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...(1)And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (2)That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. (3)And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
(4)There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
(5)And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (6)And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (7)And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
(8)But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD...
Numbers 13:1-2; 17-33
...(1)And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2)Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them...
...(17)And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: (18)And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; (19)And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; (20)And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
(21)So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. (22)And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) (23)And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. (24)The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.
(25)And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
(26)And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
(27)And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. (28)Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. (29)The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
(30)And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
(31)But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. (32)And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
(33)And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight...
...(19)And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.
(20)And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. (21)Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. (22)And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. (23)And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: (24)And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. (25)And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, it is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
(26)Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:
(27)And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. (28)Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
(29)Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. (30)The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; (31)And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
(32)Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, (33)Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day...
...(8)And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab. (9)And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
(10)The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; (11)Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims. (12)The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them.
(13)Now rise up, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered. (14)And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them. (15)For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.
(16)So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, (17)That the LORD spake unto me, saying, (18)Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: (19)And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.
(20)(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; (21)A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead. (22)As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: (23)And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.).
(24)Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. (25)This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee...
...(1)Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. (2)And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
(3)So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining. (4)And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. (5)All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. (6)And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. (7)But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.
(8)And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon; (9)(Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;) (10)All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
(11)For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
(12)And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites. (13)And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants...
...(1)Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:
(2)Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; (3)And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under Ashdothpisgah: (4)And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei. (5)And reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.
(6)Them did Moses the servant of the LORD and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the LORD gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh...
...(1)Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
(2)This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri, (3)From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite: five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avites: (4)From the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that is beside the Sidonians, unto Aphek, to the borders of the Amorites: (5)And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath. (6)All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon unto Misrephothmaim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the children of Israel: only divide thou it by lot unto the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded thee.
(7)Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh, (8)With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them; (9)From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto Dibon; (10)And all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon; (11)And Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and all mount Hermon, and all Bashan unto Salcah; (12)All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out. (13)Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day. (14)Only unto the tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said unto them...
I Samuel 17:1-11
...(1)Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. (2)And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. (3)And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
(4)And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (5)And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. (6)And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. (7)And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
(8)And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. (9)If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
(10)And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
(11)When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid...
II Samuel 21:15-22
...(15)Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint. (16)And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David. (17)But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
(18)And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which of the sons of the giant.
(19)And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
(20)And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. (21)And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.
(22)These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants...
I Chronicles 20:2-8
...(2)And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's head: and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city. (3)And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
(4)And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.
(5)And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff like was a weaver's beam.
(6)And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant. (7)But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David's brother slew him.
(8)These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants...
...(11)God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
(12)I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. (13)His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. (14)He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.
(15)I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. (16)My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; (17)Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure...
...(6)Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; (7)That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name: (8)And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
(9)Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. (10)Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. (11)And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
(12)But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not...
Theophilus “Theophilus to Autolycus” (180-185 A.D.) Book II: Chapter 31: The History After the Flood
After the flood was there again a beginning of cities and kings, in the following manner:--The first city was Babylon, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. And their king was called Nebroth [Nimrod]. From these came Asshur, from whom also the Assyrians receive their name. And Nimrod built the cities Nineveh and Rehoboth, and Calah, and Resen, between Nineveh and Calah; and Nineveh became a very great city. And another son of Shem, the son of Noah, by name Mizraim, begat Ludim, and those called Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, and Pathrusim, and Casluhim, out of whom came Philistin. Of the three sons of Noah, however, and of their death and genealogy, we have given a compendious register in the above-mentioned book. But now we will mention the remaining facts both concerning cities and kings, and the things that happened when there was one speech and one language. Before the dividing of the languages these fore-mentioned cities existed. But when men were about to be dispersed, they took counsel of their own judgment. and not at the instigation of God, to build a city, a tower whose top might reach into heaven, that they might make a glorious name to themselves. Since, therefore, they had dared, contrary to the will of God, to attempt a grand work, God destroyed their city, and overthrew their tower. From that time He confounded the languages of men, giving to each a different dialect. And similarly did the Sibyl speak, when she declared that wrath would come on the world. She says:- "When are fulfilled the threats of the great God, With which He threatened men, when formerly In the Assyrian land they built a tower, And all were of one speech, and wished to rise Even till they climbed unto the starry heaven, Then the Immortal raised a mighty wind And laid upon them strong necessity; For when the wind threw down the mighty tower, Then rose among mankind fierce strife and hate.
