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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:
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.
After thee, Benjamin, among thy people;
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 :
There were great thoughts of heart.
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?
And abode in his 7 breaches.
Unto the death in the high places of the field. 19 The kings came and fought,
Then fought the kings of Canaan
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;
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;
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.
And cried through the lattice,
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.
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,
? To every man a damsel or two;
Meet for the necks of them that take the spoil ?
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
1 Heb. her words.
5 Heb. a man a prophet.
8 Heb. my thousand is the
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.
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.
thousand, every one drawing
4 Heb. terrified.
8 Or, ornaments like the
moon. 9 Or, sweet jewels. 10 Heb. going out of his