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The Levite's complaint. JUDGES, Israel wars with Benjamin

26 Then came the woman in the Israel ; give here your advice and dawning of the day, and fell down counsel. at the door of the man's house 8 11 And all the people arose as where her lord was, till it was one man, saying, We will not any light.

of us go to his tent, neither will we 27 And her lord rose up in the any of us turn into his house: morning, and opened the doors of 9 But now this shall be the thing the house, and went out to go which we will do to Gibeah: we his way: and behold, the woman will go up by lot against it; his concubine was fallen down at 10 And we will take ten men of the door of the house, and her a hundred throughout all the tribes hands were upon the threshold. of Israel, and a hundred of a thou

28 And he said unto her, Up, sand, and a thousand out of ten and let us be going. But none thousand, to fetch victual for the answered. Then the man took people, that they may do, when her up upon an ass, and the man they come to Gibeah of Benrose up, and gat him unto his jamin, according to all the place.

folly that they have wrought in 29 [ And when he was come Israel. into his house, he took a knife, and 11 So all the men of Israel were laid hold on his concubine, and di- gathered against the city, knit tovided her, together with her bones, gether as one man. into twelve pieces, and sent her 12 T And the tribes of Israel sent into all the coasts of Israel. men through all the tribe of Ben

30 And it was so, that all that jamin, saying, What wickedness is saw it, said, There was no such this that is done among you? deed done nor seen from the day 13 Now therefore deliver us the that the children of Israel came up men, the children of Belial, which out of the land of Egypt unto this are in Gibeah, that we may put day: consider of it, take advice, them to death, and put away evil and speak your minds.

from Israel. But the children of CHAP. XX.

Benjamin would not hearken to the The Levite's Complaint, voice of their brethren the children THEN all the children of Israel of brael:

14 But the children of Benjamin tion was gathered together as one gathered themselves together out man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out with the land of Gilead, unto the to battle against the children of LORD in Mizpeh.

Israel. 2 And the chief of all the people, 15 And the children of Benjamin even of all the tribes of Israel, pre were numbered at that time out of sented themselves in the assembly the cities twenty and six thousand of the people of God, four hun-men that drew sword, besides the dred thousand footmen that drew inhabitants of Gibeah, which were sword.

numbered seven hundred chosen 3 (Now the children of Benja- men. min heard that the children of 16 Among all this people there Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) were seven hundred chosen men Then said the children of Israel, left-handed; every one could sling Tell us, how was this wicked- stones at a hair-breadth, and not ness ?

miss. 4 And the Levite, the husband 17 And the men of Israel, besides of the woman that was slain, an- Benjamin, were numbered four swered and said, I came into Gi- hundred thousand men that drew beah that belongeth to Benjamin, sword: all these were men of I and my concubine, to lodge. war.

5 And the men of Gibeah rose 18 T And the children of Israel against me, and beset the house arose, and went up to the house of round about upon me by night, and God, and asked counsel of God, thought to have slain me: and my and said, Which of us shall go up concubine have they forced, that first to the battle against the chilshe is dead.

dren of Benjamin ? And the LORD 6 And I took my concubine, and said, Judah shall go up first. cut her in pieces, and sent her 19 And the children of Israel throughout all the country of the rose up in the morning, and eninheritance of Israel: for they have camped against Gibeah. committed lewdness and folly in 20 And the men of Israel went Israel.

out to battle against Benjamin 7 Behold, ye are all children of and the men of Israel put them


Israel twice defeated. CHAP. XX. The Benjamiles smitten selves in array to fight against children of Israel said, Let us flee them at Gibeah.

and draw them from the city unto 21 And the children of Benja- the highways. min came forth out of Gibeah, and 33 And all the men of Israel rose destroyed down to the ground of up out of their place, and put the Israelites that day twenty and themselves in array at Baal-tamar: two thousand men.

and the liers in wait of Israel 22 And the people, the men of came forth out of their places, Israel, encouraged themselves, and even out of the meadows of set their battle again in array Gibeah. in the place where

they put them 34 And there came against selves in array the first day. Gibeah ten thousand chosen men

23 (And the children of Israel out of all Israel, and the battle went up and wept before the was sore: but they knew not that LORD until even, and asked coun-evil was near them. sel of the LORD, saying, Shall I 35 And the LORD smote Benjago up again to battle against the min before Israel: and the children children of Benjamin my brother? of Israel destroyed

of the BenjaAnd the LORD said, Go up against mites that day twenty and five him.)

