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11

ΚΑΙ ᾿Ιεφθάε ὁ Γαλααδίτης ἐπῃρμένος δυνάμει· καὶ αὐτὸς υἱὸς γυναικὸς πόρνης, ἣ ἐγέννησε τῷ Γαλαὰδ τὸν ᾿Ιεφθάε.

2 καὶ ἔτεκεν ἡ γυνὴ Γαλαὰδ αὐτῷ υἱούς· καὶ ἡδρύνθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ τῆς γυναικὸς καὶ ἐξέβαλον τὸν ᾿Ιεφθάε καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· οὐ κληρονομήσεις ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν, ὅτι υἱὸς γυναικὸς ἑταίρας σύ.

3 καὶ ἔφυγεν ᾿Ιεφθάε ἀπὸ προσώπου τῶν ἀδελφῶν αὐτοῦ καὶ ᾤκησεν ἐν γῇ Τώβ, καὶ συνεστράφησαν πρὸς ᾿Ιεφθάε ἄνδρες κενοὶ καὶ ἐξῆλθον μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

4 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα παρετάξαντο οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν μετὰ ᾿Ισραήλ,

5 καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι Γαλαὰδ λαβεῖν τὸν ᾿Ιεφθάε ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς Τὼβ

6 καὶ εἶπαν τῷ ᾿Ιεφθάε· δεῦρο καὶ ἔσῃ ἡμῖν εἰς ἀρχηγόν, καὶ παραταξόμεθα πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμών. 7 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιεφθάε τοῖς πρεσβυτέροις Γαλαάδ· οὐχὶ ὑμεῖς ἐμισήσατέ με καὶ ἐξεβάλατέ με ἐκ τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ πατρός μου καὶ ἐξαπεστείλατέ με ἀφ᾿ ὑμῶν; καὶ διατὶ ἤλθατε πρός με νῦν, ἡνίκα χρῄζετε;

8 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι Γαλαὰδ πρὸς ᾿Ιεφθάε· διὰ τοῦτο νῦν ἐπεστρέψαμεν πρός σε, καὶ πορεύσῃ μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν καὶ παρατάξῃ πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμών· καὶ ἔσῃ ἡμῖν εἰς ἄρχοντα πᾶσι τοῖς κατοικοῦσι Γαλαάδ.

9 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιεφθάε πρὸς τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους Γαλαάδ· εἰ ἐπιστρέφετέ με ὑμεῖς παρατάξασθαι ἐν υἱοῖς ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ παραδῷ αὐτοὺς Κύριος ἐνώπιον ἐμοῦ, καὶ ἐγὼ ὑμῖν ἔσομαι εἰς ἄρχοντα.

10 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι Γαλαὰδ πρὸς ᾿Ιεφθάε· Κύριος ἔστω ἀκούων ἀνὰ μέσον ἡμῶν, εἰ μὴ κατὰ τὸ ρῆμά σου οὕτω ποιήσομεν.

11 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ᾿Ιεφθάε μετὰ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων Γαλαάδ, καὶ ἔθηκαν αὐτὸν ὁ λαὸς ἐπ᾿ αὐτοὺς εἰς κεφαλὴν καὶ εἰς ἀρχηγόν. καὶ ἐλάλησεν ᾿Ιεφθάε πάντας τοὺς λόγους αὐτοῦ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἐν Μασσηφά.

12 Καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ᾿Ιεφθάε ἀγγέλους πρὸς βασιλέα υἱῶν ᾿Αμμὼν λέγων· τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, ὅτι ἦλθες πρός με τοῦ παρατάξασθαι ἐν τῇ γῇ μου;

13 καὶ εἶπε βασιλεὺς υἱῶν ᾿Αμμὼν πρὸς τοὺς ἀγγέλους ᾿Ιεφθάε· ὅτι ἔλαβεν ᾿Ισραὴλ τὴν γῆν μου ἐν τῷ ἀναβαίνειν αὐτὸν ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἀπὸ ᾿Αρνὼν ἕως ᾿Ιαβὸκ καὶ ἕως τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου· καὶ νῦν ἐπίστρεψον αὐτὰς ἐν εἰρήνῃ, καὶ πορεύσομαι.

 

14 καὶ προσέθηκεν ἔτι ᾿Ιεφθάε καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ἀγγέλους πρὸς βασιλέα υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών.

15 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· οὕτω λέγει ᾿Ιεφθάε· οὐκ ἔλαβεν ᾿Ισραὴλ τὴν γῆν Μωὰβ καὶ τὴν γῆν υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών·

16 ὅτι ἐν τῷ ἀναβαίνειν αὐτοὺς ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐπορεύθη ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ἕως θαλάσσης Σὶφ καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς Κάδης.

17 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀγγέλους πρὸς βασιλέα ᾿Εδὼμ λέγων· παρελεύσομαι δὴ ἐν τῇ γῇ σου· καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσε βασιλεὺς ᾿Εδώμ. καί γε πρὸς βασιλέα Μωὰβ ἀπέστειλε, καὶ οὐκ εὐδόκησε. καὶ ἐκάθισεν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν Κάδης.

18 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ καὶ ἐκύκλωσε τὴν γῆν ᾿Εδὼμ καὶ τὴν γῆν Μωὰβ καὶ ἦλθεν ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν ἡλίου τῇ γῇ Μωὰβ καὶ παρενέβαλεν ἐν πέραν ᾿Αρνὼν καὶ οὐκ εἰσῆλθεν ἐν ὁρίοις Μωάβ, ὅτι ᾿Αρνὼν ὅριον Μωάβ.

 

19 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀγγέλους πρὸς Σηὼν βασιλέα τοῦ ᾿Αμορραίου βασιλέα ᾿Εσεβών, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ᾿Ισραήλ· παρέλθωμεν δὴ ἐν τῇ γῇ σου ἕως τοῦ τόπου ἡμῶν.

20 καὶ οὐκ ἐνεπίστευσε Σηὼν τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ παρελθεῖν ἐν τῷ ὁρίῳ αὐτοῦ· καὶ συνῆξε Σηὼν πάντα τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ παρενέβαλον εἰς ᾿Ιασά, καὶ παρετάξατο πρὸς ᾿Ισραήλ.

21 καὶ παρέδωκε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ τὸν Σηὼν καὶ πάντα τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἐν χειρὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτόν· καὶ ἐκληρονόμησεν ᾿Ισραὴλ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν τοῦ ᾿Αμμοραίου τοῦ κατοικοῦντος τὴν γῆν ἐκείνην.

22 ἀπὸ ᾿Αρνὼν καὶ ἕως τοῦ ᾿Ιαβὸκ καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ ἐρήμου ἕως τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου.

23 καὶ νῦν Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐξῇρε τὸν ᾿Αμορραῖον ἀπὸ προσώπου λαοῦ αὐτοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ σὺ κληρονομήσεις αὐτόν;

24 οὐχὶ ἃ ἐὰν κληρονομήσει σε Χαμὼς ὁ θεός σου, αὐτὰ κληρονομήσεις, καὶ τοὺς πάντας, οὓς ἐξῇρε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν ἀπὸ προσώπου ὑμῶν, αὐτοὺς κληρονομήσομεν;

25 καὶ νῦν μὴ ἐν ἀγαθῷ ἀγαθώτερος σὺ ὑπὲρ Βαλὰκ υἱὸν Σεπφὼρ βασιλέως Μωάβ; μὴ μαχόμενος ἐμαχέσατο μετὰ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἢ πολεμῶν ἐπολέμησεν αὐτόν;

26 ἐν τῷ οἰκῆσαι ἐν ᾿Εσεβὼν καὶ ἐν τοῖς ὁρίοις αὐτῆς καὶ ἐν γῇ ᾿Αροὴρ καὶ ἐν τοῖς ὁρίοις αὐτῆς καὶ ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσι ταῖς παρὰ τὸν ᾿Ιορδάνην τριακόσια ἔτη, καὶ διατί οὐκ ἐρρύσω αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ;

27 καὶ νῦν ἐγώ εἰμι οὐχ ἥμαρτόν σοι, καὶ σὺ ποιεῖς μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ πονηρίαν τοῦ παρατάξασθαι ἐν ἐμοί· κρίναι Κύριος ὁ κρίνων σήμερον ἀνὰ μέσον υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών.

28 καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσε βασιλεὺς ᾿Αμμὼν τῶν λόγων ᾿Ιεφθάε, ὧν ἀπέστειλε πρὸς αὐτόν.

29 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ ᾿Ιεφθάε πνεῦμα Κυρίου, καὶ παρῆλθε τὸν Γαλαὰδ καὶ τὸν Μανασσῆ καὶ παρῆλθε τὴν σκοπιὰν Γαλαὰδ εἰς τὸ πέραν υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών.

30 καὶ ηὔξατο ᾿Ιεφθάε εὐχὴν τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ εἶπεν· ἐὰν διδοὺς δῷς μοι τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμὼν ἐν τῇ χειρί μου,

31 καὶ ἔσται ὁ ἐκπορευόμενος, ὃς ἂν ἐξέλθῃ ἀπὸ τῆς θύρας τοῦ οἴκου μου εἰς συνάντησίν μου ἐν τῷ ἐπιστρέφειν με ἐν εἰρήνῃ ἀπὸ υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών, καὶ ἔσται τῷ Κυρίῳ ἀνοίσω αὐτὸν ὁλοκαύτωμα.

 

32 καὶ παρῆλθεν ᾿Ιεφθάε πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμὼν παρατάξασθαι πρὸς αὐτούς, καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ.

33 καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ ᾿Αροὴρ ἕως ἐλθεῖν ἄχρις ᾿Αρνὼν ἐν ἀριθμῷ εἴκοσι πόλεις καὶ ἕως ᾿Εβελχαρμὶμ πληγὴν μεγάλην σφόδρα, καὶ συνεστάλησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν ἀπὸ προσώπου υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ.

34 Καὶ ἦλθεν ᾿Ιεφθάε εἰς Μασσηφὰ εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ, καὶἰδοὺ ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτοῦ ἐξεπορεύετο εἰς ὑπάντησιν ἐν τυμπάνοις καὶ χοροῖς· καὶ αὕτη ἦν μονογενής, οὐκ ἦν αὐτῷ ἕτερος υἱὸς ἢ θυγάτηρ.

35 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς εἶδεν αὐτὴν αὐτός, διέρρηξε τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπεν· ἆ ἆ, θυγάτηρ μου, ταραχῇ ἐτάραξάς με καὶ σὺ ἦς ἐν τῷ ταράχῳ μου, καὶ ἐγώ εἰμι ἤνοιξα κατὰ σοῦ τὸ στόμα μου πρὸς Κύριον καὶ οὐ δυνήσομαι ἀποστρέψαι.

 

36 ἡ δὲ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· πάτερ, ἤνοιξας τὸ στόμα σου πρὸς Κύριον; ποίησόν μοι ὃν τρόπον ἐξῆλθεν ἐκ στόματός σου, ἐν τῷ ποιῆσαί σοι Κύριον ἐκδίκησιν τῶν ἐχθρῶν σου ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Αμμών.

 

37 καὶ ἥδε εἶπε πρὸς τὸν πατέρα αὐτῆς· ποιησάτω δὴ ὁ πατήρ μου τὸν λόγον τοῦτον· ἔασόν με δύο μῆνας, καὶ πορεύσομαι καὶ καταβήσομαι ἐπὶ τὰ ὄρη καὶ κλαύσομαι ἐπὶ τὰ παρθένιά μου, ἐγώ εἰμι καὶ αἱ συνεταιρίδες μου.

38 καὶ εἶπε· πορεύου· καὶ ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὴν δύο μῆνας. καὶ ἐπορεύθη, αὐτὴ καὶ αἱ συνεταιρίδες αὐτῆς, καὶ ἔκλαυσεν ἐπὶ τὰ παρθένια αὐτῆς ἐπὶ τὰ ὄρη.

39 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τέλει τῶν δύο μηνῶν καὶ ἐπέστρεψε πρὸς τὸν πατέρα αὐτῆς, καὶ ἐποίησεν ἐν αὐτῇ εὐχὴν αὐτοῦ, ἣν ηὔξατο· καὶ αὕτη οὐκ ἔγνω ἄνδρα. καὶ ἐγένετο εἰς πρόσταγμα ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ·

40 ἀπὸ ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας ἐπορεύοντο θυγατέρες ᾿Ισραὴλ θρηνεῖν τὴν θυγατέρα ᾿Ιεφθάε τοῦ Γαλααδίτου ἐπὶ τέσσαρας ἡμέρας ἐν τῷ ἐνιαυτῷ.


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ΚΑΙ ἐβόησεν ἀνὴρ ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ παρῆλθαν εἰς βορρᾶν καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς ᾿Ιεφθάε· διατὶ παρῆλθες παρατάξασθαι ἐν υἱοῖς ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ ἡμᾶς οὐ κέκληκας πορευθῆναι μετὰ σοῦ; τὸν οἶκόν σου ἐμπρήσομεν ἐπὶ σὲ ἐν πυρί.

2 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτοὺς ᾿Ιεφθάε· ἀνὴρ μαχητὴς ἤμην ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ λαός μου, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν σφόδρα· καὶ ἐβόησα ὑμᾶς, καὶ οὐκ ἐσώσατέ με ἐκ χειρὸς αὐτῶν.

3 καὶ εἶδον ὅτι οὐκ εἶ σωτήρ, καὶ ἔθηκα τὴν ψυχήν μου ἐν χειρί μου καὶ παρῆλθον πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμών, καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος ἐν χειρί μου· καὶ εἰς τί ἀνέβητε ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ταύτῃ παρατάξασθαι ἐν ἐμοί;

4 καὶ συνέστρεψεν ᾿Ιεφθάε πάντας τοὺς ἄνδρας Γαλαὰδ καὶ παρετάξατο τῷ ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ ἐπάταξαν ἄνδρες Γαλαὰδ τὸν ᾿Εφραίμ, ὅτι εἶπαν, οἱ διασωζόμενοι τοῦ ᾿Εφραὶμ ἡμεῖς, Γαλαὰδ ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ Μανασσῆ.

5 καὶ προκατελάβετο Γαλαὰδ τὰς διαβάσεις τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου τοῦ ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ εἶπαν αὐτοῖς οἱ διασωζόμενοι ᾿Εφραίμ· διαβῶμεν, καὶ εἶπαν αὐτοῖς οἱ ἄνδρες Γαλαάδ· μὴ ᾿Εφραθίτης εἶ; καὶ εἶπεν· οὔ.

 6 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· εἶπον δὴ Στάχυς· καὶ οὐ κατεύθυνε τοῦ λαλῆσαι οὕτως. καὶ ἐπελάβοντο αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθυσαν αὐτὸν πρὸς τὰς διαβάσεις τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου, καὶ ἔπεσαν ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἀπὸ ᾿Εφραὶμ δύο καὶ τεσσαράκοντα χιλιάδες.

7 καὶ ἔκρινεν ᾿Ιεφθάε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἓξ ἔτη. καὶ ἀπέθανεν ᾿Ιεφθάε ὁ Γαλααδίτης, καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν πόλει αὐτοῦ Γαλαάδ.

8 Καὶ ἔκρινε μετ᾿ αὐτὸν τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ᾿Αβαισσὰν ἀπὸ Βαιθλεέμ.

9 καὶ ἦσαν αὐτῷ τριάκοντα υἱοὶ καὶ τριάκοντα θυγατέρες, ἃς ἐξαπέστειλεν ἔξω, καὶ τριάκοντα θυγατέρας εἰσήνεγκε τοῖς υἱοῖς αὐτοῦ ἔξωθεν. καὶ ἔκρινε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἑπτὰ ἔτη.

10 καὶ ἀπέθανεν ᾿Αβαισσὰν καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν Βαιθλεέμ.

11 καὶ ἔκρινε μετ᾿ αὐτὸν τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ Αἰλὼμ ὁ Ζαβουλωνίτης δέκα ἔτη.

12 καὶ ἀπέθανεν Αἰλὼμ ὁ Ζαβουλωνίτης καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν Αἰλὼμ ἐν γῇ Ζαβουλών.

13 καὶ ἔκρινε μετ᾿ αὐτὸν τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ᾿Αβδὼν υἱὸς ᾿Ελλὴλ ὁ Φαραθωνίτης.

14 καὶ ἦσαν αὐτῷ τεσσαράκοντα υἱοὶ καὶ τριάκοντα υἱῶν υἱοὶ ἐπιβαίνοντες ἐπὶ ἑβδομήκοντα πώλους. καὶ ἔκρινε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ὀκτὼ ἔτη.

