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Boaz Meets Ruth
2Ruth the Moabite told Naomi, “Please allow me to go out to the fields and glean grain behind anyone who shows me kindness.”
So Naomi replied, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
3So she went out, proceeded to the field, and gleaned behind the harvesters. And it happened that she came to the portion of land belonging to Boaz, of the family of Elimelech.
4Now when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he told the harvesters, “The LORD be with you.”
“May the LORD bless you!” they replied.
6The foreman ofc the harvesters answered, “She is the Moabite who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7She asked us, ‘Please allow me to glean what’s left of the grain behind the harvesters.’ So she came out and has continued workingd from dawn until now, except for a short time in a shelter.”
Boaz Shows Kindness to Ruth
8Boaz then addressed Ruth: “Listen, my daughter!e Don’t glean in any other field. Don’t even leave this one, and be sure to stay close to my women servants. 9Keep your eyes on the field where they are harvesting, and follow them. I’ve ordered my young men not to botherf you, haven’t I? And when you are thirsty, drink from the water vessels that the young men have filled.”
10At this she fell prostrate, bowing low to the ground, and asked him, “Why is it that you’re showing me kindness by noticing me, since I’m a foreigner?”
11Boaz answered her, “It has been clearly disclosed to me all that you have done for your mother-in-law following the death of your husband—how you abandoned your father, your mother, and your own land, and came to a people you did not previously know. 12May the LORD repay you for your work, and may a full reward be given you from the LORD God of Israel, under whose wingsg you have come for refuge.”
14At lunchtime, Boaz invited her, “Come on over, have some food, and dip your bread in our oil andi vinegar.” So she sat down beside the harvesters, and he handed her some roasted grain, which she ate until she was satisfied. She kept what was left over.
Boaz the Benefactor
15After she had left to glean, Boaz commanded his servants,j “Allow her to glean also among the cut sheaves, and don’t taunt her. 16One other thingk —drop some handfulsl deliberately, leaving them for her so she can gather it. And don’t bother her.” 17So Ruthm gathered grain out in the field until dusk, and then threshed what she had gathered—about a week’s supplyn of barley. 18She picked up her graino and went back to town.
Her mother-in-law noticed how much Ruthp had gleaned and had brought back from what was left over from her lunch. 19So her mother-in-law quizzed her, “Where did you glean today? Where, precisely, did you work? May the one who took notice of you be blessed.”
So Ruth told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked. She said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
20Naomi replied, “May the one who hasn’t abandoned his gracious love to the living or to the dead be blessed by the LORD.” Naomi added, “This man is closely related to us, our related redeemer,q as a matter of fact!”
21Then Ruth the Moabite woman added, “He also told me ‘Stay close to my young men until they have completed my entire harvest.’”
22Naomi responded to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “It is prudent, my daughter, for you to go out with his women servants, so someone won’t attack you in another field.” 23So Ruthr continued to stay close to the young women who worked for Boaz, gathering grain until both the barley and wheat harvests were complete, all the while living with her mother-in-law.
a 2:1 The Heb. lacks late
b 2:5 Or the young man over
c 2:6 Or The young man over
d 2:7 The Heb. lacks working
e 2:8 Lit. Will you not listen, my daughter?
f 2:9 Or touch
g 2:12 Or garment; cf. 3:9
h 2:13 Lit. spoken to the heart of
i 2:14 The Heb. lacks oil and
j 2:15 Or young men
k 2:16 Lit. her. Also
l 2:16 Or portions
m 2:17 Lit. she
n 2:17 Lit. an ephah; i.e. enough to support Naomi and Ruth for at least five or six days
o 2:18 The Heb. lacks her grain
p 2:18 Lit. she
q 2:20 i.e. a close male relative responsible to redeem inheritances (Lev. 25:25), to free relatives from indentured servitude (Lev. 25:47-55), to avenge deaths (Deut. 19:1-13), and to financially support, care for, and (in certain limited cases) to marry a widow related to him (Deut. 25:5-10); and so throughout the book
r 2:23 Lit. she