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JUDGES V. 20, 21.—They fought from heaven : the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The

river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon : O my soul, thou hast trod-

den down strength.

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with you : and they answered him, The Lord bless thee.



Ruth II. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.-Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set

over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 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: and

she said, I pray you let me glean and gather after the reapers amongst the sheaves : so she came,

and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. 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. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap,
1 SAMUEL I. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.—Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of Mount


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.

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 kuowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger ? And Boaz

answered and said unto her, It bath 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. 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 trust. 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. And Boaz said anto her, At meal-time come thou hither,

and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers : and he

reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up

to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and re-

proach her not. And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them that she

may glean them, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she

had gleaned; and it was about an ephah of barley.

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Ephraim, and his name was Élkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the

son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. 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. 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 there. And when the

time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah, his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters,

portions. But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion : for he loved Hannah : but the Lord had

shut up her womb. And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the

Lord had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the

Lord; so she provokéd her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then said Elkanah, her husband,

to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grioved ?

Am not I better to thee than ten sons?

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1 SAMUEL II. 26.–And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord and also

with men.

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