One speech was changed to many dialects, And earth was filled with divers tribes and kings."
And so on. These things, then, happened in the land of the Chaldaeans. And in the land of Canaan there was a city, by name Haran. And in these days, Pharaoh, who by the Egyptians was also called Nechaoth, was first king of Egypt, and thus the kings followed in succession. And in the land of Shinar, among those called Chal daeans, the first king was Arioch, and next after him Ellasar, and after him Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and after him Tidal, king of the nations called Assyrians. And there were five other cities in the territory of Ham, the son of Noah; the first called Sodom, then Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Balah, which was also called Zoar. And the names of their kings are these: Bera, king of Sodom; Birsha, king of Gomorrah; Shinab, king of Admah; Shemeber, king of Zeboiim; Bela, king of Zoar, which is also called Kephalac. These served Chedorlaomer, the king of the Assyrians, for twelve years, and in the thirteenth year they revolted from Chedorlaomer; and thus it came to pass at that time that the four Assyrian kings waged war upon the five kings. This was the first commencement of making war on the earth; and they destroyed the giants Karnaim, and the strong nations that were with them in their city, and the Horites of the mountains called Seir, as far as the plain of Paran, which is by the wilderness. And at that time there was a righteous king called Melchisedek, in the city of Salem, which now is Jerusalem. This was the first priest of all priests of the Most High God; and from him the above-named city Hierosolyma was called Jerusalem. And from his time priests were found in all the earth. And after him reigned Abimelech in Gerar; and after him another Abimelech. Then reigned Ephron, surnamed the Hittite. Such are the names of the kings that were in former times. And the rest of the kings of the Assyrians, during an interval of many years, have been passed over in silence unrecorded, all writers narrating the events of our recent days. There were these kings of Assyria: Tiglath-Pileser, and after him Shalmaneser, then Sennacherib; and Adrammelech the Ethiopian, who also reigned over Egypt, was his triarch;--though these things, in comparison with our books, are quite recent.
Flavius Josephus "Antiquities of the Jews " (93 A.D.) Book 1: From the Creation to the Death of Isaac (3,833 years); Chapter 9
AT this time, when the Assyrians had the dominion over Asia, the people of Sodom were in a flourishing condition, both as to riches and the number of their youth. There were five kings that managed the affairs of this county: Ballas, Barsas, Senabar, and Sumobor, with the king of Bela; and each king led on his own troops: and the Assyrians made war upon them; and, dividing their army into four parts, fought against them. Now every part of the army had its own commander; and when the battle was joined, the Assyrians were conquerors, and imposed a tribute on the kings of the Sodomites, who submitted to this slavery twelve years; and so long they continued to pay their tribute: but on the thirteenth year they rebelled, and then the army of the Assyrians came upon them, under their commanders Amraphel, Arioch, Chodorlaomer, and Tidal. These kings had laid waste all Syria, and overthrown the offspring of the giants. And when they were come over against Sodom, they pitched their camp at the vale called the Slime Pits, for at that time there were pits in that place; but now, upon the destruction of the city of Sodom, that vale became the Lake Asphaltites, as it is called. However, concerning this lake we shall speak more presently. Now when the Sodomites joined battle with the Assyrians, and the fight was very obstinate, many of them were killed, and the rest were carried captive; among which captives was Lot, who had come to assist the Sodomites.
Flavius Josephus "Antiquities of the Jews" (93 A.D.) Book 5: From the Death of Moses to the Death of Eli (476 years); Chapter 2
2. But the affairs of the Canaanites were at this thee in a flourishing condition, and they expected the Israelites with a great army at the city Bezek, having put the government into the hands of Adonibezek, which name denotes the Lord of Bezek, for Adoni in the Hebrew tongue signifies Lord. Now they hoped to have been too hard for the Israelites, because Joshua was dead; but when the Israelites had joined battle with them, I mean the two tribes before mentioned, they fought gloriously, and slew above ten thousand of them, and put the rest to flight; and in the pursuit they took Adonibezek, who, when his fingers and toes were cut off by them, said, "Nay, indeed, I was not always to lie concealed from God, as I find by what I now endure, while I have not been ashamed to do the same to seventy-two kings." So they carried him alive as far as Jerusalem; and when he was dead, they buried him in the earth, and went on still in taking the cities: and when they had taken the greatest part of them, they besieged Jerusalem; and when they had taken the lower city, which was not under a considerable time, they slew all the inhabitants; but the upper city was not to be taken without great difficulty, through the strength of its walls, and the nature of the place.
