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have sworn, saying, Cursed be he , say unto them, Be favourable unto that giveth a wife to Benjamin. them for our sakes: because we reThen they said, Behold, there is a served not to each man his wife in feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly the war: for ye did not give unto in a place which is on the north them at this time, that ye should be aide of Beth-el, on the east side of guilty. And the children of Benjathe highway that goeth up from min did so, and took them wives, Bethel to Shechem, and on the according to their number, of them eath of Lebonah. Therefore they that danced, whom they caught : cumanded the children of Benja- and they went and returned unto trin, saying, Go and lie in wait in their inheritance, and repaired the the vineyards ; and see, and, behold, cities, and dwelt in them. And the if the daughters of Shiloh come out children of Israel departed thence to dance in dances, then come ye at that time, every man to his tribe out of the vineyards, and catch you and to his family, and they went every man his wife of the daugh out from thence every man to his ters of Shiloh, and go to the land of inheritance. In those days there Benjamin. And it shall be, when was no king in Israel: every man their fathers or their brethren come did that which was right in his own anto us to complain, that we will I eyes. Morning, Ruth I.

March 28. Now TOW it came to pass in the days the land of Judah. And Naomi said

when the judges ruled, that unto her two daughters in law, Go, there was a famine in the land. And return each to her mother's house : certain man of Beth-lehem-judah the LORD deal kindly with you, as went to sojourn in the country of ye have dealt with the dead, and Moab, he, and his wife, and his two with me. The LORD grant you that sons. And the name of the man was ye may find rest, each of you in the Elimelech, and the name of his wife house of her husband. Then she Naomi, and the name of his two sons kissed them; and they lifted up Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of their voice, and wept.' And they Beth-lehem-judah. And they came said unto her, Surely we will return into the country of Moab, and con with thee unto thy people. And tinued there. And Elimelech Na- Naomi said, Turn again, my daughomi's husband died; and she was ters: why will ye go with me? are left, and her two sons. And they there yet any more sons in my womb, took them wives of the women of that they may be your husbands ? Moab; the name of the one was Turn again, my daughters, go your Orpah, and the name of the other way; for I am too old to have an Rath: and they dwelled there about husband. If I should say, I have ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion hope, if I should have an husband died also both of them; and the also to night, and should also bear woman was left of her two sons and

sons; would ye tarry for them till her husband. Then she arose with they were grown? would ye stay her danghters in law, that she might for them from having husbands? return from the country of Moab: nay, my daughters; for it grieveth for she had heard in the country of me'much for your sakes that the Moab how that the LORD had visit- hand

of the Lord is gone out against ed His people in giving them bread. | me. And they lifted up their voice, Wherefore she went forth out of and wept again : and Orpah kissed the place where she was, and her her mother in law; but Ruth clave two daughters in law with her; and unto her. And she said, Behold, thy they went on the way to return unto sister in law is back unto her

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people, and unto her gods : return to Beth-lehem, that all the city was thou after thy sister in law. And moved about them, and they said, Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave Is this Naomi? And she said unto thee, or to return from following them, Call me not Naomi, call me after thee: for whither thou goest, Mara : for the Almighty hath dealt I will go; and where thou lodgest, very bitterly with me. I went out I will lodge : thy people shall be my full, and the LORD bath brought people, and thy God my God: where me home again empty: why thes thou diest, will I die, and there will call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD I be buried : the LORD do so to me, hath testified against me, and the and more also, if ought but death Almighty hath afflicted me ? So Na part thee and me. When she saw omi returned, and Ruth the Most that she was stedfastly minded to itess, her daughter in law, with her, go with her, then she left speaking which returned out of the country unto her. So they two went until of Moab: and they came to Bethe they came to Beth-lehem. And it lehem in the beginning of barley came to pass, when they were come harvest. March 28.

Evening, Ruth II. MARCA 28. Anher Hasmandes, a mightya mant ND Naomi had a kinsman of thine eyes be on the field that they

do reap, and go thou after thema of wealth, of the family of Elime- have I not charged the young met lech; and his name was Boaz. And that they shall not touch thee? and Ruth the Moabitess said unto Na- when thou art athirst, go unto the omi, Let me now go to the field, vessels, and drink of that which the and' glean ears of com after him in young men have drawn. Then sie whose sight I shall find grace. And fell on her face, and bowed herself she said unto her, Go, my daughter. to the ground, and said unto him, And she went, and came, and glean- Why have I found grace in thisa ed in the field after the reapers : eyes, that thou shouldest take kaowand her hap was to light on a part ledge of me, seeing I am a stranger, of the field belonging unto Boaz, And Boaz answered and said unto who was of the kindred of Elimelech. her, It hath fully been shewed me, And, behold, Boaz came from Beth- all that thou hast done unto thy lehem, and said unto the reapers, mother in law since the death of The LORD be with you. And they thine husband : and how thou bast answered him, The Lord bless thee. left thy father and thy mother, and Then said Boaz unto his servant | the land of thy nativity, and art that was set over the reapers, Whose come unto a people which thoa damsel is this? And the servant knewest not heretofore. The Loan that was set over the reapers an recompense thy work, and a full swered and said, It is the Moabitish reward be given thee of the Loan damsel that came back with Naomi God of Israel, under Whose wind out of the country of Moab: and thou art come to trust. Then sbe she said, I pray you, let me glean said, Let me find favour in thy sight, and gather after the reapers among my lord; for that thou hast coas the sheaves: so she came, and hath forted me, and for that thou hast continued even from the morning spoken friendly unto thine handuntil now, that she tarried a little maid, though I be not like unto o in the house. Then said Boaz unto of thine handmaidens. And Basi Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daugh- said unto her, At mealtime comr ter? Go not to glean in another thou hither, and eat of the bread, field, neither go from hence, but and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. abide here fast by my maidens: let | And she sat beside the reapet

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and he reached her parched corn, her mother in law with whom she and she did eat, and was sufficed, had wrought, and said, The man's and left. And when she was risen name with whom I wrought to day up to glean, Boaz commanded his is Boaz. And Naomi said unto her young men, saying, Let her glean daughter in law, Blessed be he of fven among the sheaves, and re the LORD, who hath not left off his proach her not: and let fall also kindness to the living and to the some of the handfuls of purpose for dead. And Naomi said unto her, ber, and leave them, that she may The man is near of kin unto us, one clean them, and rebuke her not. So of our next kinsmen. And Ruth the ste gleaned in the field until even, Moabitess said, He said unto me and beat out that she had gleaned: also, Thou shalt keep fast by my and it was about an ephah of bar- young men, until they have ended ley. And she took it up, and went all my harvest. And Naomi said into the city: and her mother in law unto Ruth her daughter in law, It * What she had gleaned : and she is good, my daughter, that thou brought forth, and gave to her that go out with his maidens, that they she had reserved after she was suf- meet thee not in any other field. ficed. And her mother in law said So she kept fast by the maidens into her, Where hast thou glean- of Boaz to glean unto the end of od to day and where wroughtest barley

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of wheat harthou? blessed be he that did take vest; and dwelt with her mother knowledge of thee. And she shewed | in law, Morning, Ruth III.

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| , , , said unto her, My daughter, hold, a woman lay at his feet. And shall I not seek rest for thee, that it he said, Who art thou? And she anszay be well with thee? And now is swered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: Dot Boaz of our kindred, with whose spread therefore thy skirt over thine maidens thou wast? 'Behold, he handmaid; for thou art a near kinswinnoweth barley to night in the

man. And he said, Blessed be thou threshingfloor. Wash thyself there- of the LORD, my daughter: for thou fore, and anoint thee, and put thy hast shewed more kindness in the taiment upon thee, and get the latter end than at the beginning, down to the floor: but make not thy- | inasmuch as thou followedst not self known unto the man, until he young men, whether poor or rich. ball have done eating and drinking. And now, my daughter, fear not; I And it shall be, when he lieth down, will do to thee all that thou requirthat thou shalt mark the place where est : for all the city of my people be shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and doth know that thou art a virtuous uncover his feet, and lay thee down; woman. And now it is true that I and he will tell thee what thou shalt am thy near kinsman: howbeit there hele And she said unto her, All that is a kinsman nearer than I. Tarry thom sayest unto me I will do. And this night, and it shall be in the she went down unto the floor, and morning, that if he will perform undid according to all that her mother to thee the part of a kinsman, well; in law bade" her. And when Boaz let him do the kinsman's part : but bad eaten and drunk, and his heart if he will not do the part of a kinswas merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she of a kingman to thee, as the LORD came softly,

and uncovered his feet, liveth: lie down until the morning. tad laid her down. And it came to

And she lay at his feet until the pas at midnight, that the man was morning: and she rose up before one

could know another. And he said, she told her all that the man had Let it not be known that a woman done to her. And she said, These came into the floor. Also he said, six measures of barley gave he De; Bring the vail that thou hast upon for he said to me, Ġo not empty thee, and hold it. And when she unto thy mother in law. Then said held'it, he measured six measures of she, Sit still, my daughter, until barley, and laid it on her: and she thou know how the matter will went into the city. And when she fall: for the man will not be in came to her mother in law, she said, rest, until he have finished the Who art thou, my daughter? And I thing this day. March 29.

