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Thit altar of testiinony 20 1 And the families of the children of Kohath, have obeyed my voice in all that Icommanded yor: the Levites which remained of the children of 3 Ye have not left your brethren these many Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out days unto this day, but have kept the charge of of the tribe of Ephraim.

the commandment of the LORD your God. 21 For they gave them Shechem with her sub- 4 And now the LORD your God hath given jest urbs in mount Ephraia, to be a city of refuge unto your brethren, as he promised them : there for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs, fore now return ye, and get you unto your tents,

2 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Beth- and unto the land of your possession, which Mohoron with her suburbs ; four cities.

ses the servant of the LORD gave you on the 23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with other side Jordan. her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs, 5 But take diligent beed to do the cominand24Aijalon with her suburbs, Gath-rimmon with ment and the law, which Moses the servant of Jer suburbs ; four cities.

the LORDcharged you, to love the LORD your God, 25 And out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Ta- and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his com: nach with her suburbs, and Gath-rimmon, with mandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve her suburbs; two cities.

him with all your heart, and with all your soul 26 All the cities were ten with their suburbs, 6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent then, away; for the families of the children of Kohath that and they went unto their tents. remained.

7 1 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manas27 1 And unto the children of Gershon, of the seh, Moses had given possession in Basban: but families of the Levites, out of the other half-tribe unto the other half thereof gave Joshua among of Manasseh they gave Golan in Bashan with their brethren on this side Jordan westward. Jer suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer, And when Joshua sent them away also unto and Beesh-terah with her suburbs; two cities. their tents, then he blessed them, 28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon A And be spake unto thein, saying, Return with with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs, much riches unto your tents, and with very inuch

29 Jarmuth with her suburbs, En-gannim with cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, her suburbs ; four cities.

and with iron, and with very much raiment: di30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with vide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren. her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs,

911 And the children of Reuben, and the children 31 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh returned, her suburbs; four cities.

and departed from the children of Israel out of 32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go Galilee with her suburbs, to be city of refuge unto the country of Gilead, to the land of their posfor the slayer; and Hammoth-dor with her sub- session, whereof they were possessed, according urbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities. to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

33 All the cities of the Gershonites, according 10 11 And when they came unto the borders of to their families, were thirteen cities with their Jordan, that are in the land of Canaan, the chilsuburbs.

dren of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and 34 1 And unto the families of the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe by Jordan, a grcat altar to see to. of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and 111 And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, Kartah with her suburbs,

the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, 35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her and the half-tribe of Manasseh, have built an altar suburbs; four cities.

over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of 36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, 12 And when the children of Israel heard of it, 37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath the whole congregation of the children of Israci with her suburbs; four cities.

gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go up 38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead to war against them. with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the 13 And the children of Israel sent unto the chilslayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs, dren of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and

39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her to the half-tribe of Manasseh into the land of suburbs; four cities in all.

Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, 40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by . 14 And with him ten princes, of each chief their families, which were remaining of the fami- house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; lies of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities. and each one was a head of the house of their

41 All the cities of the Levites within the pos- fathers among the thousands of Israel. session of the children of Israel were forty and 15 And they came unto the children of Reueight cities with their suburbs.

ben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half42 These cities were every one with their sub-tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and urbs round about them. Thus were all these cities. they spake with them, saying,

43 9 And the Lord gave unto Israel all the 16 Thus saith the whole congregation of the land which he sware to give unto their fathers: LORD, What trespass is this that ye have com and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. mitted against the God of Israel, to turn away

44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, this day from following the LORD, in that ye according to all that he sware unto their fathers have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel and there stood not a inan of all their enemies this day against the LORD? before them; the LORD delivered all their ene- 17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from mies into their hand.

which we are not cleansed until this day, al. 45 There failed not aught of any good thing though there was a plague in the congregation which the LORD had spoken unto the house of of the LORD, Israel; all came to pass.

