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7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel ;
^give here your advice and counsel.

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

9 But now this shall be the thing which
we wjll do to Gibeah : we will go up by lot
against it ;

10 And we will take ten men of an hun-
dred throughout ail the tribes of Israel, and
an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out
of ten thousand, to fetch victual 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, fknit together as one man.

12 IT 'And "the tribes of Israel sent men
through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying.
What wickedness is this that is done among

about 1406.

b ch. 20. 7.
Prov. ]3. 10.

a Deut 13.

Josh. S2. 12.
ch. 21. 5.
1 Sam. 11.7.
b ch. 18. 29.

1 Sam. 3.20.

2 Sara. 3. 10.
b. 24. 2.

c Juilg. 10.

i7.&n. u.

1 Sam. 7. 5.
k 10. 17.

d ch. 8. 10.

t Heb.
the man the

e ch. 19. 15.

f ch. 19. 22.

e ch. 10.25,

t Heb.

h ch. 19. 29.

t Heb.


1 Deut. 13.


Josh. 22. 13,


about 1406.

m Deut. 13.


ch. 19. 22.

n Deut. 17.


ch. 3. 15.

1 Chron. 12.

pvcr.2.3, 2B.
q Numb. 27.

ab. 1. 1.

r Gen. 40.


B ver. 26, 27.

u ver. 18.

The Israelites twice defeated.

13 Now therefore deliver us the men,
"the children of Belial, which are 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 chil-
dren 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, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah,
which were numbered seven hundred chosen

16 Among all this people there were seven
hundred chosen men "left-handed; every one
could sling stones at an hdAr-hreadth, and not

17 And the men of Israel, beside Benja-
min, were numbered four hundred thousand
men that drew sword : all these were men
of war.

18 *f[ And the children of Israel arose, and
Pwent 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 Lord said, Judah
shall go up first.

19 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 of
Israel put themselves in array to fight against
them at Gibeah.

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

22" 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.

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

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

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

26 IFThen all the children of Israel, and
all the people, "went up, and came unto


They destroy all the Benjamites,

the hbuse of God, and wept, and sal there
before the Lord, and fasted that day until
even, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-
offerings before the Lord.

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

28 yAnd Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,
the son of Aaron, ^ 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 deUver
them into thine hand.

29 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.

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

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

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

34 And there came against Gibeah ten
thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and
the battle was sore : ''but they knew not that
evil was 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 an hundred men: all these drew
the sword.

36 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 ^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 ||sign
between the men of Israel fand the liers in
wait, that they should make a great f flame
with smoke rise up out of the city.



ubont 1406.

X Josh. IB.


1 Sam. 4. 3,


y Josh. 34.


I Dcut 10.


n So Josh. 8.

t Heb.

to emite of
the people
wounded as
at, (S'C.

11 Of.

b Josh. 8.


feai. 47. 11.

c Josh. 8. 15.

II Or, made
with the
Josh. 6. 5.
II Or, time.

t Heb.
t Heb.

about 1406.

+ Heb.

to smite the


e Josh. 8. 30.

+ Heb.

the whole

t Hob.

II Or, from



+ Fleb.

«n/o over


r Josh. 15.

t ch. 21. 13.

was found.
t Heb.
were found.

b oh. 30. 18,

c 3 Bgm. 34.

except six hundred men.

39 And when the men of Israel retired in
the- battle, Benjamin began tto smite and
kill of the men of Israel about thirty per-
sons : 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 « looked behind them, and be-
hold, fthe flame of the city ascended up to

41 Ajid when the men of Israel turned
again, the men of Benjamin were amazed:
for they saw that evil f was come upon them.

42 Therefore they turned their backs be-
fore 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 ||with ease tover against Gi-
beah toward the sun-rising.

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

45 And they turnjd and fled toward the
wilderness unto the rock of ''Rimmon: and
they gleaned of them in the highways five
thousand men ; and pursued hard after them
unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of

46 So that all which fell that day of Ben-
jamin were twenty and five thousand men
that drew the sword; all these were men of

47 sBut six hundred men turned and fled
to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and
abode in the rock Rimmon 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 tcame to hand: also they set on fire
all the cities that f they came to.


1 The people hewail the desolation of Benjamin. 8 By
the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them
foxir hundred wives. 16 They advise them to surprise
the virgins that danced at Shiloh.

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

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

3 And said, O Lord 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 early, and "= built there


Wives are provided for

an altar, and offered burnt-offerings, and

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 ?
^For they had made a great oath concerning
him that came not up to the Lord to Miz-
peh, 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

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 IT And they said. What one is there of
the tribes of Israel that came not up to
Mizpeh to the Lord ? and behold, there
came none to the camp from^Jabesh-gilead
to the assembly.

