08 Rth 2:01-23 Ruth meets Boaz


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.


behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with
you. And they answered 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 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
hath continued even from the morning until now, 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 go 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 grace in thine eyes, that thou
shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?


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 thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy
mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou
knewest not heretofore.


The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD
God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.


Then she said, Let me find favor in
thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast
spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine


And Boaz
said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy
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.


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:


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 hast
thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? 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 the LORD, who hath 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.


And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt 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, 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 dwelt with her mother in law.