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Boaz marries Ruth.

CHAP. 1. Elkanah and his two wives. in-law, she said, Who art thou, my daugh- day, that I have bought all that was E! ter? And she told her all that the man had melech's, and all that was Chilion's and done to her.

Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. 17 And she said, These six measures of 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my not empty unto thy mother-in-law. wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon

18 Then said she, Sit still, my daugh- his inheritance, that the name of the dead ter, until thou know how the matter will be not cut off from among his brethren, and fall: for the man will not be in rest, until from the gate of bis place: ye are witnesses he have finished the thing this day.

this day. CHAP. IV.

11 And all the people that were in the THEN went Boaz up to the gate, and gate, and the elders said, We are witnesses. kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by ; into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn which two did build the house of Israel: aside, sit down here. And he turned and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be aside, and sat down.

famous in Beth-lehem: 2 And he took ten men of the elders of 12 And let thy house be like the house the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, they sat down.

of the seed which the LORD shall give thee 3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, of this young woman. that is come again out of the country of 13 T So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was wife: and when he went in unto her, the our brother Elimelech's:

Lord gave her conception, and she bare 4 And I thought to advertise thee, say- a son. ing, Buy it before the inhabitants, and be 14 And the women said unto Naomi, fore the elders of my people. If thou wilt Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not thee this day without a kinsman, that his redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: name may be famous in Israel. for there is none to redeem it besides thee; 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer and I am after thee. And he said, I will of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: redeem it.

for thy daughter-in-law, which loveth thee, 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buy- which is better to thee than seven sons, est the field of the band of Naomi, thou hath borne him. must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid wife of the dead, to raise up the name of it in her bosom, and became nurse unto its the dead upon his inheritance.

17 And the women her neighbours gave 6. And the kinsman said, I cannot re- it a name,saying, There is a son born to deem it for myself, Jest I mar mine own Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he inheritance : redeem thou nty right to thy- is the father of Jesse, the father of self; for I cannot redeem it.

David. 7 Now this was the manner in former 18 | Now these are the generations of time in Israel concerning redeeming and Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, concerning changing, for to confirm all 19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram things; a man plucked off his shoe, and begat Amminadab, gave it to his neighbour: and this was a tes 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and timony in Israel.

Nahshon begat Salmon, 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, 21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. begat Obed,

s | And Boaz said unto the elders, and 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this) begat David.

1 The First Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called, The First

Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

children, but Hannah had no children. Now there was a certain man of Ra 3 And this man went up out of his city

mathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, ycarly to worship and to sacrifice unto the and his name was Elkanah, the son of Je-LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two robam, tbe son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: priests of the LORD, were there.

2 And he had two wives; the naine of 41 And when the time was that Elkanah the one was Hannah, and the name of offered, he gave to Peninnah his wise, and he other Peninnah: and Peninnab had to all her sons and her daughters, portions;

Honnali's prayer.

1. SAMUEL

Hannah's song. 5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy house, went up to offer unto the LORD the portion; for he loved Hannah; but the yearly sacrifice, and his voj. LORD had it up her womb.

22 But Hannah went not up; for she 6 And her adversary also provoked her said unto her husband, I will not go up unsore, for to make her fret, because the til the child be weaned, and then I will LORD had shut up her womb.

bring him, that he may appear before the 7 And as he did so year by year, when LORD, and there abide for ever. she went up to the house of the LORD, -0 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto the provoked her; therefore she wept, and her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry did not eat.

until thou have weaned him ; only the 8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, LORD establish his word. So the woHannai, why weepest thou ? and why eat- man abode, and gave her son suck until est thou not? and why is thy heart griev- she weaned him. ed? am not i better to thee than ten sons? 24 | And when she had weaned him,

94 So Hannah rose up after they had she took him up with her, with three bula eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk: locks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle nov Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a of wine, and brought him unto the house post of the temple of the LORD:

of the Lord in Shiloh : and the child was 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and young. prayed unto the LORD, and wept sure. 25 And they slew a bullock, and brought

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, the child to Eli. Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on 26 And she said, O my lord, as thy soul the affliction of thine handmaid, and re-liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood member me, and not forget thine band-by thee here, praying unto the LORD. maid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid 27 For this child I prayed; and the a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord hath given me my petition which I Lord all the days of his life, and there asked of him: shall no razor come upon his head.

