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Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22

Mourning Lost Tribe

1Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, “None of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin in marriage.”2So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.3They said, “Why, O LORD, God of Israel, has this come about in Israel, so that one tribe should be missing today in Israel?”4It came about the next day that the people arose early and built an altar there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.

5Then the sons of Israel said, “Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up in the assembly to the LORD?” For they had taken a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”6And the sons of Israel were sorry for their brother Benjamin and said, “One tribe is cut off from Israel today.7“What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the LORD not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?”

Provision for Their Survival

8And they said, “What one is there of the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah?” And behold, no one had come to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.9For when the people were numbered, behold, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there.10And the congregation sent 12,000 of the valiant warriors there, and commanded them, saying, “Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.11“This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man.”12And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

13Then the whole congregation sent word and spoke to the sons of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.14Benjamin returned at that time, and they gave them the women whom they had kept alive from the women of Jabesh-gilead; yet they were not enough for them.15And the people were sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.

16Then the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?”17They said, “There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, so that a tribe will not be blotted out from Israel.18“But we cannot give them wives of our daughters.” For the sons of Israel had sworn, saying, “Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.”

19So they said, “Behold, there is a feast of the LORD from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south side of Lebonah.”20And they commanded the sons of Benjamin, saying, “Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,21and watch; and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to take part in the dances, then you shall come out of the vineyards and each of you shall catch his wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.22“It shall come about, when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, that we shall say to them, ‘Give them to us voluntarily, because we did not take for each man of Benjamin a wife in battle, nor did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.’”23The sons of Benjamin did so, and took wives according to their number from those who danced, whom they carried away. And they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the cities and lived in them.24The sons of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and family, and each one of them went out from there to his inheritance.

25In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Naomi Widowed

1Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.2The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.3Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.4They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.5Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.

6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food.7So she departed from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.8And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.9“May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.10And they said to her, “No, but we will surely return with you to your people.”11But Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?12“Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons,13would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me.”

Ruth’s Loyalty

14And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.17“Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”18When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

19So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”20She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.21“I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

22So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

John 4:4-42

4And He had to pass through Samaria.5So He *came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph;6and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

7There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.9Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”11She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?12“You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”13Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15The woman *said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”16He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’;18for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”19The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.20“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”21Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.22“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.24“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”25The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”26Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

27At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”28So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men,29“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”30They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

31Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”32But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”33So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”34Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.35“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.36“Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.37“For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’38“I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

The Samaritans

39From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”40So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.41Many more believed because of His word;42and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Psalm 105:1-15

1Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;

Make known His deeds among the peoples.

2Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;

Speak of all His wonders.

3Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

4Seek the LORD and His strength;

Seek His face continually.

5Remember His wonders which He has done,

His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,

6O seed of Abraham, His servant,

O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!

7He is the LORD our God;

His judgments are in all the earth.

8He has remembered His covenant forever,

The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

9Thecovenant which He made with Abraham,

And His oath to Isaac.

10Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,

To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

11Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

As the portion of your inheritance,”

12When they were only a few men in number,

Very few, and strangers in it.

13And they wandered about from nation to nation,

From one kingdom to another people.

14He permitted no man to oppress them,

And He reproved kings for their sakes:

15“Do not touch My anointed ones,

And do My prophets no harm.”

Proverbs 14:25

25A truthful witness saves lives,

But he who utters lies is treacherous.