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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

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RUTH,

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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CHAP. IV.

to be her kinsman until they have ended all my har 12 And now it is true that I am vest.

thy near kinsman: howbeit there 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth is a kinsman nearer than I. her daughter-in-law, It is good, 13 Tarry this night, and it shall my daughter, that thou

go out with be in the morning, that if he will his maidens, that they meet thee perform unto thee the part of a not in any other field.

kinsman, well,

let him do the 23 So she kept fast by the maid- kinsman's part but if he will not ens of Boaz to glean unto the end do the part of a kinsman to thee, of barley-harvest and of wheat-har- then

will I do the part of a kinsman vest; and dwelt with her mother to thee, as the LORD liveth : lie in-law.

down until the morning: CHAP. III.

14 And she lay at his feet until Ruth lieth at Boaz's fect. the morning: and she rose up belaw said unto her, My daugh- he said, Let it not be known that

, ter, shall I not seek rest for thee, a woman came into the floor. that it may be well with thee? 15 Also he said, Bring the vail

2 And now is not Boaz of our that thou hast upon thee, and hold kindred, with whose haidens thou it. And when she held it, he meawast? Behold, he winnoweth sured six measures of barley, and barley to-night' in the threshing- laid it on her: and she went into floor.

the city. 3 Wash thyself therefore, and 16 And when she came to her anoint thee, and put thy raiment mother-in-law, she said, Who art upon

thee, and get thce down to thou, my daughter? And she told the floor but make not thyself her all that the man had done to known unto the man, until he her. shall have done eating and drink 17 And she said, These six meaing.

sures of barley gave he me; for he 4 And it shall be when he lieth said to me, Go not empty unto thy down, that thou shalt mark the mother-in-law. place where he shall lie, and thou 18 Then said she, Sit

still, my shalt go in, and uncover his feet, daughter, until thou know how the and lay thee down; and he will matter will fall for the man will tell thee what thou shalt do.

not be in rest, until he have finished 5 And she said unto her, All the thing this day. that thou sayest unto me I will

CHAP. IV. do.

Boaz marrieth Ruth. 6 T And she went down unto the THEN went Boaz up to the pared her mother-in-law bade her. behold, the kinsman of whom 7 And when Boaz

had eaten and Boaz spake came by; unto whom drunk, and his heart was merry, he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, he went to lie down at the end of sit down here. And he turned aside, the heap of corn: and she came and sat down. softly, and uncovered his

feet, and 2 And he took ten men of the laid her down.

elders of the city, and said, Sit ye 8.11 And it came to pass at mid-down here. And they sat down. night, that the man was afraid, and 3 And he said unto the kinsman, turned himself: and behold, a wo- Naomi, that is come again out of man lay at his feet.

the country of Moab, selleth a par9 And he said, Who art thou ? cel of land, which was our brother And she answered, I am Ruth thy Elimelech's : handmaid : spread therefore thy 4 And I thought to advertise skirt over thy handmaid; for thou thee, saying, Buy it before the inart a near kinsman.

habitants, and before the elders of 10 And he said, Blessed be thou my people. If thou wilt redeem it, of the LORD, my daughter: for redeem it: but if thou wilt not rethou hast shewed more kindness deem it, then tell me, that I may in the latter end than at the begin- know: for there is none to redeem ning, inasmuch as thou followedst it besides thee; and I am after thee. not young men, whether poor or And he said, I will redeem it. rich.

5 Then said Boaz, What day 11 And now, my daughter, fear thou buyest the field of the hand of not; I will do to thee all that thou Naomi, thou must buy it also.o. requirest: for all the city of my Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the people doth know that thou art a dead, to raise up the name of th. virtuous woman.

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6 1 And the kinsman said, I can 12 And let thy house be like the not redeem it for myself, lest I mar house of Pharez, whom Tamar mine own inheritance : redeem bare unto Judah, of the seed which thou my right to tnyself; for I can- the LORD shall give thee of this not redeem it.

young woman. 7 Now this was the manner in 13 i So Boaz took Ruth, and she former time in Israel concerning, re-was his wife: and when he went deeming and concerning changing, in unto her, the LORD gave her for to confirm all things; a man conception, and she bare a son. plucked off his shoe, and gave it 14 And the women said unto to his neighbour : and this was a Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, testimony in Israel.

which hath not left thee this day 8 Therefore the kinsman said without a kinsman, that his name unto Boaz, Buy

it for thee. So he may be famous in Israel. drew off his shoe.

15 And he shall be unto thee a 911 And Boaz said unto the elders, restorer of thy life, and a nourisher and unto all the people, Ye are wit-of thine old age: for thy daughternesses this day, that I have bought in-law, which loveth thee, which all that was Elimelech's, and all is better to thee than seven sons, that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, hath borne him. of the hand of Naomi.