15 καὶ ἀπέθανεν ᾿Αβδὼν υἱὸς ᾿Ελλὴλ ὁ Φαραθωνίτης καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν Φαραθὼν ἐν γῇ ᾿Εφραὶμ ἐν ὄρει τοῦ ᾿Αμαλήκ.


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ΚΑΙ προσέθηκαν ἔτι οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ποιῆσαι τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος ἐν χειρὶ Φυλιστιΐμ τεσσαράκοντα ἔτη.

2 καὶ ἦν ἀνὴρ εἷς ἀπὸ Σαραὰ ἀπὸ δήμου συγγενείας τοῦ Δανί, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Μανωέ, καὶ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ στεῖρα καὶ οὐκ ἔτεκε.

3 καὶ ὤφθη ἄγγελος Κυρίου πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα, καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτήν· ἰδοὺ σὺ στεῖρα καὶ οὐ τέτοκας, καὶ συλλήψῃ υἱόν.

4 καὶ νῦν φύλαξαι δὴ καὶ μὴ πίῃς οἶνον καὶ μέθυσμα καὶ μὴ φάγῃς πᾶν ἀκάθαρτον·

5 ὅτι ἰδοὺ σὺ ἐν γαστρὶ ἔχεις καὶ τέξῃ υἱόν, καὶ σίδηρος ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἀναβήσεται, ὅτι ναζὶρ Θεοῦ ἔσται τὸ παιδάριον ἀπὸ τῆς κοιλίας, καὶ αὐτὸς ἄρξεται σῶσαι τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ χειρὸς Φυλιστιΐμ.

6 καὶ εἰσῆλθεν ἡ γυνὴ καὶ εἶπε τῷ ἀνδρὶ αὐτῆς λέγουσα· ἄνθρωπος Θεοῦ ἦλθε πρός με, καὶ εἶδος αὐτοῦ ὡς εἶδος ἀγγέλου Θεοῦ, φοβερὸν σφόδρα· καὶ οὐκ ἠρώτησα αὐτόν, πόθεν ἐστί, καὶ τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἀπήγγειλέ μοι.

7 καὶ εἶπέ μοι· ἰδοὺ σὺ ἐν γαστρὶ ἔχεις καὶ τέξῃ υἱόν· καὶ νῦν μὴ πίῃς οἶνον καὶ μέθυσμα καὶ μὴ φάγῃς πᾶν ἀκάθαρτον, ὅτι Θεοῦ ἅγιον ἔσται τὸ παιδάριον ἀπὸ γαστρὸς ἕως ἡμέρας θανάτου αὐτοῦ.

8 καὶ προσηύξατο Μανωὲ πρὸς Κύριον καὶ εἶπεν· ἐν ἐμοί, Κύριε ᾿Αδωναϊέ, τὸν ἄνθρωπον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὃν ἀπέστειλας, ἐλθέτω δὴ ἔτι πρὸς ἡμᾶς καὶ συμβιβασάτω ἡμᾶς τί ποιήσωμεν τῷ παιδίῳ τῷ τικτομένῳ.

9 καὶ εἰσήκουσεν ὁ Θεὸς τῆς φωνῆς Μανωέ, καὶ ἦλθεν ὁ ἄγγελος τοῦ Θεοῦ ἔτι πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα, καὶ αὕτη ἐκάθητο ἐν ἀγρῷ, καὶ Μανωὲ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς οὐκ ἦν μετ᾿ αὐτῆς.

10 καὶ ἐτάχυνεν ἡ γυνὴ καὶ ἔδραμε καὶ ἀνήγγειλε τῷ ἀνδρὶ αὐτῆς καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· ἰδοὺ ὦπται πρός με ὁ ἀνήρ, ὃς ἦλθεν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ πρός με.

 

11 καὶ ἀνέστη καὶ ἐπορεύθη Μανωὲ ὀπίσω τῆς γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἦλθε πρὸς τὸν ἄνδρα καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· εἰ σὺ εἶ ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ λαλήσας πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα; καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ἄγγελος· ἐγώ.

12 καὶ εἶπε Μανωέ· νῦν ἐλεύσεται ὁ λόγος σου· τίς ἔσται κρίσις τοῦ παιδίου καὶ τὰ ποιήματα αὐτοῦ;

 

13 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου πρὸς Μανωέ· ἀπὸ πάντων, ὧν εἴρηκα πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα, φυλάξεται·

 

14 ἀπὸ παντός, ὃ ἐκπορεύεται ἐξ ἀμπέλου τοῦ οἴνου, οὐ φάγεται καὶ οἶνον καὶ μέθυσμα μὴ πιέτω καὶ πᾶν ἀκάθαρτον μὴ φαγέτω· πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην αὐτῇ, φυλάξεται.

15 καὶ εἶπε Μανωὲ πρὸς τὸν ἄγγελον Κυρίου· κατάσχωμεν ὧδέ σε καὶ ποιήσωμεν ἐνώπιόν σου ἔριφον αἰγῶν.

16 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου πρὸς Μανωέ· ἐὰν κατάσχῃς με, οὐ φάγομαι ἀπὸ τῶν ἄρτων σου, καὶ ἐὰν ποιήσῃς ὁλοκαύτωμα, τῷ Κυρίῳ ἀνοίσεις αὐτό· ὅτι οὐκ ἔγνω Μανωὲ ὅτι ἄγγελος Κυρίου αὐτός.

17 καὶ εἶπε Μανωὲ πρὸς τὸν ἄγγελον Κυρίου· τί τὸ ὄνομά σοι; ὅτι ἔλθοι τὸ ρῆμά σου, καὶ δοξάσομέν σε.

18 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου· εἰς τί τοῦτο ἐρωτᾷς τὸ ὄνομά μου; καὶ αὐτό ἐστι θαυμαστόν.

 

19 καὶ ἔλαβε Μανωὲ τὸν ἔριφον τῶν αἰγῶν καὶ τὴν θυσίαν καὶ ἀνήνεγκεν ἐπὶ τήν πέτραν τῷ Κυρίῳ· καὶ διεχώρισε ποιῆσαι, καὶ Μανωὲ καὶ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ βλέποντες.

20 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἀναβῆναι τὴν φλόγα ἐπάνω τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου ἕως τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ ἀνέβη ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου ἐν τῇ φλογὶ τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου, καὶ Μανωὲ καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ βλέποντες καὶ ἔπεσαν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτῶν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν.

21 καὶ οὐ προσέθηκεν ἔτι ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου ὀφθῆναι πρὸς Μανωὲ καὶ πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ· τότε ἔγνω Μανωὲ ὅτι ἄγγελος Κυρίου οὗτος.

22 καὶ εἶπε Μανωὲ πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ· θανάτῳ ἀποθανούμεθα, ὅτι Θεὸν εἴδομεν.

23 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ· εἰ ἤθελεν ὁ Κύριος θανατῶσαι ἡμᾶς, οὐκ ἂν ἔλαβεν ἐκ χειρὸς ἡμῶν ὁλοκαύτωμα καὶ θυσίαν καὶ οὐκ ἂν ἔδειξεν ἡμῖν ταῦτα πάντα καὶ καθὼς καιρὸς οὐκ ἂν ἠκούτισεν ἡμᾶς ταῦτα.

 

24 καὶ ἔτεκεν ἡ γυνὴ υἱὸν καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Σαμψών· καὶ ἡδρύνθη τὸ παιδάριον, καὶ εὐλόγησεν αὐτὸ Κύριος.

25 καὶ ἤρξατο πνεῦμα Κυρίου συνεκπορεύεσθαι αὐτῷ ἐν παρεμβολῇ Δὰν καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον Σαραὰ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον ᾿Εσθαόλ.


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ΚΑΙ κατέβη Σαμψὼν εἰς Θαμναθὰ καὶ εἶδε γυναῖκα ἐν Θαμναθὰ ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων τῶν ἀλλοφύλων.

2 καὶ ἀνέβη καὶ ἀπήγγειλε τῷ πατρὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· γυναῖκα ἑώρακα ἐν Θαμναθὰ ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων Φυλιστιΐμ, καὶ νῦν λάβετε αὐτὴν ἐμοὶ εἰς γυναῖκα.

3 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ· μὴ οὐκ εἰσὶ θυγατέρες τῶν ἀδελφῶν σου καὶ ἐκ παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ μου γυνή, ὅτι σὺ πορεύῃ λαβεῖν γυναῖκα ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων τῶν ἀπεριτμήτων; καὶ εἶπε Σαμψὼν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· ταύτην λάβε μοι, ὅτι αὔτη εὐθεῖα ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς μου.

4 καὶ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν ὅτι παρὰ Κυρίου ἐστίν, ὅτι ἐκδίκησιν αὐτὸς ζητεῖ ἐκ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων· καὶ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι κυριεύοντες ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ.

5 καὶ κατέβη Σαμψὼν καὶ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ εἰς Θαμναθά. καὶ ἦλθεν ἕως τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος Θαμναθά, καὶ ἰδοὺ σκύμνος λέοντος ὠρυόμενος εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῦ·

6 καὶ ἥλατο ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Κυρίου, καὶ συνέτριψεν αὐτόν, ὡσεὶ συντρίψει ἔριφον αἰγῶν, καὶ οὐδὲν ἦν ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ. καὶ οὐκ ἀπήγγειλε τῷ πατρὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ ὃ ἐποίησε.

7 καὶ κατέβησαν καὶ ἐλάλησαν τῇ γυναικί, καὶ ηὐθύνθη ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς Σαμψών.

8 καὶ ὑπέστρεψε μεθ᾿ ἡμέρας λαβεῖν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐξέκλινεν ἰδεῖν τὸ πτῶμα τοῦ λέοντος, καὶ ἰδοὺ συναγωγὴ μελισσῶν ἐν τῷ στόματι τοῦ λέοντος καὶ μέλι.

9 καὶ ἐξεῖλεν αὐτὸ εἰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπορεύετο πορευόμενος καὶ ἐσθίων· καὶ ἐπορεύθη πρὸς τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ πρὸς τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἔφαγον· καὶ οὐκ ἀνήγγειλεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ἀπὸ στόματος τοῦ λέοντος ἐξεῖλε τὸ μέλι.

10 κα'Ι κατέβη ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα· καὶ ἐποίησεν ἐκεῖ Σαμψὼν πότον ἡμέρας ἑπτά, ὅτι οὕτως ποιοῦσιν οἱ νεανίσκοι.

11 καὶ ἐγένετο ὅτε εἶδον αὐτόν, καὶ ἔλαβον τριάκοντα κλητούς, καὶ ἦσαν μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

12 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· πρόβλημα ὑμῖν προβάλλομαι· ἐὰν ἀπαγγέλλοντες ἀπαγγείλητε αὐτὸ ἐν ταῖς ἑπτὰ ἡμέραις τοῦ πότου καὶ εὕρητε, δώσω ὑμῖν τριάκοντα σινδόνας καὶ τριάκοντα στολὰς ἱματίων·

13 καὶ ἐὰν μὴ δύνησθε ἀπαγγεῖλαί μοι, δώσετε ὑμεῖς ἐμοὶ τριάκοντα ὀθόνια καὶ τριάκοντα ἀλλασσομένας στολὰς ἱματίων· καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· προβάλλου τὸ πρόβλημά σου, καὶ ἀκουσόμεθα αὐτό.

14 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί βρωτὸν ἐξῆλθεν ἐκ βιβρώσκοντος καὶ ἀπὸ ἰσχυροῦ γλυκύ; καὶ οὐκ ἠδύναντο ἀπαγγεῖλαι τὸ πρόβλημα ἐπί τρεῖς ἡμέρας.

15 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τετάρτῃ καὶ εἶπαν τῇ γυναικὶ Σαμψών· ἀπάτησον δὴ τὸν ἄνδρα σου καὶ ἀπαγγειλάτω σοι τὸ πρόβλημα, μή ποτε κατακαύσωμέν σε καὶ τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός σου ἐν πυρί· ἦ ἐκβιάσαι ἡμᾶς κεκλήκατε;

16 καὶ ἔκλαυσεν ἡ γυνὴ Σαμψὼν πρὸς αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπε· πλὴν μεμίσηκάς με καὶ οὐκ ἠγάπησάς με, ὅτι τὸ πρόβλημα, ὃ προεβάλου τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ λαοῦ μου, οὐκ ἀπήγγειλάς μοι αὐτό· καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ Σαμψών· εἰ τῷ πατρί μου καὶ τῇ μητρί μου οὐκ ἀπήγγελκα, σοὶ ἀπαγγείλω;

17 καὶ ἔκλαυσε πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὰς ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας, ἃς ἦν αὐτοῖς ὁ πότος· καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ ἑβδόμῃ καὶ ἀπήγγειλεν αὐτῇ, ὅτι παρηνώχλησεν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὴ ἀπήγγειλε τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτῆς.

18 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ οἱ ἄνδρες τῆς πόλεως ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ ἑβδόμῃ πρὸ τοῦ ἀνατεῖλαι τὸν ἥλιον· τί γλυκύτερον μέλιτος, καὶ τί ἰσχυρότερον λέοντος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· εἰ μὴ ἠροτριάσατε ἐν τῇ δαμάλει μου, οὐκ ἂν ἔγνωτε τὸ πρόβλημά μου.

19 καὶ ἥλατο ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Κυρίου, καὶ κατέβη εἰς ᾿Ασκάλωνα καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐξ αὐτῶν τριάκοντα ἄνδρας καὶ ἔλαβε τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτῶν καὶ ἔδωκε τὰς στολὰς τοῖς ἀπαγγείλασι τὸ πρόβλημα. καὶ ὠργίσθη θυμῷ Σαμψὼν καὶ ἀνέβη εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ.

20 καὶ ἐγένετο ἡ γυνὴ Σαμψὼν ἑνὶ τῶν φίλων αὐτοῦ, ὧν ἐφιλίασεν.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο μεθ᾿ ἡμέρας ἐν ἡμέραις θερισμοῦ πυρῶν καὶ ἐπεσκέψατο Σαμψὼν τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐρίφῳ αἰγῶν καὶ εἶπεν· εἰσελεύσομαι πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκά μου καὶ εἰς τὸ ταμιεῖον· καὶ οὐκ ἔδωκεν αὐτὸν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῆς εἰσελθεῖν.

2 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῆς λέγων· εἶπα ὅτι μισῶν ἐμίσησας αὐτήν, καὶ ἔδωκα αὐτὴν ἑνὶ τῶν ἐκ τῶν φίλων σου· μὴ οὐχὶ ἡ ἀδελφὴ αὐτῆς ἡ νεωτέρα ἀγαθωτέρα ὑπὲρ αὐτήν; ἔστω δή σοι ἀντὶ αὐτῆς.

3 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· ἠθώωμαι καὶ τὸ ἅπαξ ἀπὸ ἀλλοφύλων, ὅτι ποιῶ ἐγὼ μετ᾿ αὐτῶν πονηρίαν.

4 καὶ ἐπορεύθη Σαμψὼν καὶ συνέλαβε τριακοσίας ἀλώπεκας καὶ ἔλαβε λαμπάδας καὶ ἐπέστρεψε κέρκον πρὸς κέρκον καὶ ἔθηκε λαμπάδα μίαν ἀναμέσον τῶν δύο κέρκων καὶ ἔδησε·

5 καὶ ἐξέκαυσε πῦρ ἐν ταῖς λαμπάσι καὶ ἐξαπέστειλεν ἐν τοῖς στάχυσι τῶν ἀλλοφύλων, καὶ ἐκάησαν ἀπὸ ἅλωνος καὶ ἕως σταχύων ὀρθῶν καὶ ἕως ἀμπελῶνος καὶ ἐλαίας.

6 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι· τίς ἐποίησε ταῦτα; καὶ εἶπαν· Σαμψὼν ὁ νυμφίος τοῦ Θαμνί, ὅτι ἔλαβε τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὴν τῷ ἐκ τῶν φίλων αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ ἐνέπρησαν αὐτὴν καὶ τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῆς ἐν πυρί.

7 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· ἐὰν ποιήσητε οὕτως ταύτην, ὅτι ἦ μὴν ἐκδικήσω ἐν ὑμῖν καὶ ἔσχατον κοπάσω.

8 καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτοὺς κνήμην ἐπὶ μηρὸν πληγὴν μεγάλην· καὶ κατέβη καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐν τρυμαλιᾷ τῆς πέτρας ᾿Ητάμ.

