The Israelites went up to Bethel and asked God, Who should lead the
charge against the Benjaminites? The LORD said, Judah should
The Israelites got up the next morning and moved against
Gibeah.20 The men of Israel marched out to fight Benjamin
and I cannot break it.
She said to him, My father, since you made an
oath to the LORD, do to me as you promised. After all, the LORD vindicated
you before your enemies, the Ammonites.
She then said to her father,
Please grant me this one wish. For t
ruled in Heshbon, and said to him, Please allow us to pass through your
land to our land.
But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his
territory. He assembled his whole army, camped in Jahaz, and fought with
The LORD God of Israel hand
another womans son. 3 So Jephthah left his half-brothers and lived in the
land of Tob. Lawless men joined Jephthahs gang and traveled with him.
It was some time after this when the Ammonites fought with Israel.
When the Ammonites attacked, the leaders
set an ambush in the field. When he saw the people coming out of the city,
he attacked and struck them down.
Abimelech and his units attacked
and blocked the entrance to the citys gate. Two units then attacked all
the people in the field and struck the
Jair the Gileadite rose up after him; he led Israel for twenty-two years.
He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys and possessed thirty
cities. To this day these towns are called Havvoth Jairthey are in the
land of Gilead. 5 Jair died and was bur
bandits in the hills, who robbed everyone who traveled by on the road.
But Abimelech found out about it.
Gaal son of Ebed came through Shechem with his brothers. The leaders
of Shechem transferred their loyalty to him.
They went out to the field,
I am not going to stop producing my oil, which is used to honor gods and
men, just to sway above the other trees!
So the trees said to the fig tree, You come and be our king! 11 But the
fig tree said to them, I am not going to stop producing my sweet f
seventy sons through his many wives.
His concubine, who lived in
Shechem, also gave him a son, whom he named Abimelech.
of Joash died at a very old age and was buried in the tomb of his father
Joash located in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
should we give bread to your exhausted men?
He seized the leaders of
the city, along with some desert thorns and briers; he then threshed the
men of Succoth with them.
He also tore down the tower of Penuel and
executed the citys men.
He said to Z
Midianite camp. It hit a tent so hard it knocked it over and turned it upside
down. The tent just collapsed.
The other man said, Without a doubt
this symbolizes the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God is
handing Midian and all the army ove
the man, he said to him, Are you the man who spoke to my wife? He
Manoah said, Now, when your announcement comes true,
how should the child be raised and what should he do?
messenger told Manoah, Your wife should pay attention t
family, and he arranged for thirty young women to be brought from
outside as wives for his sons. Ibzan led Israel for seven years;
died and was buried in Bethlehem.
After him Elon the Zebulunite led Israel for ten years.
Then Elon the
Civil War Breaks Out
20 All the Israelites from Dan to Beer Sheba and from the land of Gilead
left their homes and assembled together before the LORD at Mizpah. 2 The
leaders of all the people from all the tribes of Israel took their places in
Levites house (which belonged to Micah), and asked him how he was
Meanwhile the six hundred Danites, fully armed, stood at the
entrance to the gate.17 The five men who had gone to spy out the land
broke in and stole the carved image, the ephod,
19 In those days Israel had no king. There was a Levite living temporarily
in the remote region of the Ephraimite hill country. He acquired a
concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. 2 However, she got angry at him and
went home to her fathers house in Bethlehe
Judges 18-21New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Tribe of Dan Finds an Inheritance
18 In those days Israel had no king. And in those days the Danite tribe
was looking for a place to settle, because at that time they did not yet
have a place to call the
left hand on the other.
Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines!
He pushed hard and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people
in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during
His brothers and all hi
mother. Do you really expect me to tell you?
She cried on his shoulder
until the party was almost over. Finally, on the seventh day, he told her
because she had nagged him so much. Then she told the young men the
solution to the riddle.
On the seven
She said to him, How can you say, I love you, when you will not share
your secret with me? Three times you have deceived me and have not
told me what makes you so strong.
She nagged him every day and
pressured him until he was sick to death of it.
leave. They relaxed all night, thinking, He will not leave until morning
comes; then we will kill him! 3 Samson spent half the night with the
prostitute; then he got up in the middle of the night and left. He grabbed
the doors of the city gate, as well as
The Philistines went up and invaded Judah. They arrayed themselves for
battle in Lehi.
The men of Judah said, Why are you attacking us? The
Philistines said, We have come up to take Samson prisoner so we can do
to him what he has done to us. 11 Three
relatives or among all our people! You should not have to go and get a
wife from the uncircumcised Philistines. But Samson said to his father,
Get her for me, because she is the right one for me. 4 Now his father and
mother did not realize this was the LO
of his servants and did just as the LORD had told him. He was too afraid of
his fathers family and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he
waited until nighttime.
When the men of the city got up the next morning, they saw the Baal
brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was now on the
other side of the Jordan River.
8 The Ephraimites said to him, Why have you done such a thing to us?
You did not summon us when you went to fight the Midianites! They
argued vehemently with
replied, We are witnesses!
Joshua said, Now put aside the foreign
gods that are among you and submit to the LORDGod of Israel.
The people said to Joshua, We will worship the LORD our God and obey
That day Joshua drew up an agreement for the
Canaanites. Then we will go with you into your allotted land. So the men
of Simeon went with them.
The men of Judah attacked, and the LORD handed the Canaanites and
Perizzites over to them. They killed ten thousand men at Bezek. 5 They
met Adoni-Bezek a
own eyes what I did in Egypt. You lived in the wilderness for a long
time. 8 Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of
the Jordan. They fought with you, but I handed them over to you; you
conquered their land and I destroyed them fr
thousand run away, for the LORD your God fights for you as he promised
you he would. 11 Watch yourselves carefully! Love the LORD your God!
if you ever turn away and make alliances with these nations that remain
near you, and intermarry with them a
the LORD by building an altar for burnt oferings, sacrifices, and tokens of
peace aside from the altar of the LORD our God located in front of his
When Phinehas the priest and the community leaders and clan leaders
who accompanied him h