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And he said unto them, Thus and thus 20 And the priest's heart was glad; and he dealeth Micah with me, and hath lized me, look the ephod, and the teraphim, and the and I am his priest.

graven image, and went in the midst of the 5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we people. pray thee, of God, that we may know whether 21 So they luined and departed, and pus our way which we go shall be prosperous. the little ones, and the cattle, and the carri

6 And the priest said unto: heni, Go in peace: age, before them. heic e the Lord is your way wherein ye go. 221 And when they were a good way from

71 Then the five men departed, and came the house of Micah, the men that were in the to Laish, and saw thie people that were there. houses near to Micah's house were gathered in, how they dwelt careless, after the man- together, and overtook the children of Dan. ner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and 23 And they cried unto the children of Dan: there was no magistrate in the land, that and they turned their luces, and said unto might put them to slame in any thing, and Micah, What aileth thee, that thou coinest they were far from the Zidonians, and had witlı such a company? no business with any man.

21 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods 8 And they came unto their breliren to which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone Zorah and Eshtaol ; and their breliiren said away; and what have I more? and what is unto them, Wbat say ye?

this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? 9 And they said, Arise, that we may go 'p 25 And the children of Dan said unto him, against them: for we have seen the land, and, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest anbehoid, it is very good; and .re ye still ? Belgry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy ncl slothful to go, and to enter to possess the life, with the lives of thy household. land.

426 And the children of Dan went their way: 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a peo- and when Micah saw that ihey were too strong ple secure, and io a large land: for God hath for hiin, he turned ani neni back unto luis given it into your hands; a place where there house. is no want of any thing thai is in the earth. 27 And they took the things which Micah

U 1 And there went from thence of we had made, and the priest which he had, and family of the Danites, out of Zorahı, and on came unto Laish, into a people that were of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with at quiet, and secure: and they smote them weapons of war.

with the edge of the sword, and burnt the 12. And they went up, and pitched in Kir- city with fire. jath-jecrim, in Judal: wherefore they called 28 And there was no deliverer, because it that place Malianel-dan unto this day; be- was far from Zidon, and they had no busiLold, it is bebina Kirjath-jearim.

ness with any nian; and it was in the valley 13 And they passed thence unto mount that lieth by Beth-rehab: and they built a Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micali.city, and dwelt therein.

14 1 Theu answered the five men that went 29 And they called ihe name of the city lo spy out the country of Laisl, and said unto Dan, asier the name of Dan their father, who their brethren, Do ye know that there is in was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and the city wus Laish at the first. 4 graven image, and a molten image ? now 30 1 And the children of Dan set up the Therefore consider what ye liave to do. graven image: and Jonathan the sun of Ger.

15 And they turued thitherward, and eam shom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons to the house of the young man the Levite, eren were priests to the tribe of Dan umil the day anto the house of Micah, and saluted liim. Jos ihe captivity of the land.

16 And the six hundred men appointed 31 And they set them up Micah's graven with their weapolis of war, which were of the image, which he made, all the time that the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the house of God was in Shilon. gate.

CHAP. XIX. 17 And the five men that went to spy out

to the land went up, and came in thither, and there was no king in Israel, that there took the graven image, and the ephod, and was a certain Levite sojourning on the side the teraphim, and the moltep image: and of mount Ephraim, who took to hiin a conthe priest stood in the entering of the gate, cubine out of Beth-lehem-judah, with the six tundred men that were appoint 2 And his concubine played the whore ed with weapons of war.

against him, and went away from him un18 And these went into Micah's house, and to her father's house to Beih-lehem-judah, fetched the carved image, the ephod, aod and was there four whole months. the veraphim, and the multen image then 3 And lier bushavo arose, and went after said the priest unto them, What do ye? ber, to speak friendly unto her, und to bring

19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, ber again, having his servant with him, and lay thine hand upon tny mouth, and go with a couple of asses: and she brought him into js, and he to us a father and a priest: is it her father's house; and when the father of better for thee io le a priest unio the house the damsel saw hiin, he rejoiced to meet him. of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a 4 And his father-in-law, the damsel's ta. tribe and a family in Israel ?

