Judges

Israel’s Battles in Canaan1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the...

An Angel Rebukes the People1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant...

The Nations Which Were Left to Test Israel1 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them...

Deborah and Barak Save Israel from Jabin and Sisera1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was...

The Song of Deborah and Barak1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the...

The Israelites Are Oppressed by Midian1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them...

God Reduces Gideon’s Army to Three Hundred Men1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh,...

Gideon Pacifies the Ephraimites1 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.2 And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison...

Abimelech Kills His Brothers and Becomes King1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem,...

Tola and Jair Serve as Judges1 And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.3...

The Covenant between Jephthah and Gilead1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.2 And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou...

The Ephraimites, Quarreling with Jephthah, Are Slain by the Gileadites1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house...

Israel Conquered by the Philistines1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah;...

Samson Desires a Wife of the Philistines1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the...

Samson Serves as a Judge1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go...

Samson Escapes from Gaza and Carries Away the City Gates1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the...

Micah Builds an Idol and a Shrine for Worship1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold,...

The Tribe of Dan Looks for Land to Conquer1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of...

A Levite Persuades His Unfaithful Wife to Return to Him1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem-­judah.2 And his concubine...

The Levite Explains His Desire for Revenge1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the...

The People Bewail the Desolation of Benjamin1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their...