3. For which reason they removed their camp to Hebron; and when they had taken it, they slew all the inhabitants. There were till then left the race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day, unlike to any credible relations of other men. Now they gave this city to the Levites as an extraordinary reward, with the suburbs of two thousand cities; but the land thereto belonging they gave as a free gift to Caleb, according to the injunctions of Moses. This Caleb was one of the spies which Moses sent into the land of Canaan. They also gave land for habitation to the posterity of Jethro, the Midianite, who was the father-in-law to Moses; for they had left their own country, and followed them, and accompanied them in the wilderness.
The red-haired giant, armed with a lance, rushed out and caught the unit by surprise -- momentarily bewildering them by his sheer speed and agility. A brief firefight ensued, as the unit felled the giant with continuous gunfire aimed at his face.
After the giant's demise, the eyewitnesses all testify that they were ordered, by higher-ups, to keep silent concerning the issue.
The Evansville Journal: Dec. 25, 1845 (Evansville, Indiana)
The New York Times: Nov. 21, 1856
Photo credit: Benton County Historical Society
Sauk Rapids Sentinel: Dec. 18, 1868
The Somerset Press: Feb. 19, 1875 (Somerset, Ohio)
The New York Times: May, 25, 1882
The New York Times: Nov. 12, 1883
The New York Times: Oct. 3, 1892
The New York Times: Dec. 20, 1897
The New York Times: Feb. 11, 1902
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The New York Times: July 14, 1916
The New York Times: March 17, 1924
[Captain John Smith's Journals: (July 24, 1608). Smith's Second Voyage]
SMITH AND HIS MEN MEET THE SUSQUEHANNOCKS NEAR HAVRE DE GRACE
Hatchets from the Sasquesahanocks.
"Many hatchets, knives, peeces of iron, and brasse, we saw amongst them, which they reported to have from the Sasquesahanocks, a mightie people and mortall enemies with the Massawomeks. The Sasquesahanocks inhabit upon the chiefe Spring of these foure branches of the Bayes head, two dayes journey higher then our barge could passe for rocks, yet we prevailed with the Interpreter to take with him another Interpreter, to perswade the Sasquesahanocks to come visit us, for their language are different. Three or foure dayes we expected their returne, then sixtie of those gyant-like people came downe, with presents of Venison, Tobacco-pipes three foot in length, Baskets, Targets, Bowes and Arrowes."
[modern English translation]
"Many hatchets, knives, pieces of iron, and brass, we saw amongst them, which they reported to have from the Susquehannocks, a mighty people and mortal enemies with the Massaomeks. The Susquehannocks inhabit upon the chief Spring of these four branches of the Bayes head, two days journey higher than our barge could pass [due to the] rocks, yet we prevailed with the Interpreter to take with him another Interpreter, to persuade the Susquehannocks to come visit us, for their language are different. Three or four days we expected their return, then 60 of those giant-like people came down, with presents of venison, tobacco pipes three foot in length, baskets, targets, bows and arrows."