9 Καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ παρενέβαλον ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ ἐξερρίφησαν ἐν Λεχί.

10 καὶ εἶπαν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ιούδα· εἰς τί ἀνέβητε ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς; καὶ εἶπον οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι· δῆσαι τὸν Σαμψὼν ἀνέβημεν καὶ ποιῆσαι αὐτῷ ὃν τρόπον ἐποίησεν ἡμῖν.

11 καὶ κατέβησαν τρισχίλιοι ἀπὸ ᾿Ιούδα ἄνδρες εἰς τρυμαλιὰν πέτρας ᾿Ητὰμ καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς Σαμψών· οὐκ οἶδας ὅτι κυριεύουσιν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι ἡμῶν, καὶ τί τοῦτο ἐποίησας ἡμῖν; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· ὃν τρόπον ἐποίησάν μοι, οὕτως ἐποίησα αὐτοῖς.

12 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· δῆσαί σε κατέβημεν τοῦ δοῦναί σε ἐν χειρὶ ἀλλοφύλων. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Σαμψών· ὀμόσατέ μοι μή ποτε συναντήσητε ἐν ἐμοὶ ὑμεῖς.

13 καὶ εἶπον αὐτῷ λέγοντες· οὐχί, ὅτι ἀλλ᾿ ἢ δεσμῷ δήσομέν σε καὶ παραδώσομέν σε ἐν χειρὶ αὐτῶν καὶ θανάτῳ οὐ θανατώσομέν σε· καὶ ἔδησαν αὐτὸν ἐν δυσὶ καλωδίοις καινοῖς καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τῆς πέτρας ἐκείνης.

14 καὶ ἦλθον ἕως Σιαγόνος· καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι ἠλάλαξαν καὶ ἔδραμον εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἥλατο ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Κυρίου, καὶ ἐγενήθη τὰ καλώδια τὰ ἐπὶ βραχίοσιν αὐτοῦ ὡσεὶ στυππίον, ὃ ἐξεκαύθη ἐν πυρί, καὶ ἐτάκησαν δεσμοὶ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ χειρῶν αὐτοῦ.

15 καὶ εὗρε σιαγόνα ὄνου ἐξερριμένη καὶ ἐξέτεινε τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐν αὐτῇ χιλίους ἄνδρας.

16 καὶ εἶπε Σαμψών· ἐν σιαγόνι ὄνου ἐξαλείφων ἐξήλειψα αὐτούς, ὅτι ἐν τῇ σιαγόνι τοῦ ὄνου ἐπάταξα χιλίους ἄνδρας.

17 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἐπαύσατο λαλῶν, καὶ ἔρριψε τὴν σιαγόνα ἐκ τῆς χειρὸς αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸν τόπον ἐκεῖνον ᾿Αναίρεσις σιαγόνος.

18 καὶ ἐδίψησε σφόδρα, καὶ ἔκλαυσε πρὸς Κύριον καὶ εἶπε· σὺ εὐδόκησας ἐν χειρὶ δούλου σου τὴν σωτηρίαν τὴν μεγάλην ταύτην, καὶ νῦν ἀποθανοῦμαι τῷ δίψει καὶ ἐμπεσοῦμαι ἐν χειρὶ τῶν ἀπεριτμήτων.

19 καὶ ἔρρηξεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν λάκκον τὸν ἐν τῇ σιαγόνι, καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἐξ αὐτοῦ ὕδωρ, καὶ ἔπιε, καὶ ἐπέστρεψε τὸ πνεῦμα αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔζησε. διὰ τοῦτο ἐκλήθη τὸ ὄνομα αὐτῆς Πηγὴ τοῦ ἐπικαλουμένου, ἥ ἐστιν ἐν Σιαγόνι, ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης.

20 καὶ ἔκρινε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν ἡμέραις ἀλλοφύλων εἴκοσιν ἔτη.


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ΚΑΙ ἐπορεύθη Σαμψὼν εἰς Γάζαν· καὶ εἶδεν ἐκεῖ γυναῖκα πόρνην καὶ εἰσῆλθε πρὸς αὐτήν.

2 καὶ ἀνηγγέλη τοῖς Γαζαίοις λέγοντες· ἥκει Σαμψὼν ὧδε. καὶ ἐκύκλωσαν καὶ ἐνήδρευσαν ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν ὅλην τὴν νύκτα ἐν τῇ πύλῃ τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἐκώφευσαν ὅλην τὴν νύκτα λέγοντες· ἕως διαφαύσῃ ὁ ὄρθρος, καὶ φονεύσωμεν αὐτόν.

3 καὶ ἐκοιμήθη Σαμψὼν ἕως μεσονυκτίου· καὶ ἀνέστη ἐν ἡμίσει τῆς νυκτὸς καὶ ἐπελάβετο τῶν θυρῶν τῆς πύλης τῆς πόλεως σὺν τοῖς δυσὶ σταθμοῖς καὶ ἀνεβάσταζεν αὐτὰς σὺν τῷ μοχλῷ καὶ ἔθηκεν ἐπὶ ὤμων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνέβη ἐπὶ τὴν κορυφὴν τοῦ ὄρους τοῦ ἐπὶ προσώπου τοῦ Χεβρὼν καὶ ἔθηκεν αὐτὰ ἐκεῖ.

4 Καὶ ἐγένετο μετὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἠγάπησε γυναῖκα ἐν ᾿Αλσωρήχ, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῇ Δαλιδά.

5 καὶ ἀνέβησαν πρὸς αὐτὴν οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἀλλοφύλων καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῇ· ἀπάτησον αὐτόν, καὶ ἰδὲ ἐν τίνι ἡ ἰσχὺς αὐτοῦ ἡ μεγάλη καὶ ἐν τίνι δυνησόμεθα αὐτῷ καὶ δήσομεν αὐτὸν τοῦ ταπεινῶσαι αὐτόν, καὶ ἡμεῖς δώσομέν σοι ἀνὴρ χιλίους καὶ ἑκατὸν ἀργυρίου.

6 καὶ εἶπε Δαλιδὰ πρὸς Σαμψών· ἀπάγγειλον δή μοι ἐν τίνι ἡ ἰσχύς σου ἡ μεγάλη καὶ ἐν τίνι δεθήσῃ τοῦ ταπεινωθῆναί σε.

7 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτὴν Σαμψών· ἐὰν δήσωσί με ἐν ἑπτὰ νευραῖς ὑγραῖς μὴ διεφθαρμέναις, καὶ ἀσθενήσω καὶ ἔσομαι ὡς εἷς τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

8 καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν αὐτῇ οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ἑπτὰ νευρὰς ὑγρὰς μὴ διεφθαρμένας, καὶ ἔδησεν αὐτὸν ἐν αὐταῖς·

9 καὶ τὸ ἔνεδρον αὐτῇ ἐκάθητο ἐν τῷ ταμιείῳ· καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀλλόφυλοι ἐπὶ σέ, Σαμψών· καὶ διέσπασε τὰς νευράς, ὡς εἴ τις ἀποσπάσοι στρέμμα στυπίου ἐν τῷ ὀσφρανθῆναι αὐτὸ πυρός· καὶ οὐκ ἐγνώσθη ἡ ἰσχὺς αὐτοῦ.

10 καὶ εἶπε Δαλιδὰ πρὸς Σαμψών· ἰδοὺ ἐπλάνησάς με καὶ ἐλάλησας πρός με ψευδῆ· νῦν οὖν ἀνάγγειλόν μοι ἐν τίνι δεθήσῃ.

11 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτήν· ἐὰν δεσμεύοντες δήσωσί με ἐν καλωδίοις καινοῖς, οἷς οὐκ ἐγένετο ἐν αὐτοῖς ἔργον, καὶ ἀσθενήσω καὶ ἔσομαι ὡς εἷς τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

12 καὶ ἔλαβε Δαλιδὰ καλώδια καινὰ καὶ ἔδησεν αὐτὸν ἐν αὐτοῖς· καὶ τὰ ἔνεδρα ἐξῆλθεν ἐκ τοῦ ταμιείου· καὶ εἶπεν· ἀλλόφυλοι ἐπὶ σέ, Σαμψών· καὶ διέσπασεν αὐτὰ ἀπὸ βραχιόνων αὐτοῦ ὡσεὶ σπαρτίον.

13 καὶ εἶπε Δαλιδὰ πρὸς Σαμψών· ἰδοὺ ἐπλάνησάς με καὶ ἐλάλησας πρός με ψευδῆ· ἀνάγγειλον δή μοι ἐν τίνι δεθήσῃ. καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτήν· ἐὰν ὑφάνης τὰς ἑπτὰ σειρὰς τῆς κεφαλῆς μου σὺν τῷ διάσματι καὶ ἐγκρούσῃς τῷ πασσάλῳ εἰς τὸν τοῖχον, καὶ ἔσομαι ὡς εἷς τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἀσθενής.

14 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ κοιμᾶσθαι αὐτὸν καὶ ἔλαβε Δαλιδὰ τὰς ἑπτὰ σειρὰς τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ καὶ ὕφανεν ἐν τῷ διάσματι καὶ ἔπηξε τῷ πασσάλῳ εἰς τὸν τοῖχον καὶ εἶπεν· ἀλλόφυλοι ἐπὶ σέ, Σαμψών· καὶ ἐξυπνίσθη ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕπνου αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξῇρε τὸν πάσσαλον τοῦ ὑφάσματος ἐκ τοῦ τοίχου.

15 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς Σαμψὼν Δαλιδά· πῶς λέγεις, ἠγάπηκά σε, καὶ ἡ καρδία σου οὐκ ἔστι μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ; τοῦτο τρίτον ἐπλάνησάς με καὶ οὐκ ἀπήγγειλάς μοι ἐν τίνι ἡ ἰσχύς σου ἡ μεγάλη.

16 καὶ ἐγένετο ὅτε ἐξέθλιψεν αὐτὸν ἐν λόγοις αὐτῆς πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας καὶ ἐστενοχώρησεν αὐτόν, καὶ ὠλιγοψύχησεν ἕως τοῦ ἀποθανεῖν·

17 καὶ ἀνήγγειλεν αὐτῇ πᾶσαν τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ· σίδηρος οὐκ ἀνέβη ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλήν μου, ὅτι ἅγιος Θεοῦ ἐγώ εἰμι ἀπὸ κοιλίας μητρός μου· ἐὰν οὖν ξυρήσωμαι, ἀποστήσεται ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ ἡ ἰσχύς μου, καὶ ἀσθενήσω καὶ ἔσομαι ὡς πάντες οἱ ἄνθρωποι.

18 καὶ εἶδε Δαλιδά, ὅτι ἀπήγγειλεν αὐτῇ πᾶσαν τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀπέστειλε καὶ ἐκάλεσε τοὺς ἄρχοντας τῶν ἀλλοφύλων, λέγουσα· ἀνάβητε ἔτι τὸ ἅπαξ τοῦτο, ὅτι ἀπήγγειλέ μοι πᾶσαν τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἀνέβησαν πρὸς αὐτὴν οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἀλλοφύλων καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν τὸ ἀργύριον ἐν χερσὶν αὐτῶν.

19 καὶ ἐκοίμισε Δαλιδὰ τὸν Σαμψὼν ἐπὶ τὰ γόνατα αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ἄνδρα, καὶ ἐξύρησε τὰς ἑπτὰ σειρὰς τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἤρξατο ταπεινῶσαι αὐτόν, καὶ ἀπέστη ἡ ἰσχὺς αὐτοῦ ἀπ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

20 καὶ εἶπε Δαλιδά· ἀλλόφυλοι ἐπὶ σέ, Σαμψών. καὶ ἐξυπνίσθη ἐκ τοῦ ὕπνου αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπεν· ἐξελεύσομαι ὡς ἅπαξ καὶ ἅπαξ καὶ ἐκτιναχθήσομαι· καὶ αὐτὸς οὐκ ἔγνω ὅτι ὁ Κύριος ἀπέστη ἀπάνωθεν αὐτοῦ.

21 καὶ ἐκράτησαν αὐτὸν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ ἐξέκοψαν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ· καὶ κατήνεγκαν αὐτὸν εἰς Γάζαν καὶ ἐπέδησαν αὐτὸν ἐν πέδαις χαλκείαις, καὶ ἦν ἀλήθων ἐν οἴκῳ τοῦ δεσμωτηρίου.

22 Καὶ ἤρξατο θρὶξ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ βλαστάνειν, καθὼς ἐξυρήσατο.

23 καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἀλλοφύλων συνήχθησαν θυσιάσαι θυσίασμα μέγα τῷ Δαγὼν θεῷ αὐτῶν καὶ εὐφρανθῆναι καὶ εἶπαν· ἔδωκεν ὁ Θεὸς ἐν χειρὶ ἡμῶν τὸν Σαμψὼν τὸν ἐχθρὸν ἡμῶν.

24 καὶ εἶδον αὐτὸν ὁ λαὸς καὶ ὕμνησαν τὸν θεὸν αὐτῶν, ὅτι παρέδωκεν ὁ θεὸς ἡμῶν τὸν ἐχθρὸν ἡμῶν ἐν χειρὶ ἡμῶν, τὸν ἐρημοῦντα τὴν γῆν ἡμῶν, καὶ ὃς ἐπλήθυνε τοὺς τραυματίας ἡμῶν.

25 καὶ ὅτε ἠγαθύνθη ἡ καρδία αὐτῶν, καὶ εἶπαν· καλέσατε τὸν Σαμψὼν ἐξ οἴκου φυλακῆς, καὶ παιξάτω ἐνώπιον ἡμῶν. καὶ ἐκάλεσαν τὸν Σαμψὼν ἐξ οἴκου δεσμωτηρίου, και ἔπαιζεν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐρράπιζον αὐτὸν καὶ ἔστησαν αὐτὸν ἀνὰ μέσον τῶν κιόνων.

26 καὶ εἶπε Σαμψὼν πρὸς τὸν νεανίαν τὸν κρατοῦντα τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ· ἄφες με καὶ ψηλαφήσω τοὺς κίονας, ἐφ᾿ οἷς ὁ οἶκος ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς, καὶ ἐπιστηριχθήσομαι ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς.

27 καὶ ὁ οἶκος πλήρης τῶν ἀνδρῶν καὶ τῶν γυναικῶν, καὶ ἐκεῖ πάντες οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἀλλοφύλων, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸ δῶμα ὡσεὶ τρισχίλιοι ἄνδρες καὶ γυναῖκες οἱ θεωροῦντες ἐν παγνίαις Σαμψών.

28 καὶ ἔκλαυσε Σαμψὼν πρὸς Κύριον, καὶ εἶπεν· ᾿Αδωναϊὲ Κύριε, μνήσθητι δή μου νῦν καὶ ἐνίσχυσόν με ἔτι τὸ ἅπαξ τοῦτο, Θεέ, καὶ ἀνταποδώσω ἀνταπόδοσιν μίαν περὶ τῶν δύο ὀφθαλμῶν μου τοῖς ἀλλοφύλοις.

29 καὶ περιέλαβε Σαμψὼν τοὺς δύο κίονας τοῦ οἴκου, ἐφ᾿ οὓς ὁ οἶκος εἱστήκει, καὶ ἐπεστηρίχθη ἐπ᾿ αὐτοὺς καὶ ἐκράτησεν ἕνα τῇ δεξιᾷ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἕνα τῇ ἀριστερᾷ αὐτοῦ.

30 καὶ εἶπε Σαμψών· ἀποθανέτω ψυχή μου μετὰ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων· καὶ ἐβάσταξεν ἐν ἰσχύϊ, καὶ ἔπεσεν ὁ οἶκος ἐπὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ ἐπὶ πάντα τὸν λαὸν τὸν ἐν αὐτῷ· καὶ ἦσαν οἱ τεθνηκότες, οὓς ἐθανάτωσε Σαμψὼν ἐν τῷ θανάτῳ αὐτοῦ, πλείους ἢ οὓς ἐθανάτωσεν ἐν τῇ ζωῇ αὐτοῦ.

31 καὶ κατέβησαν οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ οἶκος τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλαβον αὐτὸν καὶ ἀνέβησαν καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἀνὰ μέσον Σαραὰ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον ᾿Εσθαὸλ ἐν τῷ τάφῳ Μανωὲ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ. καὶ αὐτὸς ἔκρινε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἴκοσιν ἔτη.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ ὄρους ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Μιχαίας.

