American King James Version
The Book of Judges
1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of
Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites
first, to fight against them?
1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the
land into his hand.
1:3 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.
1:4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites
into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
1:5 And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and
they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
1:6 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and
cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten 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.
1:8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken
it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
1:9 And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the
Canaanites, that dwelled in the mountain, and in the south, and in the
1:10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelled in Hebron: (now
the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and
Ahiman, and Talmai.
1:11 And from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name
of Debir before was Kirjathsepher:
1:12 And Caleb said, He that smites Kirjathsepher, and takes it, to him
will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
1:13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and
he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
1:14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask
of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said
to her, What will you?
1:15 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.
1:16 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 dwelled among
1:17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites
that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city
was called Hormah.
1:18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the
coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
1:19 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.
1:20 And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled there
the three sons of Anak.
1:21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that
inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin
in Jerusalem to this day.
1:22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the
LORD was with them.
1:23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the
city before was Luz.)
1:24 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
1:25 And when he showed them the entrance into the city, they smote the
city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.
1:26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city,
and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof to this day.
1:27 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.
1:28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites
to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
1:29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelled in Gezer;
but the Canaanites dwelled in Gezer among them.
1:30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants
of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelled among them, and became tributaries.
1:31 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
1:32 But the Asherites dwelled among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of
the land: for they did not drive them out.
1:33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor
the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelled among the Canaanites, the
inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and
of Bethanath became tributaries to them.
1:34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for
they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
1:35 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.
1:36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from
the rock, and upward.
2:1 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
2:2 And you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; you
shall throw down their altars: but you have not obeyed my voice: why have
you done this?
2:3 Why I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they
shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.
2:4 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
2:5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed
there to the LORD.
2:6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went
every man to his inheritance to possess the land.
2:7 And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the
days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works
of the LORD, that he did for Israel.
2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an
hundred and ten years old.
2:9 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.
2:10 And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there
arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the
works which he had done for Israel.
2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and
2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them
out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people
that were round about them, and bowed themselves to them, and provoked
the LORD to anger.
2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
2:14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered
them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into
the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer
stand before their enemies.
2:15 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.
2:16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of
the hand of those that spoiled them.
2:17 And yet they would not listen to their judges, but they went a whoring
after other gods, and bowed themselves 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.
2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, 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 them that oppressed them and vexed them.
2:19 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 bow down to them; they ceased not from their own
doings, nor from their stubborn way.
2:20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because
that this people has transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers,
and have not listened to my voice;
2:21 I also will not from now on drive out any from before them of the
nations which Joshua left when he died:
2:22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way
of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
2:23 Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily;
neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
3:1 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them,
even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
3:2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to
teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
3:3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and
the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelled in mount Lebanon, from mount
Baalhermon to the entering in of Hamath.
3:4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would listen
to the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the
hand of Moses.
3:5 And the children of Israel dwelled among the Canaanites, Hittites,
and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:
3:6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters
to their sons, and served their gods.
3:7 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.
3:8 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 eight years.
3:9 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.
3:10 And the Spirit of the LORD came on 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.
3:11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
3:12 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.
3:13 And he gathered to him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went
and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
3:14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
3:15 But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised
them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left handed:
and by him the children of Israel sent a present to Eglon the king of Moab.
3:16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length;
and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh.
3:17 And he brought the present to Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a
very fat man.
3:18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the
people that bore the present.
3:19 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 that stood by him went out from him.
3:20 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.
3:21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right
thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
3:22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed on the
blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt
3:23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the
parlor on him, and locked them.
3:24 When he was 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.
3:25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not
the doors of the parlor; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and,
behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
3:26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries,
and escaped to Seirath.
3:27 And it came to pass, when he was 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.
3:28 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 suffered not a man to pass over.
3:29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty,
and all men of valor; and there escaped not a man.
3:30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land
had rest fourscore years.
3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines
six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.
4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD,
when Ehud was dead.
4:2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that
reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelled in
Harosheth of the Gentiles.
