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Part I - Books of the Old Covenant:
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Joshua 1:
1:1 After the death of Moses the servant of
Yahweh, it came to pass that Yahweh spoke to
Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:
1:2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore,
arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this
people, to the land which I am giving to them-the
children of Israel.
1:3 "Every place that the sole of your foot will
tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
1:4 "From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far
as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the
land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward
the going down of the sun, shall be your
territory.
1:5 "No man shall be able to stand before you all
the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I
will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake
you.
1:6 "Be strong and of good courage, for to this
people you shall divide as an inheritance the land
which I swore to their fathers to give them.
1:7 "Only be strong and very courageous, that
you may observe to do according to all the law
which Moses My servant commanded you; do
not turn from it to the right hand or to the left,
that you may prosper wherever you go.
1:8 "This Book of the Law shall not depart from
your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and
night, that you may observe to do according to
all that is written in it. For then you will make
your way prosperous, and then you will have
good success.
1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and
of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be
dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you
wherever you go."
1:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the
people, saying,
1:11 "Pass through the camp and command the
people, saying, 'Prepare provisions for
yourselves, for within three days you will cross
over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land
which Yahweh your God is giving you to
possess.' "
1:12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and
half the tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying,
1:13 "Remember the word which Moses the
servant of Yahweh commanded you, saying,
'Yahweh your God is giving you rest and is
giving you this land.'
1:14 "Your wives, your little ones, and your
livestock shall remain in the land which Moses
gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall
pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty
men of valor, and help them,
1:15 "until Yahweh has given your brethren rest,
as He gave you, and they also have taken
possession of the land which Yahweh your God
is giving them. Then you shall return to the land
of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses
Yahweh’s servant gave you on this side of the
Jordan toward the sunrise."
1:16 So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that
you command us we will do, and wherever you
send us we will go.
1:17 "Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so
we will heed you. Only Yahweh your God be
with you, as He was with Moses.
1:18 "Whoever rebels against your command and
does not heed your words, in all that you
command him, shall be put to death. Only be
strong and of good courage."
Joshua 2:
2:1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men
from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, "Go,
view the land, especially Jericho." So they went,
and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab,
and lodged there.
2:2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying,
"Behold, men have come here tonight from the
children of Israel to search out the country."
2:3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying,
"Bring out the men who have come to you, who
have entered your house, for they have come to
search out all the country."
2:4 Then the woman took the two men and hid
them. So she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but
I did not know where they were from.
2:5 "And it happened as the gate was being shut,
when it was dark, that the men went out. Where
the men went I do not know; pursue them
quickly, for you may overtake them."Joshua 2:
2:6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and
hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she
had laid in order on the roof.)
2:7 Then the men pursued them by the road to
the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those
who pursued them had gone out, they shut the
gate.
2:8 Now before they lay down, she came up to
them on the roof,
2:9 and said to the men: "I know that Yahweh
has given you the land, that the terror of you has
fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the
land are fainthearted because of you.
2:10 "For we have heard how Yahweh dried up
the water of the Red Sea for you when you came
out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings
of the Amorites who were on the other side of
the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly
destroyed.
2:11 "And as soon as we heard these things, our
hearts melted; neither did there remain any more
courage in anyone because of you, for Yahweh
your God, He is God in heaven above and on
earth beneath.
2:12 "Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by
Yahweh, since I have shown you kindness, that
you also will show kindness to my father's
house, and give me a true token,
2:13 "and spare my father, my mother, my
brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and
deliver our lives from death."
2:14 So the men answered her, "Our lives for
yours, if none of you tell this business of ours.
And it shall be, when Yahweh has given us the
land, that we will deal kindly and truly with
you."
2:15 Then she let them down by a rope through
the window, for her house was on the city wall;
she dwelt on the wall.
2:16 And she said to them, "Get to the mountain,
lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days,
until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you
may go your way."
2:17 So the men said to her: "We will be
blameless of this oath of yours which you have
made us swear,
2:18 "unless, when we come into the land, you
bind this line of scarlet cord in the window
through which you let us down, and unless you
bring your father, your mother, your brothers,
and all your father's household to your own
home.
2:19 "So it shall be that whoever goes outside the
doors of your house into the street, his blood
shall be on his own head, and we will be
guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house,
his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on
him.
2:20 "And if you tell this business of ours, then
we will be free from your oath which you made
us swear."
2:21 Then she said, "According to your words,
so be it." And she sent them away, and they
departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the
window.
2:22 They departed and went to the mountain,
and stayed there three days until the pursuers
returned. The pursuers sought them all along the
way, but did not find them.
2:23 So the two men returned, descended from
the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to
Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had
befallen them.
2:24 And they said to Joshua, "Truly Yahweh
has delivered all the land into our hands, for
indeed all the inhabitants of the country are
fainthearted because of us."
Joshua 3:
3:1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and
they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the
Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and
lodged there before they crossed over.
3:2 So it was, after three days, that the officers
went through the camp;
3:3 and they commanded the people, saying,
"When you see the ark of the covenant of
Yahweh your God, and the priests, the Levites,
bearing it, then you shall set out from your place
and go after it.
3:4 "Yet there shall be a space between you and
it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not
come near it, that you may know the way by
which you must go, for you have not passed this
way before."
3:5 And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify
yourselves, for tomorrow Yahweh will do
wonders among you."
3:6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying,
"Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over
before the people." So they took up the ark of the
covenant and went before the people.
3:7 And Yahweh said to Joshua, "This day I will
begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that
they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I
will be with you.
3:8 "You shall command the priests who bear the
ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have
come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you
shall stand in the Jordan.' "
3:9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel,
"Come here, and hear the words of Yahweh your
God."
3:10 And Joshua said, "By this you shall know
that the living God is among you, and that He
will without fail drive out from before you the
Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and
the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the
Amorites and the Jebusites:
3:11 "Behold, the ark of the covenant of Yahweh
of all the earth is crossing over before you into
the Jordan.
3:12 "Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve
men from the tribes of Israel, one man from
every tribe.
3:13 "And it shall come to pass, as soon as the
soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of
Yahweh, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in
the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the
Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come
down from upstream, and they shall stand as a
heap."
3:14 So it was, when the people set out from
their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the
priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the
people,
3:15 and as those who bore the ark came to the
Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the
ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the
Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole
time of harvest),
3:16 that the waters which came down from
upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far
away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So
the waters that went down into the Sea of the
Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off;
and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
3:17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the
covenant of Yahweh stood firm on dry ground in
the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed
over on dry ground, until all the people had
crossed completely over the Jordan.
Joshua 4:
4:1 And it came to pass, when all the people had
completely crossed over the Jordan, that Yahweh
spoke to Joshua, saying:
4:2 "Take for yourselves twelve men from the
people, one man from every tribe,
4:3 "and command them, saying, 'Take for
yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the
midst of the Jordan, from the place where the
priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them
over with you and leave them in the lodging
place where you lodge tonight.' "
4:4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he
had appointed from the children of Israel, one
man from every tribe;
4:5 and Joshua said to them: "Cross over before
the ark of Yahweh your God into the midst of the
Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on
his shoulder, according to the number of the
tribes of the children of Israel,
4:6 "that this may be a sign among you when
your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What
do these stones mean to you?'
4:7 "Then you shall answer them that the waters
of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the
covenant of Yahweh; when it crossed over the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.
And these stones shall be for a memorial to the
children of Israel forever."
4:8 And the children of Israel did so, just as
Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones
from the midst of the Jordan, as Yahweh had
spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the
tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them
over with them to the place where they lodged,
and laid them down there.
4:9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the
midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of
the priests who bore the ark of the covenant
stood; and they are there to this day.
4:10 So the priests who bore the ark stood in the
midst of the Jordan until everything was finished
that Yahweh had commanded Joshua to speak to
the people, according to all that Moses had
commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and
crossed over.
4:11 Then it came to pass, when all the people
had completely crossed over, that the ark of the
LORD and the priests crossed over in the
presence of the people.
4:12 And the men of Reuben, the men of Gad,
and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over
armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had
spoken to them.
4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war
crossed over before Yahweh for battle, to the
plains of Jericho.
4:14 On that day Yahweh exalted Joshua in the
sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they
had feared Moses, all the days of his life.
4:15 Then Yahweh spoke to Joshua, saying,
4:16 "Command the priests who bear the ark of
the Testimony to come up from the Jordan."
4:17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests,
saying, "Come up from the Jordan."
4:18 And it came to pass, when the priests who
bore the ark of the covenant of Yahweh had
come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles
of the priests' feet touched the dry land, that the
waters of the Jordan returned to their place and
overflowed all its banks as before.
4:19 Now the people came up from the Jordan
on the tenth day of the first month, and they
camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.
4:20 And those twelve stones which they took
out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal.
4:21 Then he spoke to the children of Israel,
saying: "When your children ask their fathers in
time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?'
4:22 "then you shall let your children know,
saying, 'Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry
land';
4:23 "for Yahweh your God dried up the waters
of the Jordan before you until you had crossed
over, as Yahweh your God did to the Red Sea,
which He dried up before us until we had crossed
over,
4:24 "that all the peoples of the earth may know
the hand of Yahweh, that it is mighty, that you
may fear Yahweh your God forever."
Joshua 5:
5:1 So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites
who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all
the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea,
heard that Yahweh had dried up the waters of the
Jordan from before the children of Israel until we
had crossed over, that their heart melted; and
Joshua 5:
there was no spirit in them any longer because of
the children of Israel.
5:2 At that time Yahweh said to Joshua, "Make
flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons
of Israel again the second time."
5:3 So Joshua made flint knives for himself, and
circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill of the
foreskins.
5:4 And this is the reason why Joshua
circumcised them: All the people who came out
of Egypt who were males, all the men of war,
had died in the wilderness on the way, after they
had come out of Egypt.
5:5 For all the people who came out had been
circumcised, but all the people born in the
wilderness, on the way as they came out of
Egypt, had not been circumcised.
5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years
in the wilderness, till all the people who were
men of war, who came out of Egypt, were
consumed, because they did not obey the voice
of Yahweh-to whom Yahweh swore that He
would not show them the land which Yahweh
had sworn to their fathers that He would give us,
"a land flowing with milk and honey."
5:7 Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom
He raised up in their place; for they were
uncircumcised, because they had not been
circumcised on the way.
5:8 So it was, when they had finished
circumcising all the people, that they stayed in
their places in the camp till they were healed.
5:9 Then Yahweh said to Joshua, "This day I
have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from
you." Therefore the name of the place is called
Gilgal to this day.
5:10 Now the children of Israel camped in
Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth
day of the month at twilight on the plains of
Jericho.
5:11 And they ate of the produce of the land on
the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and
parched grain, on the very same day.
5:12 Then the manna ceased on the day after
they had eaten the produce of the land; and the
children of Israel no longer had manna, but they
ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.
5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by
Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and
behold, a Man stood opposite him with His

sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to
Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our
adversaries?"
5:14 So He said, "No, but as Commander of the
army of Yahweh I have now come." And Joshua
fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and
said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His
servant?"
5:15 Then the Commander of Yahweh’s army
said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot,
for the place where you stand is holy." And
Joshua did so.
Joshua 6:
6:1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of
the children of Israel; none went out, and none
came in.
6:2 And Yahweh said to Joshua: "See! I have
given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the
mighty men of valor.
6:3 "You shall march around the city, all you
men of war; you shall go all around the city
once. This you shall do six days.
6:4 "And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets
of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh
day you shall march around the city seven times,
and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
6:5 "It shall come to pass, when they make a
long blast with the ram's horn, and when you
hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people
shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of
the city will fall down flat. And the people shall
go up every man straight before him."
6:6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the
priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the
covenant, and let seven priests bear seven
trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of
Yahweh."
6:7 And he said to the people, "Proceed, and
march around the city, and let him who is armed
advance before the ark of Yahweh."
6:8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the
people, that the seven priests bearing the seven
trumpets of rams' horns before Yahweh
advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of
the covenant of Yahweh followed them.
6:9 The armed men went before the priests who
blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after
the ark, while the priests continued blowing the
trumpets.
6:10 Now Joshua had commanded the people,
saying, "You shall not shout or make any noise
with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of
your mouth, until the day I say to you, 'Shout!'
Then you shall shout."
6:11 So he had the ark of Yahweh circle the city,
going around it once. Then they came into the
camp and lodged in the camp.
6:12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and
the priests took up the ark of Yahweh.
6:13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets
of rams' horns before the ark of Yahweh went on
continually and blew with the trumpets. And the
armed men went before them. But the rear guard
came after the ark of Yahweh, while the priests
continued blowing the trumpets.
6:14 And the second day they marched around
the city once and returned to the camp. So they
did six days.
6:15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that
they rose early, about the dawning of the day,
and marched around the city seven times in the
same manner. On that day only they marched
around the city seven times.
6:16 And the seventh time it happened, when the
priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the
people: "Shout, for Yahweh has given you the
city!
6:17 "Now the city shall be doomed by Yahweh
to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only
Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are
with her in the house, because she hid the
messengers that we sent.
6:18 "And you, by all means abstain from the
accursed things, lest you become accursed when
you take of the accursed things, and make the
camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
6:19 "But all the silver and gold, and vessels of
bronze and iron, are consecrated to Yahweh;
they shall come into the treasury of Yahweh."
6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew
the trumpets. And it happened when the people
heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people
shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell
down flat. Then the people went up into the city,
every man straight before him, and they took the
city.
6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in
the city, both man and woman, young and old,
ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the
sword.
6:22 But Joshua had said to the two men who
had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's
house, and from there bring out the woman and
all that she has, as you swore to her."
6:23 And the young men who had been spies
went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her
mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So
they brought out all her relatives and left them
outside the camp of Israel.
6:24 But they burned the city and all that was in
it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the
vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the
treasury of the house of Yahweh.
6:25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her
father's household, and all that she had. So she
dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the
messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
6:26 Then Joshua charged them at that time,
saying, "Cursed be the man before Yahweh who
rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay
its foundation with his firstborn, and with his
youngest he shall set up its gates."
6:27 So Yahweh was with Joshua, and his fame
spread throughout all the country.
Joshua 7:
7:1 But the children of Israel committed a
trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan
the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of
Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed
things; so the anger of Yahweh burned against
the children of Israel.
7:2 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,
which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of
Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, "Go up and
spy out the country." So the men went up and
spied out Ai.
7:3 And they returned to Joshua and said to him,
"Do not let all the people go up, but let about two
or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do
not weary all the people there, for the people of
Ai are few."
7:4 So about three thousand men went up there
from the people, but they fled before the men of
Ai.
7:5 And the men of Ai struck down about thirtysix
men, for they chased them from before the
gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down
on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people
melted and became like water.
7:6 Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the
earth on his face before the ark of Yahweh until
evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put
dust on their heads.
7:7 And Joshua said, "Alas, Yahweh the GOD,
why have You brought this people over the
Jordan at all-to deliver us into the hand of the
Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been
content, and dwelt on the other side of the
Jordan!
7:8 "O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns
its back before its enemies?
7:9 "For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of
the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off
our name from the earth. Then what will You do
for Your great name?"
7:10 So Yahweh said to Joshua: "Get up! Why
do you lie thus on your face?
7:11 "Israel has sinned, and they have also
transgressed My covenant which I commanded
them. For they have even taken some of the
accursed things, and have both stolen and
deceived; and they have also put it among their
own stuff.
7:12 "Therefore the children of Israel could not
stand before their enemies, but turned their backs
before their enemies, because they have become
doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with
you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed
from among you.
7:13 "Get up, sanctify the people, and say,
'Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus
says Yahweh the God of Israel: "There is an
accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you
cannot stand before your enemies until you take
away the accursed thing from among you."
7:14 'In the morning therefore you shall be
brought according to your tribes. And it shall be
that the tribe which Yahweh takes shall come
according to families; and the family which
Yahweh takes shall come by households; and the
household which Yahweh takes shall come man
by man.
7:15 'Then it shall be that he who is taken with
the accursed thing shall be burned with fire, he
and all that he has, because he has transgressed
the covenant of Yahweh, and because he has
done a disgraceful thing in Israel.' "
7:16 So Joshua rose early in the morning and
brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of
Judah was taken.
7:17 He brought the clan of Judah, and he took
the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the
family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi
was taken.
7:18 Then he brought his household man by
man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of
Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah,
was taken.
7:19 Now Joshua said to Achan, "My son, I beg
you, give glory to Yahweh the God of Israel, and
make confession to Him, and tell me now what
you have done; do not hide it from me."
7:20 And Achan answered Joshua and said,
"Indeed I have sinned against Yahweh the God
of Israel, and this is what I have done:
7:21 "When I saw among the spoils a beautiful
Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of
silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty
shekels, I coveted them and took them. And
there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of
my tent, with the silver under it."
7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to
the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with
the silver under it.
7:23 And they took them from the midst of the
tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the
children of Israel, and laid them out before
Yahweh.
7:24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took
Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment,
the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his
oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that
he had, and they brought them to the Valley of
Achor.
7:25 And Joshua said, "Why have you troubled
us? Yahweh will trouble you this day." So all
Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned
them with fire after they had stoned them with
stones.
7:26 Then they raised over him a great heap of
stones, still there to this day. So Yahweh turned
from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the
name of that place has been called the Valley of
Achor to this day.
Joshua 8:
8:1 Now Yahweh said to Joshua: "Do not be
afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of
war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have
given into your hand the king of Ai, his people,
his city, and his land.
8:2 "And you shall do to Ai and its king as you
did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its
cattle you shall take as booty for yourselves. Lay
an ambush for the city behind it."
8:3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war,
to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose thirty
thousand mighty men of valor and sent them
away by night.
8:4 And he commanded them, saying: "Behold,
you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind
the city. Do not go very far from the city, but all
of you be ready.
8:5 "Then I and all the people who are with me
will approach the city; and it will come about,
when they come out against us as at the first, that
we shall flee before them.
8:6 "For they will come out after us till we have
drawn them from the city, for they will say,
'They are fleeing before us as at the first.'
Therefore we will flee before them.
8:7 "Then you shall rise from the ambush and
seize the city, for Yahweh your God will deliver
it into your hand.
8:8 "And it will be, when you have taken the
city, that you shall set the city on fire. According
to the commandment of Yahweh you shall do.
See, I have commanded you."
8:9 Joshua therefore sent them out; and they
went to lie in ambush, and stayed between
Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai; but Joshua
lodged that night among the people.
8:10 Then Joshua rose up early in the morning
and mustered the people, and went up, he and the
elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.
8:11 And all the people of war who were with
him went up and drew near; and they came
before the city and camped on the north side of
Ai. Now a valley lay between them and Ai.
8:12 So he took about five thousand men and set
them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the
west side of the city.
8:13 And when they had set the people, all the
army that was on the north of the city, and its
rear guard on the west of the city, Joshua went
that night into the midst of the valley.
8:14 Now it happened, when the king of Ai saw
it, that the men of the city hurried and rose early
and went out against Israel to battle, he and all
his people, at an appointed place before the
plain. But he did not know that there was an
ambush against him behind the city.
8:15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they
were beaten before them, and fled by the way of
the wilderness.
8:16 So all the people who were in Ai were
called together to pursue them. And they pursued
Joshua and were drawn away from the city.
8:17 There was not a man left in Ai or Bethel
who did not go out after Israel. So they left the
city open and pursued Israel.
8:18 Then Yahweh said to Joshua, "Stretch out
the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I
will give it into your hand." And Joshua
stretched out the spear that was in his hand
toward the city.
8:19 So those in ambush arose quickly out of
their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched
out his hand, and they entered the city and took
it, and hurried to set the city on fire.
8:20 And when the men of Ai looked behind
them, they saw, and behold, the smoke of the
city ascended to the sky. So they had no power
to flee this way or that way, and the people who
had fled to the wilderness turned back on the
pursuers.
8:21 Now when Joshua and all Israel saw that
the ambush had taken the city and that the smoke
of the city ascended, they turned back and struck
down the men of Ai.
8:22 Then the others came out of the city against
them; so they were caught in the midst of Israel,
some on this side and some on that side. And
they struck them down, so that they let none of
them remain or escape.
8:23 But the king of Ai they took alive, and
brought him to Joshua.
8:24 And it came to pass when Israel had made
an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the
field, in the wilderness where they pursued them,
and when they all had fallen by the edge of the
sword until they were consumed, that all the
Israelites returned to Ai and struck it with the
edge of the sword.
8:25 So it was that all who fell that day, both
men and women, were twelve thousand-all the
people of Ai.
8:26 For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with
which he stretched out the spear, until he had
utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
8:27 Only the livestock and the spoil of that city
Israel took as booty for themselves, according to
the word of Yahweh which He had commanded
Joshua.
8:28 So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap
forever, a desolation to this day.
8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until
evening. And as soon as the sun was down,
Joshua commanded that they should take his
corpse down from the tree, cast it at the entrance
of the gate of the city, and raise over it a great
heap of stones that remains to this day.
8:30 Now Joshua built an altar to Yahweh the
God of Israel in Mount Ebal,
8:31 as Moses the servant of Yahweh had
commanded the children of Israel, as it is written
in the Book of the Law of Moses: "an altar of
whole stones over which no man has wielded an
iron tool." And they offered on it burnt offerings
to Yahweh, and sacrificed peace offerings.
8:32 And there, in the presence of the children of
Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law
of Moses, which he had written.
8:33 Then all Israel, with their elders and officers
and judges, stood on either side of the ark before
the priests, the Levites, who bore the ark of the
covenant of Yahweh, the stranger as well as he
who was born among them. Half of them were in
front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front
of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of Yahweh
had commanded before, that they should bless
the people of Israel.
8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the
law, the blessings and the cursings, according to
all that is written in the Book of the Law.
8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses had
commanded which Joshua did not read before all
the assembly of Israel, with the women, the little
ones, and the strangers who were living among
them.

Joshua 9:
9:1 And it came to pass when all the kings who
were on this side of the Jordan, in the hills and in
the lowland and in all the coasts of the Great Sea
toward Lebanon-the Hittite, the Amorite, the
Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the
Jebusite-heard about it,
9:2 that they gathered together to fight with
Joshua and Israel with one accord.
9:3 But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard
what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
9:4 they worked craftily, and went and pretended
to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on
their donkeys, old wineskins torn and mended,
9:5 old and patched sandals on their feet, and old
garments on themselves; and all the bread of
their provision was dry and moldy.
9:6 And they went to Joshua, to the camp at
Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel,
"We have come from a far country; now
therefore, make a covenant with us."
9:7 Then the men of Israel said to the Hivites,
"Perhaps you dwell among us; so how can we
make a covenant with you?"
9:8 But they said to Joshua, "We are your
servants." And Joshua said to them, "Who are
you, and where do you come from?"
9:9 So they said to him: "From a very far country
your servants have come, because of the name of
Yahweh your God; for we have heard of His
fame, and all that He did in Egypt,
9:10 "and all that He did to the two kings of the
Amorites who were beyond the Jordan-to Sihon
king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who
was at Ashtaroth.
9:11 "Therefore our elders and all the inhabitants
of our country spoke to us, saying, 'Take
provisions with you for the journey, and go to
meet them, and say to them, "We are your
servants; now therefore, make a covenant with
us." '
9:12 "This bread of ours we took hot for our
provision from our houses on the day we
departed to come to you. But now look, it is dry
and moldy.
9:13 "And these wineskins which we filled were
new, and see, they are torn; and these our
garments and our sandals have become old
because of the very long journey."
9:14 Then the men of Israel took some of their
provisions; but they did not ask counsel of
Yahweh.
9:15 So Joshua made peace with them, and made
a covenant with them to let them live; and the
rulers of the congregation swore to them.
9:16 And it happened at the end of three days,
after they had made a covenant with them, that
they heard that they were their neighbors who
dwelt near them.
9:17 Then the children of Israel journeyed and
came to their cities on the third day. Now their
cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and
Kirjath Jearim.
9:18 But the children of Israel did not attack
them, because the rulers of the congregation had
sworn to them by Yahweh the God of Israel. And
all the congregation complained against the
rulers.
9:19 Then all the rulers said to all the
congregation, "We have sworn to them by
Yahweh the God of Israel; now therefore, we
may not touch them.
9:20 "This we will do to them: We will let them
live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath
which we swore to them."
9:21 And the rulers said to them, "Let them live,
but let them be woodcutters and water carriers
for all the congregation, as the rulers had
promised them."
9:22 Then Joshua called for them, and he spoke
to them, saying, "Why have you deceived us,
saying, 'We are very far from you,' when you
dwell near us?
9:23 "Now therefore, you are cursed, and none of
you shall be freed from being slaves-woodcutters
and water carriers for the house of my God."
9:24 So they answered Joshua and said,
"Because your servants were clearly told that
Yahweh your God commanded His servant
Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all
the inhabitants of the land from before you;
therefore we were very much afraid for our lives
because of you, and have done this thing.
9:25 "And now, here we are, in your hands; do
with us as it seems good and right to do to us."
9:26 So he did to them, and delivered them out
of the hand of the children of Israel, so that they
did not kill them.
9:27 And that day Joshua made them
woodcutters and water carriers for the
congregation and for the altar of Yahweh, in the
place which He would choose, even to this day.
Joshua 10:
10:1 Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek
king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken
Ai and had utterly destroyed it-as he had done to
Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its
king-and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had
made peace with Israel and were among them,
10:2 that they feared greatly, because Gibeon
was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and
because it was greater than Ai, and all its men
were mighty.
10:3 Therefore Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem
sent to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of
Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king
of Eglon, saying,
10:4 "Come up to me and help me, that we may
attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua
and with the children of Israel."
10:5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites,
the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the
king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the
king of Eglon, gathered together and went up,
they and all their armies, and camped before
Gibeon and made war against it.
10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at
the camp at Gilgal, saying, "Do not forsake your
servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help
us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in
the mountains have gathered together against
us."
10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all
the people of war with him, and all the mighty
men of valor.
10:8 And Yahweh said to Joshua, "Do not fear
them, for I have delivered them into your hand;
not a man of them shall stand before you."
10:9 Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly,
having marched all night from Gilgal.
10:10 So Yahweh routed them before Israel,
killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon,
chased them along the road that goes to Beth
Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah
and Makkedah.
10:11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel
and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the
LORD cast down large hailstones from the sky
on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There
were more who died from the hailstones than the
children of Israel killed with the sword.
10:12 Then Joshua spoke to Yahweh in the day
when Yahweh delivered up the Amorites before
the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of
Israel:
"Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon."
10:13 So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the
sun stood still in the midst of the sky, and did not
hasten to go down for about a whole day.
10:14 And there has been no day like that, before
it or after it, that Yahweh heeded the voice of a
man; for Yahweh fought for Israel.
10:15 Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with
him, to the camp at Gilgal.
10:16 But these five kings had fled and hidden
themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, "The five
kings have been found hidden in the cave at
Makkedah."
10:18 So Joshua said, "Roll large stones against
the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard
them.
10:19 "And do not stay there yourselves, but
pursue your enemies, and attack their rear guard.
Do not allow them to enter their cities, for
Yahweh your God has delivered them into your
hand."
10:20 Then it happened, while Joshua and the
children of Israel made an end of slaying them
with a very great slaughter, till they had finished,
that those who escaped entered fortified cities.
10:21 And all the people returned to the camp, to
Joshua at Makkedah, in peace. No one moved his
tongue against any of the children of Israel.
10:22 Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the
cave, and bring out those five kings to me from
the cave."
10:23 And they did so, and brought out those
five kings to him from the cave: the king of
Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of
Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of
Eglon.
10:24 So it was, when they brought out those
kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the
men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men
of war who went with him, "Come near, put your
feet on the necks of these kings." And they drew
near and put their feet on their necks.
10:25 Then Joshua said to them, "Do not be
afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good
courage, for thus Yahweh will do to all your
enemies against whom you fight."
10:26 And afterward Joshua struck them and
killed them, and hanged them on five trees; and
they were hanging on the trees until evening.
10:27 So it was at the time of the going down of
the sun that Joshua commanded, and they took
them down from the trees, cast them into the
cave where they had been hidden, and laid large
stones against the cave's mouth, which remain
until this very day.
10:28 On that day Joshua took Makkedah, and
struck it and its king with the edge of the sword.
He utterly destroyed them-all the people who
were in it. He let none remain. He also did to the
king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of
Jericho.
10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and
all Israel with him, to Libnah; and they fought
against Libnah.
10:30 And Yahweh also delivered it and its king
into the hand of Israel; he struck it and all the
people who were in it with the edge of the
sword. He let none remain in it, but did to its
king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
10:31 Then Joshua passed from Libnah, and all
Israel with him, to Lachish; and they encamped
against it and fought against it.
10:32 And Yahweh delivered Lachish into the
hand of Israel, who took it on the second day,
and struck it and all the people who were in it
with the edge of the sword, according to all that
he had done to Libnah.
10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to
help Lachish; and Joshua struck him and his
people, until he left him none remaining.
10:34 From Lachish Joshua passed to Eglon,
and all Israel with him; and they encamped
against it and fought against it.
10:35 They took it on that day and struck it with
the edge of the sword; all the people who were in
it he utterly destroyed that day, according to all
that he had done to Lachish.
10:36 So Joshua went up from Eglon, and all
Israel with him, to Hebron; and they fought
against it.
10:37 And they took it and struck it with the
edge of the sword-its king, all its cities, and all
the people who were in it; he left none
remaining, according to all that he had done to
Eglon, but utterly destroyed it and all the people
who were in it.
10:38 Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with
him, to Debir; and they fought against it.
10:39 And he took it and its king and all its
cities; they struck them with the edge of the
sword and utterly destroyed all the people who
were in it. He left none remaining; as he had
done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and its king,
as he had done also to Libnah and its king.
10:40 So Joshua conquered all the land: the
mountain country and the South and the lowland
and the wilderness slopes, and all their kings; he
left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that
breathed, as Yahweh the God of Israel had
commanded.
10:41 And Joshua conquered them from Kadesh
Barnea as far as Gaza, and all the country of
Goshen, even as far as Gibeon.
10:42 All these kings and their land Joshua took
at one time, because Yahweh the God of Israel
fought for Israel.
10:43 Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with
him, to the camp at Gilgal.
Joshua 11:
11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of
Hazor heard these things, that he sent to Jobab
king of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the
king of Achshaph,
11:2 and to the kings who were from the north,
in the mountains, in the plain south of
Chinneroth, in the lowland, and in the heights of
Dor on the west,
11:3 to the Canaanites in the east and in the west,
the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the
Jebusite in the mountains, and the Hivite below
Hermon in the land of Mizpah.
11:4 So they went out, they and all their armies
with them, as many people as the sand that is on
the seashore in multitude, with very many horses
and chariots.
11:5 And when all these kings had met together,
they came and camped together at the waters of
Merom to fight against Israel.
11:6 But Yahweh said to Joshua, "Do not be
afraid because of them, for tomorrow about this
time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel.
You shall hamstring their horses and burn their
chariots with fire."
11:7 So Joshua and all the people of war with
him came against them suddenly by the waters of
Merom, and they attacked them.
11:8 And Yahweh delivered them into the hand
of Israel, who defeated them and chased them to
Greater Sidon, to the Brook Misrephoth, and to
the Valley of Mizpah eastward; they attacked
them until they left none of them remaining.
11:9 So Joshua did to them as Yahweh had told
him: he hamstrung their horses and burned their
chariots with fire.
11:10 Joshua turned back at that time and took
Hazor, and struck its king with the sword; for
Hazor was formerly the head of all those
kingdoms.
11:11 And they struck all the people who were in
it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying
them. There was none left breathing. Then he
burned Hazor with fire.
11:12 So all the cities of those kings, and all
their kings, Joshua took and struck with the edge
of the sword. He utterly destroyed them, as
Moses the servant of Yahweh had commanded.
11:13 But as for the cities that stood on their
mounds, Israel burned none of them, except
Hazor only, which Joshua burned.
11:14 And all the spoil of these cities and the
livestock, the children of Israel took as booty for
themselves; but they struck every man with the
edge of the sword until they had destroyed them,
and they left none breathing.
11:15 As Yahweh had commanded Moses his
servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so
Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that
Yahweh had commanded Moses.
11:16 Thus Joshua took all this land: the
mountain country, all the South, all the land of
Goshen, the lowland, and the Jordan plain-the
mountains of Israel and its lowlands,
11:17 from Mount Halak and the ascent to Seir,
even as far as Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon
below Mount Hermon. He captured all their
kings, and struck them down and killed them.
11:18 Joshua made war a long time with all
those kings.
11:19 There was not a city that made peace with
the children of Israel, except the Hivites, the
inhabitants of Gibeon. All the others they took in
battle.
11:20 For it was of Yahweh to harden their
hearts, that they should come against Israel in
battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and
that they might receive no mercy, but that He
might destroy them, as Yahweh had commanded
Moses.
11:21 And at that time Joshua came and cut off
the Anakim from the mountains: from Hebron,
from Debir, from Anab, from all the mountains
of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel;
Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities.
11:22 None of the Anakim were left in the land
of the children of Israel; they remained only in
Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod.
11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according
to all that Yahweh had said to Moses; and Joshua
gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to
their divisions by their tribes. Then the land
rested from war.
Joshua 12:
12:1 These are the kings of the land whom the
children of Israel defeated, and whose land they
possessed on the other side of the Jordan toward
the rising of the sun, from the River Arnon to
Mount Hermon, and all the eastern Jordan plain:
12:2 One king was Sihon king of the Amorites,
who dwelt in Heshbon and ruled half of Gilead,
from Aroer, which is on the bank of the River
Arnon, from the middle of that river, even as far
as the River Jabbok, which is the border of the
Ammonites,
12:3 and the eastern Jordan plain from the Sea of
Chinneroth as far as the Sea of the Arabah (the
Salt Sea), the road to Beth Jeshimoth, and
southward below the slopes of Pisgah.
12:4 The other king was Og king of Bashan and
his territory, who was of the remnant of the
giants, who dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,
12:5 and reigned over Mount Hermon, over
Salcah, over all Bashan, as far as the border of
the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and over
half of Gilead to the border of Sihon king of
Heshbon.
12:6 These Moses the servant of Yahweh and the
children of Israel had conquered; and Moses the
servant of Yahweh had given it as a possession
to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe
of Manasseh.
12:7 And these are the kings of the country
which Joshua and the children of Israel
conquered on this side of the Jordan, on the west,
from Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon as far as
Mount Halak and the ascent to Seir, which
Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel as a possession
according to their divisions,
12:8 in the mountain country, in the lowlands, in
the Jordan plain, in the slopes, in the wilderness,
and in the South-the Hittites, the Amorites, the
Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the
Jebusites:
12:9 the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai,
which is beside Bethel, one;
12:10 the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of
Hebron, one;
12:11 the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of
Lachish, one;
12:12 the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer,
one;
12:13 the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder,
one;
12:14 the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad,
one;
12:15 the king of Libnah, one; the king of
Adullam, one;
12:16 the king of Makkedah, one; the king of
Bethel, one;
12:17 the king of Tappuah, one; the king of
Hepher, one;
12:18 the king of Aphek, one; the king of
Lasharon, one;
12:19 the king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor,
one;
12:20 the king of Shimron Meron, one; the king
of Achshaph, one;
12:21 the king of Taanach, one; the king of
Megiddo, one;
12:22 the king of Kedesh, one; the king of
Jokneam in Carmel, one;
12:23 the king of Dor in the heights of Dor, one;
the king of the people of Gilgal, one;
12:24 the king of Tirzah, one-all the kings,
thirty-one.
Joshua 13:
13:1 Now Joshua was old, advanced in years.
And Yahweh said to him: "You are old,
advanced in years, and there remains very much
land yet to be possessed.
13:2 "This is the land that yet remains: all the
territory of the Philistines and all that of the
Geshurites,
13:3 "from Sihor, which is east of Egypt, as far
as the border of Ekron northward (which is
counted as Canaanite); the five lords of the
Philistines-the Gazites, the Ashdodites, the
Ashkelonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also
the Avites;
13:4 "from the south, all the land of the
Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the
Sidonians as far as Aphek, to the border of the
Amorites;
13:5 "the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon,
toward the sunrise, from Baal Gad below Mount
Hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath;
13:6 "all the inhabitants of the mountains from
Lebanon as far as the Brook Misrephoth, and all
the Sidonians-them I will drive out from before
the children of Israel; only divide it by lot to
Israel as an inheritance, as I have commanded
you.
13:7 "Now therefore, divide this land as an
inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of
Manasseh."
13:8 With the other half tribe the Reubenites and
the Gadites received their inheritance, which
Moses had given them, beyond the Jordan
eastward, as Moses the servant of Yahweh had
given them:
13:9 from Aroer which is on the bank of the
River Arnon, and the town that is in the midst of
the ravine, and all the plain of Medeba as far as
Dibon;
13:10 all the cities of Sihon king of the
Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, as far as the
border of the children of Ammon;
13:11 Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites
and Maachathites, all Mount Hermon, and all
Bashan as far as Salcah;
13:12 all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who
reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei, who remained of
the remnant of the giants; for Moses had
defeated and cast out these.
13:13 Nevertheless the children of Israel did not
drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites, but
the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell
among the Israelites until this day.
13:14 Only to the tribe of Levi he had given no
inheritance; the sacrifices of Yahweh the God of
Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He
said to them.
13:15 And Moses had given to the tribe of the
children of Reuben an inheritance according to
their families.
13:16 Their territory was from Aroer, which is
on the bank of the River Arnon, and the city that
is in the midst of the ravine, and all the plain by
Medeba;
13:17 Heshbon and all its cities that are in the
plain: Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon,
13:18 Jahaza, Kedemoth, Mephaath,
13:19 Kirjathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar on the
mountain of the valley,
13:20 Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth
Jeshimoth-
13:21 all the cities of the plain and all the
kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who
reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses had struck
with the princes of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur,
Hur, and Reba, who were princes of Sihon
dwelling in the country.
