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BY T. M. ROOKE, R. W. S., A CONTEMPORARY BRITISH
' And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom and became nurse unto it.”-Ruth, 4, 16. THE story of Ruth is told at such length in the Bible
because this Moabite woman, this stranger from
outside of Israel, became the ancestress of David, Israel's foremost king; and from David's descendants was to arise the long expected Messiah.
The mother of Boaz had been Rahab, the Canaanite woman who saved the spies of Joshua and was adopted into Israel. Now the wife of Boaz was also an outsider. Yet so favorably had Ruth impressed the elders of Bethlehem that when Boaz announced his intention of wedding her, there was no opposition but only warmest blessing “The Lord make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel."
So they were wedded, and Ruth bore a son, “and they called his name Obed.” When Ruth placed her babe in his grandmother's arms, the aged Naomi felt that her cup of happiness was once more full. Descendants, be it remembered, were a Hebrew woman's dearest wish. So all the women of Israel rejoiced with Naomi, saying, “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.”
FIRST SAMUEL XXX-DAVID DESTROYS THE AMALEKITES
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.
13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou ? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.
14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.
15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill
me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.
16 | And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon
all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.
17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil
, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.
21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.
22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them aught of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that