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

saw that they were smitten: for tho 25 And Benjamin went forth men of Israel gave place to the against them out of Gibeah the se- Benjamites, because they trusted cond day, and destroyed down to unto the liers in wait which they the ground of the children of Israel had set beside Gibeah. again eighteen thousand men; all 37 And the liers in wait hasted, these drew the sword.

and rushed upon Gibeah; and the 26 | Then all the children of Is- liers in wait drew themselves along, rael, and all the people, went up, and smote all the city with the and came unto the house of God, edge of the sword. and wept, and sat there before the 38 Now there was an appointed LORD, and fasted that day until sign between the men of Israel and even, and offered burnt-offerings the liers in wait, that they should and peace-offerings before the make a great flame with smoke to LORD.

rise up out of the city. 27 And the children of Israel in 39 And when the men of Israel quired of the LORD, (for the ark retired in the battle, Benjamin beof the covenant of God was there gan to smite and kill of the men of in those days,

Israel about thirty persons: for 28 And Phinehas, the son of they said, Surely they are smitten Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood down before us, as in the first before it in those days,) saying, battle. Shall I yet again go out to battle 40 But when the flame began to against the children of Benjamin arise up out of the city with a my brother, or shall I cease? And pillar of smoke, the Benjamites the LORD said, Go up; for to-looked behind them, and behold, morrow, I will deliver them into the flame of the city ascended up thy hand.

to heaven. 29 And Israel set liers in wait 41 And when the men of Israel round about Gibeah.

turned again, the men of Benjamin 30 And the children of Israel were amazed : for they saw that went up against the children of evil was come upon them. Benjamin on the third day, and put 42 Therefore they turned their themselves in array against Gibeah, backs before the men of Israel unto as at other times.

the way of the wilderness; but 31 And the children of Benjamin the battle overtook them; and went out against the people, and them which came out of the cities were drawn away from the city; they destroyed in the midst of and they began to smite of the peo-them. ple, and kill, as at other times, in 43 Thus they enclosed the Benibe highways, of which one goeth jamites round about, and chased up to the house of God, and the them, and trode them down with other to Gibeah in the field, about ease over against Gibeah toward thirty men of Israel.

the sun-rising. 32 And the children of Benjamin 44 And there fell of Benjamin said, They are smitten down be- eighteen thousand men; all these Lore us, as at the first. But thel were men of valour.


Benjamin's destruction JUDGES,

lamented by Israe. 45 And they turned and fled and behold there were none of toward the wilderness unto the the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead rock of Rimmon: and they gleaned there. of them in the highways five thou 10 And the congregation sent sand men; and pursued hard after thither twelve thousand men of the them untó Gidom, and slew two valiantest, and commanded them, thousand men of them.

saying, Go and smite the inhabi46 So that all which fell that day tants of Jabesh-gilead with the of Benjamin were twenty and five edge of the sword, with the women thousand men that drew the sword; and the children. all these were men of valour. 11 And this is the thing that ye

47 But six hundred men turned shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy and fled to the wilderness unto the every male, and every woman that rock Rimmon, and abode in the hath lain by man. rock Rimmon four months.

12 And they found among the 48 And the men of Israel turned inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four again upon the children of Ben- hundred young virgins that had jamin, and smote them with the known no man by lying with any edge of the sword, as well the male: and they brought them unto men of every city, as the beast, the camp to Shiloh, which is in and all that came to hand : also the land of Canaan. they set on fire all the cities that 13 And the whole congregation they came to.

sent some to speak to the children CHAP. XXI.

of Benjamin tiat were in the rock Benjamin's Desolation bewailed. Rimmon, and to call peaceably TOW the men of Israel had unto them.

sworn in Mizpeh, saying, 14 And Benjamin came again at There shall not any of us give that time;, and they gave them his daughter unto Benjamin to wives which they had saved alive wife.

