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The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. RUTH. Naomi's instruction to ker. that thou shouldest take knowledge of me,

CHAP. III. seeing I am a stranger?

THEN Naomi her mother-in-law said 11 And Boaz answered and said unto 1 unto her, My daughter, shall I not her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law thee? since the death of thy husband: and how 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, thou hast left thy father and thy mother, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, and the land of thy nativity, and art come he winnoweth barley to-nigbt in the threshunto a people which thou knewest not ing floor. heretofore.

| 3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint 12 The LORD recompense thy work, thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and and a full reward be given thee of the get thee down to the floor: but make not LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thyself known unto the man, until he shall thou art come to trust.

have done eating and drinking. 13 Then she said, Let me find favour in 4 And it shall be when he lieth down, thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast com- that thou shalt mark the place where he forted me, and for that thou hast spoken shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover friendly unto thy handmaid, though I be his feet, and lay thee down; and he will not like unto one of thy handmaidens. tell thee what thou shalt do.

14 And Boaz said unto her, At meal- 5 And she said unto her, All that thou time come thou hither, and eat of the sayest unto me I will do. bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. 6 | And she went down unto the floor, And she sat beside the reapers: and he and did according to all that her motherreached her parched corn, and she did in-law bade her. eat, and was sufficed, and left.

17 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, 15 And when she was risen up to glean, and his heart was merry, he went to lie Boaz commanded his young men, saying, down at the end of a heap of corn: and Let her glean even among the sheaves, and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, reproach her not:

land laid her down. 16 And let fall also some of the handfuls 8 T And it came to pass at midnight, of purpose for her, and leave them, that that the man was afraid, and turned himshe may glean thein, and rebuke her not. self: and behold, a woman lay at his feet.

17 So she gleaned in the field until even, 9 And he said, Who art thou? And she and beat out that she had gleaned : and it answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: was about an ephah of barley.

spread therefore thy skirt over thy hand18 | And she took it up, and went into maid; for thou art a near kinsman. the city: and her mother-in-law saw what 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the she had gleaned: and she brought forth, LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed and gave to her that she had reserved after more kindness in the latter end than at the she was sufficed.

beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, not young men, whether poor or rich. Where hast thou gleaned to-day ? and 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I where wroughtest thou ? blessed be he that will do to thee all that thou requirest: for did take knowledge of thee. And she all the city of my people doth know that shewed her mother-in-law with whom she thou art a virtuous woman. had wrought, and said, The man's name 12 And now it is true that I am thy near with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz. kinsman: how bei' there is a kinsman near

20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-er than I. in-law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in hath not left off his kindness to the living the morning, that if he will perform unto and to the dead, And Naomi said unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him her, The man is near of kin unto us, one do the kinsman's part: but if he will not of our next kinsmen.

do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my Lord liveth: lie down until the morning. young men, until they have ended all my 14 And she lay at his feet until the barvest.

morning : and she rose up before one could 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daugh- know another. And he said, Let it not be ter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that known that a woman came into the floor. thou go out with his maidens, that they 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou meet thee not in any other field.

Thast upon thee, and hold it. And when 23 So she kept fast by the maidens of she held it, he measured six measures of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley-bar-barley, and laid it on her: and she went vest and of wheat-harvest; and dwelt with into the city. her mother-in-law.

| 16 And when she came to her motherBoaz marries Ruth.

CHAP. IV. Elkanah and his two wives. in-law, she said, Who art thou, my daugh-day, that I have bought all that was Eliter? 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 Mablon, have l 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 daughter, his inheritance, that the name of the dead until thou know how the matter will fall : be not cut off from among his brethren, for the man will not be in rest, until he and from the gate of his place : ye are bare finished the thing this day,

witnesses this day. CHAP. IV.

1 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.

1 sat him down there : and behold, the The Lord make the woman that is come kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by ; into thy 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 Ephratab 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 | So Boaz took Ruth, and she was Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was his wife: and when he went in unto her, our brother Elimelech's:

the LORD gave her conception, and she 4 And I thought to advertise thee, say- bare 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 leit 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 redeem i.

