Ruth 1:12-2212Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that athe hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to bher gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. cYour people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. dMay the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 eAnd when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
Naomi and Ruth Return19So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, fthe whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; ▼
▼ Naomi means pleasantcall me hMara, ▼
▼ Mara means bitterfor the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 jI went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” 22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem kat the beginning of barley harvest.
Ruth Meets Boaz1Now Naomi had la relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was mBoaz. 2And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and nglean among the ears of grain after him oin whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. 4And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, p“The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” 5Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, qwho came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.” ▼
▼Compare Septuagint, Vulgate; the meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” 10Then sshe fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should ttake notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11But Boaz answered her, u“All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 vThe Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” 13Then she said, w“I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.” 14And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until xshe was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.” 17So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah ▼
▼An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 litersof barley. 18And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over zafter being satisfied. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man aawho took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, ab“May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken acthe living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of adour redeemers.” 21And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor1Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek aerest for you, that it may be well with you? 2Is not Boaz afour relative, agwith whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 ahWash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” 5And she replied, “All that you say I will do.” 6So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and aihis heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! 9He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. ajSpread your wings ▼
▼Compare 2:12; the word for wings can also mean corners of a garmentover your servant, for you are ala redeemer.” 10And he said, am“May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than anthe first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are aoa worthy woman. 12And now it is true that I am apa redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. 13Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will aqredeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, aras the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.” 14So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city. 16And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’” 18She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”
Boaz Redeems Ruth1Now Boaz had gone up to asthe gate and sat down there. And behold, atthe redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.
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