Ruth Pleases Boaz

Ruth Pleases Boaz


It happened that Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers:
"The Lord be with you."
And they answered him: "The Lord bless you."
Then Boaz said to the servant who was in charge of the reapers: "Whose girl is that?"

The servant in charge of the reapers answered and said: "It is the Moabitish girl who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
 She asked permission to gather and glean after the reapers among the sheaves,
 so she came and has worked since morning,
until just now when she rested a little in the shelter."

Then Boaz said to Ruth: "Do you hear me, my daughter? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go away from here but stay close by my maid-servants.
 Watch the field where they reap and follow them.
 I have ordered the servants not to touch you.
 And when you are thirsty,
 go to the water jars and drink from the water which the young men have drawn."

Then she fell on her face and bowed herself to the ground and said to him:
"Why should I have found favour in your eyes,
 that you should take notice of me, seeing that I am a stranger?"

Boaz answered and said to her: "I have heard all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband,
 and how you have left your father and mother and the land of your birth,
 and have come to a people you had never known before.
May the Lord repay your good deeds, and may a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel under whose wings you have come to rest."

Then she said: "Let me find favour in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me by speaking friendly words to your handmaid,
 when I am not in truth a handmaid of yours."

And Boaz said to her: "At meal time come here and eat of the bread and dip your piece into the sauce."

So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed her parched grain,
 and she ate until she had had enough, and then left.
When she arose to glean again, Boaz gave orders to his young men,
saying: "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.
And also let fall some handfuls on purpose for her,
 and leave them so that she may glean them, and do not stop her."

So she gleaned in the field until evening, and threshed out what she had gleaned.
She gathered it up and went into the city
 and showed her mother-in-law what she had gleaned.
Her mother-in law said to her: "Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be he that took notice of you."

She told her mother-in Law with whom she had worked,
 saying: "The man with whom I worked today is named Boaz."
Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law: "May the Lord bless him, for the Lord has not stopped showing kindness to the living and the dead."
And she added: "The man is near of kin to us, one of our next kinsmen."
Ruth said: "He told me, too, to stay near his young men until they have finished his harvest."
And Naomi said to Ruth: "It is good that you go out with his maid-servants, so that you do not go into any other field.

So Ruth stayed close to the maidens of Boaz to glean until the end of the
barley harvest and of the wheat harvest; and she lived with her mother-in-law.


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