'ther, retained him: and be abode with him

three days: 95 they did eat and drink, and 19 Yet there is both slaw and provender lodged there.

for our asses, and there is bread and wine 5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for when they arose early in the morning, that the young man which is with thy servants : he rose up to depart; and the damsel's fa- there is no want of any thing. ther said unto his son-in-law, Comfort thine 20 And the old man said, Peace be with heart with a morsel of bread, and afterwarıl thee: howsoever, let all thy wants liv upon go your way.

me; only louge not in the streel. 6 And they sat down, and did eat and ? So he brought him into his house, and drink both of them together: for the dam- gave provender unto the asses: and they sel's father had said unto the man, Be con- washed their feet, and did eat and drink. lent, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let 221 Vow.as they were making their hearts thine leari be merry.

merry, behold, the men of the city, certain 7. And when t!le man rose up to depart sons of Belial, beset the house round about, his father-in-law urged him; therefore he una beat at the door, and spake to the master edged there again.

of the house, the old man, saying. Bring lorte & And he arose early in the morning on the man that came into thine house, that we the fifth day to depart: and the damsel's fa- may know him. ther said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. 23 And tlie man, llie master of the house, And they tarried until afternoon, and they went out unto them, and said unto them, diri eat both of them.

Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not And ivhen the man rose up to depart, he, so wickedly; seeing that this man is come muddhis concubine, and his servant, luis father into mine house, do not this folly. in-law, the daisel's fatier, said unto him,Be 24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maiden, hold, now the day drawrth toward evening. 1 and his concubine; them I will bring out now, pay you tary all niglit: beliold, the day and humble ye them, and do with them what growell. to an end; lodge bere, ihat thine seemetli good unto you: but unto this man Teart maybe merry; and to-morrow get you do not so vile a thing early on your war; il althou mayest go home. 95 But the men would not hearken to him :

10 Bui the man would not tarry that night, so the man iook his concubine, and broughther but le rose up, and departed, and came forth unto them; and they knew her, and a. over against Jebus, (which is Jerusalem.) bused her all the night until the morning: and and there were with hin two asses saddled when the day began to spring, they let her go. is concubiuc also was with him.

26 Then came the woman in the dawning 11 And when they were hy Jebus, the day of the day, and fell down at the door of the was far spent; and the servant said unto his man's house where her lord was, till it was master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in light. unto this city of he Jebusites, and lodge in it. 27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and

And his master said unto liin, lie will opened the doors of the house, and went out not turn aside ither into the city of a stran-to go his way; and, behold, the woman his ger, liat is not of the children of Israel; we concubine was fallen down at the door of the will pass over to Gibeah.

house, and her hands were upon the threshold. 13' And he said unto his servant, Come, 23 And he said unto lier, Up, and let us be and let us draw near to one of these places going but none answered. Then the man to lodge all night, in Gileah, or in Ramalı. took ner up upon an ass, and the man rose

14 And they passed on and went their way; up, and gai him unto his place. and the sun weni down upon them when they 29 1 And when he was come into his house, werely fibeah, wbich belongeth to Benjamin. he took a knife, and laid hold on liis concu.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go in bine, and divided her, together with her anal to folge in Gibeal: and when he went bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into in, lie sat liim down in a street of the city; all the coasts of Israel. fur there was no man that took them into his 30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, house to lodging

There was no such deed done nor secn, from 16 S And, behold, there came an old man the day that the children of Israel came up from liis work out of the field at even, which out of the land of Egypt unio this day: conwas also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourn- sider of it, take advice and speak your minds ed in Gibeal: but the men of the place were

CHAP. XX. Benjamites.

THEN all the children of Israel went out, saw a way.faring man in the street of the gether as one man, from Dan even to Beercity: and the old man sail, Whither goest sheha, will the land of Gilead, unto the LORD thou ? aud whence comest thou >

in Mizpeh. 13 And he said unto huu, We are passing 2 And the chief of all the people, eren of from Bethlehem-judah toward the side of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves mount Ephrain : from thence am 1: and 1 in the assembly of the people of God, four went to Bethlehem-judals, but I am now buudred thousand footmenihat drew sword. going to the house of the LORD; and there 3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard

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Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, themselves in array to fight against them at Tell rus, how was this wickedness?

