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Once upon a time in the land of Israel, there were twelve wise and fair judges who ruled over the people. The story begins with Deborah, a prophetess and judge, leading the Israelites to victory against their enemies, Sisera and Jabin, through the courageous actions of Barak. After this triumph, Deborah sang a song praising God for their success.

Next, we meet Gideon, a humble man from the tribe of Manasseh, who was chosen by God to save Israel from the Midianites. Despite his initial reluctance, Gideon led an army of 300 men to defeat the vast Midianite forces. The Israelites celebrated their victory and offered sacrifices to God in thanksgiving.

In the following chapter, we learn about Abimelech, a wicked man from Shechem who sought power by killing all his male rivals and ruling over the city. However, God did not allow him to succeed, and he was eventually killed by a woman named Theba.

The story continues with Tola and Jair, two judges who ruled Israel during periods of peace. Tola lived in Shamir and judged Israel for 23 years, while Jair ruled from Kamon for 22 years. They both led their people justly and faithfully.

Next, we meet Jephthah, a mighty warrior from the tribe of Gilead who was banished from his homeland due to a family dispute. He was later called upon to save Israel from the Ammonites. Jephthah made a rash vow to God and sacrificed his only daughter as an offering for their victory.

The final judge in our story is Samson, a strong and passionate man with supernatural strength given by God. He fell in love with Delilah, who betrayed him and revealed the secret of his strength to the Philistines. They captured and blinded him, but he still managed to take revenge on them before dying in the temple of Dagon.

Throughout this time, the Israelites continued to turn away from God and worship idols, leading to periods of suffering and oppression. But each time, God raised up a judge to deliver them and bring them back to Him. And so, the cycle of sin and redemption continued in the land of Israel.

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