18 But that ye must turn away this day from fol CHAP. XXII.

lowing the LORD ? and it will be, seeing ye rebel Tre two tribes and a half dismissed. to-day against the LORD, that to-morrow he will WHEN Joshua called the Reubenites, and the be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.

19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your posses: 2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Mo-sion be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land Des the servant of the LORD commanded you, and of the possession of the LORD wherein the

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Reasons for building the altar.


Promises and threatning's Lord's tabernacle dwelleth, and take posecssion all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxamong us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor ed old and stricken in age. rebel against us, in building you an altar besides 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their the altar of the LORD our God.

elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a and for their officers, and said unto them, trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on old and stricken in age: all ihe congregation of Israel ? and that man 3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God perished not alone in his iniquity.

hath done unto all these nations because of you ; 21 [ Then the children of Reuben, and the chil- for the LORD your God is he that hath fought dren of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh for you. answered, and said unto the heads of the thou- 4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these sands of Israel,

nations that remain, to be an inheritance for Th: LORD God of gods, the LORD God of your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward. il be in rebellion, or if in transgression against 5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them the LORD, (save us not this day,)

from before you, and drive the fro out of 23 That we have built us an altar to turn from fol- your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as lowing the Lord, or ifto offer thereon burnt-offer- the LORD your God hath promised unto you. ing, or meat-offering, or if to ɔffer peace-offerings 6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and thereon, let the Lord himself require it; to do all that is written in the book of the law

24 And if we have not rather done it for fear of of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to this thing, saying, In time to come your children the right hand or to the left; might speak unto our children, saying, What? That ye come not among these nations, these have ye to do with the Lord God of Israel ? that remain among you; neither make mention 25 For the LORD bath made Jordan a border of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear between us and you, ye children of Reuben and by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves children of Ghad; ye have no part in the LORD. unto them: So shall your children make our children cease 8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye from fearing the LORD.

have done unto this day. 20 Therefore we said, Let

us now prepare to build 9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you us an alta groot for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice: great nations and strong: but as for you, no man

27 But that it may be a witness between us, and hath been able to stand before you unto this day. you, and our generations after us, that we might 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand : for do the service of the LORD before him with our the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, burnt-offerings, and with our sacrifices, and as he hath promised you. with our peace-offerings; that your children 11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, may not say to our children in time to come, Ye that ye love the LORD your God. have no part in the LORD..

12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave 28 Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they unto the remnant of these nations, even these that should so say to us or to our generations in time remain among you, and shall make marriages to come, that we may say again, Behold the with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: pattern of the altar of the Lord, which our fa- 13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God ihers made, not for burnt-offerings, nor for sacri- will no more drive out any of thesc nations from fices; but it is a witness between us and you. before you: but they shall be snares and traps un

29 God forbid that we should rebel against the to you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in LORD, and turn this day from following the Lord, your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land to build an altar for burnt-offerings, for meat-of-which the LORD your God hath given you. ferings, or for sacrifices, besides the altar of the 14 And behold, this day I am going the way of LORD our God that is before his tabernacle, all the earth; and ye know in all your hearts and 30 1 And when Phinehas the priest, and the in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed princes of the congregation, and heads of the of all the good things which the LORD your God ihousands of Israel which were with him, heard spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto the words that the children of Reuben, and the you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. children of Gad, and the children of Manasseh 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all spake, it pleased them.

good things are come upon you, which the LORD 31 And Phinchas the son of Eleazar the priest your God promised you ; so shall the LORD bring said unto the children of Reuben, and to the chil- upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed dren of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, you from off this good land which the LORD This day we perceive that the LORD is among your God hath given you. us, because ye have not committed this trespass 16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of against the LORD: now ye have delivered the the Lord your God, which he commanded you, children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD. and have gone and served other gods, and bow

32 17 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, ed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of and the princes, returned from the children of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall Kcuben, and from the children of Gad, out of the perish quickly from off the good land which he land of Gilead, unto the land of Canaan, to the hath given unto you. chirdren of Israel, and brought them word again.

