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· 22 And they possessed all the || soever cometh forth of the doors of coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon my house to meet me, when I return even unto Jabbok, and from the in peace from the children of Amwilderness even unto Jordan.

mon, shall surely be the LORD's, 23 So now the Lord God of Is and I will offer it up for a burnt rael hath dispossessed the Amorites

offering. from before his people Israel, and 32 So Jephthah passed over unto shouldest thou possess it?

the children of Ammon to fight a24 Wilt not thou possess that gainst them; and the Lord deliverwhich Chemosh thy god giveth ed them into his hands. thee to possess ? so whomsoever 33 And he smote them from Athe LORD our God shall drive out roer, even till thou come to Minfrom before us, them will we pos nith, even twenty cities, and unto sess.

the plain of the vineyards, with a 25 And now art thou any thing very great slaughter. Thus the better than Balak the son of Zippor, children of Ammon were subdued king of Moab? did he ever strive before the children of Israel. against Israel, or did he ever fight 34 And Jephthah came to Mizagainst them,

peh unto his house, and, behold, his 26 While Israel dwelt in Hesh daughter came out to meet him with bon and her towns, and in Aroer timbrels and with dances : and she and her towns, and in all the cities was his only child; beside ber he that be along by the coasts of Ar had neither son nor daughter. non, three hundred years? why 35 And it came to pass, when he therefore did ye not recover them saw her, that he rent his clothes, within that time?

and said, Alas, my daughter! thou 27 Wherefore I have not sinned hast brought me very low, and thou against thee, but thou doest me art one of them that trouble me: wrong to war against me: the LORD for I have opened my mouth unto the Judge be judge this day between the LORD, and I cannot go back. the children of Israel and the chil 36 And she said unto him, My dren of Ammon.

father, if thou hast opened thy mouth 28 Howbeit the king of the chil unto the LORD, do to me according dren of Ammon hearkened not unto to that which hath proceeded out the words of Jephthah which he of thy mouth; forasmuch as the sent him.

LORD hath taken vengeance for 29 Then the Spirit of the LORD thee of thine enemies, even of the came upon Jephthah, and he passed children of Ammon. over Gilead, and Manasseh, and 37 And she said unto her father, passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and Let this thing be done for me : let from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed me alone two months, that I may over unto the children of Ammon. go up and down upon the moun

30 And Jephthah vowed a vow tains, and bewail my virginity, I unto the LORD, and said, If thou and my fellows. shalt without fail deliver the children 38 And he said, Go. And he of Ammon into mine hands,

sent her away for two months : and 31 Then it shall be, that what- ll she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the the men of Gilead said unto hiin, mountains.

Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, 39 And it came to pass at the end Nay; of two months, that she returned 6 Then said they unto him, Say unto her father, who did with her now Shibboleth : and he said Sibaccording to his vow which he had boleth: for he could not frame to vowed : and she knew no man. And pronounce it right. Then they took it was a custom in Israel,

him, and slew him at the passages 40 That the daughters of Israel of Jordan: and there fell at that went yearly to lament the daughter time of the Ephraimites forty and of Jephthah the Gileadite four days two thousand. in a year.

7 And Jephthah judged Israel

six years. Then died Jephthah the CHAP. XII.

Gileadite, and was buried in one of

the cities of Gilead. AND the men of Ephraimn gather 8 And after him Ibzan of Bethed themselves together, and went lehem judged Israel. northward, and said unto Jephthah, 9 And he had thirty sons, and Wherefore passedst thou over to thirty daughters, whom he sent afight against the children of Am broad, and took in thirty daughters mon, and didst not call us to go from abroad for his sons. And he with thee? we will burn thine house judged Israel seven years. upon thee with fire.

10 Then died lbzan, and was 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I buried at Beth-lehem. and my people were at great strife 11 And after him Elon, a Zebuwith the children of Ammon; and lonite, judged Israel ; and he judged when I called you, ye delivered me Israel ten years. not out of their hands.

12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, 3 And when I saw that ye deli and was buried in Aijalon in the vered me not, I put my life in country of Zebulun. my hands, and passed over against 13 And after him Abdon the son the children of Ammon, and the of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged IsLord delivered them into my hand : wherefore then are ye come up unto 14 And he had forty sons and me this day, to fight against me? thirty vephews, that rode on three

score and ten ass colts : and he ther all the men of Gilead, and judged Israel eight years. fought with Ephraim : and the men 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel

the Pirathonite died, and was buried they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, in the mount of the Amalekites. and among the Manassites. 5 And the Gileadites took the

CHAP. XIII. passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when AND the children of Israel did those Ephraimites which were es 1 evil again in the sight of the LORD; caped said, Let me go over; that and the LORD delivered them into

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the hand of the Philistines forty | Manoah her husband was not with years.

2 And there was a certain man 10 And the woman made haste, of Zorah, of the family of the and ran, and shewed her husband, Danites, whose name was Manoah ; and said unto him, Behold, the man and his wife was barren, and bare hath appeared unto me, that came not.

unto me the other day. 3 And the angel of the LORD 11 And Manoah arose, and went appeared unto the woman, and said after his wife, and came to the man, unto her, Behold now, thou art bar and said unto him, Art thou the man ren, and bearest not : but thou shalt that spakest unto the woman: And conceive, and bear a son.

he said, I am 4 Now therefore beware, I pray 12 And Manoah said, Now let thee, and drink not wine nor strong thy words come to pass. How shall drink, and eat not any unclean we order the child, and how shall thing :

we do unto him? 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, 13 And the angel of the Lord and bear a son; and no rasor shall said unto Manoab, Of all that I come on his head : for the child said unto the woman let her beshall be a Nazarite unto God from ware. the womb: and he shall begin to 14 She may not eat of any thing deliver Israel out of the hand of that cometh of the vine, neither let the Philistines.

her drink wine or strong drink, nor 6 Then the woman came and told eat any unclean thing: all that I her husband, saying, A man of God commanded her let her observe. came unto me, and his countenance 15 And Manoah said unto the was like the countenance of an angel angel of the LORD, I pray thee, of God, very terrible : but I asked let us detain thee, until we shall him not whence he was, neither told have made ready a kid for thee. he me his name:

16 And the angel of the LORD 7 But he said unto me, Behold, said unto Manoah, Though thou dethou shalt conceive, and bear a tain me, I will not eat of thy bread: sun; and now drink no wine nor and if thou wilt offer a burnt offerstrong drink, neither eat any un ing, thou must offer it unto the clean thing : for the child shall be a Lord. For Manoah knew not that Nazarite to God from the womb to he was an angel of the LORD the day of his death.

17 And Manoah said unto the 8 Then Manuah intreated the angel of the LORD, What is thy LORD, and said, O my LORD, let name, that when thy sayings come the man of God which thou didst to pass we may do thee honour ? send come again unto us, and teach 18 And the angel of the LORD us what we shall do unto the child said unto him, Why askest thou that shall be born.

thus after my name, seeing it is 9 And God hearkened to the secret? voice of Manoah; and the angel 19 So Manoab took a kid with a of God came again unto the wo meat offering, and offered it upon a inan as she sat in the field : but rock unto the LORD: and the angel

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