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234 The Benjamites bewailed. RUTH. The virgins of Shloh surprised. there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings, l, Benjamin, because that the LORD hadi and peace-offerings.

made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 5 And the children of Israel said, Who 16 Then the elders of the congregais there among all the tribes of Israel that tion said, How shall we do for wives for came not up with the congregation unto them that remain, secing the women are the LORD? For they had made a great destroyed out of Benjamin ? oath concerning him that came not up to 17 And they said, "There must be an inthe Lord to Mizpeh, saying, He shall heritance for them that be escaped of surely be put to death.

Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed 6 And the children of Israel repented out of Israel. them for Benjamin their brother, and said, || 18 Howbeit, we may not give them There is one tribe cut off from Israel this wives of our daughters : for the children day.

of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he 5 How shall we do for wives for them that giveth a wife to Benjamin. that remain, seeing we have sworn by the 19 Then they said, Behold, there is a LORD, that we will not give them of our feast of the Lord iu Shiloh yearly in a daughters to wives?

place which is on the north side of Beth-el, 8 | And they said, What one is there of on the east side of the highway that goeth the tribes of Israel that came not up to up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the Mizpeh to the LORD ? and behold, there south of Lebonali. came none to the camp from Jabesh-gil- 20 Therefore they commanded the chilead to the assembly.

dren of Benjamin, saying, Go, and lie in 9 For the people were numbered, and wait in the vineyards ; behold, there were none of the inhabitants 21 And see, and bebold, if the daughof Jabesh-gilead there.

ters of Shiloh come out to dance in 10 And the congregation sent thither dances, then come ye out of the vinetwelve thousand men of the valiantest, || yards, and catch you every man his wife of and commanded them, saying, Go and the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with | land of Benjamin. the edge of the sword, with the women 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or and the children.

their brethren come unto us to complain, 11 And this is the thing that ye shall that we will say unto them, Be favourable do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, unto them for our sakes: because we reand every woman that hath lien by man. served not to each man bis wife in the

12 And they found among the inhabit war : for ye did not give unto them at ants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young this time, that ye should be guilty. virgins that had known no man by lying 23 And the children of Benjamin did so, with any male : and they brought them and took them wives, according to their unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the number, of them that danced, whom they land of Canaan.

caught : and they went and returned un13 And the whole congregation sent to their inheritance, and repaired the citsome to speak to the children of Benjamin ies, and dwelt in then, that were in the rock Rimmon, and to | 24 And the children of Israel departed call peaceably unto them.

thence at that time, every man to his 14 And Benjamin came again at that tribe and to his family, and they went out time; and they gave them wives which they from thence every man to his inheritance. had saved alive of the women of Jabesh- | 25 In those days there was no king in gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not. Israel: every man did that which was

15 And the people repented them for Il right in his own eyes.


1 and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, juçlah. And they came into the country dieth there. 6 Naomi returning home, of Moab, and continued there. 14 Ruih accompanieth her.

3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband diN W it came to pass in the days when ed ; and she was left, and her two sons.

W the judges ruled, that there was a 4 And they took them wives of the fiu vine in the land. And a certain man women of Moab; the name of the one of Beth-lehem-judah went to sojourn in the Tas Orpalı, and the name of the other country of Moab, he, and his wife, and Ruth; and they dwelled there about ten his two sons,

1 years, 2 And the name of the man was Elim- 15 And Mahlon and Chilion died also clech, and the name of his wife Naomi, both of them ; and the woman was left and the name of his two sons Mahlon ll of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth's constancy to Naomi : Chap. 11. She gleaneth in Boazs field. 235 6 Then she arose with her daughters- || call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath in-law, that she might return from the | testified against me, and the Almighty country of Moab: for she had heard in | hath afflicted me? the country of Moab how that the LORD 22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the had visited his people in giving them Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, bread.

which returned out of the country of 7 Wherefore she went forth out of the || Moab; and they came to Beth-lehem in place where she was, and her two daugh- the beginning of barley-harvest. ters-in-law with her; and they went on

CHAP. II. the way to return unto the land of Judah. 1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz. 4

8 And Naomi said unto her two daugh He taketh knowledge of her, 8 and ters-in-law, Go, return each to her moth sheweth her favour. 18 She returneth er's house : the LORD deal kindly with to her mother-in-law. you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and AND Naomi had a kinsman of her with me.

A husband's, a mighty man of wealth, 9 The LORD grant you that ye may of the family of Elimelech; and his name find rest, each of you in the house of her was Boaz. busband. Then she kissed them; and 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto they lifted up their voice, and wept. Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and

10 And they said unto her, Surely we glean ears of corn after him in whose sight will return with thee unto thy people. I shall find grace. And she said unto her,

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my | Go, my daughter. daughters : why will ye go with me? are 3 And she went, and came, and gleanthere yet any more sons in my womb, that ed in the field after the reapers : and her they may be your husbands?

|| hap was to light on a part of the field be12 Turn again, my daughters, go your longing unto Boaz, who was of the kintray; for I am too old to have an husband. || dred of Elimelech. If I should say, I have hope, if I should 4 And behold, Boaz came from have a husband also to-night, and should Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers, also bear sons;

| The Lord be with you. And they an13 Would re tarry for them till they swered him, The Lord bless thee. were grown? would ye stay for them 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that from having husbands? nay, my daugh- was set over the reapers, Whose damsel ters; for it grieveth me much for your is this? sakes, that the hand of the LORD is gone 6 And the servant that was set over the out against me.

W reapers answered and said, It is the Mo 14 And they lifted up their voice, and abitish damsel that came back with Naomi wept again. And Orpah kissed her moth out of the country of Moab: er-in-law; but Ruth'clave unto her. 7 And she said, I pray you, let me

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-in glean and gather after the reapers among law is gone back into her people, and un the sheaves : so she came, and hath conto her gods : return thou after thy sister || tinued even from the morning until now, in-law.

that she tarried a little in the house, 16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to 8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest leave thee, or to return from following thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean after thee: for whither thou goest, I will in another field, neither go from hence, go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: || but abide here fast by my maidens: thy people shall be my people, and thy 9 Let thine eyes be on the field that God my God:

they do reap, and go thou after them: have 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and I not charged the young men that they there will I be buried: the LORD do so to || shall not touch thee? and when thou art me, and more also, if aught but death part | athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of thee and me.

that which the young men have drawn. 18 When she saw that she was stead 10 Then she fell on her face, and bowfastly minded to go with her, then she ed herself to the ground, and said unto left speaking unto her.

him, Why have I found grace in thine 19 So they two went until they came eves, that thou shouldest take knowledge to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, ll of me, seeing I am a stranger? when they were come to Beth-lehem, that 11 And Boaz answered and said unto all the city was moved about them, and | her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that they said,' Is this Naomi ?

thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law 20 And she said unto them, Call me since the death of thine husband : and not Naomi, call me Mara : for the Al how thou hast left thy father and thy mothmighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. | er, and the land of thy nativity, and art

21 I went out full, and the Lord hath || come unto a people which thou knewest brought me home again empty : why then l not heretofore,

12 The LORD recompense thy work, | hold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the and a full reward be given thee of the threshing-floor. LORD God of Israel, under whose wings | 3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thou art come to trust.

thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and 13 Then she said, Let me find favour get thee down to the floor: but make not in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast thyself known unto the man, until he shall comforted me, and for that thou hast have done eating and drinking. spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, 4 And it shall be when he lieth down, though I be not like unto one of thine that thou shalt mark the place where he handmaidens.

shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncov14 And Boaz said unto her, At meal er his feet, and lay thee down ; and he

will tell thee what thou shalt do. bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. 5 And she said unto her, All that thou And she sat beside the reapers : and he sayest unto me I will do. reached her parched corn, and she did eat, 6 And she went down unto the floor, and was sufficed, and left.

and did according to all that her mother15 And when she was risen up to glean, || in-law bade her. Boaz commanded his young men, saying, I 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, Lether glean even among the sheaves, and | and his heart was merry, he went to lie reproach her not:.

down at the end of the heap of corn: and 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls she came softly, and uncovered his feet, Cof purpose for her, and leave them, that and laid her down. she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 8 f And it came to pass at midnight,

17 So she gleaned in the field until even, that the man was afraid, and turned himand beat out that she had gleaned ; and it self: and behold, a woman lay at his feet. was about an ephah of barley.

