After the death of Iosuah, it came to passe, that the childre of
asked the Lord, saying: who shall go vp for vs against the Chanaanites, to
fight fyrste against them?
2 And the Lorde sayde, Iuda shall go vp: beholde, I haue deliuered the land into
3 And Iuda sayde vnto Simeon his brother: Come vp with me in my lot, that we may
fight against the Chanaanites, and I likewyse will go with thee into thy lot.
And so Simeon went with him.
4 And Iuda went vp, and the Lord deliuered the Chanaanites and Pherezites into
their handes: And they slue of them in Bezek ten thousande men.
5 And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: And they fought against him, and slue the
Chanaanites and Pherezites.
6 But Adonibezek fled, and they folowed after hym, caught hym, and cut of his
thombes and his great toes.
7 And Adonibezek sayde, Three score and ten kinges hauing their thombes &
great toes cut of, gathered their meate vnder my table: As I haue done, so God
hath done to me agayne. And they brought him to Hierusalem, and there he died.
8 (The childre of Iuda had fought against Hierusalem, and had taken it, and
smitten it with the edge of the sword, & set the citie on fire.)
9 Afterward the children of Iuda went downe to fight against the Chanaanites
that dwelt in the mountayne & towarde the south, & in the lowe countrey.
10 And Iuda went against the Chanaanites that dwelt in
, whiche before time was called Kiriath Arba, & slue Sesai, Ahiman, and
11 And from thence they went to the inhabitauntes of Dabir, whose name in olde
time was called Kiriachsepher.
12 And Caleb sayd: He that smiteth Kiriathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I
geue Achsah my daughter to wyfe.
13 And Othoniel the sonne of Kenez Calebs younger brother toke it: to whom he
gaue Achsah his daughter to wyfe.
14 When she came to him, she counsayled him to aske of her father a fielde: And
then she lighted of her asse, and Caleb sayde vnto her, What wilt thou?
15 She aunswered vnto him, Geue me a blessing: for thou hast geuen me a
southward land, geue me also springes of water. And Caleb gaue her springes,
both aboue and beneath.
16 And the childre of the Kenite Moyses father in lawe, went vp out of the citie
of paulme trees with the children of Iuda, into the wildernesse of Iuda, that
lieth in the south of
, and they went and dwelt among the people.
17 And Iuda went with Simeon his brother, and they slue the Chanaanites that
inhabited Zephath, and vtterly destroyed it, and called the name of the citie
18 And also Iuda toke Azzah with the coastes therof, & Askalon with ye
coastes therof, and Akaron with the coastes therof.
19 And the Lorde was with Iuda, and he conquered the mountaines: but could not
dryue out the inhabitauntes of the valleyes, because they had charettes of iron.
20 And they gaue
vnto Caleb, as Moyses sayde: And he expelled thence the three sonnes of Anak.
21 And the children of Beniamin did not cast out the Iebusites that inhabited
Hierusalem: but the Iebusites dwell with the children of Beniamin in Hierusalem
vnto this day.
22 And in like maner they that were of the house of Ioseph went vp to
, and the Lorde was with them.
23 And the house of Ioseph searched out
, whiche before time was called Luz.
24 And the spyes sawe a man come out of the citie, & they sayd vnto him:
Shewe vs we pray thee the way into the citie, and we will shewe thee mercy.
25 And when he had shewed them the way into the citie, they smote it with the
edge of the sworde: but let the man and all his housholde go free.
26 And the man went into the land of the Hethites, and buylt a citie, and called
the name therof Luz: whiche is the name therof vnto this day.
27 Neither did Manasses expell Bethsean with her townes, Thanach with her townes,
the inhabitours of Dor with her townes, the inhabitours of Ieblaam with her
townes, neither the inhabitours of Magiddo with her townes: but the Chanaanites
were bolde to dwell in the lande.
28 But it came to passe, that assoone as
was waxed mightie, they put the Chanaanites to tribute, and expelled them not
29 In lyke maner Ephraim expelled not the Chanaanites that dwelt in Gazer: but
the Chanaanites dwelt still in Gazer among them.
30 Neither dyd Zabulon expell the inhabitours of Ketron, neither the inhabitours
of Nahalol: but the Chanaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
31 Neither did Aser cast out the inhabitours of Acho, neither the inhabitours of
Zidon, and of Ahalab, Aczib, & Helbah, Aphek, nor of Rohob:
32 But the Aserites dwelt among the Chanaanites the inhabitours of the lande:
for they dyd not dryue them out.
33 Neither dyd Nephthalim dryue out the inhabitours of Bethsames, nor the
inhabitours of Bethanath: but dwelt amongest the Chanaanites the inhabitours of
the lande. Neuerthelesse, the inhabitours of Bethsames and of Bethanath became
tributaries vnto them.
34 And the Amorites droue the children of Dan into the mountayne, and suffered
them not to come downe to the valley.
35 And the Amorites were content to dwell in
in Aialon, and in Salabim: And the hande of Ioseph preuayled, so that they
36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the goyng vp to Acrabim, & from
the rocke vpwarde.
1 And the angel of the Lorde came vp from Gilgal to Bochim, and sayde: I made
you to go out of Egipt, & haue brought you vnto the lande whiche I sware
vnto your fathers: And I sayde, I will neuer breake myne appoyntment that I made
2 And ye also shall make no couenaunt with the inhabitours of this lande, but
shall breake downe their aulters: Neuerthelesse, ye haue not hearkened vnto my
voyce: why haue ye this done?
3 Wherfore I haue lykewyse determined, that I will not cast them out before you:
but they shalbe as thornes vnto you, and their goddes shalbe a snare vnto you.
4 And when the angel of the Lord spake these wordes vnto all the children of
, the people cryed out and wept:
5 And called the name of the sayd place Bochim, & offered sacrifices vnto
6 And whe Iosuah had sent the people away, the children of
went euery man into his inheritaunce to possesse the lande.
7 And the people serued the Lorde all the dayes of Iosuah, & all the dayes
of the elders that outlyued Iosuah, & had seene al the great workes of the
Lorde that he dyd for
8 And Iosuah the sonne of Nun, the seruaunt of the Lorde died, when he was an
hundreth and ten yeres olde:
9 Whom they buried in the coastes of his inheritaunce [euen] in Thimnath Heres
, on the northside of the hil Gaas.
10 And euen so all that generation were put vnto their fathers: and there arose
another generation after them, which neither knewe the Lorde, nor yet the workes
whiche he had done for
11 And then the children of Israel dyd wickedly in the sight of the Lorde, and
12 And forsoke the Lord God of their fathers, whiche brought them out of the
lande of Egypt, and folowed straunge goddes, euen of the goddes of the nations
that were rounde about them, and bowed them selues vnto them, and angred the
13 They forsoke the Lorde, and serued Baal and Astharoth.
14 And the wrath of the Lord waxed hot agaynst
, and he deliuered them into the handes of raueners, that spoyled them, &
solde them into the handes of their enemies rounde about them, so that they had
no power any longer to stande before their enemies.
15 But whythersoeuer they went out, the hand of the Lord was sore against them,
euen as the Lord promised them, and as he sware vnto them: And he punished them
16 Neuerthelesse the Lorde raysed vp iudges, which deliuered them out of the
handes of their oppressers.
17 And yet for all that they woulde not hearken vnto their iudges: but rather
went a whoring after straunge goddes, and bowed them selues vnto them, and
turned quickly out of the way, whiche their fathers walked in, obeying the
comaundementes of the Lorde: But they dyd not so.
18 And when the Lorde raysed them vp iudges, he was with the iudge, and
deliuered them out of the handes of their enemies all the dayes of the iudge: (
for the Lord had compassion ouer their sorowinges, whiche they had by the reason
of them that oppressed them & vexed them:)
19 Yet for all that, assoone as the iudge was dead, they returned, and dyd worse
then their fathers, in folowing straunge goddes, to serue them & worship
them: and ceassed not from their owne inuentions, nor from their malitious way.
20 And the wrath of the Lorde was moued against Israel, and he sayde: Because
this people hath trasgressed myne appoyntment whiche I commaunded their fathers,
and haue not hearkened vnto my voyce:
21 I will hencefoorth not cast out before them one man of the nations whiche
Iosuah left when he dyed:
22 That through them I may proue Israel, whether they wil kepe the way of the
Lorde, and walke therin as their fathers dyd, or not.
23 And so the Lorde left those nations, and droue them not out immediatly,
neither deliuered them into the hande of Iosuah.
1 These are the nations whiche the Lorde left, that he might proue Israel by
them: (euen as many of Israel as had not knowen al the warres of Chanaan:
2 Onely for the learning of the generations of the childre of Israel that he
also might teach them warre, onely such as before knewe nothing therof.)
3 Of those whom he left, there were fiue lordes of the Philistines, and all the
Chanaanites, and the Sidonites, & the Heuites that dwelt in
, euen from
Hermon, vnto one come to Hamath.
4 Those remayned to proue
by, and to wyt whether they would hearken vnto the commaundementes of the Lorde,
which he commaunded their fathers by the hande of Moyses.
5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Chanaanites, Hethites, Amorites,
Pherezites, Heuites, and Iebusites,
6 And toke the daughters of them to be their wiues, & gaue their own
daughters to their sonnes, and serued their goddes.
7 And the children of
did wickedly in the sight of the Lorde, and forgat the Lorde their God, and
serued Baalim and Astheroth.
8 Therfore the Lorde was angry with
, and he solde them into the handes of Chusan Risathaim king of Mesopotamia: and
the children of
serued Chusan Risathaim eyght yeres.
9 And when the children of
cryed vnto the Lorde, the Lorde stirred vp a sauer to the children of
, & saued them, euen Othoniel the sonne of Kenes, Calebs younger brother.
10 And the spirite of the Lorde came vpon him, and he iudged
, & went out to warre: And the Lorde deliuered Chusan Risathaim king of
into his hande, and his hande preuayled against Chusan Risathaim.
11 And the land had rest fourtie yeres: and Othoniel the sonne of Kenes died.
12 And the children of
agayne committed wickednes in the sight of the Lorde: And the Lorde strengthed
Eglon the king of the Moabites, against the children of
, because they had committed wickednes before the Lorde.
13 And this [Eglon] gathered vnto him the children of Ammon, and the Amalekites,
and went and smote
, and possessed the citie of Panlme trees.
14 And so the children of
serued Eglon the king of
15 But when they cryed vnto the Lord, the Lord stirred them vp a sauer, Ahud the
sonne of Gera the sonne of Gemini, a man lame of his right hande: and by him the
children of Israel sent a present vnto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 But Ahud made him a dagger with two edges, of a cubite length, and he did
gyrde it vnto his raymet vpon his right thygh,
17 And caried the present vnto Eglon the king of
: (And Eglon was a very fatte man.)
18 And when he had presented the present, he sent the people that bare it away:
19 But he him selfe turned agayne (from the place of grauen images, that was by
Gilgal) and sayde: I haue a secret errande vnto thee, O king. Which sayde: Kepe
scilence. And all that stoode before hym, went out from him.
20 And Ahud came vnto him, and in a sommer parler whiche he had, sate he him
selfe alone: and Ahud sayd, I haue a message vnto thee from God. And he arose
out of his seate.
21 And Ahud put foorth his left hande, & toke the dagger from his right
thygh, and thrust it into his belly.
22 And the hafte went in after the blade: and the fatte closed the haft, so that
he might not drawe the dagger out of his belly, but the dyrt came out.
23 Then Ahud gat him out into the porche, and shut the doores of the parler vpon
him, and locked them.
