Ruth 21And Naomi had a friend, an acquaintance of her husband, and the man was a mighty man of the kindred of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz. 2And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, Let me go now to the field, and I will glean among the ears behind the man with whomsoever I shall find favor. And she said to her, Go, daughter. 3And she went; and came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers; and she happened by chance to come on a portion of the land of Boaz, of the kindred of Elimelech. 4And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they said to him, The Lord bless you. 5And Boaz said to his servant who was set over the reapers, Whose young woman is this? 6And his servant who was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi out of the land of Moab. 7And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers. And she came and stood from morning till evening, and rested not, even a little, in the field. 8And Boaz said to Ruth, Have you not heard, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field; and do not depart from here, but join yourself here with my young women. 9Let your eyes be on the field where my men reap, and you shall go after them. Behold, I have charged the young men not to touch you, and when you shall thirst, then you shall go to the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. 10And she fell upon her face, and bowed down to the ground, and said to him, How is it that I have found grace in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, seeing that I am a stranger? 11And Boaz answered and said to her, It has fully been told to me how you have dealt with your mother-in-law after the death of your husband, and how you left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth, and came to a people whom you knew not before. 12The Lord recompense your work; may a full reward be given you of the Lord God of Israel, to whom you have come to trust under His wings. 13And she said, Let me find grace in your sight, my lord, because you have comforted me, and because you have spoken kindly to your maidservant, and behold, I shall be as one of your servants. 14And Boaz said to her, Now it is time to eat; come here, and you shall eat of the bread, and you shall dip your morsel in the vinegar. And Ruth sat by the side of the reapers; and Boaz handed her meal, and she ate, and was satisfied, and left. 15And she rose up to glean; and Boaz charged his young men, saying, Let her even glean among the sheaves, and reproach her not. 16And by all means carry it for her, and you shall surely let fall for her some of that which is heaped up; and let her eat, and glean, and rebuke her not. 17So she gleaned in the field till evening, and beat out that she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barely. 18And she took it up, and went into the city. And her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned, and Ruth brought forth and gave to her the food which she had left from what she had been satisfied with. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, Where have you gleaned today, and where have you worked? Blessed be he that took notice of you. And Ruth told her mother-in-law where she had worked, and said, The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz. 20And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, Blessed is he of the Lord, because He has not failed in His mercy with the living and the dead. And Naomi said to her, This man is our relative, and is one of our relations. 21And Ruth said to her mother-in-law, Yes, he also said to me, Keep close to my young women, until the men shall have finished all my reaping. 22And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is well, daughter, that you went out with his young women; thus they shall not meet you in another field. 23And Ruth joined herself to the young women of Boaz, to glean until they had finished the barley harvest and the wheat harvest.
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