2 καὶ εἶπε τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ· οἱ χίλιοι καὶ ἑκατόν, οὓς ἔλαβες ἀργυρίου σεαυτῇ καί με ἠράσω καὶ προσεῖπας ἐν ὠσί μου, ἰδοὺ τὸ ἀργύριον παρ᾿ ἐμοί, ἐγὼ ἔλαβον αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ· εὐλογητὸς ὁ υἱός μου τῷ Κυρίῳ.

3 καὶ ἀπέδωκε τοὺς χιλίους καὶ ἑκατὸν τοῦ ἀργυρίου τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ· καὶ εἶπεν ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ· ἁγιάζουσα ἡγίασα τὸ ἀργύριον τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐκ τῆς χειρός μου τῷ υἱῷ μου τοῦ ποιῆσαι γλυπτὸν καὶ χωνευτόν, καὶ νῦν ἀποδώσω αὐτό σοι.

4 καὶ ἀπέδωκε τὸ ἀργύριον τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἔλαβεν ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ διακοσίους ἀργυρίου καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὸ ἀργυροκόπῳ, καὶ ἐποίησεν αὐτὸ γλυπτὸν καὶ χωνευτόν· καὶ ἐγενήθη ἐν οἴκῳ Μιχαία.

5 καὶ ὁ οἶκος Μιχαία, αὐτῷ οἶκος Θεοῦ· καὶ ἐποίησεν ἐφὼδ καὶ θεραφὶν καὶ ἐπλήρωσε τὴν χεῖρα ἀπὸ ἑνὸς υἱῶν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐγένετο αὐτῷ εἰς ἱερέα.

6 ἐν δὲ ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ· ἀνὴρ τὸ εὐθὲς ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς αὐτοῦ ἐποίει.

7 Καὶ ἐγενήθη νεανίας ἐκ Βηθλεὲμ δήμου ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ αὐτὸς Λευίτης, καὶ οὗτος παρῴκει ἐκεῖ.

 

8 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ὁ ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ Βηθλεὲμ τῆς πόλεως ᾿Ιούδα παροικῆσαι ἐν ᾧ ἐὰν εὕρῃ τόπῳ, καὶ ἦλθεν ἕως ὄρους ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἕως οἴκου Μιχαία τοῦ ποιῆσαι ὁδὸν αὐτοῦ.

9 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Μιχαίας· πόθεν ἔρχῃ; καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· Λευίτης εἰμὶ ἐκ Βηθλεὲμ ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ἐγὼ πορεύομαι παροικῆσαι ἐν ᾧ ἐὰν εὕρω τόπῳ.

10 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Μιχαίας· κάθου μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ καὶ γίνου μοι εἰς πατέρα καὶ εἰς ἱερέα, καὶ ἐγὼ δώσω σοι δέκα ἀργυρίου εἰς ἡμέραν καὶ στολὴν ἱματίων καὶ τὰ πρὸς ζωήν σου.

11 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ὁ Λευίτης καὶ ἤρξατο παροικεῖν παρὰ τῷ ἀνδρί, καὶ ἐγενήθη ὁ νεανίας αὐτῷ ὡς εἷς ἀπὸ υἱῶν αὐτοῦ.

12 καὶ ἐπλήρωσε Μιχαίας τὴν χεῖρα τοῦ Λευίτου, καὶ ἐγένετο αὐτῷ εἰς ἱερέα καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ Μιχαία.

13 καὶ εἶπε Μιχαίας· νῦν ἔγνων ὅτι ἀγαθυνεῖ μοι Κύριος, ὅτι ἐγένετό μοι ὁ Λευίτης εἰς ἱερέα.


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ΕΝ ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ. καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἡ φυλὴ Δὰν ἐζήτει ἑαυτῇ κληρονομίαν κατοικῆσαι, ὅτι οὐκ ἐνέπεσεν αὐτῇ ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἐν μέσῳ φυλῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ κληρονομία.

2 καὶ ἀπέστειλαν οἱ υἱοὶ Δὰν ἀπὸ δήμων αὐτῶν πέντε ἄνδρας υἱοὺς δυνάμεως ἀπὸ Σαραὰ καὶ ἀπὸ ᾿Εσθαὸλ τοῦ κατασκέψασθαι τὴν γῆν καὶ ἐξιχνιάσαι αὐτὴν καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτούς· πορεύεσθε καὶ ἐξιχνιάσατε τὴν γῆν. καὶ ἦλθον ἕως ὄρους ᾿Εφραὶμ ἕως οἴκου Μιχαία καὶ ηὐλίσθησαν αὐτοὶ ἐκεῖ

3 ἐν οἴκῳ Μιχαία, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐπέγνωσαν τὴν φωνὴν τοῦ νεανίσκου τοῦ Λευίτου καὶ ἐξέκλιναν ἐκεῖ καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· τίς ἤνεγκέ σε ὧδε, καὶ σὺ τί ποιεῖς ἐν τῷ τόπῳ τούτῳ, καὶ τί σοι ὧδε;

 

4 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτούς· οὕτω καὶ οὕτως ἐποίησέ μοι Μιχαίας καὶ ἐμισθώσατό με, καὶ ἐγενόμην αὐτῷ εἰς ἱερέα.

5 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· ἐπερώτησον δὴ ἐν τῷ Θεῷ, καὶ γνωσόμεθα εἰ εὐοδωθήσεται ἡ ὁδὸς ἡμῶν, ἐν ᾗ ἡμεῖς πορευόμεθα ἐν αὐτῇ.

6 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ ἱερεύς· πορεύεσθε ἐν εἰρήνῃ· ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἡ ὁδὸς ὑμῶν, ἐν ᾗ πορεύεσθε ἐν αὐτῇ.

7 καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν οἱ πέντε ἄνδρες καὶ ἦλθον εἰς Λαισά· καὶ εἶδαν τὸν λαὸν τὸν ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῆς καθήμενον ἐπ᾿ ἐλπίδι, ὡς κρίσις Σιδωνίων ἡσυχάζουσα, καὶ οὐκ ἔστι διατρέπων ἢ καταισχύνων λόγον ἐν τῇ γῇ, κληρονόμος ἐκπιέζων θησαυρούς, καὶ μακράν εἰσι Σιδωνίων καὶ λόγον οὐκ ἔχουσι πρὸς ἄνθρωπον.

8 καὶ ἦλθον οἱ πέντε ἄνδρες πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτῶν εἰς Σαραὰ καὶ ᾿Εσθαὸλ καὶ εἶπον τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς αὐτῶν· τί ὑμεῖς κάθησθε;

9 καὶ εἶπαν· ἀνάστητε καὶ ἀναβῶμεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς, ὅτι εἴδομεν τὴν γῆν καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀγαθὴ σφόδρα· καὶ ὑμεῖς ἡσυχάζετε; μὴ ὀκνήσητε τοῦ πορευθῆναι καὶ εἰσελθεῖν τοῦ κληρονομῆσαι τὴν γῆν.

10 καὶ ἡνίκα ἐὰν ἔλθητε, εἰσελεύσεσθε πρὸς λαὸν ἐπ᾿ ἐλπίδι, καὶ ἡ γῆ πλατεῖα, ὅτι ἔδωκεν αὐτὴν ὁ Θεός ἐν χειρὶ ὑμῶν, τόπος, ὅπου οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ ὑστέρημα παντὸς ρήματος τῶν ἐν τῇ γῇ.

11 Καὶ ἀπῇραν ἐκεῖθεν ἀπὸ δήμων τοῦ Δὰν ἀπὸ Σαραὰ καὶ ἀπὸ ᾿Εσθαὸλ ἑξακόσιοι ἄνδρες ἐζωσμένοι σκεύη παρατάξεως.

12 καὶ ἀνέβησαν καὶ παρενέβαλον ἐν Καριαθιαρὶμ ἐν ᾿Ιούδα· διὰ τοῦτο ἐκλήθη ἐν ἐκείνῳ τῷ τόπῳ Παρεμβολὴ Δὰν ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης, ἰδοὺ ὀπίσω Καριαθιαρίμ.

13 καὶ παρῆλθον ἐκεῖθεν ὄρος ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἦλθον ἕως οἴκου Μιχαία.

14 καὶ ἀπεκρίθησαν οἱ πέντε ἄνδρες οἱ πορευόμενοι κατασκέψασθαι τὴν γῆν Λαισὰ καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφούς· ἔγνωτε ὅτι ἐστὶν ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐφὼδ καὶ θεραφὶν καὶ γλυπτὸν καὶ χωνευτόν; καὶ νῦν γνῶτε ὅ,τι ποιήσετε.

15 καὶ ἐξέκλιναν ἐκεῖ καὶ εἰσῆλθον εἰς τόν οἶκον τοῦ νεανίσκου τοῦ Λευίτου, εἰς τὸν οἶκον Μιχαία, καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν εἰς εἰρήνην.

16 καὶ οἱ ἑξακόσιοι ἄνδρες οἱ ἀνεζωσμένοι τὰ σκεύη τῆς παρατάξεως αὐτῶν ἑστῶτες παρὰ θύρας τῆς πύλης, οἱ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Δάν.

17 καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ πέντε ἄνδρες οἱ πορευθέντες κατασκέψασθαι τὴν γῆν καὶ εἰσῆλθον ἐκεῖ εἰς οἶκον Μιχαία, καὶ ὁ ἱερεὺς ἑστώς·

18 καὶ ἔλαβον τὸ γλυπτὸν καὶ τὸ ἐφὼδ καὶ τὸ θεραφὶν καὶ τὸ χωνευτόν. καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτοὺς ὁ ἱερεύς· τί ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε;

19 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· κώφευσον, ἐπίθες τὴν χεῖρά σου ἐπὶ τὸ στόμα σου καὶ δεῦρο μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν καὶ γένου ἡμῖν εἰς πατέρα καὶ εἰς ἱερέα· μὴ ἀγαθὸν εἶναί σε ἱερέα οἴκου ἀνδρὸς ἑνὸς ἢ γενέσθαι σε ἱερέα φυλῆς καὶ οἴκου εἰς δῆμον ᾿Ισραήλ;

20 καὶ ἠγαθύνθη ἡ καρδία τοῦ ἱερέως, καὶ ἔλαβε τὸ ἐφὼδ καὶ τὸ θεραφὶν καὶ τὸ γλυπτὸν καὶ τὸ χωνευτὸν καὶ ἦλθεν ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ λαοῦ.

 

21 καὶ ἐπέστρεψαν καὶ ἀπῆλθαν· καὶ ἔθηκαν τὰ τέκνα καὶ τὴν κτῆσιν καὶ τὸ βάρος ἔμπροσθεν αὐτῶν.

22 αὐτοὶ ἐμάκρυναν ἀπὸ οἴκου Μιχαία καὶ ἰδοὺ Μιχαίας καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες οἱ ἐν ταῖς οἰκίαις ταῖς μετὰ οἴκου Μιχαία ἐβόησαν καὶ κατελάβοντο τοὺς υἱοὺς Δάν.

23 καὶ ἐπέστρεψαν οἱ υἱοὶ Δὰν τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτῶν καὶ εἶπαν τῷ Μιχαίᾳ· τί ἐστί σοι, ὅτι ἐβόησας;

24 καὶ εἶπε Μιχαίας· ὅτι τὸ γλυπτόν μου, ὃ ἐποίησα, ἐλάβετε καὶ τὸν ἱερέα καὶ ἐπορεύθητε· καὶ τί μοι ἔτι; καὶ τί τοῦτο λέγετε πρός με· τί κράζεις;

25 καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτὸν οἱ υἱοὶ Δάν· μὴ ἀκουσθήτω δὴ φωνή σου μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν, μή ποτε συναντήσωσιν ἡμῖν ἄνδρες πικροὶ ψυχῇ καὶ προσθήσουσι ψυχήν σου καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν τοῦ οἴκου σου.

26 καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Δὰν εἰς ὁδὸν αὐτῶν· καὶ εἶδε Μιχαίας ὅτι δυνατώτεροί εἰσιν ὑπὲρ αὐτόν, καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ.

27 καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ Δὰν ἔλαβον ὃ ἐποίησε Μιχαίας, καὶ τὸν ἱερέα, ὃς ἦν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἦλθον ἐπὶ Λαισά, ἐπὶ λαὸν ἡσυχάζοντα καὶ πεποιθότα ἐπ᾿ ἐλπίδι καὶ ἐπάταξαν αὐτοὺς ἐν στόματι ρομφαίας καὶ τὴν πόλιν ἐνέπρησαν ἐν πυρί·

28 καὶ οὐκ ἦν ὁ ρυόμενος, ὅτι μακράν ἐστιν ἀπὸ Σιδωνίων, καὶ λόγος οὐκ ἔστιν αὐτοῖς μετὰ ἀνθρώπου, καὶ αὐτὴ ἐν τῇ κοιλάδι τοῦ οἴκου Ραάβ. καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν τὴν πόλιν καὶ κατεσκήνωσαν ἐν αὐτῇ

29 καὶ ἐκάλεσαν τὸ ὄνομα τῆς πόλεως Δὰν ἐν ὀνόματι Δὰν πατρὸς αὐτῶν, ὃς ἐτέχθη τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ ἦν Οὐλαμαΐς ὄνομα τῆς πόλεως τὸ πρότερον.

30 καὶ ἔστησαν ἑαυτοῖς οἱ υἱοὶ Δὰν τὸ γλυπτόν· καὶ ᾿Ιωνάθαν υἱὸς Γηρσὼν υἱὸς Μανασσῆ, αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ ἦσαν ἱερεῖς τῇ φυλῇ Δὰν ἕως ἡμέρας τῆς ἀποικίας τῆς γῆς.

31 καὶ ἔθηκαν ἑαυτοῖς τὸ γλυπτόν, ὃ ἐποίησε Μιχαίας πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας, ἃς ἦν ὁ οἶκος τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν Σηλώμ.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ ἐγένετο ἀνὴρ Λευίτης παροικῶν ἐν μηροῖς ὄρους ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτῷ γυναῖκα παλλακὴν ἀπὸ Βηθλεὲμ ᾿Ιούδα.

2 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ἀπ᾿ αὐτοῦ ἡ παλλακὴ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπῆλθε παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ εἰς οἶκον πατρὸς αὐτῆς εἰς Βηθλεὲμ ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἡμέρας μηνῶν τεσσάρων.

3 καὶ ἀνέστη ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς καὶ ἐπορεύθη ὀπίσω αὐτῆς τοῦ λαλῆσαι ἐπὶ καρδίαν αὐτῆς τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι αὐτὴν αὐτῷ, καὶ νεανίας αὐτοῦ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ καὶ ζεῦγος ὄνων· ἡ δὲ εἰσήνεγκεν αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον πατρὸς αὐτῆς, καὶ εἶδεν αὐτὸν ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος καὶ ηὐφράνθη εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῦ.

4 καὶ κατέσχεν αὐτὸν ὁ γαμβρὸς αὐτοῦ ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος καὶ ἐκάθισε μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τρεῖς ἡμέρας, καὶ ἔφαγον καὶ ἔπιον καὶ ηὐλίσθησαν ἐκεῖ.

5 καὶ ἐγένετο τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τετάρτῃ καὶ ὤρθρισαν τὸ πρωΐ καὶ ἀνέστη τοῦ πορευθῆναι· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος πρὸς τὸν νυμφίον αὐτοῦ· στήρισον τὴν καρδίαν σου ψωμῷ ἄρτου, καὶ μετὰ τοῦτο πορεύσεσθε.

6 καὶ ἐκάθισαν καὶ ἔφαγον οἱ δύο ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ καὶ ἔπιον· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος πρὸς τὸν ἄνδρα· ἄγε δὴ αὐλίσθητι, καὶ ἀγαθυνθήσεται ἡ καρδία σου.

7 καὶ ἀνέστη ὁ ἀνὴρ τοῦ πορεύεσθαι αὐτός· καὶ ἐβιάσατο αὐτὸν ὁ γαμβρὸς αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐκάθισε καὶ ηὐλίσθη ἐκεῖ.

8 καὶ ὤρθρισε τὸ πρωΐ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πέμπτῃ τοῦ πορευθῆναι· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος· στήρισον δὴ τὴν καρδίαν σου καὶ στράτευσον ἕως κλῖναι τὴν ἡμέραν· καὶ ἔφαγον οἱ δύο.