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

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

1 1 And this is the thing that ye shall do,
«Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and
every woman that fhath lain by man.

12 And they found among the inhabitants
of Jabesh-gilead four hundred t young vir-
gins that had known no man by lying with
any male : and they brought them unto the
camp to ''Shiloh, which is in the land of

13 And the whole congregation sent some
tto speak to the children of Benjamin 'that
were in the rock Rimmon, and to || 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 ^repented them for


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about 1406.

i Juds. 5.

1 ver. 1.
Judg. 11.35.

from year
to year.
II Or. , ,
toward the
II Or, on.

e 1 Sam. 11.
1. &. 31. 11.

m See
Exod. 15.20.
ch. 11. 34.
1 Sam. 18. 6.
Jer. 31. 13.

f ver. 5. &
cli. 5. 23.
ISani. 11.7.

g Numb. 31.


t Heb.
lyins with

Gratify US

t Hob.
young wo-

h Josh. 18.1.

n See
ch. 20. 48.

t Heb.

and spake
and called.
ch. 20. 47.
1 Or, pro-
claim pr,aM.
Deut !». JO.

ch. 17. 6.
& 18. 1. &
19. 1.
p Deut. 13.

cii. 17. 6.

k ver. «.

the Benjamites that escaped.

Benjamin, because that the Lord had 'made
a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16 HThen 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 he an inhe-
ritance 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: 'for the children of Israel
have sworn, saying. Cursed he he that giveth
a wife to Benjamin.

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

20 Therefore they commanded the chil-
dren of Benjamin, saying, Go, and lie in wait
in the vineyards ;

21 And see, and behold, if the daughters
of Shiloh come out ""to dance in dances,
then come ye out of the vineyards, and
catch you every man his wife of the daugh-
ters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Ben-

22 And it shall be, when their fathers or
their brethren come unto us to complain,
that we will say unto them, || Be favourable
unto them for our sakes : because we re-
served 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 theirnum-
ber, of them that danced, whom they caught:
and they went and returned unto their inhe-
ritance, and "repaired the cities, and dwelt in

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

25 "In those days there was no king in
Israel: p every man did thai which was right
in his own eyes.





1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth there.
4 Mahlon and Chilian, having married wives of Moab,
die also. 6 Naomi returning homeward, 8 dissuadeth
.her two daughters-in-law from, going with her. 14
Orpak leaveth her, but Ruth with great constancy
accompanieth her. 19 They two come to Beth-lehem,
where they are gladly received.

"VrOW it came to pass in the days when
X\| *the judges t ruled, that there was ''a
famine in the land. And a certain man of
"Beth-lehem-judah went to sojourn in the
country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his
two sons.

2 And the name of the man was Elime-
lech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and
the name of his two sonsJMahlon and Chilion,
^Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. And they
came *into the country of Moab, and t con-
tinued 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 Moab ; the name of the one was Orpah,
and the name of the other Ruth : and they
dwelled there about ten years.

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

6 IT 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 s giving them bread.

7 Wherefore she went forth out of the
place where she was, and her two daughters-
in-law with her ; and they went on the way
to return unto the land of Judah.

8 And Naomi said unto her two daugh-
ters-in-law, •> Go, return each to her mother's
house : 'the Lord deal kindly with you,
as ye have dealt with ^ the dead, and with

9 The Lord grant you that ye may find
'rest, each of you in the house of her hus-
band. 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


about 1332.

a Judff. 2.

f Heb.
b See Gen.
12. 10. & 20.

2Kincs8. 1.
c Judg. 17.

d See Gen.
35. 19.
e Judi;.5.30.
t Haa. were.

about 1312.



Luke 1. 68.

f Ps. 132.


Matt 6. IL

h See Josh.
24. 15.
i 2Tim. 1.
16, 17, 18.
k vcr. 5.
ch. 2. 20.

ch. 3. 1.

m Gen. 38.


Deut. 25. 5.

II Or, if I

were vnth a

t Heb. hope.

+ Heb. /
have much
n Judg. 2.

Job 19, 21.
Ps. 32. 4. &
38. 2. & 39.
9, 10.

o Prov. 17.
17. & 18.24.


Judg. 11.

r See Josh.
24. 15, 19.
2 Kings 2. 2.
LukelM. 28.
II Or, Be not
against me.
B 2 Kings 2.
2, 4, 6.

t ch. 2. 11,

u 1 Sam. 3.

17. 1 25. 22.

