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LECTURE XII.

HISTORY OF RUTH.

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Ruth ii. 5, 17.-Then said Boaz unto his servant that was

set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the ser-

vant 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: and she said, I pray you, let me

glean and gather after the reapers amongst the sheavese

so she came, and hath continued even from the morning urw

til now, that she tarried a little in the house. Then said

Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go no;

to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide

here fast by my maidens. Let thine eyes be on the field

that they do reap, and

go thou after them: have I not char.

ged 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. 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 that I am a stranger? And

Boaz answered and said unto her, It bath fully been showed

me all 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. The

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. Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight my

lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou

hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not

like unto one of thine handmaidens. And Boaz said unto

her, At meal-time 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. And when she was risen up to

glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her

glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not; and

let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and

leave them that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she

had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

LECTURE XIII.

HISTORY OF RUTH.

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Ruth ii. 19, 23, and iii. 1.–And her mother-in-law said unto

her, Where hast thou gleaned to-day? and where wrought-

est thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee.

And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had

wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought

to-day is Boaz. And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-

law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath 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, one of our next

kinsmen. And Ruth, the Moabitess, said, He said unto

me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until

they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto

Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that

thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in

any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz

to glean unto the end of. barley harvest, and of wheat har-

vest; and dwelt with her mother-in-law. Then Naomi, her

mother-in-law, said unto her, My daughter, shall I not

seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

LECTURE XIV.

HISTORY OF RUTH.

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Ruth iv. 13, 17.-So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his

wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her con-

ception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto

Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this

day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Is.

rael. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and

a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter-in-law, which

loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath

borne him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bo-

som, and became nurse unto it. And the women her

neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to

Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father

of Jesse, the father of David.

LECTURE XV.

HISTORY OF HANNAH THE MOTHER OF

SAMUEL.

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1 Sam. i.* 1, 8.--Now there was a certain man of Ramath-
aim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elka-

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