May 18

Ruth 1

1Now there came a time, in the days of the judges, when there was no food in the land. And a certain man went from Beth-lehem-judah, he and his wife and his two sons, to make a living-place in the country of Moab.

2And 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 Beth-lehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and were there for some time.

3And Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, came to his end; and only her two sons were with her.

4And they took two women of Moab as their wives: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth; and they went on living there for about ten years.

5And Mahlon and Chilion came to their end; and the woman was without her two sons and her husband.

6So she and her daughters-in-law got ready to go back from the country of Moab, for news had come to her in the country of Moab that the Lord, in mercy for his people, had given them food.

7And she went out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah.

8And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go back to your mothers’ houses: may the Lord be good to you as you have been good to the dead and to me:

9May the Lord give you rest in the houses of your husbands. Then she gave them a kiss; and they were weeping bitterly.

10And they said to her, No, but we will go back with you to your people.

11But Naomi said, Go back, my daughters; why will you come with me? Have I more sons in my body, to become your husbands?

12Go back, my daughters, and go on your way; I am so old now that I may not have another husband. If I said, I have hopes, if I had a husband tonight, and might have sons,

13Would you keep yourselves till they were old enough? would you keep from having husbands for them? No, my daughters; but I am very sad for you that the hand of the Lord is against me.

14Then again they were weeping; and Orpah gave her mother-in-law a kiss, but Ruth would not be parted from her.

15And Naomi said, See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods: go back after your sister-in-law.

16But Ruth said, Give up requesting me to go away from you, or to go back without you: for where you go I will go; and where you take your rest I will take my rest; your people will be my people, and your God my God.

17Wherever death comes to you, death will come to me, and there will be my last resting-place; the Lord do so to me and more if we are parted by anything but death.

18And when she saw that Ruth was strong in her purpose to go with her she said no more.

19So the two of them went on till they came to Beth-lehem. And when they came to Beth-lehem all the town was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20And she said to them, Do not let my name be Naomi, but Mara, for the Ruler of all has given me a bitter fate.

21I went out full, and the Lord has sent me back again with nothing; why do you give me the name Naomi, seeing that the Lord has given witness against me, and the Ruler of all has sent sorrow on me?

22So Naomi came back out of the country of Moab, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her; and they came to Beth-lehem in the first days of the grain-cutting.

Ruth 2

1And Naomi had a relation of her husband, a man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

2And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, Now let me go into the field and take up the heads of grain after him in whose eyes I may have grace. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.

3And she went, and came and took up the heads of grain in the field after the cutters; and by chance she went into that part of the field which was the property of Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

4And Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said to the grain-cutters, The Lord be with you. And they made answer, The Lord give you his blessing.

5Then Boaz said to his servant who was in authority over the cutters, Whose girl is this?

6And the servant who was in authority over the cutters said, It is a Moabite girl who came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab;

7And she said to me, Let me come into the grain-field and take up the grain after the cutters. So she came, and has been here from morning till now, without resting even for a minute.

8Then said Boaz to Ruth, Give ear to me, my daughter: do not go to take up the grain in another field, or go away from here, but keep here by my young women:

9Keep your eyes on the field they are cutting, and go after them; have I not given orders to the young men not to put a hand on you? And when you are in need of drink go to the vessels and take of what the young men have put there.

10Then she went down on her face to the earth, and said to him, Why have I grace in your eyes, that you give attention to me, seeing I am from a strange people?

11And Boaz answering said to her, I have had news of everything you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband; how you went away from your father and mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people who are strange to you.

12The Lord give you a reward for what you have done, and may a full reward be given to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take cover.

13Then she said, May I have grace in your eyes, my lord, for you have given me comfort, and you have said kind words to your servant, though I am not like one of your servants.

14And at meal-time Boaz said to her, Come here, and take some of the bread, and put your bit into the wine. And she took her seat among the grain-cutters: and he gave her dry grain, and she took it, and there was more than enough for her meal.

15And when she got ready to take up the grain, Boaz gave his young men orders, saying, Let her take it even from among the cut grain, and say nothing to her.

16And let some heads of grain be pulled out of what has been corded up, and dropped for her to take, and let no sharp word be said to her.

17So she went on getting together the heads of grain till evening; and after crushing out the seed it came to about an ephah of grain.

18And she took it up and went into the town; and she let her mother-in-law see what she had got, and after taking enough for herself she gave her the rest.

