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Judges 6

 
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1 καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ τὸ πονηρὸν ἔναντι κυρίου καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς κύριος ἐν χειρὶ Μαδιαμ ἔτη ἑπτά 2 καὶ κατίσχυσεν χεὶρ Μαδιαμ ἐπὶ Ισραηλ καὶ ἐποίησαν ἑαυτοῖς οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ ἀπὸ προσώπου Μαδιαμ μάνδρας ἐν τοῖς ὄρεσιν καὶ τοῖς σπηλαίοις καὶ τοῖς ὀχυρώμασιν 3 καὶ ἐγένετο ὅταν ἔσπειρεν ἀνὴρ Ισραηλ καὶ ἀνέβαινεν Μαδιαμ καὶ Αμαληκ καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ἀνατολῶν καὶ ἀνέβαινον ἐ{P'} αὐτόν 4 καὶ παρενέβαλλον ἐ{P'} αὐτοὺς καὶ διέφθειραν τὰ ἐκφόρια τῆς γῆς ἕως τοῦ ἐλθεῖν εἰς Γάζαν καὶ οὐχ ὑπελείποντο ὑπόστασιν ζωῆς ἐν Ισραηλ καὶ ποίμνιον καὶ μόσχον καὶ ὄνον 5 ὅτι αὐτοὶ καὶ τὰ κτήνη αὐτῶν ἀνέβαινον καὶ τὰς σκηνὰς αὐτῶν παρέφερον καὶ παρεγίνοντο ὡς ἀκρὶς εἰς πλῆθος καὶ αὐτοῖς καὶ ταῖς καμήλοις αὐτῶν οὐκ ἦν ἀριθμός καὶ παρεγίνοντο ἐν τῇ γῇ Ισραηλ τοῦ διαφθείρειν αὐτήν 6 καὶ ἐπτώχευσεν Ισραηλ σφόδρα ἀπὸ προσώπου Μαδιαμ καὶ ἐκέκραξαν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ πρὸς κύριον 7 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπεὶ ἐκέκραξαν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ πρὸς κύριον διὰ Μαδιαμ 8 καὶ ἐξαπέστειλεν κύριος ἄνδρα προφήτην πρὸς τοὺς υἱοὺς Ισραηλ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς τάδε λέγει κύριος ὁ θεὸς Ισραηλ ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἀναβιβάσας ὑμᾶς ἐξ Αἰγύπτου καὶ ἐξήγαγον ὑμᾶς ἐξ οἴκου δουλείας 9 καὶ ἐξειλάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς Αἰγύπτου καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς πάντων τῶν θλιβόντων ὑμᾶς καὶ ἐξέβαλον αὐτοὺς ἐκ προσώπου ὑμῶν καὶ ἔδωκα ὑμῖν τὴν γῆν αὐτῶν 10 καὶ εἶπα ὑμῖν ἐγὼ κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν οὐ φοβηθήσεσθε τοὺς θεοὺς τοῦ Αμορραίου ἐν οἷς ὑμεῖς ἐνοικεῖτε ἐν τῇ γῇ αὐτῶν καὶ οὐκ εἰσηκούσατε τῆς φωνῆς μου 1 After this, the sons of Israel defied the Lord again, and for seven years he left them at the mercy of the Madianites, 2 who crushed them down unsparingly; so that they were fain to take refuge in caverns and shafts and mountain fastnesses. 3 The men of Israel would sow their lands, and then Madian and Amalec and the tribes east of them would invade the country; 4 encamping there, they destroyed all the growing crops right up to Gaza, till there was no food left in the land of Israel for ox or sheep or ass. 5 Carrying their tents and driving their cattle before them, they came in and spread over the country-side, hordes of men everywhere and trains of camels, like a swarm of locusts, destroying all that lay in their path. 6 Thus Madian brought the Israelites into great need, 7 and they cried out to the Lord for redress. 8 But he, through a prophet, sent them this message from the Lord God of Israel: I recalled you from Egypt, rescued you from your prison there, 9 defended you, not only against the Egyptians, but against all the hostile nations that were dispossessed of their lands to make room for you. 10 And I told you, I am the Lord your God; you must pay no reverence to the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell; but my command went unheeded. 1 Fecerunt autem filii Israël malum in conspectu Domini: qui tradidit illos in manu Madian septem annis, 2 et oppressi sunt valde ab eis. Feceruntque sibi antra et speluncas in montibus, et munitissima ad repugnandum loca. 3 Cumque sevisset Israël, ascendebat Madian et Amalec, ceterique orientalium nationum: 4 et apud eos figentes tentoria, sicut erant in herbis cuncta vastabant usque ad introitum Gazæ: nihilque omnino ad vitam pertinens relinquebant in Israël, non oves, non boves, non asinos. 5 Ipsi enim et universi greges eorum veniebant cum tabernaculis suis, et instar locustarum universa complebant, innumera multitudo hominum et camelorum, quidquid tetigerant devastantes. 6 Humiliatusque est Israël valde in conspectu Madian. 7 Et clamavit ad Dominum postulans auxilium contra Madianitas. 8 Qui misit ad eos virum prophetam, et locutus est: Hæc dicit Dominus Deus Israël: Ego vos feci conscendere de Ægypto, et eduxi vos de domo servitutis, 9 et liberavi de manu Ægyptiorum, et omnium inimicorum qui affligebant vos: ejecique eos ad introitum vestrum, et tradidi vobis terram eorum. 10 Et dixi: Ego Dominus Deus vester: ne timeatis deos Amorrhæorum, in quorum terra habitatis. Et noluistis audire vocem meam.
