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2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lilted up their voices, and wept sore;
3 And said, O Lord God of Israel, why is thiscometopass in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel?
4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings.
fi And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the Lord ? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the Lord to'Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.
6 And the children cf Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel tin's day.
7 How shall we do for wives for them I hat remain, seeing we have sworn by the Lord, that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?
5 TT And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the Lord? And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.
0 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there xuere noneof the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.
10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.
11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.
J2 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead lour hundred young virgins, that had known . no man by lying" with any male; and they brought them unto the camp to Slnloh, wiiich is in the land of Canaan. ,
l;i And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin, that were in the reck Rimmon, and tocaJI peaceably unto them.
14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and I hey gave them wives
SES. Shiloh surprised.
which they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.
15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because tbatthe Lord had made a breach in the tribes of ls'rael.
16 IT Then (lie elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?
17 And they said, There mitst be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
IS Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.
19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly, in a place which is on the north side or Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that goelh up from Belli el to Shechein, and on the south of Lebonah.
20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards:
21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakee; because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: lor ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.
23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and relumed unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.
24 And the children oflsrael departed thence at that lime, every man to his tribe, and to his family, and they went out from thence every man lo his inheritance.
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did thai which was right in bis own eyes.
1T Book of RUTH.
NOW it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there ■ •"■•as a famine in the land: and a cer- I lam man of Beth-lehem-judah went to i sojourn in the country of Moab, he, i arid his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of thp man 7vas Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons M;dilon and Chilion, Ephratbites of Beth-lehem-judah: anil they came into the country of Moab,ai)d continued there.
3 And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died: and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one wa.$ Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
fi And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was 'eft of her two sons and her husband.
<5 Vi Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for ehe had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her: and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, eacho/" you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them: and they lifted up their voice and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters; why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn agam,my daughters, go your nw/; for 1 am too old to have a husband If I shou Id say, I have hopo, if
I should have a husband also to-night, and should also bear 6ons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till thev were grown ? would ye stay '.'or them from having husbands? nay,my daughters; (or itgrievelh me much for your sake?, that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
14 And they lilted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.
1ft And she said,Behold,thy sister-inlaw is gone back unto her people,and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law.
16 And Ruth said. Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, 1 will go; and where thou lodgest.lwill lodge: thy people shall be my people, aim thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aug/it but death part thee and me.
15 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
19 IT So they two went until they came to Belh-lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them; and they said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them. Call me not Naomi, call me Mara; for the Al
i mighty hath dealt very bitterly with
I 211 went out full, and the Lord hath
■ Lord hath testified against me,and the
her,which returned out of the country : of Moab: and they came to Beth-le, hem in the beginning of barley harvesti CHAP. II.
AND Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's,a mighty manofwealth, of the family of Elimelech; and hi3
■ name toas Boaz.
• 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field,
Ruth glcancih in RU'J and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight 1 shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go,my daughter.
3 And she went and caine,;uid gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who toas of the kindred of. Elimelech.
4 TT And, behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered, The Lord bless thee.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servai that was set over the reapers, Who; damsel is this?
6 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:
7 And she said, I pray you, glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, aild hath continued even from the morni until now, that 6be tarried a little the house.
8 Then said Boaz untoRuth,Hearest thou not.my daughter? Go not to glea in another field, neither go from lienci but abide here fast by my maidens:
9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them have 1 not charged the young mei: that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art atbirst,go unto the ves eels, and drink of thai which the young men have drawn.
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and s unto him, Why have I found grace thine eyes, that thou shouklest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy rnolherin-Iaw sincj' (he deat h of thy 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 berelolbre.
12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whosej wings thou art come to trust.
13 Then she said, Let me find ravelin thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou bast spoken friendly unto thy hand
TJ thejiclds of Boaz.
maid, though I be not like unto one of thy handmaidens.
14 And Boaz said unto her, At meal time come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip diy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched com, and she did cat,and was sufficed, and left
16 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:
16 And let fall also some of thehandfulsof purpose for her, and leave t/irm, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned : and it was about an ephah of bailey.
