¶ Now it came to pass in the days when the
judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of
Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his
his two sons.
And the name of the man was
Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons
and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the
Moab, and continued there.
And Elimelech Naomi's husband
died; and she was left, and her two sons.
And they took them wives of the
women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other
and they dwelled there about ten years.
And Mahlon and Chilion died also
both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
¶ Then she arose with her
daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for
heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people
Wherefore she went forth out of
the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and
on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
And Naomi said unto her two
daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal
with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
The LORD grant you that ye may
find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed
they lifted up their voice, and wept.
And they said unto her, Surely
we will return with thee unto thy people.
And Naomi said, Turn again, my
daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my
they may be your husbands?
Turn again, my daughters, go
your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have
I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
Would ye tarry for them till
they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my
daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the
gone out against me.
And they lifted up their voice,
and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto
And she said, Behold, thy
sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return
after thy sister in law.
And Ruth said, Intreat me not
to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou
I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my
and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die,
and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if
death part thee and me.
When she saw that she was
stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
¶ So they two went until they
came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to
all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
And she said unto them, Call me
not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with
I went out full, and the LORD
hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the
hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
So Naomi returned, and Ruth the
Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the
Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
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¶ And Naomi had a kinsman of her
husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his
And Ruth the Moabitess said unto
Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in
sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
And she went, and came, and
gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a
the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
¶ And, behold, Boaz came from
Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they
him, The LORD bless thee.
Then said Boaz unto his servant
that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
And the servant that was set
over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that
with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
And she said, I pray you, let me
glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and
continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in
Then said Boaz unto Ruth,
Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field,
from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
Let thine eyes be on the field
that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young
that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the
and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
Then she fell on her face, and
bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace
eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
And Boaz answered and said unto
her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy
law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father
mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which
knewest not heretofore.
The LORD recompense thy work,
and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose
thou art come to trust.
Then she said, Let me find
favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for
hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one
And Boaz said unto her, At
mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in
vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched
she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
And when she was risen up to
glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among
sheaves, and reproach her not:
And let fall also some of the
handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them,
rebuke her not.
¶ So she gleaned in the field
until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an
And she took it up, and went
into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she
forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
And her mother in law said unto
her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed
that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with
had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is
And Naomi said unto her
daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his
to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near
unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
And Ruth the Moabitess said, He
said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they
all my harvest.
And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter
in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens,
meet thee not in any other field.
So she kept fast by the maidens
of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest;
with her mother in law.
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¶ Then Naomi her mother in law
said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may
And now is not Boaz of our
kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to
Wash thyself therefore, and
anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the
make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating
And it shall be, when he lieth
down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt
and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what
And she said unto her, All that
thou sayest unto me I will do.
¶ And she went down unto the
floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
And when Boaz had eaten and
drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the
corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
And it came to pass at midnight,
that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay
And he said, Who art thou? And
she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over
handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
And he said, Blessed be thou of
the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter
than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men,
And now, my daughter, fear not;
I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my
know that thou art a virtuous woman.
And now it is true that I am
thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
Tarry this night, and it shall
be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a
well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of
kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the
liveth: lie down until the morning.
¶ And she lay at his feet until
the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he
said, Let it
not be known that a woman came into the floor.
Also he said, Bring the vail
that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he
measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
And when she came to her mother
in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that
had done to her.
And she said, These six
measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy
Then said she, Sit still, my
daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will
not be in
rest, until he have finished the thing this day.
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¶ Then went Boaz up to the gate,
and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake
unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he
aside, and sat down.
And he took ten men of the
elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
And he said unto the kinsman,
Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel
which was our brother Elimelech's:
And I thought to advertise thee,
saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my
thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then
that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am
thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
Then said Boaz, What day thou
buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth
Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon
And the kinsman said, I cannot
redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my
thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Now this was the manner in
former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for
confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his
and this was a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto
Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
¶ And Boaz said unto the elders,
and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought
was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand
Moreover Ruth the Moabitess,
the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the
name of the
dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off
his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
And all the people that were in
the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the
is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build
house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in
And let thy house be like the
house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD
give thee of this young woman.
¶ So Boaz took Ruth, and she
was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her
she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi,
Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a
his name may be famous in Israel.
And he shall be unto thee a
restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy
law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath
And Naomi took the child, and
laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
And the women her neighbours
gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called
Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Now these are the generations
of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram
And Amminadab begat Nahshon,
and Nahshon begat Salmon,
And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz
And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse