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His concubine abused to death.


The Levite declareth his wrong.

man the Levite. e ch. 19. 15.

Gen. 19. &.

1 Gen. S4. 2 Deul 21. 14.

I ch. 19. 22.

& ch. 19. 25,

28. + Heb. hum. bled.

Gen. 4. I.

her go.

B. C. the city, certain sons of Belial, beset 2 And the chief of all the people, B. C. about 1406. the house round about, and beat at even of all the tribes of Israel, pre- about 1406.

the door, and spake to the master sented themselves in the assembly Deut. 13. 13. of the house, the old man, saying, of the people of God, four hundred r Gen. 19.5. Rom. 1. 3,

* Bring forth the man that came into thousand footmen d that drew sword. d ch. 8. 10.

thine house, that we may know him. 3 (Now the children of Benjamin Gen. 19. 6. 7. 23 And the man, the master of the heard that the children of Israel were

house, went out unto them, and said gone up to Mizpeh.) Then said the
unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, children of Israel, Tell us, how was
I pray you, do not so wickedly; see- this wickedness?

ing that this man is come into mine 4 And + the Levite, the husband of + Heb. the 1 2 Sam. 13. 12 | house, 'do not this folly.

the woman that was slain, answered
24 Behold, here is my daughter a and said, "I came into Gibeah that
maiden, and his concubine; them I belongeth to Benjamin, I and my con-
will bring out now, and 'humble ye cubine, to lodge.
them, and do with them what seem- 5 And the men of Gibeah rose

eth good unto you: but unto this against me, and beset the house + Heb. the man do not tso vile a thing.

round about upon me by night, and
satter of
this folly.

25 But the men would not hearken thought to have slain me: band my
to him : so the man took his concu- concubine have they + forced, that she
bine, and brought her forth unto them; is dead.
and they knew her, and abused her 6 And hI took my concubine, and h ch. 19. 29.
ail the night until the morning : and cut her in pieces, and sent her through-
when the day began to spring, they let out all the country of the inheritance

of Israel : for they have committed i Josh. 7. 15.
26 Then came the woman in the lewdness and folly in Israel.
dawning of the day, and fell down at 7 Behold, ye are all children of
the door of the man's house where her Israel ; "give here your advice and k ch. 19. 30.
lord was, till it was light.

27 And her lord rose up in the 8 | And all the people arose as one

morning, and opened the doors of the man, saying, We will not any of us 1

house, and went out to go his way: go to his tent, neither will we any
and, behold, the woman his concu- of us turn into his house.

bine was fallen down at the door of 9 But now this shall be the thing i

the house, and her hands were upon which we will do to Gibeah ; we will
the threshold.

go up by lot against it;
28 And he said unto her, Up, and 10 And we will take ten men of a
let us be going : but ? none answer- hundred throughout all the tribes of

ed. Then the man took her up upon Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, 1

an ass, and the man rose up, and gat and a thousand out of ten thousand,
him unto his place.

to fetch victuals for the people, that
29 [ And when he was come into they may do, when they come to
his house, he took a knife, and laid Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all
hold on his concubine, and a divided the folly that they have wrought in
her, together with her bones, into Israel.
twelve pieces, and sent her into all 11 So all the men of Israel were
the coasts of Israel.

gathered against the city, t knit to- + Heb. fellows.
30 And it was so, that all that saw gether as one man.
it said, There was no such deed done 12 [ And the tribes of Israel sent 1 Deut. 13. 14.
nor seen from the day that the chil- men through all the tribe of Benja-
dren of Israel came up out of the min, saying, What wickedness is this
land of Egypt unto this day: consid- that is done among you?
er of it, take advice, and speak your

13 Now therefore deliver us the minds.

men, m the children of Belial, which CHAPTER XX.

are in Gibeah, that we may put them
The Lerite in an assembly of the people declareth his to death, and "put away evil from Deut. 17. 12.
trong. 8 The decree of the assembly: 12 The Ben: Israel. But the children of Benja-
suns, refuse and prepare for war. 18 The Israelites min would not hearken to the voice
in txo battle love forty thousand. 2 By strula-
gem they destroy all the Benjamiles, except sizhun of their brethren the children of Is-

rael :
THEN *all the children of Israel 14 But the children of Benjamin

was gathered together as one man, the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to Judg. 10. 17. from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with battle against the children of Israel.

the land of Gilead, unto the Lord 15 And the children of Benjamin
in Mizpeh.

were numbered at that time out of

ich 20. 5.

ich M. 6. See I Sam IL 7.

Josh. 22. 13, 16.

ch 20. 7. Prop. 19. 10.

m Deut. 13. 13. ch. 19. 22.


