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of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not
recover them within that time?

07:011:027 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me
wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day
between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

07:011:028 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto
the words of Jephthah which he sent him.

07:011:029 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed
over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead,
and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of

07:011:030 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou
shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine

07:011:031 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of
my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children
of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up
for a burnt offering.

07:011:032 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight
against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.

07:011:033 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith,
even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with
a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were
subdued before the children of Israel.

07:011:034 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his
daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances:
and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor

07:011:035 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his
clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me
very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have
opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.

07:011:036 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy
mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath
proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken
vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of

07:011:037 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me:
let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the
mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

07:011:038 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she
went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the

07:011:039 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she
returned unto her father, who did with her according to his
vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a
custom in Israel,

07:011:040 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the
daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

07:012:001 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went
northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou
over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not
call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee
with fire.

07:012:002 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great
strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye
delivered me not out of their hands.

07:012:003 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my
hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the
LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come
up unto me this day, to fight against me?

07:012:004 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and
fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim,
because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim
among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.

07:012:005 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the
Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which
were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said
unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

07:012:006 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said
Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then
they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and
there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two

07:012:007 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the
Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

07:012:008 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

07:012:009 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent
abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons.
And he judged Israel seven years.

07:012:010 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.

07:012:011 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged
Israel ten years.

07:012:012 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the
country of Zebulun.

07:012:013 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged

07:012:014 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on
threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight

07:012:015 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was
buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the

07:013:001 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the
Philistines forty years.

07:013:002 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the
Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and
bare not.

07:013:003 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said
unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but
thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.

07:013:004 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor
strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:

07:013:005 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor
shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto
God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of
the hand of the Philistines.

07:013:006 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God
came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of
an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he
was, neither told he me his name:

07:013:007 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a
son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any
unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from
the womb to the day of his death.

07:013:008 Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the
man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach
us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

07:013:009 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God
came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah
her husband was not with her.

07:013:010 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and
said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that
came unto me the other day.

07:013:011 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the
man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the
woman? And he said, I am.

07:013:012 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we
order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

07:013:013 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said
unto the woman let her beware.

07:013:014 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither
let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing:
all that I commanded her let her observe.

07:013:015 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let
us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.

07:013:016 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain
me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a
burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah
knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

07:013:017 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name,
that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

07:013:018 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus
after my name, seeing it is secret?

07:013:019 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon
a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wonderously; and
Manoah and his wife looked on.

07:013:020 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from
off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the
flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and
fell on their faces to the ground.

07:013:021 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to
his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

07:013:022 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we
have seen God.

07:013:023 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill
us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat
offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all
these things, nor would as at this time have told us such
things as these.

07:013:024 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the
child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

07:013:025 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the
camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

07:014:001 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of
the daughters of the Philistines.

07:014:002 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said,
I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the
Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

07:014:003 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a
woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my
people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised
Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me;
for she pleaseth me well.

07:014:004 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the
LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for
at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

07:014:005 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to
Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a
young lion roared against him.

07:014:006 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent
him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his
hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had

07:014:007 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased
Samson well.

07:014:008 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside
to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm
of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

07:014:009 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came
to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat:
but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the
carcase of the lion.

07:014:010 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there
a feast; for so used the young men to do.

07:014:011 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought
thirty companions to be with him.

07:014:012 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto
you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days
of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments:

07:014:013 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty
sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him,
Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

07:014:014 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and
out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in
three days expound the riddle.

07:014:015 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto
Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us
the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with
fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?

07:014:016 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but
hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto
the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he
said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my
mother, and shall I tell it thee?

07:014:017 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast
lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told
her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to
the children of her people.

07:014:018 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day
before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what
is stronger than a lion? and he said unto them, If ye had not
plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

07:014:019 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to
Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil,
and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the
riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his
father's house.

07:014:020 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used
as his friend.

07:015:001 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat
harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said,
I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would
not suffer him to go in.

07:015:002 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly
hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her
younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead
of her.

07:015:003 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless
than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.

07:015:004 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took
firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in
the midst between two tails.

07:015:005 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into
the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the
shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and

07:015:006 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they
answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he
had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the
Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.

