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Shameful Abuse of the Levite's Concubine in Gibeah hem-judah unto the farther side of upon the threshold. 28 And he said the hill-country of Ephraim; from unto her, Up, and let us be going; thence am I, and I went to Beth-le- but none answered; then he took hem-judah: and I am now going to her up upon the ass; and the man the house of Jehovah; and there is rose up, and gat him unto his place. no man that taketh me into his 29 And when he was come into his house. 19 Yet there is both straw house, he took a knife, and laid hold and provender for our asses; and on his concubine, and divided her, there is bread and wine also for me, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and for thy handmaid, and for the and sent her throughout all the boryoung man that is with thy servants: ders of Israel. 30 And it was so, there is no want of anything. 20 And that all that saw it said, There was the old man said, Peace be unto thee; no such deed done nor seen from the howsoever let all thy wants lie upon day that the children of Israel came me; only lodge not in the street. up out of the land of Egypt unto 21 So he brought him into his house, this day: consider it, take counsel, and gave the asses fodder; and they and speak. washed their feet, and did eat and 20 Then all the children of Ts

22 As they were making their gregation was assembled as one man, hearts merry, behold, the men of from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the city, certain base fellows, beset the land of Gilead, unto Jehovah at the house round about, beating Mizpah. 2 And the chiefs of all at the door; and they spake to the the people, 3 even of all the tribes of master of the house, the old man, Israel, presented themselves in the saying, Bring forth the man that assembly of the people of God, four came into thy house, that we may hundred thousand footmen that drew know him. 23 And the man, the sword. 3 (Now the children of Benmaster of the house, went out unto jamin heard that the children of Isthem, and said unto them, Nay, my rael were gone up to Mizpah.) And brethren, I pray you, do not so the children of Israel said, Tell us, wickedly; seeing that this man is how was this wickedness brought to come into my house, do not this pass? 4 And the Levite, the husfolly. 24 Behold, here is my daugh- band of the woman that was murter a virgin, and his concubine; them dered, answered and said, I came I will bring out now, and humble ye into Gibeah that belongeth to Benthem, and do with them what seem- jamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. eth good unto you: but unto this 5. And the men of Gibeah rose man do not any such folly. 25 But against me, and beset the house the men would not hearken to him: round about me by night; me they so the man laid hold on his concu- thought to have slain, and my conbine, and brought her forth unto cubine they forced, and she is dead. them; and they knew her, and abused 6 And I took my concubine, and cut her all the night until the morning: her in pieces, and sent her throughand when the day began to spring, out all the country of the inheritance they let her go. 26 Then came the of Israel; for they have committed woman in the dawning of the day, lewdness and folly in Israel. 7 Be. and fell down at the door of the hold, ye children of Israel, all of man's house where her lord was, till you, give here your advice and it was light.

counsel. 27 And her lord rose up in the 8 And all the people arose as one morning, and opened the doors of man, saying, We will not any of us the house, and went out to go his go to his tent, neither will we any stay; and, behold, the woman his of us turn unto his house. 9 But soubine was fallen down at the

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The People resolve to punish the Evil-doers. The People ask Counsel of God now this is the thing which we will of Israel went out to battle against do to Gibeah : we will go up against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set it by lot; 10 and we will take ten the battle in array against them at men of a hundred throughout all Gibeah.. 21 And the children of the tribes of Israel, and a hundred Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, of a thousand, and a thousand out and destroyed down to the ground of ten thousand, to fetch victuals of the Israelites on that day twenty for the people, that they may do, and two thousand men. 22 And the when they come to Gibeah of Ben- people, the men of Israel, encouraged jamin, according to all the folly that themselves, and set the battle again they have wrought in Israel. 11 So in array in the place where they set all the men of Israel were gathered themselves in array the first day. against the city, knit together as one 23 And the children of Israel went

up and wept before Jehovah until 12 And the tribes of Israel sent even ; and they asked of Jehovah, men through all the 2 tribe of Ben- saying, Shall I again draw nigh to jamin, saying, What wickedness is battle against the children of Benjathis that is come to pass among you? min my brother? And Jehovah said, 13 Now therefore deliver up the Go up against him. men, the base fellows, that are in 24 `And the children of Israel Gibeah, that we may put them to came near against the children of death, and put away evil from Is- Benjamin the second day. 25 And rael. But Benjamin would not Benjamin went forth against them hearken to the voice of their breth out of Gibeah the second day, and Ten the children of Israel. 14 And destroyed down to the ground of the children of Benjamin gathered the children of Israel again eighthemselves together out of the cities teen th and men; all these drew unto Gibeah, to go out to battle the sword. 26 Then all the chilagainst the children of Israel. 15 dren of Israel, and all the people, And the children of Benjamin were went up, and came unto Beth-el, numbered on that day out of the and wept, and sat there before Jecities twenty and six thousand men hovah, and fasted that day until that drew sword, besides the inhabit- even ; and they offered burnt-offerants of Gibeah, who were numbered ings and peace-offerings before Je. seven hundred chosen men. 16 hovah. 27 And the children of Among all this people there were Israel asked of Jehovah (for the ark seven hundred chosen men left- of the covenant of God was there in handed ; every one could sling stones those days, 28 and Phinehas, the at a hair-breadth, and not miss.

