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And she shewed thee down; and he will tell thee her mother in law with whom she what thou shalt do. had wrought, and said, The man's 5 And she said unto her, All that name with whom I wrought to day thou sayest unto me I will do. is Boaz.

6 And she went down unto the 20 And Naomi said unto her floor, and did according to all that daughter in law, Blessed be he of her mother in law bade her. the Lord, who hath not left off his 7 And when Boaz had eaten and kindness to the living and to the drunk, and his heart was merry, he dead. And Naomi said unto her, went to lie down at the end of the The man is near of kin unto us, heap of corn: and she came softly, one of our next kinsmen.

and uncovered his feet, and laid her 21 And Ruth the Moabitess down. said, He said unto me also, Thou 8 And it came to pass at midshalt keep fast by my young men, night, that the man was afraid, and until they have ended all my har- turned himself: and, behold, a wovest.

man lay at his feet. 22 And Naomi said unto Ruth 9 And he said, Who art thou ? her daughter in law, It is good, my And she answered, I am Ruth thine daughter, that thou go out with his handmaid: spread therefore thy maidens, that they meet thee not in skirt over thine handmaid; for thou any other field.

art a near kinsman. 23 So she kept fast by the maid- 10 And he said, Blessed be thou ens of Boaz to glean unto the end of the Lord, my daughter : for thou of barley harvest and of wheat har- hast shewed more kindness in the vest; and dwelt with her mother in latter end than at the beginning, law.

inasmuch as thou followedst not young men,

whether CHAP. III.



11 And now, my daughter, fear THEN Naomi her mother in law not; I will do to thee all that thou said unto her, My daughter, shall I requirest: for all the city of my not seek rest for thee, that it may people doth know that thou art a be well with thee?

virtuous woman. 2 And now is not Boaz of our 12 And now it is true that I am kindred, with whose maidens thou thy near kinsman: howbeit there is wast? Behold, he winnoweth bar- a kinsman nearer than I. ley to night in the threshingfloor. 13 Tarry this night, and it shall

3 Wash thyself therefore, and be in the morning, that if he will anoint thee, and put thy raiment perform unto thee the part of a upon thee, and get thee down to the kinsman, well; let him do the kinsfloor: but make not thyself known man's part: but if he will not do unto the man, until he shall have the part of a kinsman to thee, then done eating and drinking.

will I do the part of a kinsman to 4 And it shall be, when he lieth thee, as the Lord liveth : lie down down, that thou shalt mark the place until the morning. where he shall lie, and thou shalt 14 And she lay at his feet until go in, and uncover his feet, and lay 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.

15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, 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.

16 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.

17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.

18 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.

know : for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.

5 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.

6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.

8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

9 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.

10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I pur chased 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


his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel : and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lebem :

12 And let thy house be like the

CHAP. IV. Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there : and, behold, the 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.

2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's :

4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, 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

house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman.

13 So 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 hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

17 And 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.

18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,

19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,

20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,

21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.




CHAP. I. Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah : and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in

Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.

4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Penin nah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions :

5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion ; for he loved Hannah : but the Lord had shut up her womb.

6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut


her womb.

7 And as he did so year by year,

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