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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 geathered them selues together, & went northwarde, and sayde vnto Iephthah: Wherfore wentest thou to fyght with the children of Ammon, and dydest not call vs to go with the? we will therfore burne thine house vpon þe fyer. Judges 12:2 And Iephthah said vnto them: I & my people were at great stryfe wt the chyldren of Ammon. And when I called you, ye delyuered me not out of their handes. Judges 12:3 And when I sawe þt ye deliuered me not, I put my lyfe in my handes, & went vpon the children of Ammon. And the Lord delyuered them into my handes. Wherfore then are ye come vpon me now, to fyght wt me? Judges 12:4 Iephthah therfore gathered together all the men of Gilead, & fought wt þe Ephraites And the men of Gilead smote the Ephraites, because they sayd: Ye Gileadites are but runneagates of Ephraim amonge the Ephraites & the Manassites. Judges 12:5 Moreouer, the men of Gilead toke the passages of Iordan before the Ephraites. And when those Ephraites that were escaped, sayde: lett vs go ouer, then the men of Gilead sayd vnto them: Art thou an Ephraite? they sayde: naye. Judges 12:6 Then sayde they vnto him: then saye: Schibboleth. And he sayde: Sibboleth: for he coulde not so pronounce. And then they toke him, and slewe hym at þe passages of Iordan. And there were ouerthrowen at that tyme of the Ephraites .xlij.M.

Jephthah dieth.

Judges 12:7 And Iephthah iudged Israel .vi. yeare & dyed, and was buryed in one of the cyties of Gilead.

Ibzan, who had thirty sons, and thirty daughters,

Judges 12:8 After thys man, iudged Israell one Abezan of Bethlehem, Judges 12:9 & he had .xxx. sonnes and .xxx. daughters, whom he sent out, and toke .xxx. other in, for his sonnes. And when Abezan had iudged Israel .vii. yere, Judges 12:10 he dyed, and was buryed at Bethlehem.

and Elon,

Judges 12:11 After him, Elon a Zabulonite iudged Israel ten yere, & Elon the Zabulonite dyed, Judges 12:12 & was buryed in Aialon, in the countre of Zabulon.

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

Judges 12:13 After hym, Abdon the sonne of Hellel a Pharathonite iudged Israel. Judges 12:14 And he had .xl. sonnes, and thirty neueus, that rode on .lxx. asse coltes. And when Abdon the sonne of Hellel the Pharathonite had iudged Israell eyght yeare, Judges 12:15 he dyed, & was buryed in Pharthon in the lande of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

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