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LECTURE XII.

HISTORY OF RUTH.

Ruth ii. 5, 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, 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. 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? And Boaz an-

swered 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. 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 favor 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 unto

her, At meal-time come thou hither, and eat of the bread,

and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the

reapers and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat,

and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to

glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her

glean even amoug the sheaves, and reproach her not. And

let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and

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