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An angel seen by Manoan. CHAP. XIV. The birth of Samson

21 And there was a certain man let her drink wine or strong of Zoran, of the family of the drink, nor

eat any unclean thing Danites, whose name was Manoah; all that I commanded her let her and his wife was barren, and bare observe. not.

15 T And Manoah said unto the 3 And the angel of the LORD angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let appeared unto the woman, and us detain thee, until

we shall havo said unto her, Behold, now, thou made ready a kid for thee. art barren, and bearest not: but 16 And the angel of the LORD thou shalt conceive, and bear a said unto Manoah, Though thou son.

detain me, I will not eat of thy 4 Now therefore beware, I pray bread : and if thou wilt offer a thee, and drink not wine, nor burnt-offering, thou must offer it strong drink, and eat not any un- unto the LORD. For Manoah knew clean thing:

not that he was an angel of the 5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, LORD. and bear a son; and no razor shall 17 And Manoah said unto the come on his head : for the child angel of the LORD, What is thy shall be a Nazarite unto God from name, that when thy sayings come the womb: and he shall begin to to pass, we may do thee honour ? deliver Israel out of the hand of 18 And the angel of the LORD the Philistines.

said unto him, Why askest

thou 6 Then the woman came and thus after my name, seeing it is told her husband, saying, A man secret ? of God came unto me, and his 19 So Manoah took a kid, with countenance was like the coun- a meat-offering, and offered it tenance of an angel of God, very upon a rock, unto the LORD ; and terrible: but I asked him not the angel did wondrously, and Mawhence he was, neither told he menoah and his wife looked on. his name:

20 For it came to pass, when 7 But he said unto me, Behold, the flame went up toward heaven thou shalt conceive, and bear á from off the altar, that the angel of son; and now drink no wine nor the LORD ascended in the flame of strong drink, neither eat any un- the altar, and Manoah and his wife clean thing: for the child shall be looked on it, and fell on their faces a Nazarite to God from the womb to the ground. to the day of his death.

21 But the angel of the LORD 8 11 Then Manoah entreated the did no more appear to Manoah LORD, and said, O my Lord, let and to his wife. Then Manoah the man of God which thou didst knew that he was an angel of the send come again unto us, and teach LORD. us what we shall do unto the child 22 And Manoah said unto his that shall be born.

wife, We shall surely die, because 9 And God hearkened to the we have seen God. voice of Manoah; and the angel 23 But his wife said unto him, If of God came again unto the the LORD were pleased to kill us, woman as she sat in the field : but he would not have received a Manoah her husband was not with burnt-offering and a meat-offering

at our hands, neither would he have 10 And the woman made haste, shewed us all these things, nor and ran, and shewed her husband, would as at this time have told us and said unto him, Behold, the such things as these. man hath appeared unto me, that 24 IT And the woman bare a son, came unto me the other day. and called his name Samson. And

11 And Manoah arose, and went the child grew, and the LORD after his wife, and came to the blessed him, man, and said unto him, Art thou 25 And the Spirit of the LORD the man that spakest unto the began to move him at times in the woman? And he said, I am. camp of Dan, between Zorah and

12 And Manoah said, Now let Eshtaol. thy words come to pass.


CHAP. XIV. shall we order the child, and how Samson's Marriage, and Riddle. shall we do unto him? 13 And the angel of the LORD AND Samson went down to

Timnath, and saw a woman said unto Manoah, Of all that I in Timnath of the daughters of the said unto the woman, let her Philistines. beware.

2 And he came up, and told his 14 She may no eat of any thing father

and his mother, and said, I that cometh of he vine, neither have seen a woman in Timnath of



Samson killeth a lion. JUDGES, His riddle etpounded the daughters of the Philistines : ness. And they could not in three now therefore get her for me to days expound the riddle. wife.

15 And it came to pass on the 3 Then his father and his mother seventh day, that they said unto said unto him, Is there never a Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, woman among the daughters of that he may declare unto us the thy brethren,, or among all my riddle, lest we burn thee and thy people, that thou goest to take a father's house with fire: have ye wife of the uncircumcised Philis- called us to take that we have? is tines? And Samson said unto his it not so ? father, Get her for me; for she 16 And Samson's wife wept bepleaseth me well.