11 καὶ ἦλθεν ἄγγελος κυρίου καὶ ἐκάθισεν ὑπὸ τὴν δρῦν τὴν οὖσαν ἐν Εφραθα τὴν τοῦ Ιωας πατρὸς Αβιεζρι καὶ Γεδεων ὁ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἐρράβδιζεν πυροὺς ἐν ληνῷ τοῦ ἐκφυγεῖν ἐκ προσώπου Μαδιαμ 12 καὶ ὤφθη αὐτῷ ἄγγελος κυρίου καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν κύριος μετὰ σοῦ δυνατὸς τῇ ἰσχύι 13 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν Γεδεων ἐν ἐμοί κύριε καὶ εἰ ἔστιν κύριος με{Q'} ἡμῶν ἵνα τί εὗρεν ἡμᾶς πάντα τὰ κακὰ ταῦτα καὶ ποῦ ἐστιν πάντα τὰ θαυμάσια αὐτοῦ ὅσα διηγήσαντο ἡμῖν οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν λέγοντες οὐχὶ ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἀνήγαγεν ἡμᾶς κύριος καὶ νῦν ἀπώσατο ἡμᾶς καὶ παρέδωκεν ἡμᾶς ἐν χειρὶ Μαδιαμ 14 καὶ ἐπέβλεψεν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἄγγελος κυρίου καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ πορεύου ἐν τῇ ἰσχύι σου καὶ σώσεις τὸν Ισραηλ καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐξαπέστειλά σε 15 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν Γεδεων ἐν ἐμοί κύριε ἐν τίνι σώσω τὸν Ισραηλ ἰδοὺ ἡ χιλιάς μου ταπεινοτέρα ἐν Μανασση καὶ ἐγώ εἰμι μικρὸς ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ πατρός μου 16 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἄγγελος κυρίου κύριος ἔσται μετὰ σοῦ καὶ πατάξεις τὴν Μαδιαμ ὡσεὶ ἄνδρα ἕνα 11 And now an angel of the Lord came and waited by the oak-tree at Ephra, which then belonged to Joas, of the family of Abiezer. His son Gedeon had gone out to the wine-press, so as to thresh his wheat there unobserved by the Madianites, 12 and suddenly the Lord’s angel appeared to him, and said, The Lord be with thee, courageous heart! 13 Ah, Sir, replied Gedeon, but tell me this; if the Lord is with us, how is it that such ill fortune has overtaken us? Not for us, now, those miracles of his that were on our fathers’ lips, when they told us how he rescued them from Egypt. The Lord has forsaken us now, and lets the Madianites have their will with us. 14 Then the Lord looked at him, and said, Thou hast strength; go and set Israel free from the power of Madian.[1] Such is the mission I have for thee. 15 What, Lord! said he, I deliver Israel? Why, my clan is the poorest in all Manasses, and in all my father’s house none counts for so little as I. 16 I will be at thy side, the Lord told him, and thou shalt smite Madian down as though but one man stood in thy path. 11 Venit autem angelus Domini, et sedit sub quercu, quæ erat in Ephra, et pertinebat ad Joas patrem familiæ Ezri. Cumque Gedeon filius ejus excuteret atque purgaret frumenta in torculari, ut fugeret Madian, 12 apparuit ei angelus Domini, et ait: Dominus tecum, virorum fortissime. 13 Dixitque ei Gedeon: Obsecro, mi domine, si Dominus nobiscum est, cur apprehenderunt nos hæc omnia? ubi sunt mirabilia ejus, quæ narraverunt patres nostri, atque dixerunt: De Ægypto eduxit nos Dominus? nunc autem dereliquit nos Dominus, et tradidit in manu Madian. 14 Respexitque ad eum Dominus, et ait: Vade in hac fortitudine tua, et liberabis Israël de manu Madian: scito quod miserim te. 15 Qui respondens ait: Obsecro, mi domine, in quo liberabo Israël? ecce familia mea infima est in Manasse, et ego minimus in domo patris mei. 16 Dixitque ei Dominus: Ego ero tecum: et percuties Madian quasi unum virum.