4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred
chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of
4:4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel
at that time.
4:5 And she dwelled under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel
in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
4:6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali,
and said to him, Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and
draw toward mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men of the children
of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
4:7 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
4:8 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.
4:9 And she said, I will surely go with you: notwithstanding the journey
that you take shall not be for your honor; for the LORD shall sell Sisera
into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
4:10 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.
4:11 Now Heber the Kenite, which 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.
4:12 And they showed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to
4:13 And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots
of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles
to the river of Kishon.
4:14 And Deborah said to Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD
has delivered Sisera into your hand: is not the LORD gone out before you?
So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
4:15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his
host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down
off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.
4:16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, to Harosheth
of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell on the edge of the sword;
and there was not a man left.
4:17 However, 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.
4:18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, Turn in, my lord,
turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in to her into the tent,
she covered him with a mantle.
4:19 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 drink,
and covered him.
4:20 Again he said to her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall
be, when any man does come and inquire of you, and say, Is there any man
here? that you shall say, No.
4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer
in her hand, and went softly to him, and smote the nail into his temples,
and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he
4:22 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
4:23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children
4:24 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.
5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
5:2 Praise you the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly
5:3 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.
5:4 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
5:5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before
the LORD God of Israel.
5:6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways
were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways.
5:7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until
that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield
or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
5:9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves
willingly among the people. Bless you the LORD.
5:10 Speak, you that ride on white asses, you that sit in judgment, and
walk by the way.
5:11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of
drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD,
even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel:
then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates.
5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and
lead your captivity captive, you son of Abinoam.
5:13 Then he made him that remains have dominion over the nobles among
the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.
5:14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after you,
Benjamin, among your people; out of Machir came down governors, and out
of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.
5:15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and
also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben
there were great thoughts of heart.
5:16 Why stayed you among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the
flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
5:17 Gilead stayed beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher
continued on the sea shore, and stayed in his breaches.
5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that risked their lives to the
death in the high places of the field.
5:19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach
by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.
5:20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against
5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river
Kishon. O my soul, you have trodden down strength.
5:22 Then were the horse hoofs broken by the means of the prancings, the
prancings of their mighty ones.
5:23 Curse you Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse you bitterly the
inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to
the help of the LORD against the mighty.
5:24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed
shall she be above women in the tent.
5:25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in
a lordly dish.
5:26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's
hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when
she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
5:27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed,
he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the
lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of
5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself,
5:30 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a
damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colors, a prey of divers colors
of needlework, of divers colors of needlework on both sides, meet for the
necks of them that take the spoil?
5:31 So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him
be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty
6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the
LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
6:2 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 strong holds.
6:3 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
6:4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth,
till you come to Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep,
nor ox, nor ass.
6:5 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.
6:6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and
the children of Israel cried to the LORD.
6:7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried to the LORD
because of the Midianites,
6:8 That the LORD sent a prophet to the children of Israel, which said
to them, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt,
and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
6:9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the
hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and
gave you their land;
6:10 And I said to you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but you have not obeyed my voice.
6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was
in Ophrah, that pertained to Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed
wheat by the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites.
6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, The LORD
is with you, you mighty man of valor.
6:13 And Gideon said to him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then
is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers
told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the
LORD has forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
6:14 And the LORD looked on him, and said, Go in this your might, and you
shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent you?
6:15 And he said to him, Oh my Lord, with which shall I save Israel?
behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's
6:16 And the LORD said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall
smite the Midianites as one man.
6:17 And he said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then
show me a sign that you talk with me.
6:18 Depart not hence, I pray you, until I come to you, and bring forth
my present, and set it before you. And he said, I will tarry until you
6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of
an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in
a pot, and brought it out to him under the oak, and presented it.
6:20 And the angel of God said to him, Take the flesh and the unleavened
cakes, and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
6:21 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 there
rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened
cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
6:22 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
6:23 And the LORD said to him, Peace be to you; fear not: you shall not
6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom:
to this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
6:25 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:
6:26 And build an altar to the LORD your God on 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 shall cut down.