fore him and said, Thou dost but 4 But his father and his mother hate me, and lovest me not: thou knew not that it was of the LORD, hast put forth a riddle unto the that he sought an occasion against children of my people, and hast the Philistines: for at that time the not told it me. And he said unto Philistines had dominion over Is- her, Behold, I have not told it my rael,

father nor my mother, and shall I 5 Then went Samson down, and tell it thee? his father and his mother, to Tim 17 And she wept before him the nath, and came to the vineyards seven days, while their feast lasted : of Timnath: and behold, a young and it came to pass on the seventh lion roared against him.

day, that he told her, because she 6 And the Spirit of the LORD lay sore upon him: and she told the came mightily upon him, and he riddle to the children of her people. rent him as he would have rent a 18 And the men of the city said kid, and he had nothing in his unto him on the seventh day behand: but he told not his father or fore the sun went down, What is his mother what he had done. sweeter than honey ? and what is

7 And he went down, and talked stronger than a lion? And he said with the woman; and she pleased unto them, If ye had not ploughed Samson well,

with my heifer, ye had not found 811 And after a time he returned out my riddle. to take her, and he turned aside to 19 11 And the Spirit of the LORD see the carcass of the lion: and came upon him, and he went down behold, there was a swarm of bees to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men and honey in the carcass of the of them, and took their spoil, and lion.

gave change of garments unto 9 And he took thereof in his them which expounded the riddle. hands, and went on eating, and And his anger was kindled, and he came to his father and mother, went up to his father's house. and he gave them, and they did 20 But Samson's wife was given eat: but he told not them that he to his companion, whom he had had taken the honey out of the car-used as his friend. cass of the lion.

CHAP. XV. 10 TT So his father went down un- Samson's Revenge on the Philisto the woman: and Samson made

tines. there a feast ; for so used the young BUT it came to passe within of

11 And it came to pass, when wheat-harvest, that Samson visited they saw him, that they brought his wife with a kid; and he said, I thirty companions to be with will go in to my wife into the chamhim.

ber. But her father would not suf12 | And Samson said unto them, fer him to go in. I will now put forth a riddle unto 2 And her father said, I verily you: if ye can certainly declare it thought that thou hadst utterly me within the seven days of the hated her; therefore I gave her to feast, and find it out, then I will thy companion: is pot her younger give you thirty sheets and thirty sister fairer than ? take her, I change of garments: 13 But if ye cannot declare it

pray thee, instead of her.

3 And Samson said concerning me, then shall ye give me thirty them, Now shall I be more blamesheets and thirty change of gar- less than the Philistines, though I ments. And they said unto him, do them a displeasure. Put forth thy riddle, that we may 4 And Samson went and caught hear it.

three hundred foxes, and took fire 14 And he said unto them, Out brands, and turned tail to tail, and of the eater came forth meat, and put a fire-brand in the midst be out of the strong came forth sweet-tween two tails.


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His acts of revenge


on the Philistines 5 And when he had set the had made an end of speaking, that brands on fire, he let them go into he cast away the jaw-bone out of the standing

corn of the Philistines, his hand, , and called that place and burnt up both the shocks, and Ramath-lehi. also the standing corn, with the 18 1 And he was sore athirst. vineyards and olives.

and called on the LORD, and said, 6 | Then the Philistines said, Thou hast given this great deliver Who hath done this? And they ance into the hand of thy servant answered, Samson, the son-in-law and now shall I die for thirst, and of the Timnite, because he had fall into the hand of the uncircum taken his wife,

and given her to his cised? companion. And the Philistines 19 But God clave a hollow came up, and burnt her and her fa- place that was in the jaw, and ther with fire.

there came water thereout; and 7 11 And Samson said unto them, when he had drunk, his spirit came Though

ye have done this, yet will again, and he revived. Wherefore I be avenged of you, and after that he called the name thereof En-hakI will cease.

kore, which is in Lehi unto this 8 And he smote them hip and day. thigh with a great slaughter. And 20 And he judged Israel in the he went down and dwelt in the top days of the Philistines twenty of the rock Etam.

years. 91 Then the Philistines went up,

CHAP. XVI. and pitched in Judah, and spread Delilah betrayeth Samson. themselves in Lehi.

, 10 And the men of Judah said, and saw there a harlot, and Why are ye come up against us? went in unto her. And they answered, To bind Sam- 2 And it was told the Gazites, son are we come up, to do to him saying, Samson is come hither. as he hath done to us.