17 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν Γεδεων καὶ εἰ εὗρον χάριν ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς σου καὶ ποιήσεις μοι σημεῖον ὅτι σὺ λαλεῖς με{T'} ἐμοῦ 18 μὴ κινηθῇς ἐντεῦθεν ἕως τοῦ ἐλθεῖν με πρὸς σέ καὶ οἴσω τὴν θυσίαν μου καὶ θήσω ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ εἶπεν ἐγώ εἰμι καθήσομαι ἕως τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι σε 19 καὶ Γεδεων εἰσῆλθεν καὶ ἐποίησεν ἔριφον αἰγῶν καὶ οιφι ἀλεύρου ἄζυμα καὶ τὰ κρέα ἐπέθηκεν ἐπὶ τὸ κανοῦν καὶ τὸν ζωμὸν ἐνέχεεν εἰς χύτραν καὶ ἐξήνεγκεν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τὴν δρῦν καὶ προσεκύνησεν 20 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἄγγελος κυρίου λαβὲ τὰ κρέα καὶ τοὺς ἄρτους τοὺς ἀζύμους καὶ θὲς πρὸς τὴν πέτραν ἐκείνην καὶ τὸν ζωμὸν ἔκχεον καὶ ἐποίησεν οὕτως 21 καὶ ἐξέτεινεν ὁ ἄγγελος κυρίου τὸ ἄκρον τῆς ῥάβδου τῆς ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἥψατο τῶν κρεῶν καὶ τῶν ἀζύμων καὶ ἀνήφθη πῦρ ἐκ τῆς πέτρας καὶ κατέφαγεν τὰ κρέα καὶ τοὺς ἀζύμους καὶ ὁ ἄγγελος κυρίου ἀπῆλθεν ἐξ ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ 22 καὶ εἶδεν Γεδεων ὅτι ἄγγελος κυρίου ἐστίν καὶ εἶπεν Γεδεων ἆ ἆ κύριε κύριε ὅτι εἶδον τὸν ἄγγελον κυρίου πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον 23 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ κύριος εἰρήνη σοι μὴ φοβοῦ μὴ ἀποθάνῃς 24 καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐκεῖ Γεδεων θυσιαστήριον τῷ κυρίῳ καὶ ἐκάλεσεν αὐτὸ Εἰρήνη κυρίου ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης ἔτι αὐτοῦ ὄντος ἐν Εφραθα πατρὸς τοῦ Εζρι 25 καὶ ἐγενήθη τῇ νυκτὶ ἐκείνῃ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ κύριος λαβὲ τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτὸν τοῦ πατρός σου μόσχον τὸν ἑπταετῆ καὶ καθελεῖς τὸ θυσιαστήριον τοῦ Βααλ ὅ ἐστιν τοῦ πατρός σου καὶ τὸ ἄλσος τὸ ἐ{P'} αὐτῷ ἐκκόψεις 26 καὶ οἰκοδομήσεις θυσιαστήριον κυρίῳ τῷ θεῷ σου τῷ ὀφθέντι σοι ἐπὶ τῆς κορυφῆς τοῦ ὄρους Μαωζ τούτου ἐν τῇ παρατάξει καὶ λήμψῃ τὸν μόσχον καὶ ἀνοίσεις ὁλοκαύτωμα ἐν τοῖς ξύλοις τοῦ ἄλσους οὗ ἐκκόψεις 27 καὶ ἔλαβεν Γεδεων τρεῖς καὶ δέκα ἄνδρας ἀπὸ τῶν δούλων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐποίησεν καθὰ ἐλάλησεν πρὸς αὐτὸν κύριος καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἐφοβήθη τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ τοὺς ἄνδρας τῆς πόλεως μὴ ποιῆσαι ἡμέρας καὶ ἐποίησεν νυκτός 28 καὶ ὤρθρισαν οἱ ἄνδρες τῆς πόλεως τὸ πρωί καὶ ἰδοὺ κατεσκαμμένον τὸ θυσιαστήριον τοῦ Βααλ καὶ τὸ ἄλσος τὸ ἐ{P'} αὐτῷ ἐκκεκομμένον καὶ ὁ μόσχος ὁ σιτευτὸς ἀνηνεγμένος εἰς ὁλοκαύτωμα ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον τὸ ᾠκοδομημένον 29 καὶ εἶπεν ἀνὴρ πρὸς τὸν πλησίον αὐτοῦ τίς ἐποίησεν τὸ πρᾶγμα τοῦτο καὶ ἀνήταζον καὶ ἐξεζήτουν καὶ εἶπαν Γεδεων ὁ υἱὸς Ιωας ἐποίησεν τὸ πρᾶγμα τοῦτο 30 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἄνδρες τῆς πόλεως πρὸς Ιωας ἐξάγαγε τὸν υἱόν σου καὶ ἀποθανέτω ὅτι κατέσκαψεν τὸ θυσιαστήριον τοῦ Βααλ καὶ ὅτι ἔκοψεν τὸ ἄλσος τὸ ἐ{P'} αὐτῷ 31 καὶ εἶπεν Ιωας πρὸς τοὺς ἄνδρας τοὺς ἑσταμένους ἐ{P'} αὐτόν μὴ ὑμεῖς νῦν δικάζεσθε περὶ τοῦ Βααλ ἢ ὑμεῖς σῴζετε αὐτόν ὃς ἀντεδίκησεν αὐτόν ἀποθανεῖται ἕως πρωί εἰ ἔστιν θεός αὐτὸς ἐκδικήσει αὐτόν ὅτι κατέσκαψεν τὸ θυσιαστήριον αὐτοῦ 32 καὶ ἐκάλεσεν αὐτὸ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ Δικαστήριον τοῦ Βααλ ὅτι κατέσκαψεν τὸ θυσιαστήριον αὐτοῦ 17 Hereupon Gedeon answered, As thou lovest me, give me some proof this is thy word that comes to me. 18 And first, do not leave this spot till I come back here with a sacrifice to offer thee. I will await thy coming, he said. 19 So Gedeon went in and cooked a goat, took a bushel of flour and made unleavened bread, put the meat in a basket and the broth from the meat into a pot, and brought them all out, there beneath the oak, to make his offering. 20 Take the meat and the loaves, the angel of the Lord said, and lay them down on yonder rock, and pour out the broth over them. So he obeyed, 21 and with that the angel of the Lord held out the staff he carried, and touched meat and unleavened bread with the tip of it; whereupon fire blazed out from the rock, and all was consumed. And he looked, and the angel of the Lord was there no longer. 22 Then Gedeon knew that this was an angel of the Lord, and he cried out, An ill day for me, O Lord my God; I have seen the Lord’s angel face to face. 23 But the Lord’s word came to him, Be at peace, and have no fear; thou shalt not die. 24 So Gedeon built an altar there and called it the Peace of the Lord; it stands there to this day.