13:22 The children of Israel also killed with the
sword Balaam the son of Beor, the soothsayer,
among those who were killed by them.
13:23 And the border of the children of Reuben
was the bank of the Jordan. This was the
inheritance of the children of Reuben according
to their families, the cities and their villages.
13:24 Moses also had given an inheritance to
the tribe of Gad, to the children of Gad according
to their families.
13:25 Their territory was Jazer, and all the cities
of Gilead, and half the land of the Ammonites as
far as Aroer, which is before Rabbah,
13:26 and from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and
Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the border of
Debir,
13:27 and in the valley Beth Haram, Beth
Nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the
kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, with the
Jordan as its border, as far as the edge of the Sea
of Chinnereth, on the other side of the Jordan
eastward.
13:28 This is the inheritance of the children of
Gad according to their families, the cities and
their villages.
13:29 Moses also had given an inheritance to
half the tribe of Manasseh; it was for half the
tribe of the children of Manasseh according to
their families:
13:30 Their territory was from Mahanaim, all
Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king of Bashan,
and all the towns of Jair which are in Bashan,
sixty cities;
13:31 half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei,
cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were for
the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, for
half of the children of Machir according to their
families.
13:32 These are the areas which Moses had
distributed as an inheritance in the plains of
Moab on the other side of the Jordan, by Jericho
eastward.
13:33 But to the tribe of Levi Moses had given
no inheritance; Yahweh the God of Israel was
their inheritance, as He had said to them.
Joshua 14:
14:1 These are the areas which the children of
Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which
Eleazar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the
heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children
of Israel distributed as an inheritance to them.
14:2 Their inheritance was by lot, as Yahweh
had commanded by the hand of Moses, for the
nine tribes and the half-tribe.
14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of the
two tribes and the half-tribe on the other side of
the Jordan; but to the Levites he had given no
inheritance among them.
14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes:
Manasseh and Ephraim. And they gave no part
to the Levites in the land, except cities to dwell
in, with their common-lands for their livestock
and their property.
14:5 As Yahweh had commanded Moses, so the
children of Israel did; and they divided the land.
14:6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua
in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the
Kenizzite said to him: "You know the word
which Yahweh said to Moses the man of God
concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea.
14:7 "I was forty years old when Moses the
servant of Yahweh sent me from Kadesh Barnea
to spy out the land, and I brought back word to
him as it was in my heart.
14:8 "Nevertheless my brethren who went up
with me made the heart of the people melt, but I
wholly followed Yahweh my God.
14:9 "So Moses swore on that day, saying,
'Surely the land where your foot has trodden
shall be your inheritance and your children's
forever, because you have wholly followed
Yahweh my God.'
14:10 "And now, behold, Yahweh has kept me
alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever
since Yahweh spoke this word to Moses while
Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here
I am this day, eighty-five years old.
14:11 "As yet I am as strong this day as on the
day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was
then, so now is my strength for war, both for
going out and for coming in.
14:12 "Now therefore, give me this mountain of
which Yahweh spoke in that day; for you heard
in that day how the Anakim were there, and that
the cities were great and fortified. It may be that
Yahweh will be with me, and I shall be able to
drive them out as Yahweh said."
14:13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave
Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an
inheritance.
14:14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance
of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to
this day, because he wholly followed Yahweh
the God of Israel.
14:15 And the name of Hebron formerly was
Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among
the Anakim). Then the land had rest from war.
Joshua 15:
15:1 So this was the lot of the tribe of the
children of Judah according to their families: The
border of Edom at the Wilderness of Zin
southward was the extreme southern boundary.
15:2 And their southern border began at the
shore of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces
southward.
15:3 Then it went out to the southern side of the
Ascent of Akrabbim, passed along to Zin,
ascended on the south side of Kadesh Barnea,
passed along to Hezron, went up to Adar, and
went around to Karkaa.
15:4 From there it passed toward Azmon and
went out to the Brook of Egypt; and the border
ended at the sea. This shall be your southern
border.
15:5 The east border was the Salt Sea as far as
the mouth of the Jordan. And the border on the
northern quarter began at the bay of the sea at the
mouth of the Jordan.
15:6 The border went up to Beth Hoglah and
passed north of Beth Arabah; and the border
went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben.
15:7 Then the border went up toward Debir from
the Valley of Achor, and it turned northward
toward Gilgal, which is before the Ascent of
Adummim, which is on the south side of the
valley. The border continued toward the waters
of En Shemesh and ended at En Rogel.
15:8 And the border went up by the Valley of the
Son of Hinnom to the southern slope of the
Jebusite city (which is Jerusalem). The border
went up to the top of the mountain that lies
before the Valley of Hinnom westward, which is
at the end of the Valley of Rephaim northward.
15:9 Then the border went around from the top
of the hill to the fountain of the water of
Nephtoah, and extended to the cities of Mount
Ephron. And the border went around to Baalah
(which is Kirjath Jearim).
15:10 Then the border turned westward from
Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the side of
Mount Jearim on the north (which is Chesalon),
went down to Beth Shemesh, and passed on to
Timnah.
15:11 And the border went out to the side of
Ekron northward. Then the border went around
to Shicron, passed along to Mount Baalah, and
extended to Jabneel; and the border ended at the
sea.
15:12 The west border was the coastline of the
Great Sea. This is the boundary of the children of
Judah all around according to their families.
15:13 Now to Caleb the son of Jephunneh he
gave a share among the children of Judah,
according to the commandment of Yahweh to
Joshua, namely, Kirjath Arba, which is Hebron
(Arba was the father of Anak).
15:14 Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak
from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the
children of Anak.
15:15 Then he went up from there to the
inhabitants of Debir (formerly the name of Debir
was Kirjath Sepher).
15:16 And Caleb said, "He who attacks Kirjath
Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah
my daughter as wife."
15:17 So Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of
Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his
daughter as wife.
15:18 Now it was so, when she came to him, that
she persuaded him to ask her father for a field.
So she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb
said to her, "What do you wish?"
15:19 She answered, "Give me a blessing; since
you have given me land in the South, give me
also springs of water." So he gave her the upper
springs and the lower springs.
15:20 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Judah according to their families:
15:21 The cities at the limits of the tribe of the
children of Judah, toward the border of Edom in
the South, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,
15:22 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,
15:23 Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,
15:24 Ziph, Telem, Bealoth,
15:25 Hazor, Hadattah, Kerioth, Hezron (which
is Hazor),
15:26 Amam, Shema, Moladah,
15:27 Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet,
15:28 Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Bizjothjah,
15:29 Baalah, Ijim, Ezem,
15:30 Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah,
15:31 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,
15:32 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon: all
the cities are twenty-nine, with their villages.
15:33 In the lowland: Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,
15:34 Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam,
15:35 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,
15:36 Sharaim, Adithaim, Gederah, and
Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages;
15:37 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad,
15:38 Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel,
15:39 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,
15:40 Cabbon, Lahmas, Kithlish,
15:41 Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and
Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages;
15:42 Libnah, Ether, Ashan,
15:43 Jiphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,
15:44 Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities
with their villages;
15:45 Ekron, with its towns and villages;
15:46 from Ekron to the sea, all that lay near
Ashdod, with their villages;
15:47 Ashdod with its towns and villages, Gaza
with its towns and villages-as far as the Brook of
Egypt and the Great Sea with its coastline.
15:48 And in the mountain country: Shamir,
Jattir, Sochoh,
15:49 Dannah, Kirjath Sannah (which is Debir),
15:50 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,
15:51 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities
with their villages;
15:52 Arab, Dumah, Eshean,
15:53 Janum, Beth Tappuah, Aphekah,
15:54 Humtah, Kirjath Arba (which is Hebron),
and Zior: nine cities with their villages;
15:55 Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,
15:56 Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,
15:57 Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with
their villages;
15:58 Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor,
15:59 Maarath, Beth Anoth, and Eltekon: six
cities with their villages;
15:60 Kirjath Baal (which is Kirjath Jearim) and
Rabbah: two cities with their villages.
15:61 In the wilderness: Beth Arabah, Middin,
Secacah,
15:62 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En Gedi: six
cities with their villages.
15:63 As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive
them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the
children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.
Joshua 16:
16:1 The lot fell to the children of Joseph from
the Jordan, by Jericho, to the waters of Jericho
on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from
Jericho through the mountains to Bethel,
16:2 then went out from Bethel to Luz, passed
along to the border of the Archites at Ataroth,
16:3 and went down westward to the boundary
of the Japhletites, as far as the boundary of
Lower Beth Horon to Gezer; and it ended at the
sea.
16:4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and
Ephraim, took their inheritance.
16:5 The border of the children of Ephraim,
according to their families, was thus: The border
of their inheritance on the east side was Ataroth
Addar as far as Upper Beth Horon.
16:6 And the border went out toward the sea on
the north side of Michmethath; then the border
went around eastward to Taanath Shiloh, and
passed by it on the east of Janohah.
16:7 Then it went down from Janohah to Ataroth
and Naarah, reached to Jericho, and came out at
the Jordan.
16:8 The border went out from Tappuah
westward to the Brook Kanah, and it ended at the
sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Ephraim according to their families.
16:9 The separate cities for the children of
Ephraim were among the inheritance of the
children of Manasseh, all the cities with their
villages.
16:10 And they did not drive out the Canaanites
who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell
among the Ephraimites to this day and have
become forced laborers.
Joshua 17:
17:1 There was also a lot for the tribe of
Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph:
namely for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the
father of Gilead, because he was a man of war;
therefore he was given Gilead and Bashan.
17:2 And there was a lot for the rest of the
children of Manasseh according to their families:
for the children of Abiezer, the children of
Helek, the children of Asriel, the children of
Shechem, the children of Hepher, and the
children of Shemida; these were the male
children of Manasseh the son of Joseph
according to their families.
17:3 But Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son
of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of
Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters. And
these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah,
Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
17:4 And they came near before Eleazar the
priest, before Joshua the son of Nun, and before
the rulers, saying, "Yahweh commanded Moses
to give us an inheritance among our brothers."
Therefore, according to the commandment of
Yahweh, he gave them an inheritance among
their father's brothers.
17:5 Ten shares fell to Manasseh, besides the
land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the
other side of the Jordan,
17:6 because the daughters of Manasseh received
an inheritance among his sons; and the rest of
Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.
17:7 And the territory of Manasseh was from
Asher to Michmethath, that lies east of Shechem;
and the border went along south to the
inhabitants of En Tappuah.
17:8 Manasseh had the land of Tappuah, but
Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to
the children of Ephraim.
17:9 And the border descended to the Brook
Kanah, southward to the brook. These cities of
Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh. The
border of Manasseh was on the north side of the
brook; and it ended at the sea.
17:10 Southward it was Ephraim's, northward it
was Manasseh's, and the sea was its border.
Manasseh's territory was adjoining Asher on the
north and Issachar on the east.
17:11 And in Issachar and in Asher, Manasseh
had Beth Shean and its towns, Ibleam and its
towns, the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, the
inhabitants of En Dor and its towns, the
inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the
inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns-three hilly
regions.
17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not
drive out the inhabitants of those cities, but the
Canaanites were determined to dwell in that
land.
17:13 And it happened, when the children of
Israel grew strong, that they put the Canaanites
to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them
out.
17:14 Then the children of Joseph spoke to
Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only
one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a
great people, inasmuch as Yahweh has blessed
us until now?"
17:15 So Joshua answered them, "If you are a
great people, then go up to the forest country and
clear a place for yourself there in the land of the
Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of
Ephraim are too confined for you."
17:16 But the children of Joseph said, "The
mountain country is not enough for us; and all
the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the
valley have chariots of iron, both those who are
of Beth Shean and its towns and those who are of
the Valley of Jezreel."
17:17 And Joshua spoke to the house of Josephto
Ephraim and Manasseh-saying, "You are a
great people and have great power; you shall not
have only one lot,
17:18 "but the mountain country shall be yours.
Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and
its farthest extent shall be yours; for you shall
drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron
chariots and are strong."
Joshua 18:
18:1 Now the whole congregation of the children
of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up
the tabernacle of meeting there. And the land
was subdued before them.
18:2 But there remained among the children of
Israel seven tribes which had not yet received
their inheritance.
18:3 Then Joshua said to the children of Israel:
"How long will you neglect to go and possess the
land which Yahweh the God of your fathers has
given you?
18:4 "Pick out from among you three men for
each tribe, and I will send them; they shall rise
and go through the land, survey it according to
their inheritance, and come back to me.
18:5 "And they shall divide it into seven parts.
Judah shall remain in their territory on the south,
and the house of Joseph shall remain in their
territory on the north.
18:6 "You shall therefore survey the land in
seven parts and bring the survey here to me, that
I may cast lots for you here before Yahweh our
God.
18:7 "But the Levites have no part among you,
for the priesthood of Yahweh is their inheritance.
And Gad, Reuben, and half the tribe of
Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond
the Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant
of Yahweh gave them."
18:8 Then the men arose to go away; and Joshua
charged those who went to survey the land,
saying, "Go, walk through the land, survey it,
and come back to me, that I may cast lots for you
here before Yahweh in Shiloh."
18:9 So the men went, passed through the land,
and wrote the survey in a book in seven parts by
cities; and they came to Joshua at the camp in
Shiloh.
18:10 Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh
before Yahweh, and there Joshua divided the
land to the children of Israel according to their
divisions.
18:11 Now the lot of the tribe of the children of
Benjamin came up according to their families,
and the territory of their lot came out between
the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
18:12 Their border on the north side began at the
Jordan, and the border went up to the side of
Jericho on the north, and went up through the
mountains westward; it ended at the Wilderness
of Beth Aven.
18:13 The border went over from there toward
Luz, to the side of Luz (which is Bethel)
southward; and the border descended to Ataroth
Addar, near the hill that lies on the south side of
Lower Beth Horon.
18:14 Then the border extended around the west
side to the south, from the hill that lies before
Beth Horon southward; and it ended at Kirjath
Baal (which is Kirjath Jearim), a city of the
children of Judah. This was the west side.
18:15 The south side began at the end of Kirjath
Jearim, and the border extended on the west and
went out to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah.
18:16 Then the border came down to the end of
the mountain that lies before the Valley of the
Son of Hinnom, which is in the Valley of the
Rephaim on the north, descended to the Valley
of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusite city on the
south, and descended to En Rogel.
18:17 And it went around from the north, went
out to En Shemesh, and extended toward
Geliloth, which is before the Ascent of
Adummim, and descended to the stone of Bohan
the son of Reuben.
18:18 Then it passed along toward the north side
of Arabah, and went down to Arabah.
18:19 And the border passed along to the north
side of Beth Hoglah; then the border ended at the
north bay at the Salt Sea, at the south end of the
Jordan. This was the southern boundary.
18:20 The Jordan was its border on the east side.
This was the inheritance of the children of
Benjamin, according to its boundaries all around,
according to their families.
18:21 Now the cities of the tribe of the children
of Benjamin, according to their families, were
Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz,
18:22 Beth Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel,
18:23 Avim, Parah, Ophrah,
18:24 Chephar Haammoni, Ophni, and Gaba:
twelve cities with their villages;
18:25 Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth,
18:26 Mizpah, Chephirah, Mozah,
18:27 Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah,
18:28 Zelah, Eleph, Jebus (which is Jerusalem),
Gibeath, and Kirjath: fourteen cities with their
villages. This was the inheritance of the children
of Benjamin according to their families.
19:1 The second lot came out for Simeon, for the
tribe of the children of Simeon according to their
families. And their inheritance was within the
inheritance of the children of Judah.
19:2 They had in their inheritance Beersheba
(Sheba), Moladah,
19:3 Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem,
19:4 Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah,
19:5 Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah,
19:6 Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen: thirteen cities
and their villages;
19:7 Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan: four cities
and their villages;
19:8 and all the villages that were all around
these cities as far as Baalath Beer, Ramah of the
South. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Simeon according to their families.
19:9 The inheritance of the children of Simeon
was included in the share of the children of
Judah, for the share of the children of Judah was
too much for them. Therefore the children of
Simeon had their inheritance within the
inheritance of that people.
19:10 The third lot came out for the children of
Zebulun according to their families, and the
border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid.
19:11 Their border went toward the west and to
Maralah, went to Dabbasheth, and extended
along the brook that is east of Jokneam.
19:12 Then from Sarid it went eastward toward
the sunrise along the border of Chisloth Tabor,
and went out toward Daberath, bypassing Japhia.
19:13 And from there it passed along on the east
of Gath Hepher, toward Eth Kazin, and extended
to Rimmon, which borders on Neah.
19:14 Then the border went around it on the
north side of Hannathon, and it ended in the
Valley of Jiphthah El.
19:15 Included were Kattath, Nahallal, Shimron,
Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their
villages.
19:16 This was the inheritance of the children of
Zebulun according to their families, these cities
with their villages.
19:17 The fourth lot came out to Issachar, for
the children of Issachar according to their
families.
19:18 And their territory went to Jezreel, and
included Chesulloth, Shunem,
19:19 Haphraim, Shion, Anaharath,
19:20 Rabbith, Kishion, Abez,
19:21 Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah, and Beth
Pazzez.
19:22 And the border reached to Tabor,
Shahazimah, and Beth Shemesh; their border
ended at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their
villages.
19:23 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Issachar according to their families,
the cities and their villages.
19:24 The fifth lot came out for the tribe of the
children of Asher according to their families.
19:25 And their territory included Helkath, Hali,
Beten, Achshaph,
19:26 Alammelech, Amad, and Mishal; it
reached to Mount Carmel westward, along the
Brook Shihor Libnath.
19:27 It turned toward the sunrise to Beth
Dagon; and it reached to Zebulun and to the
Valley of Jiphthah El, then northward beyond
Beth Emek and Neiel, bypassing Cabul which
was on the left,
19:28 including Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, and
Kanah, as far as Greater Sidon.
19:29 And the border turned to Ramah and to the
fortified city of Tyre; then the border turned to
Hosah, and ended at the sea by the region of
Achzib.
19:30 Also Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob were
included: twenty-two cities with their villages.
19:31 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Asher according to their families,
these cities with their villages.

Joshua 19:
19:32 The sixth lot came out to the children of
Naphtali, for the children of Naphtali according
to their families.
19:33 And their border began at Heleph,
enclosing the territory from the terebinth tree in
Zaanannim, Adami Nekeb, and Jabneel, as far as
Lakkum; it ended at the Jordan.
19:34 From Heleph the border extended
westward to Aznoth Tabor, and went out from
there toward Hukkok; it adjoined Zebulun on the
south side and Asher on the west side, and ended
at Judah by the Jordan toward the sunrise.
19:35 And the fortified cities are Ziddim, Zer,
Hammath, Rakkath, Chinnereth,
19:36 Adamah, Ramah, Hazor,
19:37 Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor,
19:38 Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and
Beth Shemesh: nineteen cities with their villages.
19:39 This was the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Naphtali according to their families,
the cities and their villages.
19:40 The seventh lot came out for the tribe of
the children of Dan according to their families.
19:41 And the territory of their inheritance was
Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh,
19:42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Jethlah,
19:43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron,
19:44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath,
19:45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon,
19:46 Me Jarkon, and Rakkon, with the region
near Joppa.