28 Therefore also I have lent him to 12 And it came to pass, as she conti- the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be nued praying before the LORD, that Eli lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the marked her mouth.

LORD there. 13 Now Hannab, she spake in her heart;

CHAP. II. only her lips moved, but her voice was not beard: therefore Eli thought she had seen AND Hannah prayed, and said, My

heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine drunken.

horn is exalted in the LORD; my mouth is 14 And Eli said unto her, How long enlarged over mine enemies; because I wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine rejoice in thy salvation. from thee.

2 There is none boly as the LORD: for 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, there is none besides thee: neither is there my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful any rock like our God. spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; strong drink, but have poured out my soul let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: before the LORD,

for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and 16 Count not thine handmaid fora daugh- by hiin actions are weighed. ter of Belial; for out of the abundance of 4 The bows of the mighty men are my complaint and grief have I spoken broken, and they that stumbled are girded hitherto.

with strength. 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in 5 They that were full have hired out peace: and the God of Israel grant thee themselves for bread; and they that were t'iy petition that thou hast asked of him. hungry ceased : so that the barren hati

18 And she said, Let thine handmaid borne seven; and she that hath many chilfind grace in thy sight. So the woman dren is waxed feeble. went her way, and did eat, and her coun 6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: tenance was no more sad.

|he bringeth down to the grave, and bring19 | And they rose up in the morning eth early, and worshipped before the LORD, 7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh and returned, and came to their house to rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, wife; and the LORD remembered her. and lifteth up the beggar from the dung.

20'Wherefore it came to pass, when the hill, to set them among princes, and to time was come about after Hannah had make them inherit the throne of glory: for conceived, that she bare a son, and called the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, his name Samuel, saying, Because I have and he hath set the world upon them. asked him of the Lord.

9 He will keep the feet of his saints, 21 And the man Elkanah, and all his and the wicked shall be silent in darkness;

up:

The sin of Eli's sons :

CHAP. III.

They are reproved. for by strength shall no man prevail. against the LORD, who shall entreat for

10 The adversaries of the LORD shall bim? Notwithstanding they hearkened not be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall unto the roice of their father, because the ļie thunder upon them: the LORD shall LORD would slay them. judge the ends of the earth ; and he shall 26 And the child Samuel grew on, and give strength unto his king, and exalt the was in favour both with the LORD, and also horn of his anointed.

with men. 11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his 27 | And there came a man of God unto house. And the child did minister unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the the Lord before Eli the priest.

LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house 12 9 Now the sons of Eli were sons of of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Belial; they knew not the Lord. Pharaoh's house?

13 And the priest's custom with the 28 And did I choose him out of all the people was, that, when any man offered tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while upon mine altar, to burn incenee, to wear the flesh was in seething, with a flesh-hook an ephod before me? and did I give unto of three teeth in his hand;

the house of thy father all the offerings 14 And he struck it into the pan, or made by fire of the children of Israel ? kettie, or caldron, or pot; all that the 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice flesh-hook brought up the priest took for and at mine Offering, which I have com. himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all manded in my habitation; and honourest the Israelites that came thither.

thy sons above me, to make yourselves tat 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the with the chiefest of all the offerings of Ispriest's servant came, and said to the man rael my people ? That sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the 30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel priest; for he will not have sodden flesh saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the of thee, but raw.

house of thy father, should walk before 16 And if aný man said unto him, Let me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be them not fail to burn the fat presently, and it far from me; for them that honour me then take as much as thy soul desireth ; I will honour, and they that despise me then he would answer him, Nay; but shall be lightly esteemed. thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I 31 Bobote the days come, that I will will take it by force.

cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy fa17 Wherefore the sin of the young men ther's house, that there shall not be an old was very great before the LORD : for men man in thine house. abhorred the offering of the LORD. 32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my