This, then, was Gedeon’s home, in Ephra, that belongs to the clan of Abiezer. 25 And that night the Lord said to him, Take with thee two bulls, the one that belongs to thy father, and another of seven years old, and overthrow Baal’s altar that stands on thy father’s land, cutting down the sacred wood around it.[2] 26 Then, on the top of this rock on which thou didst lay thy sacrifice to me, build an altar to the Lord thy God; and there offer the second bull in burnt sacrifice, over a fire made from the wood thou hast cut down. 27 So Gedeon did as the Lord bade him, with ten servants of his father’s to help him, at dead of night; he would not do it by day for fear of his kindred and his fellow-citizens. 28 And when these citizens awoke next day, there was Baal’s altar destroyed, and the wood about it cut down, and a second altar built, with the dead bull lying on it. 29 Who had done it? They made enquiry, and were told that it was Gedeon son of Joas. 30 Whereupon they would have Joas bring out his son to pay the death-penalty for overthrowing Baal’s altar, and cutting down his sacred wood; 31 but his answer was, What, does Baal need champions such as you to vindicate him? Nay, let the man who is his adversary be struck dead before to-morrow’s light, if he is indeed a god; let him take his own vengeance on the man who destroyed his altar.[3] 32 And from this saying of Joas, that Baal ought to punish the destroyer of his own altar, Gedeon from that day onwards was called Jerobaal, Let Baal defend his own cause.
17 Et ille: Si inveni, inquit, gratiam coram te, da mihi signum quod tu sis qui loqueris ad me: 18 nec recedas hinc, donec revertar ad te, portans sacrificium, et offerens tibi. Qui respondit: Ego præstolabor adventum tuum. 19 Ingressus est itaque Gedeon, et coxit hædum, et de farinæ modio azymos panes: carnesque ponens in canistro, et jus carnium mittens in ollam, tulit omnia sub quercu, et obtulit ei. 20 Cui dixit angelus Domini: Tolle carnes et azymos panes, et pone supra petram illam, et jus desuper funde. Cumque fecisset ita, 21 extendit angelus Domini summitatem virgæ, quam tenebat in manu, et tetigit carnes et panes azymos: ascenditque ignis de petra, et carnes azymosque panes consumpsit: angelus autem Domini evanuit ex oculis ejus. 22 Vidensque Gedeon quod esset angelus Domini, ait: Heu mi Domine Deus: quia vidi angelum Domini facie ad faciem. 23 Dixitque ei Dominus: Pax tecum: ne timeas, non morieris. 24 Ædificavit ergo ibi Gedeon altare Domino, vocavitque illud, Domini pax, usque in præsentem diem. Cumque adhuc esset in Ephra, quæ est familiæ Ezri, 25 nocte illa dixit Dominus ad eum: Tolle taurum patris tui, et alterum taurum annorum septem, destruesque aram Baal, quæ est patris tui, et nemus, quod circa aram est, succide. 26 Et ædificabis altare Domino Deo tuo in summitate petræ hujus, super quam ante sacrificium posuisti: tollesque taurum secundum, et offeres holocaustum super struem lignorum, quæ de nemore succideris. 27 Assumptis ergo Gedeon decem viris de servis suis, fecit sicut præceperat ei Dominus. Timens autem domum patris sui, et homines illius civitatis, per diem noluit id facere, sed omnia nocte complevit. 28 Cumque surrexissent viri oppidi ejus mane, viderunt destructam aram Baal, lucumque succisum, et taurum alterum impositum super altare, quod tunc ædificatum erat. 29 Dixeruntque ad invicem: Quis hoc fecit? Cumque perquirerent auctorem facti, dictum est: Gedeon filius Joas fecit hæc omnia. 30 Et dixerunt ad Joas: Produc filium tuum huc, ut moriatur: quia destruxit aram Baal, et succidit nemus. 31 Quibus ille respondit: Numquid ultores estis Baal, ut pugnetis pro eo? qui adversarius est ejus, moriatur antequam lux crastina veniat: si deus est, vindicet se de eo, qui suffodit aram ejus. 32 Ex illo die vocatus est Gedeon Jerobaal, eo quod dixisset Joas: Ulciscatur se de eo Baal, qui suffodit aram ejus.