19And her mother-in-law said to her, Where did you take up the grain today, and where were you working? May a blessing be on him who gave such attention to you. And she gave her mother-in-law an account of where she had been working, and said, The name of the man with whom I was working today is Boaz.

20And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, May the blessing of the Lord, who has at all times been kind to the living and to the dead, be on him. And Naomi said to her, The man is of our family, one of our near relations.

21And Ruth the Moabitess said, Truly, he said to me, Keep near my young men till all my grain is cut.

22And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, It is better, my daughter, for you to go out with his servant-girls, so that no danger may come to you in another field.

23So she kept near the servant-girls of Boaz to take up the grain till the cutting of the early grain and the cutting of the late grain were ended; and she went on living with her mother-in-law.

Psalms 47

To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.

1 O make a glad noise with your hands, all you peoples; letting your voices go up to God with joy.

2For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is a great King over all the earth.

3He will put down the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.

4He will give us our heritage, the glory of Jacob who is dear to him. (Selah.)

5God has gone up with a glad cry, the Lord with the sound of the horn.

6Give praises to God, make songs of praise; give praises to our King, make songs of praise.

7For God is the King of all the earth; make songs of praise with knowledge.

8God is the ruler over the nations; God is on the high seat of his holy rule.

9The rulers of the peoples have come together, with the people of the God of Abraham; because the powers of the earth are God’s: he is lifted up on high.

Acts 25

1So Festus, having come into that part of the country which was under his rule, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.

2And the chief priests and the chief men of the Jews made statements against Paul,

3Requesting Festus to give effect to their design against him, and send him to Jerusalem, when they would be waiting to put him to death on the way.

4But Festus, in answer, said that Paul was being kept in prison at Caesarea, and that in a short time he himself was going there.

5So, he said, let those who have authority among you go with me, and if there is any wrong in the man, let them make a statement against him.

6And when he had been with them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and on the day after, he took his place on the judge’s seat, and sent for Paul.

7And when he came, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem came round him, and made all sorts of serious statements against him, which were not supported by the facts.

8Then Paul, in his answer to them, said, I have done no wrong against the law of the Jews, or against the Temple, or against Caesar.

9But Festus, desiring to get the approval of the Jews, said to Paul, Will you go up to Jerusalem, and be judged before me there in connection with these things?

10And Paul said, I am before the seat of Caesar’s authority where it is right for me to be judged: I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you are well able to see.

11If, then, I am a wrongdoer and there is a cause of death in me, I am ready for death: if it is not as they say against me, no man may give me up to them. Let my cause come before Caesar.

12Then Festus, having had a discussion with the Jews, made answer, You have said, Let my cause come before Caesar; to Caesar you will go.

13Now when some days had gone by, King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea and went to see Festus.

14And as they were there for some days, Festus gave them Paul’s story, saying, There is a certain man here who was put in prison by Felix:

15Against whom the chief priests and the rulers of the Jews made a statement when I was at Jerusalem, requesting me to give a decision against him.

16To whom I gave answer that it is not the Roman way to give a man up, till he has been face to face with those who are attacking him, and has had a chance to give an answer to the statements made against him.

17So, when they had come together here, straight away, on the day after, I took my place on the judge’s seat and sent for the man.

18But when they got up they said nothing about such crimes as I had in mind:

19But had certain questions against him in connection with their religion, and about one Jesus, now dead, who, Paul said, was living.

20And as I had not enough knowledge for the discussion of these things, I made the suggestion to him to go to Jerusalem and be judged there.

21But when Paul made a request that he might be judged by Caesar, I gave orders for him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.

22And Agrippa said to Festus, I have a desire to give the man a hearing myself. Tomorrow, he said, you may give him a hearing.

23So on the day after, when Agrippa and Bernice in great glory had come into the public place of hearing, with the chief of the army and the chief men of the town, at the order of Festus, Paul was sent for.

24And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all those who are present here with us, you see this man, about whom all the Jews have made protests to me, at Jerusalem and in this place, saying that it is not right for him to be living any longer.

25But, in my opinion, there is no cause of death in him, and as he himself has made a request to be judged by Caesar, I have said that I would send him.

26But I have no certain account of him to send to Caesar. So I have sent for him to come before you, and specially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the business has been gone into, I may have something to put in writing.

27For it seems to me against reason to send a prisoner without making clear what there is against him.

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