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Manoah's wife sees an angel. JUDGES.

The birth of Samson. daughters whom he sent abroad, and tookl 10 And the woman made haste, and in thirty daughters from abroad for his ran, and shewed her husband, and said sons: and he judged Israel seven years. unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared

10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at unto me, that came unto me the other day. Betb-lehem.

11 And Manoah arose, and went after u And after him Elon, a Zebulon- bis wife, and came to the man, and said ite, judged Israel, and he judged Israel unto him, Art thou the man that spakest ten years.

Junto the woman? And he said, I am. 12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy was buried in Aijalon in the country of words come to pass. How shall we order Zebulun.

the child, and how shall we do unto 13 And after him Abdon the son of him? Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. 1 13 And the angel of the Lord said unto

14 And he had forty sons and thirty Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman, nephews, that rode on threescore and ten let her beware. ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years. 14 She may not eat of any thing that

15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pi-cometh of the vine, neither let her drink rathonite died, and was buried in Pira-wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount thing: all that I commanded her let her of the Amalekites.

observe. CHAP. XII.

15 | And Manoah said unto the angel AND the children of Israel did evil of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain A again in the sight of the LORD ; and thee, until we shall have made ready a the LORD delivered them into the hand of kid for thee.. the Philistines forty years.

1 16 And the angel of the LORD said unto 2 | And there was a certain man of Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer name was Manoah; and his wife was bar-la burnt-offering, thou must offer it unto ren, and bare not.

the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared was an angel of the LORD. unto the woman, and said unto her, Be- 17 And Manoah said unto the angel of hold, now, thou art barren, and bearest the LORD, What is thy name, that when not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a thy sayings come to pass, we may do thee son.

Jhonour? 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, 18 And the angel of the LORD said unand drink not wine, nor strong drink, and to him, Why askest thou thus after my eat not any unclean thing:

name, seeing it is secret ? 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear 19 So Manoah took a kid, with a meata son ; and no razor shall come on his offering, and offered it upon a rock unto head: for the child shall be a Nazarite the Lord; and the angel did wond rously, unto God from the womb: and he shall and Manoah and his wife looked on. begin to deliver Israel out of the band of 20 For it came to pass, when the flame the Philistines.

went up toward heaven from off the altar, 6 T Then the woman came and told that the angel of the LORD ascended in her husband, saying, A man of God came the flame of the altar, and Manoah and unto me, and his countenance was like his wife looked on it, and fell on their the countenance of an angel of God, faces to the ground. very terrible: but I asked him not whence21 But the angel of the LORD did no he was, neither told he me his name: more appear to Manoah and to his wife.

But he said unto me, Behold, thou Then Manoah knew that he was an angel shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now of the LORD. drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, any unclean thing: for the child shall We shall surely die, because we have be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the seen God. day of his death.

1 23 But his wife said unto him, If the 8 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, LORD were pleased to kill us, he would and said, O my Lord, let the man of God not have received a burnt-offering and a which thou didst send come again unto us, meat-offering at our hands, neither would and teach us what we shall do unto the he have shewed us all these things, no! child that shall be born.

would as at this time have told us such 9 And God hearkened to the voice of things as these. Manoah; and the angel of God came 24 And the woman bare a son, and again unto the woman as she sat in the called his name Samson. And the child field: but Manoah her busbang was not grew, and the Lord blessed him. with ber.

T25 And the Spirit of the LORD began

Samson's riddle.

CHAP. XIV, XV. Heburns the Philistines'corn. to move him at times in the camp of Dan, day, that they said to Samson's wife. Enbetween Zorah and Eshtaol.

tice thy husband, that he niay declare unto CHAP. XIV.

us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy AND Samson went down to Timnath, father's house with fire: have ye called A and saw a woman in Timnath of the us to take that we have? is it not so ? daughters of the Philistines.

16 And Samson's wife wept before him 2 And he came up, and told bis father and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest and his mother, and said, I have seen a me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto woman in Timnath of the daughters of the children of my people, and hast not the Philistines : now therefore get her for told it me. And he said unto her, Behold. me to wite.