24 When he was gone out, his seruauntes came: And when they sawe that the doores
of the parler were locked, they sayde, Suerly he couereth his feete in his
25 And they taried till they were ashamed, and seyng he opened not the doores of
the parler, they toke a key and opened them: And beholde, their Lorde was fallen
downe dead on the earth.
26 And Ahud escaped whyle they taried and was gone beyonde, to the place of the
grauen images, and escaped into Seirath.
27 And when he was come, he blewe a trumpet in mount Ephraim: And the childre of
went downe with him from the hill, and he went before them.
28 And he sayde vnto them, folowe me: for the Lorde hath deliuered your enemies
the Moabites into your hande. And they descended after him, and toke the
passages of Iordane toward
, and suffered not a man to passe ouer.
29 And they slue of the Moabites the same time vpon a ten thousande men, which
were all fatte, & men of warre, and there scaped not a man.
was subdued that day vnder the hande of
: And the lande had rest fourescore yeres.
31 After him was Samgar the sonne of Anath, whiche slue of the Philistines sixe
hundred men with an oxe goade, and deliuered
1 And the children of
began agayne to do wickedly in ye sight of the Lord, when Ahud was dead.
2 And the Lorde sold them into the hand of Iabin king of Chanaan, that raigned
in Hazor, whose captayne of warre was called Sisara, which dwelt in Haroseth of
3 And the children of
cried vnto the Lord (for he had nine hundreth charettes of yron: & twentie
yeres he troubled the children of
4 And Debora a prophetisse, the wife of Lapidoth, iudged
the same time.
5 And the same Debora dwelt vnder a paulme tree, betweene Ramath & Bethel,
: And the children of
came vp to her for iudgment.
6 And she sent, and called Barak the sonne of Abinoam, out of Kedes Nephthalim,
and sayd vnto him: Hath not the Lorde God of Israel commaunded, saying: Go, and
drawe toward mount Thabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children
of Nephthalim, and of the children of Zabulon?
7 And I will bring vnto thee to the riuer Kison, Sisara ye captayne of warre,
vnto Iabin, with his charettes and his people, and will deliuer him into thyne
8 And Barak said vnto her, If thou wilt go with me, I will go: But and if thou
wilt not come with me, I will not go.
9 She sayd: I will surely go with thee, but this iourney that thou takest, shall
not be for thyne honour: for the Lorde shall sell Sisara into the hande of a
woman. And Debora arose and went with Barak to Kedes.
10 And Barak called Zabulon & Nephthalim to Kedes, and led after him ten
thousande men: and Debora went vp with him.
11 (But Haber the Kenite which was of the childre of Hobab, the father in lawe
of Moyses, remoued from the Kenites, and pitched his tent vntill the playne of
Zaanaim, whiche is by Kedes.)
12 And they shewed Sisara, that Barak the sonne of Abinoam was gone vp to
13 And Sisara gathered together al his charettes, euen nine hundreth charettes
of iron, & all the people that were with him from of Haroseth of the
gentiles, vnto the ryuer of Kison.
14 And Debora sayd vnto Barak: Up, for this is the day in which the Lorde hath
deliuered Sisara into thyne hand: Is not the Lorde gone out before the? And so
Barak went downe fro
, and ten thousande men after him.
15 But the Lorde destroyed Sisara and all his charettes, and all his hoaste with
the edge of the sworde, before Barak: so that Sisara lyghted downe of his charet,
and fled away on his feete.
16 But Barak folowed after the charettes and after the hoast, euen vnto Haroseth
of the gentiles: And all the hoast of Sisara fell vpon the edge of the sworde,
and there was not a man left.
17 Howebeit Sisara fled away on his feete to the tent of Iael the wife of Haber
the Kenite (for there was peace betweene Iabin the king of Hazor, and the
houshoulde of Haber the Kenite.)
18 And Iael went out to meete Sisara, and sayd vnto him: Turne in my lorde,
turne in to me, feare not. And whan he had turned in vnto her into her tent, she
couered him with a mantell.
19 And he sayd vnto her: Geue me I pray thee a litle water to drincke, for I am
thirstie. And she opened a bottle of milke, and gaue him drincke, & couered
20 And agayne he sayd vnto her: Stande in the doore of the tent, and whan any
man doth come and enquere of thee, whether ther be any man here, thou shalt say,
21 Then Iael Habers wyfe, toke a nayle of the tent, & an hammer in her hande,
and went softly vnto him, and smote ye nayle into the temples of his head, and
fastened it into the ground (for he slumbred sore, and was wery) and so he died.
22 And beholde, as Barak folowed after Sisara, Iael came out to meete him, &
said vnto him: Come, and I will shewe thee the man whom thou sekest. And when he
came in to her tent, behold Sisara lay dead, and the nayle was in his temples.
23 And so God brought Iabin the kyng of Chanaan into subiection that day before
the children of
24 And the hand of the children of
prospered, and preuayled against Iabin the kyng of Chanaan, vntil they had
destroyed Iabin king of Chanaan.
1 Then Debora and Barak the sonne of Abinoam sange the same day, saying:
2 Prayse ye the Lord, for the auengyng of
, and for the people that became so willing.
3 Heare O ye kinges, hearken O ye princes: I, euen I will syng vnto the Lord, I
will prayse the Lord God of
4 Lorde, whan thou wentest out of Seir, whan thou departedst out of the fielde
, the earth trembled, and the heauens rayned, the cloudes also dropped water:
5 The mountaynes melted before the Lord, euen as dyd Sinai before ye Lord God of
6 In the dayes of Samgar the sonne of Anath, in the dayes of Iael, the hye wayes
were vnoccupied, and the trauelers walked thorowe bye wayes.
7 The inhabitants of the townes were gone, they were gone in
, vntyll I Debora came vp, which came vp a mother in
8 They chose new goddes, and then had they the enemie in the gates: was there a
shielde or speare seene among fourtie thousande of
9 My heart loueth the gouerners of
, and them that are willyng among the people: O prayse ye the Lord.
10 Speake ye that ryde on fayre asses, ye that dwell by Middin, and that walke
by the wayes.
11 For the noyse of the archers among the drawers of water ceassed, there shall
they speake of the righteousnes of the Lorde, his righteousnesse in his vnfensed
: Then shal the people of the Lorde go downe to the gates.
12 Up Debora vp, get thee vp, and sing a song: Arise Barac, and leade thy
captiuitie captiue, thou sonne of Abinoam.
13 Then shall they that remayne, haue dominion of the proudest of the people:
The Lord hath geuen me dominion ouer the mightie.
14 Out of Ephraim was there a roote of them agaynst Amelek, and after thee
Beniamin among thy people: Out of Machir came rulers, and out of Zabulon they
that handell the penne of the writer.
15 And of Isachar there were princes with Debora, and Isachar, and also Barak,
he was sent on foote into the valley: for the diuisions of Ruben [were] great
thoughtes of heart.
16 Why abodest thou among the sheepe foldes, to heare the bleatinges of the
flockes? for the diuisions of Ruben, were great thoughtes of heart.
also abode beyonde Iordane: and why doth Dan remayne in shyppes? Aser cotinued
on the sea shore, and taried in his decayed places.
18 [But] the people of Zabulon haue ieoparde their lyues euen vnto the death,
lyke as dyd Nephthalim in the hye places of the fielde.
19 The kynges came and fought, then fought ye kynges of Chanaan in Thanach by
the waters of
, and wan no money.
20 They fought from heauen, euen the starres in their courses fought agaynst
21 The ryuer of Kison swept them away, that auncient ryuer the ryuer Kison: O my
soule, thou hast marched valiauntly.
22 Then were the horse hoofes smitten asunder by the meanes of the praunsings
that their mightie men made.
23 Curse ye the citie of Meros (sayd the angel of the Lord) curse the
inhabitants therof: because they came not to helpe the Lord, to helpe the Lord
against the mightie.
24 Iael the wyfe of Haber the Kenite, shalbe blessed aboue other women, blessed
shall she be aboue other women in the tent.
25 He asked water, and she gaue him mylke, she brought foorth butter in a lordly
26 She put her hande to the nayle, & her ryght hande to the smythes hammer:
with the hammer smote she Sisara, & smote his head, wounded him, and pearsed
27 He bowed him downe at her feete, he fell downe, and lay styll: At her feete
he bowed him selfe, & fell. And whe he had sunke downe, he lay there
28 The mother of Sisara loked out at a wyndowe, and cryed thorowe the lattesse:
Why is his charret so long a commyng? Why tary the wheeles of his charettes?
29 Al the wyse ladyes aunswered her, yea and her owne wordes aunswered her selfe.
30 Surely they haue found, they deuide the spoyles, euery man hath a damsell or
two: Sisara hath a pray of diuers couloured garmentes, euen a pray of rayment
dyed with sundry colours, and that are made of nedle worke: rayment of diuers
colours and of nedle worke on both sydes, which is meete for him that is chiefe
in distributing of ye spoyles.
31 So perishe all thine enemies, O Lord: But they that loue him, let them be as
ye sunne whan he ryseth in his myght. And the lande had rest fourtie yeres.
1 And the children of
committed wickednesse in the syght of the Lorde: And the Lorde deliuered them
into the handes of Madian seuen yeres.
2 And the hand of Madian preuayled against
: & because of the Madianites, ye children of
made them dennes in the mountaynes and caues, and strong holdes.
3 And when Israel had sowen, then came vp the Madianites, the Amalechites, and
they of the east, and came vp agaynst them,
4 And pitched their tentes against them, and destroyed the encrease of the
earth, euen tyll thou come vnto Azah, & left no sustenaunce for Israel,
neither sheepe, oxe, nor asse:
5 For they went vp, they and their cattel, and came with their tentes as a
multitude of grasshopers, so that both they and also their camels were without
number: And they entred into the land to destroy it.
6 And so was
exceedingly impoueryshed in the sight of the Madianites, and cried vnto the
7 And when the children of
cried vnto the Lord, because of the Madianites,
8 The Lorde sent vnto them a prophet, which sayd vnto them, Thus sayth the Lorde
: I fet you from
, & brought you out of the house of bondage.
9 And I ryd you out of the hande of the Egyptians, & out of the hand of all
that oppressed you, and cast them out before you, and gaue you their land:
10 And I sayd vnto you: I am the Lord your God, feare not the goddes of the
Amorites in whose lande you dwell: But you haue not obeyed my voyce.
11 And the angel of the Lorde came and sate vnder an Oke which was in Ephrah,
that parteyned vnto Ioas the father of the Esrites: And his sonne Gedeon
threshed wheat by the wyne presse, to hyde it from the Madianites.
12 And the angel of the Lorde appeared vnto him, and said vnto him: The Lord is
with thee, thou mightie man.
13 And Gedeon aunswered him: Oh my Lord, if the Lorde be with vs, why is all
this come vpon vs? Yea, & where be all his miracles which our fathers tolde
vs of, and sayd: Dyd not the Lord bryng vs out of
? But nowe the Lord hath forsaken vs, and deliuered vs into the handes of the
14 And the Lord loked vpon him, and sayde: Go hence in this thy might, and thou
out of the handes of the Madianites: Haue not I sent thee?
15 And he aunswered him: Oh Lorde, wherwith shall I saue
? Behold my kinred is poore in Manasses, and I am litle in my fathers house.
16 The Lord sayd vnto him: I will be with thee, & thou shalt smyte the
Madianites, as they were but one man.
17 And he aunswered him: Oh, yf I haue founde grace in thy syght, than shew me a
a signe, that it is thou that talkest with me:
18 Departe not hence I pray thee vntyll I come vnto thee, & tyll I bryng
myne offring, and haue set it before thee. And he sayd: I will tary vntyll thou
19 And Gedeon went in, and made redy a kyd, and sweete cakes of an Epha of
floure, and put it with the fleshe in a basket, and put the broth in a pot, and
brought it out vnto him vnder the Oke, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God sayd vnto him: Take the flesh and the sweete cakes,
& lay them vpon this rocke, and powre out the broth. And he dyd so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put foorth the end of the staffe that he helde in
his hande, and touched the fleshe and the sweete cakes, and there arose vp fire
out of the rocke, and consumed the flesh and the sweete cakes: But the angel of
the Lord departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gedeon perceaued that it was an angel of the Lorde, he sayde: Alas,
O Lorde God, haue I therfore seene an angel of the Lorde face to face, [that I
23 And the Lorde sayd vnto him: Peace be vnto thee, feare not, thou shalt not
24 Then Gedeon made an aulter there vnto the Lord, and called it, The Lord of
peace. And vnto this day it is yet in Ephrath, that parteyneth vnto the father
of the Esrites.
25 And the same nyght the Lorde sayde vnto him: Take thy fathers young bullocke,
& an other bullocke of 7 yeres olde, and destroy the aulter of Baal that thy
father hath, and cut downe the groue that is by it:
26 And make an aulter vnto the Lord thy God vpon the top of this rocke in a
conuenient place, and take the second bullocke, and offer burnt sacrifice vpo
the wood of the groue which thou shalt cut downe.
27 Then Gedeon toke ten men of his seruauntes, & did as the Lord bad him:
But because he feared to do it by daye for his fathers housholde and the men of
the citie, he dyd it by nyght.
28 And when the men of the citie arose early in the mornyng, beholde the aulter
of Baal was broken, & the groue cut downe that was by it, and the seconde
bullocke offered vpon the aulter that was made.
29 And they sayde one to another: who hath done this thing? And whan they
enquered and asked, they sayd: Gedeon ye sonne of Ioas hath done this thing.
30 Then the men of the citie sayde vnto Ioas, Bring out thy sonne, that he may
dye: because he hath destroyed the aulter of Baal, and cut downe the groue that
was by it.
31 And Ioas sayd vnto al that stoode by him: Will ye pleade Baals cause? or will
ye saue him? He that will contende for him, let him dye or the morning. If he be
a God, let him pleade for himselfe agaynst him that hath caste downe his aulter.
32 And from that day, was Gedeon called Ierobaal: because his father had sayd,
Let Baal pleade for himselfe, because he hath broken downe his aulter.
33 All the Madianites therfore, and the Amalekites, and they of the east, were
gathered together, & went and pytched in the
34 But the spirite of the Lorde came vppon Gedeon, and he blewe a trumpet, and
Abiezer was ioyned with him.
35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasses, which also was ioyned with
him, and he sent messengers vnto Azar, Zabulon, and Nephthalim, and they came to
36 And Gedeon sayd vnto God: Yf thou wilt saue Israel by myne hand, as thou hast
37 Beholde, I wil put a fleece of wool in the treashing place: And if the dewe
come on the fleece onely, and it be drye vpon all the earth besyde, then shall I
be sure that thou wilt saue Israel by my hand, as thou saydest.
38 And it came so to passe: For he rose vp early on the morowe, & thrust the
fleece together, and wrong the dewe therout, and fylled a bowle of water.
39 And Gedeon sayde agayne vnto God: Be not angry with me, that I speake once
more, for I wil proue once agayne by the fleece. Let it be drye onely vpon the
fleece, and dewe vpon al the ground.
40 And God dyd so that same nyght: For it was drye vpon the fleece only, &
there was dewe on all the grounde.
1 Then Ierobaal (who is Gedeon) and all ye people yt were with him, rose vp
early, & pytched besyde the wel of Harad: so that the hoaste of the
Madianites were on the northsyde of them by the hyll of Moreh in the valley.
2 And the Lord sayd vnto Gedeon: The people that are with thee, are to many for
me to geue ye Madianites into their handes, lest
make their vaunt against me, and saye: Myne owne hand hath saued me.
3 Nowe therfore make a proclamation in the eares of people, and saye: If any man
dread or be afeard, let him returne and depart early from
. And there returned of the people 22 thousande, & there abode ten thousande.
4 And the Lord sayd vnto Gedeon: The people are yet to many, bryng them downe
vnto the water, and I will trye them vnto thee there. And of whom I say vnto
thee, this shal go with thee: the same shal go with thee. And of whom soeuer I
say vnto thee, this shal not go with thee: the same shal not go.
5 So he brought downe the people vnto the water: And the Lord said vnto Gedeon,
As many as lappe ye water with their tongues as a dogge lappeth, them put by
them selues, and [so do] them that kneele downe vpon their knees to drincke.
6 And the number of them that put their handes to their mouthes and lapped, were
three hundred men: But all ye remnaunt of ye people kneeled downe vpon their
knees to dryncke water.
7 And the Lorde sayd vnto Gedeon: By these three hundred men that lapped will I
saue you, and deliuer the Madianites into thyne hande: And let all the other
people go euery man vnto his place.
8 They therfore of the people toke vittailes with them, and their trumpettes:
And he sent all the rest of
, euery man vnto his tent, and retayned those three hundreth men: And the hoast
of Madian was beneath him in a valley.
9 And the same nyght the Lorde sayde vnto him: Aryse, get thee downe vnto the
hoast, for I haue delyuered it into thyne hand.
10 But and if thou feare to go downe, then go thou and Phara thy ladde downe to
11 And thou shalt hearken what they say, and so shall thine handes be strong to
go downe vnto ye hoast. Then went he downe & Phara his ladde vnto the
outsyde of the men of armes that were in the hoast.
12 And the Madianites, the Amalekites, and all they of the east, lay along in
the valley lyke a multitude of grashoppers, and their camelles were without
numbre, euen as the sande by the sea syde in multitude.
13 And when Gedeon was come, behold, there was a man that tolde a dreame vnto
his neyghbour, and sayd: Behold, I dreamed a dreame, and me thought that a cake
of barley bread tumbled into the hoast of Madian, and came vnto a tent, and
smote it that it fell, and ouerturned it that the tent lay along.
14 And his felowe aunswered and sayd: This is nothing els saue the sworde of
Gedeon ye sonne of Ioas, a man of
: for into his hande hath God deliuered Madian, and all the hoast.
15 When Gedeon heard the telling of the dreame, & the interpretation of the
same, he worshypped, and returned vnto the hoast of
, and sayde: Up, for the Lorde hath deliuered into your hande the hoast of
16 And he deuided the three hundred men into three companies, and gaue euery man
a trumpet in his hande, with emptie pytchers, and lampes therin.
17 And sayde vnto them, Loke on me, and do lykewyse: that when I come to the
syde of the hoast, euen as I do, so do you.
18 When I blowe with a trumpet and all that are with me, blowe ye with
trumpettes also on euery syde of the hoast, and say: For the Lord, and for
19 So Gedeon and the hundred men that were with him, came vnto the outsyde of
the hoast in the begynnyng of the myddle watche, & raysed vp the watch men:
And they blewe with their trumpettes, & brake the pytchers that were in
20 And the three companies blewe with trumpettes, & brake the pytchers, and
helde the lampes in their left handes, and the trumpettes in their right, to
blowe withal: And they cryed, The sworde of the Lorde, and of Gedeon.
21 And they stoode styll, euery man in his place rounde about the hoast: And all
the hoast ranne, and cryed, and fled.
22 And the three hundreth blewe with trumpettes, and the Lorde set euery mans
sworde vppon his neyghbour throughout all the hoast: and the hoast fled to
Bethhasitah, to Zererath, and to the edge of the playne of Meholah vnto Tabbath.
23 And the men of
being gathered together out of Nephthalim, of Aser, and of all Manasses,
folowed after the Madianites.
24 And Gedeon sent messengers vnto al
, saying: Come downe against the Madianites, and take before them the waters
vnto Bethbarath, and to Iordane. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered together,
& toke the waters vnto Bethbarath, & to Iordane.
25 And they toke two princes of the Madianites, Oreb and Zeb: and slue Oreb vpon
the rocke Oreb, and Zeb at the winepresse of Zeb, and folowed after Madian: and
brought the heades of Oreb and Zeb to Gedeon on the other syde Iordane.
1 And the men of Ephraim said vnto him: Why hast thou serued vs thus, that thou
calledst vs not, when thou wentest to fyght with the Madianites? And they chode
with him sharpely.
2 And he sayde vnto them: What deede haue I done lyke vnto yours? Is not the
gleaning of grapes of Ephraim, better then the vinetage of Abiezer?
3 God hath delyuered into your handes the lordes of Madian, Oreb and Zeb: And
what was I able to do lyke as you haue done? And then their spirites abated from
of him, when he had sayde that.
4 And Gedeon came to Iordane to passe ouer, he & the three hundred men that
were with him weery, and yet folowed the chase.
5 And he sayd vnto ye men of Sucoth: Geue I pray you, takes of bread vnto ye
people that folow me, for they be fayntie, that I may folowe after Zebah, and
Zalmana, kynges of Madian.
6 And the lordes of Sucoth sayde: Are the handes of Zebah and Zalmana now in
thyne handes, that we should geue bread vnto thyne armie?
7 Gedeon sayde: Therfore when the Lord hath deliuered Zebah and Zalmana into
mine hande, I will teare the fleshe of you with the thornes of the wildernes,
and with bryers.
8 And he went vp thence to Phanuel, & spake vnto them lykewyse: And ye men
of Phanuel aunswered him, as did the men of Sucoth.
9 And he sayd also vnto the men of Phanuel: When I come agayne in peace, I will
breake downe this towre.
10 Zebah & Zalmana were in Carcor, and their hoastes with them, vpon a
fifteene thousande men, which were all that were left of all the hoastes of them
of the east: For there was slaine an hundred and twentie thousande men that
11 And Gedeon went thorowe them that dwelt in tabernacles on the east syde of
Nobah and Iegbahah, and smote the hoaste: for the hoaste dyd cast no perylles.
12 And whan Zebah and Zalmana fled, he folowed after them, and toke ye two
kynges of Madian, Zebah and Zalmana, and discomfited all the hoaste.
13 And Gedeon the sonne of Ioas, returned from battel afore the sunne was vp,
14 And caught a ladde of the men of Sucoth, & enquired of him: And he wrote
him of the lordes and elders of Sucoth threescore and seuenteene men.
15 And he came vnto the men of Sucoth, and sayd: Beholde Zebah and Zalmana, with
which ye dyd cast me in the teeth, saying: Are the handes of Zebah and Zalmana
alredy in thyne hande, that we should geue bread vnto thy fayntie men?
16 And he toke the elders of the citie, and thornes of the wildernesse, and
bryers, and dyd teare the men of Sucoth with them.
17 And he brake downe the towre of Phanuel, & slue the men of the citie.
18 And then sayde he vnto Zebah and Zalmana: What maner of men were they whom ye
slue at Thabor? And they aunswered: The lykenesse of thee and them is al one,
eue after the fashion of the children of a kyng.
19 And he sayd, They were my brethren, euen my mothers children: As truly as the
Lord liueth, if ye had saued their lyues, I would not slay you.
20 And he sayde vnto Iether his eldest sonne, Up and slay them. But the ladde
drue not his sworde: for he feared, because he was yet young.
21 Then Zebah and Zalmana sayde: Ryse thou, and fall vpon vs: for as the man is,
so is his strength. And Gedeon arose, and slue Zebah and Zalmana, and toke away
the ornamentes that were on their camels neckes.
