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The Levite and liès concubine.

Chap. XX.

The Benjamites' wickedness. her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring went to Beth-lehem-judah, but I am now her again, having his servant with him and going to the house of the LORD; and there is a couple of asses: and she brought him in- no man that receiveth me to house. to her father's house; and, when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.

4 And his father-in-law, the damsel's father, retained him; and he abode with him three days; so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.

5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that be rose up to depart: and the damsel's father said unto his son-in-law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your

way.

6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel's father had said unto the man, Be content, 1 pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry.

7 And when the man rose up to depart, his father-in-law urged him; therefore he lodged there again.

& And he arose early in the morning on the fth day to depart: and the damsel's father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.

9 And when the man rose up to depart, he and his concubine, and his servaut, his father-in-law, the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth towards evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold. the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, (which is Jerusalem,) and there were with him two asses saddled; his concubine also was with him.

11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in unto this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.

13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah.

14 And they passed on, and went their way, and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin. 15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and, when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city; for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee: howsoever, let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the mea of the city, certain sons of Belis', beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maiden, and his concubine, them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring they let her go.

26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till t was light.

27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going: but none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, in', twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt, unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

CHAP. XX.

The Levile, in a general assembly, declareth his wrong: 8 their decree. 26 The Benja mites are destroyed.

16 And behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place creiEN al: the children of Israel went out, Benjamites.

17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city and the old man said, Whither goest thou and whence comest thou?

and the congregation was gathered to gether as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the Lord in Mizpeh.

And the chief of all the people, even of 18 And he said unto him, We are passing all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side on the assembly of the people of God, four mount Ephraim; from thence am 1: and hundred thousand footmen that drew sword,

The Levite's complaint.

JUDGES. The Israelites war with Benjamin.

3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to M.zpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness?

4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered, and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge:

5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me; and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.

6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.

7 Behold, ye are all the children of Israel; give here your advice and counsel.

8 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house; 9 But now, this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah, we will go up by lot against it:

10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the peole, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin. according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.

11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array, in the place where they put themselves ta array the first day.

23 (And the children of Israel went up, and wept before the LoSD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)

24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.

25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men, all these drew

the sword.

26 Then all the children of Israel and all the people went up, and came unto the house of God and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even. and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD.

27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days;

28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) say. ing, 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 tomorrow I will deliver them into thine hand. 29 And Israel set liers 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.

13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that 31 And the children of Benjamin went out we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin against the people, and were drawn away from would not hearken to the voice of their bre-the city; and they began to smite of the peothren the children of Israel:

14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the childrer of Israel.

15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities, twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.

16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed: every one could sling stones at an hair-breadth, and not miss.

ple, 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 high-ways

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.

17 And the men of Israel, besides Ben- 34 And there came against Gibeah ten jamin, were numbered four hundred thou-thousand chosen men ost of all Israel, and the sand men that drew sword; all these were battle was scre: but they knew not that evil was near them. men of war.

18 T And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the LORD said, Judal shall go up first.

19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.

35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.

56 So the children of Benjamin Faw that they were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted 20 And the men of Israel went out to bat-unto the liers in wait which they had set betle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel side Gibeah. put themselves in array to fight against them at Gibeah.

37 And the liers in wait basted, and rushed upon Gibeah: and the liers in wait drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.

21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty 38 Now there was an appointed sign be

and two thousand men.

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The Benjamiles' desolation."

Chap. xxi

Their destruction bewailed.

tween the men of Israel and the liers in wait, peh to the LORD? And behold, there came that they should make a great flame with none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the smoke to rise up out of the city. assembly.

39 And when the men of Israel 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.

9 For the people were numbered, and behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jubesh-gilead there.

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and command40 But when the flame began to arise up onted them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and behold, the Blame of the city ascended up to heaven.

of Jabesh-gileaf 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.

41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them. 12 And they found among the inhabitants of 42 Therefore they turned their backs before Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, the men of Israel unto the way of the wilder-that had known no man by lying with any ness; but the battle overtook them: and them male: and they brought them unto the camp which came out of the cities they destroyed to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. in the midst of them.

43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and troue them down with ease, over against Gibeah toward the sun-rising.

13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably junto them.

14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had savel 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.

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 high-ways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of 16 Then the elders of the congregation them said. How shall we do for wives for them that 46 So that all which fell that day of Benja-remain, seeing the women are destroyed out min were twenty and five thousand men that drew the swor!: all these were men of valour. 47 But six hundre nen turae, and fled to the wilderness unt the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rammon four months.

