They 1 will devour the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your soil until you are destroyed. They will not leave you with any grain, new wine, olive oil, calves of your herds, 2 or lambs of your flocks 3 until they have destroyed you.
You have joy, Israel! Who is like you? You are a people delivered by the Lord, your protective shield and your exalted sword. May your enemies cringe before you; may you trample on their backs.
For we heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and how you annihilated the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og, on the other side of the Jordan. 1
When we invade the land 1 , tie this red rope 2 in the window through which you let us down, and gather together in your house your father, mother, brothers, and all who live in your father’s house. 3
As they fled from Israel on the slope leading down from 1 Beth Horon, the Lord threw down on them large hailstones from the sky, 2 all the way to Azekah. They died – in fact, more died from the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.
The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the part of the field that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money. 1 So it became the inheritance of the tribe of Joseph. 2
Then Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg in one hand and a hammer in the other. 1 She crept up on him, drove the tent peg through his temple into the ground 2 while he was asleep from exhaustion, 3 and he died.
The Lord spoke to Gideon again, “There are still too many men. 1 Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. 2 When I say, ‘This one should go with you,’ pick him to go; 3 when I say, 4 ‘This one should not go with you,’ do not take him.” 5
But you have attacked 1 my father’s family 2 today. You murdered his seventy legitimate 3 sons on one stone and made Abimelech, the son of his female slave, king over the leaders of Shechem, just because he is your close relative. 4
The Ephraimites assembled 1 and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go and fight 2 with the Ammonites without asking 3 us to go with you? We will burn your house down right over you!” 4
The woman went and said to her husband, “A man sent from God 1 came to me! He looked like God’s angelic messenger – he was very awesome. 2 I did not ask him where he came from, and he did not tell me his name.
The Gazites were told, 1 “Samson has come here!” So they surrounded the town 2 and hid all night at the city gate, waiting for him to leave. 3 They relaxed 4 all night, thinking, 5 “He will not leave 6 until morning comes; 7 then we will kill him!”
The rulers of the Philistines went up to visit her and said to her, “Trick him! Find out what makes him so strong and how we can subdue him and humiliate 1 him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred silver pieces.”
They hid 1 in the bedroom and then she said to him, “The Philistines are here, 2 Samson!” He snapped the bowstrings as easily as a thread of yarn snaps when it is put close to fire. 3 The secret of his strength was not discovered. 4
Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed hard 1 and the temple collapsed on the rulers and all the people in it. He killed many more people in his death than he had killed during his life. 2
He said to his mother, “You know 1 the eleven hundred pieces of silver which were stolen 2 from you, about which I heard you pronounce a curse? Look here, I have the silver. I stole 3 it, but now I am giving it back to you.” 4 His mother said, “May the Lord reward 5 you, my son!”
The Benjaminites attacked 1 the army, leaving the city unguarded. 2 They began to strike down their enemy 3 just as they had done before. On the main roads (one leads to Bethel, 4 the other to Gibeah) and in the field, they struck down 5 about thirty Israelites.
Later during the mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and have 1 some food! Dip your bread 2 in the vinegar!” So she sat down beside the harvesters. Then he handed 3 her some roasted grain. She ate until she was full and saved the rest. 4