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FIRST SAMUEL XXVIII—THE WITCH OF EN-DOR

6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

7 | Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor.

8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.

11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel ?

12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

15 | And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

17 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.

19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

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Boaz Made Guardian

FROM THE SERIES BY GERHARD HOET.

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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

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.

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