son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, 17. And the men of Israel, besides stood before it in those days), sayBenjamin, were numbered four hun- ing, Shall I yet again go out to batdred thousand men that drew sword: tle against the children of Benjamin all these were men of war. 18 And my brother, or shall I cease? And the children of Israel arose, and Jehovah said, Go up; for to-morrow went up to Beth-el, and asked coun. I will deliver him into thy hand. sel of God; and they said, Who 29 And Israel set liers-in-wait shall go up for us first to battle against Gibeah round about. against the children of Benjamin? 3 And the children of Israel went And Jehovah said, Judah shail go up up against the children of Benjamin first.

on the third day, and set themselves 19 And the children of Israel rose in array against Gibeah, as at other up in the morning, and encamped times. 31 And the children of Benagainst Gibeah. 20 And the men jamin went out against the people,

and were drawn away from the 2 Heb.tribes. See Num. 4. 18; 1 S. 9. 21.

city; and they began to smite and 3 Another reading is, the children of Benjamin.

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Benjamin defeated and ravaged in the highways, of which one goeth | they saw that evil was come upon up to Beth-el, and the other to them. 42 Therefore they turned Gibeah, in the field, about thirty their backs before the men of Israel men of Israel. 32 And the children unto the way of the wilderness; but of Benjamin said, They are smitten the battle followed hard after them; down before us, as at the first. and they that came out of the But the children of Israel said, Let cities destroyed them in the midst us fee, and draw them away from thereof. 43 They inclosed the Benthe city unto the highways. 33 And jamites round about, and chased all the men of Israel rose up out of them, and 5 trod them down bat their place, and set themselves in their resting place, as far as over array at Baal-tamar: and the liers- against Gibeah toward the sun. in-wait of Israel brake forth out rising. :44 And there fell of Benof their place, even out of 1 Maareh- jamin eighteen thousand men; all geba. 34 And there came over these were men of valor. 45 And against Gibeah ten thousand chosen they turned and fled toward the men out of all Israel, and the battle wilderness unto the rock of Rimwas sore; but they knew not that mon; and they gleaned of them evil was a close upon them. 35 And in the highways five thousand men, Jehovah smote Benjamin before Is- and followed hard after them unto rael; and the children of Israel | Gidom, and smote of them two destroyed of Benjamin that day thousand men. 46 So that all who twenty and five thousand and a fell that day of Benjamin were hundred men: all these drew the twenty and five thousand men that sword.

drew the sword; all these were men 36 So the children of Benjamin of valor. 47. But six hundred men saw that they were smitten; for the turned and fled toward the wildermen of Israel gave place to Benja- ness unto the rock of Rimmon, and min, because they trusted unto the abode in the rock of Rimmon four liers-in-wait whom they had set months. 48 And the men of Israel against Gibeah. 37 And the liers- turned again upon the children of in-wait hasted, and rushed upon Benjamin, and smote them with the Gibeah ; and the liers-in-wait edge of the sword, both 7 the entire drew themselves along, and smote city, and the cattle, and all that all the city with the edge of the they found : moreover all the cities sword. 38 Now the appointed sign which they found they set on fire. between the men of alsrael andotha 21 Now the men of Israel had make a great cloud of smoke rise There shall not any of us give his up out of the city. 39 3 And the daughter unto Benjamin to wife. men of Israel turned in the battle, 2 And the people came to Bethel, and Benjamin began to smite and and sat there till even before God, kill of th men of Israel about thirty and lifted up their voices, and wept persons; for they said, Surely they sore. 3 And they said, O Jehovah, are smitten down before us, as in the God of Israel, why is this come the first battle. 40 But when the to pass in Israel, that there should cloud began to arise up out of the be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel? city in a pillar of smoke, the Ben 4 And it came to pass on the morjamites looked behind them; and, row, that the people rose early, and behold, the whole of the city went built there an altar, and offered up in smoke to heaven. 41 And the burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. men of Israel turned, and the men 5 And the children of Israel said, of Benjamin were dismayed; for Who is there among all the tribes of 1 Or, the meadow of Geba (or, Gibeah

4 Or, them that came ... they destroyed ver. 10) 2 Heb. touching.

5 Or, overtook them 6 Or, at Menahah 3 Or, And the men .. . battle : (now Benja 7 Or, as otherwise read, the inhabited city min ... heaven :) and the men &c.