9 καὶ ἀνέστη ὁ ἀνὴρ τοῦ πορευθῆναι, αὐτὸς καὶ ἡ παλλακὴ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ νεανίας αὐτοῦ· καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ γαμβρὸς αὐτοῦ ὁ πατὴρ τῆς νεάνιδος· ἰδοὺ δὴ ἠσθένησενἡμέρα εἰς τὴν ἑσπέραν· αὐλίσθητι ὧδε, καὶ ἀγαθυνθήσεται ἡ καρδία σου, καὶ ὀρθριεῖτε αὔριον εἰς ὁδὸν ὑμῶν καὶ πορεύσῃ εἰς τὸ σκήνωμά σου.

10 καὶ οὐκ εὐδόκησεν ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐλισθῆναι καὶ ἀνέστη καὶ ἀπῆλθε καὶ ἦλθεν ἕως ἀπέναντι ᾿Ιεβοὺς (αὕτη ἐστὶν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ), καὶ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ ζεῦγος ὄνων ἐπισεσαγμένων, καὶ ἡ παλλακὴ αὐτοῦ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

11 καὶ ἤλθοσαν ἕως ᾿Ιεβούς, καὶ ἡ ἡμέρα προβεβήκει σφόδρα· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ νεανίας πρὸς τὸν κύριον αὐτοῦ· δεῦρο δὴ καὶ ἐκκλίνωμεν εἰς πόλιν τοῦ ᾿Ιεβουσὶ ταύτην καὶ αὐλισθῶμεν ἐν αὐτῇ.

12 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ· οὐκ ἐκκλινοῦμεν εἰς πόλιν ἀλλοτρίαν, ἐν ᾗ οὐκ ἔστιν ἀπὸ υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ ὧδε, καὶ παρελευσόμεθα ἕως Γαβαά.

13 καὶ εἶπε τῷ νεανίᾳ αὐτοῦ· δεῦρο καὶ ἐγγίσωμεν ἑνὶ τῶν τόπων καὶ αὐλισθησόμεθα ἐν Γαβαὰ ἢ ἐν Ραμά.

14 καὶ παρῆλθον καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν, καὶ ἔδυ αὐτοῖς ὁ ἥλιος ἐχόμενα τῆς Γαβαά, ἥ ἐστι τῷ Βενιαμίν.

 

15 καὶ ἐξέκλιναν ἐκεῖ τοῦ εἰσελθεῖν αὐλισθῆναι ἐν Γαβαά· καὶ εἰσῆλθον καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐν τῇ πλατείᾳ τῆς πόλεως, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἀνὴρ συνάγων αὐτοὺς εἰς οἰκίαν αὐλισθῆναι.

16 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ πρεσβύτης ἤρχετο ἐξ ἔργων αὐτοῦ ἐξ ἀγροῦ ἐν ἑσπέρᾳ· καὶ ὁ ἀνὴρ ἦν ἐξ ὄρους ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ αὐτὸς παρῴκει ἐν Γαβαά, καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες τοῦ τόπου υἱοὶ Βενιαμίν.

17 καὶ ᾖρε τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶδε τὸν ὁδοιπόρον ἄνδρα ἐν τῇ πλατείᾳ τῆς πόλεως· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ πρεσβύτης· ποῦ πορεύῃ καὶ πόθεν ἔρχῃ;

18 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν· παραπορευόμεθα ἡμεῖς ἀπὸ Βηθλεὲμ ᾿Ιούδα ἕως μηρῶν ὄρους ᾿Εφραίμ· ἐκεῖθεν ἐγώ εἰμι καὶ ἐπορεύθην ἕως Βηθλεὲμ ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ εἰς τὸν οἶκόν μου ἐγὼ πορεύομαι, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ἀνὴρ συνάγων με εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν·

19 καί γε ἄχυρα καὶ χορτάσματά ἐστι τοῖς ὄνοις ἡμῶν, καὶ ἄρτος καὶ οἶνός ἐστιν ἐμοὶ καὶ τῇ παιδίσκῃ καὶ τῷ νεανίσκῳ μετὰ τῶν παίδων σου, οὐκ ἔστιν ὑστέρημα παντὸς πράγματος.

20 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ἀνὴρ πρεσβύτης· εἰρήνη σοι, πλὴν πᾶν τὸ ὑστέρημά σου ἐπ᾿ ἐμέ· πλὴν ἐν τῇ πλατείᾳ οὐ μὴ αὐλισθήσῃ.

21 καὶ εἰσήνεγκεν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ καὶ τόπον ἐποίησε τοῖς ὄνοις, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐνίψαντο τοὺς πόδας αὐτῶν καὶ ἔφαγον καὶ ἔπιον.

22 αὐτοὶ δὲ ἀγαθύνοντες καρδίαν αὐτῶν καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες τῆς πόλεως υἱοὶ παρανόμων ἐκύκλωσαν τὴν οἰκίαν κρούοντες ἐπὶ τὴν θύραν. καὶ εἶπον πρὸς τὸν ἄνδρα τὸν κύριον τοῦ οἴκου τὸν πρεσβύτην λέγοντες· ἐξένεγκε τὸν ἄνδρα, ὃς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν σου, ἵνα γνῶμεν αὐτόν.

23 καὶ ἐξῆλθε πρὸς αὐτοὺς ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ κύριος τοῦ οἴκου καὶ εἶπε· μὴ ἀδελφοί, μὴ κακοποιήσητε δὴ μετὰ τὸ εἰσελθεῖν τὸν ἄνδρα τοῦτον εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν μου, μὴ ποιήσητε τὴν ἀφροσύνην ταύτην·

24 ἰδὲ ἡ θυγάτηρ μου ἡ παρθένος καὶ ἡ παλλακὴ αὐτοῦ, ἐξάξω αὐτάς, καὶ ταπεινώσατε αὐτὰς καὶ ποιήσατε αὐταῖς τὸ ἀγαθὸν ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ὑμῶν· καὶ τῷ ἀνδρὶ τούτῳ μὴ ποιήσητε τὸ ρῆμα τῆς ἀφροσύνης ταύτης.

25 καὶ οὐκ εὐδόκησαν οἱ ἄνδρες τοῦ εἰσακοῦσαι αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐπελάβετο ὁ ἀνὴρ τῆς παλλακῆς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξήγαγεν αὐτὴν πρὸς αὐτοὺς ἔξω, καὶ ἔγνωσαν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐνέπαιζον ἐν αὐτῇ ὄλην τὴν νύκτα ἕως τὸ πρωΐ· καὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτήν, ὡς ἀνέβη τὸ πρωΐ.

26 καὶ ἦλθεν ἡ γυνὴ πρὸς τὸν ὄρθρον καὶ ἔπεσε παρὰ τὴν θύραν τοῦ οἴκου, οὗ ἦν αὐτῆς ἐκεῖ ὁ ἀνήρ, ἕως οὗ διέφαυσε.

27 καὶ ἀνέστη ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς τὸ πρωΐ καὶ ἤνοιξε τὰς θύρας τοῦ οἴκου, καὶ ἐξῆλθε τοῦ πορευθῆναι τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτοῦ, καί ἰδοὺ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ ἡ παλλακὴ πεπτωκυῖα παρὰ τὰς θύρας τοῦ οἴκου, καὶ αἱ χεῖρες αὐτῆς ἐπὶ τὸ πρόθυρον.

28 καὶεἶπε πρὸς αὐτήν· ἀνάστα καὶ ἀπέλθωμεν· καὶ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη, ὅτι ἦν νεκρά. καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτὴν ἐπὶ τὸν ὄνον καὶ ἐπορεύθη εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ.

29 καὶ ἔλαβε τὴν ρομφαίαν καὶ ἐκράτησε τὴν παλλακὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐμέλισεν αὐτὴν εἰς δώδεκα μέλη καὶ ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὰ ἐν παντὶ ὁρίῳ ᾿Ισραήλ.

30 καὶ ἐγένετο πᾶς ὁ βλέπων ἔλεγεν· οὐκ ἐγένετο καὶ οὐχ ἑώραται ἀπὸ ἡμέρας ἀναβάσεως υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης θέσθε ὑμῖν αὐτοῖς βουλὴν ἐπ᾿ αὐτὴν καὶ λαλήσατε.


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ΚΑΙ ἐξῆλθον πάντες οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἐξεκκλησιάσθη ἡ συναγωγὴ ὡς ἀνὴρ εἷς ἀπὸ Δὰν καὶ ἕως Βηρσαβεὲ καὶ γῆ τοῦ Γαλαὰδ πρὸς Κύριον εἰς Μασσηφά.

2 καὶ ἐστάθησαν κατὰ πρόσωπον Κυρίου πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ λαοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, τετρακόσιαι χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν πεζῶν ἕλκοντες ρομφαίαν.

3 καὶ ἤκουσαν οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ὅτι ἀνέβησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς Μασσηφά. καὶ ἐλθόντες εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραήλ· λαλήσατε, ποῦ ἐγένετο ἡ πονηρία αὕτη;

4 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ Λευίτης, ὁ ἀνὴρ τῆς γυναικὸς τῆς φονευθείσης, καὶ εἶπεν· εἰς Γαβαὰ τῆς Βενιαμὶν ἦλθον ἐγὼ καὶ ἡ παλλακή μου τοῦ αὐλισθῆναι.

5 καὶ ἀνέστησαν ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ οἱ ἄνδρες τῆς Γαβαὰ καὶ ἐκύκλωσαν ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ ἐπὶ τὴν οἰκίαν νυκτός· ἐμὲ ἠθέλησαν φονεῦσαι καὶ τὴν παλλακήν μου ἐταπείνωσαν καὶ ἀπέθανε.

6 καὶ ἐκράτησα τὴν παλλακήν μου καὶ ἐμέλισα αὐτὴν καὶ ἐξαπέστειλα ἐν παντὶ ὁρίῳ κληρονομίας υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, ὅτι ἐποίησαν ζέμα καὶ ἀπόπτωμα ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ.

7 ἰδοὺ πάντες ὑμεῖς, υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, δότε ἑαυτοῖς λόγον καὶ βουλὴν ἐκεῖ.

8 καὶ ἀνέστη πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ὡς ἀνὴρ εἷς, λέγοντες· οὐκ ἀπελευσόμεθα ἀνὴρ εἰς σκήνωμα αὐτοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐπιστρέψομεν ἀνὴρ εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ.

9 καὶ νῦν τοῦτο τὸ ρῆμα, ὃ ποιηθήσεται τῇ Γαβαά· ἀναβησόμεθα ἐπ᾿ αὐτὴν ἐν κλήρῳ,

10 πλὴν ληψόμεθα δέκα ἄνδρας τοῖς ἑκατὸν εἰς πάσας φυλὰς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἑκατὸν τοῖς χιλίοις καὶχιλίους τοῖς μυρίοις, λαβεῖν ἐπισιτισμὸν τοῦ ποιῆσαι ἐλθεῖν αὐτοὺς εἰς Γαβαὰ Βενιαμίν, ποιῆσαι αὐτῇ κατὰ πᾶν τὸ ἀπόπτωμα, ὃ ἐποίησεν ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ.

11 καὶ συνήχθη πᾶς ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς τὴν πόλιν ὡς ἀνὴρ εἷς.

12 Καὶ ἀπέστειλαν αἱ φυλαὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἄνδρας ἐν πάσῃ φυλῇ Βενιαμὶν λέγοντες· τίς ἡ πονηρία αὕτη ἡ γενομένη ἐν ὑμῖν;

13 καὶ νῦν δότε τοὺς ἄνδρας υἱοὺς παρανόμων τοὺς ἐν Γαβαά, καὶ θανατώσομεν αὐτοὺς καὶ ἐκκαθαριοῦμεν πονηρίαν ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραήλ. καὶ οὐκ εὐδόκησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ἀκοῦσαι τῆς φωνῆς τῶν ἀδελφῶν αὐτῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ.

14 καὶ συνήχθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων αὐτῶν εἰς Γαβαὰ ἐξελθεῖν εἰς παράταξιν πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Ισραήλ.

15 καὶ ἐπεσκέπησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων εἴκοσι τρεῖς χιλιάδες, ἀνὴρ ἕλκων ρομφαίαν, ἐκτὸς τῶν οἰκούντων τὴν Γαβαά, οἳ ἐπεσκέπησαν ἑπτακόσιοι ἄνδρες

16 ἐκλεκτοὶ ἐκ παντὸς λαοῦ ἀμφοτεροδέξιοι· πάντες οὗτοι σφενδονῆται ἐν λίθοις πρὸς τρίχα, καὶ οὐκ ἐξαμαρτάνοντες.

17 καὶ ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπεσκέπησαν ἐκτὸς τοῦ Βενιαμίν, τετρακόσιαι χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν ἑλκόντων ρομφαίαν· πάντες οὗτοι ἄνδρες παρατάξεως.

18 καὶ ἀνέστησαν καὶ ἀνέβησαν εἰς Βαιθὴλ καὶ ἠρώτησαν ἐν τῷ Θεῷ καὶ εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραήλ· τίς ἀναβήσεται ἡμῖν ἐν ἀρχῇ εἰς παράταξιν πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμίν; καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· ᾿Ιούδας ἐν ἀρχῇ ἀναβήσεται ἀφηγούμενος.

19 καὶ ἀνέστησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τὸ πρωΐ καὶ παρενέβαλον ἐπὶ Γαβαά.

20 καὶ ἐξῆλθον πᾶς ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς παράταξιν πρὸς Βενιαμὶν καὶ συνῆψαν αὐτοῖς ἐπὶ Γαβαά.

21 καὶ ἐξῆλθον οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ἀπὸ τῆς Γαβαὰ καὶ διέφθειραν ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ δύο καὶ εἴκοσι χιλιάδας ἀνδρῶν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν.

22 καὶ ἐνίσχυσαν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ προσέθηκαν συνάψαι παράταξιν ἐν τῷ τόπῳ, ὅπου συνῆψαν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πρώτῃ.

23 καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἔκλαυσαν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἕως ἑσπέρας καὶ ἠρώτησαν ἐν Κυρίῳ λέγοντες· εἰ προσθῶμεν ἐγγίσαι εἰς παράταξιν πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν ἀδελφοὺς ἡμῶν; καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· ἀνάβητε πρὸς αὐτούς.

24 καὶ προσῆλθον οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ δευτέρᾳ.

25 καὶ ἐξῆλθον οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ τῆς Γαβαὰ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ δευτέρᾳ καὶ διέφθειραν ἀπὸ υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἔτι ὀκτωκαίδεκα χιλιάδας ἀνδρῶν ἐπί τὴν γῆν· πάντες οὗτοι ἕλκοντες ρομφαίαν.

26 καὶ ἀνέβησαν πάντες οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς καὶ ἦλθον εἰς Βαιθὴλ καὶ ἔκλαυσαν, καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐκεῖ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου καὶ ἐνήστευσαν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἕως ἑσπέρας καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώσεις καὶ τελείας ἐνώπιον Κυρίου·

27 ὅτι ἐκεῖ κιβωτὸς διαθήκης Κυρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ,

28 καὶ Φινεὲς υἱὸς ᾿Ελεάζαρ υἱοῦ ᾿Ααρὼν παρεστηκὼς ἐνώπιον αὐτῆς ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις. καὶ ἐπηρώτησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν Κυρίῳ λέγοντες· εἰ προσθῶμεν ἔτι ἐξελθεῖν εἰς παράταξιν πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν ἀδελφοὺς ἡμῶν ἢ ἐπίσχωμεν; καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· ἀνάβητε, ὅτι αὔριον δώσω αὐτοὺς εἰς χεῖρας ὑμῶν.

29 Καὶ ἔθηκαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἔνεδρα τῇ Γαβαὰ κύκλῳ.

30 καὶ ἀνέβησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τρίτῃ καὶ συνῆψαν πρὸς τὴν Γαβαὰ ὡς ἅπαξ καὶ ἅπαξ.

31 καὶ ἐξῆλθον οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν εἰς συνάντησιν τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ ἐξεκενώθησαν ἐκ τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἤρξαντο πατάσσειν ἀπὸ τοῦ λαοῦ τραυματίας ὡς ἅπαξ καὶ ἅπαξ ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς, ἥ ἐστι μία ἀναβαίνουσα εἰς Βαιθὴλ καὶ μία εἰς Γαβαὰ ἐν ἀγρῷ, ὡς τριάκοντα ἄνδρας ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ.

32 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμίν· πίπτουσιν ἐνώπιον ἡμῶν ὡς τὸ πρῶτον. καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἶπαν· φύγωμεν καὶ ἐκκενώσωμεν αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ τῆς πόλεως εἰς τὰς ὁδούς· καὶ ἐποίησαν οὕτω.

33 καὶ πᾶς ἀνὴρ ἀνέστη ἐκ τοῦ τόπου αὐτῶν καὶ συνῆψαν ἐν Βααλθαμάρ, καὶ τό ἔνεδρον ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπήρχετο ἐκ τοῦ τόπου αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ Μαοραγαβέ.

34 καὶ ἦλθον ἐξ ἐναντίας Γαβαὰ δέκα χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν ἐκλεκτῶν ἐκ παντὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ παράταξις βαρεῖα· καὶ αὐτοὶ οὐ ἔγνωσαν, ὅτι φθάνει ἐπ᾿ αὐτοὺς ἡ κακία.

35 καὶ ἐπάταξε Κύριος τὸν Βενιαμὶν ἐνώπιον υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ διέφθειραν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ τοῦ Βενιαμὶν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ εἴκοσι καὶ πέντε χιλιάδας καὶ ἑκατὸν ἄνδρας· πάντες οὗτοι εἷλκον ρομφαίαν.

36 καὶ εἶδον οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν ὅτι ἐπλήγησαν· καὶ ἔδωκεν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ τῷ Βενιαμὶν τόπον, ὅτι ἤλπισαν πρὸς τό ἔνεδρον, ὃ ἔθηκαν ἐπὶ τῇ Γαβαά.

 

37 καὶ ἐν τῷ αὐτοὺς ὑποχωρῆσαι καὶ τὸ ἔνεδρον ἐκινήθη καί ἐξέτειναν ἐπὶ τὴν Γαβαά, καὶ ἐξεχύθη τὸ ἔνεδρον καὶ ἐπάταξαν τὴν πόλιν ἐν στόματι ρομφαίας.

38 καὶ σημεῖον ἦν τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ισραὴλ μετὰ τοῦ ἐνέδρου τῆς μάχης ἀνενέγκαι αὐτοὺς σύσσημον καπνοῦ ἀπὸ τῆς πόλεως.

39 καὶ εἶδον οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ὅτι προκατελάβετο τὸ ἔνεδρον τὴν Γαβαά, καὶ ἔστησαν ἐν τῇ παρατάξει, καὶ Βενιαμὶν ἤρξατο πατάσσειν τραυματίας ἐν ἀνδράσιν ᾿Ισραὴλ ὡς τριάκοντα ἄνδρας, ὅτι εἶπαν· πάλιν πτώσει πίπτουσιν ἐνώπιον ἡμῶν ὡς ἡ παράταξις ἡ πρώτη.

40 καὶ τὸ σύσσημον ἀνέβη ἐπὶ πλεῖον ἐπὶ τῆς πόλεως ὡς στῦλος καπνοῦ· καὶ ἐπέβλεψε Βενιαμὶν ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνέβη συντέλεια τῆς πόλεως ἕως οὐρανοῦ.

41 καὶ ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπέστρεψε, καὶ ἔσπευσαν ἄνδρες Βενιαμίν, ὅτι εἶδον ὅτι συνήντησεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς ἡ πονηρία.

42 καὶ ἐπέβλεψαν ἐνώπιον υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς τὴν ὁδὸν τῆς ἐρήμου καὶ ἔφυγον, καὶ ἡ παράταξις ἔφθασεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς, καὶ οἱ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων διέφθειρον αὐτοὺς ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν.

43 καὶ κατέκοπτον τὸν Βενιαμὶν καὶ ἐδίωξαν αὐτὸν ἀπὸ Νουὰ κατὰ πόδα αὐτοῦ ἕως ἀπέναντι Γαβαὰ πρὸς ἀνατολὰς ἡλίου.

44 καὶ ἔπεσον ἀπὸ Βενιαμὶν ὀκτωκαίδεκα χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν· οἱ πάντες οὗτοι ἄνδρες δυνάμεως.

45 καὶ ἐπέβλεψαν οἱ λοιποὶ καὶ ἔφευγον εἰς τὴν ἔρημον πρὸς τὴν πέτραν τοῦ Ρεμμών, καὶ ἐκαλαμήσαντο ἐξ αὐτῶν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ πεντακισχιλίους ἄνδρας· καὶ κατέβησαν ὀπίσω αὐτῶν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἕως Γεδᾶν καὶ ἐπάταξαν ἐξ αὐτῶν δισχιλίους ἄνδρας.

46 καὶ ἐγένοντο πάντες οἱ πεπτωκότες ἀπὸ Βενιαμὶν εἰκοσιπέντε χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν ἑλκόντων ρομφαίαν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ· οἱ πάντες οὗτοι ἄνδρες δυνάμεως.

47 καὶ ἐπέβλεψαν οἱ λοιποὶ καὶ ἔφυγον εἰς τὴν ἔρημον πρὸς τὴν πέτραν τοῦ Ρεμμών, ἑξακόσιοι ἄνδρες, καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐν πέτρᾳ Ρεμμὼν τέσσαρας μῆνας.

48 καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπέστρεψαν πρὸς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν καὶ ἐπάταξαν αὐτοὺς ἐν στόματι ρομφαίας ἀπὸ πόλεως Μεθλὰ καὶ ἕως κτήνους καὶ ἕως παντὸς τοῦ εὑρισκομένου εἰς πάσας τὰς πόλεις· καὶ τὰς πόλεις τὰς εὑρεθείσας ἐνέπρησαν ἐν πυρί.


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ΚΑΙ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ὤμοσαν ἐν Μασσηφὰθ λέγοντες· ἀνὴρ ἐξ ἡμῶν οὐ δώσει θυγατέρα αὐτοῦ τῷ Βενιαμὶν εἰς γυναῖκα.

2 καὶ ἦλθεν ὁ λαὸς εἰς Βαιθὴλ καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐκεῖ ἕως ἑσπέρας ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ᾖραν φωνὴν αὐτῶν καὶ ἔκλαυσαν κλαυθμὸν μέγαν

3 καὶ εἶπαν· εἰς τί, Κύριε Θεὲ ᾿Ισραήλ, ἐγενήθη αὕτη τοῦ ἐπισκεπῆναι σήμερον ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραὴλ φυλὴν μίαν;

4 καὶ ἐγένετο τῇ ἐπαύριον καὶ ὤρθρισεν ὁ λαὸς καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν ἐκεῖ θυσιαστήριον, καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώσεις καὶ τελείας.

5 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραήλ· τίς οὐκ ἀνέβη ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ ἀπὸ πασῶν φυλῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς Κύριον; ὅτι ὁ ὅρκος μέγας ἦν τοῖς οὐκ ἀναβεβηκόσι πρὸς Κύριον εἰς Μασσηφὰθ λέγοντες· θανάτῳ θανατωθήσεται.

6 καὶ παρεκλήθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς Βενιαμὶν ἀδελφὸν αὐτῶν καὶ εἶπαν· ἐξεκόπη σήμερον φυλὴ μία ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραήλ·

7 τί ποιήσωμεν αὐτοῖς τοῖς περισσοῖς τοῖς ὑπολειφθεῖσιν εἰς γυναῖκας; καὶ ἡμεῖς ὠμόσαμεν ἐν Κυρίῳ τοῦ μὴ δοῦναι αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων ἡμῶν εἰς γυναῖκας.

8 καὶ εἶπαν· τίς εἷς ἀπὸ φυλῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, ὃς οὐκ ἀνέβη πρὸς Κύριον εἰς Μασσηφάθ; καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἦλθεν ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν ἀπὸ ᾿Ιαβὶς Γαλαὰδ εἰς τὴν ἐκκλησίαν.

9 καὶ ἐπεσκέπη ὁ λαός, καί οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἀνὴρ ἀπὸ οἰκούντων ᾿Ιαβὶς Γαλαάδ.

10 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ἐκεῖ ἡ συναγωγὴ δώδεκα χιλιάδας ἀνδρῶν ἀπὸ υἱῶν τῆς δυνάμεως καὶ ἐνετείλατο αὐτοῖς λέγοντες· πορεύεσθε καὶ πατάξατε τοὺς οἰκοῦντας ᾿Ιαβὶς Γαλαὰδ ἐν στόματι ρομφαίας.

11 καὶ τοῦτο ποιήσετε· πᾶν ἄρσεν καὶ πᾶσαν γυναῖκα εὐδυῖαν κοίτην ἄρσενος ἀναθεματιεῖτε, τὰς δὲ παρθένους περιποιήσεσθε. καὶ ἐποίησαν οὕτως.

12 καὶ εὗρον ἀπὸ οἰκούντων ᾿Ιαβὶς Γαλαὰδ τετρακοσίας νεάνιδας παρθένους, αἵτινες οὐκ ἔγνωσαν ἄνδρα εἰς κοίτην ἄρσενος, καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὰς εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν εἰς Σηλὼμ τὴν ἐν γῇ Χαναάν.

13 καὶ ἀπέστειλαν πᾶσα ἡ συναγωγὴ καὶ ἐλάλησαν πρὸς τοὺς υἱοὺς Βενιαμὶν ἐν τῇ πέτρᾳ Ρεμμὼν καὶ ἐκάλεσαν αὐτοὺς εἰς εἰρήνην.

14 καὶ ἐπέστρεψε Βενιαμὶν πρὸς τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐτοῖς οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τὰς γυναῖκας, ἃς ἐζωοποίησαν ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων ᾿Ιαβὶς Γαλαάδ· καὶ ἤρεσεν αὐτοῖς οὕτω.

15 Καὶ ὁ λαὸς παρεκλήθη ἐπὶ τῷ Βενιαμίν, ὅτι ἐποίησε Κύριος διακοπὴν ἐν ταῖς φυλαῖς ᾿Ισραήλ.

16 καὶ εἶπον οἱ πρεσβύτεροι τῆς συναγωγῆς· τί ποιήσωμεν τοῖς περισσοῖς εἰς γυναῖκας; ὅτι ἠφανίσθη ἀπὸ Βενιαμὶν γυνή.

17 καὶ εἶπαν· Κληρονομία διασωζομένων τῶν Βενιαμίν, καὶ οὐκ ἐξαλειφθήσεται φυλὴ ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραήλ·

18 ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐ δυνησόμεθα δοῦναι αὐτοῖς γυναῖκας ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων ἡμῶν, ὅτι ὠμόσαμεν ἐν υἱοῖς ᾿Ισραὴλ λέγοντες· ἐπικατάρατος ὁ διδοὺς γυναῖκα τῷ Βενιαμίν.

19 καὶ εἶπαν· ἰδοὺ δὴ ἑορτὴ Κυρίου ἐν Σηλὼμ ἀφ᾿ ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας, ἥ ἐστιν ἀπὸ βορρᾶ τῆς Βαιθὴλ κατ᾿ ἀνατολάς ἡλίου ἐπὶ τῆς ὁδοῦ τῆς ἀναβαινούσης ἀπό Βαιθὴλ εἰς Συχέμ καὶ ἀπὸ νότου τῆς Λεβωνά.

20 καὶ ἐνετείλαντο τοῖς υἱοῖς Βενιαμὶν λέγοντες· πορεύεσθε καὶ ἐνεδρεύσατε ἐν τοῖς ἀμπελῶσι·

21 καὶ ὄψεσθε καὶ ἰδού, ἐὰν ἐξέλθωσιν αἱ θυγατέρες τῶν οἰκούντων Σηλὼ χορεύειν ἐν τοῖς χοροῖς, καὶ ἐξελεύσεσθε ἐκ τῶν ἀμπελώνων καὶ ἁρπάσατε ἑαυτοῖς ἀνὴρ γυναῖκα, ἀπὸ τῶν θυγατέρων Σηλὼμ καὶ πορεύεσθε εἰς γῆν Βενιαμίν.

22 καὶ ἔσται ὅταν ἔλθωσιν οἱ πατέρες αὐτῶν ἢ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν κρίνεσθαι πρὸς ἡμᾶς, καὶ ἐροῦμεν αὐτοῖς· ἔλεος ποιήσατε ἡμῖν αὐτάς, ὅτι οὐκ ἐλάβομεν ἀνὴρ γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ παρατάξει, ὅτι οὐχ ὑμεῖς ἐδώκατε αὐτοῖς· ὡς κλῆροςπλημμελήσατε.

23 καὶ ἐποίησαν οὕτως οἱ υἱοὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ ἔλαβον γυναῖκας εἰς ἀριθμὸν αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῶν χορευουσῶν, ὧν ἥρπασαν· καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν καὶ ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτῶν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν τὰς πόλεις καὶ ἐκάθισαν ἐν αὐταῖς.

24 καὶ περιεπάτησαν ἐκεῖθεν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἀνὴρ εἰς φυλὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς συγγένειαν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐξῆλθον ἐκεῖθεν ἀνὴρ εἰς τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ.

25 ἐν δὲ ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ· ἀνὴρ τὸ εὐθὲς ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ἐποίει.


 

 

 

    

 

    

       

JUDGES
 

11

And Jephthae the Galaadite was a mighty man; and he was the son of a harlot, who bore Jephthae to Galaad.

2 And the wife of Galaad bore him sons; and the sons of his wife grew up, and they cast out Jephthae, and said to him, Thou shalt not inherit in the house of our father, for thou art the son of a concubine.

 

3 And Jephthae fled from the face of his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob; and vain men gathered to Jephthae, and went out with him.

 

4 And it came to pass when the children of Ammon prepared to fight with Israel,

5 that the elders of Galaad went to fetch Jephthae from the land of Tob.

6 And they said to Jephthae, Come, and be our head, and we will fight with the sons of Ammon.

7 And Jephthae said to the elders of Galaad, Did ye not hate me, and cast me out of my fatherís house, and banish me from you? and wherefore are ye come to me now when ye want me?

 

8 And the elders of Galaad said to Jephthae, Therefore have we now turned to thee, that thou shouldest go with us, and fight against the sons of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Galaad.

 

9 And Jephthae said to the elders of Galaad, If ye turn me back to fight with the children of Ammon, and the Lord should deliver them before me, then will I be your head.

10 And the elders of Galaad said to Jephthae, The Lord be witness between us, if we shall not do according to thy word.

11 And Jephthae went with the elders of Galaad, and the people made him head and ruler over them: and Jephthae spoke all his words before the Lord in Massepha.

 

12 And Jephthae sent messengers to the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What have I to do with thee, that thou hast come against me to fight in my land?

13 And the king of the children of Ammon said to the messengers of Jephthae, Because Israel took my land when he went up out of Egypt, from Arnon to Jaboc, and to Jordan: now then return them peaceably and I will depart.

14 And Jephthae again sent messengers to the king of the children of Ammon,

15 and said to him, Thus says Jephthae, Israel took not the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon;

16 for in their going up out of Egypt Israel went in the wilderness as far as the sea of Siph, and came to Cades.

17 And Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, I will pass, if it please thee, by thy land: and the king of Edom complied not: and Israel also sent to the king of Moab, and he did not consent; and Israel sojourned in Cades.

18 And they journeyed in the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab: and they came by the east of the land of Moab, an encamped in the country beyond Arnon, and came not within the borders of Moab, for Arnon is the border of Moab.

19 And Israel sent messengers to Seon king of the Amorite, king of Esbon, and Israel said to him, Let us pass, we pray thee, by thy land to our place.

 

20 And Seon did not trust Israel to pass by his coast; and Seon gathered all his people, and they encamped at Jasa; and he set the battle in array against Israel.

 

21 And the Lord God of Israel delivered Seon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote him; and Israel inherited all the land of the Amorite who dwelt in that land,

 

22 from Arnon and to Jaboc, and from the wilderness to Jordan.

23 And now the Lord God of Israel has removed the Amorite from before his people Israel, and shalt thou inherit his land?

24 Wilt thou not inherit those possessions which Chamos thy god shall cause thee to inherit; and shall not we inherit the land of all those whom the Lord our God has removed from before you?

25 And now art thou any better than Balac son of Sepphor, king of Moab? did he indeed fight with Israel, or indeed make war with him,

 

26 when Israel dwelt in Esebon and in its coasts, and in the land of Aroer and in its coasts, and in all the cities by Jordan, three hundred years? and wherefore didst thou not recover them in that time?

 

27 And now I have not sinned against thee, but thou wrongest me in preparing war against me: may the Lord the Judge judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

28 But the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not to the words of Jephthae, which he sent to him.

29 And the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthae, and he passed over Galaad, and Manasse, and passed by the watch-tower of Galaad to the other side of the children of Ammon.

30 And Jephthae vowed a vow to the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver the children of Ammon into my hand,

31 then it shall come to pass that whosoever shall first come out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, he shall be the Lordís: I will offer him up for a whole-burnt-offering.

