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The Lord portraying the GEN. XLIX:27—B. C. 1689 HEART-CHARACTER of the * 27 Benjamin shall ravin as a Tribe of Benjamin.

wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

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JUDGES III:12-31—B. C. 1406

12 | And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

13 And he gathered unto him

the children of Ammon and AmaH. L. Boardman was of the and possessed the city of palm

lek, and went and smote Israel, Tribe of Benjamin. --From Webber,

trées. DEUT. XXXIII:12-B. C. 1451 14 So the children of Israel

served Eglon the king of Moab 12 | And of Benjamin he said, eighteen years. The beloved of the LORD shall

15 But when the children of Isdwell in safety by him; and the rael cried unto the LORD, the LORD Lord shall cover him all the day raised them up a deliverer, Ehud long, and he shall dwell between the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a his shoulders.

man left-handed: and by him the * Deut. 33:12 and Gen. 49:27—“And at night he shall divide the spoil,” or Loyalty. The dominant HEART-CHARACTER of the Personality of Benjamin in action. Deut. 10:12And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deut. 8:1-61 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and children of Israel sent a present 20 And Ehud came unto him; unto Eglon the king of Moab. and he was sitting in a summer 16 But Ehud made him a dag- self alone. And Ehud said, I have

parlour, which he had for himger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it And he arose out of his seat.

a message from God unto thee. under his raiment upon his right thigh.

21 And Ehud put forth his left

hand, and took the dagger from 17 And he brought the present his right thigh, and thrust it into unto Eglon king of Moab: and his belly: Eglon was a very fat man.

22 And the haft also went in 18 And when he had made an after the blade; and the fat closed end to offer the present, he sent upon the blade, so that he could away the people that bare the not draw the dagger out of his present.

belly; and the dirt came out. 19 But he himself turned again

23 Then Ehud went forth from the quarries that were by through the porch, and shut the Gilgal, and said, I have a secret doors of the parlour upon him, errand unto thee, O king: who and locked them. said, Keep silence. And all that 24 When he was gone out, his stood by him went out from him. servants came; and when they saw

to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. 5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. 6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

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that, behold, the doors of the par- JUDGES XIX:1-30—B. C. 1406 lour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer 1 And it came to pass in those chamber.

days, when there was no king in 25 And they tarried till they Israel, that there was a certain were ashamed: and, behold, he Levite sojourning on the side of

opened not the doors of the par-mount Ephraim, who took to him is lour; therefore they took a key, a concubine out of Bethlehem

and opened them: and, behold, judah. their lord was fallen down dead 2 And his concubine played the on the earth.

whore against him, and went away C 26 And Ehud escaped while they from him unto her father's house : tarried, and passed beyond the to Bethlehem-judah, and was there quarries, and escaped unto Seirath. four whole months. 27 And it came to pass, when he

3 And her husband arose, and was come, that he blew a trumpet went after her, to speak friendly in the mountain of Ephraim, and unto her, and to bring her again, the children of Israel went down having his servant with him, and with him from the mount, and he a couple of asses: and she brought before them.

him into her father's house: and 28 And he said unto them, Fol- when the father of the damsel saw 1: low after me: for the LORD hath him, he rejoiced to meet him. e delivered your enemies the Moab

4 And his father in law, the ites into your hand.

And they damsel's father, retained him; and I went down after him, and took the he abode with him three days: so fords of Jordan toward Moab, and they did eat and drink, and lodged

there. suffered not a man to pass over.

5 || And it came to pass on the 29 And they slew of Moab at fourth day, when they arose early that time about ten thousand men, in the morning, that he rose up d all lusty, and all men of valour; to depart: and the damsel's father and there escaped not a man. said unto his son in law, Comfort

30 So Moab was subdued that thine heart with a morsel of bread, day under the hand of Israel. And and afterward go your way. the land had rest fourscore years. 6 And they sat down, and did

31 | And after him was Sham- eat and drink both of them togar the son of Anath, which slew gether: for the damsel's father had of the Philistines six hundred men said unto the man, Be content, I with an ox goad: and he also de- pray thee, and tarry all night, and livered Israel.

let thine heart be merry.

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7 And when the man rose up to of these places to lodge all night, depart, his father in law urged in Gibeah, or in Ramah. him: therefore he lodged there 14 And they passed on and went again.

their way; and the sun went down 8 And he arose early in the upon them when they were by morning on the fifth day to de- Gibeah, which belongeth to Benpart: and the damsel's father said, jamin. Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. 15 And they turned aside thithAnd they tarried until afternoon, er, to go in and to lodge in Giband they did eat both of them. eah: and when he went in, he sat

9 And when the man rose up to him down in a street of the city: depart, he, and his concubine, and for there was no man that took his servant, his father in law, the them into his house to lodging. damsel's father, said unto him, 16 || And, behold, there came an Behold, now the day draweth to- old man from his work out of the ward evening, I pray you tarry field at even, which was also of all night: behold, the day groweth mount Ephraim; and he to an end, lodge here, that thine journed in Gibeah: but the men heart may be merry; and to mor- of the place were Benjamites. row get you early on your way, 17 And when he had lifted up that thou mayest go home. his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man

10 But the man would not tarry in the street of the city: and the that night, but he rose up and de- old man said, Whither goest thou? parted, and came over against and whence comest thou? Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and 18 And he said unto him, We there were with him two asses sad- are passing from Bethlehem-judah dled, his concubine also was with toward the side of mount Ephrahim.

im; from thence am I: and I went 11 And when they were by Je- to Bethlehem-judah, but I am now bus, the day was far spent; and going to the house of the LORD; the servant said unto his master, and there is no man that receiveth Come, I pray thee, and let us turn me to house. in into this city of the Jebusites, 19 Yet there is both straw and and lodge in it.

provender for our asses; and there 12 And his master said unto is bread and wine also for me, and him, We will not turn aside hither for thy handmaid, and for the into the city of a stranger, that is young man which is with thy sernot of the children of Israel; we vants: there is no want of any will pass over to Gibeah.

thing 13 And he said unto his servant, 20 And the old man said, Peace Come, and let us draw near to one be with thee; howsoever let all thy

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