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Judges 12

The Ephraimites, quarrelling with Jephthah, and discerned by Shibboleth, are slain by the Gileadites.

Judges 12:1 And the men of Ephraim gathered them selues together, & went northwarde, & sayd vnto Iephthah: Wherfore wentest thou to fight against the children of Ammon, and dyddest not call vs to go with thee? we will therfore burne thine house vpon thee with fire. Judges 12:2 And Iephthah sayde vnto them, I & my people were at great stryfe with the children of Ammon: And when I called you, ye deliuered me not out of their handes. Judges 12:3 And when I sawe that ye deliuered me not, I put my lyfe in my handes, and went vpon the children of Ammon, and the Lorde deliuered them into my handes: Wherfore then are ye come vppon me nowe, to fight against me? Judges 12:4 Iephthah therfore gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with the Ephraites. And the men of Gilead smote the Ephraites, because they sayd: Ye Gileadites are but runneagates of Ephraim, among the Ephraites and the Manassites. Judges 12:5 Moreouer, the men of Gilead toke the passages of Iordane before the Ephraites: And when those Ephraites that were escaped, said, Let me go ouer: then the men of Gilead sayde vnto hym, Art thou an Ephraite? If he sayde, nay: Judges 12:6 Then sayde they vnto him: Then say, Schibboleth. And he sayde, Sibboleth: for he coulde not so pronounce. And then they toke him, and slue him at the passages of Iordane: And there were ouerthrowen at that time of the Ephraites fourtie and two thousande.

Jephthah dieth.

Judges 12:7 And Iephthah iudged Israel six yeres, then died Iephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] ye cities of Gilead.

Ibzan, who had thirty sons, and thirty daughters,

Judges 12:8 After this man, iudged Israel one Ibzan of Bethlehem. Judges 12:9 And he had thirtie sonnes and thirtie daughters, whom he sent out, and toke in thirtie daughters from abrode for his sonnes. And when Ibzan had iudged Israel seuen yere, Judges 12:10 He died, & was buried at Bethlehem.

and Elon,

Judges 12:11 After him, Elon a Zabulonite iudged Israel ten yeres. Judges 12:12 And Elon the Zabulonite died, & was buried in Aialon, in the countrey of Zabulon.

and Abdon, who had forty sons and thirty nephews, judge Israel.

Judges 12:13 After him, Abdon the sonne of Hellel, a Pharathonite, iudged Israel. Judges 12:14 And he had fourtie sonnes, and thirtie neuewes, that rode on threscore and ten asse coltes: And when Abdon the sonne of Hellel the Pharathonite had iudged Israel eight yeres, Judges 12:15 He died, & was buryed in Pharathon in the lande of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

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