Judges - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The Book of Judges derives its title from the twelve heroes of Israel whose deeds it records. They were not magistrates, but military leaders sent by God to aid and to relieve his people in time of external danger. They exercised their activities in the interval of time between the death of Joshua and the institution of the monarchy in Israel. Six of them-Othniel, Ehud, Barak, Gideon, Jephthah and Samson-are treated in some detail and have accordingly been styled the Major Judges. The other six, of whose activities this book preserves but a summary record, are called the Minor Judges. There were two other judges, whose judgeships are described in 1 Samuel-Eli and Samuel, who seem to have ruled the entire nation of Israel just before the institution of the monarchy. The twelve judges of the present book, however, very probably exercised their authority, sometimes simultaneously, over one or another tribe of Israel, never over the entire nation. The purpose of the book is to show that the fortunes of Israel depended upon the obedience or disobedience of the people to God's law. Whenever they rebelled against him, they were oppressed by pagan nations; when they repented, he raised up judges to deliver them (cf Judges 2:10-23). The accounts of various events, whether written shortly after their occurrence or orally transmitted, were later skillfully unified according to the moral purpose of the redactor some time during the Israelite monarchy. - The book is divided as follows: I. Palestine after the Death of Joshua (Judges 1:1-3:6) II. Stories of the Judges (Judges 3:7-16:31) III. The Tribes of Dan and Benjamin in the Days of the Judges (Judges 17:1-21:25) - (NAB)


Book of


1 Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest of Canaan
2 Israel's Disobedience
Death of Joshua
Israel's Unfaithfulness
3 Nations Remaining in the Land
4 Deborah and Barak
5 The Song of Deborah
6 The Midianite Oppression
The Call of Gideon
Gideon Destroys the Altar of Baal
The Sign of the Fleece
7 Gideon Surprises and Routs the Midianites
8 Gideon's Triumph and Vengeance
Gideon's Idolatry
Death of Gideon
9 Abimelech Attempts to Establish a Monarchy
The Parable of the Trees
The Downfall of Abimelech
10 Tola and Jair
Oppression by the Ammonites
11 Jephthah
Jephthah's Vow
Jephthah's Daughter
12 Intertribal Dissension
Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon
13 The Birth of Samson
14 Samson's Marriage
15 Samson Defeats the Philistines
16 Samson and Delilah
Samson's Death
17 Micah and the Levite
18 The Migration of Dan
The Danites Settle in Laish
19 The Levite's Concubine
Gibeah's Crime
20 The Other Tribes Attack Benjamin
21 The Benjaminites Saved from Extinction

Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
CEI (1974) - Italian
Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German