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with thee : notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not
be for thine honour; for tl)C £orb 6l)aU scli Siscra into tl)e
l)anb of a nioman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak
to Kedesh.

And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh : and he
went up with ten thousand men at his feet : and Deborali went up
with him. 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 unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is
by Kedesh. And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abi-
noam was gone up to mount Tabor. And Sisera gathered together
all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the
people that were with him, from Ilarosheth of the Gentiles unto
the river of Kishon. And Deborah said unto Barak, Up ; for this
is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand ;
is not the Lord gone out before thee ? So Barak went down from
mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. And tl)C Corb
biscomfittcb 5iscra, and all his chariots, and all his host, with
the edge of the sword before Barak ; so that Sisera lighted down
oti" his chariot, and fled away on his feet. But Barak pursued after
the chariots, and after the host, unto Ilarosheth of the Gentiles :
and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword ; and
thei-e was not a man left. Howbeit, Giscva f[ch UUjan on l]is

feet to tl)c tent of Jael tl)c wife of ijeber ll)e Henite: for there
was peace between Jabin the king o£ Hazor and the house of He-
ber the Kenite.

And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto
his mother's brethren, and comnuined with them, and Avith all the
family of the house of his mother's father, saying, 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 threescore and
ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you ? remember
also that I am your bone and your flesh. And his mother's breth-
ren spake 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. And they gave him threescore and ten
pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, wherewith Abime-
lech hired vain and light persons, which followed him. And he
went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the
sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one
stone : notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal



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was left ; for he hid himself. And all the men of Shechem gath-
ered together, and all the house of Millo, and went and made
Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Sheehem.

And when they told it to Jothani, he went and stood in the
top of mount Gerizira, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said
unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Sheehem, that God may
hearken unto you. The trees went forth on a time to anoint a
king over them ; and they said unto the olive-tree. Reign thou
over us. But the olive-tree said unto them. Should I leave my
fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to
be promoted over the trees ? And the trees said to the fig-tree,
Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig-tree said unto them.
Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be
promoted over the trees ? Then said the trees unto tlie vine,
Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them.
Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to
be promoted over the trees ? Then said all the trees unto the
bramble. Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said
unto the trees, If in truth ye 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. Now therefore
if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abime-
lech king, and if ye have dealt well witli Jerubbaal and his house,
and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands :
(for my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and de-
livered you out of the hand of Midi an : ami ye are risen up against
my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and
ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son
of his maid-servant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is
your brother :) if ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with
Jei'uljbaal and with his housii this day, then rejoice ye in Abime-
lech, and let him also rejoice in you : 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. And Jotham ran
away, and fied, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of
Abimelech his brother.

When Al)inii'l(\-h had reigned three years over Israel, tl)cn

Q^ob Gcnt nil cuil spirit bctujccu '^Inmciccl) anh tl)C men of
Gl)ccl]cm ; itiib the men of Gl]ccl)cm bcult trciul)cvouGlii uiitl)
■^bimclcc!) : tljiU tl)c crncltn bone to tl)e tlireescore anb ten
sons of iJerubb.ial migljt come, anb tl)eiv bloob be laib npou
CIVbimdecl) il)eir brotlfor iiil)ici) eleiri tl)em, nnb npon tl)e men

of Gl)ecl)em lUljicI) aibeb l)im in the killing oi' his brethren.
And th.' iiii-n of ShreliL-m set liers in wait for him in the top
of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way
by them: an>l it w;is told Abimelech. And (^aal the son of Ebed
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of Shechem put their confidence in him. And they went out into
the fields, and gathered tlieir viueyards, and trode the grapes, and
made merry, and Avent into the house of their god, and did eat
and drink, and cursed Abimelech. 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 Ilamor the father of Shechem : for why should we
serve him ? And would to God this people were under my hand !
then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, In-
crease thine army, and come out.

And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of
Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled. And he sent mes-
sengers unto Abimelech privily, saying. Behold, Gaal the son of
Ebed, and his brethren, be come to Shechem ; and behold, they
fortify the city against thee. Now therefore up by night, thou,
and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field : and
it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou
shalt rise early, and set upon tlie city : and behold, when he and
the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest
thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion.

And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with
him, by night, and they laid wait against Shecliem in four com-
panies. 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. And when Gaal
saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down
from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him. Thou
seest the shadow of the mountains as if they were men. And
Gaal spake again, and said. See, there come people down by the
middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain
of Meonenim. Then said Zebul unto him. Where is now thy mouth
wherewith thou saidst. Who is Abimelech, that we should serve
him ? is not this the people that thou hast despised ? go out, I
pray now, and fight with them. And Gaal went out before the
men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech. And Abimelech
chased him, and he fled before him, and many were overthrown
and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate. And Abime-
lech dwelt at Arumah : and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his breth-
ren, that they should not dwell in Shechem. And it came to pass
on the morrow, that the people went out into the field ; and they
told Abimelech. 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. 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 upon all the
people that were in the fields, and slew them. And Abimelech
fought against the city all that day ; and he took the city, and



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Judges,
xiv. 1-4.