CHAP. XXIV. 33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; Joshua relateth God's benefits. and the richildren of Israehst leseed Godband, did AND shoeuangathered tied thor tribes ders Loras! destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben rael, and for their heads and for their judges, and Gad dwelt.

and for their officers; and they presented them34 And the children of Reuben and the children selves before God. of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a wit- 2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus nese between us that the LORD is God.

saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt CHAP. XXIII.

on the other side of the flood in old time, even Joshua exhorteth the Israelites. Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father thie LORD bad given rest unto Israel from 3 And I took your father Abraham from tho 'o


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Joshua's age and death other side of the flood, and led him throughout from the house of bondage, and which did those all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, great signs in our sight, and preserved us in ali and gave him Isaac.

the way wherein we went, and among all the 4 And I gave unlo Isaac Jacob and Esau: and people through whom we passed : I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but 18 And the LORD drave out from before us all Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. the people, even the Amorites which dweli in 5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued the land : therefore will we also serve the Lord; Egypt, according to that which I did among for he is our God. them : and afterward I brought you out. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye camnot

6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and serve the LORD: for he is a holy God: he is a ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pur- jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressued after your fathers with chariots and horse- sions, nor your sins. men unto the Red sea.

20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strango 7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and darkness between you and the Egyptians, and consume you, after that he hath done you gooi. brought the sea upon them, and covered them; A And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but and your eyes have seen what I have done in we will serve the Lord. Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are wil

nesses against yourselves that ye have chosen 8 And I brorght you into the land of the Amo- you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, ito rites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and are witnesses. they fought with you: and I gave them into your 23 Now therefore put away (said he) the strange hand, that ye might possess their land; and I gods which are anong you, and incline your heart destroyed them from before you.

unto the LORD God of Israel. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD arose and warred against Israel, and sent and our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people 10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam ; that day, and set them a statute and an ordinarice therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you in Shechem. out of his hand.

26 1 And Joshua wrote these words in the book 11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto of the law of God, and took a great stone, and Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against set it up there under an oak that was by the you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the sanctuary of the LORD. Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, 27 T And Joshua said unto all the people, Bethe Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I delivered hold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for them into your hand.

it hath heard all the words of the LORD which 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness drave them out from before you, even the two unto you, lest ye deny your God. kings of the Amorites: but not with thy sword, 28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man nor with thy bow.

unto his inheritance. 13 And I have given you a land for which ye 29 And it came to pass after these things, that did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and Joshua the son of Nun the servant of the LORD ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and olive- died, being a hundred and ten years old. yards which ye planted not do ye eat.

30 And they buried him in the border of his in14 1! Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve heritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. gods which your fathers served on the other side of 31 And Israel served the Lord all the days ou the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. Joshua, and all the days of the elders that over15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the lived Joshua, and which had known all the works LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, of the LORD that he had done for Israel. whether the gods which your fathers served thai 32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in the Amorites in whose land ye dwell : but as for Shecheni, in a parcel of ground which Jacob me and my house, we will serve the LORD. bought of the sons of Hamor the father of She

16 And the people answered, and said, God for- chem for a hundred pieces of silver; and it bebid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve came the inheritance of the children of Joseph. other gods;

33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they 17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas us up, and our fathers, out of the land of Egypt, his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.

The Book of JUDGES.

6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after The acts of Judah and Simeon. him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and Norge

, ather the cheadhenf Joshua in came he his creataiden pass, that the children of Israel asked the 7 Ănd Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against kings, having their thumbs and their great toes the Canaanites first to fight against them? cut off, gathered their meat under my table; as I

2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: be- have done, so God hath requited me. And they hold, I have delivered the land into his hand. brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come 8 (Now the children of Judah had fought against up with me inw my lot, that we may fight against Jerusalem, and had taken

it, and smitten it with the Canaanites; and I'likewise will go with thee the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.) into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 91 And afterward the children of Judah went 4 And Judah went up, and the Lord delivered down to fight against the Canaanites that dwelt in the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley a:.d they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. 10 And Judah went against the Canaanites tnat 5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek : and dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron bethey fought against him, and they slew the Ca-fore was Kirjath-arba) and they slew Sheshai nw.nites and the Perizzites.

and Ahiman, and Talmai.