22 Then the men of
sayde vnto Gedeon: Raigne thou ouer vs, both thou, thy sonne, and thy sonnes
sonne, for thou hast deliuered vs out of ye hand of Madian.
23 And Gedeon sayd vnto them: I wyll not raigne ouer you, neither shall my
childe raigne ouer you: but the Lorde shall raigne ouer you.
24 And agayne Gedeon said vnto them: I would desire a request of you, euen that
you would geue me euery man the earinges of his pray. For they had golden
earinges, because they were Israelites.
25 And they aunswered: We will gyue them. And they spread a mantell, and dyd
cast therin euery man the earynges of his pray.
26 And the wayght of ye golden earinges that he required, was a thousand and
seuen hundred sicles of golde, besyde chaynes and iewelles, and purple rayment
that was on the kynges of Madian, and besyde the chaynes that were about their
27 And Gedeon made an Ephod therof, and put it in his citie Ephrah: And all
went a whoryng after it in the same place, which thing became a ruyne vnto
Gedeon and to his house.
28 Thus was Madian brought lowe before the children of
, so that they lyft vp their heades no more: And the countrey was in quietnes
fourtie yeres in the dayes of Gedeon.
29 And Ierobaal ye sonne of Ioas, went and dwelt in his owne house.
30 And Gedeon had threescore and ten sonnes of his body begotten: for he had
31 And his cocubine that was in Sichem bare him a sonne also, whose name he
32 And Gedeon the sonne of Ioas dyed in a good age, and was buryed in the
sepulchre of Ioas his father, euen in Ephrah, that parteyned vnto the father of
33 But assoone as Gedeon was dead, the children of
turned away, & went a whoryng after Baalim, and made a couenaunt with Baal
to be their God.
34 And the children of
thought not on the Lorde their God, which had deliuered them out of the handes
of all their enemies on euery syde:
35 Neither shewed they mercy on the house of Ierobaal [otherwyse called] Gedeon,
according to all the goodnes which he had shewed vnto
1 Abimelech the sonne of Ierobaal went to Sichem vnto his mothers brethren,
& communed with them, & with all the kynrede of the house of his mothers
2 Saye I pray you, in the eares of all the men of Sichem, whether is better for
you, that all the sonnes of Ierobaal, (which are threescore and ten persons)
raigne ouer you: either that one raigne ouer you? Remember that I am of your
bone, and of your fleshe.
3 And his mothers brethren spake of him in the audience of all the men of Sichem
all these wordes, & their heartes were moued to folow Abimelech: For they
sayde, He is our brother.
4 And they gaue him threescore and ten peeces of siluer out of the house of Baal
Berith, wherwith Abimelech hyred vayne and light persons, which went with hym.
5 And he went vnto his fathers house at Ephrah, and slue his brethren, the
sonnes of Ierobaal, beyng threescore & ten persons, vpon one stone:
Notwithstandyng, yet Ioatham the youngest sonne of Ierobaal escaped, for he hyd
6 And all the men of Sichem gathered together, and al the house of Mello, and
came and made Abimelech kyng in the playne, where the stone was in Sichem.
7 And when they tolde it to Ioatham, he went and stoode in the top of mount
Garizim, and lyft vp his voyce, & cryed, and sayd vnto them: Hearken vnto me
you men of Sichem, that God may hearken vnto you.
8 The trees went foorth to annoynt a kyng ouer them, and sayde vnto the Olyue
tree: Raigne thou ouer vs.
9 But the Olyue tree sayd vnto them: Should I leaue my fatnesse wherwith by me
they honour God and man, & to be promoted ouer the trees?
10 And the trees sayd to the figge tree: Come thou, and be kyng ouer vs.
11 The figge tree aunswered them: should I forsake my sweetnes, and my good
fruite, and go to be promoted ouer the trees?
12 Then sayde the trees vnto the vine: Come thou and be kyng ouer vs.
13 The vine sayde vnto them: Should I leaue my wine wherby I cheare both God and
man, and go to be promoted ouer the trees?
14 Then said all the trees vnto the bryer: Come thou and raigne ouer vs.
15 And the bryer sayde vnto the trees: If it be true that ye will annoynt me
kyng ouer you, then come and put your trust vnder my shadow: If no, the fyre
come out of the bryer, & waste the Cedar trees of Libanon.
16 Nowe therfore, if ye do truely and vncorruptly to make Abimelech kyng, and if
ye haue dealte well with Ierobaal & his house, and haue done vnto hym
according to the deseruing of his handes:
17 (For euen my father fought for you, and aduentured his life, and ridde you
out of the hande of Madian.
18 And ye are rysen vp agaynst my fathers house this day, and haue slayne his
children, beyng threescore & ten persones vpon one stone, and haue made
Abimelech the sonne of his mayde seruaunt, king ouer the men of Sichem, because
he is your brother.)
19 If ye then haue dealt truely and purely with Ierobaal and with his house this
day, then reioyce ye with Abimelech, and let him reioyce with you.
20 But if you haue not dealt truely, then let a fire come out of Abimelech,
& consume the men of Sichem, & the house of Mello: and let there come
out a fire fro among the men of Sichem, & out of the house of Mello, &
21 And Ioatham ran away and fledde, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for feare
of Abimelech his brother.
22 When Abimelech had raigned three yeres ouer Israel,
23 God sent an euyll spirite betweene Abimelech, & the men of Sichem: and
the citezins of Sichem brake their promise to Abimelech,
24 That the wickednes done to the three score and ten sonnes of Ierobaal might
come on him, and that God might lay the blood of them vnto Abimelech their
brother, which slue them, and vpon the other men of Sichem which ayded him in
the killing of his brethren.
25 And the citezins of Sichem set men to lay awayte for hym in the toppe of the
mountaynes, which men robbed al that came along the way by them: And it was
26 And Gaal the sonne of Obed came with his brethren, and they gat them to
Sichem: and the men of Sichem put their confidence in him.
27 And they went out into the fieldes, and gathered in their grapes, & trode
them, and made mery, & went into the house of their god, and dyd eate and
drinke, and cursed Abimelech.
28 And Gaal the sonne of Obed sayde: what is Abimelech? & what is Sichem,
that we shoulde serue him? Is he not the sonne of Ierobaal? & Zebul is his
officer? Serue such as come of Hemor the father of Sichem: for what reason is it
that we shoulde serue him?
29 Woulde God this people were vnder my hande, then would I take Abimelech out
of ye way. And he spake against Abimelech: Make thine hoast greater, and go out.
30 And when Zebul the ruler of the citie hearde the wordes of Gaal the sonne of
Obed, he was wroth.
31 And sent messengers vnto Abimelech priuyly, saying: Behold, Gaal the sonne of
Obed and his brethren be come to Sichem, and beholde they fortifie the citie
32 Now therfore vp by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lye in
wayte in the fielde.
33 And rise early in the morning assone as the sunne is vp, and fall vpon the
citie: And if he & the people that is with hym come out against thee, do to
hym what thine handes shalbe able.
34 And Abimelech rose vp, and all the people that were with him, by night, and
they layde awayte against Sichem in foure companies.
35 And Gaal the sonne of Obed went out, and stoode in the entring of the gate of
the citie: And Abimelech rose vp, and the folke that were with him, from lying
36 And when Gaal sawe ye people, he sayd to Zebul: Beholde, there come people
downe from the top of the mountaines. And Zebul sayd vnto him: The shadow of the
hylles seeme men vnto thee.
37 And Gaal aunswered agayne, & sayd: See, there come folke downe by ye
middle of the land, & another company come along by the playne of the
38 Then sayd Zebul vnto him: Where is nowe thy mouth that said, what felowe is
Abimelech, that we should serue him? Is not this the people that thou hast
despysed? Go out now & fight with the.
39 And Gaal went out before the citezins of Sichem, & fought with Abimelech.
40 And Abimelech chased him, that he fled before him, and many were ouerthrowen
& wounded, euen vnto the entring of the gate.
41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal & his brethre
that they shoulde not dwell in Sichem.
42 And on the morow, the people wet out into the fielde: And they told
43 And he toke the people, & deuided them into three copanies, & layd
awayte in the fielde, and loked, and behold the people were come out of the
citie, and he ran vpon them, and smote them.
44 And Abimelech and the companions that were with him, rushed forward, &
stoode in the entring of the gate of the citie: and the two other companions ran
vpon all the people that were in the fieldes, and slue them.
45 And when Abimelech had fought against the citie al that day, he toke it, and
slue the people that was therin, and destroyed the citie, and sowed salte in it.
46 And when all the men of the towre of Sichem heard that, they entred into an
holde of the house of the god Berith.
47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the towre of Sichem were
48 And Abimeleh gat him to mount Zelmon, both he & all the people that were
with him, & toke axes with him, and cut downe bowes of trees, & toke
them and bare them on his shulder, & sayde vnto the folke that were with hym:
what ye haue seene me do, speede your selues, & do lykewyse as I haue done.
49 And al the men that were among the people, cut downe bowes, and folowed
Abimelech, and put them into the hold, and set the holde a fire by them: so that
al the men of the towre of Sichem died also, vpon a thousande men & women.
50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, & besieged it, and toke it.
51 But there was a strong towre within the citie, and thyther ranne all the men
and women, and all the chiefe that were in the citie, and shut it to them, and
gate them vp to the toppe of the towre.
52 And Abimelech came vnto the towre, and fought agaynst it, and went harde vnto
the doore of ye towre to set it on fire.
53 And a certayne woman cast a peece of a mylstone vpon his head, & all to
brake his brayne panne.
54 Then Abimelech called hastyly vnto the young man that bare his harnesse, and
sayde vnto him: Drawe thy sworde and slea me, that men say not of me, A woman
slue him: And his lad thrust him thorowe, and he died.
55 And when the men of
sawe that Abimelech was dead, they departed euery man vnto his owne house.
56 Thus God rendred the wickednesse of Abimelech which he dyd vnto his father,
in sleyng his seuentie brethren.
57 And therto all the wickednesse of the men of Sichem, dyd God bryng vpon their
heades: And vpon them came the curse of Ioatham the sonne of Ierobaal.
1 After Abimelech, there arose to defende Israel Thola the sonne of Phuah the
sonne of Dodo, a man of Isachar, whiche dwelt in Sanur in
2 And he iudged
twentie & three yeres, & died, & was buried in Samir.
3 And after him, arose Iair a Gileadite, and iudged
twintie and two yeres.
4 And he had thirtie sonnes that rode on thirtie Asse coltes, and they had
thirtie cities, which are called Hauoth Iair vnto this day, and are in the lande
5 And Iair died, and was buried in Camon.
6 And the children of Israel wrought wickednesse yet agayne in the sight of the
Lord, and serued Baalim and Astaroth, and the gods of Siria, the gods of Sidon,
and the gods of Moab, the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the
Philistines, and forsoke the Lorde, and serued not him.
7 And the Lord was wroth with
, and he solde them into the handes of the Philistines, and into the handes of
the children of Ammon.
8 Which from that yere foorth, pilde and oppressed the children of
eyghtteene yeres, al that were on the other side Iordane, in the lande of the
Amorites whiche is in
9 Moreouer, ye children of Ammon went ouer Iordane to fight agaynst Iuda,
Beniamin, and the house of Ephraim, so that
was sore cumbred.
10 And the children of
cryed vnto ye Lord, saying: We haue sinned against thee, for we haue forsaken
our owne God, and haue carued Baalim.
11 And the Lorde sayde vnto the childre of
: Dyd not I ryd you from the Egiptians and from the Amorites, from the children
of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
12 The Sidonites also, and the Amalekites, & the Maonites dyd oppresse you,
and ye cryed to me, and I deliuered you out of their handes.