1 Samuel,
ii. 0-l(».



slew the people that was therein, and beat clown the city, and
sowed it with salt.

And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that,
they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith. And
it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem
were gathered together. And Abimelech gat hiui up to mount
Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him ; and Abimelech
took an axe in his hand, and cut down a l>()ugh from the trees, and
took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that
were with him. What ye liave seen me do, make haste, and do as I
have done. 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 upon them : so that all the men of the tower
of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.

Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against The-
bez, and took it. 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 gat them up to the top of the tower. And
Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went
hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire. And a certain
woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all
to break his skull. Then he called hastily unto the young man
his ai-mour-bearer, and said unto him, Draw thy swoixl, and slay
me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young
man thrust him through, and he died. And when the men of Is-
rael saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto
his place.

®l)us (Pob rcnbcrcb tl)c txjickcbncss of Qlbimclcd), u)l)icl)
l)c bib unto l)is ftitljcr, in slaijing liis scucntii brctlircn : anb
all tl)c cnil of tl)c men of Gl)cd)cm bib (Pob rcnbcr upon tl]cir

l)Cnbs; and upon them came the curse of Jonathan the son of Je-
rubbaal.

And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in
Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and
tuld his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in
Timnath of the daughters of the I'hilistines: now therefore get her-
for me to wife. Then his father and his mother said unto him. Is
thei-e never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or
among all my people, that thougoest to take a wife of the uncircum-
cised Philistines ? And Samson said unto his father. Get her for me ;
for she plcasrth me well. Ihit his father and his mother knew not
that it ojas of tl]C torb, that he sought an occasion against the
Philistines : \\,y ;it that time the I'hilistines lia<l dominion over Israel.

The Lord killeth, and maketh alive : he bringeth down to the
grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich :
he l>riTig»'th low atul lifteth up. He raiseth up the ])oor out of the
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princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory : for tI)C pil-
lars of tllC cavil] arc tl)C Corb's, and he hath set the world upon
them. lie will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be
silent in daikness ; for by strength shall no man prevail. The ad-
versaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces ; out of heaven shall
he thunder upon them : the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth ;
and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his
Anointed.

Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and
wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel
sent all the people away, every man to his house.

And Saul also went home to Gibeah ; and there went with
him a band of men, tnljOSC {)CartS (J5cib l]ab tOUcl)cb. But the
children of Belial said, How shall this man save us ? And they
despised him, and brought him no presents.

And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and re-
mained in a mouutain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought

him every day, but (J?ob bcUucvcb l)im ttot iiito l)is l)anb.

And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came
out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was
Shimei, the son of Gera : he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David :
and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and
on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed. Come out, come
out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial : the Lord hath re-
turned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead
thou hast reigned ; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into
the hand of Absalom thy son : and behold, thou art taken in thy
mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king. Why
should this dead dog curse my lord the king ? let me go over, I
pray thee, and take off his head. And the king said. What have
I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah ? so let hiur curse, bcctlUSC tl)C
£orb l)atl) saib unto l)im, Qlursc Dauib. Who shall then say.
Wherefore hast thou done so ? And David said to Abishai, and to
all his servants. Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels,
seeketh my life : how much more now may this Benjamite do it ?
let him alone, and let him curse; for tl)C Corb IjntI) bibbcu l)im.
It may be that the Lord will look on mine atfliction, and that the
Lord vvill requite me good for his cursing this day.

And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the
day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his
enemies, and out of the hand of Saul : and he said. The Lord is
my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer ; the God of my rock ;
in him will I trust : he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour ; tl)Oll saycst lltC front



1 Samuel,
X. 25-27.



1 Samuel,
xxiii. 14.



2 Samuel,
xvi. 5-12.



2 Samuel,

xxii. 1-4,

37-51.



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2 Samuel,
xxiii. 8-Ji.



1 Kinop,
ii. 1»-10.



tJiolcncc. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised :
S0 sl)aU 3 be saucb from mine enemies

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me : so that my feet did not
slip. I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them ; and turned
not again until I had consumed them. And I have consumed them,
and wounded them, that they could not arise : yea, they are fallen

under my feet, fox tljou l)ast girbeb me roitli strengtl) to

battle : them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
Thou hast also o^iven me the necks of mine enemies, that I miffht
destroy them that hate me. They looked, but theie was none to save ;
even unto the Lord, but he answered them not. Then did I beat
them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire
of the street, and did spread them abroad. Thou also hast delivered
me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head
of the heathen : a people Avhich I knew not shall serve me. Stran-
gers shall submit themselves imto me : as soon as thev hear they
shall be obedient unto me. Strangers shall fade away, and they
shall be afraid out of their close places. The Lord liveth ; and
blessed be my rock ; and exalted be the God of the rock of my sal-
vation. 3t is &ob tl)at awengetl) me, and that bringeth down
the people under mo, and that bringeth me forth from mine ene-
mies : thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose
up against me : thou hast delivered me from the violent man. There-
fore I will giv'e thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and
I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for
his king : and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David and to
his seed for evermore.

