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Samson's death.

Before i And he awaked out of his sleep, him, they b praised their god: for | aboiiMr-o :an<* went away with the pin of they said, Our god hath deliver

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with me? Thou hast mocked
me these three times, and hast
I not told me wherein thy great
strength lieth.
I 16 And it came to pass, when
I she pressed him daily with her
words, and urged him, mi that
his soul was tvexed unto death;
17 That he 'Hold her all his

ed into our hands our enemy
and the destroyer of our coun-
try, t which slew many of us.
25 And it came to pass, when
their hearts were 'merry, that
they said, Call for Samson, that
he may make us sport. And
they called for Samson out of
the" prison house; and he made
ttlicm sport: and they set him
between the pillars.
2(1 And Samson said unto the

lad that held him by the hand heart, and said unto her, 'There I Suffer me that I may feci the pit hath not come a razor upon I lars whereupon the house stand mine head; for I hai<e Iieen a I eth, that I may lean upon them. Nazarite unto (Jod from my \ 27 Now the house was full of mother's womb: if I be shaven, ! men and women; and all the then my strength will go from i lords of the Philistines were

I me, and I shall become weak,
i and he like any other man.
I 18 And when Delilah saw that
! he had told her all his heart,
I she sent and called for the lords

there; and there icere upon the
kroof about three thousand men
and women, that beheld while
Samson made sport.
28 And Samson called unto the

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up this once, for be hath shewed 1 remember me, I pray thee, and
me all his heart. Then the lords I strengthen me, I pray thee, only
of the Philistines came up unto ' this once, O God, that I may be

j her, and brought money in their
hand.

19 'And she made, him sleep

at once avenged of the Philis
tines for my two eyes.
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shave off the seven locks of his | which it was borne up, of the

head; and she began to afflict
him, and his strength went from
him.

20 And she said, The Philis-
tines be upon thee, Samson.

one witli bis right hand, and of
the other with his left.
30 And Samson said, Let tme
die witli the Philistines. And he
bowed himself with all his might;

And he awoke out of his sleep, and the house fell upon the
and said, I will go out as at lords, and upon all the people
other times before, and shake that were therein. So the dead

myself. And he wist not that
the Lokd s was departed from
him.

21 li But the Philistines took
him, and t put out his eyes, and
brought him down to Gaza, and
bound him with fetters of brass;
and he did grind in the prison
house.

22 Howheit the hair of his head began to grow again II after he was shaven.

23 Then the lords of the Philis

which he slew at his death were
more than thnj which he slew in
his life.

31 Then his brethren and all
the house of his father came
down, and took him, and brought
htm up, and ""buried him be-
tween /oral) and Eshtaol in the
burvingplace of Manoah his
father. And he judged Israel
twenty years.

CHAPTER XVII.

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to offer a great sacrifice unto
Dagon their god, and to rejoice:
for they said, Our god hath de-
livered Samson our euemy into
our hand. j name was Micah.

I 24 And when the people saw I 2 And he said unto his mother,

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Micah's idolatry.

The spies of Dan.

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The eleven hundred shekels* of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, •Blessed be thou of the Loud, my son.

3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to bmake a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.

4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother c took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

5 And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an J ephod, and e teraphim, and t consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

6 'In those days there was no king in Israel, tbttt every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

7 II And there was a young man out of "Beth-lchem-judah of the family of Judah, who Hvm a Levite, and he sojourned there.

8 And the man departed out of the city from Beth-lehem-iudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, t as he journeyed.

9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find dplace.

10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, 'and be unto me a k father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and its suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.

11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.

12 And Micah 1 consecrated the Levite; and the young man "became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

CHAPTER XVIII.

1 The Danites send fire men to seek out an inheritance. 3 At the house of Micah they consult with Jonathan, unit are encouraged in their watt. 7 They search Laish, and bring back news of flood hope. 11 Six hundred men are sent to surprise it. 14 In the wag then rob Micah of his priest and his consecrated thinas, S They irin Laish, and call it Dan. .H) Then set up idolatry, wherein Jonathan Inherited the priesthood.

IX athose days there was no king in Israel: and in those days bthe tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, tmen of valour, from c Zorah, and from Eshtuol, *to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the • house of Micah, they lodged there.