I have not told it my father nor my mo3 Then his father and his mother said ther, and shall I tell it thee? unto him, Is there never a woinan among 17 And she wept before him the seven the daughters of thy brethren, or among days, while their feast lasted: and it came all my people, that thou goest to take a to pass on the seventh day, that he told wife of the uncircumcised Philistines ? her, because she lay sore upon him: and And Samson said unto his father, Get her she told the riddle to the children of her for me ; for she pleaseth me well.

people, 4 But his father and his mother knew 18 And the men of the city said unto not that it was of the LORD, that he sought him on the seventh day before the sun an occasion against the Philistines : for at went down, What is sweeter than honey? that time the Philistines had dominion and what is stronger than a lion ? And he orer Israel.

said unto them, If ye bad not plougbed with 5 Then went Samson down, and his fa- my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle. ther and his mother, to Timnath, and came 19 | And the Spirit of the LORD came to the vineyards of Timnath: and behold, upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, a young lion roared against him.

and slew thirty men of them, and took 6 And the Spirit of the LORD came their spoil, and gave change of garments mightily upon him, and be rent him as he unto them which expounded the riddle. would have rent a kid, and he had nothing And his anger was kindled, and he went in his hand: but he told not his father or up to his father's house. bis mother what he had done.

I 20 But Samson's wife was given to his 7 And he went down, and talked with companion, whom he had used as his friend. the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

CHAP. XV. 8 And after a time he returned to take DUT it came to pass within a while afher, and he turned aside to see the carcass D ter, in the time of wheat-harvest, that of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm Samson visited his wife with a kid; and of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion. he said, I will go in to my wife into the

9 And he took thereof in his hands, and chamber. But her father would not suffer went on eating, and came to his father and him to go in. mother, and he gave them, and they did 2 And her father said, I verily thought eat: but he told not them that he had taken that thou hadst utterly hated ber; therethe honey out of the carcass of the lion. fore I gave her to thy companion : is not

10 So his father went down unto her younger sister fairer than she ? take the woman: and Samson made there a her, I pray thee, instead of her. feast ; for so used the young men to do. 3 T And Samson said concerning them,

11 And it came to pass, when they saw Now shall I be more blameless than the him, that they brought thirty companions Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. to be with him.

14 And Samson went and caught three 12 And Samson said unto them, I will hundred foxes, and took fire-brands, and now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can turned tail to tail, and put a fire-brand certainly declare it me within the seven in the midst between two tails. days of the feast, and find it out, then I 5 And when he had set the brands on will give you thirty sheets and thirty fire, he let them go into the standing corn cbange of garments :

of the Philistines, and burnt up both the 13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shocks, and also the standing corn, with shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty the vineyards and olives. change of garments. And they said unto 6 Then the Philistines said, Who bim, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hath done this? And they answered, Samhear it

son, the son-in-law of the Timnite, be14 And he said unto them, Out of the cause he had taken his wife, and given her eater came forth meat, and out of the to his companion. And the Philistines strong came forth sweetness. And they came up, and burnt her and her father with could not in three days expound the riddle. fire. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh 7 9 And Samson said unto them, Though

Samson slays the Philistines. JUDGES. He is enticed by Delilah. ge have done this, yet will I be avenged night in the gate of the city, and were quiet of you, and after that I will cease. all the night, saying, In the morning when

8 And he smote them hip and thigh with it is day we shall kill him. a great slaughter. And he went down 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam. Carose at midnight, and took the doors of

9 T Then the Philistines went up, and the gate of the city, and the two posts, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves went away with them, bar and all, and put in Lehi.

them upon his shoulders, and carried thein 10 And the men of Judah said, Why up to the top of a hill that is before are ye come up against us? And they an- Hebron. swered, Tobind Samson are we come up, 4 | And it came to pass afterward, that to do to him as he hath done to us. The loved a woman in the valley of Sorek,

11 Then three thousand men of Judah whose name was Delilah. went to the top of the rock Etam, and said 5 And the lords of the Philistines came to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Phi- up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, listines are rulers over us? what is this and see wherein his great strength lieth, that thou hast done unto us? And he said and by what means we may prevail against unto them, As they did unto me, so have him, that we may bind him to afflict him: I done unto them.

Jand we will give thee every one of us 12 And they said unto him, We are eleven hundred pieces of silver. come down to bind thee, that we may de- 6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, liver thee into the hand of the Philistines. I pray thee, wherein thy great strength And Samson said unto them, Swear unto lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves. bound to afflict thee.

13 And they spake unto him, saying, 7 And Samson said unto her, If they No; but we will bind thee fast, and deli- bind me with seven green withs, that were ver 'thee into their hand: but surely we never dried, then shall I be weak, and be will not kill thee. And they bound him as another man. with two new cords, and brought him up 8 Then the lords of the Philistines from the rock.

| brought up to her seven green withs, which 14 And when he came unto Lehi, the had not been dried, and she bound him Philistines shouted against him: and the with them. Spiritof the LORD came mightily upon him, 9 (Now there were men lying in wait, and the cords that were upon his arms be- abiding with her in the chamber.) And came as flax that was burnt with fire, and she said unto him, The Philistines be upon his bands loosed from off his hands. thee, Samson. And he brake the withs as

15 And he found a new jaw-bone of an a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth ass, and put forth his band, and took it, and the fire. So his strength was not known. slew a thousand men therewith.