13 And for all that, ye haue forsaken me and serued straunge gods, wherfore I
will helpe you no more.
14 Go and crye vnto the gods whiche ye haue chosen, and let them saue you in the
tyme of your tribulation.
15 And the children of
sayde vnto the Lord: We haue sinned, do thou vnto vs whatsoeuer please thee,
deliuer vs onely we pray thee this day.
16 And they put away the straunge gods from them, & serued the Lord: And his
soule had pitie on the miserie of
17 Then the children of Ammon gathered together, & pitched in Gilead: And
the children of
gathered them together, and pitched in Mispah.
18 And the people and lordes of Gilead sayde eche to other: whosoeuer will
beginne the battell agaynst the children of Ammon, the same shalbe head ouer all
the inhabitauntes of
1 And there was one Iephthah a Gileadite, a strong man, the sonne of an harlot.
2 And Gilead begat Iephthah: And Gileads wyfe bare him sonnes, which when they
were come to age, thrust out Iephthah, and said vnto him: Thou shalt not
inherite in our fathers house, for thou art the sonne of a straunge woman.
3 Then Iephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the lande of Tob: And there
gathered ydle men to Iephthah, and went out with him.
4 And in processe of time, the children of Ammon made warre agaynst
5 And when the children of Ammon fought thus agaynst Israel, the elders of
Gilead went to set Iephthah out of the lande of Tob,
6 And sayde vnto him: Come, and be our captayne, that we may fight with the
children of Ammon.
7 Iephthah aunswered the elders of
: Dyd not ye hate me, & expell me out of my fathers house? howe then come
you vnto me nowe in time of your tribulation?
8 And the elders of Gilead sayde vnto Iephthah: Therfore we turne agayne to thee
nowe, that thou mayest go with vs, & fight against the children of Ammon,
and be our head ouer all the inhabitauntes of
9 And Iephthah sayde vnto the elders of
: If ye bring me home againe to fight against the children of Ammon, then yf the
Lorde deliuer them before me, shall I be your head?
10 And the elders of
sayd to Iephthah: The Lorde be witnesse betweene vs, if we do not according to
11 Then Iephthah went with the elders of
, and ye people made hym head & captayne ouer them: And Iephthah rehearsed
al his wordes before the Lorde in Mispah.
12 And Iephthah sent messengers vnto 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
13 The king of the children of Ammon aunswered vnto ye messengers of Iephthah:
Because Israel toke away my lande when they came out of
, euen from Arnon vnto Iabok, and vnto Iordane: Nowe therfore restore those
landes agayne with faire meanes.
14 And Iephthah sent messengers agayne vnto the king of the children of Ammon,
15 And sayd vnto him, thus sayth Iephthah:
toke not away the lande of
, nor the lande of the children of Ammon.
16 But when
came vp fro
, and walked thorowe the wildernesse, euen vnto ye red sea, they came to Cades:
17 And Israel sent messengers vnto the king of
, saying, Let me I praye thee go thorow thy lande: But the king of
would not agree therto. And in lyke maner they sent vnto the king of
: but he woulde not consent. And
abode stil in Cades.
18 And then they went along thorowe the wildernesse, and compassed the
, & the
, and came along by the east syde of the
, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, and woulde not come within the coast
: for Arnon was the border of
19 And then Israel sent messengers vnto Sehon king of the Amorites, & king
of Hesbon, and sayde vnto him: Let vs passe we pray thee thorow thy land vnto
our owne countrey.
20 But Sehon consented not to
, that he shoulde go thorowe his coast: but gathered all his people together,
& pitched in Iasa, & fought with
21 And the Lorde God of
deliuered Sehon & all his folke into the handes of
, and they smote them: So Israel smote them, and possessed all the land of the
Amorites the inhabitauntes of that countrey.
22 And they possessed al the coastes of the Amorites, from Arnon vnto Iabok,
& from the wildernesse vnto Iordane.
23 So nowe, seyng the Lord God of
hath cast out the Amorites before his people
, shouldest thou possesse it?
24 Nay, but what people Camos thy God dryueth out, that lande possesse thou:
Euen so whatsoeuer nation the Lord our God expelleth before vs, that lande ought
we to enioy.
25 And art thou better then Balac the sonne of Zephor king of
? Did he not stryue with
and fight against them,
26 All the whyle
dwelt in Hesbon and her townes, in Aroer and her townes, and in all the cities
that be along by ye coastes of Arnon three hundred yeres? Why did ye not recouer
them in all that space?
27 Wherfore I haue not synned agaynst thee, but thou doest me wrong to warre
against me: The Lord therfore whiche is a iudge, be iudge this day betweene the
, and the children of Ammon.
28 Howbeit, the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not vnto the wordes of
Iephthah, which he sent him.
29 Then the spirite of the Lord came vpo Iephthah, and he passed ouer to Gilead
& to Manasses, and came to Mispah that lieth in
, & from thence vnto the children of Ammon.
30 And Iephthah vowed a vowe vnto ye Lorde, & sayd: If thou shalt deliuer
the children of Ammon into my handes,
31 Then that thing that commeth out of the doores of my house against me, whe I
come home in peace from the children of Ammon, shalbe the Lordes, and I will
offer it vp for a burnt offering.
32 And so Iephthah went vnto the children of Ammon to fight agaynst them, and
the Lorde deliuered them into his handes.
33 And he smote them from Aroer tyll thou come to Mennith, euen twentie cities,
and so foorth to the playne of the vineyardes, with an exceeding great
slaughter: And thus the childre of Ammon were brought vnder, before the children
34 When Iephthah came to Misphah vnto his house, see, his daughter came out
agaynst him with timbrelles and daunces, which was his onely chylde: so that
beside her, he had neither sonne nor daughter.
35 And when he sawe her, he rent his clotes, & sayde: Alas my daughter, thou
hast brought me lowe, & art one of them that troubleth me: For I haue opened
my mouth vnto the Lorde, and cannot go backe.
36 And she sayde vnto him: My father, if thou haue opened thy mouth vnto the
Lorde, then do with me according to it that proceeded out of thy mouth, for as
much as the Lorde hath auenged thee of thyne enemies ye children of Ammon.
37 And she sayd vnto her father, Do this much for me: Let me alone two monethes,
that I may go to the mountaynes and bewayle my virginite, I and my felowes.
38 And he sayd, go. And he sent her away two monethes: And so she went with her
companions, & lamented her maydenhead vpon the mountaynes.
39 And after the ende of two monethes, she turned agayne vnto her father, whiche
dyd with her according to his vowe whiche he had vowed, & she had knowne no
man: And it grewe to a custome in Israel,
40 The daughters of Israel came yere by yere to lamet the daughter of Iephthah
the Gileadite, foure dayes in a yere.
1 And the men of Ephraim gathered them selues together, & went northwarde,
& sayd vnto Iephthah: Wherfore wentest thou to fight against the children of
Ammon, and dyddest not call vs to go with thee? we will therfore burne thine
house vpon thee with fire.
2 And Iephthah sayde vnto them, I & my people were at great stryfe with the
children of Ammon: And when I called you, ye deliuered me not out of their
3 And when I sawe that ye deliuered me not, I put my lyfe in my handes, and went
vpon the children of Ammon, and the Lorde deliuered them into my handes:
Wherfore then are ye come vppon me nowe, to fight against me?
4 Iephthah therfore gathered together all the men of
, and fought with the Ephraites. And the men of
smote the Ephraites, because they sayd: Ye Gileadites are but runneagates of
Ephraim, among the Ephraites and the Manassites.
5 Moreouer, the men of Gilead toke the passages of Iordane before the Ephraites:
And when those Ephraites that were escaped, said, Let me go ouer: then the men
sayde vnto hym, Art thou an Ephraite? If he sayde, nay:
6 Then sayde they vnto him: Then say, Schibboleth. And he sayde, Sibboleth: for
he coulde not so pronounce. And then they toke him, and slue him at the passages
of Iordane: And there were ouerthrowen at that time of the Ephraites fourtie and
7 And Iephthah iudged
six yeres, then died Iephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] ye
8 After this man, iudged
one Ibzan of Bethlehem.
9 And he had thirtie sonnes and thirtie daughters, whom he sent out, and toke in
thirtie daughters from abrode for his sonnes. And when Ibzan had iudged
10 He died, & was buried at
11 After him, Elon a Zabulonite iudged
12 And Elon the Zabulonite died, & was buried in Aialon, in the countrey of
13 After him, Abdon the sonne of Hellel, a Pharathonite, iudged
14 And he had fourtie sonnes, and thirtie neuewes, that rode on threscore and
ten asse coltes: And when Abdon the sonne of Hellel the Pharathonite had iudged
15 He died, & was buryed in Pharathon in the lande of Ephraim, in the mount
of the Amalekites.
1 And the children of
began agayne to comitte wickednesse in the sight of the lord, and the Lorde
deliuered them into the handes of the Philistines fourtie yeres.
2 And there was a man in Zaraah of the kinred of Dan, named Manoah, whose wife
was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angell of the Lord appeared vnto the woman, & sayde vnto her:
Beholde, nowe thou art barren, & bearest not, but thou shalt conceaue, and
beare a sonne.
4 And nowe therfore beware that thou drinke no wyne, nor strong drinke, neither
eate any vncleane thing:
5 For lo, thou shalt conceaue and beare a sonne, And ther may no rasor come on
his head, for ye ladde shalbe a Nazarite vnto God euen from his byrth: And he
shal beginne to saue Israel out of the handes of the Philistines.
6 Then the wife came, & tolde her husbande, saying: A man of God came vnto
me, and the fashion of him was lyke the fashion of an angell of God, exceeding
fearful: But I asked him not whence he was, neither tolde he me his name:
7 But sayde vnto me, behold, thou shalt be with childe and beare a sonne, &
now drinke no wyne nor strong drinke, neither eate any vncleane thing, for the
ladde shalbe an abstayner to God, euen from his byrth to the day of his death.
8 Then Manoah made intercession to the Lorde, and sayde: I pray thee my Lorde,
let the man of God whiche thou sendedst, come agayne vnto vs, & teache vs
what we shal do vnto the ladde whe he is borne.
9 And God heard the voyce of Manoah: and the angel of God came agayne vnto the
wife as she sate in the felde: but Manoah her husbad was not with her.
10 And the wife made haste, and ranne & shewed her husbande, & sayde
vnto him: behold, the man appeared vnto me that came vnto me to day.
11 And Manoah arose & went after his wife, and came to the man, and sayde
vnto him: Art thou the ma that spakest vnto the woman? And he sayde: I am.
12 Manoah sayde, Nowe let thy saying come to passe: Howe shall we order the
childe, and do vnto him?
13 And the angell of the Lord sayd vnto Manoah: The woman must absteyne from all
that I sayde vnto her:
14 She may eate of nothing that cometh of the vine tree, nor drinke wine or
strong drinke, nor eate any vncleane thing: but must obserue all that I bad her.
15 Manoah sayde vuto the angell of the Lorde: I pray thee let vs retayne thee
vntill we haue made redy a kyd before thee.
16 And the angel of the Lord sayde vnto Manoah: Though thou make me abide, I wil
not eate of thy bread: And if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer
it vnto the Lorde. For Manoah wist not that it was an angell of the Lorde.
17 And Manoah sayde agayne vnto the angell of the Lord: What is thy name, that
when thy saying is come to passe, we may do thee worshippe?
18 And the angel of the Lorde sayde vnto him: Why askest thou thus after my
name, which is secrete?
19 And so Manoah toke a kyd, with a meat offring, and offred it vpon a rocke
vnto the Lorde: And the angell did wonderously, Manoah and his wife lokyng vpon.