18 | But Samuel ministered before the habitation, in all the wealth which God LORD, being a child, girded with a linen shall give Israel: and there shall not be ephod.

an old man in thine house for ever. 19 Moreover his mother made him a 33 And the man of thine, whoin I shall little coat, and brought it to him from year not cut off from mine altar, shall be to conto year, when she came up with her hus- sume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: band, to offer the yearly sacrifice. and all the increase of thine house shall

20'T And Eli blessed Elkanah and bis die in the flower of their age. wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed 34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, of this woman for the loan which is lent that shall come upon thy two sons, on to the LORD. And they went unto their Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they owo home.

shall die both of them. 21 And the Lord visited Hannah, so 35 And I will raise me up a faithful that she conceived, and bare three sons priest,that shall do according to that which and two daughters. And the child Samuel is io mine heart and in my mind: and I grew before the Lord.

will build him a sure house; and he shall 22 T Now Eli was very old, and heard walk before mine anointed for ever. all that his sons did unto all Israel; and 36 And it shall come to pass, that every how they lay with the women that assem- one that is left in thine house, shall come bled at the door of the tabernacle of the and crouch to him for a piece of silver congregation.

and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put 23 And he said unto them, Why do ye me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' such things? for I hear of your evil deal- offices, that I may eat a piece of bread. iogs by all this people.

CHAP. III. , my sonsgood re

the Lord before Eli. And the word people to transgress.

of the LORD was precious in those days; 25 If one man sin against another, the there was no open vision. judge shall judge him : but if a man sin 2 And it came to pass at that time, when

port that i hiear: ye makes the code AND the child Samuel ministered unto

une.

Sanuel called.

1. SAMUEL. The Israelites are overcome. Eli was laid down in his place, and his bid nothing from him. And he said, Itis the eyes began to wax dim, that he could not LORD: let him do what scemeth himgood. see ;

19 T And Samuel grew, and the LORD 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in was with him, and did let none of his the temple of the LORD, where the ark of words fall to the ground. God was, and Samuel was laid down to 20 And all Israel, from Dan even to sleep;

Beer-sheba, knew that Samuel was esta4 That the LORD called Samuel : and blished to be a prophet of the Lord. he answered, Here am I.

21 And the LORD appeared again in 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD. I called not; lie down again. And he

CHAP. IV. lay .

ND the word of Samuel came to all muel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, the Philistines to battle, and pitched beand said, Here am l; for thou didst call side Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitch

And he answered, I called not, my ed in Apbik. son; lie down again.

2 And the Philistines put themselves 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the in array against Israel : and when they Lorn, neither was the word of the LORD joined battle, Israel was smitten before yet revealed unto him.

the Philistines: and they slew of the army 8 And the LORD called Samuel again in the field about four thousand men. the third time. And he arose and went to 3 | And when the people were come Eli, and said, Here am l; for thou didst into the camp, the elders of Israel said, call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to-day had called the child.

before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, unto us, that when it cometh among us, it that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy may save us out of the hand of our enemies. servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they down in his place.

might bring from thence the ark of the co10 And the LORD came, and stood and venant of the Lord of hosts, which dwellcalled as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. eth between the cherubims : and the two Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were servant heareth.

there with the ark of the covenant of God. 11 | And the Lord said to Samuel, Be 5 And when the ark of the covenant of hold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which the Lord came into the camp, all Israel both the ears of every one that heareth it shouted with a great shout, so that the shall tingle.

earth rang again. 12 In that day I will perform against 6 And when the Philistines heard the Eli all things which I have spoken con- noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth cerning, his house: when I begin, I will the noise of this great shout in the camp of also make an end.

the Hebrews ? And they understood that 13 For I have told him, that I will judge the

ark of the Lord was come into the camp. his house for ever, for the iniquity which 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for he knoweth: because his sons made them- they said, God is come into the camp. selves vile, and he restrained them not. And they said, Wo unto us ! for there hath

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the not been such a thing heretofore. house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's 8 Wo unto us! Who shall deliver us house shall not be purged with sacrifice out of the hand of these mighty Gods ? nor offering for ever.

these are the Gods that smote the Egyp15 | Anu Samuel lay until the morning, tians with all the plagues in the wilderness. and opened the doors of the house of the 9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like LORD: and Samuel feared to shew Eli the men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not ser: vision.

vants unto the Hebrews, as they have 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, been to you: quit yourselves like men, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here and fight.