And they compassed him in, and 11 Then three thousand men of laid wait for him all night in the Judah went to the top of the rock gate of the city, and were quiet all Etam, and said to Samson, Know the night, saying, In the morning est thou not that the Philistines are when it is day we shall kill rulers over us? what is this that him. hou hast done unto us? And he 3 And Samson lay till midnight, said unto them, As they did unto and arose at midnight, and took me, so have I done unto them. the doors of the gate of the city,

12 And said unto him, We and the two posts, and went away are come down to bind thee, that with them, bar and all, and put we may deliver thee into the hand them upon his shoulders, and carof the Philistines. And Samson ricd them up to the top of a hill said unto them, Swear unto me, that is before Hebron. that ye will not fall upon me your- 4 1 And it came to pass afterselves.

ward, that he loved a woman in 13 And they spake unto him, the valley of Sorek, whose name saying, No; but we will bind thee was Delilah. fast, and deliver thee into their 5 And the lords of the Philishand:

but surely we will not kill tines came up unto her, and said thee. And they bound him with unto her, Entice him, and see two new cords, and brought him wherein his great strength lieth, up from the rock.

and by what means we may pre14 T And when he came unto vail against him, that we may bind Lehi, the Philistines shouted him to afflict him: and we will against him: and the Spirit of the give thee every one of us eleven LORD came mightily upon him, and hundred pieces of silver. the cords that were upon his arms 6 And Delilah said to Samson, became as flax that was burnt with Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy fire, and his bands loosed from off great strength lieth, and wherewith his hands.

thou mightest be bound to afflict 15 And he found a new jaw- thee. bone of an ass, and put forth his 7 And Samson said unto her, If hand, and took it, and slew a they bind me with seven green thousand men therewith.

withs, that were never dried, then 16 And Samson said, With the shall I be weak, and be as another jaw-bone of an ass, heaps upon man, heaps, with the jaw of an ass have 8 Then the lords of the PhilisI slain a thousand men.

tines brought up to her seven 17 And it came to pass when he green withs, which had not been



Delilah betrayeth Samson. JUDGES, His revenge and death. dried, and she bound him with she began to afflict him, and his them.

strength went from him. 9 (Now there were men lying in 20 And she said, The Philistines wait,, abiding with her in the be upon thee, Samson. And he chamber.) And she said unto

him, awoke out of his sleep, and said, I The Philistines be upon thee, Sam- will go out as at other times before, son. And he brake the withs as aand shake myself. And he wist thread of tow is broken when it not that the LORD was departed toucheth the fire. So his strength from him. was not known.

21 11 But the Philistines took him, 10 And Delilah said unto Şam- and put out his eyes, and brought son, Behold, thou hast mocked me, him down to Gaza, and bound him and told me lies: now tell me, I with fetters of brass; and he did pray thee, wherewith thou mightest grind in the prison-house. be bound.

22 Howbeit the hair of his head
11 And he said unto her, If they began to grow again after he was
bind me fast with new ropes that shaven.
never were occupied, then shall I 23 Then the lords of the Philis-
be weak, and be as another man. tines gathered them together, for to

12 Delilah therefore took new offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon
ropes, and bound him therewith, their god, and to rejoice: for they
and said unto him, The Philistines said, Our god hath delivered Sam-
be upon thee, Samson. (And there son our enemy into our hand.
were liers in wait abiding in the 24 And when the people saw
chamber.). And he brake them him, they praised their god : for
from off his arms like a thread. they said, Our god hath delivered

13 And Delilah said unto Sam- into our hands our enemy, and the
son, Hitherto thou hast mocked destroyer of our country; which
me, and told me lies; tell me slew many of us.
wherewith thou mightest be bound. 25 And it came to pass, when
And he said unto her,, If thou their hearts were merry, that they
weavest the seven locks of my said, Call for Samson that

he may head with the web.

make us sport. And they called 14 And she fastened it with the for Samson out of the prison-house; pin, and said unto him, The Philis- and he made them sport: and they tines be upon thee, Samson. And set him between the pillars. he awaked out of his sleep, and 26 And Samson said unto the lad went away with the pin of the that held him by the hand, Suffer beam, and with the web.

me that I may feel the pillars 15 if And she said unto him, How whereupon the house standeth, canst thou say, I love thee, when that I may lean upon them. thine heart is not with me? Thou 27 Now the house was full of hast mocked me these three times, men and women: and all the lords and hast not told me wherein thy of the Philistines were there : and great strength lieth.

there were upon the roof

about three 16 And it came to pass when she thousand men and women, that pressed him daily with her words, beheld while Samson made sport. and urged him, so that his soul 28 And Samson called unto the was vexed unto death; 17 That he told her all his heart, remember me, I pray thee, and

