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 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 Bethlehemjudah.
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.
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 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 she had heard in the country of Moab how
that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
Wherefore 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 to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as all of you have
dealt with the dead, and with me.
The LORD grant you that all of you may find rest, each of
you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their
voice, and wept.
they said unto her, Surely we will return with you unto your people.
And Naomi said, Return, my daughters: why will all of you
go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say,
I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
all of you tarry for them till they were grown? would all of you stay for them
from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieves me much for your sakes
that the hand of the LORD is gone out 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, your sister in law is gone back unto
her people, and unto her gods: return you after your sister in law.
And Ruth said, Implore me not to leave you, or to return
from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I
will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God:
Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried: the
LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me.
When she saw that she was steadfastly 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 Bethlehem, that 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 has dealt very bitterly with me.
I went out full and the LORD has brought me home again empty:
why then call all of you me Naomi, seeing the LORD has testified against me, and
the Almighty has afflicted me?
So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter
in law, with her, which 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 ears of corn after him in whose 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 part of 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 answered him, The LORD bless you.
said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
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, I pray you, let me glean and gather after
the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and has continued even from the morning
until now, that she tarried a little in the house.
Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hear you not, my daughter? Go
not to glean in another field, neither go from behind, but abide here fast by
yours eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go you after them: have I not
charged the young men that they shall not touch you? and when you are thirsty,
go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why
have I found grace in yours eyes, that you should take knowledge of me, seeing
I am a stranger?
Boaz answered and said unto her, It has fully been showed me, all that you have
done unto your mother in law since the death of yours husband: and how you have
left your father and your mother, and the land of your nativity, and are come
unto a people which you knew not in time past.
The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given
you of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you are come to trust.
she said, Let me find favour in your sight, my lord; for that you have comforted
me, and for that you have spoken friendly unto yours handmaid, though I be not
like unto one of yours handmaidens.
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come you here, and eat
of the bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers:
and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
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 let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her,
and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that
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 she
had reserved after she was sufficed.
And her mother in law said unto her, Where have you gleaned
to day? and where wrought you? blessed be he that did take knowledge of you. 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
the LORD, who has not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And
Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, You shall 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 you go out with his maidens, that they meet you not in any other
she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and
of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.
Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter,
shall I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?
And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens you
were? Behold, he winnows barley to night in the threshing floor.
Wash yourself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment
upon you, and get you down to the floor: but make not yourself known unto the
man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
And it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall mark
the place where he shall lie, and you shall go in, and uncover his feet, and lay
you down; and he will tell you what you shall do.
And she said unto her, All that you says unto me I will
she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law
when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at
the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and
laid her down.
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 are you? And she answered, I am Ruth yours
handmaid: spread therefore your skirt over yours handmaid; for you are a near
he said, Blessed be you of the LORD, my daughter: for you have showed more kindness
in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as you followed not young men,
whether poor or rich.
And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to you all that
you require: for all the city of my people does know that you are a virtuous woman.
now it is true that I am your near kinsman: nevertheless there is a kinsman nearer
this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto you 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 you, then will I do the part of a kinsman to you, as
the LORD lives: 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 you have upon you, and
hold it. And when she held it, he measured six 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 are
you, 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 to me, Go not empty unto your mother in law.
Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until you know how
the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished
the thing this day.
Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and,
behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spoke 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 all of you down here. And they sat down.
And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that has come again
out of the country of Moab, sells a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
I thought to advertise you, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before
the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it: but if you will not
redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside
you; and I am after you. And he said, I will redeem it.
Then said Boaz, What day you buy the field of the hand of
Naomi, you 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 kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest
I ruin mine own inheritance: redeem you my right to yourself; for I cannot redeem
this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning
changing, in order to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave
it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for you. So
he drew off his shoe.
And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people,
All of you 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: all of you are witnesses this day.
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders,
said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that has come into yours house
like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do you
worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
And let your house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar
bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give you of this young woman.
Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave
her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which
has not left you this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
he shall be unto you a restorer of your life, and a nourisher of yours old age:
for your daughter in law, which loves you, which is better to you than seven sons,
has born him.
Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
the women her neighbours 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.
these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez brings forth Hezron,
And Hezron brings forth Ram, and Ram brings forth Amminadab,
Amminadab brings forth Nahshon, and Nahshon brings forth Salmon,
And Salmon brings forth Boaz, and Boaz brings forth Obed,
Obed brings forth Jesse, and Jesse brings forth David.