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THE STORY OF RUTH.

BY THE

REV. ASHTON OXENDEN,

RECTOR OF PLUCKLEY, KENT,
AUTHOR OF “BAPTISM SIMPLY EXPLAINED,” “ FERVENT

PRAYER,” &c.

Third Edition.

LONDON;
HATCHARD & CO., PICCADILLY,
WERTHEIM, MACINTOSH, AND HUNT,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

1862.

TO THE

MORNING CONGREGATION AT PLUCKLEY,

TO WHOM THE SUBSTANCE OF TIUS

VOLUME WAS PREACHED

IN THE FORM OF LECTURES, THIS

Story of Ruth

IS NOW DEDICATED,

WITH A PRAYER THAT OTHERS, AS WELL AS

THEMSELVES, MAY FIND IN IT

SOMETHING TO INTEREST THEIR MINDS,

AND TOUCH THEIR HEARTS.

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3.-THE FAREWELL . . . . . . . . . .

4.—THE RIGHT CHOICE. . . . . . . . .

5.—THE RETURN . . . . . . . .

6.—THE STRANGER IN THE HARVEST FIELD

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7.—THE SUCCESSFUL GLEANER . . . . . . 82

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CHAPTER I.

THE FAMINE.

Ruth 1. 1, 2. Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land : and a certain man of Bethlehem-Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

And the name of the man was Elimelech, and tbe name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of BethlehemJudah.

A PARENT uses different methods to instruct his children; for if he always made a practice of teaching every lesson in the same way, it would soon

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