16 And Naoini took the child, 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabi- and laid it in her bosom, and betess, the wife of Mahlon, have I came nurse unto it. purchased to be my wife, to raise 17 And the women her neighbours up the name of the dead upon his gave it a name, saying, There is a inheritance, that the name of the son born to Naomi; and they calldead be not cut off from among ed his name Obed: he is the father his brethren, and from the gate of Jesse, the father of David. of his place : ye are witnesses this 18Now these are the generations day.

of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, 11 And all the people that were 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and in the gate, and the elders, said, Ram begat Amminadab, We are witnesses. The LORD 20 And Amminadab begat Nahmake the woman that is come into shon, and Nahshon begat Salthy house like Rachel and like mon, Leah, which two did build the 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and house of Israel: and do thou wor-Boaz begat Obed, shily in Ephratah and be famous in 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Beth-lehem:

Jesse begat David.

T The First Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called,

The First Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

5 But unto Hannah he gave a The Birth of Samuel. worthy portion; for he loved HanNOW

OW there was a certain man nah; but the LORD had shut up her

of Ramathaim-zophim, of womb. mount Ephraim, and his name was 6 And her adversary also provoElkanah, the son of Jeroham, the ked her sore, for to make her fret, son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the because the LORD had shut up her son of Zuph, an Ephrathịte

: womb. 2 And he had two wives; the 7 And as he did so year by year, name of the one was Hannah, and when she went up to the house of the name of the other Peninnah: the LORD, so she provoked her ; and Peninnah had children, but therefore she wept, and did not Hannah had no children.

eat. 3 And this man went up out of 8 Then said Elkanah her husband his city yearly to worship and to to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts and why eatest thou not? and why in Shiloh. And the two sons of is thy heart grieved ? am not I bet Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the ter to thee than ten sons? priests of the LORD,

were 91 So Hannah rose up after they there.

had eaten in Shiloh, and after they 4 T And when the time was that had drunk : (now Eli the priest sat Elkanah offered, he gave to Penin- upon

a seat by a post of the tempah his wife, and to all her sons and ple of the LORD :) ner daughters, portions :

10 And she was in bitterness of

Samuel born, and

CHAP. II. presented to the Lord. soul, and prayed unto the LORD, / weaned him; only the LORD estavand wept sore.

lish his word. So 'the woman 11 And she vowed a vow, and abode, and gave her son suck until said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt she weaned him. indeed look on the affliction of thy 24 1 And when she had weanel handmaid, and remember me, and him, she took him up with her, not forget thy handmaid, but wilt with three bullocks, and one ephah give unto thy handmaid a man of flour, and a bottle of wine, and child, then I will give him unto the brought him unto the house of the LORD all the days of his life, and LORD in Shiloh: and the child was there shall no razor come upon his young. head.

25 And they slew a bullock, and 12 And it came to pass, as she brought the child to Eli. continued praying before the 26 And she said, O my lord, as LORD, that Eli marked her thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the mouth.

woman that stood by thee here, 13 Now Hannah, shc spake in praying unto the LORD. her heart; only her lips moved, 27 For this child I prayed ;'and but her voice was not heard the LORD hath given me my peti therefore Eli thought she had been tion which I asked of him: drunken.

28 Therefore also I have lent 14 And Eli said unto her, How him to the LORD; as long as he long wilt thou be drunken? put liveth be shall be lent to the LORD. away thy wine from thee.

And he worshipped the LORD 15 And Hannah answered and there. said, No, my lord, I am a woman

CHAP. II. of a sorrowful spirit: I have drụnk Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving. have poured out my soul before the AND Hannah prayed, and said, LORD.

LORD, my horn is exalted in the 16 Count not thy handmaid LORD'; my mouth is enlarged over for a daughter of "Belial: for mine enemies; because I rejoice in out of the abundance of my.com- thy salvation:

I spoken hi- 2 There is none holy as the therto.

LORD: for there is none besides 17 Then Eli answered and said, thee: neither is there any rock like Go in peace: and the God of Israel our God. grant thee thy, petition that thou 3 Talk no more so exceeding hast asked of him.

proudly; let not arrogancy come 18 And she said, Let thy hand-out of your mouth: for the LORD maid find grace in thy sight. So is a God of knowledge, and by him the woman went her way, and did actions are weighed. eat, and her countenance was no

4 The bows of the mighty men more sad.

are broken, and they that stumbled 19 ! And they rose up in the are girded with strength. morning early, and worshipped be- 5 They that were full have hired fore the LORD, and returned, and out themselves for bread; and they came to their house to Ramah : and that were hungry ceased : so that Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; the barren hath borne seven ; and and the LORD remembered her. she that hath many children is

20 Wherefore it came to pass, waxed feeble. when the time was come about 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh after Hannah had conceived, that alive; he bringeth down to the she bare a son, and called his name grave, and bringeth up: Samuel, saying, Because I have 7 The LORD maketh poor, and asked him of the LORD.

maketh rich: he bringeth low, and 21 And the man Elkanah, and lifteth up. all his house, went up to offer unto 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and the dust, and lifteth up the beggar his vow.

from the dunghill, to set them 22 But Hannah went not up; for among princes, and to make them she said unto her husband, I will not inherit the throne of glory: for goup until the child be weaned, and the pillars of the earth are the then I will bring him, that he may LORD's,

and he hath set the world appear before the LORD, and there upon them. abide for ever.

9 He will keep the feet of his 23 And Elkanah her husband saints, and the wicked shall be said unto her, Do what seemeth silent'in

darkness ; for by strength thee good; tarry until thou have shall no man prevail. M м

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