6:27 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
6:28 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 on the altar that was built.
6:29 And they said one to another, Who has done this thing? And when they
inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.
6:30 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.
6:31 And Joash said to all that stood against him, Will you plead for Baal?
will you save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death
whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because
one has cast down his altar.
6:32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead
against him, because he has thrown down his altar.
6:33 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
6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;
and Abiezer was gathered after him.
6:35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered
after him: and he sent messengers to Asher, and to Zebulun, and to Naphtali;
and they came up to meet them.
6:36 And Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you
6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be
on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the earth beside, then shall I
know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.
6:38 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
6:39 And Gideon said to God, Let not 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 on the fleece, and on all the ground
let there be dew.
6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry on the fleece only, and
there was dew on all the ground.
7:1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that 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
7:2 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too many
for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves
against me, saying, My own hand has saved me.
7:3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever
is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead.
And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained
7:4 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them
down to the water, and I will try them for you there: and it shall be,
that of whom I say to you, This shall go with you, the same shall go with
you; and of whomsoever I say to you, This shall not go with you, the same
shall not go.
7:5 So he brought down the people to the water: and the LORD said to Gideon,
Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him shall
you set by himself; likewise every one that bows down on his knees to drink.
7:6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth,
were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down on their
knees to drink water.
7:7 And the LORD said to Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will
I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand: and let all the
other people go every man to his place.
7:8 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.
7:9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said to him, Arise,
get you down to the host; for I have delivered it into your hand.
7:10 But if you fear to go down, go you with Phurah your servant down to
7:11 And you shall hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands be
strengthened to go down to the host. Then went he down with Phurah his
servant to the outside of the armed men that were in the host.
7:12 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.
7:13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream
to his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, see, a cake of
barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came to a tent, and smote
it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
7:14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword
of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand has God
delivered Midian, and all the host.
7:15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the
interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host
of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD has delivered into your hand the
host of Midian.
7:16 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
7:17 And he said to them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when
I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall
7:18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow
you the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword
of the LORD, and of Gideon.
7:19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that 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.
7:20 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 with: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
7:21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all
the host ran, and cried, and fled.
7:22 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.
7:23 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.
7:24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, come
down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters to Bethbarah
and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and
took the waters to Bethbarah and Jordan.
7:25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they
slew Oreb on the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the wine press of Zeeb,
and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on
the other side Jordan.
8:1 And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you served us thus, that
you called us not, when you went to fight with the Midianites? And
they did chide with him sharply.
8:2 And he said to them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is
not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
8:3 God has delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, 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.
8:4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred
men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.
8:5 And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread
to the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after
Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
8:6 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?
8:7 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.
8:8 And he went up there to Penuel, and spoke to them likewise: and the
men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him.
8:9 And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in
peace, I will break down this tower.
8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them,
about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the
children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men
that drew sword.
8:11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelled in tents on the
east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host; for the host was secure.
8:12 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.
8:13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was
8:14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him:
and he described to him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof,
even three score and seventeen men.
8:15 And he came to the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna,
with whom you did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna
now in your hand, that we should give bread to your men that are weary?
8:16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and
briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.
8:17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
8:18 Then said he 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.
8:19 And he said, They were my brothers, even the sons of my mother: as
the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
8:20 And he said to Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth
drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth.
8:21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise you, and fall on 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.
8:22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule you over us, both you,
and your son, and your son's son also: for you have delivered us from the
hand of Midian.
8:23 And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my
son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
8:24 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.)
8:25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a
garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand
and 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.
8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in
Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became
a snare to Gideon, and to his house.
8:28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they
lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years
in the days of Gideon.
8:29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelled in his own house.
8:30 And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for
he had many wives.
8:31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, whose
name he called Abimelech.
8:32 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.
8:33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children
of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith
8:34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who
had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:
8:35 Neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon,
according to all the goodness which he had showed to Israel.