I 10 And Delilah said unto Samson, Be16 And Samson said, With the jaw-bone hold, thou hast mocked me, and told me of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith of an ass bave I slain a thousand men. thou mightest be bound.

17 And it came to pass when he had 11 And he said unto her, If they bind made an end of speaking, that he cast me fast with new ropes that never were away the jaw-bone out of his hand, and occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as called that place Ramath-lehi.

another man. 18 1 And he was sore athirst, and call- 12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, ed on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given and bound him therewith, and said unto this great deliverance into the hand of thy him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samservant: and now shall I die for thirst, and son. (And there were liers in wait abiding fall into the hand of the uncircumcised ? in the chamber.) And he brake them

19 But God clave a hollow place that from off his arms like a thread. was in the jaw, and there came water there- 13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hiout; and when he had drunk, his spirit therto thou hast mocked me, and told me came again, and he revived. Wherefore lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be he called the name thereof En-hakkore, I bound. And he said unto her, Ifthou wear. which is in Lebi unto this day.

Test the seven locks of my head with the web. 20 And he judged Israel in the days of 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and the Philistines twenty years.

Isaid unto him, The Philistines be upon CHAP. XVI.

thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his THEN went Samson to Gaza, and saw sleep, and went away with the pin of the 1 there a harlot, and went in unto her. beam, and with the web.

2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, 15 | And she said unto him, How canst Samson is come hither. And they com-thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is passed him in, and laid wait for him all not with me? Thou hast mocked me these

The Philistines put out his eyes. CHAP. XVII. The idolatry of Micah. three times, and hast not told me whereinfonce avenged of the Philistines for my thy great strength lieth.

two eyes. '18 And it came to pass when she pressed 29 And Samson took hold of the two him daily with her words, and urged him, middle pillars upon which the house stood. so that his soul was vexed unto death; and on which it was borne up, of the one

17 That be told her all his heart, and with his right hand, and of the other with said unto ber, There hath not come a razor his left. upon my head; for I have been a Naza. 30 And Samson said, Let me die wita rite unto God from my mother's womb: if the Philistines. And he bowed himself I be shaven, then my strength will go from with all his might; and the house fell upon me, and I shall become weak, and be like the lords, and upon all the people that any other man.

were therein. So the dead which he slew · 18 And when Delilah saw that he had at his death were more than they which he told her all his heart, she sent and called slew in his life. for the lords of the Philistines, saying, 31 Then his brethren and all the house Come up this once, for he bath shewed me of his father came down, and took him, and all his heart. Then the lords of the Phi- brought him up, and buried him between Jistines came up unto her, and brought Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying-place of money in their hand.

Manoah his father. And he judged Israel 19 And she made him sleep upon her twenty years. knees; and she called for a man, and she Sea *CHAP. XVII. caused bim to shave off the seven locks of AND there was a manofmount Ephraim, his head; and she began to afflict him, and A whose name was Micah. bis strength went from him.

2 And he said unto his mother, The 20 And she said, The Philistines be eleven hundred shekels of silver that were upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, his sieep, and said, I will go out as at other and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, times before, and shake myself. And he the silver is with me; I took it. And bis wist oot that the LORD was departed from mother said Blessed be thou of the LORD, bim,

my son. 21 T But the Philistines took him, and! 3 And when he had restored the eleven put out his eyes, and brought him down to hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his Gaza, and bound him with letters of brass ; mother said, I had wholly dedicated the and he did grind in the prison-house. silver unto the Lord from my hand for my

22 How beit the hair of his head began son, to make a graven image and a molten to grow again after he was shaven. image: now therefore I will resto e it unto

23 Then the lords of the Philistines ga-| thee. thered them together, for to offer a great 4 Yet he restored the money unto his sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to re- mother; and his mother took two hundred joice : for they said, Ourgod hath deliver- shekels of silver, and gave them to the ed Samson our enemy into our hand. I founder, who made thereof a graven image

24 And when the people saw him, they and a molten image: and they were in the praised their god: for they said, Our god house of Micah. hath delivered into our hands our enemy, 5 And the man Micah had a house of and the destroyer of our country; which gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, slew many of us.