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Wires for the Benjamites obtained at Jabesh-gilead and at Shiloh Israel that came not up in the as 16 Then the elders of the congrésembly unto Jehovah ? For they gation said, How shall we do for had made a great oath concerning wives for them that remain, seeing him that came not up unto Jehovah the women are destroyed out of to Mizpah, saying, He shall surely Benjamin? 17 And they said, be put to death. 6 And the chil. There must be an inheritance for dren of Israel repented them for them that are escaped of Benjamin, Benjamin their brother, and said, that a tribe be not blotted out from There is one tribe cut off from Israel Israel. 18 Howbeit we may not this day. 7 How shall we do for give them wives of our daughters; vives for them that remain, see for the children of Israel had sworn, ing we have sworn by Jehovah saying, Cursed be he that giveth a that we will not give them of our wife to Benjamin. 19 And they daughters to wives?

said, Behold, there is 2 a feast of Je& And they said, What one is hovah from year to year in Shiloh, there of the tribes of Israel that which is on the north of Beth-el, on came not up unto Jehovah to Miz- the east side of the highway that pah? And, behold, there came goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, none to the camp, from Jabesh- and the south of Lebonah. gilead to the assembly. 9 For when 20 And they commanded the chilthe people were numbered, behold, dren of Benjamin, saying, Go and there were none of the inhabitants lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 and of Jabesh-gilead there. 10 And the see, and, behold, if the daughters of congregation sent thither twelve Shiloh come out to dance in the thousand men of the valiantest, and dances, then come ye out of the commanded them, saying, Go and vineyards, and catch you every man smite the inhabitants of Jabesh- his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, gilead with the edge of the sword, and go to the land of Benjamin. with the women and the little ones. 22 And it shall be, when their 11 And this is the thing that ye fathers or their brethren come to shall do: ye shall lutterly destroy complain unto us, that we will say every male, and every woman that unto them, Grant them * graciously hath lain by man.

12 And they unto us; because we took not for found among the inhabitants of each man of them his wife in battle, Jabesh-gilead four hundred young neither did

ye give them unto them; virgins that had not known man by else would now be guilty. lying with him; and they brought 23 And the children of Benjamin them unto the camp to Shiloh, which did so, and took them wives, accordis in the land of Canaan.

ing to their number, of them that 13 And the whole congregation danced, whom they carried off: and sent and spake to the children of they went and returned unto their Benjamin that were in the rock of inheritance, and

uilt the cities, Rimmon, and proclaimed peace and dwelt in them. 24 And the unto them. 14 And Benjamin re- children of Israel departed thence turned at that time, and they gave at that time, every man to his tribe them the women whom they had and to his

family, and they went out saved alive of the women of Jabesh- from thence every man to his inherigilead : and yet so they sufficed tance. them not. 15 And the people re

25 In those days there was no pented them for Benjamin, because king in Israel : every man did that that Jehovah had made a breach in which was right in his own eyes. the tribes of Israel,

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Elimelech and his Family sojourn in Moab. Naomi and Ruth return to Judah 1

And it came to pass in the days | kissed them, and they lifted up their

when the judges judged, that voice, and wept. 10° And they said there was a famine in the land. And unto her, Nay, but we will return a certain man of Beth-lehem-judah with thee unto thy people. 11 And went to sojourn in the country of Naomi said, Turn again, my daughMoab, he, and his wife, and his two ters: why will ye go with me? have

2 And the name of the man I yet sons in my womb, that they was Elimelech, and the name of his may be your husbands? 12 Turn wife 2 Naomi, and the name of his again, my daughters, go your way; two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Eph- for I am too old to have a husband. rathites of Beth-lehem-judah. And If I should say, I have hope, if I they came into the country of Moab, should even have a husband to-night, and continued there. 3 And Elime- and should also bear sons; 13 would lech, Naomi's husband, died; and ye therefore tarry till they were she was left, and her two sons. 4 grown? would ye therefore stay from And they took them wives of the having husbands? nay, my daughwomen of Moab; the name of the ters; for 3 it grieveth me much for one was Orpah, and the name of your sakes, for the hand of Jehovah the other Ruth: and they dwelt is gone forth against me. 14 And there about ten years. 5 And Mah- they lifted up their voice, and wept lon and Chilion died both of them; again; and Orpah kissed her motherand the woman was left of her two in-law ; but Ruth clave unto her. children and of her husband.

15 And she said, Behold, thy
6 Then she arose with her daugh- sister-in-law is gone back unto her
ters-in-law, that she might return people, and unto her god: return
from the country of Moab: for she thou after thy sister-in-law. 16 And
had heard in the country of Moab Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave
how that Jehovah had visited his thee, and to return from following
people in giving them bread. 7 And after thee; for whither thou goest,
she went forth out of the place where I will go; and where thou lodgést,
she was, and her two daughters-in- I will lodge; thy people shall be my
law with her; and they went on the people, and thy God my God; 17
way to return unto the land of Ju- where thou diest, will I die, and
dah. 8 And Naomi said unto her there will I be buried : Jehovah do
two daughters-in-law, Go, return so to me, and more also, if aught but
each of you to her mother's house : death part thee and me. 18 And
Jehovah deal kindly with you, as when she saw that she was sted-
ye have dealt with the dead, and fastly minded to go with her, she
with me. 9 Jehovah grant you that left off speaking unto her.
may find rest, each of you in the 19 So they two went until they

of her husband. Then she came to Beth-lehem. And it came
leb. field. 2 Heb. Noomi.

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