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1 The Danites send five men to seek out an instance. 3.?t the house of JMicah they consult with Jonathan, and are encouraged in their way. 7 They search, Joaish, and bring back news of good hope. Sir hundred men are sent to surprise it. 14. In the way they rob JMicah of his priest and his consecrated - 27. They win . Jaish, and call it 30 They set up idolatry, wherein Jonathan inherited the priesthood. IN those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in ; for unto that day all their inheritance had, not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel. - 2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search, the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there. §o. they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Le: vite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought, thee hither?, and what makest thou in this place 3 and what hast thou

here 2 4 And he said unto them, Thus and thus deal: eth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest. . 5 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous. 6 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the Lord is your way wherein ye go. 7 's Then the five men departed, and came to ish, and saw the people that were therein, ow they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing.; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man. 8. And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol; and their brethren said unto them, What say ye? . 9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and behold, it is of...; and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. 0 When ye o: ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for, God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want o o thing that is in the earth. 11 [And there went from thençe of the fam: # of the Danites, out of Zorah and gut of htaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. - - - 12 And they went up, and pitched in Kiriath: jearim, in Judah: wherefore, they, called that o unto this day: behold, it is É. Kirjath-jearim. 14*

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Micah of his idols.

. 13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah. 14 || Then answered the five men that went to spy out the #."; of Laish, and said unto their brethren, D9 ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do. 15, And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Leyite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him. 16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. 17, And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the tera. phim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons oi War. 18. And, these went into Micah’s house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye? 19 And, they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man; or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?. 20 And the priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the peo

ple. 21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones, and the cattle, and the carriage before them. 22.11 .4nd when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah’s house were gathered to. gether, and overtook the children of Dan: 23 And they cried, unto, the children of Dan. And they turned, their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth, thee, that thou comest with such a company? - he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the P". and ye are gone away; and what have 1, more?, and, what is this that ye say onto me, What aileth thee? 25 o the children of Dan said unto him, Ilet not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon, thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household. 26 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong #. him, he turned and went back unto his ouse. 27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with re. 28. And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth b §ob. And they built a city, and dwest herein. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first. 30." And the children of Dan set up the graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of han until the day of the co of the land. - And they set them up Micah’s graven im.# which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh. CHAPTER xix. 1 A Levite goeth to Beth-lehem to fetch home his wife. son, old man entertaineth him at Gibeah. The Gibeonites, abuse his concubins to death is Ese div toThe Gibeonites abuse the

to twelve pieces, to send them to the twelve tribes, AND it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a cer. tain Levite sojourning on the side, of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem-judah. . 2 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Beth-lehem-judah, and was there four whole months. 3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father’s house: and when the father of the damsel saw him, he o to meet him. 4 And his father-in-law; the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three #. so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 5 *s And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel’s father said unto his son-in-law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way. 6, And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and jet thine heart be merry. 7, And when the man rose up, to depart, his father-in-law urged him: therefore he lodged there again. - 8. And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart: and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thiné, heart, I pray thee; And they #. until afternoon, and they did eat both o ein. 9, And when, the man rose up to depart, he, and his gonoubino, and his servant, his father. in-law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Be: hold, now the day draweth, toward evening, I pray you tarry al ...; behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your wo, that thou mayest go home. 10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and depa , and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem: and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine aso 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 jãces to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah. ii"And they passed on and went their way; and the sun, went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which $o. to Benja

mln. 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 #: man that took them into his house to Odgling. .16 T And behold, there came an old man from his work"out of the field on," which’. also of mount Ephraim ; and he sojourned in o: but the men of the place were Ben. Jamites. 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? - 18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Beth-lehem-judah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence an I: and I went to th-lehem-judah, but I am now going to the ouse of the LoRD : there is no man that receiveth me to house.

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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. - 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 gav provender unto the asses: and they washe their feet; and did ent and drink. 22 || Now, as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the †: 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 #: came into thine house, that we may know lin. 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 wick: edly ; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 24 Behold, here is my ño; 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 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 morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to o his .#. and behold, the woman his concuine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. 8 And he said unto her, Op, and let us be ; But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. - And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her, bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the c 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 o unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds. CHAPTER xx. 1 The Levite in a general assembly declareth his wrong. .. 8 The decree of the assembly. 12 The Benjamites, *g cited, make head against the Israelites. 18. The Israelites in two battles lose fortv thousand. 26 They destroy by a stratagem all the Benjamites, except siz hundred. THEN all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was gathered toge as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the Lord in Miz.

h. Po, 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 that drew sword, 3 (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to, Mizpeh.) Then said the children of Israel, Tell us, how was this wickedness? 4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain, answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, l and my concubine odge... ... 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me § night, and thought to have slain, me:, an my concubine have they forced, that she is dead 162

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6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Isrnes: for they have com. mitted lewdness and folly in Israel.