9:1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's
brothers, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house
of his mother's father, saying,
9:2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is
better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are three
score and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember
also that I am your bone and your flesh.
9:3 And his mother's brothers 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.
9:4 And they gave him three score and ten pieces of silver out of the house
of Baalberith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which
9:5 And he went to his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brothers
the sons of Jerubbaal, being three score and ten persons, on one stone:
notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for
he hid himself.
9:6 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.
9:7 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 listen to you.
9:8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they
said to the olive tree, Reign you over us.
9:9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, with which
by me they honor God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
9:10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come you, and reign over us.
9:11 But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and
my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
9:12 Then said the trees to the vine, Come you, and reign over us.
9:13 And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheers God
and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
9:14 Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come you, and reign over us.
9:15 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.
9:16 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;
9:17 (For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered
you out of the hand of Midian:
9:18 And you are risen up against my father's house this day, and have
slain his sons, three score and ten persons, on one stone, and have made
Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because
he is your brother;)
9:19 If you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with
his house this day, then rejoice you in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice
9:20 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.
9:21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelled there,
for fear of Abimelech his brother.
9:22 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,
9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem;
and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:
9:24 That the cruelty done to the three score and ten sons of Jerubbaal
might come, and their blood be laid on Abimelech their brother, which slew
them; and on the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his
9:25 And the men of Shechem set 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.
9:26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brothers, and went over to
Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.
9:27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and
stepped the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god,
and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.
9:28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem,
that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his
officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we
9:29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove
Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army, and come out.
9:30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son
of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
9:31 And he sent messengers to Abimelech privately, saying, Behold, Gaal
the son of Ebed and his brothers be come to Shechem; and, behold, they
fortify the city against you.
9:32 Now therefore up by night, you and the people that is with you, and
lie in wait in the field:
9:33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you
shall rise early, and set on the city: and, behold, when he and the people
that is with him come out against you, then may you do to them as you shall
9:34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night,
and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.
9:35 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 that were with
him, from lying in wait.
9:36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come
people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said to him, You see
the shadow of the mountains as if they were men.
9:37 And Gaal spoke again, and said, See there come people down by the
middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim.
9:38 Then said Zebul to him, Where is now your mouth, with which you said,
Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that
you have despised? go out, I pray now, and fight with them.
9:39 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.
9:40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many were overthrown
and wounded, even to the entering of the gate.
9:41 And Abimelech dwelled at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his
brothers, that they should not dwell in Shechem.
9:42 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the
field; and they told Abimelech.
9:43 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 city; and he rose up against them, and smote them.
9:44 And Abimelech, and the company that was with him, rushed forward,
and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies
ran on all the people that were in the fields, and slew them.
9:45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the
city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and
sowed it with salt.
9:46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered
into an hold of the house of the god Berith.
9:47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem
were gathered together.
9:48 And Abimelech got him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that
were with him; and Abimelech took an ax 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 that were with him, What you have seen me do, make haste, and do
as I have done.
9:49 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 on them;
so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand
men and women.
9:50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took
9:51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all
the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and got
them up to the top of the tower.
9:52 And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and went hard
to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.
9:53 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone on Abimelech's head,
and all to broke his skull.
9:54 Then he called hastily to the young man his armor bearer, and said
to him, Draw your sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A women slew
him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.
9:55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed
every man to his place.
9:56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did to his
father, in slaying his seventy brothers:
9:57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render on their heads:
and on them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
10:1 And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah,
the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelled in Shamir in mount Ephraim.
10:2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried
10:3 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and
10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had
thirty cities, which are called Havothjair to this day, which are in the
land of Gilead.
10:5 And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
10:6 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 served not him.
10:7 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
10:8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen
years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in
the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
10:9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against
Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that
Israel was sore distressed.
10:10 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.
10:11 And the LORD said to the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you
from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon,
and from the Philistines?
10:12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress
you; and you cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
10:13 Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: why I will deliver
you no more.
10:14 Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you
in the time of your tribulation.
10:15 And the children of Israel said to the LORD, We have sinned: do you
to us whatever seems good to you; deliver us only, we pray you, this day.