Gibeah. 4 And tie Levile, the husband of the wo 21 And the children of Benjamin came man that was slain, answered and said, 1 forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to came into Gibeah that belon geth to Benja- the ground of the Israelites that day twen min, I and my concubine, to ludge: ty and two thousand men.

5 Aud the men of Gibeah rose against me, 2011 And the people, the men of Israel, and hesel the hotke round about upon me by encouraged themselves, and set their battle night. and 'hought to have slain me; and my again in array, in the place where they pu concubine laave they forced, that she is dead. themselves in array the first day.

6 And I took my concubine, and cut her 23 (And the children of Israel went up, and in pieces, and sent her throughout all the wept before the LORD until even, and asked country of the inheritance of Israel: for the counsel of the Lorn), saying, Shall I go up have committed lewdness and folly in Israel. again to battle against the children of Ber

7 Behold, ye ure all children of Israel; give jamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go here your advice and counsel.

up against him.) 9 And all the people arose as one man,

2ť And the children of Israel came near saying, We will not any of us go to his tent, against the children of Benjamin the second neither will we any of us turn into his house day.

9 But now, this shull be the thing wbich 25 And Benjamin went forth against them we will do to Gibeah; we will go up hy lot out of Gibeah ihe second day, and destroyed against it;

down to the ground of the children of Israel 10 And we will take ten men of ar: hun-again eighteen thousand mer; all these drew tred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and the sword. an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand 96 Then all the children of Israel, and oul of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the all the people, went up, and came unto the people, that they inay do, when they come to house of God, and wept. and sat there before Gibeah of Benjamin, according io all the the Lord, and fasted that day until even, folly that they liave wrought in Israel. and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offer

11 So all the men of Israel were gathered sings before the LORD. against the city, knit together as one man. 27 And the children of Israel enquired of

12 1 And ihe tribes of Israel sent men the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, God was there in those days, What wickedness is this that is done among 28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the rua?

son of Aaron stood before it in those days,) 13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the saying, Shall ! yet again go out to battle aWildren of Belial, which are in Gibealı, that gainst the children of Benjamin my brother, we inay put them to death, and put away or shall I cease ? And the Lord saíd, Go up; wil from Israel. But the children of Benjalor to-morrow { will deliver them into thine min would not hearken to the voice of their hand. brethren the cbildren of Israel:

29 9 And Israel set liers in wait round a14 But the children of Benjamin gathered out Gibeah. Demselves together out of the cities into 30 And the children of Israel went up Gibeah, to go out to battle against the child against the chikiren of Benjamin on the third dren of Israel.

day, and put themselves in array against Gi15 And the children of Benjamin were num- beali, as at other times. bered at that time, out of ihe cities, twenty 31 And the children of Benjamin went out and six thousand men that drew sword, be- against the people, and were drawn away sides the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were from the city; and they began to smite of munbered seven hundred chosen men. the people, and kill, as at other umes, in the

16 Among all this people there were seven highways, of which one goeth up to the bun.red chosen men left-handed; every one house of God, and the other to Gibeah in the would sling stones at an bair-breadth, and not field, about thirty men of Israel. miss.

32 And the children of Benjainin said, 17 And the men of Israel, besides Benja- They are smitten down before us, us at the min, were numbered four hundred thousand first. But the children of Israel said, Let us men that drew sword : all these were men offee, and draw them from the city unto the

bighways. 13 ! And the children of Israel arose, and! 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out went up to the house of God, and asked of their place, and put themselves in array counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall at Baal-iamar; and the liers in wait of Israel go up first to the battle against the children came forth ont of their places, even out of of Benjamin ? And the Lord said, Judah (be ineadows of Gibeah. shall go up firs!.

