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Micah robbed by the Danites. CHAP.

effor 5 And they said unto him, “Ask counão sel, we pray thee,” of God, that we ma Kwon know : our way which we go shall à...:" be prosperous. *:::::: , 6 And the priest said unto them, ‘Go for... in peace: before the Lord is your way to. wherein ye go. 7 T Then the five men departed, and to came to “Laish, and saw the people that £o" were therein, how they dwelt careless, '*** after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet !!...+ and secure; and there was not magistrate : in the land, that might put them to shame in anything; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any Illan. 8 And they came unto their brethren to “Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, What say ye? 9 And they said, “Arise, that we may


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Kier-21 ye *still? be not slothful to go, and to 3. enter to possess the land.

10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a

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* Dest. 5.9. 8. "ii. given it into your hands; "a

place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth. 11 T And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men * Heb-rra- + appointed with weapons of war. ed. fpoAnd they ... and pitched in 2- is 'Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore . ..., as they called that place "Mahaneh-dan unto this day: behold, it is behind KirjathJearlm. 13 And they passed thence unto mount

* *-* Ephraim, and came unto “the house of Micah. - **** 14 “Then answered the five men

that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know ** 7's that “there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do. 15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and

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it was ‘far from Zidon, and they had no

and fetched the carved image, the ephod,

XVIII. The Danites take Laish.

and the teraphim, and the molten image. ... Rose o old the priest unto them, W. or oye 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, "lay thine hand upon thy mouth, koi, and go with us," and be to us a father and to a priest: is it better for thee to be apriest . Mic. 7. unto the house of one man, or that thou e ch. 17. “ be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel? 20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the oft. and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people. 21. So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them. 22 s 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. 23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And ão turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, t that thou comest with such a company? 24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? 25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest + angry fellows run upon thee,

+ Heb. that thou art gathered together.

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and thou lose thy life, with the lives of issm. 7.8.

thy houshold. 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 unto his house. 27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and "came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: *and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire. 28 And there was no deliverer, because

d ver. 7, 10. Deut. 33.22.

e Josh. 19. 47.

f ver, 7. business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth “by Beth-rehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein. 29 And "they called the name of the

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city "Dan, after the name of Dan their fien.itu. father, who was born unto Israel; how- 'ko. beit the name of the city was Laish at :: **** the first.

3o 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 *ś;

land. #". o, Ps. 31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, "all the time o' that the house of God was in Shiloh. $ 2.1. 12.

The Levite and his concubine

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CHAP. XIX. 1 A Levite goeth to Beth-lehem to fetch home his wife. 16 An old man entertaineth him at Gibeah. 22. The Gibeonites abuse his concubine to death. 29 He divideth her into twelve pieces, to send them to the twelve tribes. A” 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 "Bethlehem-judah. 2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Beth-lehemjudah, and was there ||t four whole months. 3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak +friendly unto 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. 4 And his father in law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 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 unto his son in law, +*Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way. 6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry. 7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again. 8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart: and the damsel's father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried funtil afternoon, and they j eat both of them. 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 unto him, Behold, now the day + draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, t the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go +home. 10 But the man would not 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. 11 And when they were by Jebus, the

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day was far spent; and the servant said chor unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and Trio let us turn in into this city" of the Jebu- : Joos, sites, and lodge in it. *::::: 12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over * to Gibeah. 13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these Ploe. to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah. g Josh. 18. 14 And they passed on and went their “ way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Beniamin. 15 And they turned aside thither, to ; 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. 16 And, behold, there came an old man from this work out of the field at i Po. 104 -3. even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites. 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, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou? 18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Beth-lehemiudah, but I am now going to “the house of the Lond; and there is no man that it receiveth me to house. 19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread “ and wine also for me and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is me want of any thing. 20 And the old man said, "Peace be logwith thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie “” upon me; "only lodge not in the street. : Geo is 21 "So he brought him into his house, a and gave provender unto the asses: “and ::::::. they washed their feet, and did eat and join is $. drink. 22 7 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, "the men of the ooocity, certain "sons of Belial, beset, the los house round about, and beat at the door, a post. 13and spake to the master of the house, the * old man, saying, "Bring forth the man for that came into thine house, that we may *know him. 23 And 'the man, the master of the so-o-o: house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, “do not **** *sthis folly. 24 "idola here is my daughter a "G--- *s-The Benjamites' wickedness. coor maiden, and his concubine; them I will to bring out now, and humble ye them, , C.J., and do with them what seemeth good *** * unto you: but unto this man do not tso + tieb. the - * - of vile a thing. * 25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they * Go to "knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: * No. the day began to spring, they let her go. 26 T.;†. #: #.the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door *.. man's house where her lord was, till it was light. 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 upon the threshold. 28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But “none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his lace. 29 of And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on :*::: his concubine, and "divided her, together 11-7. with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coast of Israel. 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 unto this day: consider of it, "take advice, and speak your minds. CHAP. XX. 1 The Levite in a general assembly declareth his wrong. 8 The decree of the assembly. 12 The Benjamites, being cited, make head against the Israelites. 18 The Israelites in two battles lose forty thousand. 26 They destroy by a stratagem all the Benjamites, ercept sir hundred. HEN “all the children of Israel went Foot: out, and the congregation was gaTo thered together as one o from "Dan ; ::: even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gi*::: lead, unto the Load ‘in Mizpeh. *::::: 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. 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 this wickedness? 4 And + the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and ***** said, "I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5*And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have

a ch. 17. 6.
& 18. 1. & 21.

