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The wickedness of Gibeah.

night: behold, the day groweth to an end; lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go Y home.

10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem: and there were with him two asses saddled; his concubine also was with him.

11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel: we will pass over to Gibeah.

13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah or ind Ramah.

14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city; for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging.i

16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work' out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.


B. C. 1406.

B It is the pitching time of the day.

a Je. 6. 4.


23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly."

24 Behold, here is my daughter, a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day

to thy tent.

to over against. Jos.15.8,63.

18. 28.

2 Sa. 5. 6.


1 Sa. 11. 7.

Jos. 13. 25. 1 Sa. 7. 17. e chap. 20. 7. Pr. 11. 14.

24. 6.

verse 11. chap. 21. 5. Jos. 22. 12.

1 Sa. 11. 7.

1 Sa. 3. 20.

2 Sa. 3. 10.

24. 2. Mat. 25. 43.

He. 13. 2.

k chap. 11.11.

1 Sa. 7. 5. 10. 17. 7 Ps. 104. 23.

m chap. 8. 10. n ch.19.22..27

17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?

1 Sa. 1.3, 7.

18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence amp ch.19.15, &c I: and I went to Beth-lehem-judah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD; n gathereth, and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee: howsoever, let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet," and did eat and drink.

22 Now, as they were making their hearts" merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

the man

the Levite.

• Jos. 18. 1.

verse 15.

John 15. 6. chap. 6. 23. Ge. 43.23,24

3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this" wickedness?

4 And Sthe Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

O humbled.

5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have r chap. 19.29. slain me; and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.

8 Ge. 19. 2.

t Ge. 24. 32.

u Ge. 18. 4. John13.5..14 1 Ti. 5. 10.

v Jos. 7. 15.


wver. 6, 9. chap. 16.25. chap. 19.30. De. 13. 13. 2 Sa. 23.6,7. chap. 20. 5. Ge.19.4,&c. Hos. 9. 9. 10. 9.


Ro.1. 26, 27. 62 Sa. 13. 12.

c Ge. 34. 2. De. 21. 14.

the matter of this folly.

fellows. a De. 13. 14. Jos. 22. 13, &c.

The Israelites roused to revenge.

began to spring, they let her go.

26 Then came the woman, in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.

27 And her lord rose up in the morn ing, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going: but none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and dividede her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: considere of it, take advice, and speak your minds.


THEN all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.

2 And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen thatm drew sword.

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

10 And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all 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, knit together as one man.

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying,

Defeat of the Benjamites.

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

B. C. 1406.
a chap.19.22.

¿ De. 17. 12.

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

War with the Benjamites.

What wickedness is this that is done among you?

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:

yor, Beth-el.

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.

chap. 3. 15.
1 Ch. 12. 2.
8. 14.
Ec. 9. 12.
Is. 47. 11.
1 Th. 5. 3.

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, ever. 23, 26. unto the highways.
which were numbered seven hundred
chosen men.

Joel 1. 14.
fchap. 1. 1.
Nu. 27. 21.
Jos. 8. 15,


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

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



& or, made a
long sound
with the
Jos. 6. 5.

18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and 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 touched. 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 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: all these drew the sword.

Ge. 49. 27.
Hos. 10. 9.

Sor, time.



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 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 and the liers Ge. 19. 28. in wait, that they should make a great

Joel 2. 30.

flame with smoke rise up out of the city.

39 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin began to 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 looked behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended up to heaven.

the wounded
iver. 26, 27.

Ps. 78. 34.
Hos. 5. 15.

A whole con-
Is. 13. 8.

33. 14.

m verse 21.

n La. 1. 3.

over. 18, 23.
Joel 2. 12.


vor, from

unto over

41 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin were amazed: for they saw that evil 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 with ease, "over against Gibeah toward the sunrising.

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

45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock oft Rimmon: t Jos. 15. 32. and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew

1 Ch. 6. 77.
Zec. 14. 10.

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

q Jos. 18. 1.

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: butd they knew not that evil was near them.

1 Sa. 4. 3, 4.

Jos. 24. 33.
De. 10. 8.
18. 5.

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.

26 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 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 And Phinehas," the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before 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 u2 Ch.20. 17. two thousand men of them. will deliver them into thine hand.

29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.

30 And the children of Israel went up

v Jos. 8. 4.
2 Sa. 5. 23.