10 | And the Philistines fought, and 17 And he said, What is the thing that Israel was smitten, and they fled every the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray man into his tent: and there was a very thee hide it not from me: God do so to great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing thirty thousand footmen. from me, of all the things that lie said unto 11 And the ark of God was taken; and thee.

the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and were slain.

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The ark of God is taken. CHAP. V, VI. Dagon falls before the ark.

12 9 And there ran a man of Benja-jark of the LORD: and the head of Dagon, min out of the army, and came to Shiloh and both the palms of his hands were cut the same day with his clothes rent, and off upon the threshold ; only the stump of with earth upon his head.

Dagon was left to him. 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon 5 Therefore neither the priests of Daa seat by the way-side watching: for his gon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, heart trembled for the ark of God. And tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashwhen the man came into the city and told dod unto this day. it all the city cried out.

6 But the hand of the Lord was heavy 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed crying, he said, What meaneth the noise them, and smote them with emerods, even of this tumult? And the man came in Ashdod, and the coasts thereof. hastily, and told Eli.

7 And when the men of Ashdod saw 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years that it was so, they said, The ark of the old; and his eyes were dim, that he could God of Israel shall not abide with us : for not see.

his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he our god. that came out of the army, and 1 Aled to 8 They sent therefore, and gathered day out of the army. And he said, What all the lords of the Philistines unto them, is there done, my son ?

and said, What shall we do with the ark 17 And the messenger answered and of the God of Israel? And they answered, said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried and there hath been also a great slaughter about unto Gath. And they carried the among the people, and thy two sons also, ark of the God of Israel about thither. Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the 9 And it was so, that after they had ark of God is taken.

carried it about, the hand of the Lord was 13. And it came to pass, when he made against the city with a very great destrucmention of the ark of God, that he fell tion: and he smote the men of the city froin off the seat backward by the side of both small and great, and they had emethe gate, and his neck brake, and he died : rods in their secret parts. for he was an old man, and heavy. And 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God he had judged Israel forty years. to Ekron. And it came to pass as the ark

19 9 And his daughter-in-law, Phine-Jof God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites has' wife, was with child near to be deli- cried out, saying, They have brought rered: and when she heard the tidings about the ark of the God of Israel to us, that the ark of God was taken, and that to slay us and our people. her father-in-law and her husband were 11 So they sent and gathered together dead, she bowed herself, and travailed; all the lords of the Philistines, and said, for her pains came upon her.

Send away the ark of the God of Israel, 20 And about the time of her death, and let it go again to his own place, that it the women that stood by her said unto her, slay us not, and our people: for there was Fear not; for thou hast borne a son. But a deadly destruction throughout all the city; she answerednot, neitherdid she regard it. the hand of God was very heavy there.

21 And she named the child I-chabod, 12 And the men that died not, were saying, The glory is departed from Israel. smitten with the emerods: and the cry (Because the ark of God was taken, and of the city went up to heaven. because of her father-in-law and her hus

CHAP. VI. band.) 22. And she said, The glory is depart. And the ark of the LORD was in the

country of the Philistines seven ed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. months. CHAP. V.

2 And the Philistines called for the A Nandhe Policist ines took the arezef God. priests and the diviners saying: What shals Ashdod.

wherewith we shall send it to his place. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of 3 And they said, If ye send away the God, they brought it into the house of Da- ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; gon, and set it by Dagon.

but in any wise return him a trespass-of3 | And when they of Ashdod arose fering: then ye shall be healed, ana it early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was shall be known to you why, his hand is fallen upon his face to the earth before the not removed from you. ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, 4 Then said they, What shall be the and set him in his place again.

trespass-offering which we shall return 4d when they arose early on the to him? They answered, Five golden morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fall- emerods, and five golden mice, according his face to the ground before the to the number of the lords of the Philis

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