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came forth from Gibeah, and destroyed CHRIST, because they trusted to the liers in wait down to the ground of the Israelites

which they had set beside Gibeah. that day twenty and two thousand men.

37 And the liers in wait hasted, and 22 And the people the men of Israel

rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in encouraged themselves, and set their bat

wait 6 drew themselves along, and smote tle again in array in the place where they

all the city with the edge of the sword. put themselves in array the first day. 4 Heb. to 38 Now there was an appointed 7 sign 23 (And the children of Israel went

smite of the between the men of Israels and the liers

people up and wept before the Lord until eve


in wait, that they should make a great ning, and asked counsel of the Lord, say- asal, &c. 9 flame with smoke to rise from the city. ing, Shall I go up again to battle against

39 And when the men of Israel retired the children of Benjamin my brother ?

in the battle, Benjamin began io to smite And the Lord said, Ġo up against him.)

and kill of the men of Israel about thirty 24 And the children of Israel came

persons: for they said, Surely they are near against the children of Benjamin

smitten down before us, as in the first the second day.

battle. 25 And Benjamin went forth against

40 But when the fame began to rise them out of Gibeah the second day, and

from the city with a pillar of smoke, the destroyed down to the ground of the chil

Benjaminités looked behind them, and dren of Israel again eighteen thonsand

behold in the fame of the city ascended men; all these drew the sword.

to heaven. 26' Then all the children of Israel,

41 And when the men of Israel turned and all the people, went up, and came to

again, the men of Benjamin were amathe house of God, and wept, and sat there

zed : for they saw that evil 12 had come before the Lord, and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt-offerings

42 Therefore they turned their backs and peace-offerings before the LORD.

before the men of Israel to the way of the 27 And the children of Israel inquired

wilderness; but the battle overtook them; of the Lord, (for the ark of the covenant

and them who came out of the cities they of God was there in those days,

destroyed in the midst of them. 28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,

43 Thus they inclosed the Benjaminthe son of Aaron, stood before it in those

ites on all sides, and chased them, and days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to

trod them down 13 with ease 1 over battle against the children of Benjamin 5 or, Beth-el. against Gibeah towards the sun-rising. my brother, or shall I cease? And the

44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen Lord said, Go up; for tomorrow I will

thousand men; all these were men of deliver them into thy hand.

valor. 29 And Israel set liers in wait around

45 And they turned and fled towards Gibeah.

the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon: 30 And the children of Israel went up 6 or, made a and they gleaned of them in the highagainst the children of Benjamin on the long sound ways five thousand men; and pursued third day, and put themselves in array trumpets.

hard after them to Gidom, and slew two against Gibeah, as at other times.

Thousand men of them. 31 And the children of Benjamin went 7 or, time. 46 So that all who fell that day of out against the people, and were drawn 8 Heb. with. Benjamin were twenty and five thousand away from the city; and they began 4 to

men that drew the sword; all these were

9 Heb. elevasmite of the people, and kill, as at other

men of valor. times, in the highways, of which one go

47 But six hundred men turned and eth up to 5 the house of God, and the other 10 Heb. to

fled to the wilderness to the rock Rim. to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of

mon, and abode in the rock Rimmon Israel.

four months. 32 And the children of Benjamin said, 11 Heb. the 48 And the men of Israel turned again They are smitten down before us, as at whole con- upon the children of Benjamin, and the first. But the children of Israel said, sumption. smote them with the edge of the sword, Let us flee, and draw them from the city

as well the men of every city, as the to the highways.

12 Heb.

beast, and all that 15 came to hand: also 33 And all the men of Israel rose out


they set on fire all the cities that 16 they of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait

or, from

CHAP. XXI. of Israel came forth out of their places, Menuchah, 4 The people bewail the desolation of Benja, even out of the meadows of Gibeah.

min. 8 By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead 34 And there came against Gibeah

they provide them four hundred sites. 16 ten thousand chosen men out of all Isra- 14 Heb. unto They advise them to surprise the virgins that

danced at Shiloh. el, and the battle was severe: but they knew not that evil was near them.


