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Judg. v. 1, 5.—Then sang Deborah, and Barak the son of Abinoam, on that day, saying, Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes: I, even I will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel. Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.
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Judg. v. 12, 13.-Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.
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Judg. v. 20, 21–They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O, my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.
HISTORY OF RUTH. 26?
Ruth i. 1, 5.-Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth-le-hem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-le-hem-judah. And they came into the country of Maob, and continued there. And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto
her. And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back
unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy
sister-in-law. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave
thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither
thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will
lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my
God: where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be bu-
ried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but
death part thee and me. When she saw that she was stead-
fastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto
they said, 1s this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me
not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt
very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath
brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Na-
omi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Al-
mighty hath afflicted me? So Naomi returned, and Ruth,
the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, which return-
ed out of the country of Moab; and they came to Beth-le-
hem in the beginning of barley harvest.
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Ruth ii. 4.—And behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and - said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.
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Ruth ii. 5, 17-Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab; and she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers amongst the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning urn. til now, that she tarried a little in the house. Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go no: to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not char. ged the young men that they shall not touch thee? And when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing that I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed me all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens. And Boaz said unto her, At meal-time come thou hither, and eat of the bread and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers; and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not; and let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
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Ruth ii. 19, 23, and iii. 1–And her mother-in-law said unto
her, Where hast thou gleaned to-day? and where wrought-
est thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee.
And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had
wrought, and said, The man’s name with whom I wrought
to-day is Boaz. And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-
law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off his
kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said
unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next
kinsmen. And Ruth, the Moabitess, said, He said unto
me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until
they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto
Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that
thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in
any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz
to glean unto the end of barley harvest, and of wheat har-
vest, and dwelt with her mother-in-law. Then Naomi, her
mother-in-law, said unto her, My daughter, shall I not
seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
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Ruth iv. 13, 17.--So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his
wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her con-
ception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto
Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this
day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Is-
rael. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and
a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter-in-law, which
loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath
borne him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bo-
som, and became nurse unto it. And the women her
neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to
Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father
of Jesse, the father of David.
HISTORY OF HANNAH THE MOTHER OF
i Sam. i. 1, 8.—Now there was a certain man of Ramath-
aim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elka-
nah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu,
the son of Zuph, an Euphrathite; and he had two wives;
the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other
Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no
children. And this man went up out of his city yearly, to
worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh.
And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests
of the Lord, were there. And when the time was that El-
kanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her
sons and her daughters, portions: but unto Hannah he
gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah; but the Lord
had shut up her womb. And her adversary also provoked
her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up
her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went
up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; there-
fore she wept, and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her
husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eat-
est thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? Am not I bet-
ter to thee than ten sons?
Sam. 9, 18.-So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in
Shiloh, and after they had drank. Now Eli the priest sat
upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord. And she
was in bitterness of soul,” and prayed unto the Lord, and
wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of
Hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine
handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine hand-
maid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a manchild, then I
will give unto him the Lord all the days of his life, and there
shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass,
as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli mark-
ed her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only
her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli
thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How
long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
And Hannah answered and said, No, my Lord, I am a wo-
man of a sorrowful spirit: I have drank neither wine nor
strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out
of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken
hitherto. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and
the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast
asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace