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The Benjamnites slain.

CHAP. XX.

Gibeah burne (ne morning and encamped against Gibeah. of Israel came forth out of their places,

20 And the men of Israel went out to even out of the meadows of Gibeah. battle against Benjamin ; and the men of 34 And there came against Gibeah ten Israel put themselves in array to fight thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and against them at Gibeah.

the battle was sore : but they knew not 21 And the children of Benjamin came thai evil was near them. forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down 35 And the Lord smote Benjamin beto the ground of the Israelites that day fore Israel: and the children of Israel detwenty and two thousand men.

stroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty 22 And the people, the men of Israel, and five thousand and hundred men: encouraged themselves, and set their bat- all these drew the sword. tle again in array in the place where they 36 So the children of Benjamin saw put themselves in array the first day. that they were smitten : for the inen of Is

23 (And the children of Israel went up rael gave place to the Benjamites, because and wept before the Lord until even, and they trusted unto the liers in wait which asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall they had set beside Gibeah. I go up again to battle against the chil- 37 And the liers in wait hasted, and dren of Benjamin my brother? And the rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait LORD said, go up against him.) drew themselves along, aud smote all the

24 And the children of Israel came city with the edge of the sword. near against the children of Benjamin the 38 Now there was an appointed sign second day.

between the men of Israel and the liers in 25 And Benjamin went forth against wait, that they should make a great flame them out of Gibeah the second day, and with smoke to rise up out of the city. destroyed down to the ground of the chil- 39 And when the men of Israel retired dren of Israel again eighteen thousand in the battle, Benjamin began to smite men; all these drew the sword.

and kill of the men of Israel about thirty 26 | Then all the children of Israel, persons: for they said, Surely they are smit. and all the people, went up, and came ten down before us, as in the first battle. unto the house of God, and wept, and sat 40 But when the flame began to arise there before the LORD, and fasted that up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, day until even, anıl offered burnt-offerings the Benjamites looked behind them, and and peace-offerings before the LORD. behold, the fame of the city ascended up

27 And the children of Israel inquired to heaven. of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant 41. And when the men of Israel turned of God was there in those days,

again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: 28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, for they saw that evil was come upon them. the son of Aaron, stood before it in those 42 Therefore they turned their backs days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to before the men of Israel unto the way of battle against the children of Benjamin the wilderness; but the battle overtook my brother, or shall I cease! And the them; and them which came out of the LORD said, Go up; for to-morrow I will cities they destroyed in the midst of them. deliver them into thy hand.

43 Thus they enclosed the Benjamites 29 And Israel set liers in wait round round about, and chased them, and trode about Gibeah.

them down with ease over against Gibeah 30 And the children of Israel went up toward the sun-rising: against the children of Benjamin on the 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen third day, and put themselves in array thousand men; all these were men of against Gibeah, as at other times. valour.

31 And the children of Benjamin went 45 And they turned and Aed toward out against the people, and were drawn the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon: away from the city; and they began to and they gleaned of them in the highways smite of the people, and kill, as at other five thousand men; and pursued hard times, in the highways, of which one go. after them unto Gidom, and slew two oth up to the house of God, and the other thousand men of them. to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men 46 So that all which fell that day of of Israel.

Benjamin were twenty and five thousand 32 And the children of Benjamin said, men that drew the sword; all these were They are smitten down before us, as at men of valour. the first. But the children of Israel said, 47 But six hundred men turned and fled Let us flee, and draw them from the to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, city unto the highways.

and abode in the rock Rimmon fourmonths. 33 And all the men of Israel rose up 48 And the men of Israel turned again out of their place, and put themselves in upon the children of Benjamin, and smote array at Baal-tamar: and the liers in wait them with the edge of the sword, as well

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The desolation of Benjamin. JUDGES. The virgins of Shiloh surprised. the men of every city, as the beast, and all some to speak to the children of Benjamin that came to hand: also they set on fire that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call all the cities that they came to.

peaceably unto them. CHAP. XXI.

14 And Prenjamin came again at that Tow the men of Israel had sworn in time; and they gave them wives which of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to besb-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them wife.

not. 2 And the people came to the house of 15 And the people repented them for God, and abode there till even before God, Benjamin, because that the Lord had and lifted their voices, and wept sore; made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why 16 Then the elders of the congregatior is this come to pass in Israel, that there said, How shall we do for wives for them should be to-day one tribe lacking in Is- that remain, seeing the women are derael?

stroyed out of Benjamin? 4 And it came to pass on the morrow, 17 And they said, There must be an inthat the people rose early, and built there beritance for them that be escaped of Benan altar, and offered burnt-offerings, and įamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of peace-offerings.

Israel. 5 And the children of Israel said, Who 18 How beit, we may not give them is there among all the tribes of Israel that wives of our daughters: for the children came not up with the congregation unto of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be be the Lord? 'For they had made a great that giveth a wife to Benjamin. oath concerning him that came not up to 19 Then they said, Behold, there is a the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall feast of the Lord in Shilch yearly in a surely be put to death.

place which is on the north side of Beth-el, 6 And the children of Israel repented on the east side of the highway that goeth them for Benjamin their brother, and said, up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the There is one tribe cut off from Israel this south of Lebonali. day.