COW the men of Israel had sworn in 25 And the LORD smote Benjamin be

Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any

bc. 21. 13. fore Israel : and the children of Israel de

of us give his daughter to Benjamin for a stroyed of the Benjaminites that day 15 Heb. was

wife. twenty and five thousand and a hundred found. 2 And the people came to the house men: all these drew the sword.

of God, and abode there till evening be36 So the children of Benjamin saw 16 Heb. were fore God, and lifted up their voices, and that they were smitten: for the men of found. wept bitterly; Israel gave place to the Benjaminites,

3 And said, O Lord God of Israel,


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Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed there should be to-day one tribe lacking 1312

them not. in Israel ?

15 And the people repented for Ben4 And it came to pass on the morrow,

jamin, becanse the Lord had made a that the people rose early, and built there

breach in the tribes of Israel. an altar, and offered burnt-offerings, and

16 Then the elders of the congregation peace-offerings.

2 Num. 31. said, How shall we do for wives for them 5 And the children of Israel said, 17. that remain, seeing the women are deWho is there among all the tribes of Is

stroyed out of Benjamin ? rael that came not up with the congre

17 And they said, There must be an ingation to the Lord ? For they had made 1 Heb, knou heritance for them that have escaped of

eth the ly. a great oath concerning him that came

ing with

Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed not up to the Lord to Mizpeh, saying, man. out of Israel. He shall surely be put to death.

18 But, we may not give them wives 6 And the children of Israel repented

of our daughters: for the children of Is

2 Heb. for Benjamin their brother, and said,

rael have sworn, saying, Cursed be he There is one tribe cut off from Israel

that giveth a wife to Benjamin. this day.

gins. 19 Then they said, Behold, there is a 7 How shall we do for wives for them

feast of the Lord in Shiloh 5 yearly in a that remain, seeing we have sworn by 3 Heb. and place which is on the north side of Beththe LORD, that we will not give them of spoke and el, c on the east side 7 of the highway that our daughters for wives?

goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and 81 And they said, What one is there

on the south of Lebonah. of the tribes of Israel that came not up to or, pro 20 Therefore they commanded the

claim Mizpeh to the LORD ? and behold, there

children of Benjamin, saying, Go, and

peace. came none to the camp from Jabesh

lie wait in the vineyards; gilead to the assembly.

21 And see, and behold, is the daugh9 For the people were numbered, and

ters of Shiloh come out to dance in behold, there were none of the inhabitants

dances, then come ye out of the vineof Jabesh-gilead there.

yards, and catch you every man his wife 10 And the congregation sent thither 5 Heb.from of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the twelve thousand men of the most valiant, year to land of Benjamin. and commanded them, saying, Go and year.* 22 And it shall be, when their fathers smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead

or their brethren come to us to complain, with the edge of the sword, with the wo

that we will say to them, 8 Be favorable men and the children.

6 or, towards to them for our sakes: because we re11 And this is the thing that ye

the sun. shall

served not to each man his wife in the

rising. do, « Ye shall utterly destroy every male,

war: for ye did not give to them at this and every woman that i hath lain by

time, that ye should be guilty.

23' And the children of Benjamin did 12 And they found among the inhab-| 7 or, on.

so, and took them wives, according to itants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred

their number, of them that danced, whom 2 young virgins that had known no man

they caught: and they went and returnby lying with any male: and they

ed to their inheritance, and repaired the brought them to the camp to Shiloh, 8 or, Gratify cities and dwelt in them. which is in the land of Canaan.

24 And the children of Israel depart13 And the whole congregation sent

ed thence at that time, every man to his some 3 to speak to the children of Benja

tribe and to his family, and they went min that were in the rock Rimmon, and

from thence every man to his inheritto 4 call peaceably to them.

ance. 14 And Benjamin came again at that 18.1.& 19.1. 25 o In those days there was no king in time; and they gave them wives which

Israel: every man did that which was they had saved alive of the women of

right in his own eyes.


