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lllFAndGideon went up by the way of
them that dwelt in tents on the east of
"•Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host :
for the host was "secure.

12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled,
he pursued after them, and "took the two
kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and
t discomfited all the host.

13 IF And Gideon the son of Joash returned
from battle before the sun was up,

14 And caught a young man of the men
of Succoth, and inquired of him : and he
t described unto him the princes of Succoth,
and the elders thereof, even threescore and
seventeen men.

15 And he came unto the men of Succoth,
and said. Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with
whom ye did p upbraid me, saying. Are the
hands of Zebah and Zalmunnanow in thine
hand, that we should give bread unto thy
men that are weary ?

16 'And he took the elders of the city,
and thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and
with them he t taught the men of Succoth.

17 'And he beat down the tower of
'Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

18 IF Then said he unto Zebah and Zal-
munna, What manner of men were they whom
ye slew at * Tabor? And they answered,
As thou art, so were they; esfch one t re-
sembled the children of a king.

19 And he said. They were my brethren,
even the sons of my mother : as the Lord
liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would
not slay you.

20 And he said unto Jether his first-born,
Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not
his sword : for he feared, because he was
yet a youth.

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said. Rise
thou, and fall upon us : for as the man is,
so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and
"slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away
the II ornaments that were on their camels'

22 IF Then the men of Israel said unto
Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and
thy son, and thy son's son also : for thou hast
delivered us from the hand of Midian.

23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not
rule over you, neither shall my son rule over
you: ^the Lord shall rule over you.

24 IF And Gideon said unto them, I would
desire a request of you, that you would give
me every man the ear-rings of his prey. (For

Gideon's epJiod and death.

they had golden ear-rings, yhecause they it ere

25 And they answered, We will willingly
give them. And they spread a garment, and
did cast therein every man the ear-rings of
his prey.

26 And the weight of the golden ear-rings
that he requested, was a thousand and seven
hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments,
and II collars, and purple raiment that was on
the kings of Midian, and beside the chains
that were about their camels' necks.

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 unto Gideon,
and to his house.

28 IT 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.

29 IT And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went
and dwelt in his own house.

30 And Gideon had ^threescore and ten
sons t of his body begotten : for he had
many wives.

31 '"And his concubine that was in She-
chem, she also bare him a son, whose name
he t called Abimelech.

32 UAnd Gideon the son of Joash died
e in a good old age, and was buried in the
sepulchre of Joash his father, ""in Ophrah of
the Abi-ezrites.

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 Baal-berith their god.

34 And the children of Israel ""remem-
bered not the Lord their God, who had
delivered them out of the hands of all their
enemies on every side :

35 "Neither shewed they kindness to the
house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, accord-
ing to all the goodness which he had shewed
unto Israel.


1 Abivwlech by conspiracy with the Shechemites, and
murder of his brethren, is made king. 7 Jotham by
a parable rebuketh them, and foretelleth their ruin.
22 Gaal conspireth with the Shechemites agaijist him.
30 Zebul revealeth it. 34 Abimelech overcometh them,
and soweth the city with salt. 46 He burneth the hold
of the god Berith. 50 At- Thebez he is slain by a
■piece of a millstone. 56 Jotham' s curse is fulfilled.

AND Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal
went to Shechem unto " his mother's
brethren, and communed with them, and with
all the family of the house of his mother's
father, saying,
2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the



about 1249.

y Gen. 25.
13. & 37.

11 Or. sweet

z ch. 17. 5.
a ch. 6. 24.
bPs. 106.39.

e ch. 9.2,5.

t Heb. poijiff
out of his

f ch. 9. 1.

1 Heb. set.

e Gm. 25. 8.
Job 5. 2fi.
about 1209.
h ver. 37.
ch. 6. 24.

i ch. 2. 19.

k ch. 2.17.

I ch. 9. 4, 46.

m Pa. 7R.11,
42. i. 106.
13, 21.

n ch. 9. 16,
17, 18.
Eccles. 9.
14, 15.


about 1209.

about 1209.
a ch. 8. 31.

t Heb.
What is
good ?
wketker, Sre,
b ch. 8. 30.
c Gen. 29.

t Heb.

d Gen. 29.

ch. 8. 33.