20 Therefore they commanded the chil. How shall we do for wives for them dren of Benjamin, saying, Go, and lie in that remain, seeing we have sworn by the wait in the vineyards; LORD, that we will not give them of our 21 And see, and behold, if the daughdaughters to wives?

ters of Shilob come out to dance in 8° And they said, What one is there dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, of the tribes of Israel that came not up to and catch you every man his wife of the Mizpen to the Lord? and behold, there daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead Benjamin. to the assembly.

22 And it shall be, when their fatherg 9 For the people were numbered, and or their brethren come unto us to combehold there were none of the inhabitants plain, that we will say unto them, Be faof Jabesh-gilead there.

vourable unto thein for our sakes: because 10 And the congregation sent thither we reserved not to each man his wife in twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and the war: for ye did not give unto them at commanded them, saying, Go and smite this time, thai ye should be guilty. the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the 23 And the children of Benjamin did edge of the sword, with the women and so, and took them wives, according to their the children.

number, of them that danced, wbom they 11 And this is the thing that ye shall caught: and they went and returned unto do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, their inheritance, and repaired the citics, and every woman that hatb lain by man. and dweit in them.

12 And they found among the inhabit-j. 24 And the children of Israel departed ants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young thenco at that time, every man to his tribe virgins that had known no man by lying and to his family, and they went out from with any male: and they brought them thence every man to his inheritance. unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the 25 In those days there was no king in land of Canaan.

Israel: every man did that which was right 13 And the whole congregation sent in his own eyes.

1 The Book of RUTH. CHAP. I.

of Beth-lehem-judah went to sojourn in the TOW it came to pass in the days when country of Moab, he, and his wife, and

the judges ruled, that there was a his two sons. famine in the land. And a certain man 2 And the name of the man was Elime

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Ruth's constancy to Naomi. CHAP. II. She gleans in the

field of Boaz. lech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and 18 When she saw that she was steadfastthe name of his two sons Mahlon and Chi- ly minded to go with her, then she left lion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. speaking unto her. And they came into the country of Moab, 19 T So they two went until they came and continded there.

to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when 3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; they were come to Beth-lehem, that all and she was left, and her two sons. the city was moved about them, and they

4 And they took them wives of the wo-said, Is this Naomi? men of Moab; the name of the one was 20 And she said unto them, Call me not Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty and they dwelled there about ten years. hath dealt very bitterly with me.

5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also 21 I went out full, and the LORD hath both of them; and the woman was left of brought me home again empty: why then ber two sons and her husband.

call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath 6 1 Then she arose with her daughters- testified against me, and the Almighty in-law, nat she might return from the hath afflicted me? country of Moab: for she had heard in the 22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the country of Moab how that the LORD had Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, visited his people in giving them bread. which returned out of the country of Moab:

7 Wherefore she went forth out of the and they came to Beth-lehem in the beginplace where she was, and her two daugh- ning of barley harvest. ters-in-law with her; and they went on the

CHAP. II. way to return unto the land of Judah. 8 And Naomi said unto her two daugh-ANDNaomi had a kinsman of her hus

band's, a mighty man of wealth, of ters-in-law, Go, return each to her mo- the family of Elimelech; and his name ther's house: the LORD deal kindly with was Boaz. you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto with me.

Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and 9 The LORD grant you that ye may find glean ears of corn after him in whose sight rest, each of you in the house of her hus- I shall find grace. And she said unto her, band. Then she kissed them; and they Go, my daughter. lifted up their voice, and wept.

3 And she went, and came, and gleaned 10 And they said unto her, Surely we in the field after the reapers: and her hap will return with thee unto thy people. was to light on a part of the field belonging

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elidaughters: why will ye go with me? are melech. there yet any more sons in my womb,

that

4 And behold, Boaz came from Beththey may be your husbands?

lehem, and said unto the reapers, The 12 Turn again, my daughters, go your LORD be with you. And they answered way; for I am too old to have a husband. him, The Lord bless thee. If I should say, I have hope, if I should 5 Tben said Boaz unto his servant that have a husband also to-night, and should was set over the reapers, Whose damsel also bear sons;

is this? 13 Would ye tarry for them till they 6 And the servant that was set over the were grown? would ye stay for them from reapers answered and said, It is the Mo having husbands? nay, my daughters; for abitish damsel that came back with Naomi it grieveth me much for your sakes, that out of the country of Moab: the hand of the Lord is gone out against me. 7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean

14 And they lifted up their voice, and and gather after the reapers among the wept again. And Orpah kissed her mo- sheaves: so she came, and hath continued ther-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her. even from the morning until now,

that she 15 And she said, Bebold, thy sister-in-tarried a little in the house. law is gone back unto her people. and unto 8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean law.

in another field, neither go from hence, 16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to but abide here fast by my maidens: leave thee, or to return from following after 9 Let thine eyes be on the field that thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; they do reap, and go thou after them: have and where thou lodgest, 1 will lodge: thy I not charged the young men that they shall people shall be my people, and thy God not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, my God:

go unto the vessels, and drink of that which 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and the young men have drawn. there will I be buried: the LORD do so to 10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed me, and more also, if aught but death part herself to the ground. and said unto him, thee and me.

Why have I found grace in thine eyes,

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