[Porter, Rev. F. L. (1866). The Giant Cities of Bashan; and Syria's Holy Places (p.19-20) New-York: T. Nelson and Sons]
Chapter 1: BASHAN AND ITS GIANT CITIES
...I have pitched my tent on the site of of ancient Tyre, and searched, but searched in vain, for a single trace of its ruins. Then, but not till then, did I realize the full force and truth of the prophetic denunciation upon it: "Thou shalt be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again" (Ezek. xxvi. 21). The very ruins of Capernaum--that city which, in our Lord's day, was "exalted unto heaven"--have been so completely obliterated, that the question of its site never has been, and probably never will be, definitely settled. And these are not solitary cases: Jericho has disappeared; Bethel is "come to naught" (Amos v. 5); Samaria is "as an heap of the field, as plantings of a vineyard" (Micah i. 6). The state of Bashan is totally different: it is literally crowded with towns and large villages; and though the vast majority of them are deserted, they are not ruined. I have more than once entered a deserted city in the evening, taken possession of a comfortable house, and spent the night in peace. Many of the houses in the ancient cities of Bashan are perfect, as if only finished yesterday. The walls are sound, the roofs unbroken, the doors, and even the window-shutters in their places. Let not my readers think that I am transcribing a passage from the "Arabian Nights." I am relating sober facts; I am simply telling what I have seen, and what I purpose just now more fully to describe. "But how," you ask me, "can we account for the preservation of ordinary dwellings in a land of ruins? If one of our modern English cities were deserted for a millennium, there would scarcely be a fragment of a wall standing." The reply is easy enough. The houses of Bashan are not ordinary houses. Their walls are from five to eight feet thick, built of large squared blocks of basalt; the roofs are formed of slabs of the same material, hewn like planks, and reaching from wall to wall; the very doors and window-shutters are of stone, hung upon pivots projecting above and below. Some of these ancient cities have from two to five hundred houses still perfect, but not a man to dwell in them. On one occasion, from the battlements of the Castle of Saleah, I counted some thrity towns and villages, dotting the surface of the vast plain, many of them almost as perfect as when they were built, and yet for more than five centuries there has not been a single inhabitant in one of them. It may easily be imagined with what feelings I read on that day, and on that spot, the remarkable words of Moses: "The generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say when they see the plagues of this land, even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the Lord done this unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?"
My readers are now prepared, I trust, to make a pleasant and profitable excursion to the giant cities of Bashan. I shall promise not to make too large a demand upon their time and patience, and yet to give them a tolerably clear and full view of one of the most interesting countries in the world...
Henry W. Shoemaker Tales of the Bald Eagle Mountains in Central Pennsylvania (1912)
Chapter XI. THE GIANTESS (Story of McElhattan Mountain) [pp. 208-11]
"When the great flood of St. Patrick's Day, 1865, laid bare, in the bed of McElhattan Creek, the gigantic statue of a giantess carved out of black flint, the old settlers, and the few Indians who remained at Nichol's Run, predicted a series of disasters to the neighborhood...the figure was carved from the stone during the last years of the sixteenth century. When it was uncovered by the flood of 1865, the accounts which appeared in the Clinton County newspapers heralded it as a relic of remote antiquity, and it would have been generally accepted as such, had it not been for the "old timers" who knew the legend of its comparatively recent origin. For once in its career it was only a seven days wonder. The paragraphs in the papers attracted a few antiquarians to the scene and the native mountaineers marvelled and brought their families, but the closing events of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination soon overshadowed it.
A freshet in September broke the drift pile which had diverted the stream from its original course, and the "Giantess of McElhattan", as she was called, was covered once more by the rushing current. For a few weeks those who passed over a prostrate beech tree which served as a footbridge nearby, could see the angry, revengeful features of the giantess peering up at them through the clear water, but sand, and pebbles and branches of trees drifted across it, and were giving it a brand new shroud. With the Spring of the next year, the face was entirely covered, and only the sable outlines of the breasts were reflected through the limpid depths. In another year these were covered, and with it went the last memory of the Giantess, to rest until Destiny sends her forth again..."
March 11, 2015
As I became lucid (i.e. cognizant that I was in a dream), I found myself in the front yard area of this church, walking upon on the grass, and had intended to step inside (I perceived this was, for some reason, a Methodist Church?). This location seemed to be parallel with an area in my town, that was located approximately down the road from Main St. (of which I've had recurring dreams here, also)
However -- I then immediately noticed this abnormally tall person appear who yelled out "Hey!" to me (someone briefly seemed to appear with him, also).
This male figure grinned with a hint of a sneer and pointed at me, as he then approached.
His form was at least 14 ft tall and lanky, wearing baggy blue jeans and a long sleeve button-down flannel shirt with a long sleeve underneath it (oddly similar to the fashion style that certain friends of mine wore, as we were teenagers). His hair was like a flaming red color and parted down the middle, coming a bit down past his ears.
(...also, oddly similar to a hairstyle which I had...as a teenager)
Through the Holy Spirit, I perceived this wasn't a friendly spirit (demon) and began to ask him if Jesus Christ came in the flesh (1 John 4:1). A brief answer, I believe, then came, which wasn't a "yes". I started to experience fear but suppressed as best as I could -- as I then began firmly walking toward it and authoritatively declared the following:
"YOUR end is the lake of fire with your father, the devil!"