10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the
LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
10:17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in
Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped
10:18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man
is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall
be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the
son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
11:2 And Gilead's wife bore him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and
they thrust out Jephthah, and said to him, You shall not inherit in our
father's house; for you are the son of a strange woman.
11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers, and dwelled in the land of Tob:
and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.
11:4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon
made war against Israel.
11:5 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:
11:6 And they said to Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight
with the children of Ammon.
11:7 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did not you hate me, and
expel me out of my father's house? and why are you come to me now when
you are in distress?
11:8 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.
11:9 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you bring me home again
to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before
me, shall I be your head?
11:10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, The LORD be witness between
us, if we do not so according to your words.
11:11 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.
11:12 And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the children of Ammon,
saying, What have you to do with me, that you are come against me to fight
in my land?
11:13 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.
11:14 And Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the children of
11:15 And said to him, Thus said Jephthah, Israel took not away the land
of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
11:16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness
to the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
11:17 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 stayed in Kadesh.
11:18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed 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 came not within the border
of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab.
11:19 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.
11:20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon
gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against
11:21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into
the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land
of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
11:22 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even
to Jabbok, and from the wilderness even to Jordan.
11:23 So now the LORD God of Israel has dispossessed the Amorites from
before his people Israel, and should you possess it?
11:24 Will not you possess that which Chemosh your god gives you to possess?
So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will
11:25 And now are you any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king
of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against
11:26 While Israel dwelled in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her
towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three
hundred years? why therefore did you not recover them within that time?
11:27 Why I have not sinned against you, but you do me wrong to war against
me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel
and the children of Ammon.
11:28 However, the king of the children of Ammon listened not to the words
of Jephthah which he sent him.
11:29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on 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.
11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you shall without
fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands,
11:31 Then it shall be, that whatever comes forth of the doors of my house
to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely
be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
11:32 So Jephthah passed over to the children of Ammon to fight against
them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
11:33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till 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.
11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house, and, behold, his daughter
came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances: and she was his
only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
11:35 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 them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I
cannot go back.
11:36 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;
for as much as the LORD has taken vengeance for you of your enemies, even
of the children of Ammon.
11:37 And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me
alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains, and mourn
my virginity, I and my fellows.
11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went
with her companions, and bewailed her virginity on the mountains.
11:39 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,
11:40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of
Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
12:1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward,
and said to Jephthah, Why passed you over to fight against the children
of Ammon, and did not call us to go with you? we will burn your house on
you with fire.
12:2 And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were at great strife with
the children of Ammon; and when I called you, you delivered me not out
of their hands.
12:3 And when I saw that you delivered me not, 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 are you come up to me this day, to fight against
12:4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought
with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, You
Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the
12:5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites:
and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let
me go over; that the men of Gilead said to him, Are you an Ephraimite?
If he said, No;
12:6 Then said they 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 there fell at that time of the Ephraimites
forty and two thousand.
12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite,
and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.
12:8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
12:9 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
12:10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.
12:11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel
12:12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country
12:13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.
12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on three score
and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
12:15 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.
13:1 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 forty years.
13:2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bore not.
13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman, and said to her,
Behold now, you are barren, and bore not: but you shall conceive, and bear
13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray you, and drink not wine nor strong drink,
and eat not any unclean thing:
13:5 For, see, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come
on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb: and
he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
13:6 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 asked him not from where he was, neither told he me
13:7 But he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and
now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for
the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
13:8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of
God which you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do
to the child that shall be born.
13:9 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.
13:10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and showed her husband, and said
to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, that came to me the other day.
13:11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and
said to him, Are you the man that spoke to the woman? And he said, I am.
13:12 And Manoah said, Now let your words come to pass. How shall we order
the child, and how shall we do to him?
13:13 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the
woman let her beware.
13:14 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.
13:15 And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, I pray you, let us detain
you, until we shall have made ready a kid for you.
13:16 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 knew not that he was an angel of
13:17 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?
13:18 And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why ask you thus after my
name, seeing it is secret?