of the women of Jabesh-gilead: 2 And the people came to the and yet so they sufficed them house of God, and abode there till not. even before God, and lifted up 15 And the people repented them their voices, and wept sore; for Benjamin, because that the

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

4 And it came to pass on the wives for them that remain, seeing morrow, that the people rose the women are destroyed out of early, and built there an altar, and Benjamin ? offered burnt-offerings, and peace 17 And they said, There must be offerings.

an inheritance for them that be es5 And the children of Israel caped of Benjamin, that a tribe be said, Who is there among all the not destroyed out of Israel. tribes of Israel that came not up 18 Howbeit, we may not give with the congregation unto the them wives of our daughters: for LORD ? For they had made a great the children of Israel have sworn, oath concerning him that came saying, Cursed be he that giveth a not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, wife to Benjamin. saying, He shall surely be put to 19 Then they said, Behold, there death,

is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh 6 And the children of Israel re- yearly in a place which is on the pented them for Benjamin their north side of Beth-el, on the east brother, and said, There is one side of the highway that goeth up tribe cut off from Israel this from Beth-el to Shechem, and on day

the sonth of Lebonah. 7 How shall we do for wives 20 Therefore they, commanded for them that remain, seeing we the children of Benjamin, saying, have sworn by the LORD, that we Go, and lie in wait in the vinewill not give them of our daughters yards to wives?

21 And see, and behold, if the 8 TT And they said, What one is daughters of 'Shiloh como out to there of the tribes of Israel that dance in dances, then come ye out came not up to Mizpeh to the Lord of the vineyards, and catch you and behold, there came none to the every man his wife of the daughcamp from Jabesh-gilead to the ters of Shiloh, and go to the land of assembly.

Benjamin. 9 For the people were numbered, 22 And it shall be, when their


The Benjamites carry of CHAP. XXI. the virgins of Shiloh. fathers or their brethren come un. I and they went and returned onto to us to complain, that we will their inheritance, and repaired the say unto them, Be favourable unto cities, and dwelt in them." them for our sakes: because we 24 And the children of Israel dereserved not to each man his wife parted thence at that time, every in the war: for ye did not give unto man to his tribe and to his family, them at this time, that ye should be and they went out from thence guilty:

every man to his inheritance. 23 And the children of Benjamin 25 In those days there was no did so, and took them wives, ac- king in Israel: every man did cording to their number, of them that which was right in his own that danced, whom they caught : eyes.

| The Book of RUTH. CHAP. I.

ly we will return with thee unto the of Naomi and Ruth. people. NOW it came to pass in the days

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, when the judges ruled, that my daughters: why will

ye go with there was a famine in the land. me ? are there yet any more sons And a certain man of Beth-lehem- in my womb, that they may be your judah went to sojourn in the coun- husbands? try of Moab, he, and his wife, and 12 Turn again, my daughters, go his two sons.

your way; for I am too old to 2 And the name of the man was have a husband. If I should say, I Elimelech, and the name of his have hope, if I should have a huswife Naomi, and the name of his band also to-night, and should also two sons Mahlon and Chilion, bear sons; Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. 13 Would ye tarry for them till And they came into the country of they were grown? would ye stay Moab, and continued there. for them from having husbands?

3 And Elimelech Naomi's hus- nay, my daughters; for it grieveth band died; and she was left, and me much for your saķes, that the her two sons.

hand of the LORD is gone out 4 And they took them wives of against me. the women of Moab; the name of 14 And they lifted up their voice, the one was Orpah, and the name and wept again. And Orpah kissed of the other Ruth: and they dwelled her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave there about ten years.

unto her. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died 15 And she said, Behold, thy also both of them; and the woman sister-in-law is gone back unto her was left of her two sons and her people, and unto her gods: return husband.

thou after thy sister-in-law. 6. Then she arose with her 16 And Ruth said, Entreat me daughters-in-law, that she might not to leave thee, or to return from return from the country of Moab: following after thee: for whither for she had heard in the country thou goest, I will go; and where of Moab how that the LORD had thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy peovisited his people in giving them ple shall be my people,

and thy God bread.

my God : 7 Wherefore she went forth out 17 Where thou diest, will I die, of the place where she was, and and there will I be buried : the her two daughters-in-law with her; LORD do so to me, and more and they went on the way to return also, if aught but death part thee unto the land of Judah.

and me. 8 And Naomi said unto her two 18 When she saw that she was

ghters-in-law, Go, return each steadfastly minded to go with to her mother's house: the LORD her, then she left speaking unto deal kindly with you, as ye have her. dealt with the dead, and with 19 IT So they two went until they me.

came to Beth-lehem. And it came 9 The LORD grant you that ye to pass, when they were come to may find rest, each of you in the Beth-lehem, that

all the city was house of her husband. Then she moved about them, and they said, kissed them; and they listed up Is this Naomi? their voice, and wept.