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13 Would ye 4 wait for them till they 1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth 1312 should be grown? would ye stay for there. 4 Mahlon and Chilion, having mar.

them from having husbands ? nay, my Tied wires of Moab, die also. 6 Naomi re

daughters; for 5 it grieveth me much for turning homerard, 11 dissuadeth her two daughters-in-law from going with her. 141 Heb.judg. your sakes, that the hand of the LORD has Orpah leareth her, bui Ruth with great ed. gone out against me. constancy acrompanieth her. 19 They troo

14 And they lifted up their voice, and come to Beth-lehem, where they are gladly re

wept again. And Orpah kissed her mothceived.

er-in-law; but Ruth cleaved to her. TOW it came to pass in the days

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-inwhen the judges i ruled, that there

law hath gone back to her people, and to was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth-lehem-judah went to dwell |2 Heb. were. law.

her gods : return thou after thy sister-inin the country of Moab, he, and his wife,

16. And Ruth said, 6 Entreat me not to and his two sons.

leave thee, or to return from following 2 And the name of the man was Eli

thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; melech, and the name of his wife Naomi,

and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy and the name of his two sons Mahlon

people shall be my people, and thy God and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem

my God: judah. And they came into the country

117 Where thou diest, will I die, and of Moab, and a continued there.

there will I be buried: the LORD do so to 3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband 3 or, if I died; and she was left, and her two sons.

were with me, and more also, if aught but death 4. And they took to themselves wives a husband. shall part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she 7 was stedof the women of Moab; the name of the

fastly resolved to go with her, then she one was Orpah, and the name of the other

left speaking to her. Ruth: and they dwelt there about ten

19 T So they two went until they came years.

to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also

when they had come to Beth-lehem, that both of them; and the woman was left

all the city was moved about them, and by her two sons and her husband.

they said, Is this Naomi? 61 Then she arose with her daugh

20 And she said to them, Call me not ters-in-law, that she might return from

s Naomi, call me e Mara : for the Althe country of Moab: for she had heard Heb. hope. mighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. in the country of Moab how that the

21 I went out full, and the LORD bath Lord had visited his people in giving

brought me home again empty: why them bread.

5 Heb. I have then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD 7 Wherefore she went forth from the much bit.

hath testified against me, and the Alplace where she was, and her two dangh- terness.

mighty hath afflicted me? iers-in-law with her; and they went on

22 Šo Naomi returned, and Rnth the the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 And Naomi said to her two daugh- or, Be not her, who returned from the country of

the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with ters-in-law, Go, return each to her mo against

Moab: and they came to Beth-lehem in ther's house: the Lord deal kindly with

the beginning of barley-harvest. you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.


7 Heb. 9 The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her strengthen. 1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Bonz. 4 Bear

ed herself.

laking knowledge of her, 8 shorreth her great husband. Then she kissed them; and

favor. 18 That which she got she carried to

Naomi. they lifted up their voice, and wept. 10 And they said to her, surely we will

ND Naomi had a kinsman of her return with thee to thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my 8 That is, of the family of Elimelech; and his name daughters: why will ye go with me? pleasani.

was Boaz. shall I bear more sons, that they may be

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Nayour husbands?

omi, Let me now go to the field, and 12 Turn again, my daughters, go yout

glean ears of corn after him in whose way; for I am too old to have a husband.

sight I shall find grace. And she said to If I should say, I have hope, 3 if I should 9 That is, her, Go, my daughter. have a husband also to-night, and should bitter. 3 And she went, and came, and gleanalso bear sons;

ed in the field after the reapers : and her


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her not.

The heramy daughter, shall not

Before 1 lot was to light on a part of the field be


forth, and gave to her what she had relonging to 2 Boaz, who was of the kin

1296. served after she was satisfied. dred of Elimelech.

19 And her mother-in-law said to her, 41 And behold, Boaz came from Beth

Where hast thou gleaned to-day ? and lehem, and said to the reapers, The Lord


where hast thou labored ? blessed be he be with you. And they answered him,

that took knowledge of thee. And she The Lord bless thee.

showed her mother-in-law with whom 5 Then said Boaz to his servant that

she had wrought, and said, The man's was set over the reapers, Whose damsel

name with whom I wrought to-day is is this?

