Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” David replied, “I am the son of your servant Jesse in Bethlehem.” 1
David was thirsty and said, “How I wish someone would give me some water to drink from the cistern in Bethlehem near the gate!”
Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the descendants of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah and the father of Bethlehem.
David was thirsty and said, “How I wish someone would give me some water to drink 1 from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate!”
The Levite 1 said to him, “We are traveling from Bethlehem 2 in Judah to the remote region of the Ephraimite hill country. That’s where I’m from. I had business in Bethlehem in Judah, but now I’m heading home. 3 But no one has invited me into their home.
This man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to find another place to live. He came to the Ephraimite hill country and made his way to Micah’s house. 1
(Now the man’s name was Elimelech, 1 his wife was Naomi, 2 and his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. 3 They were of the clan of Ephrath 4 from Bethlehem in Judah.) They entered the region of Moab and settled there. 5
They took Asahel’s body and buried him in his father’s tomb at Bethlehem. 1 Joab and his men then traveled all that night and reached Hebron by dawn.
(5:1) As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 1 seemingly insignificant 2 among the clans of Judah – from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, 3 one whose origins 4 are in the distant past. 5
But as for me, when I was returning from Paddan, Rachel died – to my sorrow 1 – in the land of Canaan. It happened along the way, some distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there on the way to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem). 2
During the time of the judges 1 there was a famine in the land of Judah. 2 So a man from Bethlehem 3 in Judah went to live as a resident foreigner 4 in the region of Moab, along with his wife and two sons. 5
All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May 1 you prosper 2 in Ephrathah and become famous 3 in Bethlehem. 4
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. 1 Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, 2 for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons.” 3