These be the names of the mighty men whom David had :
The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains ; the
same was Adino the Eznite : he lift up his spear against eight
hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazar tlie
son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men witli David,
when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together
to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: he arose, and
smote the I'hilistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave
unto the sword : and tl)e £or5 wrought a great victory tliat day :
and the people returned after him only to spoil. And after him was
Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines Avere
gatlieivd together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of
lentiles : and the people fled from the Philistines, liut he stood in
tlie inid-t of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines:
and tl)c I! orb wrought a great victory.

And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath-sheba the
mother of Solomon : and she said, Comest thou peaceably ? And
lie said, Peacpal>ly. He said, moreover, I have somewhat to say
unto thee. An<l she said. Say on. And he said, Thou knowest
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me, that I should reign : howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and
is become my brotlier's : for it rOilS l)is from t!)C Corb. And

now I ask one petition of thee.

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night :
and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said.
Thou liast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy,
according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness,
and in uprightness of heart with thee ; and thou hast kept for him
tills great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his
tlirone, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast
made thy servant king instead of David my father : and I am but
a little child : I know not how to go out or come in. And thy
servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great
people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give
therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people,
that I may discern between good and bad : for who is able to judge
this tiiy so greal a peoj^le ?

And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked
this thing. And God said unto him. Because thou hast asked this
thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life ; neither hast asked
riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies : but hast
asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; bcljolb, S
[}avc bone accorbing to tl)n roorb : K I have given thee a wise

and au understandini'' heart ; so that there was none like thee before
thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee, '^ub 3 []iWC
also gincu t!)ce tl)at tDl)icl) tliou Ijast not askcb, boti) ricl)cs

(inb I)0n0lir: so that there shall not be any among the kings like
unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep
my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk,
then I will lengthen thy days.

And (Sob QCIVC Solonton wisdom and understanding exceed-
ing much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the
sea-shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the
children of the east country, and all the Avisdom of Egy])t. For he
was wiser than all men ; than Ethan the Ezrahite, anil lleman, and
Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol : and his fame was in all
nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs : and
his songs were a tliousand and five. And he spake of trees, from
the cedar-tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that spring-
eth out of the wall : he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of
creeping things, and of fishes. And there came of all peo])le to
hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which
had heard of his wisdom.

And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his Avisdom,
uil)icl) (5ob Ipib put in l)is Ijcnrt.

So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third
day, as the king had appointed, saying. Come to me again the third



1 Kings,
iii. 5-1-1.



1 Kings,
iv. 29-34.



1 Kings,
X. -24.

1 Kins;s,
xii. 12-16.



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1 Kings,
xvii. 1-16.



day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the
old men's counsel that they gave him ; and spake to them after the
counsel of the young men, saying, My fitlier made your yoke
heavy, and I will add to your yoke : my father also chastised you
with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. Wherefore the
king hearkened not unto the people: for tl]C CiUlSC U).1S froitt

tl)c Corb, tlpu lie migljt perform Ijis sailing, uiljid) tlje Lorb

spake bjl CXIlijal) tl)e Sljilonite, unto Jeroboam the son of
Nebat.

So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them,
the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in
David ? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : to your
tents, O Israel : now see to thine own house, David. So Israel de-
parted unto their tents.

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead,
said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel livetli, before whom I

stand, tl)ere sljall not be bero nor rain tl)ese jiears, but ac-
coibing to mn toorb.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee
hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook
Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt
drink of the brook; and J[ l)aiie commanbeb tl^c ranens to feeb
tl)ee tl)erc. So he went and did aeeording unto the word of tlie
Lord : for he went and dwelt by the brook Cheiith, that is before
Jordan. And the ravens bi'ought him bread and flesh in the morn-
ing, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the
brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the land.

And the word of the Lord came mito him, saying. Arise, get
thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there : be-
hold, 3 Ijane commaubcb a uiiboui rooman tl)erc to sustain
tl)CC. So he arose ami w.'ut to Zarcphatli. And when became to
the gate of the city, l)chol<l, the widow woman was there gathering
of sticks : and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little
water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it,
he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread
in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God livetli, I have
not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a
cruse: and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and
dress it for me ami my son, that we may eat it and die. And Elijah
said unto her. Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make
me theipof ;i little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make
for thee and for thy son. For thus saitli the Lord God of Israel,
The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil
fail, until tlie day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And
she wt'ut and did according to the saying of Elijah : and she, and
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tnasteb not, ncitl)cr bib tl)c cruse of oil fail, according to the

■word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

And the Avord of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria :
behold, lie is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down
to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying. Thus saith
the Lord, Kast thou killed, and also taken possession ? And thou
shalt speak unto him, saying. Thus saith the Lord, Ju tl)C pliXCC

m\)CYc bogs lickcb tl)c bloob of !Cabotl) sl)aU bogs lick tl)]]
bloob, cucu tliinc

And they continued three years without war between Syria and
Israel. And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the
kinof of Judah came down to the kino; of Israel. And the king- of Israel
said unto bis servants. Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we



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