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the day following the people arose early in the morning, and built there an altar, and offered whole burnt offerings and sacri. 5 fices. Then the children of Israel said, Who is there among

all the tribes of Israel who came not up before the Lord at the general assembly? For they had denounced the great curse

against those who came not up before the Lord to Massepha, 6 saying, Let him assuredly be put to death. Now the children

of Israel had felt compassion for Benjamin their brother, and 7 said, There is now one tribe cut off from Israel, What shall we

do for wives for the few who are left, seeing we have sworn

by the Lord, that we will not give them any of our daughters 8 for wives ? So when they said, Who is there among the tribes

of Israel who came not up before the Lord to Massepha ? and

behold not a man had come to the camp from Jabis Galaad to 9 the general assembly, and the people were reviewed, and there 10 was not a man of the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad; the congre.

gation sent thither twelve thousand men from among the young

warriors, and gave them a charge saying, Go and smite the in11 habitants of Jabis Galaad with the edge of the sword: And this

you shall do, You shall devote to destruction every male, and

every woman who hath cohabited with man: but the virgins 12 you shall preserve alive. And having done so they found among

the inhabitants four hundred young virgins who had not coha

bited with man, and brought them to the camp at Selom which 13 is in the land of Chanaan. Then all the congregation sent, and

spoke to the children of Benjamin at Rock Remmon, and in14 vited them to peace. And when Benjamin returned to the chil

dren of Israel at that time, the Israelites gave them the women

whom they had saved alive from among the daughters of Jabis 15 Galaad. So they were pleased, and the people relented for Ben

jamin, because the Lord had made a breach among the tribes 16 of Israel. Then the elders of the congregation said, What shall

we do for wives for the rest? For all the women of Benjamin 17 are destroyed: (Now they had determined that the inheritance

of the Benjaminites should belong to them who had escaped, 18 that a tribe might not be blotted out from Israel:) for we can.

not give them any of our daughters for wives; for we have

sworn among the children of Israel, saying, Cursed be the man 19 who giveth a wife to a Benjaminite. Then they said, Behold

there is a festival of the Lord at Selom, which is kept yearly, on the north of Baithel, towards the rising of the sun, on the

high way which goeth up from Baithel to Sychem, and on the 20 south of Lebona. So they gave a charge to the Benjaminites 21 saying, Go and lie in wait among the vineyards, and watch,

and behold when the daughters of the inhabitants of Selom go out to dance in choirs, start out from the vineyards, and seize

for yourselves every man a wife from among the daughters of 22 Selom, and go to the land of Benjamin. And when their fa.

thers or their brothers come to us, to enter a complaint before

us, we will say to them, Grant them as a favour to us, because 23 we did not take every man a woman at the battle. Seeing you

have not given them, you have, as it were, accidentally transgressed. And the children of Benjamin did so. And having taken wives according to their number from among the choirs

whom they surprised, they went, and returned to their inhe24 ritance, and rebuilt their cities and dwelt therein. And the chil.

dren of Israel went at that time every man to his tribe, and to

his kindred, and went out thence every man to his possession. 25 And in those days, there being no king in Israel, every man

did what was right in his own eyes.


1. Now when the Judges ruled, there was a famine in the land,

and a man went from Bethlehem Juda to sojourn in the coun2 try of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The man's

name was Elimelech, and his wife's name was Noemin, and the

names of his two sons, Maalon and Chelaion. They were Ephrath'3 ites of Bethlehem Juda. They went to the country of Moab,

and while they were there, Elimelech, the husband of Noemin, 4 died, and she was left with her two sons. And they took for

themselves wives of the daughters of Moab, the name of the 5 one was Orpha, and the name of the other Ruth. And when

they had dwelt there about ten years, both Maalon and Che

laion died, so that the woman was bereaved of her husband, 6 and her two sons. Whereupon she arose with her two daugh

ters in law, and set out on her return from the country of Moab; for she had heard, in the country of Moab, that the Lord

7 had visited his people in giving them bread. So she set out

from the place where she was with her two daughters in law. 8 And when they had travelled some part of the way on their

return to the land of Juda, Noemin said to her two daughters

in law, Go, I pray you, return each to her mother's house. 9 May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have done with

the dead, and with me. The Lord grant, that you may find 10 rest, each in the house of her husband. So she kissed them,

and they wept aloud, and said to her, We will go back with 11 thee to thy people. But Noemin said, Return, I pray you, my

daughters! for why should you go with me? Have I yet any 12 more sons in my womb to be husbands for you? Return, I

pray you, my daughters! For I am too old to have a husband

for should I say, I am in condition to marry, and should I bear 13 sons, would you wait for them till they grow up; or should

you be restrained by them from having husbands? No, my daughters. Indeed it grieveth me much for your sakes, that the

hand of the Lord hath gone forth against me. 14 And when they had raised their voice, and wept again,