Boaz. 6 And the servant that was set over

20 And Naomi said to her daughterthe reapers answered and said, It is the 2 Called, in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who Moabitish damsel that came back with Matt. 1, hath not left off his kindness to the livNaomi from the country of Moab:


ing and to the dead. And Naomi said 7 And she said, I pray you, let me

to her, The man is near of kin to us, glean and gather after the reapers among

6 one of our next kinsmen. the sheaves : so she came, and hath con

21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He tinued even from the morning until now,

said to me also, Thou shalt keep fast by that she tarried a little in the house.

3 or, I find my young men, until they have ended 8 Then said Boaz to Ruth, Hearest favor. all my harvest. thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean

22 And Naomi said to Ruth her in another field, neither go from hence,

daughter-in-law, it is good, my daughbut abide here fast by my maidens:

ter, that thou shouldst go out with his 9 Let thy eyes be on the field that they

maidens, that they 7 meet thee not in any are reaping, and go thou after them":

other field. have I not charged the young men that

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of they shall not touch thee ? and when thou heat.coche Boaz to glean to the end of barley-harart thirsty, go to the vessels, and drink

vest and of wheat-harvest; and dwelt of that which the young men have

with her mother-in-law. drawn. 10 Then she fell on her face, and bow

CHAP. III. ed herself to the ground, and said to him,

1 By Naomi's instruction, 5 Ruth lieth at

Boaz's feet. 8 Boaz acknowledgeth the right Why have I found grace in thy eyes,

of a kinsman: 14 He sendeth her away with that thou shouldst take knowledge of me, 5 Heb.shame sir measures of barley. seeing. I am a stranger ?

HEN Naomi her mother-in-law said 11 And Boaz answered and said to her, It hath fully been shown to me, all

seek rest for thee, that it may be well that thou hast done to thy mother-in-law

with thee? since the death of thy husband: and how

2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, thou hast left thy father and thy mother,

with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, and the land of thy nativity, and hasi

he winnoweth barley to-night in the come to a people which thou knewest not

threshing-floor. heretofore.

hath right

3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint 12 The Lord recompense thy work, to redeem. thee, and put ihy raiment upon thee, and and a full reward be given thee of the

go down to the floor: but make not thyLORD God of Israel, under whose wings

self known to the man, until he shall thou hast come to trust.

have done eating and drinking. 13 Then she said, 3 Let me find favor 7 or, fall 4 And it shall be when he lieth down, in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast upon thee. that thou shalt mark the place where he comforted me, and for that thou hast spo

shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and i unken + kindly to thy handmaid, though I

cover his feet, and lay thee down; and am not like to one of thy handmaidens.

he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 14 And Boaz said to her, At meal

5 And she said to her, All that thou time come thou hither, and eat of the Lor, lift up sayest to me I will do.

the clothes bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.

6. And she went down to the floor, And she sat beside the reapers: and he his feet. and did according to all that her motherreached her parched corn, and she ate,

in-law bade her. and was satisfied, and left.

And when Boaz had eaten and 15 And when she had risen to glean,

drank, and his heart was merry, he Boaz commanded his young men, say

went to lie down at the end of the heap ing, Let her glean even among the

of corn: and she came softly, and uncovsheaves, and 5 reproach her not:

ered his feet, and laid herself down. 16 And let fall also some of the hand-2 or, took 81 And it came to pass at midnight,

hold on. fuls of purpose for her, and leave them,

that the man was afraid, and 2 turned that she may glean them, and rebuke her

himself: and behold, a woman lay at his not.

feet. 17 So she gleaned in the field until

9 And he said, Who 'art thou ? And evening, and beat out that which she had

she answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: gleaned: and it was about an ephah of

spread therefore thy skirt over thy handbarley.

3 or, one that maid; for thou art 3 a near kinsman. 18 1 And she took it, and went into hath right 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the the city: and her mother-in-law saw to redeem. Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shown what she had gleaned: and she brought!

more kindness in the latter end than at

or, one that

that are on


Before the beginning, inasmuch as thou didst


litess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the not follow young men, whether poor or 1312 name of the dead upon his inheritance. rich.