13:19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it on a rock
to the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked
13:20 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.
13:21 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.
13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have
13:23 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 showed us all these things, nor would as at this
time have told us such things as these.
13:24 And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child
grew, and the LORD blessed him.
13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp
of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the
daughters of the Philistines.
14:2 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.
14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman
among the daughters of your brothers, 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.
14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that
he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines
had dominion over Israel.
14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath,
and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared
14:6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily on him, and he rent him as
he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not
his father or his mother what he had done.
14:7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson
14:8 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.
14:9 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 honey out of the carcass of the lion.
14:10 So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast;
for so used the young men to do.
14:11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty
companions to be with him.
14:12 And Samson said to them, I will now put forth a riddle to you: if
you can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and
find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:
14:13 But if you cannot declare it me, then shall you give me thirty sheets
and thirty change of garments. And they said to him, Put forth your riddle,
that we may hear it.
14:14 And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of
the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound
14:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's
wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we
burn you and your father's house with fire: have you called us to take
that we have? is it not so?
14:16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, You do but hate me,
and love me not: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people,
and have not told it me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not told it
my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it you?
14:17 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 on him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
14:18 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 had not found out my riddle.
14:19 And the Spirit of the LORD came on him, and he went down to Ashkelon,
and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments
to them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went
up to his father's house.
14:20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as
15:1 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 suffer him to go in.
15:2 And her father said, I truly thought that you had utterly hated her;
therefore I gave her to your companion: is not her younger sister fairer
than she? take her, I pray you, instead of her.
15:3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than
the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
15:4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands,
and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the middle between two
15:5 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.
15:6 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.
15:7 And Samson said to them, Though you have done this, yet will I be
avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
15:8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went
down and dwelled in the top of the rock Etam.
15:9 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves
15:10 And the men of Judah said, Why are you come up against us? And they
answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he has done to
15:11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam,
and said to Samson, Know you not that 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.
15:12 And they said to him, We are come 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 on me yourselves.
15:13 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.
15:14 And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and
the Spirit of the LORD came mightily on him, and the cords that were on
his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed
from off his hands.
15:15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and
took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
15:16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps on heaps, with
the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
15:17 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.
15:18 And he was sore thirsty, and called on the LORD, and said, You have
given this great deliverance into the hand of your servant: and now shall
I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
15:19 But God split an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came
water out of there; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he
revived: why he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi to
15:20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.
16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to
16:2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come here. And they
compassed 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
shall kill him.
16:3 And Samson lay till 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 on his shoulders, and carried them up to the
top of an hill that is before Hebron.
16:4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley
of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
16:5 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 every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
16:6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray you, wherein your great
strength lies, and with which you might be bound to afflict you.
16:7 And Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green thongs that
were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
16:8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green thongs
which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
16:9 Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber.
And she said to him, The Philistines be on you, Samson. And he broke the
thongs, as a thread of wick is broken when it touches the fire. So his
strength was not known.
16:10 And Delilah said to Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told
me lies: now tell me, I pray you, with which you might be bound.
16:11 And he said to her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never
were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.
16:12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said
to him, The Philistines be on you, Samson. And there were liers in wait
abiding in the chamber. And he broke them from off his arms like a thread.
16:13 And Delilah said to Samson, Till now you have mocked me, and told
me lies: tell me with which you might be bound. And he said to her, If
you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.
16:14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said to him, The Philistines
be on you, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the
pin of the beam, and with the web.
16:15 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.
16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and
urged him, so that his soul was vexed to death;
16:17 That he told her all his heart, and said to her, There has not come
a razor on my head; for I have been a Nazarite to God from my mother's
womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become
weak, and be like any other man.
16:18 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 showed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came
up to her, and brought money in their hand.
16:19 And she made him sleep on 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.
16:20 And she said, The Philistines be on 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 knew not that the LORD was departed from him.
16:21 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 did grind in
the prison house.
16:22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.
16:23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for 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.
16:24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said,
Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our
country, which slew many of us.
