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fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they
said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and
among the Manassites.
JDG 12:5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the
Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were
escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art
thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
JDG 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said
Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took
him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time
of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
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