33 καὶ πᾶσα Μαδιαμ καὶ Αμαληκ καὶ υἱοὶ ἀνατολῶν συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ καὶ διέβησαν καὶ παρενέβαλον ἐν τῇ κοιλάδι Ιεζραελ 34 καὶ πνεῦμα θεοῦ ἐνέδυσεν τὸν Γεδεων καὶ ἐσάλπισεν ἐν κερατίνῃ καὶ ἐβόησεν Αβιεζερ ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ 35 καὶ ἀγγέλους ἐξαπέστειλεν ἐν παντὶ Μανασση καὶ ἐβόησεν καὶ αὐτὸς ὀπίσω αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξαπέστειλεν ἀγγέλους ἐν Ασηρ καὶ ἐν Ζαβουλων καὶ ἐν Νεφθαλι καὶ ἀνέβησαν εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτοῦ 36 καὶ εἶπεν Γεδεων πρὸς τὸν θεόν εἰ σῴζεις ἐν τῇ χειρί μου τὸν Ισραηλ ὃν τρόπον ἐλάλησας 37 ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀπερείδομαι τὸν πόκον τῶν ἐρίων ἐν τῷ ἅλωνι καὶ ἐὰν δρόσος γένηται ἐπὶ τὸν πόκον μόνον καὶ ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν ξηρασία καὶ γνώσομαι ὅτι σῴζεις ἐν τῇ χειρί μου τὸν Ισραηλ ὃν τρόπον ἐλάλησας 38 καὶ ἐγένετο οὕτως καὶ ὤρθρισεν Γεδεων τῇ ἐπαύριον καὶ ἀπεπίασεν τὸν πόκον καὶ ἀπερρύη ἡ δρόσος ἐκ τοῦ πόκου πλήρης λεκάνη ὕδατος 39 καὶ εἶπεν Γεδεων πρὸς τὸν θεόν μὴ ὀργισθήτω ὁ θυμός σου ἐν ἐμοί καὶ λαλήσω ἔτι ἅπαξ καὶ πειράσω ἔτι ἅπαξ ἐν τῷ πόκῳ καὶ γενηθήτω ξηρασία ἐπὶ τὸν πόκον μόνον ἐπὶ δὲ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν γενηθήτω δρόσος 40 καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς οὕτως ἐν τῇ νυκτὶ ἐκείνῃ καὶ ἐγένετο ξηρασία ἐπὶ τὸν πόκον μόνον ἐπὶ δὲ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν ἐγένετο δρόσος 33 When next Madian and Amalec and the peoples of the east crossed the Jordan together, and encamped in the plain of Jezrael, 34 the Spirit of the Lord wrapped Gedeon round. One blast of his horn rallied Abiezer’s clan behind him; 35 then he sent messengers out all through Manasses, and Manasses, too, were of his company; then other messengers to Aser, Zabulon and Nephthali, and these came out to meet him. 36 And Gedeon asked for a sign from God: If thou meanest to fulfil thy promise, and make use of me to deliver Israel, let me have proof of it. 37 This fleece shall lie on the threshing-floor; fall the dew on the fleece only, and let the ground be dry, I shall know that thy promise holds good; I am to be the means of Israel’s deliverance. 38 And so it was; when he awoke next morning, he wrung it out, and filled a tankard with the dew. 39 But he pleaded once again, Do not be angry with me if I put thee to one more test, still with the fleece for my proof. This time, let the fleece remain dry, while the rest of the ground is wet with dew. 40 And that night, God granted his prayer; dew lay all over the ground about it, and the fleece alone was dry. 33 Igitur omnis Madian, et Amalec, et orientales populi, congregati sunt simul: et transeuntes Jordanem, castrametati sunt in valle Jezraël. 34 Spiritus autem Domini induit Gedeon, qui clangens buccina convocavit domum Abiezer, ut sequeretur se. 35 Misitque nuntios in universum Manassen, qui et ipse secutus est eum: et alios nuntios in Aser et Zabulon et Nephthali, qui occurrerunt ei. 36 Dixitque Gedeon ad Deum: Si salvum facis per manum meam Israël, sicut locutus es, 37 ponam hoc vellus lanæ in area: si ros in solo vellere fuerit, et in omni terra siccitas, sciam quod per manum meam, sicut locutus es, liberabis Israël. 38 Factumque est ita. Et de nocte consurgens expresso vellere, concham rore implevit. 39 Dixitque rursus ad Deum: Ne irascatur furor tuus contra me si adhuc semel tentavero, signum quærens in vellere. Oro ut solum vellus siccum sit, et omnis terra rore madens. 40 Fecitque Deus nocte illa ut postulaverat: et fuit siccitas in solo vellere, et ros in omni terra.
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