Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters.f As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.g
4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!h”
“The Lord bless you!i” they answered.
6 The overseer replied, “She is the Moabitej who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheavesk behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short restl in the shelter.”
8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-lawp since the death of your husbandq—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not knowr before.s 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord,t the God of Israel,u under whose wingsv you have come to take refuge.w”
13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes,x my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”
14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bready and dip it in the wine vinegar.”
When she sat down with the harvesters,z he offered her some roasted grain.a She ate all she wanted and had some left over.b 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheavesc and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuked her.”
17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshede the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.a f 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left overg after she had eaten enough.
19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!h”
Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
20 “The Lord bless him!i” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.j “He has not stopped showing his kindnessk to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative;l he is one of our guardian-redeemers.b m”
21 Then Ruth the Moabiten said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’ ”
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