I was now standing directly in front of him, with the top of my 6'3" head not even reaching its belt line.
"It burns with sulfur!"
After declaring this, the giant immediately hunched over -- sharply crying out in sudden pain.
I awoke just after this.
May, 2015 (before 6 a.m.)
[This testimony, to sum it up in one word, will be: Bizarre. Nonetheless, I ask all believers who are about to read this to pray for discernment.]
As I recall, I remember walking in this outdoor place which looked like a downtown port area of a town or city. As I was walking, I then noticed a group of very tall people (all over 7 ft) off to my left side crowding closer to me. I immediately felt fearful, yet suppressed it as best as I could and actually approached one of them, who looked African American (black skin color).
I recall introducing myself and shaking "his" hand (not sure why I did this; likely to suppress fear).
After this is where it gets bizarre.
Suddenly, this group of male forms grew much taller (10-11ft) and proceeded to perform this broadway-like musical performance -- right in front of my eyes -- that glorified male-on-male homosexuality. This scene that played out before me, in this downtown area setting, literally looked like something that could have aired on prime time evening television (e.g. American Idol).
(also, there was no TV or stereo playing in my bedroom, in the physical. This occurred sometime in the early morning; well before 6 am).
The giant beings, now dressed in designer tailored suits, danced in sync with one another to a catchy, jazz orchestration which seemed to emanate from the entire area. While engaging in this choreography, they also sang lyrics to go along with this jazzy music.
I distinctly recall, verbatim, one line of chorus which was sung:
♫Get some strange, man!
Dump that girl for your man!♫
^ While this above chorus was being sung, I then saw one of the giants embrace from behind, and then roughly push away, what looked like a shorter female off to the side; as he then intimately embraced another tall male figure of around the same height (these actions were also synced with the music).
...I can't recall any more details at the moment. I do remember that, once the whole bizarre thing ended, I asked the Holy Spirit out-loud if it could replay so that I could recall the lyrics. I remember the entire thing playing out again in a similar fashion, to which I was able to memorize the chorus line that was sung.
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As stated, this was bizarre. And as with every entry on here, I testify to the body of Christ that I actually witnessed this play out in front of me; and that I've recalled it on here to the best of my ability.
November 21, 2016 (between 3 and 5 a.m.)
As I recall, I was inside this very large, empty warehouse with concrete walls and floors. I was standing near one of the ends by a set of concrete steps which led up to an exit door -- and a giant demonic spirit (at least 12 ft. tall) was standing off to the side of this staircase, looking directly down at me and speaking at me.
This demon spirit was taking a masquerade form of my boss at work.
Not long after, I suddenly pointed at him and ordered out "Angels, take his mask off!"
My motive was to see this being in its true form -- as I was getting fed up with encountering them in disguises.
At first, this demon began to be hesitant and seemed much resistant to this occurring (I do not recall exact words). Nonetheless, I authoritatively again commanded "Angels, take his mask off!", as I then walked up to the top of the concrete staircase.
Now at the top, the giant's head was only mere inches from being level with mine.
Immediately after issuing the command, my boss's face then disappeared off of it -- as if someone had literally ripped a full-sized mask off: starting from the bottom around the neck line, and then up and off of the face.
After this, the giant's face then momentarily took the form of a younger looking, handsome man; clean-shaven, and with short, groomed jet-black hair. This occurred as he proceeded to walk around to the front of the staircase, in order to (presumably) directly face me.
This second mask disguise then ripped off of the giant, also -- revealing a MOST ugly face (kind of lumpy-looking).
The exposed giant demon spirit LOUDLY roared out in response, reverberating the entire building interior! This was louder than anything I've heard come from any person, in real life. ...it'd be as one would likely expect to hear, in a 12-foot tall giant bellowing out in extreme rage and anger.
A small wave of fear momentarily washed over me -- yet, God's Spirit comforted and kept me calm. Not long after this wave of fear subsided, I then suddenly lunged out and grabbed this giant in a front headlock.
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...I must say, this, very much, seems to implicate that the giants during Noah's time were not immediately condemned to hell; but rather, became disembodied spirits.
It's also interesting to note that terms such as "images" (e.g. Laban's image, which Rachel stole), "idols" and names of false gods, such as Ashteroth, didn't begin appearing until after the flood.