19:47 And the border of the children of Dan
went beyond these, because the children of Dan
went up to fight against Leshem and took it; and
they struck it with the edge of the sword, took
possession of it, and dwelt in it. They called
Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
19:48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the
children of Dan according to their families, these
cities with their villages.
19:49 When they had made an end of dividing
the land as an inheritance according to their
borders, the children of Israel gave an
inheritance among them to Joshua the son of
Nun.
19:50 According to the word of Yahweh they
gave him the city which he asked for, Timnath
Serah in the mountains of Ephraim; and he built
the city and dwelt in it.
19:51 These were the inheritances which Eleazar
the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads
of the fathers of the tribes of the children of
Israel divided as an inheritance by lot in Shiloh
before Yahweh, at the door of the tabernacle of
meeting. So they made an end of dividing the
country.
20:1 Yahweh also spoke to Joshua, saying,
20:2 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying:
'Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge, of which
I spoke to you through Moses,
20:3 'that the slayer who kills a person
accidentally or unintentionally may flee there;
and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of
blood.
20:4 'And when he flees to one of those cities,
and stands at the entrance of the gate of the city,
and declares his case in the hearing of the elders
of that city, they shall take him into the city as
one of them, and give him a place, that he may
dwell among them.
20:5 'Then if the avenger of blood pursues him,
they shall not deliver the slayer into his hand,
because he struck his neighbor unintentionally,
but did not hate him beforehand.
20:6 'And he shall dwell in that city until he
stands before the congregation for judgment, and
until the death of the one who is high priest in
those days. Then the slayer may return and come
to his own city and his own house, to the city
from which he fled.' "
20:7 So they appointed Kedesh in Galilee, in the
mountains of Naphtali, Shechem in the
mountains of Ephraim, and Kirjath Arba (which
is Hebron) in the mountains of Judah.
20:8 And on the other side of the Jordan, by
Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the
wilderness on the plain, from the tribe of
Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of
Gad, and Golan in Bashan, from the tribe of
Manasseh.
20:9 These were the cities appointed for all the
children of Israel and for the stranger who dwelt
among them, that whoever killed a person
accidentally might flee there, and not die by the
hand of the avenger of blood until he stood
before the congregation.

Joshua 21:
21:1 Then the heads of the fathers' houses of the
Levites came near to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua
the son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers'
houses of the tribes of the children of Israel.
21:2 And they spoke to them at Shiloh in the
land of Canaan, saying, "Yahweh commanded
through Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with
their common-lands for our livestock."
21:3 So the children of Israel gave to the Levites
from their inheritance, at the commandment of
Yahweh, these cities and their common-lands:
21:4 Now the lot came out for the families of the
Kohathites. And the children of Aaron the priest,
who were of the Levites, had thirteen cities by
lot from the tribe of Judah, from the tribe of
Simeon, and from the tribe of Benjamin.
21:5 The rest of the children of Kohath had ten
cities by lot from the families of the tribe of
Ephraim, from the tribe of Dan, and from the
half-tribe of Manasseh.
21:6 And the children of Gershon had thirteen
cities by lot from the families of the tribe of
Issachar, from the tribe of Asher, from the tribe
of Naphtali, and from the half-tribe of Manasseh
in Bashan.
21:7 The children of Merari according to their
families had twelve cities from the tribe of
Reuben, from the tribe of Gad, and from the tribe
of Zebulun.
21:8 And the children of Israel gave these cities
with their common-lands by lot to the Levites, as
Yahweh had commanded by the hand of Moses.
21:9 So they gave from the tribe of the children
of Judah and from the tribe of the children of
Simeon these cities which are designated by
name,
21:10 which were for the children of Aaron, one
of the families of the Kohathites, who were of
the children of Levi; for the lot was theirs first.
21:11 And they gave them Kirjath Arba (Arba
was the father of Anak), which is Hebron, in the
mountains of Judah, with the common-land
surrounding it.
21:12 But the fields of the city and its villages
they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his
possession.
21:13 Thus to the children of Aaron the priest
they gave Hebron with its common-land (a city
of refuge for the slayer), Libnah with its
common-land,
21:14 Jattir with its common-land, Eshtemoa
with its common-land,
21:15 Holon with its common-land, Debir with
its common-land,
21:16 Ain with its common-land, Juttah with its
common-land, and Beth Shemesh with its
common-land: nine cities from those two tribes;
21:17 and from the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon
with its common-land, Geba with its commonland,
21:18 Anathoth with its common-land, and
Almon with its common-land: four cities.
21:19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the
priests, were thirteen cities with their commonlands.
21:20 And the families of the children of
Kohath, the Levites, the rest of the children of
Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot from
the tribe of Ephraim.
21:21 For they gave them Shechem with its
common-land in the mountains of Ephraim (a
city of refuge for the slayer), Gezer with its
common-land,
21:22 Kibzaim with its common-land, and Beth
Horon with its common-land: four cities;
21:23 and from the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with its
common-land, Gibbethon with its common-land,
21:24 Aijalon with its common-land, and Gath
Rimmon with its common-land: four cities;
21:25 and from the half-tribe of Manasseh,
Tanach with its common-land and Gath Rimmon
with its common-land: two cities.
21:26 All the ten cities with their common-lands
were for the rest of the families of the children of
Kohath.
21:27 Also to the children of Gershon, of the
families of the Levites, from the other half-tribe
of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan with its
common-land (a city of refuge for the slayer),
and Be Eshterah with its common-land: two
cities;
21:28 and from the tribe of Issachar, Kishion
with its common-land, Daberath with its
common-land,
21:29 Jarmuth with its common-land, and En
Gannim with its common-land: four cities;
21:30 and from the tribe of Asher, Mishal with
its common-land, Abdon with its common-land,
21:31 Helkath with its common-land, and Rehob
with its common-land: four cities;
21:32 and from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in
Galilee with its common-land (a city of refuge
for the slayer), Hammoth Dor with its commonland,
and Kartan with its common-land: three
cities.
21:33 All the cities of the Gershonites according
to their families were thirteen cities with their
common-lands.
21:34 And to the families of the children of
Merari, the rest of the Levites, from the tribe of
Zebulun, Jokneam with its common-land, Kartah
with its common-land,
21:35 Dimnah with its common-land, and
Nahalal with its common-land: four cities;
21:36 and from the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with
its common-land, Jahaz with its common-land,
21:37 Kedemoth with its common-land, and
Mephaath with its common-land: four cities;
21:38 and from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in
Gilead with its common-land (a city of refuge for
the slayer), Mahanaim with its common-land,
21:39 Heshbon with its common-land, and Jazer
with its common-land: four cities in all.
21:40 So all the cities for the children of Merari
according to their families, the rest of the
families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve
cities.
21:41 All the cities of the Levites within the
possession of the children of Israel were fortyeight
cities with their common-lands.
21:42 Every one of these cities had its commonland
surrounding it; thus were all these cities.
21:43 So Yahweh gave to Israel all the land of
which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and
they took possession of it and dwelt in it.
21:44 Yahweh gave them rest all around,
according to all that He had sworn to their
fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood
against them; Yahweh delivered all their enemies
into their hand.
21:45 Not a word failed of any good thing which
Yahweh had spoken to the house of Israel. All
came to pass.
22:1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, the
Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh,
22:2 and said to them: "You have kept all that
Moses the servant of Yahweh commanded you,
and have obeyed my voice in all that I
commanded you.
22:3 "You have not left your brethren these
many days, up to this day, but have kept the
charge of the commandment of Yahweh your
God.
22:4 "And now Yahweh your God has given rest
to your brethren, as He promised them; now
therefore, return and go to your tents and to the
land of your possession, which Moses the
servant of Yahweh gave you on the other side of
the Jordan.
22:5 "But take careful heed to do the
commandment and the law which Moses the
servant of Yahweh commanded you, to love
Yahweh your God, to walk in all His ways, to
keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him,
and to serve Him with all your heart and with all
your spirit."
22:6 So Joshua blessed them and sent them
away, and they went to their tents.
22:7 Now to half the tribe of Manasseh Moses
had given a possession in Bashan, but to the
other half of it Joshua gave a possession among
their brethren on this side of the Jordan,
westward. And indeed, when Joshua sent them
away to their tents, he blessed them,
22:8 and spoke to them, saying, "Return with
much riches to your tents, with very much
livestock, with silver, with gold, with bronze,
with iron, and with very much clothing. Divide
the spoil of your enemies with your brethren."
22:9 So the children of Reuben, the children of
Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh returned,
and departed from the children of Israel at
Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to
the country of Gilead, to the land of their
possession, which they had obtained according
to the word of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.
22:10 And when they came to the region of the
Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the
children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half
the tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the
Jordan-a great, impressive altar.
22:11 Now the children of Israel heard someone
say, "Behold, the children of Reuben, the
children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh
have built an altar on the frontier of the land of
Canaan, in the region of the Jordan-on the
children of Israel's side."
22:12 And when the children of Israel heard of
it, the whole congregation of the children of
Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go to war
against them.
22:13 Then the children of Israel sent Phinehas
the son of Eleazar the priest to the children of
Reuben, to the children of Gad, and to half the
tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead,
22:14 and with him ten rulers, one ruler each
from the chief house of every tribe of Israel; and
each one was the head of the house of his father
among the divisions of Israel.
22:15 Then they came to the children of Reuben,
to the children of Gad, and to half the tribe of
Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and they spoke
with them, saying,
22:16 "Thus says the whole congregation of
Yahweh: 'What treachery is this that you have
committed against the God of Israel, to turn
away this day from following Yahweh, in that
you have built for yourselves an altar, that you
might rebel this day against Yahweh?
22:17 'Is the iniquity of Peor not enough for us,
from which we are not cleansed until this day,
although there was a plague in the congregation
of Yahweh,
22:18 'but that you must turn away this day from
following Yahweh? And it shall be, if you rebel
today against Yahweh, that tomorrow He will be
angry with the whole congregation of Israel.
22:19 'Nevertheless, if the land of your
possession is unclean, then cross over to the land
of the possession of Yahweh, where Yahweh’s
tabernacle stands, and take possession among us;
but do not rebel against Yahweh, nor rebel
against us, by building yourselves an altar
besides the altar of Yahweh our God.
22:20 'Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a
trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on
all the congregation of Israel? And that man did
not perish alone in his iniquity.' "
22:21 Then the children of Reuben, the children
of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh answered
and said to the heads of the divisions of Israel:
22:22 "Yahweh the God of gods, Yahweh the
God of gods, He knows, and let Israel itself
know-if it is in rebellion, or if in treachery
against Yahweh, do not save us this day.
22:23 "If we have built ourselves an altar to turn
from following Yahweh, or if to offer on it burnt
offerings or grain offerings, or if to offer peace
offerings on it, let Yahweh Himself require an
account.
22:24 "But in fact we have done it for fear, for a
reason, saying, 'In time to come your
descendants may speak to our descendants,
saying, "What have you to do with Yahweh the
God of Israel?
22:25 "For Yahweh has made the Jordan a
border between you and us, you children of
Reuben and children of Gad. You have no part in
Yahweh." So your descendants would make our
descendants cease respecting Yahweh.'
22:26 "Therefore we said, 'Let us now prepare to
build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offering
nor for sacrifice,
22:27 'but that it may be a witness between you
and us and our generations after us, that we may
perform the service of Yahweh before Him with
our burnt offerings, with our sacrifices, and with
our peace offerings; that your descendants may
not say to our descendants in time to come, "You
have no part in Yahweh." '
22:28 "Therefore we said that it will be, when
they say this to us or to our generations in time
to come, that we may say, 'Here is the replica of
the altar of Yahweh which our fathers made,
though not for burnt offerings nor for sacrifices;
but it is a witness between you and us.'
22:29 "Far be it from us that we should rebel
against Yahweh, and turn from following
Yahweh this day, to build an altar for burnt
offerings, for grain offerings, or for sacrifices,
besides the altar of Yahweh our God which is
before His tabernacle."
22:30 Now when Phinehas the priest and the
rulers of the congregation, the heads of the
divisions of Israel who were with him, heard the
words that the children of Reuben, the children
of Gad, and the children of Manasseh spoke, it
pleased them.
22:31 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the
priest said to the children of Reuben, the children
of Gad, and the children of Manasseh, "This day
we perceive that Yahweh is among us, because
you have not committed this treachery against
Yahweh. Now you have delivered the children of
Israel out of the hand of Yahweh."
22:32 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the
priest, and the rulers, returned from the children
of Reuben and the children of Gad, from the land
of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the children
of Israel, and brought back word to them.
22:33 So the thing pleased the children of Israel,
and the children of Israel blessed Yahweh; they
spoke no more of going against them in battle, to
destroy the land where the children of Reuben
and Gad dwelt.
22:34 The children of Reuben and the children of
Gad called the altar, Witness, "For it is a witness
between us that Yahweh is God."
23:1 Now it came to pass, a long time after
Yahweh had given rest to Israel from all their
enemies round about, that Joshua was old,
advanced in age.
23:2 And Joshua called for all Israel, for their
elders, for their heads, for their judges, and for
their officers, and said to them: "I am old,
advanced in age.
23:3 "You have seen all that Yahweh your God
has done to all these nations because of you, for
Yahweh your God is He who has fought for you.
23:4 "See, I have divided to you by lot these
nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your
tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I
have cut off, as far as the Great Sea westward.
23:5 "And Yahweh your God will expel them
from before you and drive them out of your
sight. So you shall possess their land, as Yahweh
your God promised you.
23:6 "Therefore be very courageous to keep and
to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of
Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right
hand or to the left,
23:7 "and lest you go among these nations, these
who remain among you. You shall not make
mention of the name of their gods, nor cause
anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve
them nor bow down to them,
23:8 "but you shall hold fast to Yahweh your
God, as you have done to this day.
23:9 "For Yahweh has driven out from before
you great and strong nations; but as for you, no
one has been able to stand against you to this
day.
23:10 "One man of you shall chase a thousand,
for Yahweh your God is He who fights for you,
as He promised you.
23:11 "Therefore take careful heed to yourselves,
that you love Yahweh your God.
23:12 "Or else, if indeed you do go back, and
cling to the remnant of these nations-these that
remain among you-and make marriages with
them, and go in to them and they to you,
23:13 "know for certain that Yahweh your God
will no longer drive out these nations from
before you. But they shall be snares and traps to
you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in
your eyes, until you perish from this good land
which Yahweh your God has given you.
23:14 "Behold, this day I am going the way of
all the earth. And you know in all your hearts
and in all your bodies that not one thing has
failed of all the good things which Yahweh your
God spoke concerning you. All have come to
pass for you; not one word of them has failed.
23:15 "Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all
the good things have come upon you which
Yahweh your God promised you, so Yahweh
will bring upon you all harmful things, until He
has destroyed you from this good land which
Yahweh your God has given you.
23:16 "When you have transgressed the covenant
of Yahweh your God, which He commanded
you, and have gone and served other gods, and
bowed down to them, then the anger of Yahweh
will burn against you, and you shall perish
quickly from the good land which He has given
you."
24:1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel
to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for
their heads, for their judges, and for their
officers; and they presented themselves before
Yahweh.
24:2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus
says Yahweh the God of Israel: 'Your fathers,
including Terah, the father of Abraham and the
father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the
River in old times; and they served other gods.
24:3 'Then I took your father Abraham from the
other side of the River, led him throughout all
the land of Canaan, and multiplied his
descendants and gave him Isaac.
24:4 'To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I
gave the mountains of Seir to possess, but Jacob
and his children went down to Egypt.
24:5 'Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued
Egypt, according to what I did among them.
Afterward I brought you out.
24:6 'Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt,
and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians
pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen
to the Red Sea.
24:7 'So they cried out to Yahweh; and He put
darkness between you and the Egyptians,
brought the sea upon them, and covered them.
And your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then
you dwelt in the wilderness a long time.
24:8 'And I brought you into the land of the
Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the
Jordan, and they fought with you. But I gave
them into your hand, that you might possess their
land, and I destroyed them from before you.
24:9 'Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of
Moab, arose to make war against Israel, and sent
and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you.
24:10 'But I would not listen to Balaam;
therefore he continued to bless you. So I
delivered you out of his hand.
24:11 'Then you went over the Jordan and came
to Jericho. And the men of Jericho fought against
you-also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the
Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I delivered them
into your hand.
24:12 'I sent the hornet before you which drove
them out from before you, also the two kings of
the Amorites, but not with your sword or with
your bow.
24:13 'I have given you a land for which you did
not labor, and cities which you did not build, and
you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and
olive groves which you did not plant.'
24:14 "Now therefore, fear Yahweh, serve Him
in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods
which your fathers served on the other side of the
River and in Egypt. Serve Yahweh!
24:15 "And if it seems evil to you to serve
Yahweh, choose for yourselves this day whom
you will serve, whether the gods which your
fathers served that were on the other side of the
River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land
you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will
serve Yahweh."
24:16 So the people answered and said: "Far be
it from us that we should forsake Yahweh to
serve other gods;
24:17 "for Yahweh our God is He who brought
us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage, who did those great
signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way
that we went and among all the people through
whom we passed.
24:18 "And Yahweh drove out from before us all
the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in
the land. We also will serve Yahweh, for He is
our God."
24:19 But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot
serve Yahweh, for He is a holy God. He is a
jealous God; He will not forgive your
transgressions nor your sins.
24:20 "If you forsake Yahweh and serve foreign
gods, then He will turn and do you harm and
consume you, after He has done you good."
24:21 And the people said to Joshua, "No, but
we will serve Yahweh!"
24:22 So Joshua said to the people, "You are
witnesses against yourselves that you have
chosen Yahweh for yourselves, to serve Him."
And they said, "We are witnesses!"
24:23 "Now therefore," he said, "put away the
foreign gods which are among you, and incline
your heart to Yahweh the God of Israel."
24:24 And the people said to Joshua, "Yahweh
our God we will serve, and His voice we will
obey!"
24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the
people that day, and made for them a statute and
an ordinance in Shechem.
24:26 Then Joshua wrote these words in the
Book of the Law of Yahweh. And he took a large
stone, and set it up there under the oak that was
by the sanctuary of Yahweh.
24:27 And Joshua said to all the people, "Behold,
this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard
all the words of Yahweh which He spoke to us.
It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you
deny your God."
24:28 So Joshua let the people depart, each to his
own inheritance.
24:29 Now it came to pass after these things that
Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Yahweh,
died, being one hundred and ten years old.
24:30 And they buried him within the border of
his inheritance at Timnath Serah, which is in the
mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of
Mount Gaash.
24:31 Israel served Yahweh all the days of
Joshua, and all the days of the elders who
outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of
Yahweh which He had done for Israel.
24:32 The bones of Joseph, which the children
of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they
buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which
Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the
father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of
silver, and which had become an inheritance of
the children of Joseph.
24:33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died. They
buried him in a hill belonging to Phinehas his
son, which was given to him in the mountains of
Ephraim.
Judges 1:
1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to
pass that the children of Israel asked Yahweh,
saying, "Who shall be first to go up for us
against the Canaanites to fight against them?"
1:2 And Yahweh said, "Judah shall go up. Indeed
I have delivered the land into his hand."
