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FIRST SAMUEL XIX-DAVID FLEES FROM SAUL

11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal, David's wife, told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain.

12 | So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.

13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goat's hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.

14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, Heis sick.

15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.

16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.

17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so. and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?

18 | So David fled and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.

19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.

20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.

22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.

23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets ?

Chapter 20

1 David consulteth with Jonathan for his safety. 11 Jonathan and David renew their covenant by oath. 18 Joma than's token to David. 24 Saul, missing David, scekcth to kill Jonathan.

35 Jonathan lovingly taketh his leave

of David.

ND David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity ?

and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life? 2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die; behold,

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The Daughters of Shiloh

FROM THE SERIES BY JULIUS SCHNORR.

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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."-Jud., 21, 21.

HEN the edge of their fury was dulled and its

heat cooled, the Israelites repented the ex

tremity of their vengeance against Benjamin. They were horrified at the thought that one tribe should utterly disappear from among the twelve, so they sought to reëstablish the six hundred outlaw Benjamites of Rimmon. Yet in the heat of anger each Israelite had vowed never to let any woman of his family wed with a Benjamite. How then might these lone six hundred fighting men rear families.

A crafty method was found which, neither breaking the vow nor yet preserving it, seemed to satisfy the not overdelicate consciences of the time, One city of Israel had neglected the common cause and sent no warriors to the war. This city was suddenly attacked, destroyed, and its marriageable women presented to the Benjamites. As there were not enough of these unhappy victims, the remaining Benjamites were secretly instructed to go to the city of Shiloh, where the maidens held a yearly “feast of the Lord" by dancing in the fields. The Benjamites rushed suddenly forth upon these damsels and carried off as many as they needed for wives. Then the elders of Israel stood between the plunderers and the vengeance of the astonished fathers of Shiloh. Thus was Benjamin reëstablished among the tribes.

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