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15 Included were Kattath, Nahallal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages.

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The Levite’s Concubine

19 And it came to pass in those days, (A)when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from (B)Bethlehem in Judah.

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Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab

Now it came to pass, in the days when (A)the judges [a]ruled, that there was (B)a famine in the land. And a certain man of (C)Bethlehem, Judah, went to [b]dwell in the country of (D)Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.

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Footnotes

  1. Ruth 1:1 Lit. judged
  2. Ruth 1:1 As a resident alien

The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—(A)Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went (B)to the country of Moab and remained there.

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The Coming Messiah

“But you, (A)Bethlehem (B)Ephrathah,
Though you are little (C)among the (D)thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be (E)Ruler in Israel,
(F)Whose goings forth are from of old,
From [a]everlasting.”

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 5:2 Lit. the days of eternity

Wise Men from the East

Now after (A)Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men (B)from the East came to Jerusalem,

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 2:1 Gr. magoi

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

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‘But(A) you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
(B)Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

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