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2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great, strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called ou, ye delivered me not out of their ands. 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I "put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Load delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me? 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites “are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites. 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 unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; * 6 Then said they unto 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. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six ears. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead. 8 And after him. || Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. 9 And he had thirty sons, and thirt daughters, whom he sent abroad, and too in thirty daughters from abroad for his Sons. X. he judged Israel seven years. 10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Beth-lehem. 11 " And after o ite, judged Israel; an ten years. 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulum. 13 And after him ||Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. 14 And he had forty sons and thirty + nephews, that * rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight Years. 15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pira

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JUDGES. An angel appeareth to Manoah and his wife.

ND the children of Israel f"did evil chor again in the sight of the Lokp; oils. |and the Lord delivered them "into the Holla and of the Philistines forty years. on', 2 " And there was a certain man of . o.o.o.o. * Zorah, of the family of the Danites, ot. whose name was Manoah; and his wife in. was barren, and bare not. !o:" 3 And the "angel of the Lond ap-o'. eared unto the woman, and said unto 9. er, Behold now, thou art barren, and '..."." bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and Logo, bear a son. 13, 28, 31. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and “drink not wine nor strong drink, over, 14. and eat not any unclean thing: *"... 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and * bear a son; and no rasor shall come on No. his head: for the child shall be "a Naza- No. rite unto God from the womb: and he shall "begin to deliver Israel out of the h S. Som. hand of the Philistines. **6. 6 T Then the woman came and told “” her husband, saying, "A man of God Rog came unto me, and his “countenance of ‘’’ was like the countenance of an angel of "" God, very terrible; but I 'asked him not too. whence he was, neither told he me his ho name: I wer. 17, 15. 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt 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. 8 * Then Manoah intreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come in unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. #How shall we order the child, and ||+how shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, "neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

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1 Israel is in the hand of the Philistines. 2 An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife. 8 The angel appeareth to Manoah. 15 Manoah's sacrifice, whereby the angel is diseovered. 24 Samson is born.

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; : ; seen God. - - 23 But his wife said unto 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 shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. - 24 " And the woman bare a son, and *" called his name “Samson: and "the child grew, and the Load blessed him.

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****- CHAP. XIV. :: ** 1 Samson desireth a wife of the Philistines. 5 Hol. In his journey he killeth a lion. 8. In a second so he findeth honey in the carcase. 10 Samson's marriage feast. 12 His riddle by his wife is made known. 19 He spoileth thirty Philistines. 20 His wife is married to another. -o-o: ND Samson went down "to Tim;: *-is nath, and "saw a woman in Timnath * ......... of the daughters of the Philistines. 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 ..o.o. Philistines: now therefore * get her for me to wife. 3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of “thy brethren, or among

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all my people, that thou goest to take a cost wife of the “uncircumcised Philistines? coils. And Samson said unto his father, Get her . Çı. for me; for tshe pleaseth me well. #o. 4 But his father and his mother knew 7:3: not that it was "of the Lond, that he lo's sought an occasion against the Philistines: "... for at that time * the Philistines had do- or "King, minion over Israel. 12, 15. 5* Then went Samson down, and his o'. father and his mother, to Timnath, and ... i.o the i. of Timnath: and, For old, a young lion roared inst him. ...?... 6 o; of i: +. came h :::::: mightily upon him, and he rent him as he so.g. 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. 7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well. 8 || And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion. 10 * So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do. 11 And it came to pass, when they saw, him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said unto them, I will now 'put forth a riddle unto you; if of . ye can certainly declare it me * within the ‘. . . seven days of the feast, and find it out, can. then I will give you thirty || sheets and 3. thirty "change of garments: t Or, thirts.

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13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then o shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty " " change of garments. And they said unto him, Put #. thy riddle, that we may hear it.

14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh *: that they said unto Samson's wife, "Entice thy husband, that he may declare m oh, 65. unto us the riddle, "lest we burn thee and "**** thy father's house with fire: have ye called us t to take that we have? is it not so? ...

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and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tellit thee?

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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 upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

18 And the men of the city said unto 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 unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out myriddle.