46 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword: all these were men of valour.

Lamentation for the Benjamites.

47 But six hundred men turned, and B. C. 1406. 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 8 came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they came to. CHAPTER XXI.


Now the 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 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 an altar, 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? 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 Israelm 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 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 Jabeshgilead 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 children.

11 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that" hath lain by man.

12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male; and they brought

a chap. 21.13.
Jos. 18. 1.
B and spake,

and called.

cchap. 20.47.

yor, proclaim peace. & was found. were found. ch. 20.1, 10. 1Sa.14.28,29


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The virgins of Shiloh surprised. them unto the camp to Shiloh," which is in the land of Canaan.

13 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to Y 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 them not. Jabesh-gilead: and yet so they sufficed

15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breachs in the tribes of Israel.

16 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.

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

19 Then they said, Behold, there is a place which is on the north side of Bethfeast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly, in a 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 children 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 daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to com

plain, that we will say unto them, Be

favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wifer 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, every man to his tribe and to his family; and they went out from thence every man to his inhe ritance.

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

The Book of RUTH.



Now it came to pass, in the
when the judges 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.

c Ju. 17. 8.

e Ac. 20. 24.

2 And the name of the man was Eli-d1 Sa. 3. 17. melech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathitess of Beth-lehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

fAc. 21. 14.

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 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 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.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters 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 me.

9 The LORD grant you that ye may find 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, 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, if I A should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much, for your sakes, that the hands 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 clave unto her.

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

B. C. 1322.

a Ju. 2. 16. bch. 2. 11, 12. Bjudged.

16 And Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will

y strength-
ened her-

Ge. 35. 19.
& were.
Is. 23. 7.

La. 2. 15.

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Job 1. 21.
Ge. 50. 25.

Ex. 4. 31.
Lu. 1. 68.

Ps. 132. 15.


mch. 3. 2, 12.

O called

Mat. 1. 5.


o Le. 19.9.
De. 24. 19.

μ hope.

go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

AND Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was? 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.


And she went, and came, and gleaned PPs.129.7,8. in the field after the reapers: and her

Lu. 1. 28.

2 Th. 3. 16. Ge. 38. 11. De. 25. 5. r1 Ti. 6. 2.

hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

λor, were


17 Where thou diest will I die, and there will I be buried: thed LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought bute death part thee and me.

u Ju. 11. 24.

Jos. 24. 15. w Ca. 1. 7, 8. Be not against me. 2 Ki. 2. 2..6. Lu.24.28, 29

18 When she saw that she Y was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 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 Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with


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 beginning of barley harvest. CHAPTER II.

4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, 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?

I have

much bit-
$ Ju. 2. 15.

6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Job 19. 21. Moabitish damsel that came back with

Ps. 32. 4.
38. 2.

t Pr. 17. 17.

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.

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

Kindness of Boaz to Ruth.

RUTH, IV. they shall not touch" thee? and when thou | B. C. 1312. 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 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.

13 Then she said, y 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.


12 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.

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 harvest.

22 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.

a Ge. 20. 6.
Pr. 6. 29.
b 2. 8, 23.

e1 Sa. 25. 23.
d2 Sa. 14. 2.

Ec. 9. 8.

23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest, and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

Bor, lift up
the clothes


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?

that are on.
1 Sa. 24. 19.

Pr. 11. 18.

Ps. 17. 8.




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 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 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 And she took it 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 bet 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, 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.

yor, I find.

Ge. 33. 15.
1 Sa. 1. 18.
2 Sa. 13. 28.
Es. 1. 10.

Ec. 8. 15.
10. 19.

to the
Ge. 34. 3.
Ju. 19. 3.

or, took
hold on.

Eze. 16. 8.
or, one

that hath

a right to
chap. 2. 20.

m Ps. 23. 5.

n chap. 1. 8.

O shame.

Ja. 1. 5.

κ gate.
Pr. 12. 4.

31. 10.
9 chap. 4. 1.
chap. 4. 5.
De. 25. 5.
Mat. 22. 24,

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Ruth's visit to Boaz.

2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.

thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and 3 Wash thyself, therefore, and anoint 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.

5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mo

ther in law bade her.

7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and Sturned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid; spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter; for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning," inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous? woman.

12 And now, it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit, there is a kinsman nearer than I.

13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.

14 And she lay at his feet until the morning; and she rose up before one could know another. And he said," Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.

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