16:25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, 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
16:26 And Samson said to the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that
I may feel the pillars whereupon the house stands, that I may lean on them.
16:27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the
Philistines were there; and there were on the roof about three thousand
men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
16:28 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.
16:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars on 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.
16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself
with all his might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people
that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than
they which he slew in his life.
16:31 Then his brothers 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 burial plot of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
17:2 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
be you of the LORD, my son.
17:3 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.
17:4 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.
17:5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim,
and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that
which was right in his own eyes.
17:7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah,
who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
17:8 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.
17:9 And Micah said to him, From where come you? And he said to him, I
am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
17:10 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.
17:11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man
was to him as one of his sons.
17:12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest,
and was in the house of Micah.
17:13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing
I have a Levite to my priest.
18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe
of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for to that day
all their inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.
18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men 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: who when they came
to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
18:3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young
man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said to him, Who brought
you here? and what make you in this place? and what have you here?
18:4 And he said to them, Thus and thus deals Micah with me, and has hired
me, and I am his priest.
18:5 And they said to him, Ask counsel, we pray you, of God, that we may
know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.
18:6 And the priest said to them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your
way wherein you go.
18:7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people
that were therein, how they dwelled careless, after the manner of the Zidonians,
quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put
them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had
no business with any man.
18:8 And they came to their brothers to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brothers
said to them, What say you?
18:9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have
seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are you still? be not
slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.
18:10 When you go, you shall come to a people secure, and to a large land:
for God has given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of
any thing that is in the earth.
18:11 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.
18:12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: why they
called that place Mahanehdan to this day: behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.
18:13 And they passed there to mount Ephraim, and came to the house of
18:14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish,
and said to their brothers, Do you know that there is in these houses an
ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore
consider what you have to do.
18:15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man
the Levite, even to the house of Micah, and saluted him.
18:16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which
were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.
18:17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came
in thither, 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 that were appointed with weapons of war.
18:18 And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image,
the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest
to them, What do you?
18:19 And they said to him, Hold your peace, lay your hand on 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 be a priest to a tribe
and a family in Israel?
18:20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim,
and the graven image, and went in the middle of the people.
18:21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle
and the carriage before them.
18:22 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that
were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook
the children of Dan.
18:23 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?
18:24 And he said, You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest,
and you are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that you
say to me, What ails you?
18:25 And the children of Dan said to him, Let not your voice be heard
among us, lest angry fellows run on you, and you lose your life, with the
lives of your household.
18:26 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.
18:27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which
he had, and came to Laish, to a people that were at quiet and secure: and
they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.
18:28 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 dwelled therein.
18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their
father, who was born to Israel: however, the name of the city was Laish
at the first.
18:30 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.
18:31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the
time that the house of God was in Shiloh.
19:1 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 to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah.
19:2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from
him to her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months.
19:3 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 asses:
and she brought him into her father's house: and when the father of the
damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.
19:4 And his father in law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he stayed
with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.
19:5 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
19:6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for
the damsel's father had said to the man, Be content, I pray you, and tarry
all night, and let your heart be merry.
19:7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore
he lodged there again.
19:8 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 tarried
until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.
19:9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his
servant, his father in law, the damsel's father, said to him, Behold, now
the day draws toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day
grows to an end, lodge here, that your heart may be merry; and to morrow
get you early on your way, that you may go home.
19:10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed,
and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him
two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.
19:11 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.
19:12 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.
19:13 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.
19:14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down on them
when they were by Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin.
19:15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and
when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was
no man that took them into his house to lodging.
19:16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field
at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but
the men of the place were Benjamites.
19:17 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 go you? and from where
19:18 And he said to him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the
side of mount Ephraim; from there am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but
I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receives
me to house.
19:19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is
bread and wine also for me, and for your handmaid, and for the young man
which is with your servants: there is no want of any thing.
19:20 And the old man said, Peace be with you; howsoever let all your wants
lie on me; only lodge not in the street.
19:21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender to the asses:
and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, 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 that came into your house, that we may know him.