7 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give

re your advice and counsel. ... 8 T.And all the people arose as one man, say. ing, We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his house:

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

r io 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 §. they have so in Israel. 11. So all the men of Isrnel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man. 12, is And the tribes of Israel sent men throu all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What o edness is this that is done among you? 13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we ut 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: , . - 14 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of the cities unto Gib. eah, to go out to battle against the children of

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15 And the children of Benjamin were num: bered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men, that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbe seven hundred chosen men;

16 Among all this Pool; there were seven hundred chosen men left-handed; every, one could sling stones at an hair-breadth, and not

miss. 17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundredthousand men that drew sword: all these were men of war. Ts And the children, of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, and asked coun. sel of God, and said, Which of us shall go up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin P And the Lord said, Judah shall go up

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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

ibeah. 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 *}; 23 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until even, and as counsel of the Lorp, o Shall I go up again to battle against the chi dren of Benjamin my brother? And the Lord said, Go up against

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Lord, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, And Phinesias, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of }. my brother, or shall I cease? And the LQRD said, Go up ; for to-morroy I will deliver them into thine hand. 29 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah. - 30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. - - 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 jo, and kill, as at other times, in the highways of which one goeth up to the house of God, a d the other to Gibeah in the field, about thirty men of Israel. , . - - 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 unto the highways. 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put themselves in array at Baal. tamar: and the siers in wait of Israel came forth §heir places, even out of the meadows of loea

34. And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle §: sore: but they knew not that evil was near

em. 35 And the Loon smote Benjamin before Is. rael; and the children of Israel destroyed of the o that day twenty and five thou. sand and an hundred men: all these drew the

sword. 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

an. 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 “g of the sword. - Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers in wait, that they should make a great 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 thirt 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 o to heaven. 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 hacks before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilder. ness; but the battle overtook them; and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the midst of them. - Thus, they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and ch them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward the sun. rising: - - 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 of Rimmon: and they gleaned of them in, the highways five thousand men ; and pursued hard after them unto Gidom, and slew two thousand men of them. - 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. 47 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months. 48 the men of * turned again upon

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the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as weli the men of every city, as the beast, and all that came to hand: also they set on fire all the cities that they

came to. CHAPTER XXI. 1 The people bewail the desolation of Benja; min. 8 By the destruction of Jabesh-gilead they provide them four hundred wives... 16 They advise them to surprise the virgins that danced at Shiloh. 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 Loki, 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-offer

Ings. - - -- - 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 Lorp? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the Lorp to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death. § And the children of Israel 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 Lost D. that we will not give them of our daughters to wives? - 8 Ts 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 Jabesh-gilead to the '..."; 9 For the people were numbered, and behold there were none of the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there. - 10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and ... smite the inhabitants of #boni 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 foun ; the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young, virgins that had known no man by lying with any male:

RUTH, to carry off the virgins of Shiloh.

and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. 13 And the whole congregation sent some to o: to the children of Benjamin that were in §: rock Riminon, and to call peaceably unto nein. 14 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wiyes which they had sav alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead : and yet so they sufficed them not. 15 And the #. repented them for Benjamin, because that the Lorp had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 is Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for wives for them that re. maio, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin P 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. . 18 Howbeit, we may not give them wiyes of our daughters: for the children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that giveth a wife to }o 19. Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LoRD in Shiloh yearly in a so which is on the north side of Beth-el, on the east side g the highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah. 20. Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go, and lie in wait in 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 shih. and go to the land of Benjamin.., , 22, And it shall be, when their fathers or their brothren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife, in the war: for ye did not give .# them at this time, that ye h.if 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 o 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 inheritance. In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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CHAPTER I. '

1 Elimelech driven by famine into Moab, dieth there. 4 JMahlon and Chilion, having married wives of JMoab, die also. 6 Naomi returning homeward, 8 dissuadeth, her two daughters-in-law from going with her. Orpah leaveth her, but Ruth trith great constancy accompanieth her. 19 They two come to . Beth-lehem, where they are gladly received.

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2. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth-lehem-judah. d they came into the country of Mqab, and continued there. 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. hen she arose with her daughters-inlaw, that she might Hour" from the country

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ChapTER il. 1 Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz., 4 Boaz taking knowledge of her, 8 sheweth her great favour. 18 That which she got, she carrieth to .Naomi. AND Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a oft'; 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. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, §. was of the kindred of Elimelech. 4Ts And behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers.The LoRD be §: ou: and they answered him, The LoRD ess thee.

CHAPTER II.

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5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 6 And the servant that was set over the reap. ers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that game back with Naomi out of the country of Mogb: And she said, I pray you, let me glean and ather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in Ouse. 8 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 chürged the young men that they shall not touch thee 2 and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young insen e drawn. Then she fell on her face, and bowed her. self to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou o o; take knowledge of me, seeing I am a Stranger . 1. 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. . 12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God o Huel, under whose wings thou art come to rust. . 13. Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord ; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handolaid, 'hough I be not like unto one of thy handmaidens. 14 And Boaz said unto her, At, meal-time 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

eIt. 15 And, when she was risen up to glean, Boaz communded his young men, joi. Let her lean even among the sheaves, and reproach

er 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 heat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. .18's And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother-in-law saw what she had f.". and she brought forth, and gave to yer that she had reserved after she was suf. i:ced. 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to-day ? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be 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 †: law, Plessed he he of the Lord, who hath not left of his kondness to the living and to the ead. And Naolini said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kins

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