1:3 So Judah said to Simeon his brother, "Come
up with me to my allotted territory, that we may
fight against the Canaanites; and I will likewise
go with you to your allotted territory." And
Simeon went with him.
1:4 Then Judah went up, and Yahweh delivered
the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand;
and they killed ten thousand men at Bezek.
1:5 And they found Adoni-Bezek in Bezek, and
fought against him; and they defeated the
Canaanites and the Perizzites.
1:6 Then Adoni-Bezek fled, and they pursued
him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and
big toes.
1:7 And Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with
their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather
scraps under my table; as I have done, so
Yahweh
has repaid me." Then they brought him to
Jerusalem, and there he died.
1:8 Now the children of Judah fought against
Jerusalem and took it; they struck it with the
edge of the sword and set the city on fire.
1:9 And afterward the children of Judah went
down to fight against the Canaanites who dwelt
in the mountains, in the South, and in the
lowland.
1:10 Then Judah went against the Canaanites
who dwelt in Hebron. (Now the name of Hebron
was formerly Kirjath Arba.) And they killed
Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.
1:11 From there they went against the
inhabitants of Debir. (The name of Debir was
formerly Kirjath Sepher.)
1:12 Then Caleb said, "Whoever attacks Kirjath
Sepher and takes it, to him I will give my
daughter Achsah as wife."
1:13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's
younger brother, took it; so he gave him his
daughter Achsah as wife.
1:14 Now it happened, when she came to him,
that she urged him to ask her father for a field.
And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb
said to her, "What do you wish?"
1:15 So she said to him, "Give me a blessing;
since you have given me land in the South, give
me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her
the upper springs and the lower springs.
1:16 Now the children of the Kenite, Moses'
father-in-law, went up from the City of Palms
with the children of Judah into the Wilderness of
Judah, which lies in the South near Arad; and
they went and dwelt among the people.
1:17 And Judah went with his brother Simeon,
and they attacked the Canaanites who inhabited
Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. So the name of
the city was called Hormah.
1:18 Also Judah took Gaza with its territory,
Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its
territory.
1:19 So Yahweh was with Judah. And they
drove out the mountaineers, but they could not
drive out the inhabitants of the lowland, because
they had chariots of iron.
1:20 And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses
had said. Then he expelled from there the three
sons of Anak.
1:21 But the children of Benjamin did not drive
out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem; so the
Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in
Jerusalem to this day.
1:22 And the house of Joseph also went up
against Bethel, and Yahweh was with them.
1:23 So the house of Joseph sent men to spy out
Bethel. (The name of the city was formerly Luz.)
1:24 And when the spies saw a man coming out
of the city, they said to him, "Please show us the
entrance to the city, and we will show you
mercy."
1:25 So he showed them the entrance to the city,
and they struck the city with the edge of the
sword; but they let the man and all his family go.
1:26 And the man went to the land of the
Hittites, built a city, and called its name Luz,
which is its name to this day.
1:27 However, Manasseh did not drive out the
inhabitants of Beth Shean and its villages, or
Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of
Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam
and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo
and its villages; for the Canaanites were
determined to dwell in that land.
1:28 And it came to pass, when Israel was
strong, that they put the Canaanites under tribute,
but did not completely drive them out.
1:29 Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites
who dwelt in Gezer; so the Canaanites dwelt in
Gezer among them.
1:30 Nor did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants
of Kitron or the inhabitants of Nahalol; so the
Canaanites dwelt among them, and were put
under tribute.
1:31 Nor did Asher drive out the inhabitants of
Acco or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab,
Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob.
1:32 So the Asherites dwelt among the
Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they
did not drive them out.
1:33 Nor did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants
of Beth Shemesh or the inhabitants of Beth
Anath; but they dwelt among the Canaanites, the
inhabitants of the land. Nevertheless the
inhabitants of Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath
were put under tribute to them.
1:34 And the Amorites forced the children of
Dan into the mountains, for they would not allow
them to come down to the valley;
1:35 and the Amorites were determined to dwell
in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim; yet
when the strength of the house of Joseph became
greater, they were put under tribute.
1:36 Now the boundary of the Amorites was
from the Ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela, and
upward.
Judges 2:
2:1 Then the Angel of Yahweh came up from
Gilgal to Bochim, and said: "I led you up from
Egypt and brought you to the land of which I
swore to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never
break My covenant with you.
2:2 'And you shall make no covenant with the
inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their
altars.' But you have not obeyed My voice. Why
have you done this?
2:3 "Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them
out before you; but they shall be thorns in your
side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.' "
2:4 So it was, when the Angel of Yahweh spoke
these words to all the children of Israel, that the
people lifted up their voices and wept.
2:5 Then they called the name of that place
Bochim; and they sacrificed there to Yahweh.
2:6 And when Joshua had dismissed the people,
the children of Israel went each to his own
inheritance to possess the land.
2:7 So the people served Yahweh all the days of
Joshua, and all the days of the elders who
outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great
works of Yahweh which He had done for Israel.
2:8 Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of
Yahweh, died when he was one hundred and ten
years old.
2:9 And they buried him within the border of his
inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the mountains
of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.
2:10 When all that generation had been gathered
to their fathers, another generation arose after
them who did not know Yahweh nor the work
which He had done for Israel.
2:11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the
sight of Yahweh, and served the Baals;
2:12 and they forsook Yahweh the God of their
fathers, who had brought them out of the land of
Egypt; and they followed other gods from among
the gods of the people who were all around them,
and they bowed down to them; and they
provoked Yahweh to anger.
2:13 They forsook Yahweh and served Baal and
the Ashtoreths.
2:14 And the anger of Yahweh was hot against
Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of
plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold
them into the hands of their enemies all around,
so that they could no longer stand before their
enemies.
2:15 Wherever they went out, the hand of
Yahweh was against them for calamity, as
Yahweh had said, and as Yahweh had sworn to
them. And they were greatly distressed.
2:16 Nevertheless, Yahweh raised up judges
who delivered them out of the hand of those who
plundered them.
2:17 Yet they would not listen to their judges,
but they played the harlot with other gods, and
bowed down to them. They turned quickly from
the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying
the commandments of Yahweh; they did not do
so.
2:18 And when Yahweh raised up judges for
them, Yahweh was with the judge and delivered
them out of the hand of their enemies all the days
of the judge; for Yahweh was moved to pity by
their groaning because of those who oppressed
them and harassed them.
2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was
dead, that they reverted and behaved more
corruptly than their fathers, by following other
gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They
did not cease from their own doings nor from
their stubborn way.
2:20 Then the anger of Yahweh was hot against
Israel; and He said, "Because this nation has
transgressed My covenant which I commanded
their fathers, and has not heeded My voice,
2:21 "I also will no longer drive out before them
any of the nations which Joshua left when he
died,
2:22 "so that through them I may test Israel,
whether they will keep the ways of Yahweh, to
walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not."
2:23 Therefore Yahweh left those nations,
without driving them out immediately; nor did
He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.
Judges 3:
3:1 Now these are the nations which Yahweh
left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all
who had not known any of the wars in Canaan
3:2 (this was only so that the generations of the
children of Israel might be taught to know war,
at least those who had not formerly known it),
3:3 namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the
Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who
dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal
Hermon to the entrance of Hamath.
3:4 And they were left, that He might test Israel
by them, to know whether they would obey the
commandments of Yahweh, which He had
commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
3:5 Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the
Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
3:6 And they took their daughters to be their
wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and
they served their gods.
3:7 So the children of Israel did evil in the sight
of Yahweh. They forgot Yahweh their God, and
served the Baals and Asherahs.
3:8 Therefore the anger of Yahweh was hot
against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of
Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and
the children of Israel served Cushan-Rishathaim
eight years.
3:9 When the children of Israel cried out to
Yahweh, Yahweh raised up a deliverer for the
children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel
the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
3:10 The Spirit of Yahweh came upon him, and
he judged Israel. He went out to war, and
Yahweh delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of
Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand
prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.
3:11 So the land had rest for forty years. Then
Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
3:12 And the children of Israel again did evil in
the sight of Yahweh. So Yahweh strengthened
Eglon king of Moab against Israel, because they
had done evil in the sight of Yahweh.
3:13 Then he gathered to himself the people of
Ammon and Amalek, went and defeated Israel,
and took possession of the City of Palms.
3:14 So the children of Israel served Eglon king
of Moab eighteen years.
3:15 But when the children of Israel cried out to
Yahweh, Yahweh raised up a deliverer for them:
Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a lefthanded
man. By him the children of Israel sent
tribute to Eglon king of Moab.
3:16 Now Ehud made himself a dagger (it was
double-edged and a cubit in length) and fastened
it under his clothes on his right thigh.
3:17 So he brought the tribute to Eglon king of
Moab. (Now Eglon was a very fat man.)
3:18 And when he had finished presenting the
tribute, he sent away the people who had carried
the tribute.
3:19 But he himself turned back from the stone
images that were at Gilgal, and said, "I have a
secret message for you, O king." He said, "Keep
silence!" And all who attended him went out
from him.
3:20 And Ehud came to him (now he was sitting
upstairs in his cool private chamber). Then Ehud
said, "I have a message from Yahweh for you."
So he arose from his seat.
3:21 Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took
the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into
his belly.
3:22 Even the hilt went in after the blade, and the
fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the
dagger out of his belly; and his entrails came out.
3:23 Then Ehud went out through the porch and
shut the doors of the upper room behind him and
locked them.
3:24 When he had gone out, Eglon's servants
came to look, and to their surprise, the doors of
the upper room were locked. So they said, "He is
probably attending to his needs in the cool
chamber."
3:25 So they waited till they were embarrassed,
and still he had not opened the doors of the upper
room. Therefore they took the key and opened
them. And there was their master, fallen dead on
the floor.
3:26 But Ehud had escaped while they delayed,
and passed beyond the stone images and escaped
to Seirah.
3:27 And it happened, when he arrived, that he
blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim,
and the children of Israel went down with him
from the mountains; and he led them.
3:28 Then he said to them, "Follow me, for
Yahweh has delivered your enemies the
Moabites into your hand." So they went down
after him, seized the fords of the Jordan leading
to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.
3:29 And at that time they killed about ten
thousand men of Moab, all stout men of valor;
not a man escaped.
3:30 So Moab was subdued that day under the
hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty
years.
3:31 After him was Shamgar the son of Anath,
who killed six hundred men of the Philistines
with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel.
Judges 4:
4:1 When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel
again did evil in the sight of Yahweh.
4:2 So Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabin
king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The
commander of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in
Harosheth Hagoyim.
4:3 And the children of Israel cried out to
Yahweh; for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of
iron, and for twenty years he harshly oppressed
the children of Israel.
4:4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of
Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
4:5 And she would sit under the palm tree of
Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the
mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel
came up to her for judgment.
4:6 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of
Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to
him, "Has not Yahweh the God of Israel
commanded, 'Go and deploy troops at Mount
Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the
sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun;
4:7 'and against you I will deploy Sisera, the
commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots
and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will
deliver him into your hand'?"
4:8 And Barak said to her, "If you will go with
me, then I will go; but if you will not go with
me, I will not go!"
4:9 So she said, "I will surely go with you;
nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the
journey you are taking, for Yahweh will sell
Sisera into the hand of a woman." Then Deborah
arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
4:10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to
Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under
his command, and Deborah went up with him.
4:11 Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of
Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated
himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent
near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which is
beside Kedesh.
4:12 And they reported to Sisera that Barak the
son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.
4:13 So Sisera gathered together all his chariots,
nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people
who were with him, from Harosheth Hagoyim to
the River Kishon.
4:14 Then Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this
is the day in which Yahweh has delivered Sisera
into your hand. Has not Yahweh gone out before
you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor
with ten thousand men following him.
4:15 And Yahweh routed Sisera and all his
chariots and all his army with the edge of the
sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his
chariot and fled away on foot.
4:16 But Barak pursued the chariots and army as
far as Harosheth Hagoyim and the army of Sisera
fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
4:17 However, Sisera had fled away on foot to
the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for
there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and
the house of Heber the Kenite.
4:18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said
to him, "Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me;
do not fear." And when he had turned aside with
her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket.
4:19 Then he said to her, "Please give me a little
water to drink, for I am thirsty." So she opened a
jug of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him.
4:20 And he said to her, "Stand at the door of the
tent and if a man comes and inquires of you, and
says 'Is there any man here?' you shall say 'No.' "
4:21 Then Jael, Heber's wife, took a tent peg and
took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to
him and drove the peg into his temple, and it
went down into the ground; for he was fast
asleep and weary. So he died.
4:22 And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael
came out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, I
will show you the man whom you seek." And
when he went into her tent, there lay Sisera, dead
with the peg in his temple.
Judges 5:
4:23 So on that day Yahweh subdued Jabin king
of Canaan in the presence of the children of
Israel.
4:24 And the hand of the children of Israel grew
stronger and stronger against Jabin king of
Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of
Canaan.
Judges 5:
5:1 Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam
sang on that day, saying:
5:2 "When leaders lead in Israel,
When the people willingly offer themselves,
Bless Yahweh!
5:3 "Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes!
I, even I, will sing to Yahweh;
I will sing praise to Yahweh the God of Israel.
5:4 "LORD, when You went out from Seir,
When You marched from the field of Edom,
The earth trembled and the skies poured,
The clouds also poured water;
5:5 The mountains gushed before Yahweh,
This Sinai, before Yahweh the God of Israel.
5:6 "In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
In the days of Jael,
The highways were deserted,
And the travelers walked along the byways.
5:7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel,
Until I, Deborah, arose,
Arose a mother in Israel.
5:8 They chose new gods;
Then there was war in the gates;
Not a shield or spear was seen among forty
thousand in Israel.
5:9 My heart is with the rulers of Israel
Who offered themselves willingly with the
people.
Bless Yahweh!
5:10 "Speak, you who ride on white donkeys,
Who sit in judges' attire,
And who walk along the road.
5:11 Far from the noise of the archers, among the
watering places,
There they shall recount the righteous acts of
Yahweh, The righteous acts for His villagers in
Israel; Then the people of Yahweh shall go down
to the gates.
5:12 "Awake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, sing a song!
Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away,
O son of Abinoam!
5:13 "Then the survivors came down, the people
against the nobles;
Yahweh came down for me against the mighty.
5:14 From Ephraim were those whose roots were
in Amalek.
After you, Benjamin, with your peoples,
From Machir rulers came down,
And from Zebulun those who bear the recruiter's
staff.
5:15 And the princes of Issachar were with
Deborah;
As Issachar, so was Barak
Sent into the valley under his command;
Among the divisions of Reuben
There were great resolves of heart.
5:16 Why did you sit among the sheepfolds,
To hear the pipings for the flocks?
The divisions of Reuben have great searchings of
heart.
5:17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan,
And why did Dan remain on ships?
Asher continued at the seashore,
And stayed by his inlets.
5:18 Zebulun is a people who jeopardized their
lives to the point of death,
Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield.
5:19 "The kings came and fought,
Then the kings of Canaan fought
In Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo;
They took no spoils of silver.
5:20 They fought from the skies;
The stars from their courses fought against
Sisera.
5:21 The torrent of Kishon swept them away,
That ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon.
O my body, march on in strength!
5:22 Then the horses' hooves pounded,
The galloping, galloping of his steeds.
5:23 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of Yahweh,
'Curse its inhabitants bitterly,
Because they did not come to the help of
Yahweh,
To the help of Yahweh against the mighty.'
5:24 "Most blessed among women is Jael,
The wife of Heber the Kenite;
Blessed is she among women in tents.
5:25 He asked for water, she gave milk;
She brought out cream in a lordly bowl.
5:26 She stretched her hand to the tent peg,
Her right hand to the workmen's hammer;
She pounded Sisera, she pierced his head,
She split and struck through his temple.
5:27 At her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still;
At her feet he sank, he fell;
Where he sank, there he fell dead.
5:28 "The mother of Sisera looked through the
window,
And cried out through the lattice,
'Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarries the clatter of his chariots?'
5:29 Her wisest ladies answered her,
Yes, she answered herself,
5:30 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoil:
To every man a girl or two;
For Sisera, plunder of dyed garments,
Plunder of garments embroidered and dyed,
Two pieces of dyed embroidery for the neck of
the looter?'
5:31 "Thus let all Your enemies perish, O
Yahweh!
But let those who love Him be like the sun
When it comes out in full strength."
So the land had rest for forty years.
Judges 6:
6:1 Then the children of Israel did evil in the
sight of Yahweh. So Yahweh delivered them into
the hand of Midian for seven years,
6:2 and the hand of Midian prevailed against
Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of
Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves,
and the strongholds which are in the mountains.
6:3 So it was, whenever Israel had sown,
Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and
the people of the East would come up against
them.
6:4 Then they would encamp against them and
destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza,
and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep
nor ox nor donkey.
6:5 For they would come up with their livestock
and their tents, coming in as numerous as
locusts; both they and their camels were without
number; and they would enter the land to destroy
it.
6:6 So Israel was greatly impoverished because
of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried
out to Yahweh.
6:7 And it came to pass, when the children of
Israel cried out to Yahweh because of the
Midianites,
6:8 that Yahweh sent a prophet to the children of
Israel, who said to them, "Thus says Yahweh the
God of Israel: 'I brought you up from Egypt and
brought you out of the house of bondage;
6:9 'and I delivered you out of the hand of the
Egyptians and out of the hand of all who
oppressed you, and drove them out before you
and gave you their land.
6:10 'Also I said to you, "I am Yahweh your
God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land you dwell." But you have not obeyed
My voice.' "
6:11 Now the Angel of Yahweh came and sat
under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah,
which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his
son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in
order to hide it from the Midianites.
6:12 And the Angel of Yahweh appeared to him,
and said to him, "Yahweh is with you, you
mighty man of valor!"
6:13 Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if Yahweh
is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
And where are all His miracles which our fathers
told us about, saying, 'Did not Yahweh bring us
up from Egypt?' But now Yahweh has forsaken
us and delivered us into the hands of the
Midianites."
6:14 Then Yahweh turned to him and said, "Go
in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel
from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent
you?"
6:15 So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I
save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in
Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's
house."
6:16 And Yahweh said to him, "Surely I will be
with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as
one man."
6:17 Then he said to Him, "If now I have found
favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is
You who talk with me.
6:18 "Do not depart from here, I pray, until I
come to You and bring out my offering and set it
before You." And He said, "I will wait until you
come back."
6:19 So Gideon went in and prepared a young
goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of
flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the
broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him
under the terebinth tree and presented them.
6:20 The Angel of Yahweh said to him, "Take
the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them
on this rock, and pour out the broth." And he did
so.
6:21 Then the Angel of Yahweh put out the end
of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the
meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out
of the rock and consumed the meat and the
unleavened bread. And the Angel of Yahweh
departed out of his sight.
6:22 Now Gideon perceived that He was the
Angel of Yahweh and said, "Alas, O Yahweh! I
have seen the Angel of Yahweh face to face."
6:23 Then Yahweh said to him, "Peace be with
you; do not fear, you shall not die."