19:23 And the man, the master of the house, went out to them, and said
to them, No, my brothers, no, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that
this man is come into my house, do not this folly.
19:24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will
bring out now, and humble you them, and do with them what seems good to
you: but to this man do not so vile a thing.
19:25 But the men would not listen to him: so the man took his concubine,
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
19:26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the
door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.
19:27 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 concubine
was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were on the threshold.
19:28 And he said to her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered.
Then the man took her up on an ass, and the man rose up, and got him to
19:29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold
on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve
pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
19:30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed
done nor 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
20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was
gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land
of Gilead, to the LORD in Mizpeh.
20:2 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 that drew sword.
20:3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were
gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was
20:4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered
and said, I came into Gibeah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine,
20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about
on me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they
forced, that she is dead.
20:6 And I took my concubine, 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.
20:7 Behold, you are all children of Israel; give here your advice and
20:8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us
go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.
20:9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will
go up by lot against it;
20:10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes
of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand,
to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah
of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have worked in Israel.
20:11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together
as one man.
20:12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin,
saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?
20:13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are
in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.
But the children of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers
the children of Israel.
20:14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of
the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.
20:15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the
cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants
of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.
20:16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left handed;
every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss.
20:17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred
thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war.
20:18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God,
and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the
battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall
go up first.
20:19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against
20:20 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.
20:21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed
down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.
20:22 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
20:23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until
even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle
against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against
20:24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin
the second day.
20:25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day,
and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen
thousand men; all these drew the sword.
20:26 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 even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings
before the LORD.
20:27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of
the covenant of God was there in those days,
20:28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before
it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the
children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go
up; for to morrow I will deliver them into your hand.
20:29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.
20:30 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 other
20:31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were
drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the people, and kill,
as at 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.
20:32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten 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.
20:33 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.
20:34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all
Israel, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil was near them.
20:35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel
destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred
men: all these drew the sword.
20:36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: for the men
of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted to the liers
in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.
20:37 And the liers in wait hurried, and rushed on Gibeah; and the liers
in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of
20:38 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.
20:39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began
to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said,
Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.
20:40 But when the flame began to arise 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.
20:41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were
amazed: for they saw that evil was come on them.
20:42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel to the
way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came
out of the cities they destroyed in the middle of them.
20:43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and
stepped them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sun rise.
20:44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were
men of valor.
20:45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon:
and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued
hard after them to Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.
20:46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five
thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valor.
20:47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness to the rock
Rimmon, and stayed in the rock Rimmon four months.
20:48 And the men of Israel turned again on the children of Benjamin, and
smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as
the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities
that they came to.
21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not
any of us give his daughter to Benjamin to wife.
21:2 And the people came to the house of God, and stayed there till even
before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;
21:3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel,
that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?
21:4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and
built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
21:5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes
of Israel that came not up with the congregation to the LORD? For they
had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh,
saying, He shall surely be put to death.
21:6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother,
and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.
21:7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn
by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?
21:8 And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came
not up to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, behold, there came none to the camp
from Jabeshgilead to the assembly.
21:9 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the
inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.
21:10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the most
valiant, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead
with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.
21:11 And this is the thing that you shall do, You shall utterly destroy
every male, and every woman that has lain by man.
21:12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred
young virgins, that 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.
21:13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of
Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably to them.
21:14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which
they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead: and yet so they sufficed
21:15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD
had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.
21:16 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives
for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
21:17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped
of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
21:18 However, we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children
of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that gives a wife to Benjamin.
21:19 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.
21:20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and
lie in wait in the vineyards;
21:21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance
in dances, then come you out of the vineyards, and catch you every man
his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
21:22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brothers come to us
to complain, that we will say to them, Be favorable to them for our sakes:
because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for you did not
give to them at this time, that you should be guilty.
21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according
to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and
returned to their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelled in
21:24 And the children of Israel departed there at that time, every man
to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from there every man
to his inheritance.
21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which
was right in his own eyes.