18 IT And she took it up, and went into the city; and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufliccd.
19 And her mother-in-law said unto Where hast thou gleaned to-day?
bless e of thei:
he that did take And she shewed hei
th whom she had wrought, and said, ie man's name with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz.
20 And Naomi said unto her daugh cr-in-law, Blessed be he of the Lord, ■vho hath not left off his kindness to he living a^d to Hip dead. And Nn?mi said v x> her, The man is near of tin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
21 And Ruth the Moabilesssaid, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep
ng men, until they have ended all my harvest.
said unto Ruth, her daughter-in-law, It wgood, my daughthat thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.
2.'! So shekept fast by the maidensof Boaz to glean unto the end of barley st and of wheat-harvest; and ; with her mother-in-law.
THEN Naomi her mother-io law said unto her, My daughter, shall 1 not seek rest .Tor thee, that it may be well with thee?
Kuth's vUil to Boat. CHi
2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens tliou wast? Behold he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor.
3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man until he shall have done eating and drinking.
4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shall mark the place where he shall lie, and thou ehalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shak do.
5 And she said unto her, All that thou eayest unto me I will do.
6 17 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother-in-law bade her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of a heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
8 IT And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at bis feet.
9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over tliy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the Loao, my daughter;^;- thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
11 And now, my daughter, fear not; 1 will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
12 And now, it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's jjart: but if he will not do the part ol a kinsman to thee, then will L do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the Lord liveth lie down until the morning.
14 1T And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said
16 And when she came to her motherlaw, she said, Who art thou, my
daughter? And she told her all that, the man had done to her.
17 And she said, These six measures [of barley gave he me; for he said to
ne, Go not empty unto thy mother inaw.
18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter
11 fall; for the man will not be iu rest until he have finished the thing tli is day.
THEN went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz ipake, came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's.
And 1 thought to advertise thee, 'saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it; but if thou wilt not redeem it, t/ten tell me, that I may know: for Uiere is none to redeem it besides thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabiiess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his ia he.ritance.
6 IT And the kinsman said, I cannot ■edeem it for myself, lest 1 mar mint; nvn inheritance: redeem thou my ■ight to thyself; for I cannotredeem it.
7 Now this iuas the mantwr in for mer time in Israel, concerningredeein
ng, and concerning changing, for to onfirm all things; a man plu-Jkfd oil'
J lie shoe, and gave it to his neighbour; nnd this was a testimony in Israel.
8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee : so he drew off his shoe.
9 IT And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are wit nesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased be my wife, to raise up the name the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead he not cutolT from among his brethren, and from the gate] olMiis place: ye art witnesses this day.
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel; and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous inBeth-Jeliem:
12 And let t hy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Jndah.of the seed which the Lord shall pive thee of this young woman.
•3 Tl So Boaz took Ruth, and she was
Pedigree of David.
his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.
14 And the woman said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day withou'. a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, nnd a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter-in-law, which lovetli thee, which is belter to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17 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.
18 IT Now these are the generations of Flmrez: Pharez begat Hezron,
19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ran: begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21 And Salmon begatBoaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
IT The First Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called, The First Book of the KINGS.
NOW there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount| T.phraim, and his name was Ellcanah, the eon of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu.the son of Zuph, anl kphrathile:
2 And lie had two wives; the name| of the one teas Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship, and to sacrifice
o'lhe Lord of hosts in Shiloh : and Hi? two sons of Eli, HophniandPhinclias, the priests of the Lord were' there.
4 IT And when the time was that El kanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her eons and her dsuighfcers, portions:
6 But ar.toT^annali he gave a worthy
portion ; forhe loved Hannah : but the Lord had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.
7 And as lie did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanali her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and whyeatest thou not? and why is thv heart grieved ? am not 1 belter to thee than ten sons?
9 TT So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wep: sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, nnd snii, 3