Othniel laketi Debor

JUDGES Wickedness es'the new generatIDT 11 And from thence he went against the inha- bitants of Beth-shemesh, nor the inhabitants of bitants of Debir : and the name of Debir before Beth-anath; but he dwelt among the Canaan was Kirjath-sepher:

ites, the inhabitants of the land : nevertheless, 12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath- the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah anath became tributaries unto them. my daughter to wife.

34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dant 13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's young- into the mountain: for they would not suffer them er brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his to come down to the valley : daughter to wife.

35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount lie 14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, res in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand that she moved him to ask of her father a field of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said became tributaries. unto her, What wilt thou ?

36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the 15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward for thou hast given me a south land; give me

CHAP. II. also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the

Israel rcbuked at Bochim. upper springs, and the nether springs. 16 1 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' AD an angel of the Lord carne up from Gi)

gal to Bochim, and said, I made you to gox father-in-law, went up out of the city of palm- up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the trees with the children of Judah into the wilder- land which I sware unto your fathers; and $ ness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; said, I will never break my covenant with you.. and they went and dwelt among the people. 2 And ye shall make no league with the inha

17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, bitants of this land; ye shall throw down their and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name have ye done this? of the city was called Hormah.

3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them ouis 18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, from before you ; but they shall be as thorns in and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. with the eoast thereof.

4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the 19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave LORD spake these words unto all the children of Isout the inhabitants of the mountain ; but could rael, that the people lifted up their voice, and wepi. not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, be-i 5 And they called the name of that place Bocause they had chariots of iron.

chim: and they sacrificed there unto the Lord. 20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses 6 11 And when Joshua had let the people go, said: and he expelled thence the three sons of the children of Israel went every man unto his Arak.

inheritance to possess the land. 21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive 7 And the people served the LORD all the days out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benja- outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great min in Jerusalem unto this day.

works of the Lord, that he did for Israel 22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the against Beth-el: and the LORD was with them. LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.

23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Beth- 9 And they buried him in the border of his inel. Now the name of the city before was Luz. heritance in Timnath-heres, in the inount of

24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we 10 And also all that generation were gathered pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will unto their fathers: and there arose another geneshew thee mercy.

ration after them, which knew not the LORD, nor 25 And when he shewed them the entrance into yet the works which he had done for Israel. the city, they smote the city with the edge of the 11 1 And the children of Israel did cvil in the sword: but they let go the man and all his family. sight of the LORD, and served Baalim :

26 And the man went into the land of the Hit- 12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fatites, and built a city, and called the name there-thers, which brought them out of the land of Egypi, of Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day. and followed other gods, of the gods of the people

27 1 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inha- that were round about them, and bowed them bitants of Beth-shean and her towns, nor Taa- selves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. nach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor 13 And they forsook the LORD, and served and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and Baal and Ashtaroth, her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and 14 11 And the anger of the LORD was hoi against her towns; but the Canaanites would dwell in Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of that land.

spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into 28 And it came to pass when Israel was strong, the hands of their enemies round about, so that that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did they could not any longer stand before their enenot utterly drive them out.

mies. 29 ? Neither did Ephraim drive out the Ca- 15 Whithersoever they went out the hand of naunites that dwelt in Gezer ; but the Canaan- the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD ites dwelt in Gezer among them.

had said, and as the LORD had sworn unt) 30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabi-them: and they were greatly distressed. tants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol;; 16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges but the Canaanites dwelt among thens, and be- which delivered them out of the hand of those came tributaries.

that spoiled them. 31 1 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabi-) 17 And yet they would not hearken unto their tants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, judges, but they went a whoring after other gods. nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor and bowed themselves unto them: they turned of Aphik, nor of Relod :

quickly out of the way which their fathers walk. 32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaan- ed in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; ites, the inhabitants of the land : for they did but they did not so. not drive them out.