20 And whe the flambe came vp toward heauen from the aulter, the angell of the
Lorde ascended vp in the flambe of the aulter: And Manoah and his wyfe loked
vpon it, and fell on their faces vnto the grounde.
21 (But the angel of the Lord did no more appeare vnto Manoah and his wyfe:) And
then Manoah knewe that it was an angel of the Lorde,
22 And sayd vnto his wyfe: We shal surely dye, because we haue seene God.
23 But his wyfe sayde vnto him: Yf the Lord would kyll vs, he would not haue
receaued a burnt offering and a meate offering of our handes, neither woulde he
haue shewed vs al these thinges, nor woulde nowe haue tolde vs any suche.
24 And the wyfe bare a sonne, and called his name Samson: And ye ladde grewe,
and the Lorde blessed him.
25 And the spirite of the Lorde began to strengthen him in the hoast of Dan,
betweene Zaraah and Esthaol.
1 Samson went downe to Thamnath, and sawe a woma in Thamnath of the daughters of
2 And he came vp, and told his father and his mother, & said: I haue sene a
woman in Thamnath of the daughters of the Philistines: & nowe geue me her to
3 Then his father and mother sayd vnto him: Is there neuer a woman among the
daughters of thy brethren, & among al my people, but that thou must go, and
take a wyfe of the vncircumcised Philistines? And Samson sayd vnto his father:
Geue me this woman, for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his father and mother wist not that it was the Lordes doyng, and that he
sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines
5 Then went Samson and his father & his mother downe to Thamnath, and came
to the vineyardes of Thamnath: and beholde, a young Lion roared vpon him.
6 And the spirite of the Lord came vpo him, and he tare him as he would haue
rent a kydde, and yet had nothing in his hande: neither tolde his father and
mother what he had done.
7 And he went downe, & talked with the woman, whiche seemed well fauoured in
the sight of Samson.
8 And within a short space after, as he wet thyther againe to take her to wife,
he turned out of the way to see the carkasse of the Lion: And beholde, there was
a swarme of bees and hony in the carkasse of the Lion.
9 And he toke therof in his handes, and went eating, and came to his father and
mother, and gaue them also, and they did eate: But he tolde not them that he had
taken the hony out of the carkasse of the Lion.
10 And so his father went downe vnto the woman, and Samson made there a feast:
for so vsed the younge men to do.
11 And whe they sawe him, they brought thirtie companions to be with him.
12 And Samson sayd vnto them, I will nowe put foorth a riddle vnto you: & yf
you can declare it me within seuen dayes of the feast, and finde it out, I will
geue you thirtie sheetes, & thirtie chaunge of garmentes:
13 But and if you can not declare it me, then shal ye geue me thirtie sheetes
and thirtie chaunge of garmentes. And they aunswered him: Put foorth thy riddle,
that we may heare it.
14 And he sayd vnto them: Out of the eater came meate, and out of the strong
came sweetnesse. And they coulde not in three dayes expounde the riddle.
15 And whe the seuenth day was come, they sayd vnto Samsons wyfe: Flatter thyne
husband that he may declare vs the riddle, lest we burne thee and thy fathers
house with fire: Haue ye called vs hyther, to make vs beggers? is it not so?
16 And Samsons wyfe wept before him and sayd, Surely thou hatest me and louest
me not: for thou hast put foorth a riddle vnto the children of my folke, and
hast not tolde it me. And he sayde vnto her: Beholde, I haue not tolde it my
father and my mother, and shall I tell it thee?
17 And Samsons wyfe wept before him seuen dayes, whyle the feast lasted: And the
seuenth day he told her, because she lay so sore vpo him. And she tolde the
riddle to the children of her folke.
18 And the men of the citie sayd vnto him the seuenth day, before the sunne went
downe: What is sweeter then hony? and what is stronger then a Lion? Then sayd he
vnto them: Yf ye had not plowed with my heyffer, ye had not founde out my
19 And the spirite of the Lord came vpon him, and he went downe to Askalon, and
slue thirtie men of them, and spoyled them, & gaue chaunge of garmentes vnto
them which expounded the riddle: And he was wroth, and went vp to his fathers
20 But Samsons wyfe was geuen to one of his companions that he had taken vnto
1 But within a while after, euen in the time of wheat haruest, Sason visited his
wife with a kyd, saying: I wil go in to my wyfe into the chaumber. But her
father woulde not suffer him to go in.
2 And her father sayde, I thought that thou haddest hated her, & therfore
gaue I her to thy companion: Is not her younger sister fayrer then she? Take her
I pray thee, in steade of the other.
3 Samson sayde vnto hym: Nowe am I more blamelesse then the Philistines, and
therfore will I do them displeasure.
4 And Samson went out, and caught three hundred foxes, & toke firebrandes,
and turned them tayle to tayle, and put a firebrand in the middes betweene two
5 And when he had set the brandes on fire, he sent them out into the standyng
corne of the Philistines, & burnt vp both the reaped corne, and also the
standing, with the vineyardes and oliues.
6 Then the Philistines sayd: Who hath done this? And they aunswered: Samson the
sonne in lawe of the Thamnite, because he had taken his wife, & geuen her to
his companion. And the Philistines came vp, and burnt her and her father with
7 And Samson said vnto them: Though ye haue done this, yet will I be auenged of
you, and then I will ceasse.
8 And he smote them legge and thygh with a myghtie plague, and then he went
& dwelt in the toppe of the rocke Etam.
9 Then the Philistines came vp, and pytched in Iuda, and camped in Lehi.
10 And the men of Iuda sayde: Why are ye come vp vnto vs? They aunswered: To
bynde Samson are we come vp, & to do to hym, as he hath done to vs.
11 Then three thonsande men of Iuda went to the toppe of the rocke Etam, &
sayde to Samson: Wottest thou not that the Philistines are rulers ouer vs?
Wherfore then hast thou done thus vnto vs? He aunswered them: As they dyd vnto
me, so haue I done vnto them.
12 And they sayd vnto him agayne: We are come to bynde thee, and to deliuer thee
into ye hande of the Philistines. And Samson said vnto them: Sweare vnto me,
that ye shall not fal vpon me your selues.
13 They aunswered him, saying: No, but we will bynde thee, & delyuer thee
vnto their handes: but we wyll not kyll thee. And they bounde hym with two new
cordes, and brought him from the rocke.
14 And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines showted agaynst him: And the
spirite of the Lord came vpon him, and the cordes that were vpon his armes,
became as flaxe that was burnt with fire, for the bandes loosed from of his
15 And he founde a newe iawe bone of an Asse, & put foorth his hande, and
caught it, and slue a thousande men therwith.
16 And Samson sayde: With the iawe of an Asse, heapes vpon heapes: with the iawe
of an Asse haue I slayne a thousande men.
17 And when he had left speakyng, he cast away the iawe bone out of his hande,
and called the place Ramath Lehi.
18 And he was sore a thyrst, and called on the Lord, and sayde: Thou hast geuen
this great victory in the hande of thy seruaunt: and nowe I must dye for thirst,
and fall into the handes of the vncircumcised.
19 But God brake a great tooth that was in the iawe, & there came water
therout, and when he had drunke, his spirite came agayne, & he was
refreshed: wherfore the name thereof was called vnto this day, The well of the
caller on: which came of the iawe.
20 And he iudged
in the dayes of the Philistines, twentie yeres.
1 Then went Samson to Azzah, and sawe there an harlot, and went in vnto her.
2 And it was tolde the Azathites, saying: Samson is come hyther. And they went
about, and layde a wayte for hym there all nyght in the gate of the citie, and
were styll all the nyght, saying: In the mornyng whan it is day, we shall kyll
3 And Samson toke his rest tyll mydnyght, and arose at mydnyght, and toke the
doores of the gate of the citie, and the two postes, and rent them of with the
barre and all, and put them vppon his shoulders, and caryed them vp to the top
of an hyll, that is before Hebron.
4 And after this, he loued a woman by the ryuer of Sorek, whose name was Dalila.
5 Unto whom came the lordes of the Philistines, and sayde vnto her: Perswade
him, and see wherin his great strength lyeth, and by what meanes we may ouercome
him, that we may bynde him, and punishe hym: and euery one of vs shall geue thee
a leuen hundred siluer lynges.
6 And Dalila sayde to Samson: Oh, tell me where thy great strength lyeth, and
how thou myghtest be bounde and brought vnder.
7 Samson aunswered vnto her: Yf they binde me with seuen greene wythes that were
neuer dryed, I shalbe weake, and be as an other man.
8 And then the lordes of the Philistines brought her seuen wythes that were yet
greene & neuer dryed, and she bound hym therwith.
9 (Notwithstanding she had men lying in wayte with her in the chaumbre): And she
said vnto him, The Philistines be vpon thee Samson. And immediatly he brake the
cordes, as a stryng of towe breaketh when it fealeth fire. And so his strength
was not knowen.
10 And Dalila sayde vnto Samson: See, thou hast mocked me, and tolde me lies:
Now therfore tell me wherwith thou myghtest be bounde.
11 He aunswered her: Yf they bynde me with newe ropes that neuer were occupied,
I shall be weake, and be as an other man.
12 Dalila therfore toke newe ropes, and bounde him therwith, and sayde vnto him,
The Philistines be vpo thee Samson. (And there were lyers of wayte in the
chamber.) And he brake them from of his armes, as they had ben but a threade.
13 And Dalila sayde vnto Samson, Hytherto thou hast beguyled me, and tolde me
lyes: Yet tell me howe thou myghtest be bounde. He sayde vnto her: Yf thou
plattest the seuen lockes of my head with the threades of the wooffe.
14 And she fastened it with a pynne, and sayde vnto him: The Philistines be vpo
thee Samson. And he awaked out of his sleepe, and went away with the pynne of
the webbe and the wooffe.
15 And she sayde vnto him agayne: How canst thou saye I loue thee, when thyne
heart is not with me? Thou hast mocked me this three tymes, and hast not tolde
me wherin thy great strength lyeth.
16 And as she laye vpon hym with her wordes, continually vexyng of him, his
soule was encumbred eue vnto ye death.
17 And so he tolde her all his heart, & said vnto her: There neuer came
rasor vpon myne head, for I haue ben a Nazarite vnto God, euen from my mothers
wombe: Therfore when I am shauen, my strength will go from me, & I shall
waxe weake, and be lyke all [other] men.
18 And when Dalila sawe that he had tolde her all his heart, she sent and called
for the lordes of the Philistines, saying: Come vp yet this once, for he hath
shewed me all his hearte. Then ye lordes of the Philistines came vp vnto her,
and brought the money in their handes.
19 And she made hym sleepe vpon her knees, and she sent for a man, and he dyd
shaue of the seuen lockes of his head, & began to vexe him, and his strength
was gone from him.
20 And she sayde, The Philistines be vp in thee Samson. And he awoke out of his
sleepe, and sayde: I will go out now as at other tymes before, & shake my
selfe. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from hym.
21 But the Philistines toke hym, and put out his eyes, and brought him downe to
Azzah, and bounde him with fetters of brasse: and he dyd grynde in the prison
22 Howbeit the heere of his head began to growe agayne after that he was shauen.
23 Then the lordes of the Philistines gathered them together, for to offer a
solempne offring vnto Dagon their God, and to reioyce: For they sayd, Our God
hath deliuered Samson our enemie into our handes.
24 And when the people sawe him, they praysed their God: for they sayde, Our God
hath delyuered into our handes our enemie, and destroyer of our countrey, whiche
slue manye of vs.
25 And when their heartes were mery, they sayde: Send for Samson, that he may
make vs laugh. And they set Samson out of the prison house, and he played before
them: and they set hym betweene the pyllers.