Jage: for thy daughter-in-law, which loveth 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buy- thee, which is better to thee than seven est the field of the band of Naomi, thou sons 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 it. the dead upon his inheritance.

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

of 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 al 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and testimony 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.

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

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

Book of the KINGS.
CHAP. I.

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

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

the LORD, were there. 2 And he had two wives ; the name of 47 And when the time was that Elkanah the one was Hannah, and the name of offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and the other Peninnab : and Peninnab hadito all her sons and her daughters, portions•

Hannah's prayer.
I. 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 vow. Lord had shut up her womb.

s 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, so 23 And Elkanab her husband said unto she 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 Elkanab her husband to her, LORD establish his word. So the woHannah, why weepest thou ! and why eat- man abode, and gave her son suck until est thou not? and why is thy heart griev- sbe weaned him. ed ? am not I better to thee than ten sons ? 24 || And when she had weaned him,

9 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 (now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a of wine, and brought him unto the house post of the temple of the LORD :) Jof the LORD in Shiloh : and the child was

10 And sbe was in bitterness of soul, and young. prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. | 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 amiction of thy handmaid, and re- liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood member me, and not forget thy hand-by thee here, praying unto the LORD. maid, but wilt give unto thy 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. I 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 worsbipped the marked her mouth.

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

CHAP. II. only her lips moved, but her voice was not a ND Hannah prayed, and said, My heard: therefore Eli thought she had been A heart rejoiceth in the LORD, my drunken.

Thorn 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.

I 2 There is none holy 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 thy handmaid fora daugh- by him actions are weigbed. 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 bitherto.

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 thy petition that thou hast asked of him. hungry ceased : so that the barren hath

13 And she said, Let thy handmaid borne seven; and she that hath many chilAnd 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 bring 19 T And they rose up in the morning eth up. early, and worshipped before the LORD, 7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketb 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 Wberefore 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.

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

The sin of Eli's sans :

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 him? Notwithstanding, they hearkened not be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall unto the voice of their father, because the be 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 into the house 12 1 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 incense, 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? kettle, 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 combimself. So they did in Shilob unto all manded in my habitation; and honourest the Israelites that came thither.

thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat 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.

Thouse of thy father, should walk before 16 And if any 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, 1 31 Behold, the days come, that I will will take it by force.

Jcut 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 thy house. abhorred the offering of the LORD.

32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my 18 f But Samuel ministered before the habitation, in all the wealth which God LOAD, being a child, girded with a linen shall give Israel: and there shall not bo ephod.

an old man in thy house for ever. 19 Moreover his mother made him a 33 And the man of thine, whom 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 thy heart: band, to offer the yearly sacrifice. and all the increase of thy house shall

20 | And Eli blessed Elkanah and his 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 l'hinehas: in one day they own 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 in my heart and in my mind: and I grew before the LORD.

will build him a sure house; and he shall 22 | 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 thy 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. ings by all this people.

CHAP. III. 24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good re- A ND the child Samuel ministered unto port that I hear: ye make the LORD's A 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 bim : but if a man sip! 8 And it came to pass at that time, when

Samuel called.

I. SAMUEL. The Israelites are overcome. Eli was lain down in his place, and his hid nothing from him. And he said, Itis the eyes began to wax dim, that he could not LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. see;

| 19 || 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 lain 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. went and lay down.

AND the word of Samuel came to all 6 And the Lord called yet again, Sa-6 Israel. Now Israel went out against muel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, the Philistines to battle, and pitched beand said, Here am I; for thou didst call side Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitchme. And he answered, I called not, my ed in Aphec. son; lie down again.

12 And the Philistines put themselves 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the in array against Israel: and when they Lord, neither was the word of the LORD ljoined 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 I; 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-l 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 wbich 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 bath

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 | And 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 servision,

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

| 10 | And the Philistines fought, and 17 And he said, What is the thing that Israel was smitten, and they fled every the LORD bath said unto thee? I pray Iman 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 he said unto 11 And the ark of God was taken; and thee.

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

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