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Micah robbed by the Danites.
The Levite and his concubino. 18 And these went into Micah's house, and 6 And they sat down, and did eat and drink fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the both of them together : for the damsel's father teraphinn, and the molten image. Then said the had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, priest unto them, What do ye?
and tarry all night, and let thy heart be merry. 19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay. 7 And when the man rose up to depart, his fatherthy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be in-law urged him: therefore he lodged there again. to us a father and a priest: Is it better for thee to 8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou day to depart: and the damsel's father said, Combe a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel ? fort thy heart, I pray thee. And they tarried un
20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took til afternoon, and they did eat both of them.
21 Šo they turned and departed, and put the little the damsel's father, said unto him, Behold, now
22 11 And when they were a good way from the all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, house of Micah, the men that were in the louses lodge here, that thy heart inzy be merry; and near to Micah's house were gathered together, to-morrow get you early on your way, that thou and overtook the children of Dan.
mayest go home. 23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. 10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he And they turned their faces, and said unto Mi- rose up and departed,and came over againstJebus, cah, Whiat aileth thee, thai thou comest with which is Jerusalem: and there were with himiwo such a company ?
asses saddled, his concubine also was with him. 24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods 11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone far spent; and the servant said unto his master, away: and what have I more? and what is Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in unto this this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.
25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let 12 And his master said unto him, We will not not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fel- turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that lows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with is not of the children of Israel ; we will pass over the lives of thy household.
27 And they took the things which Micah had. 14 And they passed on and went their way; and
29 And they called the name of the city Dan, aster of mount Eplıralın; and he sojourned in Gibeah;
a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the
Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Beth31 And they set them up Micah's graven image lehem-judah, but I am now going to the house of which he made, all the time that the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receivelhi God was in Shiloh.
me to house CHAP. XIX.
19 Yet there is both straw and provender for The Benjamites' wickedness. our asses; and there is bread and wine also for ND it caine to pass in those days, when there me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man lain Levite sojourning on the side of mount any thing. Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of 1,20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; Beth-lehem-judah.
howsoever, let all thy wants lie upon me; only 2 And his concubine played the whore against lodge not in the street. him, and went away from him unto her father's 21 So he brought him into his house, and gave house to Beth-lehem-judah, and was there four provender unto the asses: and they washed their whole months.
Teet, and did eat and drink. 3 And her husband arose, and went after her, 2211 Now as they were making their hearts merto speak friendly unto her, and to bring her ry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of again, laving his servant with him, and a couple Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at of asses : and she brought him into her father's the door, and spake to the master of the house, house: and when the father of the damsel saw the old man, saying, Bring forth the man thai him, he rejoiced to meet him.
came into thy house, that we may know him.
5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, when seeing that this man is come into my house, do
lye them, and do with them what seemeth good un
Decree against Giboak.
The Benjamites smilten, 20 you: but unto this mando not so vile a thing.| 15 And the chlldren of Benjamin were numbered 25 But the men would not hearken to him: at that time out of the cities twenty and six thouso the man took his concubine, and brought her sand men that drew sword, besides the inhabiforth unto them; and they knew her, and abused tants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven. her all the night until the morning: and when hundred chosen inen. the day began to spring, they let her go. 16 Among all this people there were seven hun.
26 Then came the woman in the dawning of dred chosen men left-handed; every one could the day, and fell down at the door of the man's sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. house where her lord was, till it was light. 17 And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin,
27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and were numbered four hundred thousand inen tai opened the doors of the house, and went out 10 drew sword: all these were men of war. go his way: and behold, the wonian lis concu- 18 11 And the children of Israel arose, and went bine was fallen down at the door of the house, up to the house of God, and asked counsel of and her hands were upon the threshold. God, and said, Which of us skall go up first 10 28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. the battle against the children of Benjamin 1 But none answered. Then the man took her up and the LORD said, Judah shall go up first. upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat hini 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the unto his place.
morning, and encamped against Gibcah. 29 1 And when he was come into his house, hc 20 And the men of Israel went out to battle took a knife, and laid bold on his concubine, and against Benjamin; and the men of Israel put themdivided her, together with her bones, into twelve selves in array to fight against them at Gibeah. pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. 21 And the children of Cenjanin came forth out 30 And it was so, that all that saw it, said, There of Gibeah,and destroyed down to the
ground of the was no such deed done nor seen froin the day Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men. that the children of Israel came up out of the 22 And the people the men of Israel encouraged land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take themselves, and set their battle again in array advice, and speak your minds.
in the place where they put themselves in array CHAP. XX.
the first day. The Levite's complaint.