and consecrated one of his sons, who be25 And it came to pass, when their came his priest. hearts were merry, that they said, Call for 6 In those days there was no king in Samson that he may make us sport. And Israel, but every man did that which was they called for Samson out of the prison-right in his own eyes. house ; and he made them sport: and they 7 | And there was a young man out of set bim between the pillars.

| Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Judah, 26 And Samson said unto the lad that who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may 8 And the man departed out of the city feel the pillars whereupon the house stand- from Beth-lehem-judah, to sojourn where eth, that I may lean upon them. .

he could find a place : and he came to 27 Now the house was full of men and mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as women: and all the lords of the Philistines he journeyed. were there: and there were upon the roof 9 And Micah said unto him, Whence about three thousand men and women, comest thou ? And he said unto him, I am that beheld while Samson made sport. Ta Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to

28 And Samson called unto the LORD, sojourn where I may find a place. and said, O Lord God, remember me, 1 10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee,' with me, and be unto me a father and a oni, this once, O God, that I may be ati priest, and I will give thee tea shekels of

The Danites seek an inheritance. JUDGES.

They go to Larsh. silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and, 12 And they went up, and pitched in thy viciuals. So the Levite went in. Kirjath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore they

11 And the Levite was content to dwell called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this with the man; and the young man was day : behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim. unto him as one of his sons.

13 And they passed thence unto mount 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; Ephraim, and came unto the house of Mi. and the young man became his priest, and cah. was in the house of Micah.

| 14 | Then answered the five men that 13 Then said Micah, Now know I that went to spy out the country of Laish, and the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a said unto their brethren, Do ye know that Levite to my priest.

there is in these houses an ephod, and CHAP. XVIII.

Iteraphim, and a graven image, and a moltTN those days there was no king in Israel: en image ? now therefore consider what 1 and in those days the tribe of the Danites ye have to do. sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for 15 And they turned thitherward, and unto that day all their inberitance had not came to the house of the young man the fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and

2 And the children of Dan sent of their saluted him. family five men from their coasts, men of 16 And the six hundred men appointed valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to with their weapons of war, which were of spy out the land, and to search it; and the children of Dan, stood by the entering they said unto them, Go, search the land : of the gate. who when they came to mount Ephraim, 17 And the five men that went to spy to the house of Micah, they lodged there. out the land went up, and came in thither,

3 When they were by the house of Mi- and took the graven image, and the ephod, cah, they knew the voice of the young and the teraphim, and the molten image: man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and the priest stood in the entering of the and said unto him, Who brought thee gate with the six hundred men that were hither? and what makest thou in this appointed with weapons of war. place? and what hast thou here?

18 And these went into Micah's house, 4 And he said unto them, Thus and and fetched the carved image, the ephod, thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath and the teraphim, and the molten image. hired me, and I am his priest.

Then said the priest unto them, What do ye? 5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy we pray thee, of God, that we may know peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, whether our way which we go shall be and go with us, and be to us a father and prosperous.

la priest: Is it better for thee to be a priest 6 And the priest said unto them, Go in unto the house of one man, or that thou be peace: before the LORD is your way a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel? wherein ye go.

20 And the priest's heart was glad, and 7 Then the five men departed, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and came to Laish, and saw the people that the graven image, and went in the midst were therein, how they dwelt careless, af- of the people. ter the manner of the Zidopians, quiet 21 So they turned and departed, and and secure; and there was no magistrate in put the little ones, and the cattle, and the the land, that might put them to shame in carriage before them. any thing; and they were far from the Zi- 22 T And when they were a good way donians, and had no business with any man. from the house of Micah, the men that

8 And they came unto their brethren to were in the houses near to Micah's house Zorah and Eshtaol : and their brethren were gathered together, and overtook the said unto them, What say ye?

children of Dan. 9 And they said, Arise, that we may go 23 And they cried unto the children of up against them : for we have seen the Dan. And they turned their faces, and land, and behold, it is very good : and are said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that ye still ? be not slothful to go, and to en-thou comest with such a company? ter to possess the land.

| 24 And he said, Ye have taken away 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a my gods which I made, and the priest, people secure, and to a large land: for and ye are gone away: and what have I God hath given it into your hands; a more? and what is this that ye say unto place where there is no want of any thing me, What aileth tbee? That is in the earth.

T 25 And the children of Dan said unto 11 | And there went from thence of the him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, family of the Danites, out of Zorah and lest angry fellows run upon thee, and ihou out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appoint- lose thy life, with the lives of thy household. ed with weapons of war.

1 26 And the children of Dan went their

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