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Ruth gleans in the Field of Boaz. Boaz deals kindly with her to pass, when they were come to here fast by my maidens. 9 Let Beth-lehem, that all the city was thine eyes be on the field that they moved about them, and the women do reap, and go thou after them: said, Is this Naomi? 20 And she have I not charged the young men said unto them, Call me not Naomi, that they shall not touch thee? and call me ? Mara; for the Almighty when thou art athirst, go unto the hath dealt very bitterly with me. vessels, and drink of that which the 21 I went out full, and Jehovah hath young men have drawn. 10 Then brought me home again empty; why she fell on her face, and bowed hercall ye me Naomi, seeing Jehovah self to the ground, and said unto hath testified against me, and the him, Why have I found favor in Almighty hath afflicted me? 22 So thy sight, that thou shouldest take Naomi returned, and Ruth the knowledge of me, seeing I am a Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with foreigner? 11 And Boaz answered her, who returned out of the country and said unto her, It hath fully been of Moab: and they came to Beth- showed me, all that thou hast done lehem in the beginning of barley unto thy mother-in-law since the harvest.

death of thy husband; and how thou 2 And Naomi had a kinsman of hast left thy father and thy mother; • wealth, of the family of Elimelech ; art come unto a people that thou and his name was Boaz. 2 And knewest not heretofore. 12 JehoRuth the Moabitess said unto vah recompense thy work, and a Naomi, Let me now go to the field, full reward be given thee of Jehoand glean among the ears of grain vah, the God of Israel, under whose after him in whose sight I shall find wings thou art come to take refuge. favor. And she said unto her, Go, 13 Then she said, Let me find favor my daughter. 3 And she went, and in thy sight, my lord ; for that thou came and gleaned in the field after hast comforted me, and for that the reapers: and her hap was to thou hast spoken 4 kindly unto thy light on the portion of the field be- handmaid, though I be not as one of longing unto Boaz, who was of the thy handmaidens. family of Elimelech. 4 And, be 14 And at meal-time Boaz said hold,"Boaz came from Beth-lehem, unto her, Come hither, and eat of and said unto the reapers, Jehovah the bread, and dip thy morsel in the be with you. And they answered vinegar. And she sat beside the him, Jehovah bless thee. 5 Then reapers; and 5 they reached her said Boaz unto his servant that was parched grain, and she did eat, and set over the reapers, Whose damsel was sufficed, and left thereof. 15 is this? 6 And the servant that was And when she was risen up to glean, set over the reapers answered and Boaz commanded his young men, said, It is the Moabitish damsel saying, Let her glean even among that came back with Naomi out of the sheaves, and reproach her not. the country of Moab: 7 and she 16 And also pull out some for her said, Let me glean, I pray you, and from the

bundles, and leave it, and gather after the reapers among the let her glean, and rebuke her not. sheaves. So she came, and hath 17 So she gleaned in the field uncontinued even from the morning til even; and she beat out that which until now, save that she tarried a she had gleaned, and it was about an little in the house.

ephah of barley. 18 And she took 8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, it up, and went into the city; and Hearest thou not, my daughter? her mother-in-law saw what she had Go not to glean in another field, gleaned : and she brought forth and neither pass from hence, but abide gave to her that which she had left 1 That is, Pleasant.

after she was sufficed. 19 And her 2 That is, Bitter. 3 Or, valor

4 Heb. to the heart of,

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Ruth asks Boaz to do a Kinsman's Part mother-in-law said unto her, Where and drunk, and his heart was merry, hast thou gleaned to-day? and where he went to lie down at the end of hast thou wrought? blessed be he the heap of grain: and she came that did take knowledge of thee. softly, and uncovered his feet, and And she showed her mother-in-law laid her down. 8 And it came to with whom she had wrought, and pass at midnight, that the man was said, The man's name with whom I afraid, and turned himself; and, wrought to-day is Boaz. 20 And behold, a woman lay at his feet. Naomi said unto her daughter-in- 9 And he said, Who art thou? And law, Blessed be he of Jehovah, who she answered, I am Ruth thy handhath not left off his kindness to the maid: spread therefore thy skirt living and to the dead. And Naomi over thy handmaid; for thou art 5 a said unto her, The man is nigh of near kinsman. 10 And he said, kin unto us, l'one of our near kins- Blessed be thou Jehovah, my

21 And Ruth the Moabitess daughter: thou hast showed more said, Yea, he said unto me, Thou kindness in the latter end than at shalt keep fast by my young men, the beginning, inasmuch as thou foluntil they have ended all my har- lowedst not young men, whether vest. 22 And Naomi said unto poor or rich. 11 And now, my Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is daughter, fear not; I will do to good, my daughter, that thou go thee all that thou sayest; for all the out with his maidens, and that they 6 city of my people doth' know that meet thee not in any other field. thou art a worthy woman. 12 And 23 So she kept fast by the maidens now it is true that I am a near kinsof Boaz, to glean unto the end of man; howbeit there is a kinsman barley harvest and of wheat harvest; nearer than I. 13 Tarry this night, and she dwelt with her mother-in- and it shall be in the morning, that law,

if he will perform unto thee the part 3

And Naomi her mother-in-law of a kinsman, well ; let him do the

said unto her, My daughter, kinsman's part: but if he will not shall I not seek 2 rest for thee, that do the part of a kinsman to thee, it may be well with thee? 2 And then will I do the part of a kinsman now is not Boaz our kinsman, with to thee, as Jehovah liveth: lie down whose maidens thou wast? Behold, until the morning. he winnoweth barley to-night in the 14 And she lay at his feet until threshing-floor. 3° Wash thyself the morning: and she rose up before therefore, and anoint thee, and put one could discern another. For he thy raiment upon thee, and get thee said, Let it not be known that the down to the threshing-floor; but woman came to the threshing-floor. make not thyself known unto the 15 And he said, Bring the mantle man, until he shall have done eating that is upon thee, and hold it; and and drinking. 4 And it shall be, she held it;, and he measured six when he lieth down, that thou shalt measures of barley, and laid it on mark the place where he shall lie, her: and 7 he went into the city. 16 and thou shalt go in, and uncover And when she came to her motherhis feet, and lay thee down; and he in-law, she said, 8 Who art thou, will tell thee what thou shalt do. my daughter? And she told her all 5 And she said unto her, All that that the man had done to her. thou 3 sayest I will do.

17 And she said, These six measures 6 And she went down unto the of barley gave he me ; for he said, threshing-floor, and did according Go not empty unto thy mother-into all that her mother-in-law bade

4 Or, startled her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten 5 Or, one that hath the right to redeem Heb. Be one of them that hath the right to redeem

goel.

6 Heb. gate. See ch. 4. 1, 11.

7 Acc. to Vulg. and Syr., she went. Ping-plare

8 Or, How hast thou faned trading is, sayest unto me.

9 Another reading is, said to me.

See Lev. 25. 25.

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Boaz redeems Elimelech's Inheritance. He marries Ruth. Birth of Obed law. 18 Then said she, Sit still, my hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover Ruth daughter, until thou know how the the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, matter will fall; for the man will have I purchased to be my wife, not rest, until he have finished the to raise up the name of the dead thing this day.

upon his inheritance, that the name 4 Now Boaz went up to the gate, of the dead be not cut off from

and sat him down there : and, among his brethren, and from the behold, the near kinsman of whom gate of his place: ye are witnesses Boaz spake came by; unto whom he this day. 11 And all the people şaid, Ho, such a one! turn aside, șit that were in the gate, and the elders, down here. And he turned aside, said, We are witnesses. Jehovah and sat down. 2 And he took ten make the woman that is come into men of the elders of the city, and thy house like Rachel and like Leah, said. Sit ye down here. And they which two did build the house of sat down. 3 And he said unto the Israel: and 3 do, thou worthily in near kinsman, Naomi, that is come Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethagain out of the country of Moab, lehem: 12 and let thy house be like selleth the parcel of land, which was the house of Perez, whom Tamar our brother Elimelech's: 4 and I bare unto Judah, of the seed which thought to 1 disclose it unto thee, Jehovah shall give thee of this saying, Buy it before them that sit young woman. here, and before the elders of my 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she people. If thou wilt redeem it, re- became his wife; and he went in deem it: but if 2 thou wilt not re-unto her, and Jehovah gave her deem it, then tell me, that I may conception, and she bare a son. know; for there is none to redeem 14 And the women said unto Naomi, it besides thee; and I am after thee. Blessed be Jehovah, who hath not And he said, I will redeem it. left thee this day without a near

Then said Boaz, What day thou kinsman; and let his name be huyest the field of the hand of famous in Israel. 15 And he shall Naomi, thou must buy it also of be unto thee a restorer of life, and a Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the nourisher of thine old age; for thy dead, to raise up the name of the daughter-in-law, who loveth thee, dead upon his inheritance. 6 And who is better to thee than seven the near kinsman said, I cannot sons, hath borne him. 16 And redeem it for myself, lest I mar Naomi took the child, and laid it mine own inheritance: take thou in her bosom, and became nurse unmy right of redemption on thee; for to it. 17 And the women her neighI cannot redeem it.

bors gave it a name, saying, There 7 Now this was the custom in for- is a son born to Naomi; and they mer time in Israel concerning re- called his name Obed: he is the deeming and concerning

exchanging, father of Jesse, the father of to confirm all things: a man drew David. off his shoe, and gave it to his neigh 18 Now these are the generations bor; and this was the manner of of Perez: Perez begat Hezron, attestation in Israel. 8 So the near

19 and Hezron begat Ram, and kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for Ram begat Amminadab, 20 and Amthyself. And he drew off his shoe. minadab begat Nahshon, and Nah9 And Boaz said unto the elders, shon begat Salmon, 21 and Salmon and unto all the people, Ye are wit- begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, nesses this day, that I have bought 22 and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse all that was Elimelech's, and all that begat

David. was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the

3 Or, get thee wealth (or, power)
1 Heb. uncorer thine ear.
? So Sept., Vulg., and Syr. Heb. he will.

4 Heb. Ishai.
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Elkanah and his Two Wives. Hannah prays for a Child 1

Now there was a certain man soul, and prayed unto Jehovah, and

of Ramathaim-zophim, of the wept sore. 11 And she vowed a hill-country of Ephraim, and his vow, and said, O Jehovah of hosts, name was Élkanah, the son of Jero- | if thou wilt 'indeed look on the ham, the son of Elihu, the son of affliction of thy handmaid, and reTohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraim- member me, and not forget thy ite: 2 and he had two wives; the handmaid, but wilt give unto thy name of the one was Hannah, and handmaid'la man-child, then I will the name of the other Peninnah : give him unto Jehovah all the days and Peninnah had children, but of his life, and there shall no razor Hannah had no children, 3 And come upon his head. this man went up out of his city 12 And it came to pass, as she from year to year to worship and continued praying before Jehovah, to sacrifice unto Jehovah of hosts in that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Shiloh.. And the two sons of Eli, Hannah, she spake in her heart; Hophni and Phinehas, priests untó only her lips moved, but her voice Jehovah, were there. 4 And when was not heard: therefore Eli thought the day came that Elkanah sacri- she had been drunken. 14 And Eli ficed, he gave to Peninnah his wife, said unto her, How long wilt thou and to all her sons and her daugh- | be drunken? put away thy wine ters, portions : 5 but unto Hannah from thee. 15 And Hannah anhe gave a double portion ; for he swered and said, No, my lord, I am loved Hannah, but Jehovah had a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I shut up her womb. 6 And her rival have drunk neither wine nor strong provoked her sore, to make her fret, drink, but I poured out my soul be because Jehovah had shut up her fore Jehovah. 16 Count not thy womb. 7 And as he did so year by handmaid for a wicked woman; for year, when she went up to the house out of the abundance of my comof Jehovah, so she provoked her ; plaint and my provocation have I therefore she wept, and did not eat. I spoken hitherto. 17 Then Eli an. 8 And Elkanah her husband said swered and said, Go in peace; and unto her, Hannah, why weepest the God of Israel grant thy petition thou? and why eatest thou not? that thou hast asked of him. 18 And and why, is thy heart grieved ? | she said, Let thy handmaid find am not I better to thee than ten favor in thy sight. So the woman sons?

