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Boaz Made Guardian
FROM THE SERIES BY GERHARD HOET.
“Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.”—Ruth, 4, 8.
OAZ acted toward Ruth with true affection as also with wisdom and generosity. There was, he told
her, a kinsman nearer of blood to Naomi's husband than he. This man had therefore the first right to act as protector to the two women. Boaz would speak to him, and if the other refused to assume the responsibility, then Boaz would be both guardian and husband. Meanwhile he sent Ruth home with a rich store of grain. When Naomi was told of this she was shrewdly content, and bade Ruth sit quietly at home, “For the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.”
She was right as usual. Boaz went at once to the general meeting place of men, the gate of the city. There finding the kinsman he sought, he addressed him cautiously as though the matter were merely one of business, the redeeming of the lost property of Naomi's husband. The kinsman bad no wish to involve himself in this, so Boaz offered to relieve him of all responsibility about the women. The offer was gladly accepted, and, as the custom of those days was in confirming a bargain, the kinsman plucked off his shoe and in the sight of all men handed it to Boaz. Metaphorically now Boaz was to stand in the other's shoes, to take his place toward Naomi and Ruth.
FIRST SAMUEL XXVIII—SAUL'S DESPAIR
20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.
21 | And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.
22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy way.
23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.
24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.
1 David marching with the Philistines, 3 is disallowed by their princes. 6 Achish dismisseth him, with commendations of his fidelity.
OW the Philistines gathered together all their armies to
Jezreel. 2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish.
3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto this day?
4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master ? should it not be with the heads of these men ?
5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands ?
6 s Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found
FIRST SAMUEL XXIX-THE PHILISTINES DISMISS DAVID
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evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: never theless the lords favour thee not.
7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.
8 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done ? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king ?
9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
10 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master's strvants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be the worning, and have light, depart.
11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to returu into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
Chapter 30 1 The Amalekites epoit Ziklag. 4 David asking counsel is encouraged by God to pursue them. 11 By the means of a revived Egyptiari
ne is brought to the enemies, and recovereth all the spoil. 22 David's law to divide the spoil equally between them that night and them that keep the stuff. He sendeth presents to his friends.
ND it came to pass, when David and his men were come to
south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on
3 | So David and his een came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up
their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of ah the people was grieved, every man for his sons, and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.