Evening, Ruth IV. MARCH 29.

and sat him down there: and, Elimelech's, and all that was Chibehold, the kinsman of whom Boaz | lion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of spake came by; unto whom he said, Naomi. Moreover Ruth the MoabHo, such a one! turn aside, sit down itess, the wife of Mahlon, hare I here. And he turned aside, and sat purchased to be my wife, to raise down. And he took ten men of the up the name of the dead upon his elders of the city, and said, Sit ye inheritance, that the name of the down here. And they sat down. And dead be not cut off from among his he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, brethren, and from the gate of his that is come again out of the country place : ye are witnesses this day. of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, And all the people that were in the which was our brother Elimelech's: gate, and the elders, said, We are and I thought to advertise thee, witnesses. The LORD make the wosaying, Buy it before the inhabit. man that is come into thine house ants, and before the elders of my like Rachel and like Leah, which people. If thou wilt redeem it, re two did build the house of Israel: deem it: but if thou wilt not redeem and do thou worthily in Ephratah, it, then tell me, that I may know: and be famous in Beth-lehem: and for there is none to redeem it beside let thy house be like the house of thee; and I am after thee. And he Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Josaid, I will redeem it. Then said dah, of the seed which the Lond Boaz, What day thou buyest the shall give thee of this young womsa. field of the hand of Naomi, thou So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his must buy it also of Ruth the Moab. wife: and when he went in unto her, itess, the wife of the dead, to raise the Lord gave her conception, and up the name of the dead upon his she bare a son. And the women said inheritance. And the kinsman said, unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD! I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I Which hath not left thee this day mar mine own inheritance : redeem without a kinsman, that His name thou my right to thyself; for I can may be famous in Israel. And he not redeem it. Now this was the shall be unto thee a restorer of the manner in former time in Israel con- life, and a nourisher of thine old cerning redeeming and concerning age: for thy daughter in law, which changing, for to confirm all things; loveth thee, which is better to the a man plucked off his shoe, and gave than seven sons, hath born him. it to his neighbour: and this was a And Naomi took the child, and laid testimony in Israel. Therefore the it in her bosom, and became aurre kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for unto it. And the women her neighthee. So he drew off his shoe. And bours gave it a name, saying, Therv Boaz said unto the elders, and unto is a son born to Naomi ; and they all the people, Ye are witnesses this called his name Obed: 'he is the

father of Jesse, the father of Da-dab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon vid. Now these are the generations begat Salmon, and Salmon begat of Pharez: Pharez_begat Hezron, Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat begat Amminadab, and Ammina- | David. MARCH 30. Morning, 1 Samuel I.

MARCH 30. Norway OW there was a certain man of LORD all the days of his life, and

Ramathaim-zophim, of mount there shall no razor come upon his Ephraim, and his name was Elka- head. And it came to pass, as she mah, the son of Jeroham, the son of continued praying before the Lord, Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of that Eli marked her mouth. Now Zaph, an Ephrathite : and he had Hannah, she spake in her heart ; two wives; the name of the one was only her lips moved, but her voice Hannah, and the name of the other was not heard: therefore Eli thought Peninnah: and Peninnah had chil she had been drunken. And Eli dren, bat Hannah had no children. said unto her, How long wilt thou Aad this man went up out of his be drunken ? put away thy wine city yearly to worship and to sacri- from thee. And Hannah answered fice unto the LORD of hosts in Shi- and said, No, my lord, I am a woloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hoph-man of sorrowful spirit : I have pi and Phinehas, the priests of the drunk neither wine nor strong drink, LORD, tere there. And when the but have poured out my soul before timee was that Elkanah offered, he the Lord. Count not thine handcare to Peninnah his wife, and to maid for a daughter of Belial: for all her sons and her daughters, por out of the abundance of my comtions : but onto Hannah he gave a plaint and grief have I spoken hiworthy portion ; for he loved Han- therto. Then Eli answered and said, sah: but the Lord had shut up her Go in peace: and the God of Israel womb. And her adversary also pro- grant thee thy petition that thou poked her sore, for to make her fret, hast asked of Him. And she said, becanse the LORD had shut up her Let thine handmaid find grace in womb. And as he did so year by thy sight. So the woman went her Fear, when she went up to the house way, and did eat, and her counteof the Lord, so she provoked her; nance was no more sad. And they therefore she wept, and did not eat. rose up in the morning early, and Then said Elkanah her husband to worshipped before the LORD, and her , Hannah, why weepest thou

? returned, and came to their house and why eatest thou not? and why to Ramah:

and Elkanah knew Hanis thy heart grieved ? am not I better nah his wife; and the Lord rememto thee than ten sons ? So Hannah bered her. Wherefore it came to ose up after they had eaten in Shi- pass, when the time was come about loh, and after they had drunk. Now after Hannah had conceived, that El the priest sat upon a seat by a she bare a son, and called his name post of the temple of the LORD. And Samuel, saying, Because I have askshe was in bitterness of soul, and ed him of the Lord. And the man prayed unto the LORD, and wept Elkanah, and all his house, went up Bo And she vowed a vow, and to offer unto the Lord the yearly said, O LORD of hosts, if Thou wilt sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah ndeed look on the affliction of Thine went not up; for she said unto her bandmaid, and remember me, and husband, I will not go up until the not forget Thine handmaid, but wilt child be weaned, and then I will pie unto Thine handmaid a man bring him, that he may appear beskild, then I will give him unto the fore the Lord, and there abide for

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