6 4 And the kinsman said, I cannot 11 And now, my daughter, fear not;

redeem it for myself, lest I mar my own I will do to thee all that thou requirest:

inheritance : redeem thou my right to for all the 4 city of my people doth know

thyself'; for I cannot redeem it. that thou art a virtuous woman.

7 . Now this was the manner in for12 And now it is true that I am thy Heb. gate. mer time in Israel concerning redeemnear kinsman: yet there is a kinsman

ing and concerning changing, for connearer than I.

firming all things; a man plucked off his 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in

shoe, and gave it to his neighbor: and the morning, that if he will perform to

this was a testimony in Israel. thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him

8 Therefore the kinsman said to Boaz, do the kinsman's part: but if he will not 5 or, sheet,

Buy it for thyself. So he drew off his shoe. do the part of a kinsman to thee, then or, apron., 91 And Boaz said to the elders, and will I do the part of a kinsman to thee,

to all the people, Ye are witnesses this as the LORD liveth: lie down until the

day, that I have bought all that was Elimorning.

melech's, and all that was Chilion's and 14 I And she lay at his feet until the

Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. morning: and she rose before one could

1 Heb.Isaid,

10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabiless, the know another. And he said, Let it not be "I will re. wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be known that a woman came to the floor. veal in thy my wife, to raise up the name of the

15 Also he said, Bring the 5 vail that ear. dead upon his inheritance, that the name thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And

of the dead be not cut off from among his when she held it, he measured six meas

brethren, and from the gate of his place: ures of barley, and laid it on her: and

ye are witnesses this day. she went into the city.

11 And all the people that rere in the 16 And when she came to her mother

gate, and the elders said, We are wilin-law, she said, Who art thou, my

The LORD make the woman daughter? And she told her all that the

that hath come into thy house like Rachel man had done to her.

and like Leah, which two did build the 17 And she said, These six measures

house of Israel: and 2 do thou worthily of barley he gave me; for he said to me,

in Ephratah, and 3 be famous in Belh. Go not empty to thy mother-in-law.

lehem: 18 Then said she, Sit still, my daugh

12 And let thy house be like the house ter, until thou knowest how the matter

of Pharez, bwhom Tamar bore to Judah, will fall: for the man will not be in rest,

a Deut. 25. of the seed which the LORD shall give until he hath finished the thing this day.'


thee of this young woman.

13 9 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was CHAP. IV.

his wife: and when he went in to her, 1 Boaz calleth into judgment the nert kins. 2 or, get thee the Lord gave her conception, and she 6 He refuseth the redemption accord riches, or,

bore a son. ing to the manner in Israel. 9 Boaz buyeth power. the inheritance : 10 He marrieth Ruth: 13

14 And the women said to Naomi, She beareth Obed the grandfather of David.

3 Heb. pro

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not 4 left 18 The generation of Pharez.

claim thy thee this day without a 5 kinsman, that "HEN Boaz went up to the gate, and

his name may be famous in Israel.

15 And he shall be to thee a restorer kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by ; 16 Gen. 38.29. of thy life, and 6 a nourisher of 7 thy old to whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn 1 Chr. 2.4. age: for thy daughter-in-law, who loveth aside, sit down here. And he turned Matt. 1. 3. thee, who is better to thee than seven aside, and sat down.


hath borne him. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of 4 Heb. caus 16 And Naomi took the child, and the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And ed to cease laid it in her bosom, and became its they sat down. 3 And he said to the kinsman, Naomi,

17 And the women, her neighbors, that has come again out of the country of 5 or, redeem- gave it a name, saying, There is a son Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was

born to Naomi; and they called his name our brother Elimelech's :

Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the fa

6 Heb. to 4 And il thought to advertise thee,


ther of David. saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and

18 | Now these are the generations of before the elders of my people. If thou - Heb. thy Pharez: « Pharez begat Hezron, wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou


19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I

begat Amminadab, may know : for there is none to redeem

20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, it besides thee; and I am after thee. Chr. 24. and Nahshon begat s Salmon,

1. And he said, I will redeem it.

21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou

begat Obed, buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, 3 or, Salmah. 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moab

begat David.




to thee.




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