2 Chron.
13. 7.

Prnv. 12. 11.
Acto 17. 5.

B ch. 6. 24.
h 2 Kings
11. 1, 2.

t Heb. or.
by the oak of
the pillar.
See .tosh.
24. 26.
about 1209.

i Dent. 11.

39. & 27.12.
Josh. 8. 33.
John 4. 20.

k Sea
2Kinsl 14.

I ch. 8. 22,

m Pa. 104.

* Heb.
go up artd
down for
otiier trees.

n Ps. 104.

II Or,

o Isai. 30. 2.
nan. 4. 12.
Hos. 14. 7.

Rver. 20.
umb. 21.
E?.ck. 19.14.

? 2 Kings

Ps. 104. 16.
Isai. 2. 13. &
37. 24.
Ezek. 31. 3.

r ch. 8. 35.

Abimelech by conspiracy is made king.

men of Shechem, f 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 ? re-
member also that I am "your bone and your

3 And his mother's brethren spake of him
in the ears of all the men of Shechem all
these words: and their hearts inclined fto
follow Abimelech ; for they said, He is our
'' brother.

4 And they gave him threescore and ten
pieces of silver out of the house of ^Baal-
berith, wherewith Abimelech hired ''vain and
light persons, which followed him.

5 And he went unto his father's house
Sat Ophrah, and ''slew his brethren the sons
of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten per-
sons, upon one stone : notwithstanding, yet
Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was
left; for he hid himself.

6 And all the men of Shechem gathered
together, and all the house of Millo, and went
and made Abimelech king, t by the plain of
the pillar that was in Shechem.

7 H And when they told it to Jotham, he
went and stood in the top of 'mount Geri-
zim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and
said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of
Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

8 ''The trees v-^ent forth on a time to
anoint a king over them ; and they said unto
the olive-tree, 'Reign thou over us.

9 But the olive-tree said unto them, Should
I leave my fatness, "" wherewith by me they
honour God and man, and t go to be pro-
moted over the trees ?

10 And the trees said to the fig-tree, Come
thou, and reign over us.

11 But the fig-tree said unto them, Should
I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit,
and go to be promoted over the trees ?

12 Then said the trees unto the vine,
Come thou,' and reign over us. .

13 And the vine said unto them. Should
I leave my wine, "which cheereth God and
man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

14 Then said all the trees unto the || bram-
ble, Come thou, and reign over us.

15 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, Plet fire come out of the bramble, and
devour the i cedars of Lebanon.

16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly
and sincerely, in that ye have made Abime-
lech king, and if ye have dealt well with

and his house, and have done
according to the deserving of

unto him '
his hands :


Jotham rebuJceth.th6 Shechemites.

17 (For my father fought for you, and
t adVentured his life far, and delivered you
out of the hand of Midian :

18 'And 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 Shc-
chem, because he is your brother :)

19 If ye then have dealt truly and sin-
cerely with Jerubbaal and with his house
this day, then » rejoice ye in Abimelech, and
let him also rejoice in you :

20 But if not, "let fire come out from
Abimelech, and devour the men of She-
chem, and the house of Millo ; and let fire
come out from the men of Shechem, and
from the house of Millo, and devour Abi-

21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and
went to ^Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of
Abimelech his brother.

22 IT When Abimelech had reigned three
years over Israel,

23 Then y God sent an evil spirit between
Abimelech and the men of Shechem ; and
the men of Shechem ^dealt treacherously
with Abimelech :

24 *That the cruelty done to the threescore
and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and
their blood be laid upon Abimelech their
brother which slew them, and upon the
men of Shechem which f aided him in the
killing of his brethren.

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.

26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with
his brethren, and went over to Shechem : and
the men of Shechem put their confidence in

27 And they went out into the fields, and
gathered their vineyards, and trode the
grapes, and made || merry, and went into
•■the house of their god, and did eat and
drink, arid cursed Abimelech.

