Israel’s men had made this serious promise to the Lord at Mizpah

Chapter 21 v1 Israel’s men had made this serious promise to the Lord at Mizpah. ‘We will not allow our daughters to marry a man from Benjamin’s *tribe.’ v2 The people went to Bethel. They sat where God was. They sat Read More …

Then all the Israelites from Dan to Beersheba came to meet together

Chapter 20 v1 Then all the Israelites from Dan to Beersheba came to meet together. They also came from the area called Gilead. They all met at Mizpah, where the *Lord was. v2 This meeting of God’s people included the Read More …

There was a man called Micah from the hilly country where Ephraim’s tribe lived

Chapter 17 v1 There was a man called Micah from the hilly country where Ephraim’s tribe lived. v2 He said to his mother, ‘Someone stole the 1100 pieces of silver from you. I heard that you declared a *curse on Read More …

Later, at the time when people were harvesting corn, Samson went to visit his wife

Chapter 15 v1 Later, at the time when people were harvesting corn, Samson went to visit his wife. He took a young goat as a present. He said, ‘I am going to visit my wife in her bedroom.’ Her father Read More …

Again, the Israelites did what God did not want

Chapter 13 In total, there were 12 judges in the book called Judges. Samson was the last one. The story about him shows that matters had got much worse. People turned away from God. They suffered pain for what they Read More …

Jephthah, a man from Gilead’s family, was a brave soldier

Chapter 11 v1 Jephthah, a man from Gilead’s family, was a brave soldier. Gilead was his father. v2 His mother was a woman who sold her body for sex. Gilead’s real wife had several sons. When they grew up, they Read More …

After the time when Abimelech had lived, Puah’s son Tola came to rescue Israel

Chapter 10 v1 After the time when Abimelech had lived, Puah’s son Tola came to rescue Israel. (Puah was Dodo’s son.) Tola was from Issachar’s *tribe. He lived in Shamir in the hilly country where Ephraim’s *tribe were. v2 He Read More …

Abimelech, Jerubbaal’s son, went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem

Chapter 9 v1 Abimelech, Jerubbaal’s son, went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem. He spoke to them and he spoke to all his mother’s *tribe. v2 ‘Ask all the people who live in Shechem this question. Is it better to Read More …

On that day Deborah and Barak, Abinoam’s son, sang this song.

Chapter 5 v1 On that day Deborah and Barak, Abinoam’s son, sang this song. v2 ‘Praise the *Lord because the leaders of *Israel led. The people were glad to follow! v3 Listen, kings and rulers! I will sing to the Read More …

After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again did not obey God

Chapter 4 v1 After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again did not obey God. v2 The *Lord allowed Jabin to *conquer them. Jabin was the king of Hazor in *Canaan. Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-Haggoyim, led the king’s army. v3 He Read More …