Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have
nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel
asked the LORD , saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites
first, to fight against them?
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into
And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites
into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the
mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because
they had chariots of iron.
And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was
And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you
to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto
your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all
the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there
unto the LORD .
And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of
the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the
LORD , that he did for Israel.
And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD , died, being an hundred
and ten years old.
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there
arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD , nor yet the
works which he had done for Israel.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD , and served
And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of
the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that
were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD
And they forsook the LORD , and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into
the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of
their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before
Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil,
as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand
of those that spoiled them.
And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring
after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of
the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD
; but they did not so.
And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge,
and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the
judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them
that oppressed them and vexed them.
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that
this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers,
and have not hearkened unto my voice;
That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the
LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily;
neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even
as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Namely, five LORD s of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the
Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount
Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken
unto the commandments of the LORD , which he commanded their fathers by the
hand of Moses.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD , and forgat
the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them
into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of
Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.
And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD , the LORD raised up a
deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the
son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out
to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into
his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD : and the
LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had
done evil in the sight of the LORD .
But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD , the LORD raised them
up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by
him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the
doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and,
behold, their LORD was fallen down dead on the earth.
And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your
enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took
the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.
And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD , when
Ehud was dead.
And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned
in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of
And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD : for he had nine hundred
chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of
And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and
said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and
draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children
of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that
thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera
into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath
delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So
Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host,
with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his
chariot, and fled away on his feet.
And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my LORD , turn
in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she
covered him with a mantle.
Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD
; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
LORD , when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field
of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also
The mountains melted from before the LORD , even that Sinai from before the
LORD God of Israel.
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves
willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD .
They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing
water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD , even the
righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall
the people of the LORD go down to the gates.
Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the
people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.
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.
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a LORD ly
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 hand of Midian seven years.
And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the
children of Israel cried unto the LORD .
And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because
of the Midianites,
That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto
them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and
brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
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.
And there came an angel of the LORD , and sat under an oak which was in
Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed
wheat by the winepress, 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 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 Midianites.
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?
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.
And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite
the Midianites as one man.
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 flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the
angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
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 face.
And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not
Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD , and called it
Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy
father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and
throw down the altar of 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 rock, in the
ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with
the wood of the 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.
But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and
Abiezer was gathered after him.
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, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
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, 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 of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him
shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his
knees to drink.
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
people go every man unto his place.
And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get
thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.
And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the
interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of
Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host
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.
And the three 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
withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD , and of Gideon.
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
Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna
into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the
wilderness and with briers.
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 not slay you.
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son
rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had
delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD , and
served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon,
and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of
the Philistines, and forsook the LORD , and served not him.
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the
hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.
And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD , saying, We have sinned
against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.
And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from
the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from
And the children of Israel said unto the LORD , We have sinned: do thou unto
us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD :
and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to
fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me,
shall I be your head?
And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us,
if we do not so according to thy words.
Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head
and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in
And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand
of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the
Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his
people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?
Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So
whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we
Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war
against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of
Israel and the children of Ammon.
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead,
and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he
passed over unto the children of Ammon.
And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD , and said, If thou shalt without
fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to
meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be
the LORD 's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.
So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them;
and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said,
Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them
that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD , and I cannot go
And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the
LORD , do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth;
forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even
of the children of Ammon.
And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and
passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into
my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD ; and the
LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold
now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a
Then Manoah intreated the LORD , and said, O my LORD , let the man of God
which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto
the child that shall be born.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the
woman let her beware.
And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD , I pray thee, let us detain
thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will
not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must
offer it unto the LORD . For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the
And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD , What is thy name, that when thy
sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name,
seeing it is secret?
So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto
the LORD : and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.
For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the
altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And
Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.
But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then
Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD .
But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would
not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither
would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have
told us such things as these.
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew,
and the LORD blessed him.
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan
between Zorah and Eshtaol.
But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD , that he
sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines
had dominion over Israel.
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he
would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his
father or his mother what he had done.
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and
slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments
unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went
up to his father's house.
And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the
Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his
arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off
And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD , and said, Thou hast given
this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for
thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
And the LORD s of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her,
Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we
may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will
give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
Then the LORD s of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which
had not been dried, and she bound him with them.
And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called
for the LORD s of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath
shewed me all his heart. Then the LORD s of the Philistines came up unto
her, and brought money in their hand.
And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his
sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself.
And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
Then the LORD s of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a
great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god
hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
Now the house was full of men and women; and all the LORD s of the
Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand
men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
And Samson called unto the LORD , and said, O LORD God, remember me, I pray
thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be
at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with
all his might; and the house fell upon the LORD s, and upon all the people
that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than
they which he slew in his life.
And he said unto his mother, 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 LORD , my son.
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 make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I
will restore it unto thee.
Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a
Levite to my priest.
And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is your way
wherein ye go.
And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of
mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now
going to the house of the LORD ; and there is no man that receiveth me to
Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of
the man's house where her LORD was, till it was light.
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 his concubine was fallen down
at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.
Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered
together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead,
unto the LORD in Mizpeh.
And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked
counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle
against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up
(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and
asked counsel of the LORD , saying, Shall I go up again to battle against
the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto
the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD , and fasted that
day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the
And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD , (for the ark of the
covenant of God was there in those days,
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those
days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of
Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to
morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.
And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel
destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred
men: all these drew the sword.
And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that
there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?
And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel
that came not up with the congregation unto the LORD ? For they had made a
great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He
shall surely be put to death.
How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the
LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?
And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to
Mizpeh to the LORD ? And, behold, there came none to the camp from
Jabeshgilead to the assembly.
And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a
breach in the tribes of Israel.
Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a
place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway
that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah