And it came to pass in the days when the judges
judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of
Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife,
and 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
Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the
country of 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 Ruth: and they
dwelt there about ten years. And Mahlon and
Chilion died both of them; and the woman was left of her two children and
of her husband.
Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that
she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the
country of Moab how that Jehovah had visited his people in giving them
bread. And she went forth out of the place where
she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way
to return unto the land of Judah. And Naomi said
unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each of you to her mother's
house: Jehovah deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and
with me. Jehovah grant you that ye may find rest,
each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them, and they
lifted up their voice, and wept. And they said
unto her, Nay, but we will return with thee unto thy people.
And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why
will ye go with me? have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your
husbands? Turn again, my daughters, go your way;
for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I
should even have a husband to-night, and should also bear sons;
would ye therefore tarry till they were grown?
would ye therefore stay from having husbands? nay, my daughters, for it
grieveth me much for your sakes, for the hand of Jehovah is gone forth
against me. And they lifted up their voice, and
wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her.
And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone
back unto her people, and unto her god: return thou after thy
sister-in-law. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to
leave thee, and to return from following after thee, for whither thou
goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall
be my people, and thy God my God; where thou
diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: Jehovah do so to me, and
more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
And when she saw that she was stedfastly minded
to go with her, she left off speaking unto her.
So they two went until they came to Bethlehem.
And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city
was moved about them, and the women said, Is this Naomi?
And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call
me Mara; for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
I went out full, and Jehovah hath brought me
home again empty; why call ye me Naomi, seeing Jehovah hath testified
against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her
daughter-in-law, with her, who returned out of the country of Moab: and
they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a
mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz.
And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me
now go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose
sight I shall find favor. 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 the portion of the field
belonging unto Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said
unto the reapers, Jehovah be with you. And they answered him, Jehovah
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 came back with Naomi
out of the country of Moab: And she said, Let me
glean, I pray you, and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she
came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, save that she
tarried a little in the house.
Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my
daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither pass 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 men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst,
go unto the vessels, 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 favor in thy sight, that
thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a foreigner?
And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath
fully been showed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since
the death of thy husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy
mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people that thou
knewest not heretofore. Jehovah recompense thy
work, and a full reward be given thee of Jehovah, the God of Israel, under
whose wings thou art come to take refuge. Then
she said, Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord, for that thou hast
comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken kindly unto thy handmaid,
though I be not as one of thy handmaidens.
And at meal-time Boaz said unto her, Come
hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she
sat beside the reapers, and they reached her parched grain, and she did
eat, and was sufficed, and left thereof. And
when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let
her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not.
And also pull out some for her from the bundles,
and leave it, and let her glean, and rebuke her not.
So she gleaned in the field until even; and she
beat out that which she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
And she took it up, and went into the city; and
her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth and gave
to her that which she had left after she was sufficed.
And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast
thou gleaned to-day? and where hast thou wrought? blessed be he that did
take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had
wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz.
And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed
be he of Jehovah, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to
the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is nigh of kin unto us, one of
our near kinsmen. And Ruth the Moabitess said,
Yea, he said unto me, Thou will keep fast by my young men, until they
have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto
Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with
his maidens, and that they 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; and she dwelt
with her mother-in-law.
And Naomi her mother-in-law said unto her, My
daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose
maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the
threshing-floor. Wash thyself therefore, and
anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the
threshing-floor, but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall
have done eating and drinking. And it shall be,
when he lieth down, that thou will mark the place where he shall lie, and
thou will go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will
tell thee what thou will do. And she said unto
her, All that thou sayest I will do.
And she went down unto the threshing-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 heap of grain: 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 at his feet.
And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am
Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou
art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou
of Jehovah, my daughter: thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end
than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether
poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I
will do to thee all that thou sayest; for all the city of my people doth
know that thou art a worthy woman. And now it is
true that I am a 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 kinsman, well;
let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman
to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as Jehovah liveth:
lie down until the morning.
And she lay at his feet until the morning. And
she rose up before one could discern another. For he said, Let it not be
known that the woman came to the threshing-floor.
And he said, Bring the mantle that is upon thee,
and hold it; and she held it; and he measured six measures of
barley, and laid it on her: and he 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 the man had
done to her. And she said, These six
measures of barley gave he me; for he said, Go not empty unto thy
mother-in-law. Then said she, Sit still, my
daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall; for the man will not
rest, until he have finished the thing this day.
Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat him down
there: and, behold, the near kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom
he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned 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 near kinsman, Naomi, that is
come again out of the country of Moab, selleth the parcel of land, which
was our brother Elimelech's: And I thought to
disclose it unto thee, saying, Buy it before them that sit here, and
before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if
thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is none
to redeem it besides thee; and I am after 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 the Moabitess,
the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his
inheritance. And the near kinsman said, I cannot
redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: take thou my right
of redemption on thee; for I cannot redeem it.
Now this was the custom in former time in
Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all
things: a man drew off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was
the manner of attestation in Israel. So
the near kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thyself. And 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 all that was
Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of
Naomi. 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 from among
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. Jehovah make the woman that is come
into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of
Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
and let thy house be like the house of Perez,
whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Jehovah shall give thee of
this young woman.
So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and
he went in unto her, and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be
Jehovah, who hath not left thee this day without a near kinsman; and let
his name be famous in Israel. And he shall be
unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age, for thy
daughter-in-law, who loves thee, who is better to thee than seven sons,
hath borne him. And Naomi took the child, and
laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
And the women her neighbors gave it a name,
saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is
the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez
begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram
begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon,
and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz,
and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and
Jesse begat David.