6:24 So Gideon built an altar there to Yahweh,
and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it
is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
6:25 Now it came to pass the same night that
Yahweh said to him, "Take your father's young
bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear
down the altar of Baal that your father has, and
cut down the wooden image that is beside it;
6:26 "and build an altar to Yahweh your God on
top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and
take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice
with the wood of the image which you shall cut
down."
6:27 So Gideon took ten men from among his
servants and did as Yahweh had said to him. But
because he feared his father's household and the
men of the city too much to do it by day, he did
it by night.
6:28 And when the men of the city arose early in
the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn
down; and the wooden image that was beside it
was cut down, and the second bull was being
offered on the altar which had been built.
6:29 So they said to one another, "Who has done
this thing?" And when they had inquired and
asked, they said, "Gideon the son of Joash has
done this thing."
6:30 Then the men of the city said to Joash,
"Bring out your son, that he may die, because he
has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he
has cut down the wooden image that was beside
it."
6:31 But Joash said to all who stood against him,
"Would you plead for Baal? Would you save
him? Let the one who would plead for him be
put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him
plead for himself, because his altar has been torn
down!"
6:32 Therefore on that day he called him
Jerubbaal, saying, "Let Baal plead against him,
because he has torn down his altar."
6:33 Then all the Midianites and Amalekites,
the people of the East, gathered together; and
they crossed over and encamped in the Valley of
Jezreel.
6:34 But the Spirit of Yahweh came upon
Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the
Abiezrites gathered behind him.
6:35 And he sent messengers throughout all
Manasseh, who also gathered behind him. He
also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and
Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
6:36 So Gideon said to Yahweh, "If You will
save Israel by my hand as You have said-
6:37 "look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the
threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only,
and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know
that You will save Israel by my hand, as You
have said."
6:38 And it was so. When he rose early the next
morning and squeezed the fleece together, he
wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of
water.
6:39 Then Gideon said to Yahweh, "Do not be
angry with me, but let me speak just once more:
Let me test, I pray, just once more with the
fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but
on all the ground let there be dew."
6:40 And Yahweh did so that night. It was dry
on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the
ground.
Judges 7:
7:1 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the
people who were with him rose early and
encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the
camp of the Midianites was on the north side of
them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
7:2 And Yahweh said to Gideon, "The people
who are with you are too many for Me to give
the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim
glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand
has saved me.'
7:3 "Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of
the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and
afraid, let him turn and depart at once from
Mount Gilead.' " And twenty-two thousand of
the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
7:4 But Yahweh said to Gideon, "The people are
still too many; bring them down to the water, and
I will test them for you there. Then it will be,
that of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go
with you,' the same shall go with you; and of
whomever I say to you, 'This one shall not go
with you,' the same shall not go."
7:5 So he brought the people down to the water.
And Yahweh said to Gideon, "Everyone who
laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog
laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise
everyone who gets down on his knees to drink."
7:6 And the number of those who lapped, putting
their hand to their mouth, was three hundred
men; but all the rest of the people got down on
their knees to drink water.
7:7 Then Yahweh said to Gideon, "By the three
hundred men who lapped I will save you, and
deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the
other people go, every man to his place."
7:8 So the people took provisions and their
trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the
rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained
those three hundred men. Now the camp of
Midian was below him in the valley.
7:9 It happened on the same night that Yahweh
said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp,
for I have delivered it into your hand.
7:10 "But if you are afraid to go down, go down
to the camp with Purah your servant,
7:11 "and you shall hear what they say; and
afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go
down against the camp." Then he went down
with Purah his servant to the outpost of the
armed men who were in the camp.
7:12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the
people of the East, were lying in the valley as
numerous as locusts; and their camels were
without number, as the sand by the seashore in
multitude.
7:13 And when Gideon had come, there was a
man telling a dream to his companion. He said,
"I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of
barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it
came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and
overturned, and the tent collapsed."
7:14 Then his companion answered and said,
"This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the
son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand
Yahweh has delivered Midian and the whole
camp."
7:15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the
telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he
worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel,
and said, "Arise, for Yahweh has delivered the
camp of Midian into your hand."
7:16 Then he divided the three hundred men into
three companies, and he put a trumpet into every
man's hand, with empty pitchers, and torches
inside the pitchers.
7:17 And he said to them, "Look at me and do
likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of
the camp you shall do as I do:
7:18 "When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are
with me, then you also blow the trumpets on
every side of the whole camp, and say, 'The
sword of Yahweh and of Gideon!' "
7:19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were
with him came to the outpost of the camp at the
beginning of the middle watch, just as they had
posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and
broke the pitchers that were in their hands.
7:20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets
and broke the pitchers-they held the torches in
their left hands and the trumpets in their right
hands for blowing-and they cried, "The sword of
Yahweh and of Gideon!"
7:21 And every man stood in his place all around
the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out
and fled.
7:22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets,
Yahweh set every man's sword against his
companion throughout the whole camp; and the
army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far
as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
7:23 And the men of Israel gathered together
from Naphtali, Asher, and all Manasseh, and
pursued the Midianites.
7:24 Then Gideon sent messengers throughout
all the mountains of Ephraim, saying, "Come
down against the Midianites, and seize from
them the watering places as far as Beth Barah
and the Jordan." Then all the men of Ephraim
gathered together and seized the watering places
as far as Beth Barah and the Jordan.
7:25 And they captured two princes of the
Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at
the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the
winepress of Zeeb. They pursued Midian and
brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon
on the other side of the Jordan.
Judges 8:
8:1 Now the men of Ephraim said to him, "Why
have you done this to us by not calling us when
you went to fight with the Midianites?" And they
reprimanded him sharply.
8:2 So he said to them, "What have I done now
in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of
the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of
Abiezer?
8:3 "Yahweh has delivered into your hands the
princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. And what was
I able to do in comparison with you?" Then their
anger toward him subsided when he said that.
8:4 When Gideon came to the Jordan, he and the
three hundred men who were with him crossed
over, exhausted but still in pursuit.
8:5 Then he said to the men of Succoth, "Please
give loaves of bread to the people who follow
me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing
Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian."
8:6 And the leaders of Succoth said, "Are the
hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand,
that we should give bread to your army?"
8:7 So Gideon said, "For this cause, when
Yahweh has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into
my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the
thorns of the wilderness and with briers!"
8:8 Then he went up from there to Penuel and
spoke to them in the same way. And the men of
Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had
answered.
8:9 So he also spoke to the men of Penuel,
saying, "When I come back in peace, I will tear
down this tower!"
8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were at Karkor,
and their armies with them, about fifteen
thousand, all who were left of all the army of the
people of the East; for one hundred and twenty
thousand men who drew the sword had fallen.
8:11 Then Gideon went up by the road of those
who dwell in tents on the east of Nobah and
Jogbehah; and he attacked the army while the
camp felt secure.
8:12 When Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he
pursued them; and he took the two kings of
Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and routed the
whole army.
8:13 Then Gideon the son of Joash returned
from battle, from the Ascent of Heres.
8:14 And he caught a young man of the men of
Succoth and interrogated him; and he wrote
down for him the leaders of Succoth and its
elders, seventy-seven men.
8:15 Then he came to the men of Succoth and
said, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about
whom you ridiculed me, saying, 'Are the hands
of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that
we should give bread to your weary men?' "
8:16 And he took the elders of the city, and
thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with
them he taught the men of Succoth.
8:17 Then he tore down the tower of Penuel and
killed the men of the city.
8:18 And he said to Zebah and Zalmunna,
"What kind of men were they whom you killed
at Tabor?" So they answered, "As you are, so
were they; each one resembled the son of a
king."
8:19 Then he said, "They were my brothers, the
sons of my mother. As Yahweh lives, if you had
let them live, I would not kill you."
8:20 And he said to Jether his firstborn, "Rise,
kill them!" But the youth would not draw his
sword; for he was afraid, because he was still a
youth.
8:21 So Zebah and Zalmunna said, "Rise
yourself, and kill us; for as a man is, so is his
strength." So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and
Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments that
were on their camels' necks.
8:22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon,
"Rule over us, both you and your son, and your
grandson also; for you have delivered us from
the hand of Midian."
8:23 But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule
over you, nor shall my son rule over you;
Yahweh shall rule over you."
8:24 Then Gideon said to them, "I would like to
make a request of you, that each of you would
give me the earrings from his plunder." For they
had gold earrings, because they were
Ishmaelites.
8:25 So they answered, "We will gladly give
them." And they spread out a garment, and each
man threw into it the earrings from his plunder.
8:26 Now the weight of the gold earrings that he
requested was one thousand seven hundred
shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments,
pendants, and purple robes which were on the
kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were
around their camels' necks.
8:27 Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set
it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played
the harlot with it there. It became a snare to
Gideon and to his house.
8:28 Thus Midian was subdued before the
children of Israel, so that they lifted their heads
no more. And the country was quiet for forty
years in the days of Gideon.
8:29 Then Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and
dwelt in his own house.
8:30 Gideon had seventy sons who were his own
offspring, for he had many wives.
8:31 And his concubine who was in Shechem
also bore him a son, whose name he called
Abimelech.
8:32 Now Gideon the son of Joash died at a good
old age, and was buried in the tomb of Joash his
father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
8:33 So it was, as soon as Gideon was dead, that
the children of Israel again played the harlot with
the Baals, and made Baal-Berith their god.
8:34 Thus the children of Israel did not
remember Yahweh their God, who had delivered
them from the hands of all their enemies on
every side;
8:35 nor did they show kindness to the house of
Jerubbaal (Gideon) in accordance with the good
he had done for Israel.
Judges 9:
9:1 Then Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to
Shechem, to his mother's brothers, and spoke
with them and with all the family of the house of
his mother's father, saying,
9:2 "Please speak in the hearing of all the men of
Shechem: 'Which is better for you, that all
seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal reign over you,
or that one reign over you?' Remember that I am
your own flesh and bone."

9:3 And his mother's brothers spoke all these
words concerning him in the hearing of all the
men of Shechem; and their heart was inclined to
follow Abimelech, for they said, "He is our
brother."
9:4 So they gave him seventy shekels of silver
from the temple of Baal-Berith, with which
Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men;
and they followed him.
9:5 Then he went to his father's house at Ophrah
and killed his brothers, the seventy sons of
Jerubbaal, on one stone. But Jotham the
youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, because he
hid himself.
9:6 And all the men of Shechem gathered
together, all of Beth Millo, and they went and
made Abimelech king beside the terebinth tree at
the pillar that was in Shechem.
9:7 Now when they told Jotham, he went and
stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his
voice and cried out. And he said to them:
"Listen to me, you men of Shechem,
That Yahweh may listen to you!
9:8 "The trees once went forth to anoint a king
over them.
And they said to the olive tree,
'Reign over us!'
9:9 But the olive tree said to them,
'Should I cease giving my oil,
With which they honor God and men,
And go to sway over trees?'
9:10 "Then the trees said to the fig tree,
'You come and reign over us!'
9:11 But the fig tree said to them,
'Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit,
And go to sway over trees?'
9:12 "Then the trees said to the vine,
'You come and reign over us!'
9:13 But the vine said to them,
'Should I cease my new wine,
Which cheers both God and men,
And go to sway over trees?'
9:14 "Then all the trees said to the bramble,
'You come and reign over us!'
9:15 And the bramble said to the trees,
'If in truth you anoint me as king over you,
Then come and take shelter in my shade;
But if not, let fire come out of the bramble
And devour the cedars of Lebanon!'
9:16 "Now therefore, if you have acted in truth
and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if
you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his
house, and have done to him as he deserves-
9:17 "for my father fought for you, risked his
life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;
9:18 "but you have risen up against my father's
house this day, and killed his seventy sons on
one stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his
female servant, king over the men of Shechem,
because he is your brother-
9:19 "if then you have acted in truth and
sincerity with Jerubbaal and with his house this
day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also
rejoice in you.
9:20 "But if not, let fire come from Abimelech
and devour the men of Shechem and Beth Millo;
and let fire come from the men of Shechem and
from Beth Millo and devour Abimelech!"
9:21 And Jotham ran away and fled; and he went
to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech
his brother.
9:22 After Abimelech had reigned over Israel
three years,
9:23 Yahweh sent a spirit of ill will between
Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the
men of Shechem dealt treacherously with
Abimelech,
9:24 that the crime done to the seventy sons of
Jerubbaal might be settled and their blood be laid
on Abimelech their brother, who killed them,
and on the men of Shechem, who aided him in
the killing of his brothers.
9:25 And the men of Shechem set men in
ambush against him on the tops of the
mountains, and they robbed all who passed by
them along that way; and it was told Abimelech.
9:26 Now Gaal the son of Ebed came with his
brothers and went over to Shechem; and the men
of Shechem put their confidence in him.
9:27 So they went out into the fields, and
gathered grapes from their vineyards and trod
them, and made merry. And they went into the
house of their god, and ate and drank, and cursed
Abimelech.
9:28 Then Gaal the son of Ebed said, "Who is
Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should
serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is
not Zebul his officer? Serve the men of Hamor
the father of Shechem; but why should we serve
him?
9:29 "If only this people were under my
authority! Then I would remove Abimelech." So
he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and
come out!"
9:30 When Zebul, the ruler of the city, heard the
words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was
aroused.
9:31 And he sent messengers to Abimelech
secretly, saying, "Take note! Gaal the son of
Ebed and his brothers have come to Shechem;
and here they are, fortifying the city against you.
9:32 "Now therefore, get up by night, you and
the people who are with you, and lie in wait in
the field.
9:33 "And it shall be, as soon as the sun is up in
the morning, that you shall rise early and rush
upon the city; and when he and the people who
are with him come out against you, you may then
do to them as you find opportunity."
9:34 So Abimelech and all the people who were
with him rose by night, and lay in wait against
Shechem in four companies.
9:35 When Gaal the son of Ebed went out and
stood in the entrance to the city gate, Abimelech
and the people who were with him rose from
lying in wait.
9:36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to
Zebul, "Look, people are coming down from the
tops of the mountains!" But Zebul said to him,
"You see the shadows of the mountains as if they
were men."
9:37 So Gaal spoke again and said, "See, people
are coming down from the center of the land, and
another company is coming from the Diviners'
Terebinth Tree."
9:38 Then Zebul said to him, "Where indeed is
your mouth now, with which you said, 'Who is
Abimelech, that we should serve him?' Are not
these the people whom you despised? Go out, if
you will, and fight with them now."
9:39 So Gaal went out, leading the men of
Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.
9:40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled
from him; and many fell wounded, to the very
entrance of the gate.
9:41 Then Abimelech dwelt at Arumah, and
Zebul drove out Gaal and his brothers, so that
they would not dwell in Shechem.
9:42 And it came about on the next day that the
people went out into the field, and they told
Abimelech.
9:43 So he took his people, divided them into
three companies, and lay in wait in the field. And
he looked, and there were the people, coming out
of the city; and he rose against them and attacked
them.
9:44 Then Abimelech and the company that was
with him rushed forward and stood at the
entrance of the gate of the city; and the other two
companies rushed upon all who were in the
fields and killed them.
9:45 So Abimelech fought against the city all
that day; he took the city and killed the people
who were in it; and he demolished the city and
sowed it with salt.
9:46 Now when all the men of the tower of
Shechem had heard that, they entered the
stronghold of the temple of the god Berith.
9:47 And it was told Abimelech that all the men
of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.
9:48 Then Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon,
he and all the people who were with him. And
Abimelech took an ax in his hand and cut down a
bough from the trees, and took it and laid it on
his shoulder; then he said to the people who were
with him, "What you have seen me do, make
haste and do as I have done."
9:49 So each of the people likewise cut down his
own bough and followed Abimelech, put them
against the stronghold, and set the stronghold on
fire above them, so that all the people of the
tower of Shechem died, about a thousand men
and women.
9:50 Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he
encamped against Thebez and took it.
9:51 But there was a strong tower in the city, and
all the men and women-all the people of the cityfled
there and shut themselves in; then they went
up to the top of the tower.
9:52 So Abimelech came as far as the tower and
fought against it; and he drew near the door of
the tower to burn it with fire.
9:53 But a certain woman dropped an upper
millstone on Abimelech's head and crushed his
skull.
9:54 Then he called quickly to the young man,
his armorbearer, and said to him, "Draw your
sword and kill me, lest men say of me, 'A woman
killed him.' " So his young man thrust him
through, and he died.
9:55 And when the men of Israel saw that
Abimelech was dead, they departed, every man
to his place.
9:56 Thus Yahweh repaid the wickedness of
Abimelech, which he had done to his father by
killing his seventy brothers.
9:57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem
Yahweh returned on their own heads, and on
them came the curse of Jotham the son of
Jerubbaal.
Judges 10:
10:1 After Abimelech there arose to save Israel
Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of
Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the
mountains of Ephraim.
10:2 He judged Israel twenty-three years; and he
died and was buried in Shamir.
10:3 After him arose Jair, a Gileadite; and he
judged Israel twenty-two years.
10:4 Now he had thirty sons who rode on thirty
donkeys; they also had thirty towns, which are
called "Havoth Jair" to this day, which are in the
land of Gilead.
10:5 And Jair died and was buried in Camon.
10:6 Then the children of Israel again did evil in
the sight of Yahweh, and served the Baals and
the Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria, the gods of
Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people
of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and
they forsook Yahweh and did not serve Him.
10:7 So the anger of Yahweh was hot against
Israel; and He sold them into the hands of the
Philistines and into the hands of the people of
Ammon.
10:8 From that year they harassed and oppressed
the children of Israel for eighteen years-all the
children of Israel who were on the other side of
the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, in Gilead.
10:9 Moreover the people of Ammon crossed
over the Jordan to fight against Judah also,
against Benjamin, and against the house of
Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.
10:10 And the children of Israel cried out to
Yahweh, saying, "We have sinned against You,
because we have both forsaken our God and
served the Baals!"
10:11 So Yahweh said to the children of Israel,
"Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and
from the Amorites and from the people of
Ammon and from the Philistines?
10:12 "Also the Sidonians and Amalekites and
Maonites oppressed you; and you cried out to
Me, and I delivered you from their hand.
10:13 "Yet you have forsaken Me and served
other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.
10:14 "Go and cry out to the gods which you
have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of
distress."
10:15 And the children of Israel said to Yahweh,
"We have sinned! Do to us whatever seems best
to You; only deliver us this day, we pray."
10:16 So they put away the foreign gods from
among them and served Yahweh. And His spirit
could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
10:17 Then the people of Ammon gathered
together and encamped in Gilead. And the
children of Israel assembled together and
encamped in Mizpah.
10:18 And the people, the leaders of Gilead, said
to one another, "Who is the man who will begin
the fight against the people of Ammon? He shall
be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead."
Judges 11:
11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty
man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and
Gilead begot Jephthah.
11:2 Gilead's wife bore sons; and when his wife's
sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said
to him, "You shall have no inheritance in our
father's house, for you are the son of another
woman."
11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and
dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men
banded together with Jephthah and went out
raiding with him.
11:4 It came to pass after a time that the people
of Ammon made war against Israel.
11:5 And so it was, when the people of Ammon
made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead
went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.
11:6 Then they said to Jephthah, "Come and be
our commander, that we may fight against the
people of Ammon."
11:7 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead,
"Did you not hate me, and expel me from my
father's house? Why have you come to me now
when you are in distress?"