18 And when the LORD raised them iip judges, 33 | Neither did Naphtali drive out the inha-'then the LORD was with the judge, and deliver

God's displeasure against Isracl. CHAP. III, IV.

Ehud delivereth Israel ed them out of the hand of their enemies all the 16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two days of the judge:'(for it repented the LORD be- edges, of a cubit length: and he did gird it under cause of their groanings by reason of them that his raiment upon his right thigh. oppressed them and vexed them.)

17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king 19 And it came to pass, when the judge was of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man. dead, that they returned, and corrupted them- 18 And when he had made an end to offer the selves more than their fathers, in following other present, he sent away the people that bare the gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; present. they ceased not from their own doings, nor from 19 But he himself turned again from the quarries their stubborn way.

that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand 20 1 And the anger of the LORD was hot against unto thee, o king: who said, Keep silence. And Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath all that stood by him went out from him. transgressed my covenant which I commanded 20 And Ehud came unto himn; and he was sit their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my ting in a summer-parlour, which he had for him. voice;

self alone: and Ehud said, I have a message from 21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat. before them of the nations which Joshua left 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took when he died:

the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into 22 That through them I may prove Israel, whe- his belly: ther they will keep the way of the LORD to walk 22 And the haft also went in after the blade: therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he

23 Therefore the Lord left those nations, with- could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and out driving them out hastily, neither delivered the dirt came out. he theme into the hand of Joshua.

23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, CHAP. II.

and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and The nations left to prove Israel. locked them. left, to prove Israel by them, (even as many of and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the

, Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan ; parlour were locked, they said, Surely he cover2 Only that the generations of the children of eth his feet in his summer-chamber. Israel might know to teach them war, at the 25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: least such as before knew nothing thereof;) and behold, he opened not the doors of the par

3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all lour, therefore they took a key and opened them : the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hi- and behold, the ir lord was fallen down dead on vites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount the earth. Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried ; and 4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto know whether they would hearken unto the com- Seirath. mandments of the Lord, which he commanded 27 And it came to pass when he was come, that their fathers by the hand of Moses.

he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, 5 1 And the children of Israel dwelt among the and the children of Israel went down with him Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Periz- from the mount, and he before them. zites, and Hivites, and Jebusites :

28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for 6 And they took their daughters to be their the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Mowives, and gave their daughters to their sons, abites into your hand. And they went down and served their gods.

after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward 7 And the children of Israel did evil in the Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over. sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their 29 11 And they slew of Moab at that time about God, and served Baalim, and the groves. ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of va

8 1 Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot lour: and there escaped not a man. against Israel, and he sold them into the hand 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia : of Israel: and the land had rest fourscore years. and the children of Israel served Chushan-risha- 31 1 And after him was Shamgar the son of thaim eight years.

Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hun9 And when the children of Israel cried unto dred men with an ox-goad; and he also deliverthe LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the ed Israel. children of Israel, who delivered them, even Oth

CHAP. IV. niel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. Deborah and Barak deliver Israel.

10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and

ND the children of Israel again did evil in AN

the sight of the Lord when Ehud was dead. the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Ja Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand pre- bin king of Canaan that reigned in Hazor, the vailed against Chushan-rishathaim.

captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt 11 And the land had rest forty years: and Oth- in Harosheth of the Gentiles. riel the son of Kenaz died.

3 And the children of Israel cried unto the 12 And the children of Israel did evil again in LORD; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; che sight of the LORD: and the LORD strength- and twenty years he mightily oppressed the chil. ened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel,

be-dren of Israel. cause they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 4 11 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wise of 13 And he gathered unto him the children of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Is- 5 And she dwelt under the palm-tree of Debo · rael, and possessed the city of palm-trees. rah, between Ramah and Beth-el in mount

14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to king of Moab eighteen years.

her for judgment. 15 But when the children of Israel cried unto 6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abithe LORD, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, noam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left-Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, handed : and by him the children of Israel sent saying, Go, and draw toward mount Tabor, and a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. Itake with thee ten thousand men of the children

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