23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept
, the congregation was gathered together as the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the against the children of Benjamin my brother ? land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh. And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the 24 And the children of Israel came near against tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the as- the children of Benjajnin the second day. sembly of the people of God, four hundred thou- 25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of sand footmen that drew sword.
Gibeal the second day, and destroyed down to 3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the the ground of
the children of Israel again eighteen children of Israel were gone up to Mizpeh.) Then thousand men; all these drew the sword. said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this 26 ? Then all the children of Israel, and all the wickedness ?
people, went up, and came unto the house of 4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman God, and wept and sat there before the LORD, that was slam, answered and said, I came into and fasted that day until even, and offered burntGibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD. concubine, to lodge.
27 And the children of Israel inquired of the 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and LORD, (for the ark of the covenani of God was beset the house round about upon mne by night, there in those days, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine 2€ And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of have they forced, that she is dead.
Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, 6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in picces, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the and sent her throughout all the country of the children of Benjamin brother, or shall I inheritance of Israel: for they have committed cease ? And the LORD said, Go up; for 10-morlewdness and folly in Israel.
row I will deliver them into thy hand. 7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here 29 And Israel set liers in wait round aboutGibeah. your advice and counsel.
30 And the children of Israel went up against 8 11 And all the people arose as oneman, saying, the children of Benjamin on the third day, and We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will put themselves in array against Gibeah, as as we any of us turn into his house :
other times. 9 But now this shall be the thing which we will 31 And the children of Benjamin wentout against do to Gibeah: we will go up by lot against it; the people, and were drawn away from the city;
10 And we will take ten men of a hundred and they began to smite of the people, and kill, as throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred at other times, in the highways, of which one of a thousand, and a thousandoutoften thousand, goeth up to the house of God, and the other to to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, Gibeah in the field, about thirty mien of Israel. when they come to Gibeahof Benjamin,according 32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are :0 all the folly that they have wrought in Israel. smitten down before us, as at the first. But the 11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw city, knit together as one man.
them from the city un the highways. 12 1 And the tribes of Israel sent men through) 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wicked-place, and put themselves in array at Baal-tamar: ness is this that is done among you ?
and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of 13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the chil-their places, coen out of the meadows of Gibeah, dren of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may 34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was But the children of Benjamin would not hearken sore: but they knew not that evil was near them, to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel: 35 And the LORD Smote Alanjamin before Israel:
14 But the children of Benjamin gathered them- and the children of Israel destroyed of the Berselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to jamites that day twenty and five thousand and a go out to battle against the children of Israel. Thundred men: all these drew the sword.
The desolation of Benjamin.
The virgins of Shiloh surprised. 36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they| 7 How shall we do for wives for them that rem were smitten: for the men of Israel gave place to main, seeing we liave sworn by the LORD, that we the Benjamites, because they trustci unto the will not give them of our daughters to wives ? liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah. 8 11 And they said, What one is there of the
37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to
9 For the people were numbered, and behold
thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded 39 And when the men of Israel retired in the them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill of the Jabesh-gilead with the cage of the sword, with men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, the women and the children. Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the 11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye first battle.
shall utterly destroy every male, and every wo40 But when the flame began to arise up out of man that hath lain by man. the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites.12 And they found among the inhabitants of looked behind them, and behold, the flame of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins that the city ascended up to heaven.
had known no man by lying with any male : 41 And when the men of Israel turned again, and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they which is in the land of Canaan. saw that evil was come upon theni.
13 And the whole congregation sent some to 42 Therefore they turned their backs before the speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them. but the battle overtook them; and them which 14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst they gave them wives which they had saved of them.
alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet
44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thou- tribes of Israel.
45 And tliey turned and fled toward the wilder shall we do for wives for them that remain, see-
tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.
47 But six hundred men turned and fied to the jamin.
the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is
saying, There shall not any of us give his out of the vineyards, and catch you every man daughter unto Benjamin to wife.
his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to 2 And the people came to the house of God, and the land of Benjamin. abode there till even before God, and listed up. 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their their voices, and wept sore;
brethren come unto us to complain, that we will 3 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our come to pass in Israel, that there slould be to-sakes: because we reserved not to cach man his day one tribe lacking in Israel ?
wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them
5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there them that danced, whom they caught: and they
family, and they went out from thence every
Try man did that which was right in his own eyes.
The Book of RUTH.
hland. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah
went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, NOW. it came to pass in the days when the and his witė, and bis two sons. judges ruled, that there was a famine in thel 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and
Ruth's constancy to Naomi.
The kindness of Boaz to Rutk. the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites after him in whose sighit I'shall find grace. And of Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the she said unto her, Go, my daughter. country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the 3 And Eliiclech Naomi's husband died; and field atter the reapers: and her hap was to light she was left, and her two sons.
on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who 4 And they took them wives of the women of was of the kindred of Elinielech. Moab; the name of thc one was Orpah, and the 4 And behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehrm, and name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. about ten years.
And they answered him, The Lord bless ihice. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both or 5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set them; and the woman was left of lier iwo sons over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? and her husband.
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers GT'Then shearosewithherdaughters-in-law,thar answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel ihat she might return from the country of Moab: for came back with Naomioutofthe country of Moab: she had heard in thecountry of Moab how that the 7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gaLord liad visited his people in giving them bread. ther after the reapers among the sheaves : so she
7 Wherefore she weni forth out of the place camc, and hath continued even from the morning where she was, and her two daughters-in-law until now, that she tarried a little in the house. rith her; and they went on the way to return 8 Then said Roaz unto Ruth, learest thou not, unto the land of Judah.
my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, 8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-neither go from hence, but abide here fast by law, Go, return cach to her mother's house the iny maidens: Lord deal kindly with you, as ye lave dealt 9 I let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, with the dead, and with me.
and go thou after then: have I not charged the 9The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each young men that they shall not touch thee? and of you in the house of her liusband.
Then slie kiss- when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and ed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept. drink of that which the young men have drawn.
10 And they said unto licr, Surely we will re- 10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself tumn with thiee unto thy people.
to the ground, and said unto him, Why have ! 11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my danghters: round grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest why will ye go with me? are there yet any more take kuowledge of me, sceing I am a stranger ? sons in my womb,that they may be your husbands? 11 Aud Boaz answered and said unto her, li haih
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; för fully been showed me, all that thou hast done anto I am too old to have a husband. Ii I should say, thy mother-in-law since the death of thy husband: I have hope, if I should have a husband also to- and horo thou hast left thy father and thy mother, aight, and should also bear sons;
and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto 13 Would ye tarry for them till they were a people which thou knewest not heretofore. grown? would ye stay for them from having 12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, me much for your sakcs, that the hand of the under whose wings thou art come to trust. LORD is gone out against me.
13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, 14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept my lord; for that ihou hast comforted me, and for again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; that thou hast spoken friendly unto thy handmaid, but Ruth clare unto her,
though I be not like unto one of thy handmaidens. 15 And sủe said, Behold, thy sister in-law is 14 Ånd Boaz said unto her, At'mealtime come gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy retarn thou after thy sister-in-law.
morsel in thic vinegar. And she sat beside the 16 An Ruth said, Entreal me not to leave thee, reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and or to return from following after thee: for she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou 15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be iny cominanded his young men, saying, let her glean people, and thy Goul my God:
cven among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 17'Where thou diest, will I die, and there will| 16 And let fall also some of the handfuis of purI be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more pose for lier, and leave them, that she inay glean also, if aught but death part thee and me. ihem, and rebuke her not. 18 When she saw that slie was steadfastly mind- 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and ed to go with her, then she leftspeaking unto her. beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about 19 11 So they two went until they came to Beth- an cphal of barley. leliem. And it came to pass, when they were 18 ! And she took up, and went into the city: come to Beth-lehem, that all the city was moved and her mother-in-law saw what she had yleanabout them, and they said, Is this Naomi ? cd: and she brought forth, and gave to her that 20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, she had reserved after she was sufficed. call ine Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where bitterly with me.