34 And there came against Gibeah ten 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and morning, and encamped against Gibeah. the battle was sore: but they knew not that

20 And the men of Israel went out to łattle evil was near them. against Benjamin ; and the men of Israel piel 31 And the LORD


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Isräel: and the children of Israel destroyed this come to pass in Israel, that there should of the Benjamites that day lwenty and live be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel ? thousand and an li edred men : a!! these 4 And it came lo pass on the morrow, that drew the sword.

the people rose early, and built there an al36 So the children of Benjamin saw that tar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace. they were smitten: for the men of Israel oserings. fare place to the Benjamiies, lvecause they 5 And the children of Israel said, Who is trusted unto the liers in wait which they liad there among all the tribes of Israel that came set beside Gibeah.

not up with the congregation unto the LORD? 37 And the liers in wait hasted, and rush. For they had made a great oath concerning ed upon Giheal; and the liers in wait drew him that came not up to the LORD tu viz. tivemseives along, and smote all the city with peh, saying, He shall surely be put to dealli. the edge of the sword.

6 And the childrea of Israel repented them 33 Now there was an appointed sign be- for Benjamin their brother, and said, There tween the men of Israel and the liers in wait, is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. that ihey should make a great flame with 7 How shall we do for wives for them that sinoke to rise up out of the city.

remain, secing we have sworn by the Lord, 39 And when the men of Israel retired in that we will tiot give thein of our daughters the battle, Benjamin began to smile and kill to wives? of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for 8 ! And they said, What one is there of the they said, Surely they are smitten down be-tribes of Israel that came not up to Mizpel fore us, as in the first laule.

llo the LORD? And, behold, there came zone 40 But when the flame began to arise up to the camp frora Jabestı-gilead to the asout of the city with a pillar of smoke, the sembly. Benjamnites looked behind them, and, he 9 For the people were numbered, and, hold, the flame of the city ascended up 10 behold, there were rone of the inhabitants of heaven.

abest-gilead there. 41 And wlien the men of Israel turned a

10 And the congregation sent tiitlier gain, the inen of Benjamin were amazed : twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and for they saw that evil was come upon them. cominanded them, saying, Go and smile the

42 Therefore they turned their backs beinhabitants of Jabesli-gilead with the edge o fore the men of Israel unto the way of the the sword, with the women and the children, wilderness; but the battle overlook them; 11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, and them whiclı came out of the cities they Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and eve. destroved in the midst of them.

ry woman thai hal lain by man. 43 Thus they inclosed the Benjaıniles round 12 And they found among the inhabitants about, and chased thein, und trode them of Jabesli-giiead four hundred young virgins, down with ease over against Gibeah toward that had known no man by lying with any t!:e sun-rising

male; and they brought them unto the camp 4+ And there fell of Benjamin eig, ieen to Shilolı, which is in the land of Canaan. thousand men; all these were

13 And the whole congregation sent some valour,

to speak to the children of Benjamin that 45 And they turned, and fled toward the utere in the rock Rimmou, and 10 cali peace wilderness uniu the rock of Rimmon: and ably unto thein. They gleaned of them in the highways five 11 And Benjamin came again at that time: wou and meu; and pursued hand after then and they gave them wives which they had unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of saved alive of the women of Jabest-gilead: them.

and yet so they cufficed themi not. 46 So that all which fell that day of Benja 1.5 And the people repented them for Ben. inin were i venty and five thousand men that jamin, because that the Lord had made a drew thesword, all these were men of valour. breacli in the tribes of Israel,

47 But six bundred men turned, and lled 16 1 Then the elders of the congregation to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and said, How shall we do for wives for them abode in the rock Rimmon four months. that remain, seeing the woinen are destroyed

43 And the men of Israel turned again out of Benjamin?. upon the children of Benjamin, and smole 17 Andiley said, There must be an inherit them with the edge of the sword, as well the ance for them that he escaped of Benjamin, jnen of every city, as the beast, and all that that a tribe be no destroyed out of Israel. came to land: also they set on tire all the 18 Howbeit we may not give them wives cities that they came to.

of our daughters : for the children of Israel CHAP. XXI.

have sworn, saying, Cursed be ne ibai giveth TUWIthe men of Israel had sworn in Miz- a wise to Benjamin.

19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast gve his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. of the Lord in Shiloh yearly, in a place which

2. And the people came to the house of is on the north side of Betiel, on the east side God, and abodle there till even before God, of the highway that goetb up from Beth-el so and lifted up their voices, and wept sore; Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.