Orpha kissed her mother in law, and returned to her people ; 15 but Ruth followed her. Then Noemin said to Ruth ; Behold

thy sister in law is gone back to her people, and to her gods, 16 return thou also, I pray thee, after thy sister in law. Where.

upon Ruth said, Force me not to leave thee, nor to retum from following thee; for whither soever thou goest, I will go; and wherever thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy people shall be

my people; and thy God, my God; and wherever thou diest, I 17 will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do sọ to me and 18 more also, if any thing but death shall part me and thee. And

when Noemin saw that she was steadfastly determined to go 19 with her, she refrained from speaking to her any more. So

they both proceeded on till they came to Bethlehem. And · when they arrived at Bethlehem, all the city was moved about 20 them, and they said, Is this Noemin? But she said to them,

Call me not, I pray you, Noemin. Call me, Bitter: for the 21 Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full;

but the Lord hath brought me back empty. Why therefore do you call me Noemin, seeing the Lord hath brought me low, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 Thus Noemin returned, with Ruth the Moabitess, her

daughter in law; and having returned from the country of

Moab, they came to Bethlehem, at the beginning of the bar. II. ley harvest. Now Noemin had a kinsman of her husband's; . a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his 2 name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said to Noemin,

Let me go, I pray thee, into the field, and glean among the

stubble after him in whose eyes I shall find favour. And she said 3 to her, Go, my daughter. So she went, and coming into a field,

gleaned after the reapers. Now she happened to light upon

the part of the field which belonged to Boaz, who was of the 4 kindred of Elimelech. And behold Boaz came from Bethle

hem, and said to the reapers, The Lord be with you! And 5 they said to him, The Lord bless thee. Then Boaz said to

his servant, who was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is 6 that? And the servant 'who was over the reapers said in re.

ply, It is the Moabitess girl, who came with Noemin from the 7 country of Moab. She said, Let me, I pray thee, glean, and

gather among the sheaves after the reapers. So she came, and hath been on her feet from early in the morning, and is con

tinuing on till evening. She hath not rested a moment in the 8 field. Then Boaz said to Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daugh.

ter? Thou must not go to glean in any other field, nor must 9 thou go hence, but abide here fast by my maids, let thy eyes

be on the field where they reap and go after them. Behold I have given a charge to my servants not to touch thee, and

when thou art thirsty, go to the vessels, and drink of what the 10 servants have drawn. Upon which she fell on her face, and

made an obeisance to the ground, and said to him, How have

I found favour in thy sight, that thou shouldst take notice of 11 me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz in reply said to her, I

have been fully informed of all that thou hast done to thy mother in law after the death of thy husband; and how thou hast

left thy father, and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, to 12 come to a people whom thou knewest not heretofore. The

Lord recompense thy work, and may a full reward be given

thee by the Lord God of Israel, to whom thou art come, to 13 put thy trust under his wings. And she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my Lord, for thou hast comforted me. Now VOL. I.


because thou hast spoken affectionately to thy servant, behold 14 let me therefore be like one of thy maid servants. Then Boaz

said to her, It is now meal time, draw near, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. So Ruth sat down by the side of the reapers. And Boaz helped her to a large piece of

barley bread, so that she eat, and was satisfied, and had some 15 left. And when she arose to glean, Boaz gave a charge to his

servants, saying, Let her glean among the sheaves, and put 16 her not to the blush. And when you carry out, carry out for

her. Leave also for her some out of the bundles, and let her 17 eat, and glean, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field

till evening, and beat out what she had gathered, and it was

about an epha of barley. And she took it up, and went to the 18 city. And when her mother in law saw what she had gathered,

and Ruth had taken out, and given her some of the bread that 19 was left after she had been satisfied, her mother in law said to

her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? And where hast thou been at work? Blessed be he who hath taken notice of thee.

And when Ruth told her mother in law where she had been at 20 work, and said, The man's name is Boaz, with whom I work.

ed to day. Noemin said to her daughter in law, Blessed is he of the Lord, because he hath not dropped his kindness to the

living, nor to the dead. Then Noemin said to her, The man is 21 near of kin to us. He is one of our nearest relations. And

Ruth said to her mother in law, Indeed he also said to me,

Thou must keep close by my maids till they finish my whole 22 harvest. And Noemin said to her daughter in law Ruth, it is

good my daughter that thou hast gone out with his maids, 23 therefore let them not meet thee in another field. So Ruth

kept fast by the maids of Boaz, to glean till they finished the III. barley and wheat harvest. Then she abode at home with

her mother in law. And Noemin her mother in law said to her, My daughter, shall I not seek a rest for thee, that it may 2 be well with thee? Now is not Boaz our relation, with whose

girls thou hast been? Behold he is winnowing barley in the 3 threshing foor. This very night therefore thou shalt wash,

and anoint thyself, and put on thy raiment, and go up to the

threshing floor. But make not thyself known to the man till 4 he hath done eating and drinking. And when he goeth to

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