Deit 13. 12. Josh 22. 12 ch. 21. 5. 1 Sam 11. 7. che 12. 23. 1 Sam. 3. 20. 2 Sam 3. 10. & 242

1 Sam. 7.5. &
10. 17.

Israel's war with Benjamin.


Many Benjamites are slain.

z Deut. 10.8. & 18.5.


och. 3. 15.
1 Chr. 12. 2.

ch. 1. 1.

toounded at, dr.

go up first.

r Gen. 49, 27.

B. C. the cities twenty and six thousand zar, the son of Aaron, ?stood before it B. C. about 1406.

men that drew sword, besides the in those days,) saying, Shall I yet about 1406,
inhabitants of Gibeah, which were again go out to battle against the
numbered seven hundred chosen children of Benjamin my brother, or

shall I cease? And the LORD said,
16 Among all this people there were Go up; for to morrow I will deliver
seven hundred chosen men olefthand- them into thine hand.
ed; every one could sling stones at a 29 And Israel a set liers in wait round a So Josh. 8. 4.
hair breadth, and not miss.

about Gibeah.
17 And the men of Israel, besides 30 And the children of Israel went
Benjamin, were numbered four hun- up against the children of Benjamin
dred thousand men that drew sword : on the third day, and put themselves
all these were men of war.

in array against Gibeah, as at other
18 1 And the children of Israel arose, times.
p ver. 23, 28. and Pwent up to the house of God, 31 And the children of Benjamin
9 Num. 27. 21. and asked counsel of God, and said, went out against the people, and were

Which of us shall go up first to the drawn away from the city; and they
battle against the children of Benja- began # to smite of the people, and + Heb. to smite

of the people min? And the Lord said, Judah shall kill, as at other times, in the high

ways, of which one goeth up to the
19 And the children of Israel rose house of God, and the other to Gib- Or, Bethel
up in the morning, and encamped eah in the field, about thirty men of
against Gibeah.

20 And the men of Israel went 32 And the children of Benjamin
out to battle against Benjamin ; and said, They are smitten down before
the men of Israel put themselves us, as at the first. But the children
in array to fight against them at of Israel said, Let us fee, and draw

them from the city unto the high-
21 And 'the children of Benjamin ways.
came forth out of Gibeah, and de- 33 And all the men of Israel rose
stroyed down to the ground of the up out of their place, and put them-
Israelites that day twenty and two selves in array at Baal-tamar: and
thousand men.

the liers in wait of Israel came forth
22 And the people, the men of Israel, out of their places, even out of the
encouraged themselves, and set their meadows of Gibeah.
battle again in array in the place 34 And there came against Gibeah
where they put themselves in array ten thousand chosen men out of all
the first day.

Israel, and the battle was sore: but b Josh. 8. 14 : ver. 26, 27. 23. And the children of Israel went they knew not that evil was near

up and wept before the Lord until them.
even, and asked counsel of the LORD, 35 And the Lord smote Benjamin
saying, Shall I go up again to battle before Israel : and the children of
against the children of Benjamin my Israel destroyed of the Benjamites
brother? And the Lord said, Go up that day twenty and five thousand
against him.

and a hundred men : all these drew
24 And the children of Israel came the sword.
near against the children of Benjamin 36 So the children of Benjamin saw
the second day.

that they were smitten : "for the men
25 And Benjamin went forth against of Israel gave place to the Benja-
them out of Gibeah the second day, mites, because they trusted unto the
and destroyed down to the ground of liers in wait which they had set be-
the children of Israel again eighteen side Gibeah.
thousand men;

all these drew the 37 d And the liers in wait hasted, a Josh. 8. 19. sword.

and rushed upon Gibeah ; and the 26 Then all the children of Israel, liers in wait I drew themselves along, Or, made a and all the people, "went up, and and smote all the city with the edge which sound came unto the house of God, and of the sword. wept, and sat there before the LORD, 38 Now there was an appointed and fasted that day until even, and sign between the men of Israel + and Or, time. offered burnt offerings and peace of the liers in wait, that they should Heb. with. ferings before the Lord.

make a great tflame with smoke rise + Heb. eleva27 And the children of Israel in- up out of the city. Josh. 18. 1. quired of the Lord, (for the ark of 39 And when the men of Israel re1 Sam. 4.3, 4.

the covenant of God was there in tired in the battle, Benjamin began
those days,

#to smite and kill of the men of Is- Heb. to smite 28 y And Phinehas, the son of Elea- rael about thirty persons : for they

Is. 47. 11.

e Josh. 8. 15.

t ver. 21.

u ver. 18.

trumpet, Josh. 6. 5.


y Josh. 24. 33.

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e 1 Sam. 11. 1. & 31. 11.

B. C. said, Surely they are smitten down 4 And it came to pass

B. C. about 1406. before us, as in the first battle. morrow, that the people rose early, about 1406.

40 But when the flame began to and built there an altar, and of

arise up out of the city with a pil- fered burnt offerings and peace offer-
Josh. & 20. lar of smoke, the Benjamites • look- ings.
Heb. the ed behind them, and, behold, † the 5 And the children of Israel said,

flame of the city ascended up to Who is there among all the tribes of

Israel that came not up with the con-
41 And when the men of Israel gregation unto the LORD ? For they a ch. 5. 28
turned again, the men of Benjamin had made a great oath concerning

were amazed : for they saw that evil him that came not up to the Lord to ! " Hab. touched t was come upon them.

Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be
42 Therefore they turned their backs put to death.
before the men of Israel unto the way 6 And the children of Israel repented
of the wilderness; but the battle over them for Benjamin their brother, and
took them; and them which came out said, There is one tribe cut off from
of the cities they destroyed in the Israel this day.
midst of them.

7 How shall we do for wives for
43 Thus they inclosed the Benja- them that remain, seeing we have

mites round about, and chased them, sworn by the LORD, that we will 1 Or.from Me and trode them down with ease not give them of our daughters to

tover against Gibeah toward the sun- wives? fer againsh rising.

8 [ And they said, What one is 44 And there fell of Benjamin eight- there of the tribes of Israel that came een thousand men; all these were men not up to Mizpeh to the Lord ? of valour.

And, behold, there came

none to
45 And they turned and fled toward the camp from e Jabesh-gilead to the
I Josh 15. 32 the wilderness unto the rock of 'Rim- assembly.

mon: and they gleaned of them in 9 For the people were numbered,
the highways five thousand men; and and, behold, there were none of the
pursued hard after them unto Gi- inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
dom, and slew two thousand men of 10 And the congregation sent thither

twelve thousand men of the valiant-
46 So that all which fell that day of est, and commanded them, saying,
Benjamin were twenty and five thou- 'Go and smite the inhabitants of Ja- 1 ver. 5. & ch.
sand men that drew the sword; all besh-gilead with the edge of the
these were men of valour.

sword, with the women and the chilet 21. 13. 47 6 But six hundred men turned dren.

and fled to the wilderness unto the 11 And this is the thing that ye
rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock shall do, 6 Ye shall utterly destroy 8 Num. 31. 17.
Rimmon four months.

every male, and every woman that
48 And the men of Israel turned hath lain by man.

| Heb. knoro

eth the lying
again upon the children of Benjamin, 12 And they found among the in-
and smote them with the edge of the habitants of Jabesh-gilead four hun-
sword, as well the men of every city, dred + young virgins, that had known Heb. young
as the beast, and all that came to no man by lying with any male: and

hand : also they set on fire all the they brought them unto the camp
cities that + they came to.

to Shiloh, which is in the land of n Josh. 18. 1.


13 And the whole congregation

sent some t to speak to the children 1 Heb. and The people bewail the desolation of Benjamin. 8 Bay of Benjamin i that were in the rock

jamites are provided with wives 16 The rest of the Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto Or, proclaim Benjamites obtain wires at Shiloh.

them. Vow the men of Israel had 14 And Benjamin came again at ich. 20. 47. shall not any of us give his daughter which they had saved alive of the unto Benjamin to wife.

women of Jabesh-gilead : and yet so et. 2). 18, 3.

2 And the people came to the house they sufficed them not.
of God, and abode there till even be- 15 And the people repented them * ver. 6.
fore God, and lifted up their voices, for Benjamin, because that the LORD
and wept sore;

had made a breach in the tribes of
3 And said, O Lord God of Israel, Israel.
why is this come to pass in Israel, 16 1 Then the elders of the congre-
that there should be to day one tribe gation said, How shall we do for
lacking in Israel ?

wives for them that remain, seeing

5. 23. 1 Sam.

11. 7.

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are provided with wives.

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I ver. 1.
ch. 11. 35.

B. C. the women are destroyed out of Ben- man his wife of the daughters of Shi- B. C. about 1406. jamin?

loh, and go to the land of Benjamin. about 1406. 17 And they said, There must be an 22 And it shall be, when their fainheritance for them that be escaped thers or their brethren come unto us of Benjamin, that a tribe be not de- to complain, that we will say unto stroyed out of Israel.

them, \ Be favourable unto them for I Or, Gratisy 18 Howbeit we may not give them our sakes : because we reserved not wives of our daughters : 'for the chil- to each man his wife in the war: for dren of Israel have sworn, saying, ye did not give unto them at this Cursed be he that giveth a wife to time, that ye should be guilty. Benjamin.

23 And the children of Benjamin 19° Then they said, Behold, there is did so, and took them wives, accord| Heb. from a feast of the Lord in Shiloh + yearly, ing to their number, of them that year to year. in a place which is on the north side danced, whom they caught: and they | Or, lovoard of Beth-el, ll on the east side ll of the went and returned unto their inherthe sunrising.

highway that goeth up from Beth-elitance, and repaired the cities, and See ch. 20. Or, on

to Shechem, and on the south of Le-dwelt in them.

24 And the children of Israel de-
20 Therefore they commanded the parted thence at that time, every
children of Benjamin, saying, Go and man to his tribe and to his family,
lie in wait the vineyards ;

and they went out from thence every 21 And see, and, behold, if the man to his inheritance. m See Ex. 15. daughters of Shiloh come out mto 25 ° In those days there was no king och 17.6. & 20. ch. 11,34 dance in dances, then come ye out in Israel : Pevery man did that which

of the vineyards, and catch you every | was right in his own eyes.


. . Jer. 31. 13.

18. 1. & 19. I. p Deut. 12. 8. ch. 17. 6.




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ness. n Judg. 2. 15. Job 19. 21. Ps. 32. 4. & 38. 2. & 39.9, 10.

& 18. 24.


10 And they said unto her, Surely B.C. about 1322 Elimelech driren by famine into Moab, dieth there. 4

we will return with thee unto thy about 1312.
His two sons, haring married wires of Moab, die people.
also. 6 Naomi returning homeward, 8 dissuadeth

11 And Naomi said, Turn again,
her two daughter in law from going with her. 14
Orpah leareth her, but Ruth cleaveth unto her. 19 my daughters: why will ye go with
They tro come to Beth-lchem.

me? are there yet any more sons in Julg. 2 16. TOW it came to pass in the days my womb, m that they may be your m Gen. 38. 11. Heb. judged.

Deut. 25. 5. when a the judges ruled, that husbands? See Gen. 12 there was ba famine in the land. 12 Turn again, my daughters, go Kegs 8.1. And a certain man of Beth-lehem- your way; for I am too old to have ? Jadg. 17. 8. judah went to sojourn in the country a husband. If I should say, I have

of Moab, he, and his wife, and his hope, if I should have a husband | Or, if I were two sons.

also to night, and should also bear 2 And the name of the man was sons ; Elimelech, and the name of his wife 13 Would ye + tarry for them till + Heb. hope.

Naomi, and the name of his two sons they were grown? would ye stay See Gen. 35.

Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of for them from having husbands? Juig. 3. 30. Beth-lehem-judah. And they came nay, my daughters; for tit grieveth 1 Heb. I have

much bitter-
into the country of Moab, and + con- me much for your sakes that the
tinued there.

hand of the Lord is gone out against
3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband me.
died; and she was left, and her two 14 And they lifted up their voice,

and wept again : and Orpah kissed
4 And they took them wives of the her mother in law; but Ruth oclave • Prov. 17. 17.
women of Moab; the name of the unto her.
one was Orpah, and the name of the 15 And she said, Behold, thy sister
other Ruth: and they dwelt there in law is gone back unto her people,
about ten years.

and unto ”her gods : 9 return thou pJudg. 11. 24. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died after thy sister in law. also both of them; and the woman 16 And Ruth said, l'Entreat me not | Or, Be not was left of her two sons and her hus- to leave thee, or to return from folband.

lowing after thee: for whither thou Aboat 1312. 6 ? Then she arose with her daugh- goest, I will go; and where thou

2 Kings 2. 2.

Luke 24. 28. ters in law, that she might return lodgest, I will lodge : 'thy people - 2 Kings 2 2, from the country of Moab: for she shall be my people, and thy God my

s ch. 2. 11, 12 had heard in the country of Moab God : 1 EL 4 31. how that the LORD had 'visited his 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and I Pa 1912 13 people in giving them bread. there will I be buried : 'the LORD + 1 Sam. 3. 17.

7 Wherefore she went forth out of do so to me, and more also, if aught
the place where she was, and her two but death part thee and me.

2 Kings 6. 31. daughters in law with her; and they 18 "When she saw that she was

+ Heb.

strengthened went on the way to return unto the steadfastly minded to go with her,

herself. land of Judah.

then she left speaking unto her. u Acts 21. 11. 8 And Naomi said unto her two 19 [ So they two went until they Josh. 24. daughters in law, “Go, return each came to Beth-lehem. And it came

to her mother's house: the LORD to pass, when they were come to
deal kindly with you, as ye have Beth-lehem, that all the city was
dealt with * the dead, and with moved about them, and they said,

y Is this Naomi ?
9 The Lord grant you that ye may 20 And she said unto them, Call
find rest, each of you in the house of me not Naomi, call me i Mara : for That is,
her husband. Then she kissed them; the Almighty hath dealt very bit-
and they lifted up their voice, and terly with me.

21 I went out full, "and the LORD

against me. 9 See Josh. 24. 15, 19.

4, 6.

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