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before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go Out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up : for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand. 29 And Israel Set lier8 in Wait round about Gibeah. 30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. 31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city: and they began to smite of the Fo and kill, as at Other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel. 32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the first. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways. 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait of ISrael came forth Out of their places, even out of the meadows of Gibeah. 34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out Of all Israel, and the battle was Sore: but they knew not that evil was near them. 35 And the LORD Smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men: all these drew the Sword. 36 So the children of Benjamin Saw that *} were Smitten : for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in Wait which they had set beside Gibeah. 37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah ; and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the Sword. 38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that § should make a great flame wit smoke rise up out of the city. 39 And when § men of Israel

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retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are Smitten down before us, as in the first battle. 40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar Of Smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven. 41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them. 42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle Overtook them ; and them which came Out of the cities #. destroyed in the midst of em

43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down with ease Over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men: all these were men of valour. 45 And they turned and fled toWard the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon : and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men ; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them. 46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the Sword ; all these were men of Valour. 47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Himmon four months. 48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and Smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to.

CHAPTER XXI. 1 The £o bewail the desolation of Benjamin. S By the destruction of Jabeshgilead theyo: them four hundred wives. 16 ly advise them, to surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh. OW the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, sa There shall not any of us give daughter unto Benjamin to wife,

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2 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore; 3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass 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 o 5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the RD? For they had made a great oath joi him that came not #. to the LORD to Mizpeh, ons, e shall surely be put to death. 6 And the children of Israel rented them for Benjamin their rother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD, that we will not give them of our daughters to wives? 8 * 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 Jabeshgilead to the assembly. 9 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of 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. 12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. 13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them. 14 And Benjam; came again at

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that time ; and they gave them wives 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 that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 Then the elders of the congation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, Seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin 2 17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel. 18 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 of Beth-el, on the east side of the o that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, 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 sakes : because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war : for 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 returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them. 24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. 25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right, his own eyes.

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CHAPTER I. 1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth there. , 4 Mahlon and Chilion, hav. ing married wives of Moab, die also. 6 Naomi returning homeward, 8 dissuadeth her two daughters in law from goin with her. 14 Orpah leaveth her, but Rut with great constancy accompanieth her. 19 They two come to Beth-lehem, where they are gladly received. No. it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to Sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two Sons. 2 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-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and 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 was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth : and they dwelt there about ten years. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them ; and the woman was left of her two Sons and her husband. 6 * Then She arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab : for she 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

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my daughters: why willye go with me? are there yet any more Sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go gour way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have a husband also to night, and should also bear

SOnS; 13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me. - 14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed) her mother in law; but Ruth clave' unto her. . .” 15 And she said, Behold, thy sis— ter in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: , return thou after thy sister in law. 16 And Huth 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 {...}}. shall be my people, and thy GO God

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18 When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. 19 " So they two went until they came to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth-lehem, 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 Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why them call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? 22 SO Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab : and they came to Beth-lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

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CHAPTER II. 1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz. 4 Boaz taking knowledge of her, 8 sheweth her great favour. 18 t which she got, she carrieth to Naomi. ND Naomi had a kinsman of IA her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a art of the field belonging unto az, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. 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. 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose 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, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. 8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, 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 I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee ? and when thou art athirst, Fo unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. 10 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 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 mother in law since the death of thine husband; and how

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thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people }. ich thou knewest not heretoOre. • 12 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. 13 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. 14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime 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. 15 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 the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, 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 barley. 18 " 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 sufficed. 19 And her mother in law Said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz. 20 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. 21 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. 22 And Naomi,fala unto Ruth By Naomi's instruction,

her daughter in law, It is good, m daughter, that thou go out wit his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

CHAPTER III. 1 By Naomi's instruction, 5 Ruth lieth at Boaz' feet. 8 Boaz acknowledgeth the right of a kinsman. 14 He semdeth her away with six measures of barley. HEN Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 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 drink

Ing. 4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 5 And she said unto her, All that thou Sayest unto me I will do. 6 * 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 the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 8 * And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. 9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst * young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou

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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 o unto thee the part of a insman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth : lie down until the morning. 14 " And she lay at his feet until the morning : and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor. 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thow hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told § all that the man had done to er. 17 And she said, These six measwres of barley gave he me; for he Said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. 18 Then said, she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

CHAPTER IV.

1 Boaz calleth into judgment the neart kinsman. 6 He refuseth the redemption according to the manner in Israel. 9 Boaz buyeth the inheritance. 11 He marrieth Ruth. 13 She beareth Obed the grandfather of David. 18. The generation of Pharez. Th;N went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake 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 : 4 And I thought to advertise

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