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 Jerub-
baal ? and Zebul his officer ? serve the men
of "^Hamor the father of Shechem : for why
should we serve him ?

29 And * would to God this people were
under my hand ! then would I remove Abi-
melech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase
thine army, and come out.

30 IF And when Zebul the ruler of the
city heard the words of Gaal the son of
Ebed, his anger was |1 kindled.



about 1209.

t Hob.
cast Ills life.

» ver. 5. 6.

t Isai. 8. 6.
Phil. 3. 3.

u ver. IS,
56, 57.

x3 Sam. 20.

about 1306.

y 1 Sam. 16.

14. 4: 18. 9,

See 1 Kines

12. 15. tL &.


2 Chron. 10.

15. &. 18. 19,

Isai. 19. 2,


z hai. 33. 1.

a 1 King9 2.

Esth. 9. 25.
1»K. 7. 18.
Matt 23. 35,

t Heb.
ed his hands
to kill.


about 1206.

11 Or, songs :
See isai. 16.
9, 10.

.ler. 25. 30.
b ver. 4.

c 1 Sam. 25.


1 Kings 12.


il Gen. 34.

e 2 Sam. 15,

t Heb.
craftily, or
to TormoA.

t Heb. lu
thy hand
1 Sam. 10. 7.
& 2.5. 8.

t Heb.

II Or, the
the times.
DeuL 18. 14.

Tver. 28, 29.

li Or, iob

GaaFs conspiracy discovered,

31 And he sent messengers unto Abime-
lech t privily, saying. Behold, Gaal the son
of Ebed, and his brethren, be come to She-
chem; and behold, they fortify the city
against thee.

32 Now therefore up by night, thou, and
the people that is with thee, and He in wait
in the field :

33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as
soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early,
and set upon the city : and behold, when
he and the people that is with him come
out against thee, then mayest thou do to
them fas thou shalt find occasion.

34 IF And Abimelech rose up, and all the
people that were with him, by night, and
they laid wait against Shechem in four com-

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.

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 unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the
mountains as if they were men.

37 And Gaal spake again, and said. See,
there come people down by the t middle of
the land, and another company come along
by the plain of || Meonenim.

38 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

39 And Gaal went out before the men of
Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

40 And Abimelech chased him, and he
fled before him, and many were overthrown
and wounded, even unto the entering of the

41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah : and
Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that
they should not dwell in Shechem.

42 And it came to pass on the morrow,
that the people went out into the field ;
and they told Abimelech.

43 And he took the people, and divided
them into three companies, and laid wait in
the field, and looked, and behold, the peo-
ple were come forth out of the city , and he
rose up against them, and smote them.

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 upon all
the people that were in the fields, and slew



Abimelech is slain.

45 And Abimelech fought against the city
all that day; and she took the city, and slew
the people that was therein, and ''beat down
the city, and sowed it with salt.

46 •[[ And when all the men of the tower
of Shechem heard^Aa^, they entered into an
hold of the house 'of the god Berith.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all
the men of the tower of Shechem were ga-
thered together.

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount
''Z'almon, he and all the people that were
with him ; and Abimelech took an axe in his
hand, and cut down a bough from the trees,
and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and
said unto the people that were with him,
What ye have seen f me do, make haste, and
do as I have done.

49 And all the people likewise cut down
every man his bough, and followed Abime-
lech, 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.

50 IT Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and
encamped against Thebez, and took it.

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 gat them up to the top of the

52 And Abimelech came unto the tower,
and fought against it, and went hard unto the
door of the tower to burn it with fire.

53 And a certain woman ' cast a piece of a
millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to
brake his skull.

54 Then " he called hastily unto the young
man his armour-bearer, and said unto him,
Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say
not of me, A woman slew him. And his
young man thrust him through, and he died.

55 And when the men of Israel saw that
Abimelech was dead, they departed every
man unto his place.

56 IT "Thus God rendered the wickedness
of Abimelech, which he did unto his father,
in slaying his seventy brethren :

57 And all the evil of the men of She-
chem did God render upon their heads : and
upon them came "the curse of Jothara the
son of Jerubbaal.


1 Tola judgeth Israel in Shamir. 3 Jair, whose thirty
sons had thirty cities. 6 The Philistines and Ammon-
ites oppress Israel. 10 In their misery God sendeth
them to their false gods. 15 Upon their repentance he
pitieth them.

AND after Abimelech there ^ arose to
lit defend Israel, Tola the son of Puah,



about 1206.

g ver. 20.
h Deul. 29.

1 Kin;s 12.

2 Kings 3.

i ch. 8. 33.

k Pa. 68. 14.


J have done.

1 3 Sam. 11.

m So 1 Sam.

n ver. 24.
Job 31. 3.
Pi. 94. 2,3.
Prov. 5. 22.


about J206.
a ch. 2. 16.
y Or, deliver.
T Hel). save.

about 1183.

b ch. 5. 10.
&13. 14.

c Deut 3.


II Or,

the villaget

of Jair,

Numb. 32.


about 1161.
d ch. 2. 11.

e ch. 2. 13.
fob. 2. 12.
e 1 Kings
11. 33.

h ch. 2. 14.
1 Sam. 12. 9.

t Hcb.

i 1 Sam. 12.

k Eiod. 14.


I Numb. 51.

21, 24, 25.

m cji. 3. 12,


n ch. 3. 31.

o ch. 5. 19.
p ch. 6. 3.
q Ps. 106.
42, 43.


r Deut. 32.


Jet. 2. 13.

s Deut. 32.
37, -38.
2 Kings 3.
Jer. 2. 28.

t 1 Sara. 3.


2 Sam. IS.


t Heb.

ts ^ood in

thine eyes.

u 2 Chron. 7.

14. & l.S. 8.

Jcr. la 7, 8.

t Heb.

gods of


xPs. 106.44,


Isai. 03. 9.

t Heb.KJUs


The Philistines, Sfc, oppress Israel.

the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar ; and he
dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.

2 And he judged Israel twenty and three
years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

3 1[ And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite,
and judged Israel twenty and two years.

4 And he had thirty sons that ""rode on
thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities,
"which are called || Havoth-jair unto this day,
which are in the land of Gilead.

5 And Jair died, and was buried in Ca-

6 IT 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 eZidon, 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.

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 Ammon.

8 And that year they vexed and t oppress-
ed 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.

9 Moreover, the children of Ammon pass-
ed over Jordan, to fight also against Judah,
and against Benjamin, and against the house
of Ephraim : so that Israel was sore dis-

10 IT 'And the children of Israel cried unto
the Lord, saying, We have sinned against
thee, both because we have forsaken our God,
and also served Baalim.

11 And the Lord said unto the children
of Israel, Did not / deliver you ''from the
Egyptians, and 'from the Amorites, ""from
the children of Ammon, "and from the Phi-

12 "The Zidonians also, Pand the Ama-
lekites, and the Maonites idid oppress you;
and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out
of their hand.

13 'Yet ye have forsaken me, and served
other gods : wherefore I will deliver you no

14 Go and =cry unto the gods which ye
have chosen ; let them deliver you in the time
of your tribulation.

15 H And the children of Israel said unto
the Lord, We have sinned: 'do thou unto
us whatsoever f seemeth good unto thee ; de-
liver us only, we pray thee, this day.

16 "And they put away the t strange gods
from among them, and served the Lord;
and ^his soul fwas grieved for the misery of


Jephthah is chosen captain.

17 Then the children of Ammon were
t gathered together, and encamped in Gilead.
And the children of Israel assembled them-
selves together, and encamped in yMizpeh.

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 in-
habitants of Gilead.


1 The covenant between Jephthah and the Gileadites, that
he should be their head. 12 The treaty of peace be-
tween him and the Ammonites is in vain. 29 Jeph-
thah's vow. 32 His conquest of the Ammonites. 34 He
performeth his vow on his daughter.

