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Then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates. 12 Awake, awake, Deborah :

Awake, awake, utter a song:
Arise, Barak,

And lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. 13 Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the

The LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.
14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek;

After thee, Benjamin, among thy people;
Out of Machir came down governors,

And out of Zebulun they that ' handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah;

Even Issachar, and also Barak :
He was sent on foot into the valley.
s For the divisions of Reuben

There were great thoughts of heart.
16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds,

To hear the bleatings of the flocks? 5 For the divisions of Reuben

There were great searchings of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan:

And why did Dan remain in ships?
Asher continued on the sea shore,

And abode in his 7 breaches.
18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that 8 jeoparded their lives

Unto the death in the high places of the field. 19 The kings came and fought,

Then fought the kings of Canaan
In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo ;

They took no gain of money. 20 They fought from heaven;

The stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 21 The river of Kishon swept them away,

That ancient river, the river Kishon.

O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. 22 Then were the horsehoofs broken

By the means of the 10 prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones. 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD,

Curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof;
Because they came not to the help of the LORD,

To the help of the LORD against the mighty. 24 Blessed above women

Shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be,

Blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, and she gave him milk;

She brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26 She put her hand to the nail,

And her right hand to the workmen's hammer;
And Il with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head,

When she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27 12 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down:

At her feet he bowed, he fell :

Where he bowed, there he fell down 13 dead.
28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window,

And cried through the lattice,
1 Heb. draw with the pen, 5 Or, In.

10 Or, tramplings, or, plung. &c. 2 Heb. his feet. 7 Or, crecks.

11 Heb. she hammered. 3 Or, In the divisions, &c. 8 Heb. exposed to reproach. 12 Heb. Between. 4 Heb. impressions, 9 Heb. paths.

13 Heb. destroyed.

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Why is his chariot so long in coming ?

Why tarry the wheels of his chariots ? . 29 Her wise ladies answered her,

Yea, she returned 'answer to herself,
30 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey;

? To every man a damsel or two;
To Sisera a prey of divers colours,
A prey of divers colours of needlework,
Of divers colours of needlework on both sides,

Meet for the necks of them that take the spoil ?
31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD:
But let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.

And the land had rest forty years.

AND the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the band of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian 2 3 prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel

made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. S And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the

Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;, 4 and they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, tili

thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenanee for Israel, neither 4 sheep, nor ox, 5 nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as

grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without num6 ber; and they entered into the land to destroy it. And Israel was e

impoverished because of the Midianitos; and the children of Israel cried unto

the LORD. 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because 8 of the Midianites, that the LORD sent 5 a prophet unto the children of Israel,

which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up 9 from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; and I delivered

you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed 10 you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; and I said

unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in

whose land ye dwell : but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in

Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed 12 wheat by the winepress, 7 to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the

LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou 13 mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord

be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt ? but

now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midi14 anites. And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and

thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites : have not I sent thee? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold,

my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite 17 the Midianites as one man. And he said unto him, If now I have found grace 18 in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me. Depart not hence,

I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it

before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again. 19 And Gideon went in, and made ready 10 a kid, and unleavened cakes of an

ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and 20 brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. And the angel of God

said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this 21 rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. Then the angel of the LORD

put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the

phet.

1 Heb. her words.
2 Heb. to the head of a man.
3 Heb. was strong,
4 Or, goat.

5 Heb. a man a prophet.
6 Heb. xi. 32, called Ged-

con.
7 Heb. to cause it to flee.

8 Heb. my thousand is the

meanest.
10 Heb. a kid of the goats.

meance at affering coats.

Aesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out

of his sight. 89 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said,

Alas, O Lord God for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to 23 face. And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt

not die 94 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah25 shalom : unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. And it came to

pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young bul

lock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of 26 Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: and build an

altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this s rock, in the ordered place,

and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the 27 grove which thou shalt cut down. Then Gideon took ten men of his servants,

and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that

he did it by night. 28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar

of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second 29 bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. And they said one to another,

Who hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, 30 Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. Then the men of the city said

unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die : because he hath cast down 31 the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. And

Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him ? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning :

if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 32 Therefore on that day he called him 5Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were 34 gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. But the

Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer 35 7 was gathered after him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh ;

who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto

Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou 37 hast said, behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on

the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that 38 thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so : for he

rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the Aeece together, and wringed the 39 dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let

not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once : let me

prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the 40 fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night. for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midian2 ites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And

the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me

to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, 3 saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears

of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart

early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two 4 thousand ; and there remained ten thousand. And the LORD said unto Gideon,

The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall

go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, 5 This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. So he brought down the

people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth I That is, The LORD send 4 Or, in an orderly man Jerubbesheth; that is, Let peace. net.

the shameful thing plead, 2 Or, and.

5 That is, Let Baal plead. 6 Heb. clothed. 3 Heb. strong place.

| Sam. xii. I1, 2 Sam. xi. 21, 7 Heb. was called after him.

of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself : 6 likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number

of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men : but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knoes to drink 7 water. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped

will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand : and let all the other 8 people go every man unto his place. So the people took victuals in their hand,

and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him

in the valley. 9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get 10 thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou 11 fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host : and thou

shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go

down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the 12 outside of the larmed men that were in the host. And the Midianites and the

Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grass

hoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the 13 sea side for multitude. And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man

that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and,

lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a 14 tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And

his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian,

and all the host. 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the inter

pretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and

said, Arise ; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. 16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put 3a

trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and 4 lamps within the 17 pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise : and, behold,

when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the

trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD,

and of Gideon. 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside

of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch : and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their

ree companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow 21 withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. And they

stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and 22 cried, and fled. And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set

every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host : and the host fled to Beth-shittah 5 in Zererath, and to the border of Abel-meholah, unto

Tabbath. 23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out 24 of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites. And

Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Beth-barah and

Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took 25 the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. And they took two princes of the

Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb

they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads Q of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan. And the men of O Ephraim said unto him, 7 Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not,

when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him 2 & sharply. And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of

you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of

1 Or, ranks by fee.
2 Heb. the breaking thereof.
3 Heb. trumpets in the hand

of all of them.

4 Or, firebrands, or, torches. 7 Heb. What thing is this thou 5 Or, touard.

hast done unto us? 6 Heb. lip.

8 Heb. strongly.

3 Abi-ezer? God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb

and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their langer

was abated toward him, when he had said that. 4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men 5 that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. And he said unto the men of

Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they 6 be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. And

the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in chine 7 hand, that we should give bread unto thine army? And Gideon said, There

fore when the Lord hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then 8 I will 2 tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers. And

he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise : and the men of 9 Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break

down this tower. 10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about

fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: 11 for there fell 3 an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. And Gideon went i

ay of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah 12 and Jogbebah, and smote the host : for the host was secure. And when Zebah

and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian,

Zebah and Zalmunna, and 4 discomfited all the host. 13,14 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, and

caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he

5 described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even three15 score and seventeen men. And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said,

Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the

hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread 16 unto thy men that are weary? And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of 17 the wilderness and briers, and with them he 6 taught the men of Succoth. And

he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city. 18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom

ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one 19 5 resembled the children of a king. And he said, They were my brethren, even

the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would 20 not slay you. And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But 21 the youth drew not his sword : for he feared, because he was yet a youth. Then

Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us; for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away

the 8 ornaments that were on their camels' necks. 22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and

thy son, and thy son's son also : for thou hast delivered us from the hand of 23 Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over ye 24 my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. And Gideon said unto

them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the

earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were 25 Ishmaelites.) And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they 26 spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. And

the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and 9 collars, and purple raiment that

was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' 27 necks. And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in

Ophrah : and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a

snare unto Gideon, and to his house. 28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up

their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days 29 of Gideon. And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house. 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons 10 of his body begotten: for he had

1 Heb. spirit.
2 Heb. thresh.
3 Or, an hundred and twenty

thousand, every one drawing
a sword,

4 Heb. terrified.
5 Heb. writ.
6 Heb. made to know.
7 Heb, according to the

form, &c.

8 Or, ornaments like the

moon. 9 Or, sweet jewels. 10 Heb. going out of his

thigh.

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