Boaz Redeems Ruth1Now Boaz had gone up to athe gate and sat down there. And behold, bthe redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. 2And he took ten men cof the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. 4So I thought I would tell you of it and say, d‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you ▼
▼Hebrew hewill not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.” 5Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth ▼
▼Masoretic Text you also buy it from Ruththe Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order gto perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” 6 hThen the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” 7 iNow this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. 8So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal. 9Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to jChilion and to Mahlon. 10Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, kto perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.” 11Then all the people who were lat the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, mwho together nbuilt up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in oEphrathah and pbe renowned in Bethlehem, 12and may your house be like the house of Perez, qwhom Tamar bore to Judah, because rof the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.”
Ruth and Boaz Marry13So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, sand the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 tThen the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without ua redeemer, and may his name vbe renowned in Israel! 15He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, wwho is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 xAnd the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Genealogy of David18Now these are the generations of Perez: yPerez fathered Hezron, 19Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 zAmminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.
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