The Judges that IaHUeH Sent
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Judges Chapter Two And an Angel of IaHUeH came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break My covenant with you.
And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed My voice: why have ye done this?
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their "mighty ones" shall be a snare unto you.
And it came to pass, when the Angel of IaHUeH spake these words unto all the children of Ieshrael, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they made offerings there unto IaHUeH.

And when IaHUShUA' had let the people go, the children of Ieshrael went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.
And the people served IaHUeH all the days of IaHUShUA',and all the days of the elders that outlived IaHUShUA',who had seen all the great works of IaHUeH, that He did for Ieshrael.
And IaHUShUA' the son of Nun, the servant of IaHUeH, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in TimnathCheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not IaHUeH, nor yet the works which He had done for Ieshrael.
And the children of Ieshrael did evil in the sight of IaHUeH, and served Baalim:
And they forsook IaHUeH Elohim of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other "mighty ones", of the "mighty ones" of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked IaHUeH to anger.
And they forsook IaHUeH, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

And the anger of IaHUeH was hot against Ieshrael, and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
Whithersoever they went out, the hand of IaHUeH was against them for evil, as IaHUeH had said, and as IaHUeH had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
Nevertheless IaHUeH raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other "mighty ones", and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the Commandments of IaHUeH; but they did not so.
And when IaHUeH raised them up judges, then IaHUeH was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented IaHUeH because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other "mighty ones" to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

And the anger of IaHUeH was hot against Ieshrael; and He said, Because that this people hath transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice;
I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which IaHUShUA' left when he died:
That through them I may prove Ieshrael, whether they will keep the way of IaHUeH to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
Therefore IaHUeH left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered He them into the hand of Iahushua.

Chapter Three 1-15 Now these are the nations which IaHUeH left, to prove Ieshrael by them, even as many of Ieshrael as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of the children of Ieshrael might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Ieshrael by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of IaHUeH, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Mosheh.

And the children of Ieshrael dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Iebusites:
And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their "mighty ones".
And the children of Ieshrael did evil in the sight of IaHUeH, and forgat IaHUeH their Elohim, and served Baalim and Asherim.

Therefore the anger of IaHUeH was hot against Ieshrael, and He sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishatha'im king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Ieshrael served Chushan-rishatha'im eight years.
And when the children of Ieshrael cried unto IaHUeH, IaHUeH raised up a deliverer to the children of Ieshrael, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
And the Spirit of IaHUeH came upon him, and he judged Ieshrael, and went out to war: and IaHUeH delivered Chushan-rishatha'im king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishatha'im.
And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
And the children of Ieshrael did evil again in the sight of IaHUeH: and IaHUeH strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Ieshrael, because they had done evil in the sight of IaHUeH.
And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Ieshrael, and possessed the city of palm trees.
So the children of Ieshrael served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

But when the children of Ieshrael cried unto IaHUeH, IaHUeH raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Ieshrael sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

This is the recurring theme, IeShRaEL does evil by disobeying IaHUeH (usually by serving the "mighty ones" of the heathen they failed to drive out of the land); IaHUeH in His anger would deliver them into the hands of the spoilers; IeShRaEL would cry out to IaHUeH; IaHUeH would raise up a Judge to deliver them out of the hands of the spoilers...
Othniel judged IeShRaEL forty years.
Ehud judged IeShRaEL and after him Shamgar, eighty years.
Deborah Judged IeShRaEL forty years and prevailed against the king of Canaan.

Judges Chapter Six 1-32 And the children of Ieshrael did evil in the sight of IaHUeH: and IaHUeH delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Ieshrael: and because of the Midianites the children of Ieshrael made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
And so it was, when Ieshrael had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Ieshrael, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
And Ieshrael was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Ieshrael cried unto IaHUeH.
And it came to pass, when the children of Ieshrael cried unto IaHUeH because of the Midianites,
That IaHUeH sent a prophet unto the children of Ieshrael, which said unto them, Thus saith IaHUeH Elohim of Ieshrael, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;
And I said unto you, I am IaHUeH your Elohim; fear not the "mighty ones" of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed My voice.

And there came an Angel of IaHUeH, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Ioash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gid`on threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
And the Angel of IaHUeH appeared unto him, and said unto him, IaHUeH is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
And Gid`on said unto Him, Oh my master, if IaHUeH be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not IaHUeH bring us up from Egypt? but now IaHUeH hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
And IaHUeH looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Ieshrael from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

And he said unto Him, Oh my Master, wherewith shall I save Ieshrael? behold, my family is poor in Menashsheh, and I am the least in my father's house.
And IaHUeH said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
And he said unto Him, If now I have found favour in Thy sight, then shew me a sign that Thou talkest with me.
Depart not hence, I pray Thee, until I come unto Thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before Thee. And He said, I will tarry until thou come again.
And Gid`on went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto Him under the oak, and presented it.
And the Angel of Elohim said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
Then the Angel of IaHUeH put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the Angel of IaHUeH departed out of his sight.
And when Gid`on perceived that He was the Angel of IaHUeH, Gid`on said, Alas, my Master IaHUeH! for because I have seen the Angel of IaHUeH face to face.
And IaHUeH said unto him, Shalom be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
Then Gid`on built an altar there unto IaHUeH, and called it IaHUeH-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

And it came to pass the same night, that IaHUeH said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the Asherah that is by it:
And build an altar unto IaHUeH thy Elohim upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which thou shalt cut down.

Then Gid`on took ten men of his servants, and did as IaHUeH had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the Asherah was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gid`on the son of Ioash hath done this thing.

Then the men of the city said unto Ioash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the Asherah that was by it.
And Ioash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a "mighty one", let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
Therefore on that day he called him Ierubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

IaHUeH delivered IeShRaEL from the Midianites and the Amelikites. Gid`on Judged IeShRaEL forty years.

Judges Chapter Eight 22-9:57 Then the men of Ieshrael said unto Gid`on, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
And Gid`on said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you:
IaHUeH shall rule over you.
And Gid`on said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks.
And Gid`on made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Ieshrael went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gid`on, and to his house.

Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Ieshrael, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gid`on.

And Ierubbaal the son of Ioash went and dwelt in his own house.
And Gid`on had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.
And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
And Gid`on the son of Ioash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Ioash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
And it came to pass, as soon as Gid`on was dead, that the children of Ieshrael turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their "mighty ones".
And the children of Ieshrael remembered not IaHUeH their Elohim, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:
Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Ierubbaal, namely, Gid`on, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Ieshrael.

CHAPTER 9 And Abimelech the son of Ierubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Ierubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.
And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Ierubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Iotham the youngest son of Ierubbaal was left; for he hid himself.
And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

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