32 And Jephthae advanced to meet the sons of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hand.

33 And he smote them from Aroer till one comes to Arnon, in number twenty cities, and as far as Ebelcharmim, with a very great destruction: and the children of Ammon were straitened before the children of Israel.

34 And Jephthae came to Massepha to his house; and behold, his daughter came forth to meet him with timbrels and dances; and she was his only child, he had not another son or daughter.

35 And it came to pass when he saw her, that he rent his garments, and said, Ah, ah, my daughter, thou hast indeed troubled me, and thou wast the cause of my trouble; and I have opened my mouth against thee to the Lord, and I shall not be able to return from it.

36 And she said to him, Father, hast thou opened thy mouth to the Lord? Do to me accordingly as the word went out of thy mouth, in that the Lord has wrought vengeance for thee on thine enemies of the children of Ammon.

37 And she said to her father, Let my father now do this thing: let me alone for two months, and I will go up and down on the mountains, and I will bewail my virginity, I and my companions.

 

38 And he said, Go: and he sent her away for two months; and she went, and her companions, and she bewailed her virginity on the mountains.

 

39 And it came to pass at the end of the two months that she returned to her father; and he performed upon her his vow which he vowed; and she knew no man: and it was an ordinance in Israel,

 

40 That the daughters of Israel went from year to year to bewail the daughter of Jephthae the Galaadite for four days in a year.


12

And the men of Ephraim assembled themselves, and passed on to the north, and said to Jephthae, Wherefore didst thou go over to fight with the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thy house over thee with fire.

2 And Jephthae said to them, I and my people and the children of Ammon were very much engaged in war; and I called for you, and ye did not save me out of their hand.

3 And I saw that thou wert no helper, and I put my life in my hand, and passed on to the sons of Ammon; and the Lord delivered them into my hand: and wherefore are ye come up against me this day to fight with me?

4 And Jephthae gathered all the men of Galaad, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Galaad smote Ephraim, because they that were escaped of Ephraim said, Ye are of Galaad in the midst of Ephraim and in the midst of Manasse.

5 And Galaad took the fords of Jordan before Ephraim; and they that escaped of Ephraim said to them, Let us go over: and the men of Galaad said, Art thou an Ephrathite? and he said, No.

 

6 Then they said to him, Say now Stachys; and he did not rightly pronounce it so: and they took him, and slew him at the fords of Jordan; and there fell at that time of Ephraim two and forty thousand.

 

7 And Jephthae judged Israel six years; and Jephthae the Galaadite died, and was buried in his city Galaad.

 

8 And after him Abaissan of Bethleem judged Israel.

 

 9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent forth; and he brought in thirty daughters for his sons from without; and he judged Israel seven years.

10 And Abaissan died, and was buried in Bethleem.

 

11 And after him ∆lom of Zabulon judged Israel ten years.

12 And ∆lom of Zabulon died, and was buried in ∆lom in the land of Zabulon.

13 And after him Abdon the son of Ellel, the Pharathonite, judged Israel.

14 And he had forty sons, and thirty grandsons, that rode upon seventy colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

 

15 And Abdon the son of Ellel, the Pharathonite, died, and was buried in Pharathon in the land of Ephraim in the mount of Amalec.


13

And the children of Israel yet again committed iniquity before the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Phylistines forty years.

2 And there was a man of Saraa, of the family of the kindred of Dan, and his name was Manoe, and his wife was barren, and bore not.

3 And an angel of the Lord appeared to the woman, and said to her, Behold, thou art barren and hast not born; yet thou shalt conceive a son.

4 And now be very cautious, and drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat no unclean thing;

5 for behold, thou art with child, and shalt bring forth a son; and there shall come no razor upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Phylistines.

6 And the woman went in, and spoke to her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his appearance was as of an angel of God, very dreadful; and I did not ask him whence he was, and he did not tell me his name.

7 And he said to me, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bring forth a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat no unclean thing; for the child shall be holy to God from the womb until the day of his death.

8 And Manoe prayed to the Lord and said, I pray thee, O Lord my lord, concerning the man of God whom thou sentest; let him now come to us once more, and teach us what we shall do to the child about to be born.

9 And the Lord heard the voice of Manoe, and the angel of God came yet again to the woman; and she sat in the field, and Manoe her husband was not with her.

10 And the woman hasted, and ran, and brought word to her husband, and said to him, Behold the man who came in the other day to me has appeared to me.

11 And Manoe arose and followed his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Art thou the man that spoke to the woman? and the angel said, I am.

 

12 And Manoe said, Now shall thy word come to pass: what shall be the ordering of the child, and our dealings with him?

13 And the angel of the Lord said to Manoe, Of all things concerning which I spoke to the woman, she shall beware.

14 She shall eat of nothing that comes of the vine yielding wine, and let her not drink wine or strong liquor, and let her not eat anything unclean: all things that I have charged her she shall observe.

15 And Manoe said to the angel of the Lord, Let us detain thee here, and prepare before thee a kid of the goats.

16 And the angel of the Lord said to Manoe, If thou shouldest detain me, I will not eat of thy bread; and if thou wouldest offer a whole-burnt-offering, to the Lord thou shalt offer it: for Manoe knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.

17 And Manoe said to the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy word shall come to pass, we may glorify thee?

18 And the angel of the Lord said to him, Why dost thou thus ask after my name; whereas it is wonderful?

19 And Manoe took a kid of the goats and its meat-offering, and offered it on the rock to the Lord; and the angel wrought a distinct work, and Manoe and his wife were looking on.

20 And it came to pass when the flame went up above the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the Lord went up in the flame; and Manoe and his wife were looking, and they fell upon their face to the earth.

 

21 And the angel appeared no more to Manoe and to his wife: then Manoe knew that this was an angel of the Lord.

 

22 And Manoe said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

23 But his wife said to him, If the Lord were pleased to slay us, he would not have received of our hand a whole-burnt-offering and a meat-offering; and he would not have shewn us all these things, neither would he have caused us to hear all these things as at this time.

24 And the woman brought forth a son, and she called his name Sampson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.

25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to go out with him in the camp of Dan, and between Saraa and Esthaol.


14

And Sampson went down to Thamnatha, and saw a woman in Thamnatha of the daughters of the Philistines.

2 And he went up and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Thamnatha of the daughters of the Phylistines; and now take her to me for a wife.

3 And his father and his mother said to him, Are there no daughters of thy brethren, and is there not a woman of all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Sampson said to his father, Take her for me, for she is right in my eyes.

 

 

4 And his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought to be revenged on the Philistines: and at that time the Philistines lorded it over Israel.

5 And Sampson and his father and his mother went down to Thamnatha, and he came to the vineyard of Thamnatha; and behold, a young lion roared in meeting him.

6 And the spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he crushed him as he would have crushed a kid of the goats, and there was nothing in his hands: and he told not his father and his mother what he had done.

7 And they went down and spoke to the woman, and she was pleasing in the eyes of Sampson.

8 And after some time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees, and honey were in the mouth of the lion.

9 And he took it into his hands, and went on eating, and he went to his father and his mother, and gave to them, and they did eat; but he told them not that he took the honey out of the mouth of the lion.

 

10 And his father went down to the woman, and Sampson made there a banquet for seven days, for so the young men are used to do.

 

11 And it came to pass when they saw him, that they took thirty guests, and they were with him.

12 And Sampson said to them, I propound you a riddle: if ye will indeed tell it me, and discover it within the seven days of the feast, I will you give thirty sheets and thirty changes of raiment.

 

13 And if ye cannot tell it me, ye shall give me thirty napkins and thirty changes of apparel: and they said to him, Propound thy riddle, and we will hear it.

 

 

14 And he said to them, Meat came forth of the eater, and sweetness out of the strong: and they could not tell the riddle for three days.

 

15 And it came to pass on the fourth day, that they said to the wife of Sampson, Deceive now thy husband, and let him tell thee the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy fatherís house with fire: did ye invite us to do us violence?

16 And Sampsonís wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not; for the riddle which thou hast propounded to the children of my people thou hast not told me: and Sampson said to her, If I have not told it to my father and my mother, shall I tell it to thee?

17 And she wept before him the seven days, during which their banquet lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she troubled him; and she told it to the children of her people.

 

18 And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day, before sunrise, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? and Sampson said to them, If ye had not ploughed with my heifer, ye would not have known my riddle.

19 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him powerfully, and he went down to Ascalon, and destroyed of the inhabitants thirty men, and took their garments, and gave the changes of raiment to them that told the riddle; and Sampson was very angry, and went up to the house of his father.

20 And the wife of Sampson was given to one of his friends, with whom he was on terms of friendship.


15

And it came to pass after a time, in the days of wheat harvest, that Sampson visited his wife with a kid, and said, I will go in to my wife even into the chamber: but her father did not suffer him to go in.

 

2 And her father spoke, saying, I said that thou didst surely hate her, and I gave her to one of thy friends: is not her younger sister better than she? let her be to thee instead of her.

3 And Sampson said to them, Even for once am I guiltless with regard to the Philistines, in that I do mischief among them.

4 And Sampson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned tail to tail, and put a torch between two tails, and fastened it.

 

5 And he set fire to the torches, and sent the foxes into the corn of the Philistines; and every thing was burnt from the threshing floor to the standing corn, and even to the vineyard and olives.

6 And the Philistines said, Who has done these things? and they said, Sampson the son-in-law of the Thamnite, because he has taken his wife, and given her to one of his friends; and the Philistines went up, and burnt her and her fatherís house with fire.

 

7 And Sampson said to them, Though ye may have dealt thus with her, verily I will be avenged of you, and afterwards I will cease.

8 And he smote them leg on thigh with a great overthrow; and went down and dwelt in a cave of the rock Etam.

9 And the Philistines went up, and encamped in Juda, and spread themselves abroad in Lechi.

10 And the men of Juda said, Why are ye come up against us? and the Philistines said, We are come up to bind Sampson, and to do to him as he has done to us.

 

11 And the three thousand men of Juda went down to the hole of the rock Etam, and they said to Sampson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines rule over us? and what is this that thou hast done to us? and Sampson said to them, As they did to me, so have I done to them.

12 And they said to him, We are come down to bind thee to deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines: and Sampson said to them, Swear to me that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

13 And they spoke to him, saying, Nay, but we will only bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand, and will by no means slay thee: and they bound him with two new ropes, and brought him from that rock.

 

14 And they came to Lechi: and the Philistines shouted, and ran to meet him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were upon his arms became as tow which is burnt with fire; and his bonds were consumed from off his hands.

15 And he found the jaw-bone of an ass that had been cast away, and he put forth his hand and took it, and smote with it a thousand men.

16 And Sampson said, With the jaw-bone of an ass I have utterly destroyed them, for with the jaw-bone of an ass I have smitten a thousand men.

17 And it came to pass when he ceased speaking, that he cast the jaw-bone out of his hand; and he called that place the Lifting of the jaw-bone.

18 And he was very thirsty, and wept before the Lord, and said, Thou hast been well pleased to grant this great deliverance by the hand of thy servant, and new shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?

19 And God broke open a hollow place in the jaw, and there came thence water, and he drank; and his spirit returned and he revived: therefore the name of the fountain was called ĎThe well of the invoker,í which is in Lechi, until this day.

20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.


16

And Sampson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in to her.

2 And it was reported to the Gazites, saying, Sampson is come hither: and they compassed him and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and they were quiet all the night, saying, Let us wait till the dawn appear, and we will slay him.

3 And Sampson slept till midnight, and rose up at midnight, and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city with the two posts, and lifted them up with the bar, and laid them on his shoulders, and he went up to the top of the mountain that is before Chebron, and laid them there.

 

4 And it came to pass after this that he loved a woman in Alsorech, and her name was Dalida.

5 And the princess of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Beguile him, and see wherein his great strength is, and wherewith we shall prevail against him, and bind him to humble him; and we will give thee each eleven hundred pieces of silver.

 

6 And Dalida said to Sampson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein is thy great strength, and wherewith thou shalt be bound that thou mayest be humbled.

7 And Sampson said to her, If they bind me with seven moist cords that have not been spoiled, then shall I be weak and be as one of ordinary men.

8 And the princess of the Philistines brought to her seven moist cords that had not been spoiled, and she bound him with them.

9 And the liers in wait remained with her in the chamber; and she said to him, the Philistines are upon thee, Sampson: and he broke the cords as if any one should break a thread of tow when it has touched the fire, and his strength was not known.

10 And Dalida said to Sampson, Behold, thou hast cheated me, and told me lies; now then tell me wherewith thou shalt be bound.

11 And he said to her, If they should bind me fast with new ropes with which work has not been done, then shall I be weak, and shall be as another man.

 

12 And Dalida took new ropes, and bound him with them, and the liers in wait came out of the chamber, and she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Sampson: and he broke them off his arms like a thread.

 

13 And Dalida said to Sampson, Behold, thou hast deceived me, and told me lies; tell me, I intreat thee, wherewith thou mayest be bound: and he said to her, If thou shouldest weave the seven locks of my head with the web, and shouldest fasten them with the pin into the wall, then shall I be weak as another man.

14 And it came to pass when he was asleep, that Dalida took the seven locks of his head, and wove them with the web, and fastened them with the pin into the wall, and she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Sampson: and he awoke out of his sleep, and carried away the pin of the web out of the wall.

15 And Dalida said to Sampson, How sayest thou, I love thee, when thy heart is not with me? this third time thou hast deceived me, and hast not told me wherein is thy great strength.

16 And it came to pass as she pressed him sore with her words continually, and straitened him, that his spirit failed almost to death.

17 Then he told her all his heart, and said to her, A razor has not come upon my head, because I have been a holy one of God from my motherís womb; if then I should be shaven, my strength will depart from me, and I shall be weak, and I shall be as all other men.

18 And Dalida saw that he told her all his heart, and she sent and called the princess of the Philistines, saying, Come up yet this once; for he has told me all his heart. And the chiefs of the Philistines went up to her, and brought the money in their hands.

 

 

19 And Dalida made Sampson sleep upon her knees; and she called a man, and he shaved the seven locks of his head, and she began to humble him, and his strength departed from him.

 

20 And Dalida said, The Philistines are upon thee, Sampson: and he awoke out of his sleep and said, I will go out as at former times, and shake myself; and he knew not that the Lord was departed from him.

 

21 And the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground in the prison-house.

 

 

22 And the hair of his head began to grow as before it was shaven.

23 And the chiefs of the Philistines met to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon, and to make merry; and they said, God has given into our hand our enemy Sampson.

24 And the people saw him, and sang praises to their god; for our god, said they, has delivered into our hand our enemy, who wasted our land, and who multiplied our slain.

25 And when their heart was merry, then they said, Call Sampson out of the prison-house, and let him play before us: and they called Sampson out of the prison-house, and he played before them; and they smote him with the palms of their hands, and set him between the pillars.

26 And Sampson said to the young man that held his hand, Suffer me to feel the pillars on which the house rests, and I will stay myself upon them.

 

27 And the house was full of men and woman, and there were all the chiefs of the Philistines, and on the roof were about three thousand men and woman looking at the sports of Sampson.

 

28 And Sampson wept before the Lord, and said, O Lord, my lord, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, O God, yet this once, and I will requite one recompense to the Philistines for my two eyes.

 

29 And Sampson took hold of the two pillars of the house on which the house stood, and leaned on them, and laid hold of one with his right hand, and the other with his left.

30 And Sampson said, Let my wife perish with the Philistines: and he bowed himself mightily; and the house fell upon the princes, and upon all the people that were in it: and the dead whom Sampson slew in his death were more than those whom he slew in his life.

31 And his brethren and his fatherís house went down, and they took him; and they went up and buried him between Saraa and Esthaol in the sepulchre of his father Manoe; and he judged Israel twenty years.


17

And there was a man of mount Ephraim, and his name was Michaias.

2 And he said to his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of silver which thou tookest of thyself, and about which thou cursedst me, and spokest in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it: and his mother said, Blessed be my son of the Lord.

3 And he restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I had wholly consecrated the money to the Lord out of my hand for my son, to make a graven and a molten image, and now I will restore it to thee.

4 But he returned the silver to his mother, and his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to a silversmith, and he made it a graven and a molten image; and it was in the house of Michaias.

 

5 And the house of Michaias was to him the house of God, and he made an ephod and theraphin, and he consecrated one of his sons, and he became to him a priest.

6 And in those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

 

7 And there was a young man in Bethleem of the tribe of Juda, and he was a Levite, and he was sojourning there.

8 And the man departed from Bethleem the city of Juda to sojourn in whatever place he might find; and he came as far as mount Ephraim, and to the house of Michaias to accomplish his journey.

9 And Michaias said to him, Whence comest thou? and he said to him, I am a Levite of Bethleem Juda, and I go to sojourn in any place I may find.