11:8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah,
"That is why we have turned again to you now,
that you may go with us and fight against the
people of Ammon, and be our head over all the
inhabitants of Gilead."
11:9 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "If
you take me back home to fight against the
people of Ammon, and Yahweh delivers them to
me, shall I be your head?"
11:10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah,
"Yahweh will be a witness between us, if we do
not do according to your words."
11:11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of
Gilead, and the people made him head and
commander over them; and Jephthah spoke all
his words before Yahweh in Mizpah.
11:12 Now Jephthah sent messengers to the king
of the people of Ammon, saying, "What do you
have against me, that you have come to fight
against me in my land?"
11:13 And the king of the people of Ammon
answered the messengers of Jephthah, "Because
Israel took away my land when they came up out
of Egypt, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok,
and to the Jordan. Now therefore, restore those
lands peaceably."
11:14 So Jephthah again sent messengers to the
king of the people of Ammon,
11:15 and said to him, "Thus says Jephthah:
'Israel did not take away the land of Moab, nor
the land of the people of Ammon;
11:16 'for when Israel came up from Egypt, they
walked through the wilderness as far as the Red
Sea and came to Kadesh.
11:17 'Then Israel sent messengers to the king of
Edom, saying, "Please let me pass through your
land." But the king of Edom would not heed.
And in like manner they sent to the king of
Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel
remained in Kadesh.
11:18 'And they went along through the
wilderness and bypassed the land of Edom and
the land of Moab, came to the east side of the
land of Moab, and encamped on the other side of
the Arnon. But they did not enter the border of
Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.
11:19 'Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king
of the Amorites, king of Heshbon; and Israel said
to him, "Please let us pass through your land into
our place."
11:20 'But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass
through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his
people together, encamped in Jahaz, and fought
against Israel.
11:21 'And Yahweh the God of Israel delivered
Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel,
and they defeated them. Thus Israel gained
possession of all the land of the Amorites, who
inhabited that country.
11:22 'They took possession of all the territory of
the Amorites, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and
from the wilderness to the Jordan.
11:23 'And now Yahweh the God of Israel has
dispossessed the Amorites from before His
people Israel; should you then possess it?
11:24 'Will you not possess whatever Chemosh
your god gives you to possess? So whatever
Yahweh our God takes possession of before us,
we will possess.
11:25 'And now, are you any better than Balak
the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever
strive against Israel? Did he ever fight against
them?
11:26 'While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and its
villages, in Aroer and its villages, and in all the
cities along the banks of the Arnon, for three
hundred years, why did you not recover them
within that time?
11:27 'Therefore I have not sinned against you,
but you wronged me by fighting against me.
May Yahweh, the Judge, render judgment this
day between the children of Israel and the people
of Ammon.' "
11:28 However, the king of the people of
Ammon did not heed the words which Jephthah
sent him.
11:29 Then the Spirit of Yahweh came upon
Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and
Manasseh, and passed through Mizpah of
Gilead; and from Mizpah of Gilead he advanced
toward the people of Ammon.
11:30 And Jephthah made a vow to Yahweh, and
said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of
Ammon into my hands,
11:31 "then it will be that whatever comes out of
the doors of my house to meet me, when I return
in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely
be Yahweh’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt
offering."
11:32 So Jephthah advanced toward the people
of Ammon to fight against them, and Yahweh
delivered them into his hands.
11:33 And he defeated them from Aroer as far as
Minnith-twenty cities-and to Abel Keramim,
with a very great slaughter. Thus the people of
Ammon were subdued before the children of
Israel.
11:34 When Jephthah came to his house at
Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to
meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was
his only child. Besides her he had neither son nor
daughter.
11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that
he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter!
You have brought me very low! You are among
those who trouble me! For I have given my word
to Yahweh, and I cannot go back on it."
11:36 So she said to him, "My father, if you have
given your word to Yahweh, do to me according
to what has gone out of your mouth, because
Yahweh has avenged you of your enemies, the
people of Ammon."
11:37 Then she said to her father, "Let this thing
be done for me: let me alone for two months,
that I may go and wander on the mountains and
bewail my virginity, my friends and I."
11:38 So he said, "Go." And he sent her away for
two months; and she went with her friends, and
bewailed her virginity on the mountains.
11:39 And it was so at the end of two months
that she returned to her father, and he carried out
his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew
no man. And it became a custom in Israel
11:40 that the daughters of Israel went four days
each year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the
Gileadite.
Judges 12:
12:1 Then the men of Ephraim gathered together,
crossed over toward Zaphon, and said to
Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight
against the people of Ammon, and did not call us
to go with you? We will burn your house down
on you with fire!"
12:2 And Jephthah said to them, "My people and
I were in a great struggle with the people of
Ammon; and when I called you, you did not
deliver me out of their hands.
12:3 "So when I saw that you would not deliver
me, I took my life in my hands and crossed over
against the people of Ammon; and Yahweh
delivered them into my hand. Why then have
you come up to me this day to fight against me?"
12:4 Now Jephthah gathered together all the men
of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. And the
men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because they
said, "You Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim
among the Ephraimites and among the
Manassites."
12:5 The Gileadites seized the fords of the
Jordan before the Ephraimites arrived. And when
any Ephraimite who escaped said, "Let me cross
over," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are
you an Ephraimite?" If he said, "No,"
12:6 then they would say to him, "Then say,
'Shibboleth'!" And he would say, "Sibboleth," for
he could not pronounce it right. Then they would
take him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan.
There fell at that time forty-two thousand
Ephraimites.
12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then
Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in
among the cities of Gilead.
12:8 After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem judged
Israel.
12:9 He had thirty sons. And he gave away thirty
daughters in marriage, and brought in thirty
daughters from elsewhere for his sons. He
judged Israel seven years.
12:10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at
Bethlehem.
12:11 After him, Elon the Zebulunite judged
Israel. He judged Israel ten years.
12:12 And Elon the Zebulunite died and was
buried at Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.
12:13 After him, Abdon the son of Hillel the
Pirathonite judged Israel.
12:14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons,
who rode on seventy young donkeys. He judged
Israel eight years.
12:15 Then Abdon the son of Hillel the
Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon in
the land of Ephraim, in the mountains of the
Amalekites.
Judges 13:
13:1 Again the children of Israel did evil in the
sight of Yahweh, and Yahweh delivered them
into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
13:2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah,
of the family of the Danites, whose name was
Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no
children.
13:3 And the Angel of Yahweh appeared to the
woman and said to her, "Indeed now, you are
barren and have borne no children, but you shall
conceive and bear a son.
13:4 "Now therefore, please be careful not to
drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat
anything unclean [disease promoting].
13:5 "For behold, you shall conceive and bear a
son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for
the child shall be a Nazirite to Yahweh from the
womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of
the hand of the Philistines."
13:6 So the woman came and told her husband,
saying, "A Man of Yahweh came to me, and His
countenance was like the countenance of the
Angel of Yahweh, very awesome; but I did not
ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell
me His name.
13:7 "And He said to me, 'Behold, you shall
conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or
similar drink, nor eat anything unclean [disease
promoting], for the child shall be a Nazirite to
Yahweh from the womb his death.’”
13:8 Then Manoah prayed to Yahweh, and said,
"O my Lord, please let the Man of Yahweh
whom You sent come to us again and teach us
what we shall do for the child who will be born."
13:9 And Yahweh listened to the voice of
Manoah, and the Angel of Yahweh came to the
woman again as she was sitting in the field; but
Manoah her husband was not with her.
13:10 Then the woman ran in haste and told her
husband, and said to him, "Look, the Man who
came to me the other day has just now appeared
to me!"
13:11 So Manoah arose and followed his wife.
When he came to the Man, he said to Him, "Are
You the Man who spoke to this woman?" And
He said, "I am."
13:12 Manoah said, "Now let Your words come
to pass! What will be the boy's rule of life, and
his work?"
13:13 So the Angel of Yahweh said to Manoah,
"Of all that I said to the woman let her be
careful.
13:14 "She may not eat anything that comes
from the vine, nor may she drink wine or similar
drink, nor eat anything unclean [disease
promoting]. All that I commanded her let her
observe."
13:15 Then Manoah said to the Angel of
Yahweh, "Please let us detain You, and we will
prepare a young goat for You."
13:16 And the Angel of Yahweh said to Manoah,
"Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food.
But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer
it to Yahweh." (For Manoah did not know He
was the Angel of Yahweh.)
13:17 Then Manoah said to the Angel of
Yahweh, "What is Your name, that when Your
words come to pass we may honor You?"
13:18 And the Angel of Yahweh said to him,
"Why do you ask My name, seeing it is
wonderful?"
13:19 So Manoah took the young goat with the
grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to
Yahweh. And He did a wondrous thing while
Manoah and his wife looked on-
13:20 it happened as the flame went up toward
the sky from the altar- the Angel of Yahweh
ascended in the flame! When Manoah and his
wife saw this, they fell to the ground.
13:21 When the Angel of Yahweh appeared no
more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah
knew that He was the Angel of Yahweh.
13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, "We shall
surely die, because we have seen Yahweh!"
13:23 But his wife said to him, "If Yahweh had
desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a
burnt offering and a grain offering from our
hands, nor would He have shown us all these
things, nor would He have told us such things as
these at this time."
13:24 So the woman bore a son and called his
name Samson; and the child grew, and Yahweh
blessed him.
13:25 And the Spirit of Yahweh began to move
upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and
Eshtaol.
Judges 14:
14:1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and
saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the
Philistines.
14:2 So he went up and told his father and
mother, saying, "I have seen a woman in Timnah

of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore,
get her for me as a wife."
14:3 Then his father and mother said to him, "Is
there no woman among the daughters of your
brethren, or among all my people, that you must
go and get a wife from the uncircumcised
Philistines?" And Samson said to his father, "Get
her for me, for she pleases me well."
14:4 But his father and mother did not know that
it was of Yahweh-that He was seeking an
occasion to move against the Philistines. For at
that time the Philistines had dominion over
Israel.
14:5 So Samson went down to Timnah with his
father and mother, and came to the vineyards of
Timnah.
Now to his surprise, a young lion came
roaring against him.
14:6 And the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily
upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one
would have torn apart a young goat, though he
had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his
father or his mother what he had done.
14:7 Then he went down and talked with the
woman; and she pleased Samson well.
14:8 After some time, when he returned to get
her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion.
And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in
the carcass of the lion.
14:9 He took some of it in his hands and went
along, eating. When he came to his father and
mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate.
But he did not tell them that he had taken the
honey out of the carcass of the lion.
14:10 So his father went down to the woman.
And Samson gave a feast there, for young men
used to do so.
14:11 And it happened, when they saw him, that
they brought thirty companions to be with him.
14:12 Then Samson said to them, "Let me pose a
riddle to you. If you can correctly solve and
explain it to me within the seven days of the
feast, then I will give you thirty linen garments
and thirty changes of clothing.
14:13 "But if you cannot explain it to me, then
you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty
changes of clothing." And they said to him,
"Pose your riddle, that we may hear it."
14:14 So he said to them:
"Out of the eater came something to eat,
And out of the strong came something sweet."
Now for three days they could not explain the
riddle.
14:15 But it came to pass on the seventh day
that they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your
husband, that he may explain the riddle to us, or
else we will burn you and your father's house
with fire. Have you invited us in order to take
what is ours? Is that not so?"
14:16 Then Samson's wife wept on him, and
said, "You only hate me! You do not love me!
You have posed a riddle to the sons of my
people, but you have not explained it to me."
And he said to her, "Look, I have not explained it
to my father or my mother; so should I explain it
to you?"
14:17 Now she had wept on him the seven days
while their feast lasted. And it happened on the
seventh day that he told her, because she pressed
him so much. Then she explained the riddle to
the sons of her people.
14:18 So the men of the city said to him on the
seventh day before the sun went down:
"What is sweeter than honey?
And what is stronger than a lion?"
And he said to them:
"If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have solved my riddle!"
14:19 Then the Spirit of Yahweh came upon
him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon
and killed thirty of their men, took their apparel,
and gave the changes of clothing to those who
had explained the riddle. So his anger was
aroused, and he went back up to his father's
house.
14:20 And Samson's wife was given to his
companion, who had been his best man.
Judges 15:
15:1 After a while, in the time of wheat harvest,
it happened that Samson visited his wife with a
young goat. And he said, "Let me go in to my
wife, into her room." But her father would not
permit him to go in.
15:2 Her father said, "I really thought that you
thoroughly hated her; therefore I gave her to
your companion. Is not her younger sister better
than she? Please, take her instead."
15:3 And Samson said to them, "This time I shall
be blameless regarding the Philistines if I harm
them!"
15:4 Then Samson went and caught three
hundred foxes; and he took torches, turned the
foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each
pair of tails.
15:5 When he had set the torches on fire, he let
the foxes go into the standing grain of the
Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and
the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and
olive groves.
15:6 Then the Philistines said, "Who has done
this?" And they answered, "Samson, the son-inlaw
of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife
and given her to his companion." So the
Philistines came up and burned her and her
father with fire.
15:7 Samson said to them, "Since you would do
a thing like this, I will surely take revenge on
you, and after that I will cease."
15:8 So he attacked them hip and thigh with a
great slaughter; then he went down and dwelt in
the cleft of the rock of Etam.
15:9 Now the Philistines went up, encamped in
Judah, and deployed themselves against Lehi.
15:10 And the men of Judah said, "Why have
you come up against us?" So they answered,
"We have come up to arrest Samson, to do to
him as he has done to us."
15:11 Then three thousand men of Judah went
down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to
Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines
rule over us? What is this you have done to us?"
And he said to them, "As they did to me, so I
have done to them."
15:12 But they said to him, "We have come
down to arrest you, that we may deliver you into
the hand of the Philistines." Then Samson said to
them, "Swear to me that you will not kill me
yourselves."
15:13 So they spoke to him, saying, "No, but we
will tie you securely and deliver you into their
hand; but we will surely not kill you." And they
bound him with two new ropes and brought him
up from the rock.
15:14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines
came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of
Yahweh came mightily upon him; and the ropes
that were on his arms became like flax that is
burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from
his hands.
15:15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey,
reached out his hand and took it, and killed a
thousand men with it.
15:16 Then Samson said:
"With the jawbone of a donkey,
Heaps upon heaps,
With the jawbone of a donkey
I have slain a thousand men!"
15:17 And so it was, when he had finished
speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his
hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi.
15:18 Then he became very thirsty; so he cried
out to Yahweh and said, "You have given this
great deliverance by the hand of Your servant;
and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand
of the uncircumcised?"
15:19 So Yahweh split the hollow place that is in
Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his
spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he
called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to
this day.
15:20 And he judged Israel twenty years in the
days of the Philistines.
Judges 16:
16:1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot
there, and went in to her.
16:2 When the Gazites were told, "Samson has
come here!" they surrounded the place and lay in
wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They
were quiet all night, saying, "In the morning,
when it is daylight, we will kill him."
16:3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he
arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the
gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled
them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders,
and carried them to the top of the hill that faces
Hebron.
16:4 Afterward it happened that he loved a
woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was
Delilah.
16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to
her and said to her, "Entice him, and find out
where his great strength lies, and by what means
we may overpower him, that we may bind him to
afflict him; and every one of us will give you
eleven hundred pieces of silver."
16:6 So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me
where your great strength lies, and with what
you may be bound to afflict you."
16:7 And Samson said to her, "If they bind me
with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I
shall become weak, and be like any other man."
16:8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to
her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she
bound him with them.
16:9 Now men were lying in wait, staying with
her in the room. And she said to him, "The
Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he broke
the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it
touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not
known.
16:10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "Look, you
have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please
tell me what you may be bound with."
16:11 So he said to her, "If they bind me
securely with new ropes that have never been
used, then I shall become weak, and be like any
other man."
16:12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and
bound him with them, and said to him, "The
Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And men
were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he
broke them off his arms like a thread.
16:13 Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you
have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what
you may be bound with." And he said to her, "If
you weave the seven locks of my head into the
web of the loom"-
16:14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of
the loom, and said to him, "The Philistines are
upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his
sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from
the loom.
16:15 Then she said to him, "How can you say,
'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You
have mocked me these three times, and have not
told me where your great strength lies."
16:16 And it came to pass, when she pestered
him daily with her words and pressed him, so
that his spirit was vexed to death,
16:17 that he told her all his heart, and said to
her, "No razor has ever come upon my head, for
I have been a Nazirite to Yahweh from my
mother's womb. If I am shaven, then my strength
will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be
like any other man."
Judges 16:
16:18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all
his heart, she sent and called for Yahwehs of the
Philistines, saying, "Come up once more, for he
has told me all his heart." So the lords of the
Philistines came up to her and brought the
money in their hand.
16:19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees,
and called for a man and had him shave off the
seven locks of his head. Then she began to
torment him, and his strength left him.
16:20 And she said, "The Philistines are upon
you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and
said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and
shake myself free!" But he did not know that
Yahweh had departed from him.
16:21 Then the Philistines took him and put out
his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They
bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a
grinder in the prison.
16:22 However, the hair of his head began to
grow again after it had been shaven.
16:23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered
together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their
god, and to rejoice. And they said:
"Our god has delivered into our hands
Samson our enemy!"
16:24 When the people saw him, they praised
their god; for they said:
"Our god has delivered into our hands our
enemy,
The destroyer of our land,
And the one who multiplied our dead."
16:25 So it happened, when their hearts were
merry, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he
may perform for us." So they called for Samson
from the prison, and he performed for them. And
they stationed him between the pillars.
16:26 Then Samson said to the lad who held him
by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which
support the temple, so that I can lean on them."
16:27 Now the temple was full of men and
women. All the lords of the Philistines were
there-about three thousand men and women on
the roof watching while Samson performed.
16:28 Then Samson called to Yahweh, saying,
"O Yahweh the GOD, remember me, I pray!
Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O Yahweh,
that I may with one blow take vengeance on the
Philistines for my two eyes!"
16:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle
pillars which supported the temple, and he
braced himself against them, one on his right and
the other on his left.
16:30 Then Samson said, "Let me die with the
Philistines!" And he pushed with all his might,
and the temple fell on the lords and all the people
who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his
death were more than he had killed in his life.
16:31 And his brothers and all his father's
household came down and took him, and brought
him up and buried him between Zorah and
Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had
judged Israel twenty years.
Judges 17:
17:1 Now there was a man from the mountains
of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
17:2 And he said to his mother, "The eleven
hundred shekels of silver that were taken from
you, and on which you put a curse, even saying it
in my ears-here is the silver with me; I took it."
And his mother said, "May you be blessed by
Yahweh, my son!"
17:3 So when he had returned the eleven
hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his
mother said, "I had wholly dedicated the silver
from my hand to Yahweh for my son, to make a
carved image and a molded image; now
therefore, I will return it to you."
17:4 Thus he returned the silver to his mother.
Then his mother took two hundred shekels of
silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he
made it into a carved image and a molded image;
and they were in the house of Micah.
17:5 The man Micah had a shrine, and made an
ephod and household idols; and he consecrated
one of his sons, who became his priest.