3 When they were by the house of Mieah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?

4 And he said unto them, Tims and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.

5 And they said unto him, f Ask counsel, we pray thee, bof God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.

0 And the priest said unto them, 'Go in peace: before the Lord is your way wherein ye go.

7 1 Then the five men departed, and came to k Laish, and saw the people that were, therein, 'how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidoniaus, quiet and secure; and there mi no tmagistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidoniaus, and had no business with any man.

8 And they came unto their brethren to ""'Zorah and Eshtaol:

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and their brethren said unto them, What say ye?

9 And they said, "Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, be- I hold, it in very good: and are ye ] "still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.

10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people r secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; na place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.

11 H And there went from thence of the family of the Thur itcs, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men tappointed with weapons of war.

12 And they went up, and pitched in r Kirjath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place 'Mahaneh-dan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim.

13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto •the house of Micah.

14 1j "Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Lnisb, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that "there is in these houses an cphod, and teraphlm, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do.

15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and t saluted him.

10 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.

17 And zthe five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took 'the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphlm, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.

18 And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the cphod, and the teraphlm, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?

19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, "lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us,

cand be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?

20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphlm, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.

21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.

23 1 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.

23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, tthat thou eomcst with such ll company?

24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?

25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest Tangry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.

20 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.

27 And they took the tilings which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and dcame unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: eand they smote them with the edge of t lie sword, and burnt the city with fire.

28 And there was no deliverer, because it was 'far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth shy Bcth-rehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.

29 And Mhey called the name of the city 'Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

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30 II Aud the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan k until the day of the captivity of the land.

31 Aud they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, 'all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

CHAPTER XIX.

1 A Lerite goeth to Jleth-lehem to fetch home his icife. l(i An old man entertaineth him at tliheah. U The Giheathttes abuse his concubine to death. 29 He divideth her into twelre pieces, to send them to the twelve tribes.

AN D it came to pass in those days, awhen there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levitc sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him ta concubine out ofbBethlehem-judah.

2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Beth-lehem-judah, and was there 'I t four whole months.

3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak t friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father's house; and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.

4 And his father in law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode witli him three days: so they did cat aud drink, and lodged there.

5 if And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: anil the damsel's father said unto his son in law, tc Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

G And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel's father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, aud tarry all night, and let thine heart he merry.

7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.

§ And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to de

part: and the damsel's father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried t until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.

9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now the day tdraweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, tthe day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go t home.

10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came tover against JJebus, which i.s Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his coucubiue also was with him.

11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city e of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

12 And his master said unto him, "We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over f to Gibeah.

13 And he 6aid unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in eRamah.

14 And they passed on aud went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamiu.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there wax no man that "took them into his house to lodging.

10 If And, heboid, there came an old man from 'his work out of the field at even, which wax also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.

17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comcst thou?

18 And he said unto him, "We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I

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Before i wcnt to Beth-lchem-judah, but I cam now going to ktlic house of the Lokd; and there is no man that trecciveth me to house.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

20 And the old man said, 'Peace be with thee; howsoever, let all thy wants tie upon me; ">only lodge not in the street.

21 °8o he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: "and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

22 1 Xote as they were making their hearts merry, behold, Pthe men of the city, certain i sons of Belial, beset the house round about, a7id beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, 'Bring forth the man that como into thine house, that we may know him.

23 And 'the man, the master of the house, went out uuto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, 'do not this folly.

24 "Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and

* humble ye them, and do with them what scemeth good uuto you: but unto this man do not

♦ so vile a thing.

25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they yknew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.

26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the mail's house where her lord was, till it was light.

27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman liis concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

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t us be going. But 1 none red. Then the man took pon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him uuto his place.

29 If And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and a divided her, tot/ether with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, ''take advice, and speak your minds.

CHAPTER XX.

1 The Leritr in a (jmrrn/ assemhly rfcrlareth hit wrong. B 77ie. decree of the assembly. Vi The Benjttmites, being rited, male head against the Israelites. IS 7*Ae Israelites in tiro battles lose forty thousand. 26 They destroy by a stratagem alt the Iienjitniite*, except six hundred.

THEN »all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from "Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the Lokd cin Mizpeh.

2 And the chief of all the people, civil of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen dthat drew sword.

3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell Wl how was this wickedness V

4 And tthe Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, eI came into Glbcoh that beiongcth to Beujamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

5 'And the men of Gibcah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: sand my concubine have they t forced, that she is dead.

6 And hI took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they 'have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.

7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; k give here your advice and counsel.

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