* Heb. a wo-
man a con-
cubine, or, a
wife a con-
b ch. 17.7.

* Or, a year
and four
* Heb. da
four months.
+ Heb. to her
Gen. 34.3.

+ tieb.
c Gen. 18.5.

* Heb. till
the day de-

+ Heb. is
+ Heb. it is
the pitching
time of the

* Heb. to thy
* Ileu. to

over against.
& Josh. 18.

f Josh. 18.

h Matt. 25. 43. Hebr. 13 2.

k Josh. 18. 1. ch. 18. 31. & 20, 18. 1Sam. 1-3, 7. * Heb. rethereth wer.


Israel warreth with Benjamin.

slain me: *and my concubine have they ... Bots +forced, that o, dead. y coist 6 And "I took my concubine, and cut ... .s. her in pieces, and sent her throughout , all the country of the inheritance of is lo”" rael: for they have committed lewdness ***** and folly in Israel. i.Josh. 7. 15. 7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; *give here your advice and counsel. 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. 9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it; 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 #. according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel. 11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, fknit together ..."." as one man. 12 1"And the tribes of Israel sent men of through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, is "" What wickedness is this that is done among you? 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 hearken to the voice of their brethren the children

of Israel: 14 But the children of Benjamin i. thered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 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. 16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men “lefthanded; oi...'. every one could sling stones at an hair . breadth, and not miss. 17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war. 18 T 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 Lond said, Judah shall go up first. 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.

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a test. 13. to Joh-22.

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p ver. 23, 26.

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The Israelites destroy all the Benjamites,

c or 20 And the men of Israel went out so too to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah. 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, 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 first day. 23 °(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LoRD until even, and asked counsel of the Load, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?' And the LoRD said, Go up against him.) 24 Amd the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 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. 26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, "went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LoftD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LoRD. 27 And the children of Israel enquired : Joh: 18, of the Load, (for * the ark of the covenant ; , " " of God was there in those days, y Josh. 21. 28 ° And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, * the son of Aaron, “stood before it in ** 5 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 thine hand. 29 [ And Israel" set liers in wait round about Gibeah. 3o 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 times. 31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began t to

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t ver, 21.

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:: * smite of the people, and kill, as at other

** times, in the highways, of which, one
onald goeth up to || the house of God, and the
other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty
men of Israel.
39 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
unto the highways.
33 And all the men of Israel rose up
out of their place, and put themselves in
array at -tamar: and the liers in wait


ercept sir hundred. of Israel came forth out of their places, chor even out of the meadows of 3. co, 34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore: "but they knew ot not that evil was near them. sal. 47, 11. 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. 36 So the children of Beniamin saw that they were smitten: “for the men of ‘Joh is Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah. 37 "And the liers in wait hasted, and a Josh.819. rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait | drew themselves along, and smote all the ..." city with the edge of the sword. to: 58 Now there was an appointed || sign jos between the men of Israel †. the liers ..., in wait, that they should make a great '. + flame with smoke rise up out of the city. ...:* 39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began i to smite o' and kill of the men of j about thirty “ persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle. 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, t the flame of the city ascended to." up to heaven. sumpties. 41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil + was come upon to them. ru troon42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. 45 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode or, from them down ||with ease + over against of Gibeah toward the sunrising. the “ 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen o' thousand men; all these were men of valour. 45 And they turned and fled toward Josh. 15.38. the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: “” and they gleaned of them in the o five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them. 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 valour. 47 s But six hundred men turned and **** fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months,

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The Benjamites' destruction bewailed. CHAP.

o, 48 And the men of Israel turned again or upon the children of Benjamin, and .. them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and }** all that f came to hand; also they set on po- fire all the cities that +they came to.

CHAP. XXI. 1 The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin. 8 By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them four hundred wives. 16 They advise them, to surprize the virgins that danced at Shiloh. OW *the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. 2 And the people came * to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore; 3 And said, O Load God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be today one tribe lacking in Israel? 4 And it came to pass on the morrow, .*.* that the peoplerose early, and built there an altar, ...? offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. 5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the Load? “For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not u to the Load to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death. 6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said,There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 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? s T And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the Lond? And, behold, there

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gilead to the assembly. 9 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there. 1o And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, "...# * and commanded them, saying, 'Go and *-*-7 smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children. 11 And this is the thing that ye shall

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XXI. The virgins of Shiloh surprized. unto the camp to "Shiloh, which is in the e *śr land of Canaan. cir. iio. 13 And the whole congregation sent hion is . some t to speak to the children of Ben-od jamin "that were in the rock Rimmon, Žiš. and to || call peaceably unto them. or. 14 And Benjamin came again at that : time; and they gave them wives which Deut. 30. 10. they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not. 15 And the people “repented them for k ver, 6. Benjamin, because that the Load had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 T Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives ;. them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin? 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. 18 Howbeitwe may not give them wives of our daughters: "for the children of Is-o., rael have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that “"“” giveth a wife to Benjamin. 19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the Lond in Shilohtyearly in a loss." place which is on the north ... Beth- **** el, | on the east side | of the highway solo that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, ś" and on the south of Lebonah. fl Or, on. 20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out "to dance in ol. dances, then come ye out of the vine- ##y.” yards, and catch you every man his wife ài.i.” of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Beniamin. 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, [Be loss." favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty. 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 unto their inheritance, and "repaired the "** cities, and dwelt in them. 24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. . . . - 25 "In those days there was no king in §§§ { Israel: "every man did that which was o.

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