hast thon gleaned to-day ? and where wrought21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought est thou ? blessed be he that did take knowledge me home again empty: why then call ye me of thee. And she sliewed her mother-in-law with Naomi, sceing the LORD hath testified against nie, whom she had wrought, and said, The man's and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
name with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz. 2 so Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess 20 And Naomi said unto her danghter-in-law, her daughter-in-law with her, which returned Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not lenoti out of the country of Moab; and they came to his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Beth-lehem in the beginning of barley-harvest. Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin CHAP. II.
unto us, one of our next kinsmen, Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz. 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto AN
ND Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, mc also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men,
a mighty man of wealth, of the family of until they have ended all my harvest. Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, llaw, It is good, my danghter, that thou go out
Naomi's instruction to Ruth.
The birth of Obed. with his maidens, that they meet thee not in whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, any other field.
Hlo, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And 23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to lie turned aside, and sat down. glean unto the end of barley-harvest and of wheat- 2 And lie took ien men of the elders of the city, harvest; and dwelt with her inother-in-laiy. and snid, Sit ye down here. And they sat down. CHAP. III.
3 And lie said unto the kinsinan, Naomi, that is Ruth lieth at Boaz's feet.
come again out of the country of Moal, selleth a her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for 4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy
: thee, that it may be well with thee?
lit before the inhabitants, and before the clders 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with of niy people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnow- but it thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that eth barley to-night in the threshing floor. I may know: for there is none to redeem it be
3 Wash thysell therefore, and anoint thee, and sides thee; and I am afer thee. And he said, I
4 And it shall be when he lieth down, that thou of Ruth the Moabitess, the wire ofthe dead, to raise shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee 6 11 And the kinsman said, 'I cannot redeem it for down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redecin
5 And she said unto her, All liat thou sayest thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. unto me I will do.
7 Now this was the manner in former line in 6 11 And she went down unto the floor, and did Israel concerning redeeming and concerning according to all that her mother-in-law bade her. changing, for to confirm all things; a man pluck
7 And when Boaz had caten and drunk, and cd off his slioc, and gave it to his neighbour: his heart was merry, he went to lic down at the and this was a testimony in Isracl. end of the heap of corn: and she came sotuly, and 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy uncovered his feet, and laid hier down. it for thee. So he drew ofl' his shoe.
8 11 And it came to pass at midnight, that the 9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all man was afraid, and turned himselt: and be the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have hold, a woman lay at his feet.
bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was 9 And he said, Who art thou ? And she answer-Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. ed, I am Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore 10 Murcover, Ruth'the Moabitess, the wife of thy skirt over thy handmaid; for inou art a Mallon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise near kinsman.
up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my that the name of the dead be not cut off from daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in among his brethren, and froin the gate of his the latter end than at the beginning, inasinuch as place: ye are witnesses this day, thu followedst not young inen, whether poor 11 And all the people that were in the gate, and or rich.
the ellers said, "We are witnesses. The LORD 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to make the wonan that is come into thy house thee all that thou requirest: for all tlic city of my like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in
12 And now it is true that I am thy near kins- Ephratah and be famous in Beth-lehcm:
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morn- whom Tamar barc unto Judah, of the seed which
14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer or thy 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thý npon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, daughter-in-law, which loveth thee, wlich is he measured six measures of barley, and laid it beiler to thee than seven sons, hath borne him. on her: and she went into the city.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her
17 And she said, These six measures of barley and they called lis name Obed: he is the father
18 1 Now these are the generations of Pharez :
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nah-, Boa, marrieth Ruth.
shon begat Salmon, TE VIIEN went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him 21 And Salinon begat Boaz,and Boaz begat Obed,
down there: and behold, the kinsman or| 22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David. 9 The First Book of SAMUEL, otherwise called, The First Book of the KINGS. CUAP. I.
Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihni,
the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Eplırathite: zophim,of mount Ephrain, and his name was was llannah, and the name of the other Penin