2 Sam. 19.


2 Kings 6


x Acts. 21.


t Heb.



J Matt. 21.

Isai. 23. 7.
Lam. 2. 15.

II That is,
11 Tliatia,

a Job 1. 21.

b Exod. 9.
31, Si. -
ch. 2. 23.
2 Sam. 21 9.

there yet any more sons in my womb, "that
they may be your husbands ?

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

13 Would ye f tarry for them till they
were grown ? would ye stay for them from
having husbands ? nay, my daiighters ; for
fit grieveth me much for your sakes, that
" the hand of the Lord is gone out against

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

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

16 And Ruth said, ||' Entreat me not to
leave thee, or to return from following after
thee : for whither thou goest, I will go ; and
and where thou lodgest, I will lodge : * thy
people shall he 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 fwas stead-
fastly 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 Beth-lehem, that ^all the
city was moved about them, and they said,
^Is this Naomi?

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

21 I went out full, *and the Lord hath
brought me home again empty : why then
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 "in the begm-
nins; of barley-harvest.

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Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz.

1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz. 4 Boaz taking
knowledge of her, 8 sheiveth her great favour. 18
That which she got, she carrieth to Naomi.

AND Naomi had a ''kinsman of her hus-
band's, a mighty man of wealth, of the
family of Elimelech; and his name was
I'll Boaz.

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto
Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and
"glean ears of corn 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 Eli-

4 IT 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

6 And the servant that was set over the
reapers answered and said. It is the Moab-
itish 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? Go not to glean in
another field, 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, fall 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 ""Tne 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.






about 1312.

about 1312.

K Or, I find
k Gen. 33.

+ llcb.
to the heart.
Gen. 34. 3.
Judg. 19. 3.
1 1 Sam. 25.


b ch. 4. 21.

II Called,
Matt. 1. 5.

m ver. 18.

e Lev. 19. 9.
DeuL 24. 19.

t Heb. Aoj>.

t Heb. sAame
ker not.

d Pi. 129. 7,

Luke 1. 28.
3. 16.

n ver. 14.

ch. 1. 22.

o vor. 10.
Pa. 41. 1.

p ch. 3. 10.

2Sam.2. 5.
Job 29. 13.
q Prov. 17.

r ch. 3. 9. &
4. 6.

II Or, one
that haUi
riff/u to re-
deem :
See Lev.
25. 25.

f 1 Sim.

II Or, fall
upon thee.

f ch. 1. 14,
16, 17.

h 1 Sam. 24.

i ch. 1. Ifi.
P». 17. 8. &
30. 7. & .V(.
1. iL 63. 7.

a 1 Cor. 7.


1 Tim. 5. 8.

b cb. 1. 9.

He sheweth her great favour.

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

14 And Boaz said unto, her, At meal-lime
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 corn, and she did eat, and " was
sufficed, and left.

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

16 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 IT And she took iV up, and went into
the city : and her mother-in-law saw what
she had gleaned : and she brought forth, and
gave to her " that she had reserved after she
was sufficed.

19 And her mother-in-law said unto her.
Where hast thou gleaned to-day ? and where
wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did
° take knowledge of thee. And she shewed
her mother-in-law with whom she had
wrought, and said, The man's name with
whom I wrought to-day is Boaz.

20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-
law, p Blessed be he of the Lord, who "ihath
not left off" his kindness to the living and to
the dead. And Naomi said unto her. The
man is near of kin unto us, ■■ j| one of our
next kinsmen.

21 And Ruth the Moabitess said. He
said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by
my young men, until they have ended all my

22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daugh-
ter-in-law. It is good, my daughter, that thou
go out with his maidens, that they || meet
thee not in any other field.

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of
Boaz to glean unto the end of barley-harvest
and of wheat-harvest J and dwelt with her

CHAP. m.

1 By Naomi her instruction, 5 Ruth lieth at Boaz's feet
8 Boaz acknowledgeth the right of a kinsman. 14 He
sendeth her away with six measures of barley.

THEN Naomi her mother-in-law said
unto her, My daughter, "'shall I not
seek iTest for thee, that it may be well
with thee ?


Ruth lieth at Boa£s feet.

2 And now is not Boaz of our kindyed,
with whose maidens thou wast? Behold,

he winnoweth barley to-night in the thresh-
ing floor.

3 Wash thyself therefore, ''and anoint
thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and
get thee down to the floor : but make not
thyself known unto the man, until he shall
have done eating and drinking.

4 And it shall be when he lieth down,
that thou shalt mark the place where he shall
lie, and thou shalt go in, and [| uncover his
feet, and lay thee down ; and he will tell
thee what thou shalt do.

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