9 And he said, Whoart thou ? And she 18 | And she took it up, and went into answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid : the city: and her mother-in-law saw what spread therefore thy skirt over thine handshe had gleaned : and she brought forth, maid ; for thou art a near kinsman. and gave to her that she had reserved af 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the ter she was sufficed.

LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shew19 And her mother-in-law said unto ed more kindness in the latter end than her, Where bast thou gleaned to-day? and at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followwhere wroughtest thou ? blessed be he ledst not young men, whether poor or rich. that did take knowledge of thee. And she 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I shewed her mother-in-law with whom she will do to thce all that thou requirest: for had wrought, and said, The man's name | all the city of my people doth know that with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz. thou art a virtuous woman.

20 And Naomi said unto her daughter 12 And now it is true that I am thy in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who Il near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinshath not left off his kindness to the living man nearer than I. and to the dead. And Naomi said unto 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in her, The man is near of kin untu us, one the morning, that if he will perform unto of our next kinsmen.

thee the part of a kinsman, well ; let him 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He do the kinsman's part; but if he will not do said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do by my young men, until they have ended the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD all my harvest.

liveth : lie down until the morning. 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her 14 And she lay at his feet until the daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, morning : and she rose up before one could that thou go out with his maidens, that || know another. And he said, Let it not be they meet thee not in any other field. known that a woman came into the floor.

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of 15 Also he said, Bring the veil that thou Boaz to glean unto the end of barley-har- | hast upon thee, and hold it. And when vest and of wheat-harvest; and dwelt with she held it, he measured six measures of her mother-in-law,

barley, and laid it on her: and she went CHAP. III.

into the city. 1 By Naomi's instruction, Ruth lieth at 16 And when she came to her moth

Boaz's feet. 8 Boaz acknowledgether-in-law, she said, Who art thou, my the right of a kinsman.

daughter? And she told her all that the THEN Naomi her mother-in-law said man had done to her. 1 unto her, My daughter, shall I not 1 17 And she said, These six measures of


2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Be

not empty unto thy mother-in-law,

18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall : Braz marrieth Ruth.

CHAP. I. Elkanah and his tavo wives. 237 for the man will not be in rest, until hell and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. have finished the thing this day.

10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the CHAP. IV.

11 wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be 1 Boaz calleth into judgment the nert my wife, to raise up the name of the dead

kinsman. 6 He refusing the redemp upon bis inheritance, that the name of tion, 10 Boaz marrieth Ruth.

the dead be not cut off from among his THEN went Boaz up to the gate, and brethren, and from the gate of his place:

I sat him down there : and behold, the ye are witnesses this day. kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by ; 11 And all the people that were in the unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn gate, and the elders said, Weare witnesses. aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, The LORD make the woman that is come and sat down.

into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, 2 And he took ten men of the elders which two did build the house of Israel : of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be And they sat down.

famous in Beth-lehem : 3 And he said unto the kinsman, Nao 12 And let thy house be like the house mi, that is come again out of the country of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Juof Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which dah, of the seed which the LORD shall was our brother Elimelech's :

give thee of this young woman. 4 And I thought to advertise thee, say 13 9 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was ing, Buy it before the inhabitants, and his wife: and when he went in unto her, before the elders of my people. If thou the LORD gave her conception, and she wilt redeem it, redeem it : but if thou || bare a son. wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I 14 And the woman said unto Naomi, may know: for there is none to redeem it Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left beside thee ; and I am after thee. And he thee this day without a kinsman, that his said, I will redeem it.

I! name may be famous in Israel. 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buy- || 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer est the field of the hand of Naomi, thou of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, age: for thy daughter-in-law, which lovthe wife of the dead, to raise up the name i eth thee, which is better to thee than sevof the dead upon his inheritance.

I en sons, hath born him. 6 & And the kinsman said, I cannot 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. inheritance : redeem thou my right to il 17 And the women herneighboursgaveit thyself ; for I cannot redeem it.

a name, saying, There is a son born to Nao7 Now this was the manner in former mi; and they called his name Obed: he is time in Israel concerning redeeming and the father of Jesse, the father of David. concerning changing, for to confirm all 18 Now these are the generations of things; a man plucked off his shoe, and Pharez : Pharez begat Hezron, gave it to his neighbour: and this was al 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram testimony in Israel.

begat Amminadab, 8 Therefore the kinsman saidunto Boaz, : 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. and Nahshon begat Salmon,

9 9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz unto all the people, Ye are witnesses ' begat Obed.