26 And Samson sayde vnto the lad that led hym by the hande: Set me that I may
touche the pyllers that the house standeth vpon, and that I may leane to them.
27 And the house was full of men and women, and there were all the lordes of the
Philistines: And there were vpon the roofe a three thousande men and women, that
behelde whyle Samson played.
28 And Samson called vnto the Lorde, and sayde: O Lorde God I pray thee thyncke
vpon me, and strengthen me I beseche thee at this tyme onelye O God, that I may
be at once auenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
29 And Samson caught the two middle pyllers on which the house stoode and on
which it was borne vp, the one in his ryght hande, and the other in his left.
30 And Samson sayde: My soule shall dye with the Philistines, and bowed them
with all his myght, and the house fell vpon the lordes and vpon all the people
that were therin: And so ye dead which he slue at his death, were mo then they
which he slue in his lyfe.
31 And then his brethren & all the house of his father came downe, and toke
him vp, and brought hym, and buryed hym betweene Zarah and Esthaol, in the
burying place of Manoah his father: And he iudged Israel twentie yeres.
1 There was a man of
, named Micah.
2 And he sayde vnto his mother: The seuen hundred siluerlynges that were taken
from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest it in myne eares, behold the
syluer is with me, I toke it away. And his mother sayd: Blessed be thou my sonne,
in the Lorde.
3 And when he had restored the leuen hundreth syluerlynges to his mother, his
mother sayde: I had dedicated the syluer vnto the Lorde of myne hande for thee
my sonne, that thou shouldest make a grauen and moulten image: Now therfore I
will geue it thee agayne.
4 And when he restored the money vnto his mother, his mother toke two hundreth
syluerlynges, and gaue them the founder, which made therof a grauen moulten
image, and it was in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah had an house of goddes, and made an Ephod and Theraphim, and
consecrated one of his sonnes, which became his prieste.
6 In those dayes there was no kyng in
, but euery man dyd that which was good in his owne eyes.
7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehem Iuda, of the kynred of Iuda, which
young man was a Leuite, & soiourned there.
8 And the man departed out of the citie of Bethlehem Iuda, to go dwell where he
coulde fynde [a conuenient place]: And he came to
, to the house of Micah as he iourneyed.
9 And Micah sayde vnto him: Whence comest thou? The Leuite aunswered hym: I am
of Bethlehem Iuda, and go to dwell where I may fynde [a place].
10 And Micah sayde agayne vnto hym: Dwell with me, and be vnto me a father and a
prieste, and I will geue thee ten syluerlynges by yere, two garmentes, and thy
meate and dryncke. So the Leuite went in.
11 And ye Leuite was content to dwell with the man, and was vnto hym as one of
his owne sonnes.
12 And Micah consecrated the Leuite, & the young man became his priest, and
was in the house of Micah.
13 Then sayde Micah: Now I am sure that the Lord will be good vnto me, seing I
haue a Leuite to my prieste.
1 In those dayes there was no kyng in
, and in those dayes the tribe of Dan sought them an inheritaunce to dwell in:
For vnto that tyme all their inheritaunce had not fallen vnto them among the
2 And the children of Dan sent of their kynred fyue actiue men in feates of
warre out of their coastes, euen out of Zaraah & Esthaol, to viewe the lande
and searche it out, and sayde vnto them: Go, and searche out the lande. Which
whan they came to
, euen to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
3 And when they were in the house of Micah, they knewe the voyce of the young
man the Leuite: And when they turned in thyther, they sayde vnto him: Who
brought thee thyther? What makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?
4 And he aunswered them: Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hyred me,
and I am become his priest.
5 And they sayd vnto hym agayne: Aske counsell now of God, that we may knowe
whether the way which we go shalbe prousperous, or no.
6 And the priest sayde vnto them: Go in peace, for the Lorde guydeth your way
which ye go.
7 Then the fyue men departed, & came to Lais, and sawe the people that were
therin, howe they dwelt carelesse, after the maner of the Sidons styll, &
without castyng of perils, and that no man made any trouble in the lande, or
vsurped any dominion: but were farre from the Sidons, and had no busynesse with
8 And they came agayne vnto their brethren to Zaraah and Esthaol, and their
brethren sayde vnto them: What haue ye done?
9 And they aunswered: Aryse, that we may go vp agaynst them, for we haue seene
the lande, surely a very good one: And do ye syt styll? Be not slouthfull to go
and entre to possesse the lande.
10 Yf ye will go, ye shall come vnto a people that casteth no perils, and it is
a very large countrey, which God hath geuen into your handes: It is also a place
which doth lacke nothing that is in the worlde.
11 And there departed thence of the kynred of the Danites, euen out of Zaraah
and Esthaol, sixe hundred men appoyntted with instrumentes of warre.
12 And they went vp, and pytched in Kiriath iarim, whiche is in Iuda: Wherfore
they called the place, Mahaneh Dan, vnto this day, and it is on ye backsyde of
13 And they went thence vnto
, & came vnto the house of Micah.
14 Then aunswered the fiue men that went to spye out the countrey of Lais, and
saide vnto their brethren: Wot ye not that there is in these houses an Ephod,
Theraphim, and a grauen and a moulten image? Nowe therfore consider what ye haue
15 And they turned thytherwarde, and came to the house of the young man the
Leuite, euen vnto the house of Micah, and saluted hym peaceablie.
16 And the sixe hundred men girded with weapons of warre, which were of the
children of Dan, stoode by the entryng of the gate.
17 And the fiue men that went to spye out the lande, went in thyther, & toke
the graue image, & the Ephod, Theraphim, and the moulten image: (And the
priest stoode in the entryng of the gate with the sixe hundred men that were
appointed with weapons of warre.)
18 Whyle the other went into Micahs house, and fet the carued image, the Ephod,
Theraphim, and the moulten image: Then saide the priest vnto them, what do ye?
19 They aunswered hym: Holde thy peace, lay thine hande vpon thy mouth, and come
with vs, to be our father and priest: Is it better for thee to be a priest vnto
the house of one man, then to be a priest vnto a tribe or kynred in Israel?
20 And the priestes hearte was glad, and toke the Ephod, and Theraphim, and the
grauen image, and went in the middest of the people.
21 And they turned and departed, and put the children, the catell, and their
other substaunce before them.
22 And whe they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in
the houses neare to Micahs house, gathered together, & folowed after the
children of Dan:
23 And called vnto them, and they turned their faces, & said vnto Micah:
What ayleth thee, that thou makest an outcrye?
24 And he sayd: Ye haue taken away my goddes which I made, and also ye priest,
and go your wayes: and what haue I more? How then saye ye vnto me, What ayleth
25 And the children of Dan said vnto him: Let not thy voyce be hearde among vs,
lest angrye felowes runne vpon thee, & thou lose thy lyfe, with the lyues of
all thyne housholde.
26 And so the children of Dan went their wayes: And when Micah sawe that they
were to strong for hym, he turned and went backe vnto his house.
27 And they toke the thinges which Micah had made, and the priest which he had,
and came vnto Lais, euen vnto a people that were at rest and without mystrust,
and smote them with the edge of the sword, & burnt the citie with fire.
28 And there was no man to helpe, because Lais was farre from
, & they had medlyng with any other man: And it was in the valley that lyeth
29 And they buylt them there a citie, and dwelt therin, & called it Dan
after the name of Dan their father, which was borne vnto
: Howbeit, the name of the citie was Lais at ye begynnyng.
30 And the chyldren of Dan set them vp the grauen image: And Ionathan the sonne
of Gersom, the sonne of Manasses, and his sonnes, were the priestes in the tribe
of Dan, vntyl the day of the captiuitie of the lande.
31 And they set them vp the carued image which Micah made, all the while that
the house of God was in Silo.
1 Also in those dayes, when there was no kyng in
, a certayne Leuite soiournyng on the syde of
, toke to wyfe a concubine out of Bethlehem Iuda.
2 And his concubine played the whore by him, and went awaye from him vnto her
fathers house to Bethlehem Iuda, and there continued foure monethes.
3 And her husbande arose, and went after her, to speake frendly vnto her, and to
bryng her agayne, hauyng his lad with him, and a couple of asses: And she
brought hym vnto her fathers house, & when the father of the damosell sawe
hym, he reioyced of his commyng.
4 And his father in lawe, the damosels father, retayned hym, and he abode with
hym three dayes: and so they dyd eate and drinke, and lodged there.
5 The fourth day whan they arose early in the mornyng, the man stoode vp, to
depart. And the damosels father sayde vnto his sonne in lawe: Comfort thyne
heart with a morsell of bread, and then go your way.
6 And they sate downe, and dyd eate and drincke both of them together. And the
damosels father sayde vnto the man: Be content I pray thee, and tary all nyght,
and let thyne heart be mery.
7 And when the man stoode redy to depart, his father in lawe compelled hym:
therfore he returned, and taryed all nyght there.
8 And he rose vp early the fyfth day to departe, and the damosels father said:
Comforte thyne hearte I pray thee. And they taryed vntyll after mydday: and they
dyd eate both of them together.
9 And when the man arose to depart with his concubine and his lad, his father in
lawe the damosels father, sayd vnto hym: Behold nowe, the day goeth fast away,
and draweth towarde euen, I pray you tary all night: Behold the sunne goeth to
rest, lodge here, that thyne hearte may be mery: and to morowe get you early
vpon your waye, that thou mayest get thee to thy tent.
10 Neuerthelatere the man woulde not tary, but arose and departed, and came as
farre as Iebus (which is Hierusalem) and his two asses laden, and his concubine
11 And when they were fast by Iebus, the day was sore spent, and the young man
sayde vnto his maister: Come I pray thee, and let vs turne in into this citie of
the Iebusites, and lodge al night there.
12 His maister aunswered him: We wyll not turne into a straunge citie that are
not of the children of
, we will go foorth to Gibea.
13 And he sayd vnto his lad: Go forwarde and let vs drawe neare to one of these
places to lodge all nyght, either in Gibea, or in Rama
14 And they went forwarde vpon their way, and the sunne went downe vpon them
when they were fast by Gibea, which belongeth to them of Beniamin.
15 And they turned thytherwarde to go in, and lodge all nyght in Gibea: And when
he came, he sat him downe in a streate of the citie, for there was no man that
toke them into his house to lodgyng.
16 And behold, there came an olde man from his worke, out of the fielde at eue,
which was also of
, and dwelt as a straunger in Gibea: But the men of the place, were the children
17 And when he had lyft vp his eyes, he sawe a wayfaryng man in the streate of
the citie: And the olde man sayde, Whyther goest thou? and whence commest thou?
18 He aunswered hym: We come from Bethlehem Iuda towarde the syde of
, from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehem Iuda, and go nowe to the house of
the Lorde, and there is no man that receaueth me to house.
19 We haue strawe and prouender for our asses, and bread and wyne for me and thy
handmayde, and for the lad that is with thy seruaunt: & we lacke nothing.
20 The olde man sayd: Peace be with thee, all that thou lackest shalt thou fynde
with me: Only abyde not in the streate [all nyght].
21 And so he brought him into his house, and gaue fodder vnto the Asses: and
they wasshed their feete, and dyd eate and drynke.
22 And as they were makyng their heartes mery, beholde, the men of the citie
which were wicked, beset the house rounde about, and thrust at the doore, &
spake to the man of the house, the olde man, saying: Bring foorth the man that
came into thyne house, that we may knowe him.
23 And this man the maister of the house went out, and sayd vnto them: Oh, nay
my brethren, do not so wickedly, seyng that this man is come into myne house, do
not so vnmeete a thyng.