48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Berjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the mea of every city as the beat, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to

of Benjamin?

17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that he 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 high-way that goeth up from 2 The people, bewailing desolation of Ben-Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lejamin, 16 advise then. surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh.

CHAP. XXI.

NOW the men of Israel ha 1 swarn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.

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-offerings 5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came Do up with the congregation unto the LORD?! For they had made a great oath concerning hit that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, sayar. He shall surely be put to death.

5 And the chil fren of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said. There is one tribe cut of 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?

& And they said. What one is there o. the tribes of Israel that came not up to Miz

bonah.

20 Therefore they commanded the children

of Benjamin, sayi, 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 irhen ritance, and repaired the cities. and awelt 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 Israei every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

T The Book of RUTH.

CHAP. I. 18 When she saw that she was steadfastly ) Elimelech, driven by famine into Moab, minded to go with her, then she left speaking dieth there. 6 Naomi returning home, 14 unto her. Ruth accompanieth her.

19 So they two went until they came to N TOW it came to pass, in the days when the Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when they judges ruled, that there was a famine were come to Beth-lehem, that all the city in the land: and a certain man of Beth- was moved about them; and they said, Is this lehem-judah went to sojourn in the country Naomi?

sons.

of Moab, he and his wife, and his two 20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath 2 And the name of the man was Elime-dealt very bitterly with me. lech, 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.

21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: Why Len call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath af flicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, which 4 And they took them wives of the women returned out of the country of Moab: and of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, they came to Beth-lehem in the beginning of and the name of the other Ruth; and they barley-harvest. dwelled there about ten years.

CHAP. II.

5 And Mablon and Chilion died also both 1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boar: 8 he sheweth her favour. of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

band's, a mighty man of wealth, of the 6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-AND Naomi had a kinsman of her huslaw, that she might return from the country of family of Elimelech; and his name was Moab for she had heard in the country of Boaz. 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 daughtersin-law with ber: and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

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 1 shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in 8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-the field after the reapers and her bap was in-law, Go, return each to her mother's to light on a part of the field belonging unto house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. have dealt with the dead, and with me. 4 T And behold, Boaz came from Bethlebem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.

9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of 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.

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 11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daugh-reapers answered, said, It is the Moab ters; why will ye go with me! are there yet itish damsel that came back with Naomi out any more sons in my womb, that they may be of the country of Moab. your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way for I am too old to have an busband. If should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to-night, and should also bear

sons;

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 lit. tle in the house.

8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou 13 Would ye tarry for them till they were not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another grown? Would ye stay for them from having feld, neither go from hence, but abide here husbands? Nay, my daughters: for it griev-fast by my maidens. eth 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 sister-in-law 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, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have 1 not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? And when thou art athirst, go 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 1 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 17 Where thou diest will I die, and there hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and death of thine husband; and how thou bast more also, if aught but death part thee and left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a

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Ruth lieth at Boar's feet.

5 And she said unto her, All that thou say. est unto me I will do.

6 And she went down unto the floor. and did according to all that her mother-inlaw bade her.

13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drank, sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted and his heart was merry, he went to lie me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly un-down at the end of the heap of corn: and she to thine handmaid, though I be not like unto came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid one of thine handmaidens.

her down.

14 And Boaz said unto her, At meal-time 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 Jeft. 15 And when she was risen up to glean, Bo-thou art a near kinsman. az commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach

8¶ And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and behold, a woman lay at his feet.

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.

9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid; spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for

10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter; for thou hast shewed more kind ness 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; I 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 Learer 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 kingman'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 moreing and she rose up before one could know 20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-another. And he said, Let it not be known law, Blessed be be of the LORD, who hath that a woman came into the floor. not left off his kindness to the living and to 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast 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.

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-inlaw, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to

22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daugh-her. ter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that thou 17 And she said, These six measures of bargo out with his maidens, that they meet thee ley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not not in any other field. empty unto thy mother-in-law.

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz 18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, unto glean unto the end of barley-harvest and of til thou know how the matter will fall: for the wheat-harvest; and dwelt with her mother-in-man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day

law.

CHAP. III.

1 By Naomi's instructions, 6 Ruth lieth at Boar's feet. 8 Boaz acknowledgeth the right of a kinsman.

THEN Naomi ber mother-in-law said unto

her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

CHAP. IV.

1 Boas calleth into judgment the next kinsman : 6 he refusing, 10 Boas marrieth Ruth.

THEN 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

2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he win-down. noweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor.

3 Wash thyself therefore, and anointe, 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 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.

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 thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elcers of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it; but if thou wilt not redeem

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