NOW " Jephthah the Gileadite was ^ a
mighty man of valour, and he was the
son of fan harlot : and Gilead begat Jeph-

2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons ; and
his wife's'sons grew up, and they thrust out
Jephthah, and said unto him. Thou shalt not
inherit in our father's house ; for thou art the
son of a strange woman.

3 Then Jephthah fled t from his brethren,
and dwelt in the land of Tob : and there
were gathered "vain men to Jephthah, and
went out with him.

4 IF And it came to pass f in process of
time, that the children of Ammon made war
against Israel.

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 :

6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come,
and be our captain, that we may fight with
the children of Ammon.

7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of
Gilead, ^Did not ye hate me, and expel me
out of my father's house ? and why are ye
come unto me now when ye are in distress ?

8 ^And the elders of Gilead said unto
Jephthah, Therefore we ''turn again to thee
now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight
agamst.the children of Ammon, and be sour
head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of
Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight
against the children of Ammon, and the
Loud deliver them before me, shall I be
your head?

10 And the elders of Gilead said unto
Jephthah, ''The Lord fbe witness between
us, if we do not so according to thy words.

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.

12 IT And Jephthah sent messengers unto


about 1161.

t Heb. cried

y cb. 11. 11,


Gon. 31. 49.

zch. 11.8,

a Hebr. 11.
3-2, called,
b oh. «. 12.
2 Kings 5. 1.
t Heb.
a woman a

t Heb. from
the face.

c cb. 9. 4.
1 Sam. 22.2.

t Heb.
t^fter day».

i Gen. 26.

e ch. 10. 18.
r Luke 17.4.

E ch. 10. 18.

h Jer. 42. 5.
J Heb.
be the hearer
between us.

i ver. S.

k ch. 10. 17.
b. 20. 1.
1 Sam. 10.
17. & 11. 10.


about 1143.

I Numb. 21.
24, 2S, 26.

m Gen. 32.

n Deut. 2. 9,

o Numb. 14.


Deut. 1. 40.

Josh. 5. G.

p Numb. 13.

26. & 20. 1.

Deut. 1. 41).

q Numb. 20.


r Numb. 20.

18, 21.

s Numb. 20.

t Numb. 21.


Deut. 2. 1,—


u Numb. 21.


X Numb. 21.

13. St, 22. 30.

r Numb. SI.
Deut 2. 26.

z Numb. 21.


Deut. 2. 27.

a Norab. 21.


Deut. 2. 32.

b Nomb. 21.
24. 25.
Deut. 2. 33,

c Deut 2. 36.

d Numb. 21.


1 Kings 11.


Jer. 48. 7.

e Deut 9. 4.

5. & 18. 12.

Josh. 3. 10.

f Numb. 22.


See Josh. 24.



Numb. 21.

His fruitless embassy to the Ammonites.

the king of the children of Ammon, saying.
What hast thou to do with me, that thou art
come against me to fight in my land?

13 And the king of the children of Am-
mon answered unto the messengers of Jeph-
thah, ' Because Israel took away my land,
when they came up out of Egypt, from Ar-
non even unto ""Jabbok, and unto Jordan:
now therefore restore those lands again

14 And Jephthah sent messengers again
unto the king of the children of Ammon :

15 And said unto him. Thus saith Jeph-
thah, "Israel took not away the land of Moab,
nor the land of the children of Ammon :

16 But when Israel came up from Egypt,
and "walked through the wilderness unto the
Red sea, and Pcame to Kadesh ;

17 Then 1 1srael sent messengers unto the
king of Edom, saying. Let me, I pray thee,
pass through thy land : "^but the king of Edom
would not hearken thereto. And in like man-
ner they sent unto the king of Moab ; but
he would not consent. And Israel " abode in

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.

19 And ^Israel sent messengers unto Sihon
king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon;
and Israel said unto him, ^Let us pass, we
pray thee, through thy land unto my place.

20 "But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass
through his coast: but Sihon gathered all
his people together, and pitched in Jahaz,

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