24 Behold, here is my daughter a mayden, and this mans concubine, them I wyll
bryng out nowe vnto you, and humble them, & do with them what seemeth you
good: but vnto this man do not so abhominable a thing.
25 But the men woulde not hearken to hym: And the man toke his concubine, and
brought her out vnto them, whiche knewe her, and abused her al the night, euen
vnto the mornyng: and when the day began to spryng, they let her go.
26 And then came the woman in the dawnyng of the day, and fell downe at the
doore of the mans house where her lord was, tyll it was day.
27 And her lorde arose vp in the morning, and opened the doores of the house,
and went out to go his way: and beholde the woman, euen his concubine, laye
along before the doore of the house, and her handes vpon the thresholde.
28 And he sayde vnto her, Up, and let vs be goyng: But she aunswered not. Then
the man toke her vp vpo an asse, & stoode vp, & gate hym vnto his place.
29 And whe he was come into his house, he toke a knyfe, and caught his
concubine, and deuided her in peeces, with the bones, into twelue partes, and
sent her into all quarters of
30 And all that sawe it, sayde: There was no suche deede done or seene sence the
came out of
vnto this day. Consider the matter, take aduisement, and say your myndes.
1 Then all the chyldren of
went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, euen from Dan
to Beerseba, with the lande of
, vnto the Lorde in Mispah.
2 And there assembled the chiefe men of all the people, [and] of all the tribes
, in the congregation of the people of God, foure hundred thousande footemen
that drewe swordes.
3 (Now the chyldren of Beniamin heard that the chyldren of
were gone vp to Mispah) Then sayde the chyldren of
: Tell vs howe this wickednes is committed?
4 And the Leuite the womans husband that was slayne, aunswered and saide: I came
into Gibea that is in Beniamin with my concubine, to lodge all nyght:
5 And the men of Gibea rose against me, and beset the house rounde about vpon me
by night, & thought to haue slayne me, and my concubyne haue they forced,
that she is dead.
6 And I toke my concubine, & cut her in peeces, and sent her throughout all
the countrey of the inheritaunce of
: For they haue committed abhomination and villanie in
7 Beholde ye are all children of
, geue your aduice and counsel herein.
8 And all the people arose as one man, saying: There shal not a man of vs go to
his tent, neither turne into his house.
9 But this shalbe it that we will do to Gibea: [we will go vp] by lot against
10 And we will take ten men of the hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel,
and an hundred of the thousande, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch
vitayle for the people, that they may do when they come to Gibea Beniamin,
according to all the abhomination that they haue wrought in Israel.
11 And so all the men of
gathered together against the citie, knyt together as one man.
12 And the tribes of
sent men thorowe all the tribe of Beniamin, saying: What wickednesse is this
that is committed among you?
13 Nowe therfore deliuer vs the men, those children of belial whiche are in
Gibea, that we may slea them, and put away euill from
14 Neuerthelater, the children of Beniamin would not hearke vnto the voyce of
their brethren the children of
: But the children of Beniamin gathered the selues together out of the cities
vnto Gibea, to come out and fight agaynst the children of
15 And the children of Beniamin were numbred at that time out of the cities,
twentie & sixe thousand men that drewe swordes, besyde the inhabitauntes of
Gibea, which were numbred seuen hundred chosen men.
16 And among all these folke, were seuen hundred chosen men beyng left handed,
whiche euery one coulde flyng stones at an heere breadth, and not misse.
17 And the children of
beside Beniamin, were numbred foure hundred thousand men that drewe swordes,
and were all men of warre.
18 And the children of
arose, and wet vp to the house of God, and asked of God, saying: Whiche of vs
shall go vp first to the battel against the children of Beniamin? And the Lorde
sayd: Iuda shall begin.
19 And the children of
stoode vp early, and camped against Gibea.
20 And the men of
went out to battell against Beniamin, and the men of
put the selues in aray to fight against them, beside Gibea.
21 And the children of Beniamin came out of Gibea, and destroyed downe to the
ground of the Israelites that day twentie and two thousand men.
22 And the people the men of
plucked vp their heartes, and set their battel againe in aray, in the same
place where they dyd the first day.
23 (And the children of
went vp, and wept before the Lorde vnto euen, and asked of the Lord, saying:
Shal we go agayne to battell against the children of Beniamin our brethre? And
the Lord sayde: Go vp against them.)
24 And the children of
came neare against the children of Beniamin the seconde day.
25 And the children of Beniamin went against them out of Gibea the seconde day,
and destroyed to the earth of the childre of
once againe eyghteene thousand men that drewe swordes euerie man of them.
26 Then al the children of Israel, and all the people, went vp and came vnto the
house of God, and wept, and sate there before the Lord, and fasted the same day
vnto euen, and offered burnt offerynges and peace offerynges before the Lorde.
27 And the children of Israel asked the Lord: (for there was the arke of the
appoyntment of God, in those dayes:
28 And Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar, the sonne of Aaron stoode before it at
that time) saying: Shal I get me vp to go out any more to battell against the
children of Beniamin my brethren, or shal I ceasse? The Lorde sayde: Go vp, for
to morow I wil deliuer them into your handes.
set lyers awayte round about Gibea.
30 And the children of
went vp against the childre of Beniamin the third time, & put them selues
in aray against Gibea, as twyse before.
31 And the children of Beniamin came out against the people, & were drawen
away from the citie, & they began to smite of ye people, dead as twise
before, by two hye wayes in the fielde (of whiche one goeth vp to the house of
god, & the other to Gibea) vpon a thirtie men of Israel.
32 (And the children of Beniamin sayde: They are fallen before vs, as at the
first. But the children of
sayd: Let vs flee, and plucke them away from the citie, vnto the hye wayes.)
33 And all the men of Israel rose vp out of their place, & put them selues
in aray at Baal Thamar: And lykewyse the liers in wayte of Israel came foorth
out of their places, euen out of the medowes that were about Gibea,
34 And came against Gibea ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and there
was a sore battel: But they wist not that euyll was neare them.
35 And the Lord plagued Beniamin before Israel, and the children of Israel
destroyed of the Beniamites the same day twentie and fyue thousand and an
hundred men, that drue swordes euerie one of them.
36 And the children of Beniamin sawe that they were put to ye stricken downe:
for the men of
gaue place to ye Beniamites, because they trusted vnto the lyers in wayt which
they had layde beside Gibea.
37 And the lyers in wayte hasted, & brake foorth against Gibea, & the
embushment drewe them selues along, and smote all the citie with the edge of the
38 And an appoyntment had the men of
from the lyers in wayt, that they should make a great flambe [and] smoke ryse
vp out of the citie.
39 And when the men of
retired in ye battell, Beniamin began to smyte dead of the children of
about a thirtie persons, and sayde: Surely they are stricken downe before vs,
as in the first battell.
40 But when there began to aryse out of the citie a flambe as a piller of smoke,
the Beniamites loked backe, & behold the flambe of the whole citie began to
ascende vp to heauen.
41 When the men of Israel also turned agayne, the men of Beniamin were abashed,
for they sawe that euyll approched them:
42 And therfore they turned their backes before the men of Israel, vnto the way
that leadeth to the wildernesse, but the battel ouertoke them: And besyde that,
they which came out of the citie, destroied the in the middle of the.
43 And thus they compassed the Beniamites about, and chased them at Menuha, and
ouerranne them, euen ouer against Gibea on the east syde.
44 And there were slayne of Beniamin eyghteene thousand men, whiche were men of
45 And they turned & fled to the wyldernes ward, & vnto the rocke of
Rimmon: and they gleaned by ye way of the rest of them, fiue thousande men:
& pursued after them, vntyll they came to Gidom, and slue two thousand men
46 So that al that were slayne that same day of Beniamin were twentie & fyue
thousand men that drue swordes, which were all men of warre:
47 Onely sixe hundred men turned and fled to the wildernes, vnto the rocke of
Rimmon, and abode in the rocke of Rimmon foure monethes.
48 And the men of
turned backe againe vnto the children of Beniamin, and smote them with the edge
of the sword in the cities, both man & beast, and al that came to hande, and
set on fyre all the cities that they coulde come by.
1 And the men of
sware in Mispah, saying: Ther shal none of vs geue his daughter vnto any of
Beniamin to wife.
2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till euen, before
God, & lift vp their voyces, and wept sore,
3 And sayde: O Lorde God of Israel, why is this come to passe in Israel, that
there shoulde be this day one tribe lacking in Israel?
4 And on the morowe the people rose vp betyme, and made there an aulter, and
offered burnt offeringes and peace offeringes.
5 And the children of
sayd: Who is he among al the tribes of
, that came not vp with the congregation vnto the Lorde? for they had made a
great othe concerning him that came not vp to the Lord to Mispah, saying: He
shall surely dye.
6 And the children of
had pitie on Beniamin their brethren, and sayde: There is one tribe cut of from
7 What shall we do vnto the remnaunt of them, that they may haue wiues? we haue
sworne by the Lorde, that we wyl not geue the of our daughters to wiues.
8 And they sayde: Is there any of the tribes of
, that came not vp to Mispah to the Lord? And behold, there came none of Iabes
Gilead vnto the hoaste and congregation.
9 For the people were viewed, and beholde there were none of the inhabitauntes
of Iabes Gilead there.
10 And the congregation sent thyther twelue thousand men of the strongest, and
commaunded them, saying: Go, and smyte the inhabitauntes of Iabes Gilead with
the edge of the sworde, both women and children.
11 And this is it that ye shall do: ye shall vtterly destroy all the males, and
al the women that haue lyen by men.
12 And they found among the inhabitautes of Iabes Gilead foure hundred
damoselles, virgins, yt had knowne no man, by lyeng with any male: And they
brought them vnto the hoast to Silo, whiche is in the lande of Chanaan.
13 And the whole congregation sent and spake with the children of Beniamin that
were in the rocke of Rimmon, and called peaceably vnto them.
14 And Beniamin came againe at that time, and they gaue them wyues which they
had saued alyue of the woman of Iabes Gilead: But they suffised them not.
15 And the people were sory for Beniamin, because that the Lord had made a
breache in the tribes of
16 And then the elders of the congregation, sayd: What shall we do to the
remnaunt of them, to get them wiues? seyng all the women of Beniamin are
17 And they sayde: There must be an inheritaunce for them that be escaped of
Beniamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of
18 Howbeit, we may not geue the wyues of our daughters. For the children of
had sworne, saying: Cursed be he that geueth a wyfe to Beniamin.
19 Then they sayde: Behold, there is a feast of ye Lorde yerely in Silo, which
is on the northside of
, & on the cast side of the way that goeth from
to Sichem, and south from Libanon.
20 Therfore they commaunded the children of Beniamin, saying: Go, and lye in
wayte in the vineyardes.
21 And when ye see that the daughters of Silo come out to daunce in daunces, the
come ye out of the vineyardes & catche you euery man a wyfe of the daughters
of Silo, & go to the lande of Beniamin.
22 And when their fathers or brethren come vnto vs to complayne, we will say
vnto them, Haue pitie on vs for their sakes: because we reserued not to eche man
his wyfe in tyme of warre, neither haue ye geuen vnto them, that ye should sinne
at this time.
23 And the children of Beniamin did eue so, and toke them wyues according to the
numbre of them that dauced, whom they caught: and they went, and returned vnto
their inheritaunce, and repayred the cities, and dwelt in them.
24 And the children of
departed thence at that tyme, & went euery man to his tribe, and to his
kinred, and went out from thence euery man to his inheritaunce.
25 In those dayes there was no king in
: but euery man dyd that whiche seemed right in his owne eyes.