20 And she said unto them, Call 10 And they said unto her, Sure-l me not Naomi,

call me Mara : for


Boaz sheweth kindness

to Ruth the Almighty hath dealt very bit-shouldest take knowledge of me, terly with me.

seeing. I am a stranger ? 21 I went out full, and the LORD 11 And Boaz answered and said hath brought me home again unto her, It hath fully been shewempty: why ther call ye me Naomi, ed me, all that thou

hast done unto seeing the LORD hath testified thy mother-in-law since the death against me, and the Almighty hath of thy husband : and how thou hast afflicted me?

left thy father and thy mother, and 22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the land of thy nativity, and art the Moabitess her daughter-in-law come unto a people which thou with her, which returned out of the knewest not heretofore. country of Moab: and they came 12 The LORD recompense thy to Beth-lehem in the beginning of work, and a full reward be given barley-harvest.

thee of the LORD God of Israel, CHAP. II.

under whose wings thou art come Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz. to trust. A her Nashmichad ankinsman of 13 Then she said, Let me find

her husband's, a mighty, man favour in thy sight, my, lord; for of wealth, of the family of Elime that thou hast comforted me, 'and lech; and his name was Boaz. for that thou hast spoken friendly

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto thy handmaid, though I be unto Naomi, Let me now go to the not like unto one of thy handfield, and glean ears of corn after maidens. him in whose sight I shall find 14 And Boaz said unto her, At grace. And she said unto her, Go, meal-time come thou hither, and my Anahthe went, and came, and morsel in the vinegar. And she gleaned in the field after the reap- sat beside the reapers : and he ers: and her hap was to light on reached her parched corn, and a part of the field belonging unto she did eat, and was sufficed, and Boaz, who was of the kindred of left. Elimelech.

15 And when she was risen up to 4 And behold, Boaz came from glean, Boaz commanded his young Beth-lehem, and said unto the men, saying, Let her glean even reapers, The LORD be with you. among the sheaves, and reproach And they answered him, The LORD her not: bless thee.

16 And let fall also some of the 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant handfuls of purpose for her, and that was set over the reapers, leave them, that she may glean Whose damsel is this?

them, and rebuke her not. 6 And the servant that was set 17 'So she gleaned in the field unover the reapers answered and said, til even, and beat out that she had It is the Moabitish damsel that gleaned: and it was about an ephah came back with Naomi out of the of barley. country of Moab:

18 | And she took it up, and went 7 And she said, I pray you, let into the city: and her mother-inmc glean and gather after the law saw what she had gleaned: and reapers among the sheaves : so she brought forth, and gave to her she came, and hath continued even that she had reserved after she was from the morning until now, sufficed. that she tarried a little in the 19 And her mother-in-law said house.

unto her, Where hast thou gleaned 8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, to-day? and where wroughtest Hearest thou not, my daughter ? thou? blessed be he that did take Go not to glean in another field, knowledge of thee. And she shewneither go from hence, but abide ed her mother-in-law with whom here fast by my maidens:

she had wrought, and said, The 9 Let thine eyes be on the field man's name with whom I wrought that they do reap, and go thou to-day is Boaz. after them: have not charged 20 And Naomi said unto her the young men that they shall not daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of touch thee? and when thou art the LORD, who hath not left off his athirst, go unto the vessels, and kindness to the living and to the drink of that which the young men dead. And Naomi said unto her, have drawn.

The man is near of kin unto us, 10 Then she fell on her face, and one of our next kinsmen. bowed herself to the ground, and 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, said unto him, Why have I found He said unto me also, Thou shalt grace in thine eyes, that thou keep fast by my young men,


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