3 and said, O Lord God of israel, why is! 20 Therefore they commanded the chile


Iren of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait, 23 And the children of Benjamin did so in the vineyards :

aud took them wives, according to their 21 And see, and behold, if the daughters number, of them that danced, whom they o? Shiloh come out to dance in dances, tien caught: and they went and returned unto come ye out of the vineyards, and catchi you their inheri:anec, and repaired the cities, every man liis wife of the daughters of Slı- and dwelt in them. loh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

4 And the children of Israel departed 12 And it shall be, when their fathers or thence at that time, every man to his tribe, their brethrep come unto us complain, and to his family, and they went out fror that we will say unto thein, Be favourable thence every man to his inheritance. unto them for our sakes; because we re. 25 in those days there was no king in served not to each man bis wife in the war : Israel : every man did that which was right for ye did not give unto them at this time, in his own eyes. thai ye should be guilty.


! The Book of RUTH. CHAP. I

husbands ? nay, my daugliters; for it griev it came to pass, in the days when eth me much for your sakes, that the land of the judges ruled, that there was a famine the Lord is gone out against me. in the land; and a certain man of Beth-le 14 And they lifted up their voice, and wepy hem-judah went to sojourn in the country of again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. but Ruth clave unto lier.

And the name of the man was Elime 15 And she said, Behold, tlıy sister-in-law lech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and is gone back onto her people, and unto her the name of his two sons Maliloa and Chi- gods : return theu after thiy sister-in-law. son, Ephratlıtes of Beth-lehem-judah : and 16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave they came in!o the country of Moab, and thee, or to return from following after thee: continued there.

for whither thou goest, I will go ; and where 3 And Elimelech, Naomi's busband, died; thon lingest, I will lodge; thy people shall and she was left, and her two sons. be my people, and thy God my God.

4 And they took them wives of the women 17 Where tlou diest, will I die, and there of Moab; the name of the one wus Orpali, will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and and the name of the other Ruth: and they wore also. ifought but death partthee and me. dwelt there about ten years.

IS When she saw that she was stedfastly 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both minded to go with her, then she left speak. of them; and the woman was left of hier ing unto her. two sons and hier husband.

19 1 So they two went until they caing 6 1 Then she arose with her daughters in to Beth-lehem. And it came to pass, when law, that she inighe relarn from the country they were come to Beth-ieliem, that all the of Moah: for she had heard in ihe country city was moved about them; and they saiel, of Moab hos tai tie-Lorn bal visiird his Is ilis Naomi? people in giving them bread.

20 And she said unto them, Call me ne 7 Wherefore she went forth out of the Naomi,call me Mara : for the Almighty barn ! place where she was, and her two daughters. dealı very bitterly with me.

in-law with her; and they went on the way 21 I went out full, and the Lord liath brouglio to return unto the land of Juslali.

me iiome again empty: why then call ye nie 8 Aud Naomi said unto her two daughters Naomi, seeing the Luruliathiestitiedagainst in-law, Go, return each so lier mother's me, and the Almighty haihi afiliated me? house : the Lord deal kinilly wit, you, as 2! So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Vio. ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. alvitess, lier daughter-in-law, with lies, which

9 The Lord grant you that ye may find returned out of the country of Nivab: and rest, each of you in the house of lier inshand. they came to Beth-lelien in the beginning of Then she kissed them : and they litied up barley-harvest. their voice, and wept.

CILAP. II. luo ad pilthey said unto her, Surely we will A.Naomi badan kinsman allierte

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my family of Elimelech; and his name rus Boaz. daugliters; why will ye yo witli me? are . And Rullathic Moabileas said unto Naomi,

there yet any more sons in any womb, tirat Let me now go to the field, and glean cars of $ they inay be your husbands?

cory after him in whose sight I shall find grace. 12. Turn again, my daughters ; go your And she said unto lier, Go, my daughter. way; for I am too old io have an husband. If 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in I should say, I bave hope, if I should have an be ield after the reapers: and her hap will husband also to-night, and should also bear to liglit on a part of the field belonging unto

Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech, 13 Would ye tary for them till they were 41 And, behold, boaz came froin Botha 81 wo would ye stay for them from having 'lehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD


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