & brought money in their hand. 19 And he made him fleep upon her knees, and fhe called for a man, and fhe caufed him to fhave off the feven locks of his head, and fhe began to afflict him, and his ftrength went from him.

20 And fhe faid, The Philistines be upon thee, Samfon.And he awoke out of his fleep, and faid, I will go out as at other times before, and shake my felt. And he wilt not that the LORD was departed from him.

21. But the Philistines took him, and

† put out his eyes, and brought him down to

Gaza, and bound him with fetters of braffe, and he did grind in the prifon-house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to Or, as grow again, after he was fhaven.

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23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together, for to offer a great lacrifice unto Dagon their god,and to rejoyce: for they faid,Our god hath delivered Sainton our enemy into our hand.

24 And when the people faw him, they praised their god for they faid, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, † Heb. and the deftroyer of our countrey, † which and who flew many of us.

ed our flain.

multipli 25 And it came to paffe when their hearts were merry, that they faid, Call for Samfon, that he may make us fport. And they called for Samfon out of the prifon-houfe; and he Heb. made † them fport:and they fet him between the pillars.

before

them.

26 And Samfon faid unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house ftandeth, that I may lean upon them.

27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philiftines were there: and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samfon made sport.

28 And Samfon called unto the LORD, and faid, Lord GOD,remember me,I pray thee, and ftrengthen me, I pray thee, onely

His death. Micah's idols. this once, O God, that I may be at once a- 253 venged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samfon took hold of the two middle pillars, upon which the house ftood, and on which it was born up, of the one with or, his right hand, and of the other with his he leaned left.

on them.

30 And Samfon faid, Let † me die with ↑ Heb. the Philiftines: and he bowed himself with my foul. all his might; and the houfe fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein: fo the dead which he flew at his death, were mo then they which he flew in his life.

31 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 Efhtaol, in the burying place of Manoah his father: and he judged Ifracl twenty yeares.

CHAP. XVII.

1 of the money that Micah first stole,then restored,

bis mother maketh images, 5 and he ornaments for them. 7 H bireth a Leve to be his priest.. ANd there was a man of mount Ephraim,

whofe name was Micah.

2 And he faid unto his mother,The cleven hundred shekels of filver, that were taken from thee, about which thou curfedft, and fpakeft of alfo in mine cares; behold, the filver is with me, I took it. And his mother faid, Bleffed be thou of the LORD, my fon.. 3 And when he had restored the cleven hundred (hekels of filver to his mother, his mother faid, I had wholly dedicated the filver unto the LORD, from my hand, for my fon, to make a graven image, and a molten image: now therefore I will reflore it unto thee.

4 Yet he reftored the money unto his mo ther, and his mother took two hundred hekels of filver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image, and a molten image: and they were in the house of

Micah.

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