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  1. THE FIRST BOOK OF NAOMI HER REIGN AND MINISTRY (1 Naomi)
  2.  
  3. An account of Leah and her husband Samuel and her four daughters, being
  4. called, (beginning at the eldest) Levana, Leilah, Shira, and Naomi.
  5. The Lord warns Leah to depart out of the land of Jerusalem,
  6. because she prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity
  7. and they seek to destroy her life. She taketh three days' journey
  8. into the wilderness with her family. Naomi taketh her sisters
  9. and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the
  10. Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the sons of
  11. Ishmael in marriage. They take their families and depart into the
  12. wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness.
  13. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters.
  14. Naomi's sisters rebel against her. She confoundeth them, and
  15. buildeth a ship. They call the name of the place Bountiful. They
  16. cross the large waters into the promised land, and so forth. This
  17. is according to the account of Naomi; or in other words, I,
  18. Naomi, wrote this record.
  19.  
  20. 1 Naomi 1
  21. Chapter 1
  22.  
  23. 1 Naomi 1:1
  24. 1 I, Naomi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was
  25. taught somewhat in all the learning of my mother; and having seen
  26. many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having
  27. been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a
  28. great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God,
  29. therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
  30.  
  31. 1 Naomi 1:2
  32. 2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my mother, which
  33. consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the
  34. Egyptians.
  35.  
  36. 1 Naomi 1:3
  37. 3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it
  38. with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
  39.  
  40. 1 Naomi 1:4
  41. 4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of
  42. the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my mother, Leah, having
  43. dwelt at Jerusalem in all her days); and in that same year there
  44. came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must
  45. repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
  46.  
  47. 1 Naomi 1:5
  48. 5 Wherefore it came to pass that my mother, Leah, as she went
  49. forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all her heart, in
  50. behalf of her people.
  51.  
  52. 1 Naomi 1:6
  53. 6 And it came to pass as she prayed unto the Lord, there came a
  54. pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before her; and she saw and
  55. heard much; and because of the things which she saw and heard she
  56. did quake and tremble exceedingly.
  57.  
  58. 1 Naomi 1:7
  59. 7 And it came to pass that she returned to her own house at
  60. Jerusalem; and she cast himself upon her bed, being overcome with
  61. the Spirit and the things which she had seen.
  62.  
  63. 1 Naomi 1:8
  64. 8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, she was carried away
  65. in a vision, even that she saw the heavens open, and she thought she
  66. saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless
  67. concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising
  68. their God.
  69.  
  70. 1 Naomi 1:9
  71. 9 And it came to pass that she saw One descending out of the
  72. midst of heaven, and she beheld that his luster was above that of
  73. the sun at noon-day.
  74.  
  75. 1 Naomi 1:10
  76. 10 And she also saw twelve others following him, and their
  77. brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.
  78.  
  79. 1 Naomi 1:11
  80. 11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth;
  81. and the first came and stood before my mother, and gave unto her
  82. a book, and bade her that she should read.
  83.  
  84. 1 Naomi 1:12
  85. 12 And it came to pass that as she read, she was filled with the
  86. Spirit of the Lord.
  87.  
  88. 1 Naomi 1:13
  89. 13 And she read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen
  90. thine abominations! Yea, and many things did my mother read
  91. concerning Jerusalem--that it should be destroyed, and the
  92. inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many
  93. should be carried away captive into Babylon.
  94.  
  95. 1 Naomi 1:14
  96. 14 And it came to pass that when my mother had read and seen
  97. many great and marvelous things, she did exclaim many things unto
  98. the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God
  99. Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and
  100. goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth,
  101. and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who
  102. come unto thee that they shall perish!
  103.  
  104. 1 Naomi 1:15
  105. 15 And after this manner was the language of my mother in the
  106. praising of her God; for her soul did rejoice, and her whole
  107. heart was filled, because of the things which she had seen, yea,
  108. which the Lord had shown unto her.
  109.  
  110. 1 Naomi 1:16
  111. 16 And now I, Naomi, do not make a full account of the things
  112. which my mother hath written, for she hath written many things
  113. which she saw in visions and in dreams; and she also hath written
  114. many things which she prophesied and spake unto her children, of
  115. which I shall not make a full account.
  116.  
  117. 1 Naomi 1:17
  118. 17 But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days.
  119. Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my mother, upon
  120. plates which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I
  121. have abridged the record of my mother then will I make an account
  122. of mine own life.
  123.  
  124. 1 Naomi 1:18
  125. 18 Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord
  126. had shown so many marvelous things unto my mother, Leah, yea,
  127. concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold she went forth
  128. among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto them
  129. concerning the things which she had both seen and heard.
  130.  
  131. 1 Naomi 1:19
  132. 19 And it came to pass that the Jews did mock her because of the
  133. things which she testified of them; for she truly testified of
  134. their wickedness and their abominations; and she testified that
  135. the things which she saw and heard, and also the things which she
  136. read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of the
  137. Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.
  138.  
  139. 1 Naomi 1:20
  140. 20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with
  141. her; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast
  142. out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought her life, that
  143. they might take it away. But behold, I, Naomi, will show unto
  144. you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom
  145. he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even
  146. unto the power of deliverance.
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