10 And Michaias said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest; and I will give thee ten pieces of silver by the year, and a change of raiment, and thy living.

11 And the Levite went and began to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his sons.

12 And Michaias consecrated the Levite, and he became to him a priest, and he was in the house of Michaias.

13 And Michaias said, Now I know that the Lord will do me good, because a Levite has become my priest.


18

In those days there was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of Dan sought for itself an inheritance to inhabit, because no inheritance had fallen to it until that day in the midst of the tribes of the children of Israel.

2 And the sons of Dan sent from their families five men of valour, from Saraa and from Esthaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, Go and search out the land. And they came as far as the mount of Ephraim to the house of Michaias and they lodged there,

 

3 in the house of Michaias, and they recognised the voice of the young man the Levite, and turned in thither; and said to him, Who brought thee in hither? and what doest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?

4 And he said to them, Thus and thus did Michaias to me, and he hired me, and I became his priest.

 

5 And they said to him, Enquire now of God, and we shall know whether our way will prosper, on which we are going.

6 And the priest said to them, Go in peace; your way in which ye go, is before the Lord.

 

7 And the five men went on, and came to Laisa; and they saw the people in the midst of it dwelling securely, at ease as is the manner of the Sidonians, and there is no one perverting or shaming a matter in the land, no heir extorting treasures; and they are far from the Sidonians, and they have no intercourse with any one.

8 And the five men came to their brethren to Saraa and Esthaol, and said to their brethren, Why sit ye here idle?

9 And they said, Arise, and let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good, yet ye are still: delay not to go, an to enter in to possess the land.

10 And whensoever ye shall go, ye shall come in upon a people secure, and the land is extensive, for God has given it into your hand; a place where there is no want of anything that the earth affords.

11 And there departed thence of the families of Dan, from Saraa and from Esthaol, six hundred men, girded with weapons of war.

12 And they went up, and encamped in Cariathiarim in Juda; therefore it was called in that place the camp of Dan, until this day: behold, it is behind Cariathiarim.

13 And they went on thence to the mount of Ephraim, and came to the house of Michaias.

14 And the five men who went to spy out the land of Laisa answered, and said to their brethren, Ye know that there is in this place an ephod, and theraphin, and a graven and a molten image; and now consider what ye shall do.

15 And they turned aside there, and went into the house of the young man, the Levite, even into the house of Michaias, and asked him how he was.

16 And the six hundred men of the sons of Dan who were girded with their weapons of war stood by the door of the gate.

17 And the five men who went to spy out the land went up, and entered into the house of Michaias, and the priest stood.

18 And they took the graven image, and the ephod, and the theraphin, and the molten image; and the priest said to them, What are ye doing?

19 And they said to him, Be silent, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be the priest of the house of one man, or to be the priest of a tribe and house for a family of Israel?

20 And the heart of the priest was glad, and he took the ephod, and the theraphin, and the graven image, and the molten image, and went in the midst of the people.

21 So they turned and departed, and put their children and their property and their baggage before them.

 

22 They went some distance from the house of Michaias, and, behold, Michaias and the men in the houses near Michaiasí house, cried out, and overtook the children of Dan.

23 And the children of Dan turned their face, and said to Michaias, What is the matter with thee that thou hast cried out?

24 And Michaias said, Because ye have taken my graven image which I made, and my priest, and are gone; and what have I remaining? and what is this that ye say to me, Why criest thou?

25 And the children of Dan said to him, Let not thy voice be heard with us, lest angry men run upon thee, and take away thy life, and the lives of thy house.

 

 

26 And the children of Dan went their way; and Michaias saw that they were stronger than himself, and he returned to his house.

27 And the children of Dan took what Michaias had made, and the priest that he had, and they came to Laisa, to a people quiet and secure; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.

28 And there was no deliverer, because the city is far from the Sidonians, and they have no intercourse with men, and it is in the valley of the house of Raab; and they built the city, and dwelt in it.

 

29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel; and the name of the city was Ulamais before.

30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image for themselves; and Jonathan son of Gerson son of Manasse, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan till the time of the carrying away of the nation.

31 And they set up for themselves the graven image which Michaias made, all the days that the house of God was in Selom.


19

And it was so in those days that there was no king in Israel; and there was a Levite sojourning in the sides of mount Ephraim, and he took to himself a concubine from Bethleem Juda.

2 And his concubine departed from him, and went away from him to the house of her father to Bethleem Juda, and she was there four months.

 

3 And her husband rose up, and went after her to speak kindly to her, to recover her to himself; and he had his young man with him, and a pair of asses; and she brought him into the house of her father; and the father of the damsel saw him, and was well pleased to meet him.

4 And his father-in-law, the father of the damsel, constrained him, and he stayed with him for three days; and they ate and drank, and lodged there.

 

5 And it came to pass on the fourth day that they rose early, and he stood up to depart; and the father of the damsel said to his son-in-law, Strengthen thy heart with a morsel of bread, and afterwards ye shall go.

 

6 So they two sat down together and ate and drank: and the father of the damsel said to her husband, Tarry now the night, and let thy heart be merry.

 

7 And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law constrained him, and he stayed and lodged there.

 

8 And he rose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the father of the damsel said, Strengthen now thine heart, and quit thyself as a soldier till the day decline; and the two ate.

9 And the man rose up to depart, he and his concubine, and his young man; but his father-in-law the father of the damsel said to him, Behold now, the day has declined toward evening; lodge here, an let thy heart rejoice; and ye shall rise early to-morrow for your journey, and thou shalt go to thy habitation.

 

10 But the man would not lodge there, but he arose and departed, and came to the part opposite Jebus, (this is Jerusalem,) and there was with him a pair of asses saddled, and his concubine was with him.

 

11 And they came as far as Jebus: and the day had far advanced, and the young man said to his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn aside to this city of the Jebusites, and let us lodge in it.

12 And his master said to him, We will not turn aside to a strange city, where there is not one of the children of Israel, but we will pass on as far as Gabaa.

 

13 And he said to his young man, Come, and let us draw nigh to one of the places, and we will lodge in Gabaa or in Rama.

14 And they passed by and went on, and the sun went down upon them near to Gabaa, which is in Benjamin.

15 And they turned aside thence to go in to lodge in Gabaa; and they went in, and sat down in the street of the city, and there was no one who conducted them into a house to lodge.

16 And behold, an old man came out of the field from his work in the evening; and the man was of mount Ephraim, and he sojourned in Gabaa, and the men of the place were sons of Benjamin.

17 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw a traveller in the street of the city; and the old man said to him, Whither goest thou, and whence comest thou?

 

18 And he said to him, We are passing by from Bethleem Juda to the sides of mount Ephraim: I am from thence, and I went as far as Bethleem Juda, and I am going home, and there is no man to take me into his house.

19 Yet is there straw and food for our asses, and bread and wine for me and my handmaid and the young man with thy servants; there is no want of anything

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20 And the old man said, Peace be to thee; only be every want of thine upon me, only do thou by no means lodge in the street.

21 And he brought him into his house, and made room for his asses; and they washed their feet, and ate and drank.

22 And they were comforting their heart, when, behold, the men of the city, sons of transgressors, compassed the house, knocking at the door: and they spoke to the old man the owner of the house, saying, Bring out the man who came into thy house, that we may know him.

23 And the master of the house came out to them, and said, Nay, brethren, do not ye wrong, I pray you, after this man has come into my house; do not ye this folly.

 

24 Behold my daughter a virgin, and the manís concubine: I will bring them out, and humble ye them, and do to them that which is good in your eyes; but to this man do not this folly.

 

25 But the men would not consent to hearken to him; so the man laid hold of his concubine, and brought her out to them; and they knew her, and abused her all night till the morning, and let her go when the morning dawned.

 

26 And the woman came toward morning, and fell down at the door of the house where her husband was, until it was light.

27 And her husband rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went forth to go on his journey; and, behold, the woman his concubine had fallen down by the doors of the house, and her hands were on the threshold.

28 And he said to her, Rise, and let us go; and she answered not, for she was dead: and he took her upon his ass, and went to his place.

29 And he took his sword, and laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve parts, and sent them to every coast of Israel.

30 And it was so, that every one who saw it said, Such a day as this has not happened nor has been seen from the day of the going up of the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt until this day: take ye counsel concerning it, and speak.


20

And all the children of Israel went out, and all the congregation was gathered as one man, from Dan even to Bersabee, and in the land of Galaad, to the Lord at Massepha.

2 And all the tribes of Israel stood before the Lord in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.

 

3 And the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Massepha: and the children of Israel came and said, Tell us, where did this wickedness take place?

4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I and my concubine went to Gabaa of Benjamin to lodge.

 

5 And the men of Gabaa rose up against me, and compassed the house by night against me; they wished to slay me, and they have humbled my concubine, and she is dead.

6 And I laid hold of my concubine, and divided her in pieces, and sent the parts into every coast of the inheritance of the children of Israel; for they have wrought lewdness and abomination in Israel.

7 Behold, all ye are children of Israel; and consider and take counsel here among yourselves.

8 And all the people rose up as one man, saying, No one of us shall return to his tent, and no one of us shall return to his house.

9 And now this is the thing which shall be done in Gabaa; we will go up against it by lot.

10 Moreover we will take ten men for a hundred for all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred for a thousand, and a thousand for ten thousand, to take provision, to cause them to come to Gabaa of Benjamin, to do to it according to all the abomination, which they wrought in Israel.

11 And all the men of Israel were gathered to the city as one man.

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through the whole tribe of Benjamin, saying, What is this wickedness that has been wrought among you?

13 Now then give up the men the sons of transgressors that are in Gabaa, and we will put them to death, and purge out wickedness from Israel: but the children of Benjamin consented not to hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel.

14 And the children of Benjamin were gathered from their cities to Gabaa, to go forth to fight with the children of Israel.

15 And the children of Benjamin from their cities were numbered in that day, twenty-three thousand, every man drawing a sword, besides the inhabitants of Gabaa, who were numbered seven hundred

16 chosen men of all the people, able to use both hands alike; All these could sling with stones at a hair, and not miss.

17 And the men of Israel, exclusive of Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war.

18 And they arose and went up to Baethel, and enquired of God: and the children of Israel said, Who shall go up for us first to fight with the children of Benjamin? And the Lord said, Juda shall go up first as leader.

19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gabaa.

20 And they went out, all the men of Israel, to fight with Benjamin, and engaged with them at Gabaa.

21 And the sons of Benjamin went forth from Gabaa, and they destroyed in Israel on that day two and twenty thousand men down to the ground.

22 And the men of Israel strengthened themselves, and again engaged in battle in the place where they had engaged on the first day.

23 And the children of Israel went up, and wept before the Lord till evening, and enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall we again draw nigh to battle with our brethren the children of Benjamin? and the Lord said, Go up against them.

24 And the children of Israel advanced against the children of Benjamin on the second day.

25 And the children of Benjamin went forth to meet them from Gabaa on the second day, and destroyed of the children of Israel yet further eighteen thousand men down to the ground: all these drew sword.

 

26 And the children of Israel and all the people went up, and came to Baethel; and they wept, and sat there before the Lord; and they fasted on that day until evening, and offered whole-burnt-offerings and perfect sacrifices, before the Lord,

27 for the ark of the Lord God was there in those days,

28 and Phinees the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron stood before it in those days; and the children of Israel enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall we yet again go forth to fight with our brethren the sons of Benjamin? and the Lord said, Go up, to-morrow I will give them into your hands.

 

29 And the children of Israel set an ambush against Gabaa round about it.

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and arrayed themselves against Gabaa as before.

31 And the children of Benjamin went out to meet the people, and were all drawn out of the city, and began to smite and slay the people as before in the roads, whereof one goes up to Baethel, and one to Gabaa in the field, about thirty men of Israel.

 

32 And the children of Benjamin said, They fall before us as at the first: but the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them out from the city into the roads; and they did so.

33 And all the men rose up out of their places, and engaged in Baal Thamar; and the liers in wait of Israel advanced from their place from Maraagabe.

34 And there came over against Gabaa ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel; and the fight was severe; and they knew not that evil was coming upon them.

 

35 And the Lord smote Benjamin before the children of Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin in that day a hundred and twenty-five thousand men: all these drew sword.

 

36 And the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten; and the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted in the ambuscade which they had prepared against Gabaa.

37 And when they retreated, then the liers in wait rose up, and they moved toward Gabaa, and the whole ambush came forth, and they smote the city with the edge of the sword.

38 And the children of Israel had a signal of battle with the liers in wait, that they should send up a signal of smoke from the city.

39 And the children of Israel saw that the liers in wait had seized Gabaa, and they stood in line of battle; and Benjamin began to smite down wounded ones among the men of Israel about thirty men; for they said, Surely they fall again before us, as in the first battle.

 

40 And the signal went up increasingly over the city as a pillar of smoke; and Benjamin looked behind him, and behold the destruction of the city went up to heaven.

41 And the men of Israel turned back, and the men of Benjamin hasted, because they saw that evil had come upon them.

42 And they turned to the way of the wilderness from before the children of Israel, and fled: but the battle overtook them, and they from the cities destroyed them in the midst of them.

43 And they cut down Benjamin, and pursued him from Nua closely till they came opposite Gabaa on the east.

44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men: all these were men of might.

45 And the rest turned, and fled to the wilderness to the rock of Remmon; and the children of Israel picked off of them five thousand men; and the children of Israel went down after them as far as Gedan, and they smote of them two thousand men.

 

46 And all that fell of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men that drew sword in that day: all these were men of might.

 

47 And the rest turned, and fled to the wilderness to the rock of Remmon, even six hundred men; and they sojourned four months in the rock of Remmon.

 

48 And the children of Israel returned to the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword from the city of Methla, even to the cattle, and every thing that was found in all the cities: and they burnt with fire the cities they found.

 

 
21

Now the children of Israel swore in Massephath, saying, No man of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin for a wife.

2 And the people came to Baethel, and sat there until evening before God: and they lifted up their voice and wept with a great weeping;

3 and said, Wherefore, O Lord God of Israel, has this come to pass, that to-day one tribe should be counted as missing from Israel?

4 And it came to pass on the morrow that the people rose up early, and built there an altar, and offered up whole-burnt-offerings and peace offerings.

5 And the children of Israel said, Who of all the tribes of Israel, went not up in the congregation to the Lord? for there was a great oath concerning those who went not up to the Lord to Massephath, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

6 And the children of Israel relented toward Benjamin their brother, and said, To-day one tribe is cut off from Israel.

7 What shall we do for wives for the rest that remain? whereas we have sworn by the Lord, not to give them of our daughters for wives.

 

8 And they said, What one man is there of the tribes of Israel, who went not up to the Lord to Massephath? and, behold, no man came to the camp from Jabis Galaad to the assembly.

9 And the people were numbered, and there was not there a man from the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad.

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the strongest, and they charged them, saying, Go ye and smite the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad with the edge of the sword.

 

11 And this shall ye do: every male and every woman that has known the lying with man ye shall devote to destruction, but the virgins ye shall save alive: and they did so.

12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad four hundred young virgins, who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to Selom in the land of Chanaan.

 

13 And all the congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin in the rock Remmon, and invited them to make peace.

14 And Benjamin returned to the children of Israel at that time, and the children of Israel gave them the women whom they had save alive of the daughters of Jabis Galaad; and they were content.

 

15 And the people relented for Benjamin, because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16 And the elders of the congregation said, What shall we do for wives for them that remain? for the women have been destroyed out of Benjamin.

17 And they said, There must be an inheritance of them that are escaped of Benjamin; and so a tribe shall not be destroyed out of Israel.

18 For we shall not be able to give them wives of our daughters, because we swore among the children of Israel, saying, Cursed is he that gives a wife to Benjamin.

19 And they said, Lo! now there is a feast of the Lord from year to year in Selom, which is on the north of Baethel, eastward on the way that goes up from Baethel to Sychem, and from the south of Lebona.

 

20 And they charged the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;

21 and ye shall see; and lo! if there come out the daughters of the inhabitants of Selom to dance in dances, then shall ye go out of the vineyards and seize for yourselves every man a wife of the daughters of Selom, and go ye into the land of Benjamin.

 

22 And it shall come to pass, when their fathers or their brethren come to dispute with us, that we will say to them, Grant them freely to us, for we have not taken every man his wife in the battle: because ye did not give to them according to the occasion, ye transgressed.

23 And the children of Benjamin did so; and they took wives according to their number from the dancers whom they seized: and they went and returned to their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them.

24 And the children of Israel went thence at that time every man to his tribe and his kindred; and they went thence every man to his inheritance.

 

25 And in those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own sight.

 

 

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