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The Benjamites slain.

CHAP. XXI.

Gibeah burned. 233 against the children of Benjamin the sec- between the men of Israel and the liers in end day.

wait, that they should make a great fame 25 And Benjamin went forth against with smoke to rise up out of the city. them out of Gibeah the second day, and 39 And when the men of Israel retired destroyed down to the ground of the in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and children of Israel again eighteen thousand || kill of the men of Israel about thirty permen; all these drew the sword.

sons: for they said, Surely they are smit26 Then all the children of Israel, and ten down before us, as in the first battle. all the people, went up, and came unto 40 But when the flame began to arise the house of God, and wept, and sat there up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, before the Lord, and fasted that day un- | the Benjamites looked behind them, and til even, and offered burnt-offerings and behold, the flame of the city ascended up peace-offerings before the LORD.

to heaven. 27 And the children of Israel inquired 41 And when the men of Israel turned of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: of God was there in those days,

for they saw that evil was come upon 28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, || them. the son of Aaron, stood before it in those 42 Therefore they turned their backs days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to before the men of ısrael unto the way of baitle against the children of Benjamin the wilderness; but the battle overtook my brother, or shall I cease? And the them; and them which came out of the LORD said, Go up; for to-morrow I will cities they destroyed in the midst of them. deliver them into thine hand.

43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites 29 And Israel set liers in wait round round about, and chased them, and trode about Gibeah.

them down with ease over against Gibeah 30 And the children of Israel went up toward the sun-rising. against the children of Benjamin on the 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighthird day, and put themselves in array teen thousand men ; all these were men against Gibeah, as at other times. of valour.

31 And the children of Benjamin went 45 And they turned and fled toward out against the people, and were drawn | the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: away from the city; and they began to and they gleaned of them in the highways smite of the people, and kill, as at other five thousand men; and pursued hard times, in the highways, of which one go after them unto Gidom, and slew two eth up to the house of God, and the other thousand men of them. to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men 46 So that all which fell that day of of Israel

Benjamin were twenty and five thousand 32 And the children of Benjamin said, men that drew the sword; all these were They are smitten down before us, as at men of valour. the first. But the children of Israel said, 47 But six hundred men turned and Let us flee, and draw them from the city Aled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimunto the highways.

mon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four 33 And all the men of Israel rose up | months. out of their place, and put themselves in 48 And the men of Israel turned again array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait upon the children of Benjamin, and smote of Israel came forth out of their places, them with the edge of the sword, as well even out of the meadows of Gibeah. the men of every city, as the beasts, and

34 And there came against Gibeah ten | all that came to hand : also they set on thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and fire all the cities that they came to. the battle was sore: but they knew not

CHAP. XXI. that evil was near them.

1 The people bewailing the desolation of 35 And the LORD smote Benjamin be- Benjamin, 16 advise them to surprise fore Israel: and the children of Israel de- the virgins that danced at Shiloh.

COW the men of Israel had sworn in and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.

usgive his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. 36 So the children of Benjamin saw that 2 And the people came to the house of they were smitten : for the men of Israel God, and abode there till even before gave place tothe Benjamites, because they God, and lifted up their voices, and wept trusted unto the liers in wait which they sore; had set beside Gibeah.

3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, 37 And the liers in wait hasted, and why is this come to pass in Israel, that rushed upon Gibeah ; and the liers in wait there should be to-day one tribe lacking drew themselves along, and smote all the in Israel? city with the edge of the sword.

4 And it came to pass on the morrow, 38 Now there was an appointed sign that the people rose early, and built

stroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty N Mizpleh, saying, Thereshall not any of

234 The Benjamites bewailed. RUTH. The virgins of Shloh surjirised. there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings, |, Benjamin, because that the Lord hact 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 tibe 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 T 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 Lebonah. 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 Aud see, and behold, 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 them, 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 gavethem 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 ll right in his own eyes.

THE BOOK OF RUTH.
CHAP. I.

and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, judlah. 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 di

Neil Game togas sin the days when edit and she was left, and her two sons,

the judges ruled, that there

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

years. 2 And the name of the man was Elim- 5 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 l of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth's constancy to Naomi : CHAP. II. She gleaneth in Boaz’s field. 235

6 9 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. every one have dealt with the dead, and | A NhusbNaomi Chadema kinsmar of here

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. 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, goyour longing unto Boaz, who was of the kinway; 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 ye 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.

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 unto 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 doreap, 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.

thal 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 7 So they two went until they came eves, that thou shouldest take knowledge to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, 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

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

236 Boaz: kindness to Ruth. RUTH. Naomi's instruction to her.

12 The Lord recompense thy work, 1 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 time come thou hither, and eat of the 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, 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, of purpose for her, and leave them, that and laid her down. she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 8 | 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 edst 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 near kinsman : howbeit there is 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 ght of a kinsman.

daughter? And she told her all that the THEN Naomi her mother-in-law said man had done to her.

17 And she said, These six measures of seek rest for thee, that it may be well with barley gave he me ; for he said to me, Go thee?

not empty unto thy mother-in-law, 2 And now is not Boaz of our kin- 18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, ared, with whose maidens thou wast? Be- !! until thou know how the matter will fall :

Bra: marrieth Ruth.

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

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

wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be 1 Boaz calleth into judgment the next my wife, to raise up the same 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 TH "HEN went Boaz up to the gate, and brethren, and from the gate of his place:

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 | 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. thou the LORD gave her conception, and she wilt redeem is, 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.

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 love the wife of the dead, to raise up the name eth thee, which is better to thee than sevof the dead upon his inheritance.

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 17 And the women herneighbours gaveit 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 a 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 Nahshion begat Salmon,

ý And Boaz said unto the elders, and 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz unto all the people, Ye are witnesses begat Obed. this day, that I have bought all that was 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse beElimelech's, and all that was Chilion's ' gat David.

THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL,
OTHERWISE CALLED THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS.
CHAP. I.

children, but Hannah had no children. 1 Elkarah and his truo wives. 9 Han- 3 And this man went up out of his city nah's firayer. 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 Tow there was a certain man of two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas,

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 Jeroham, the son of Elihu, nah offered, he gave to Peninnah huis 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.

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