07:015:007 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will
I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

07:015:008 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he
went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

07:015:009 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread
themselves in Lehi.

07:015:010 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And
they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as
he hath done to us.

07:015:011 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock
Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the
Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast
done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so
have I done unto them.

07:015:012 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we
may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson
said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me

07:015:013 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee
fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not
kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought
him up from the rock.

07:015:014 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against
him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and
the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was
burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

07:015:015 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand,
and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

07:015:016 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps,
with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

07:015:017 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that
he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that
place Ramathlehi.

07:015:018 And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said,
Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy
servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the
hand of the uncircumcised?

07:015:019 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there
came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came
again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof
Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

07:015:020 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty

07:016:001 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in
unto her.

07:016:002 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither.
And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in
the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In
the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.

07:016:003 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took
the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went
away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders,
and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before

07:016:004 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the
valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

07:016:005 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said
unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength
lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we
may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one
of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

07:016:006 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy
great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to
afflict thee.

07:016:007 And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green
withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as
another man.

07:016:008 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven
green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with

07:016:009 Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the
chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee,
Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken
when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.

07:016:010 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and
told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou
mightest be bound.

07:016:011 And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that
never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another

07:016:012 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and
said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there
were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them
from off his arms like a thread.

07:016:013 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me,
and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound.
And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my
head with the web.

07:016:014 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The
Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his
sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the

07:016:015 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when
thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three
times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

07:016:016 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her
words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

07:016:017 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath
not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite
unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my
strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like
any other man.

07:016:018 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she
sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come
up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the
lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money
in their hand.

07:016:019 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a
man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his
head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from

07:016:020 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he
awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other
times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD
was departed from him.

07:016:021 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and
brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass;
and he did grind in the prison house.

07:016:022 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was

07:016:023 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for
to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to
rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our
enemy into our hand.

07:016:024 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they
said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the
destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.

07:016:025 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they
said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they
called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them
sport: and they set him between the pillars.

07:016:026 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer
me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth,
that I may lean upon them.

07:016:027 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of
the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about
three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made

07:016:028 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord God,
remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only
this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the
Philistines for my two eyes.

07:016:029 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the
house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his
right hand, and of the other with his left.

07:016:030 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed
himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords,
and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which
he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his

07:016:031 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down,
and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah
and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he
judged Israel twenty years.

07:017:001 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

07:017:002 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of
silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst,
and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with
me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the
LORD, my son.

07:017:003 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver
to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the
silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven
image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto

07:017:004 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took
two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder,
who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they
were in the house of Micah.

07:017:005 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and
teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his

07:017:006 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did
that which was right in his own eyes.

07:017:007 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family
of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.

07:017:008 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to
sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount
Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

07:017:009 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto
him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn
where I may find a place.

07:017:010 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a
father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of
silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals.
So the Levite went in.

07:017:011 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the
young man was unto him as one of his sons.

07:017:012 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his
priest, and was in the house of Micah.

07:017:013 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good,
seeing I have a Levite to my priest.

07:018:001 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.

07:018:002 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.

07:018:003 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of
the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said
unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in
this place? and what hast thou here?

07:018:004 And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me,
and hath hired me, and I am his priest.

07:018:005 And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God,
that we may know whether our way which we go shall be

07:018:006 And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the LORD is
your way wherein ye go.

07:018:007 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the
people that were therein, how 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.

07:018:008 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and
their brethren said unto them, What say ye?

07:018:009 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we
have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye
still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the

07:018:010 When ye go, 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 of any thing that is in the earth.

07:018:011 And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out
of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with
weapons of war.

07:018:012 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah:
wherefore they called that place Mahanehdan unto this day:
behold, it is behind Kirjathjearim.

07:018:013 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the
house of Micah.

07:018:014 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of
Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do 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.

07:018:015 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the
young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and
saluted him.

07:018:016 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.

07:018:017 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 teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in
the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were
appointed with weapons of war.

07:018:018 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?

07:018:019 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

07:018:020 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 people.

07:018:021 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the
cattle and the carriage before them.

07:018:022 And 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
together, and overtook the children of Dan.

07:018:023 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?

07:018:024 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the
priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what
is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?

07:018:025 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be
heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou
lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.

07:018:026 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw
that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back
unto his house.

07:018:027 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 fire.

07:018:028 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 by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt

07:018:029 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.

07:018:030 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 Dan until the day of the captivity of
the land.

07:018:031 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all
the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

07:019:001 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in
Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side
of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of

07:019:002 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away
from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was
there four whole months.

07:019:003 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 rejoiced
to meet him.

07:019:004 And his father in law, the damsel's father, retained him; and
he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and
lodged there.

07:019:005 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.

07:019:006 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 let thine heart
be merry.

07:019:007 And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged
him: therefore he lodged there again.

07:019:008 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart;
and the damsel's father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray
thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both
of them.

07:019:009 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and
his servant, his father in law, the damsel's father, said unto
him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you
tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge
here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you
early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

07:019:010 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and
departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and
there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was
with him.

07:019:011 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.

07:019:012 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.

07:019:013 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to
one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in

07:019:014 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down
upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to

07:019:015 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 was no man that took them into his house
to lodging.

07:019:016 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the
field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he
sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.

07:019:017 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?

07:019:018 And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah
toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went
to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the
LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

07:019:019 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.

07:019:020 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all
thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

07:019:021 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the
asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

07:019:022 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of
the city, 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 that came into thine
house, that we may know him.

07:019:023 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
wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not
this folly.

07:019:024 Behold, here is my daughter 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

07:019:025 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.

07:019:026 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

07:019:027 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of
the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman
his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and
her hands were upon the threshold.

07:019:028 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none
answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man
rose up, and gat him unto his place.

07:019:029 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 coasts of

07:019:030 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 Egypt unto this day: consider of
it, take advice, and speak your minds.

07:020:001 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation
was gathered together as one man, from Dan even to Beersheba,
with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD in Mizpeh.

07:020:002 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.

07:020:003 (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?

07:020:004 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was slain,
answered and said, I came into Gibeah that belongeth to
Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge.

07:020:005 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house
round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me:
and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.

07:020:006 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her
throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for
they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.

07:020:007 Behold, ye are all children of Israel; give here your advice
and counsel.

07:020:008 And all the people arose as one man, saying, We will not any
of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn into his

07:020:009 But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we
will go up by lot against it;

07:020:010 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 that they have wrought in Israel.

07:020:011 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit
together as one man.

07:020:012 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of
Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among

07:020:013 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial,
which are in Gibeah, that we may put 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.

07:020:014 But the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out
of the cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the
children of Israel.

07:020:015 And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of
the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside
the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred
chosen men.

07:020:016 Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men
lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth,
and not miss.

07:020:017 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four
hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these were men of

07:020:018 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of
God, and asked counsel of God, and said, Which of us shall go
up first to the battle against the children of Benjamin? And
the LORD said, Judah shall go up first.

07:020:019 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and
encamped against Gibeah.

07:020:020 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 Gibeah.

07:020:021 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.

07:020:022 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 day.

07:020:023 (And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD
until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go
up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my
brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)

07:020:024 And the children of Israel came near against the children of
Benjamin the second day.

07:020:025 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second
day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of
Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.

07:020:026 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up,
and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before
the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

07:020:027 And the children of Israel enquired of the LORD, (for the ark
of the covenant of God was there in those days,

07:020:028 And Phinehas, 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 Benjamin my brother, or shall I
cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver
them into thine hand.

07:020:029 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah.

07:020:030 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.

07:020:031 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and
were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite of the
people, and kill, as at other times, in the highways, of which
one goeth up to the house of God, and the other to Gibeah in
the field, about thirty men of Israel.

07:020:032 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.

07:020:033 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and put
themselves in array at Baaltamar: and the liers in wait of
Israel came forth out of their places, even out of the meadows
of Gibeah.

07:020:034 And there came against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of
all Israel, and the battle was sore: but they knew not that
evil was near them.

07:020:035 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of
Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five
thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.

07:020:036 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

07:020:037 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 edge of the sword.

07:020:038 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.

07:020:039 And when the men of Israel retired in the battle, Benjamin
began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty
persons: for they said, Surely they are smitten down before
us, as in the first battle.

07:020:040 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 up to heaven.

07:020:041 And when the men of Israel turned again, the men of Benjamin
were amazed: for they saw that evil was come upon them.

07:020:042 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel
unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them;
and them which came out of the cities they destroyed in the
midst of them.

07:020:043 Thus they inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased
them, and trode them down with ease over against Gibeah toward
the sunrising.

07:020:044 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these
were men of valour.

07:020:045 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.

07:020:046 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and
five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of

07:020:047 But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the
rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.

07:020:048 And the men of Israel turned again upon the children of
Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, as well
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.

07:021:001 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall
not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.

07:021:002 And the people came to the house of God, and abode there till
even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore;

07:021:003 And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in
Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in

07:021:004 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early,
and built there an altar, and offered burnt offerings and
peace offerings.

07:021:005 And the children of Israel said, Who is there among all the
tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto
the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that
came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be
put to death.

07:021:006 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their
brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this

07:021:007 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have
sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters
to wives?

07:021:008 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 Jabeshgilead to the assembly.

07:021:009 For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were none of
the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead there.

07:021:010 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the
valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the
inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with
the women and the children.

07:021:011 And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly
destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

07:021:012 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four
hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any
male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is
in the land of Canaan.

07:021:013 And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children
of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call
peaceably unto them.

07:021:014 And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives
which they had saved alive of the women of Jabeshgilead: and
yet so they sufficed them not.

07:021:015 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the
LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

07:021:016 Then the elders of the congregation said, How shall we do for
wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out
of Benjamin?

07:021:017 And they said, There must be an inheritance for them that be
escaped of Benjamin, that a tribe be not destroyed out of

07:021:018 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters: for the
children of Israel have sworn, saying, Cursed be he that
giveth a wife to Benjamin.

07:021:019 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh
yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the
east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem,
and on the south of Lebonah.

07:021:020 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go
and lie in wait in the vineyards;

07:021:021 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 Shiloh, and go to
the land of Benjamin.

07:021:022 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren 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 unto them at this
time, that ye should be guilty.

07:021:023 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives,
according to their number, of them that danced, whom they
caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and
repaired the cities, and dwelt in them.

07:021:024 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.

07:021:025 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that
which was right in his own eyes.

Book 08 Ruth

08:001:001 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that
there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of
Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and
his wife, and his two sons.

08:001:002 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 Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country
of Moab, and continued there.

08:001:003 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her
two sons.

08:001:004 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.

08:001:005 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman
was left of her two sons and her husband.

08:001:006 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might
return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the
country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in
giving them bread.

08:001:007 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and
her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to
return unto the land of Judah.

08:001:008 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each
to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye
have dealt with the dead, and with me.

08:001:009 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the
house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up
their voice, and wept.

08:001:010 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto
thy people.

08:001:011 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with
me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be
your husbands?

08:001:012 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to
have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should
have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

08:001:013 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay
for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it
grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is
gone out against me.

08:001:014 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah
kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

08:001:015 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her
people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in

08:001:016 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from
following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and
where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my
people, and thy God my God:

08:001:017 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the
LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee
and me.

08:001:018 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her,
then she left speaking unto her.

08:001:019 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to
pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was
moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

08:001:020 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for
the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

08:001:021 I went out full and the LORD hath brought me home again empty:
why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified
against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

08:001:022 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in
law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and
they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

08:002:001 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of
wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

08:002:002 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.

08:002:003 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, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

08:002:004 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the
reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD
bless thee.

08:002:005 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers,
Whose damsel is this?

08:002:006 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and
said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out
of the country of Moab:

08:002:007 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the
reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued
even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in
the house.

08:002:008 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:

08:002:009 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou
after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall
not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the
vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

08:002:010 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that
thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

08:002:011 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.

08:002:012 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee
of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to

08:002:013 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 handmaid, though I be not like unto one of
thine handmaidens.

08:002:014 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime 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 left.

08:002:015 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young
men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and
reproach her not:

08:002:016 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and
leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

08:002:017 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she
had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

08:002:018 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in
law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave
to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.

08:002:019 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.

08:002:020 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the
LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to
the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto
us, one of our next kinsmen.

08:002:021 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt
keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my

08:002:022 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my
daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet
thee not in any other field.

08:002:023 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end
of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her
mother in law.

08:003:001 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall
I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

08:003:002 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou
wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the

08:003:003 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment
upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not
thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating
and drinking.

08:003:004 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the
place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover
his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou
shalt do.

08:003:005 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

08:003:006 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all
that her mother in law bade her.

08:003:007 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he
went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came
softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

08:003:008 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and
turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

08:003:009 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine
handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for
thou art a near kinsman.

08:003:010 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for
thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the
beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether
poor or rich.

08:003:011 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that
thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that
thou art a virtuous woman.

08:003:012 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there
is a kinsman nearer than I.

08:003:013 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he
will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do
the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a
kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee,
as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.

08:003:014 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up
before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be
known that a woman came into the floor.

08:003:015 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and
hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of
barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.

08:003:016 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art
thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done
to her.

08:003:017 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he
said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.

08:003:018 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the
matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he
have finished the thing this day.

08:004:001 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and,
behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he
said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned
aside, and sat down.

08:004:002 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit
ye down here. And they sat down.

08:004:003 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of
the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our
brother Elimelech's:

08:004:004 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the
inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt
redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then
tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it
beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem

08:004:005 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of
Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife
of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his

08:004:006 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I
mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for
I cannot redeem it.

08:004:007 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning
redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things;
a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and
this was a testimony in Israel.

08:004:008 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he
drew off his shoe.

08:004:009 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are
witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was
Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the
hand of Naomi.

08:004:010 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I
purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon
his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from
among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are
witnesses this day.

08:004:011 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders,
said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come
into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did
build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah,
and be famous in Bethlehem:

08:004:012 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare
unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this
young woman.

08:004:013 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in
unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

08:004:014 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath
not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be
famous in Israel.

08:004:015 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
born him.

08:004:016 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became
nurse unto it.

08:004:017 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is
a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the
father of Jesse, the father of David.

08:004:018 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,

08:004:019 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,

08:004:020 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,

08:004:021 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

08:004:022 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Book 09 1 Samuel

09:001:001 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount
Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son
of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

09:001:002 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the
name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but
Hannah had no children.

09:001:003 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to
sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons
of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were

09:001:004 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to
Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters,

09:001:005 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah:
but the LORD had shut up her womb.

09:001:006 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her
fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

09:001:007 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house
of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did
not eat.

09:001:008 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest
thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved?
am not I better to thee than ten sons?

09:001:009 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after
they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post
of the temple of the LORD.

09:001:010 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD,
and wept sore.

09:001:011 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt
indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember
me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine
handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all
the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his

09:001:012 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD,
that Eli marked her mouth.

09:001:013 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but
her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been

09:001:014 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away
thy wine from thee.

09:001:015 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a
sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink,
but have poured out my soul before the LORD.

09:001:016 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of
the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken

09:001:017 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel
grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

09:001:018 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So
the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was
no more sad.

09:001:019 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before
the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and
Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

09:001:020 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after
Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name
Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.

09:001:021 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto
the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

09:001:022 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will
not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring
him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for

09:001:023 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee
good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck
until she weaned him.

09:001:024 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with
three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine,
and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the
child was young.

09:001:025 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

09:001:026 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am
the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

09:001:027 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my
petition which I asked of him:

09:001:028 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he
liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the
LORD there.

09:002:001 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD,
mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over
mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

09:002:002 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee:
neither is there any rock like our God.

09:002:003 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out
of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him
actions are weighed.

09:002:004 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled
are girded with strength.

09:002:005 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and
they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born
seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

09:002:006 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the
grave, and bringeth up.

09:002:007 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and
lifteth up.

09:002:008 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the
beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to
make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the
earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.

09:002:009 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be
silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

09:002:010 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the
ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king,
and exalt the horn of his anointed.

09:002:011 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did
minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

09:002:012 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the

09:002:013 And the priest's custom with the people was, that, when any
man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the
flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his

09:002:014 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot;
all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself.
So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came

09:002:015 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and
said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the
priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

09:002:016 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the
fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth;
then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now:
and if not, I will take it by force.

09:002:017 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the
LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

09:002:018 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded
with a linen ephod.

09:002:019 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to
him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to
offer the yearly sacrifice.

09:002:020 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give
thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the
LORD. And they went unto their own home.

09:002:021 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare
three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before
the LORD.

09:002:022 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all
Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the
door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

09:002:023 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of
your evil dealings by all this people.

09:002:024 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make
the LORD's people to transgress.

09:002:025 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but
if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him?
Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their
father, because the LORD would slay them.

09:002:026 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the
LORD, and also with men.

09:002:027 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus
saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy
father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?

09:002:028 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my
priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an
ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father
all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?

09:002:029 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which
I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons
above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the
offerings of Israel my people?

09:002:030 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy
house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for
ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that
honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be
lightly esteemed.

09:002:031 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the
arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man
in thine house.

09:002:032 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the
wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an
old man in thine house for ever.

09:002:033 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine
altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine
heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the
flower of their age.

09:002:034 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy
two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die
both of them.

09:002:035 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do
according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I
will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine
anointed for ever.

09:002:036 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in
thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver
and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee,
into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of

09:003:001 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And
the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no
open vision.

09:003:002 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in
his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not

09:003:003 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD,
where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;

09:003:004 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

09:003:005 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst
me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and
lay down.

09:003:006 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and
went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And
he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

09:003:007 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of
the LORD yet revealed unto him.

09:003:008 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose
and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me.
And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.

09:003:009 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be,
if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy
servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

09:003:010 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times,
Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant

09:003:011 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in
Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it
shall tingle.

09:003:012 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have
spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an

09:003:013 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for
the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made
themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

09:003:014 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the
iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor
offering for ever.

09:003:015 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the
house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

09:003:016 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he
answered, Here am I.

09:003:017 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto
thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and
more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things
that he said unto thee.

09:003:018 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And
he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

09:003:019 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none
of his words fall to the ground.

09:003:020 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was
established to be a prophet of the LORD.

09:003:021 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed
himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

09:004:001 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out
against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside
Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.

09:004:002 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel:
and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the
Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four
thousand men.

09:004:003 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of
Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before
the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the
LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it
may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

09:004:004 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from
thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which
dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli,
Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant
of God.

09:004:005 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the
camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth
rang again.

09:004:006 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they
said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp
of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD
was come into the camp.

09:004:007 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come
into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not
been such a thing heretofore.

09:004:008 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these
mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with
all the plagues in the wilderness.

09:004:009 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that
ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you:
quit yourselves like men, and fight.

09:004:010 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they
fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great
slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

09:004:011 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni
and Phinehas, were slain.

09:004:012 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to
Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon
his head.

09:004:013 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside
watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when
the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried

09:004:014 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What
meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily,
and told Eli.

09:004:015 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim,
that he could not see.

09:004:016 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army,
and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there
done, my son?

09:004:017 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the
Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among
the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are
dead, and the ark of God is taken.

09:004:018 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God,
that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the
gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man,
and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

09:004:019 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near
to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark
of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband
were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came
upon her.

09:004:020 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her
said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she
answered not, neither did she regard it.

09:004:021 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed
from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of
her father in law and her husband.

09:004:022 And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark
of God is taken.

09:005:001 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from
Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

09:005:002 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into
the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

09:005:003 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold,
Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of
the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

09:005:004 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon
was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the
LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands
were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was
left to him.

09:005:005 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into
Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto
this day.

09:005:006 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he
destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and
the coasts thereof.

09:005:007 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The
ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand
is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

09:005:008 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the
Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark
of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the
God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the
ark of the God of Israel about thither.

09:005:009 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand
of the LORD was against the city with a very great
destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and
great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

09:005:010 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to
pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites
cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God
of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

09:005:011 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the
Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel,
and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and
our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all
the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

09:005:012 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and
the cry of the city went up to heaven.

09:006:001 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines
seven months.

09:006:002 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners,
saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us
wherewith we shall send it to his place.

09:006:003 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel,
send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass
offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to
you why his hand is not removed from you.

09:006:004 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we
shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and
five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the
Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords.

09:006:005 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of
your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the
God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off
you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

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