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Ruth Returns to Naomi

2:18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw72 how much grain73 she had gathered. Then Ruth74 gave her the roasted grain she had saved from mealtime.75 2:19 Her mother-in-law asked her,76 “Where did you gather grain today? Where did you work? May the one who took notice of you be rewarded!”77 So Ruth78 told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked. She said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 2:20 Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be rewarded by the Lord because he79 has shown loyalty to the living on behalf of the dead!”80 Then Naomi said to her, “This man is a close relative of ours; he is our guardian.”81 2:21 Ruth the Moabite replied, “He even82 told me, ‘You may go along beside my servants83 until they have finished gathering all my harvest!’ ”84 2:22 Naomi then said to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “It is good, my daughter, that you should go out to work with his female servants.85 That way you will not be harmed, which could happen in another field.”86 2:23 So Ruth87 worked beside88 Boaz’s female servants, gathering grain until the end of the barley harvest as well as the wheat harvest.89 After that she stayed home with her mother-in-law.90


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