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|| children, but Hannah had no children. 1 Elkarah and his two rives. 9 Han- 3 And this man went up out of his city nah's prayer. 19 Samuel is born, 24 yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto and presented to the LORD.

the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the NOW there was a certain man of two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, N Ramathaim-zophim, of mount E-the priests of the LORD, were there. phraim, and his name was Elkanah, 4. And when the time was that Elkathe son of Jerolam, the son of Elihu, ll nah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an and to all her sons and her daughters, Ephrathite :

portions: 2 And he had two wives ; the name of 5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy the one was Hannah, and the name of portion ; for he loved Hannah ; but the the other Peninnah : and Peninnah had || LORD had shut up her womb.

238 Hannah'a firayer.


Hannah's song. 6 And her adversary also provoked her 9 22 Bit Hannah went not up; for she sore, for to nike her fret, because the said unto her husband, I will not go un LORD had shut up her womb.

until the child be weaned, and then I will 7 And as he did so year by year, when bring him, that he may appear before the she went up to the house of the LORD, SO LORD, and there abide for ever. she provoked her; therefore she wept, and 1 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto did not eat.

her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarty un8 Then said Elkanah her husband to til thou have weaned him; only the LORD her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and establish his word. So the woman abode, why eatest thou not ? and why is thy and gave her son suck until she weaned him. heart grieved ? am not I better to thee 24 ç And when she had weaned him, than ton sons?

she took him up with her, with three 9 So Hannah rose up after they had bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. bottle of wine, and brought him unto the Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a house of the Lord in Shilol: and the post of the temple of the LORD.

child was young. 10 And she cvas in bitterness of soul, and 25 And they slew a bullock, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. brought the child to Eli.

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, 01 26 And she said, O my lord, as thy soul Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood on the affliction of thine handmaid, and by thee here, praying into the LORD. yemember me, and not forget thine hand- 27 For this child I prayed; and the maid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid | LORD hath given me my petition which a man child, then I will give him unto the I asked of him: LORD all the days of his life, and there 28 Therefore also I have lent him to shall no razor come upon his head.

the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall 12 And it came to pass, as she con- | be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped tinued praying before the LORD, that Elithe LORD there. marked her mouth.

CHAP. II. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her i Hannah's song. 12 The sin of Eli's sons. heart; only her lips moved, but her voice | 18 Samuel's ministry. 27 A prophecy was not heard : therefore Eli thought she against Eli's house. had been drunken.

AND Hannah prayed, and said, My 14 And Eli said unto her, How long A heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine wilt thou be drunken ? put away thy wine horn is exalted in the LORD; my mouth from thee.

|| is enlarged over mine enemies; because I 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, rejoice in thy salvation. my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for spirit : I have drunk neither wine nor there is none beside thee: neither is there strong drink, but have poured out my any rock like our God. soul before the LORD.

3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; 16 Count not thine handmaid for a | let not arrogancy come out of your daughter of Belial : for out of the abund- mouth : for the Lord is a God of knowlance of my complaint and grief have I edge, and by him actions are weighed. spoken hitherto.

$ The bows of the mighty men are 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in broken, and they that stumbled are girdpeace : and the God of Israel grant thee ed with strength. thy pctition that thou hast asked of him. 5 They that were full have hired out

18 And she said, Let thine handinaid themselves for bread; and they that were find grace in thy sight. So the wonan hungry ceased: so that the barren hath went her way, and did eat, and her coun born seven ; and she that hath many tenance was no more sad.

children is waxed feeble. 19 | And they rose up in the morn 1 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh aing early, and worshipped before the | live : he bringeth down to the grave, and LORD, and returned, and came to their bringeth up. house to Ramah : And Elkanah knew | 7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh Hannah his wife ; and the LORD remem- rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. bered her.

8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when and lifteth up the beggar from the dungthe time was come about after Hannah hill, to set them among princes, and to had conceived, that she bare a son, and make them inherit the throne of glory : called his name Samuel, saying, Because for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, I have asked him of the Lord.

and he hath set the world upon them. 21 And the man Elkanah, and all his 19 He will keep the feet of his saints, and house, went up to offer unto the Lord the the wicked shall be silent in darkness ycarly sacrifice, and his vow.

4 for by strength shall no man prevail,

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