17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel;
everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
17:7 Now there was a young man from
Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah; he
was a Levite, and was staying there.
17:8 The man departed from the city of
Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could
find a place. Then he came to the mountains of
Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
17:9 And Micah said to him, "Where do you
come from?" So he said to him, "I am a Levite
from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am on my way
to find a place to stay."
17:10 Micah said to him, "Dwell with me, and be
a father and a priest to me, and I will give you
ten shekels of silver per year, a suit of clothes,
and your sustenance." So the Levite went in.
17:11 Then the Levite was content to dwell with
the man; and the young man became like one of
his sons to him.
17:12 So Micah consecrated the Levite, and the
young man became his priest, and lived in the
house of Micah.
17:13 Then Micah said, "Now I know that
Yahweh will be good to me, since I have a
Levite as priest!"
18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel.
And in those days the tribe of the Danites was
seeking an inheritance for itself to dwell in; for
until that day their inheritance among the tribes
of Israel had not fallen to them.
18:2 So the children of Dan sent five men of
their family from their territory, men of valor
from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and
search it. They said to them, "Go, search the
land." So they went to the mountains of Ephraim,
to the house of Micah, and lodged there.
18:3 While they were at the house of Micah, they
recognized the voice of the young Levite. They
turned aside and said to him, "Who brought you
here? What are you doing in this place? What do
you have here?"
18:4 He said to them, "Thus and so Micah did
for me. He has hired me, and I have become his
priest."
18:5 So they said to him, "Please inquire of
Yahweh, that we may know whether the journey
on which we go will be prosperous."
18:6 And the priest said to them, "Go in peace.
The presence of Yahweh be with you on your
way."
18:7 So the five men departed and went to
Laish. They saw the people who were there, how
they dwelt safely, in the manner of the
Sidonians, quiet and secure. There were no rulers
in the land who might put them to shame for
anything. They were far from the Sidonians, and
they had no ties with anyone.
18:8 Then the spies came back to their brethren
at Zorah and Eshtaol, and their brethren said to
them, "What is your report?"
18:9 So they said, "Arise, let us go up against
them. For we have seen the land, and indeed it is
very good. Would you do nothing? Do not
hesitate to go, and enter to possess the land.
18:10 "When you go, you will come to a secure
people and a large land. For Yahweh has given it
into your hands, a place where there is no lack of
anything that is on the earth."
18:11 And six hundred men of the family of the
Danites went from there, from Zorah and
Eshtaol, armed with weapons of war.
18:12 Then they went up and encamped in
Kirjath Jearim in Judah. (Therefore they call that
place Mahaneh Dan to this day. There it is, west
of Kirjath Jearim.)
18:13 And they passed from there to the
mountains of Ephraim, and came to the house of
Micah.
18:14 Then the five men who had gone to spy
out the country of Laish answered and said to
their brethren, "Do you know that there are in
these houses an ephod, household idols, a carved
image, and a molded image? Now therefore,
consider what you should do."
18:15 So they turned aside there, and came to the
house of the young Levite man-to the house of
Micah-and greeted him.
18:16 The six hundred men armed with their
weapons of war, who were of the children of
Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.
18:17 Then the five men who had gone to spy
out the land went up. Entering there, they took
the carved image, the ephod, the household idols,
and the molded image. The priest stood at the
entrance of the gate with the six hundred men
who were armed with weapons of war.
18:18 When these went into Micah's house and
took the carved image, the ephod, the household
idols, and the molded image, the priest said to
them, "What are you doing?"
18:19 And they said to him, "Be quiet, put your
hand over your mouth, and come with us; be a
father and a priest to us. Is it better for you to be
a priest to the household of one man, or that you
be a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
18:20 So the priest's heart was glad; and he took
the ephod, the household idols, and the carved
image, and took his place among the people.
18:21 Then they turned and departed, and put the
little ones, the livestock, and the goods in front
of them.
18:22 When they were a good way from the
house of Micah, the men who were in the houses
near Micah's house gathered together and
overtook the children of Dan.
18:23 And they called out to the children of Dan.
So they turned around and said to Micah, "What
ails you, that you have gathered such a
company?"
18:24 So he said, "You have taken away my
gods which I made, and the priest, and you have
gone away. Now what more do I have? How can
you say to me, 'What ails you?' "
18:25 And the children of Dan said to him, "Do
not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry
men fall upon you, and you lose your life, with
the lives of your household!"
18:26 Then the children of Dan went their way.
And when Micah saw that they were too strong
for him, he turned and went back to his house.
18:27 So they took the things Micah had made,
and the priest who had belonged to him, and
went to Laish, to a people quiet and secure; and
they struck them with the edge of the sword and
burned the city with fire.
18:28 There was no deliverer, because it was far
from Sidon, and they had no ties with anyone. It
was in the valley that belongs to Beth Rehob. So
they rebuilt the city and dwelt there.
18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan,
after the name of Dan their father, who was born
to Israel. However, the name of the city formerly
was Laish.
18:30 Then the children of Dan set up for
themselves the carved image; and Jonathan the
son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, and his
sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day
of the captivity of the land.
18:31 So they set up for themselves Micah's
carved image which he made, all the time that
the house of Yahweh was in Shiloh.
19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when
there was no king in Israel, that there was a
certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of
Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from
Bethlehem in Judah
19:2 But his concubine played the harlot against
him, and went away from him to her father's
house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four
whole months.
19:3 Then her husband arose and went after her,
to speak kindly to her and bring her back, having
his servant and a couple of donkeys with him. So
she brought him into her father's house; and
when the father of the young woman saw him, he
was glad to meet him.
19:4 Now his father-in-law, the young woman's
father, detained him; and he stayed with him
three days. So they ate and drank and lodged
there.
19:5 Then it came to pass on the fourth day that
they arose early in the morning, and he stood to
depart; but the young woman's father said to his
son-in-law, "Refresh your heart with a morsel of
bread, and afterward go your way."
19:6 So they sat down, and the two of them ate
and drank together. Then the young woman's
father said to the man, "Please be content to stay
all night, and let your heart be merry."
19:7 And when the man stood to depart, his
father-in-law urged him; so he lodged there
again.
19:8 Then he arose early in the morning on the
fifth day to depart, but the young woman's father
said, "Please refresh your heart." So they delayed
until afternoon; and both of them ate.
19:9 And when the man stood to depart-he and
his concubine and his servant-his father-in-law,
the young woman's father, said to him, "Look,
the day is now drawing toward evening; please
spend the night. See, the day is coming to an
end; lodge here, that your heart may be merry.
Tomorrow go your way early, so that you may
get home."
19:10 However, the man was not willing to
spend that night; so he rose and departed, and
came to opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). With
him were the two saddled donkeys; his
concubine was also with him.
19:11 They were near Jebus, and the day was far
spent; and the servant said to his master, "Come,
please, and let us turn aside into this city of the
Jebusites and lodge in it."
19:12 But his master said to him, "We will not
turn aside here into a city of foreigners, who are
not of the children of Israel; we will go on to
Gibeah."
19:13 So he said to his servant, "Come, let us
draw near to one of these places, and spend the
night in Gibeah or in Ramah."
19:14 And they passed by and went their way;
and the sun went down on them near Gibeah,
which belongs to Benjamin.
19:15 They turned aside there to go in to lodge in
Gibeah. And when he went in, he sat down in the
open square of the city, for no one would take
them into his house to spend the night.
19:16 Just then an old man came in from his
work in the field at evening, who also was from
the mountains of Ephraim; he was staying in
Gibeah, whereas the men of the place were
Benjamites.
19:17 And when he raised his eyes, he saw the
traveler in the open square of the city; and the
old man said, "Where are you going, and where
do you come from?"
19:18 So he said to him, "We are passing from
Bethlehem in Judah toward the remote
mountains of Ephraim; I am from there. I went to
Bethlehem in Judah; now I am going to the
house of Yahweh. But there is no one who will
take me into his house,
19:19 "although we have both straw and fodder
for our donkeys, and bread and wine for myself,
for your female servant, and for the young man
who is with your servant; there is no lack of
anything."
19:20 And the old man said, "Peace be with you!
However, let all your needs be my responsibility;
only do not spend the night in the open square."
19:21 So he brought him into his house, and
gave fodder to the donkeys. And they washed
their feet, and ate and drank.
19:22 As they were enjoying themselves,
suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men,
surrounded the house and beat on the door. They
spoke to the master of the house, the old man,
saying, "Bring out the man who came to your
house, that we may know him carnally!"
19:23 But the man, the master of the house, went
out to them and said to them, "No, my brethren! I
beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man
has come into my house, do not commit this
outrage.
19:24 "Look, here is my virgin daughter and the
man's concubine; let me bring them out now.
Humble them, and do with them as you please;
but to this man do not do such a vile thing!"
19:25 But the men would not heed him. So the
man took his concubine and brought her out to
them. And they knew her and abused her all
night until morning; and when the day began to
break, they let her go.
19:26 Then the woman came as the day was
dawning, and fell down at the door of the man's
house where her master was, till it was light.
19:27 When her master arose in the morning,
and opened the doors of the house and went out
to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen at
the door of the house with her hands on the
threshold.
19:28 And he said to her, "Get up and let us be
going." But there was no answer. So the man
lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up
and went to his place.
19:29 When he entered his house he took a
knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her
into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her
throughout all the territory of Israel.
19:30 And so it was that all who saw it said, "No
such deed has been done or seen from the day
that the children of Israel came up from the land
of Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and
speak up!"
20:1 So all the children of Israel came out, from
Dan to Beersheba, as well as from the land of
Gilead, and the congregation gathered together
as one man before Yahweh at Mizpah.
20:2 And the leaders of all the people, all the
tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the
assembly of the people of Yahweh, four hundred
thousand foot soldiers who drew the sword.
20:3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that
the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.)
Then the children of Israel said, "Tell us, how
did this wicked deed happen?"
20:4 So the Levite, the husband of the woman
who was murdered, answered and said, "My
concubine and I went into Gibeah, which
belongs to Benjamin, to spend the night.
20:5 "And the men of Gibeah rose against me,
and surrounded the house at night because of me.
They intended to kill me, but instead they
ravished my concubine so that she died.
20:6 "So I took hold of my concubine, cut her in
pieces, and sent her throughout all the territory of
the inheritance of Israel, because they committed
lewdness and outrage in Israel.
20:7 "Look! All of you are children of Israel;
give your advice and counsel here and now!"
20:8 So all the people arose as one man, saying,
"None of us will go to his tent, nor will any turn
back to his house;
20:9 "but now this is the thing which we will do
to Gibeah: We will go up against it by lot.
20:10 "We will take ten men out of every
hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, a
hundred out of every thousand, and a thousand
out of every ten thousand, to make provisions for
the people, that when they come to Gibeah in
Benjamin, they may repay all the vileness that
they have done in Israel."
20:11 So all the men of Israel were gathered
against the city, united together as one man.
20:12 Then the tribes of Israel sent men through
all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What is this
wickedness that has occurred among you?
20:13 "Now therefore, deliver up the men, the
perverted men who are in Gibeah, that we may
put them to death and remove the evil from
Israel!" But the children of Benjamin would not
listen to the voice of their brethren, the children
of Israel.
20:14 Instead, the children of Benjamin gathered
together from their cities to Gibeah, to go to
battle against the children of Israel.
20:15 And from their cities at that time the
children of Benjamin numbered twenty-six
thousand men who drew the sword, besides the
inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven
hundred select men.
20:16 Among all this people were seven hundred
select men who were left-handed; every one
could sling a stone at a hair's breadth and not
miss.
20:17 Now besides Benjamin, the men of Israel
numbered four hundred thousand men who drew
the sword; all of these were men of war.
20:18 Then the children of Israel arose and went
up to the house of Yahweh to inquire of Yahweh.
They said, "Which of us shall go up first to battle
against the children of Benjamin?" Yahweh said,
"Judah first!"
20:19 So the children of Israel rose in the
morning and encamped against Gibeah.
20:20 And the men of Israel went out to battle
against Benjamin, and the men of Israel put
themselves in battle array to fight against them at
Gibeah.
20:21 Then the children of Benjamin came out of
Gibeah, and on that day cut down to the ground
twenty-two thousand men of the Israelites.
20:22 And the people, that is, the men of Israel,
encouraged themselves and again formed the
battle line at the place where they had put
themselves in array on the first day.
20:23 Then the children of Israel went up and
wept before Yahweh until evening, and asked
counsel of Yahweh, saying, "Shall I again draw
near for battle against the children of my brother
Benjamin?" And Yahweh said, "Go up against
him."
20:24 So the children of Israel approached the
children of Benjamin on the second day.
20:25 And Benjamin went out against them from
Gibeah on the second day, and cut down to the
ground eighteen thousand more of the children of
Israel; all these drew the sword.
20:26 Then all the children of Israel, that is, all
the people, went up and came to the house of
Yahweh and wept. They sat there before Yahweh
and fasted that day until evening; and they
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings
before Yahweh.
20:27 So the children of Israel inquired of
Yahweh (the ark of the covenant of Yahweh was
there in those days,
20:28 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 my brother Benjamin, or shall I
cease?" And Yahweh said, "Go up, for tomorrow
I will deliver them into your hand."
20:29 Then Israel set men in ambush all around
Gibeah.
20:30 And the children of Israel went up against
the children of Benjamin on the third day, and
put themselves in battle array against Gibeah as
at the other times.
20:31 So the children of Benjamin went out
against the people, and were drawn away from
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the city. They began to strike down and kill some
of the people, as at the other times, in the
highways (one of which goes up to Bethel and
the other to Gibeah) and in the field, about thirty
men of Israel.
20:32 And the children of Benjamin said, "They
are defeated before us, as at first." But the
children of Israel said, "Let us flee and draw
them away from the city to the highways."
20:33 So all the men of Israel rose from their
place and put themselves in battle array at Baal
Tamar. Then Israel's men in ambush burst forth
from their position in the plain of Geba.
20:34 And ten thousand select men from all
Israel came against Gibeah, and the battle was
fierce. But the Benjamites did not know that
disaster was upon them.
20:35 Yahweh defeated Benjamin before Israel.
And the children of Israel destroyed that day
twenty-five thousand one hundred Benjamites;
all these drew the sword.
20:36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they
were defeated. The men of Israel had given
ground to the Benjamites, because they relied on
the men in ambush whom they had set against
Gibeah.
20:37 And the men in ambush quickly rushed
upon Gibeah; the men in ambush spread out and
struck the whole city with the edge of the sword.
20:38 Now the appointed signal between the
men of Israel and the men in ambush was that
they would make a great cloud of smoke rise up
from the city,
20:39 whereupon the men of Israel would turn in
battle. Now Benjamin had begun to strike and
kill about thirty of the men of Israel. For they
said, "Surely they are defeated before us, as in
the first battle."
20:40 But when the cloud began to rise from the
city in a column of smoke, the Benjamites
looked behind them, and there was the whole
city going up in smoke to the sky.
20:41 And when the men of Israel turned back,
the men of Benjamin panicked, for they saw that
disaster had come upon them.
20:42 Therefore they turned their backs before
the men of Israel in the direction of the
wilderness; but the battle overtook them, and
whoever came out of the cities they destroyed in
their midst.
20:43 They surrounded the Benjamites, chased
them, and easily trampled them down as far as
the front of Gibeah toward the east.
20:44 And eighteen thousand men of Benjamin
fell; all these were men of valor.
20:45 Then they turned and fled toward the
wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and they cut
down five thousand of them on the highways.
Then they pursued them relentlessly up to
Gidom, and killed two thousand of them.
20:46 So all who fell of Benjamin that day were
twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword;
all these were men of valor.
20:47 But six hundred men turned and fled
toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon,
and they stayed at the rock of Rimmon for four
months.
20:48 And the men of Israel turned back against
the children of Benjamin, and struck them down
with the edge of the sword-from every city, men
and beasts, all who were found. They also set fire
to all the cities they came to.
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21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn an oath at
Mizpah, saying, "None of us shall give his
daughter to Benjamin as a wife."
21:2 Then the people came to the house of
Yahweh, and remained there before Yahweh till
evening. They lifted up their voices and wept
bitterly,
21:3 and said, "O Yahweh the God of Israel, why
has this come to pass in Israel, that today there
should be one tribe missing in Israel?"
21:4 So it was, on the next morning, that the
people rose early and built an altar there, and
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
21:5 The children of Israel said, "Who is there
among all the tribes of Israel who did not come
up with the assembly to Yahweh?" For they had
made a great oath concerning anyone who had
not come up to Yahweh at Mizpah, saying, "He
shall surely be put to death."
21:6 And the children of Israel grieved for
Benjamin their brother, and said, "One tribe is
cut off from Israel today.
21:7 "What shall we do for wives for those who
remain, seeing we have sworn by Yahweh that
we will not give them our daughters as wives?"
21:8 And they said, "What one is there from the
tribes of Israel who did not come up to Mizpah
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to Yahweh?" And, in fact, no one had come to
the camp from Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.
21:9 For when the people were counted, indeed,
not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead was
there.
21:10 So the congregation sent out there twelve
thousand of their most valiant men, and
commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the
inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of the
sword, including the women and children.
21:11 "And this is the thing that you shall do:
You shall utterly destroy every male, and every
woman who has known a man intimately."
21:12 So they found among the inhabitants of
Jabesh Gilead four hundred young virgins who
had not known a man intimately; and they
brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in
the land of Canaan.
21:13 Then the whole congregation sent word to
the children of Benjamin who were at the rock of
Rimmon, and announced peace to them.
21:14 So Benjamin came back at that time, and
they gave them the women whom they had saved
alive of the women of Jabesh Gilead; and yet
they had not found enough for them.
21:15 And the people grieved for Benjamin,
because Yahweh had made a void in the tribes of
Israel.
21:16 Then the elders of the congregation said,
"What shall we do for wives for those who
remain, since the women of Benjamin have been
destroyed?"
21:17 And they said, "There must be an
inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, that a
tribe may not be destroyed from Israel.
21:18 "However, we cannot give them wives
from our daughters, for the children of Israel
have sworn an oath, saying, 'Cursed be the one
who gives a wife to Benjamin.' "
21:19 Then they said, "In fact, there is a yearly
feast of Yahweh in Shiloh, which is north of
Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes
up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of
Lebonah."
21:20 Therefore they instructed the children of
Benjamin, saying, "Go, lie in wait in the
vineyards,
21:21 "and watch; and just when the daughters of
Shiloh come out to perform their dances, then
come out from the vineyards, and every man
catch a wife for himself from the daughters of
Shiloh; then go to the land of Benjamin.
21:22 "Then it shall be, when their fathers or
their brothers come to us to complain, that we
will say to them, 'Be kind to them for our sakes,
because we did not take a wife for any of them in
the war; for it is not as though you have given
the women to them at this time, making
yourselves guilty of your oath.' "
21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so; they
took enough wives for their number from those
who danced, whom they caught. Then they went
and returned to their inheritance, and they rebuilt
the cities and dwelt in them.
21:24 So the children of Israel departed from
there at that time, every man to his tribe and
family; they went out from there, every man to
his inheritance.
21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel;
everyone did what was right in his own eyes.