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The decree of the assembly.

JUDGES.

The Israelites lose forty thousand.

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8 11 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any of its go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house.

9 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; toe will <jo up by lot against it;

10 And we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victuals for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.

11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, t knit together as one man.

13 1 'And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?

IS Now therefore deliver ns the men, mthc children of Belial, which arc in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and "put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:

14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel.

15 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.

16 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men "lefthanded; every one could sling stones at a hair breadth, and not miss.

17 And the men of Israel, besides Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these icere men of war.

18 T And the children of Israel arose, and P went up to the house of God, and i asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And the Loud said, Judah shatl i/o up first.

ID And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah.

20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men ol Israel put themselves in array to light against them at Gibeah.

21 And rthe children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites that day twenty and two thousand men.

23 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

2:5 ('And the children of Israel went up and wept before the Loitn until even, and asked counsel of the Loud, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the Loud said, Go up against him.)

24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day.

25 And 'Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; allthese drew the sword.

26 1[ Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, "went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Loud, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt otl'erings and peace offerings before the Lord.

27 And the children of Israel inquired of the Loud, (for * the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

2S yAnd Phinchas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron,z stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the Lord said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.

30 And Israel "set Hers in wait round about Gibeah.

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

They destroy all the Benjamites

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31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began tto smite of the people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which one goeth up to lithe house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel.

32 And the children of Benjamin said, They are smitten down before us, as at the lirst. But the children of Israel said, Let us flee, and draw them from the city unto the highways.

33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of Israel came forth out of their places, <W7t out of the meadows of Gibeah.

34 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, anfl the battle was sore: but they knew not that evil Kvm near them.

35 And the Lord smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men: all these drew the sword.

30 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten: "for the men of Israel gave place to the Benjamites, because they trusted unto the liers in wait which they had set beside Gibeah.

37 d And the liers in wait hasted, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers in wait II drew themselves along, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.

38 Now there was an appointed II sign between the men of Israel tand the liers in wait, that they should make a great flame t with smoke rise up out of the city.

39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began tto smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.

40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites e looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven

turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil t was come upon them.

42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them.

43 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and trode them down I with ease tovcr against Gibeah toward the sunrising.

44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour.

4"> And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of 'Rlmnion: and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them.

4t> So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these mere men of valour.

47 E But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Riinmon, and abode in the rock Riinmon four months.

48 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well the men of every city, as the beast, and all that T came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that t they came to.

CHAPTER XXI.

1 7V peryrip bnrntl the denotation of Ben jamin. 8 By the de*trurturn of Jabeshoilead tkei/uwntlt them Jour hundred triers. 1»! Ttiey adrisc them to surprise "fire/ins that danced at Shiloh.

OWMhe men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.

2 And the people came bto the house of God, and abode there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

3 And said, O Low) God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?

4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose

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and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

5 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the Lord? d For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the Lord to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.

6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.

7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the Lord, that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?

8 if And they said, What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpeh to the Loud? And, behold, there came none to the camp from e Jabeshgilead to the assembly.

f) For the people were numbered, and, behold, there icere none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there.

10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, I Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.

11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, 'Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that t hath lain by man.

13 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred t young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to h Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

13 And the whole congregation sent some t to speak to the children of Benjamin 'that were in the rock Rimmon, and to 11 call peaceably unto them.

14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not.

15 And the people k repented them for Benjamin, because that

the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 10 1 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?

17 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of Israel.

18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: 1 for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.

19 Then they said, Behold, there is B feast of the Lord in Shiloh t yearly, in a place which is on the north side of Beth-el, lion the east side II of the highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.

80 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards;

21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out n> to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

23 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, ll Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.

23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of| them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and "repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.

24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, even- man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out j from thence every man to his inheritance.

25 0 In those days there wax no king in Israel: Pevery man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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CHAPTER I.

1 Elimelech driven lr>i famine, into Moah, tlitth there. 4 Mahlon and Chilion, having married wires of Moah, die alto, (i Saomi returning homeward, 8 diesuadeth her two daughters in law from going with her. 14 Orpah leaveth her, tmt Ruth with great constancy accompameth her. lit They two come to Beth-lehcniy where they are gladly received.

NOW it came to pass in the days when athe judges t ruled, that there was ba famine in the land. And a certain man of cBeth-lehcm-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moah, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

2 And the name of the man ma Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, d Ephrathites of Bethlehem- judah. And they came einto the country of Moah, and t continued there.

3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

4 And they took them wives of the women of Moah; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelt there about ten years.

5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two Boiis and her husband.

6 T Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in

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may find 1 rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, mthat they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, I if I should have a husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye ttarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for titgrieveth me much for your sakes that "the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth o clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto Pher gods: i return thou after thy sister in law.

1(5 And Ruth said, II'Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgcst, I will lodge: "thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: 'the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.

18 » When she saw that she t was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 If So they two went until they came to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that "all who sheiceth her great favour.

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J**fJ „ I the city was moved about them, and they said, J Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not II Naomi, call me II Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full, 'and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why thai call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth-lehem ain the beginning of barley harvest.

CHAPTER II.

1 Ruth tjlcaitcth in the Jieltls of Borg. 4 Jloas iaJtuip knowledge of her, K shewrth her urcat jocour. IS That which site got, she Carrie th to Naomi.

AND Naomi had a "kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimclech; and his name was t> I Boaz.

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and c glean ears ofcorn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her thap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimeleeh.

4 *[ And, behold, Boaz came from Beth lehem, and said unto the reapers, "The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee,

5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel "that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:

7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter?

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neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:

9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

"10 Then she 'fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, rail that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

12 hThe Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

13 Then she said, IIk Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken t friendly unto thine handmaid,1 though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.

14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched rant, and she did eat, and mwas sufficed, and left.

15 And when she was risen np to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and t reproach her not:

10 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

18 1f And she took it up, and went into the city; and her mother in law saw what she had

Go not to glean in another field, I gleaned: and she brought forth,

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