19 And "the Spirit of the Lond came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took

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unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house. 20 But Samson's wife" was given to his companion, whom he had used as “his friend. CHAP. XV. 1 Samson is denied his wife, 3 He burneth the Philistines' corn with fores and firebrands. 6. His wife and her father are burnt by the Philistines. 7 Samson smiteth them hip and thigh. 9 He is bound by the men of Judah, and delivered to the Philistimes. 14 He killeth them with a jawbone. 18 God maketh the fountain En-hakkore for him in Lehi. B% 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. 2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly "hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? t take her, I pray thee, instead of her. 3 And Samson said concerning them, |Now shall I be more blameless #. the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. 4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took || firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. 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. 6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath 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. 7 's And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease. 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down

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and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam, cior 9 Then the Philistines went up, and or to: itched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. lo And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. 11 Then three thousand men of Judah +went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are "rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them. 12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. 13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. 14 " And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and “the Spirit of the Loap came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands +loosed from off his o.” hands. 15 And he found a + new jawbone of . an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. H.;3. 16 And Samson said, With the jaw- Joh: a le. bone of an ass, theaps upon heaps, with i. the jaw of an ass have Islain a thousand ** inen. 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 || Ramath-lehi. |.T.: 18 "And he was sore athirst, and called . on the Lond, and said, “Thou hast given o' " this great deliverance into the hand of jo" thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, s -- 7. and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in || the jaw, and there came water 9.1-sthereout; and when he had drunk," his *.*.*.*.*. spirit came again, and he revived: where- or,. . fore he called the name thereof || En- ho hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. ::::::::::.. 20 || And he judged Israel in the days or

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and put out his eyes. 22 His strength reneuring, he pulleth down the house upon the Philistines, and dieth.

HEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw there + an harlot, and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. 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. 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 upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. 4 " And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman \in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came

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him, and see wherein his great strength Aleth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to |afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver. 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy greatstrength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. 7 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven ||+ green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as + another man. 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9. Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it t toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be to. 11 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes + that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man. 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be

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bound. And he said unto her, If thou c or weavest the seven locks of my head with o. the web. 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web. 15 And she said unto him, “How ech. 14, 16. canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was # vexed to unto death; 17 That he "told her all his heart, and a Mio. 7.5. said unto her, “There hath not come a to'". rasor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto 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. 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 hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. 19 "And she made him sleep upon her ...".7% 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. 20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Load “was o." departed from him. *śći, 21 But the Philistines took him, and . . i. + put out his eyes, and brought him down fols. to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of the tea brass; and he did grind in the prison house. eit. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again |. he was shaven. loor. 23 1. Then the lords of the Philistines share". gathered them ..o. for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw him, they "praised their god: for they said, **** Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, + which slew many of us. to: 25 And it came to pass, when their :" hearts were "merry, that they said, Call to 17. for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made f them sport: and they set him between the pillars.

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c{{ssr. , 26 And Samson said unto the lad Joio. that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the * roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And Samson called unto the Lond, and said, O Lord God, "remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon 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. 3o And Samson said, Let + me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself

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CHAP. XVII. l Of the money that Micah first stole, then restored, his mother maketh images, 5 and he, ornaments for them. 7 He hireth a Levite to be his priest. ND there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou curscdst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, “Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son. 3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to "make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee. 4. Yet he restored the money unto his

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6 In those days there was no king in c or Israel, “but every man did that which was aro. right in his own eyes. to . 7 And there was a young man out of: of "Beth-lehem-judah of the family of s Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourn-to.” ed there. !o. 8 And the man departed out of the ..." city from Beth-lehem-judah to sojourn "*"* where he could find a place; and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, + as he journeyed. *.*. 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence o' comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place. 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a “father and k G a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels foot" of silver by the year, and ||t a suit of loo. apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite Hoo. went in. :** 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. 12 And Micah 1 consecrated the Le-lver-5. vite; and the young man "became his **** priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lond will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

CHAP. XVIII. 1 The Danites send five men to seek out an inheritance. 3 At the house of Micah they consult with Jonathan, and are encouraged in their way. 7 They search Laish, and bring back news of good hope. 11 Sir hundred men are sent to surprize it. 14 In the way they rob *g his priest and his consecrate things. They win Laish, and call it Dan. 30 They set up idola% wherein Jonathan inherited the priestood.

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search it; and they said unto them, Go, 17.1-i-osearch the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the “house of Micah, they lodged there. 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 unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here? 4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath ‘hired me, and I am his priest.

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