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39 And it came to pass at the End of two Months, that she returned unto her Father, who did with her according to his Vow which he had vowed : and she knew no Man. And it was a Custom in Israel,

40 That the Daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the Daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four Days in a Year.

CH A P. XII. 1 The Ephraimites quarrelling with Jephthah, and discerned

by Shibboleth, are pain by the Gileadites. 7 Jephthah dietb. 8 Ibzan, 11 Elon, 13 and Abdon judged Ifrael.


Ifrael is oppressed by the Philistines. 2 An Angel appeareth to Manoah's Wife. 8 The Angel appeareth to Mangab. 15 Manoah's Sacrifice, whereby the Angel is discovered. 24 Samson is born.

Ver. 1 AND the Children of Israel did evil again in the

a light 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, and bis Wife was barren and bare not..

3. And the Angel of the LORD appeared unto the Woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren and bearest not : but thou shalt conceive, and bear a Son.

4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not Wine, nor Strong drink, and eat not any unclean Thing.

5 For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a Son, and no Razor shall come on his Head : for the Child shall be a NAZARITE unto God from the Womb : and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the Hand of the Philistines.

6 Then the Woman came and told her Husband, saying, A Man of God came unto me, and his Countenance was like the Countenance of an Angel of God, very TERRIBLE : but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his Name.

8 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my LORD, let the Man of God which thou didst send, come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the Child that shall be born.

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me to the Man: he woman let thy Wordall we do

9 And God hearkned to the Voice of Manoah ; and the ANGEL of God came again unto the Woman as she sat in the Field: but Manoah her Husband was not with her.

1o And the Woman made hafte, and ran and shewed her Husband, and said unto him, Behold, the Man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other Day.

11 And Manoah arose, and went after his Wife, and came to the Man, and said unto him, Art thou the Man that spakest unto the Woman? And he said, I am.

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy Words come to pass : How shall we order the Child, and how shall we do unto him?

13 And the ANGEL of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the Woman, let her beware.

14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the Vine, neither let her drink Wine or Strong drink, nor eat any unclean Thing: all that I commanded her, let her observe.

15 And Manoah said unto the Angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee until we shall have made ready 2 Kid for thee.

16 And the Angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy Bread : and if thou wilt offer a Burnt-offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD : for Manoah knew not that he was an Angel of the LORD.

17 And Manoah said unto the Angel of the LORD, What is thy Name, that when thy Sayings come to pass, we may do thee Honour?

18 And the Angel of the Lord said unto him, Why ask. est thou thus after my Name, seeing it is secRET?

19 So Manoah took a Kid, with a Meat-offering, and offered it upon a Rack unto the LORD: And the Angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his Wife looked on.

20 For it came to pass, when the Flame went up toward Heaven from off the Altar, that the Angel of the Lord afcended in the Flame of the Altar: and Manoah and his Wife looked on it, and fell on their Faces to the Ground.

21 (But the Angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his Wife.) Then Manoah knew that he was an Angel of the LORD.

22 And Manoah said unto his Wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his Wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased

to kill us, he would not have received a Burnt-offering and a Meat-offering at our Hands, neither would he have thewed us all these Things, nor would as at this time have told us luch Things as these.

24 And the Woman bare a Son, and called his Name Samson : and the Child grew, and the LORD BLESSED him.

25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at Times in the Camp of Dan, between Zorah and Entaol.

CH A P. XIV. I Samson desireth a Wife of the Philistines : 5 In his Journey

he killeth a Lion : 10 His Marriage-feast, 12 and Riddle: 19 He spoileth thirty Philistines : 20 His Wife is married to another.

Ver. 1 NND Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a

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 Philistines : now therefore get her for me to Wife.

3 Then his Father and Mother said unto him, Is there never a Woman among the Daughters of thy Brethren, or among all my People, that thou goeft to take a Wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? and Samson said unto his Father, Get her for me, for she pleaseth me well.

4 But his Father and his Mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an Occasion against the Philistines : for at that time the Philistines had Dominion over Israel.

5 Then went Samson down, and his Father, and his Mother, to Timnath, and came to the Vineyards of Timnath : and behold, a young Lion rored against him.

6 And the SPIRIT of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a Kid, and he had nothing in his Hand: but he told not his Father or his Mother what he had done.

7 And he went down, and talked with the Woman, and the pleased Samson well.

& And after a time, he returned to take her, and he turn. ed alide to see the Carcase of the Lion : and behold, there


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thirty Shetlim, Put forth ihn, Out of the sweetness.

was a Swarm of Bees, and Honey in the Carcase of the Lion.

9 And he took thereof in his Hands, and went on eating, and came to his Father and Mother, and he gave them, and they did eat : but he told not them that he had taken the Honey out of the Carcase of the Lion.

10 So his Father went down unto the Woman, and Samson made there a Feaft: for so used the young Men to do.

11 And it came to pass when they saw him, that they brought thirty Companions to be with him.

12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a Riddle unto you : if you can certainly declare it me within seven Days of the Feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty Sheets, and thirty Change of Garments.

13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty Sheets, and thirty Change of Garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy Riddle, that we may hear it.

14 And he said unto them, Out of the Eater came forth Meat, and out of the Strong came forth Sweetness. And they could not in three Days expound the Riddle.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh Day, that they said unto Samson's Wife, Entice thy Husband, that he may declare unto us the Riddle, left we burn thee and thy Father's House with Fire : haye ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?

16 And Samson's Wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and loveft me not : thou hast put forth a Riddle unto the Children of my People, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my Father nor my Mother, and shall I tell it thee?

17 And she wept before him the seven Days, while their Feast lasted : and it came to pass on the seventh Day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the Riddle to the Children of her People.

18 And the Men of the City said unto 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 unto them, If ye had not plowed with my Heifer, ye had not found out my Riddle.

19 And the SPIRIT of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and flew thirty Men of them, and took their Spoil, and gave Change of Garments unto them Which expounded the Riddle: and his Anger was kindled, and he went up to his Father's House. .

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20 But Samson's Wife was given to his Companion, whom he had used as his Friend.

CH A P. XV. 1 Samson is denied his Wife : 3 He burneth the Philistines

Corn with Foxes and Firebrands : 6 His Wife and ber Fa. ther are burnt by the Philisines : 7 He (miteth them Hip and Thigh : 9 He is bound by the Men of Judah, and deli

vered to the Philistines: 14 He killeth them with a Jaw-bone. Ver. 8 AND Samson (mote the Philistines Hip and Thigh

A with a great Slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the Top of the Rock Etam.

9 Then the Philistines went up and pitched in Judah.

10 And the Men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.

u Then three thousand Men of Judah went to the Top of the Rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are Rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the Hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

13 And they spake unto him, saying, No: but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their Hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new Cords, and brought him up from the Rock.

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him : and the Spirit of the LORD came MIGHTILY upon him, and the Cords that were upon his Arms, became as Flax that was burnt with Fire, and his Bands loosed from off his Hands.

15 And he found a new Jaw-bone of an Ass, and put forth his Hand and took it, and flew a thousand Men therewith. : 16 And Samson said, With the Jaw of an Ass, Heaps upon Heaps, with the Jaw-bone of an Ass, have I flain a thousand Men.

17 And it came to pass when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the Jaw-bone out of his Hand, and called that Place Ramath-lehi. .

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