went her way, and did eat; and 9 So Hannah rose up after they her countenance had eaten in Shiloh, and after they sad. had drunk. Now Eli the priest was 19 And they rose up in the mornsitting upon his seat by the door. ing early, and worshipped before t of the temple of Jehovah. Jehovah, and returned, and came d she was in bitterness of

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Samuel born, and given to Jehovah. Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving to their house to Ramah. And 3 Talk

more exceeding Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and proudly ; Jehovah remembered her; 20 and it Let not arrogancy come out of came to pass, when the time was your mouth; come about, that Hannah conceived, For Jehovah is a God of knowland bare a son; and she called his edge, name Samuel, saying, Because I

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by him actions have asked him of Jehovah.

weighed. 21 And the man Elkanah, and all 4 The bows of the mighty men are his house, went up to offer unto Je broken; hovah the yearly sacrifice, and his And they that stumbled are vow. 22 But Hannah went not up; girded with strength. for she said unto her husband, I will 5 They that were full have hired not go up until the child be weaned; out themselves for bread; and then I will bring him, that he And they that were hungry 5 have

ceased to hunger : there appear before Jehovah

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Yea, the barren hath borne nah her husband said unto her, Do seven: what seemeth thee good ; tarry until

And she that hath many children thou have weaned him; only Jeho languisheth. vah establish his word, So the 6 Jehovah killeth, and maketh woman tarried and gave her son alive: suck, until she weaned him. 24 And He bringeth down to Sheol, and when she had weaned him, she took bringeth up. him up with her, with three bul- 7 Jehovah maketh poor, and maklocks, and one ephah of meal, and eth rich : a bottle of wine, and brought him He bringeth low, he also lifteth unto the house of Jehovah in up. Shiloh: and the child was young:

8 He raiseth up the poor out of the 25 And they slew the bullock, and dust, brought the child to Eli. 26 And He lifteth up the needy from the she said, Oh, my lord,

as thy soul dunghill, liveth, my lord, I am the woman To make them sit with princes, that stood by thee here, praying And inherit the throne of glory : unto Jehovah. 27 For this child For the pillars of the earth are I prayed; and Jehovah hath given Jehovah's, me my petition which I asked of And he hath set the world upon him : 28 therefore also I have them. 3 granted him to Jehovah; as long 9 He will keep the feet of his 6 holy as he liveth he is granted to Jeho ones; vah. And he worshipped Jehovah But the wicked shall be put to there.

silence in darkness; 2 And Hannah prayed, and

For by strength shall no man

prevail. My heart exulteth in Jehovah; 10 They that strive with Jehovah My horn is exalted in Jehovah;

shall be broken to pieces; My mouth is enlarged over mine Against them will he thunder in enemies;

heaven: Because I rejoice in thy salva Jehovah will judge the ends of tion.

the earth; 2 There is none holy as Jehovah ;

And he will give strength unto For there is none besides thee,

his king, Neither is there any rock like our 4 According to another reading, Though mi God.

tions be not weighed.

5 Or, have rest 1 The Sept. and Syr. have, a bullock three 6 Or, yodly ones Another reading is, hu 2 Or, skin 3 Or, lent

years old.

one.

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