LORD,, and said, O Lord GOD, and said unto her, There hath not strengthen me, I pray thee, only come a razor upon my head; for this once, O God, that I may be at I have been a Nazarite unto God once avenged

of the Philistines for from my mother's womb: if I be my two eyes. shaven, then my strength will go 29 And Samson took hold of the from me, and I shall become weak, two middle pillars upon which the and be like any other man.

house stood, and on which it was 18 And when Delilah saw that borne up, of the one with his right he had told her all his heart, she hand, and of the other with his sent and called for the lords of the left. Philistines, saying, Come up this 30 And Samson said, Let me die once, for he hath shewed me all his with the Philistines. And he bowed heart. Then the lords of the Phi- himself with all his might; and the listines came ụp unto her, and house fell upon the lords, and upon brought money in their hand. 19 And she made him sleep upon So the dead which he slew at his

all the people that were therein. her knees;, and she called for a death were more than they which man,

and she caused him to shave he slew in his life. off the

seven locks of his head; and 31 Then his brethren and all the

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AND there was a man of mount those days there was po king Micar's idolatry.

CHAP. XVIII. Spies sent to Laish house of his father came down, came his priest, and was in the and took him, and brought him up house of Micah. and buried him between

Zorah and 13 Then said Micah, Now know Eshtao! in the burying place of I that the LORD will do me good, Manoah his father. And he judg- seeing I have a Levite to my priest. ed Israel twenty years.


The Danites seek an Inheritance.
Of Micah's Idolatry:

in Israel: and in those days the Ephraim, whose name was tribe of the Danites

sought them an Micah.

inheritance to dwell in; for unto 2 And he said unto his mother, that day all their inheritance had The eleven hundred shekels of sil- not fallen unto them among the ver that were taken from thee, tribes of Israel. about which thou cursedst, and 2 And the children of Dan sent spakest of also in mine ears, behold, of their family five men from their the silver is with me; I took it. coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, And his mother said, 'Blessed be and from Eshtaol, to spy out the thou of the LORD, my son.

land, and to search it; and they 3 And when he had restored the said unto them, Go, search the eleven hundred shekels of land:who when they came to his mother, his mother said, I had mount !Ephraim, to the house of wholly dedicated the silver unto Micah, they lodged there. the LORD from my hand for my 3 When they were by the house son, to make a graven image and a of Micah, they knew the voice of molten image: now therefore I will the young man the Levite: and restore it unto thee.


turned in thither, and said un4 Yet he restored the money unto to him, Who brought thee hither? his mother; and his mother took and what makest thou in this two hundred shekels of silver, and place? and what hast thou here? gave them to the founder, who 4. And he said unto them, Thus made thereof a graven image and and thus dealeth Micah with me, a molten image: and they were in and hath hired me, and I am his the house of Micah.

priest. 5 And the man Micah had a 5 And they said unto him, Ask house of gods, and made an ephod, counsel, we pray thee, of God, and teraphim, and consecrated one that we may know whether our of his sons, who became his priest way which we go shall be pros

6 In those days there was no king perous. in Israel, but every man did that 6 And the priest said unto them, which was right in his own eyes. Go in peace: before the LORD

7 1 And there was a young man is your way wherein ye go. out of Beth-lehem-judah of the

fa * 1 Then the five men departed, mily of Judah, who was a Levite, and came to Laish, and saw the and he sojourned there.

people that were therein, how they 8 And the man departed out of dwelt careless, after the manner of the city from Beth-lehem-judah, to the Zidonians, quiet and secure ; sojourn where he could find a and there was no magistrate in the place : and he came to mount !and, that might put them to shame Ephraim to the house of Micah, as in any thing; and they were far he journeyed

from the Zidonians, and had no g And Micah said unto him, business with any man. Whence comest thou ? And he 8 And they came unto their bresaid unto him, I am a Levite of thren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to so- their brethren said unto them, journ where I may find a place. What say ye?

10 And Micah said unto him, 9 And they said, Arise, that we Dwell with me, and be unto me a may go up against them: for we father and a priest, and I will give have seen the land, and behold, it thee ten shekels of silver by the is very good: and are ye still ? be year, and a suit of apparel, and not slothful to go, and to enter to ihy victuals. So the Levite went possess the land. in.

10 When ye go, ye shall come 11 And the Levite was content unto a people secure, and to a large to dwell with the man; and the land: for God hath given it into young man was unto him as one of your hands; a place where there is his song.

no want of any thing that is in the 12 And Micah consecrated the carth. Levite; and the young man be-1 11 And there went from thence


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