Ruth, chapter 1
1: In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the
land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the
country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
2: The name of the man was Elim'elech and the name of his wife
Na'omi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chil'ion; they
were Eph'rathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of
Moab and remained there.
3: But Elim'elech, the husband of Na'omi, died, and she was left
with her two sons.
4: These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and
the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years;
5: and both Mahlon and Chil'ion died, so that the woman was
bereft of her two sons and her husband.
6: Then she started with her daughters-in-law to return from the
country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord
had visited his people and given them food.
7: So she set out from the place where she was, with her two
daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of
8: But Na'omi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return
each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as
you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9: The Lord grant that you may find a home, each of you in the
house of her husband!" Then she kissed them, and they lifted up
their voices and wept.
10: And they said to her, "No, we will return with you to
11: But Na'omi said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you
go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your
12: Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to
have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a
husband this night and should bear sons,
13: would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you
therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly
bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone forth
14: Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah
kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15: And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to
her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
16: But Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave you or to return
from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I
will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God;
17: where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the
Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you."
18: And when Na'omi saw that she was determined to go with her,
she said no more.
19: So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And
when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them;
and the women said, "Is this Na'omi?"
20: She said to them, "Do not call me Na'omi, call me Mara,
for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21: I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why
call me Na'omi, when the Lord has afflicted me and the Almighty has
brought calamity upon me?"
22: So Na'omi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her
daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And
they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
Ruth, chapter 2
1: Now Na'omi had a kinsman of her husband's, a man of wealth, of
the family of Elim'elech, whose name was Bo'az.
2: And Ruth the Moabitess said to Na'omi, "Let me go to the
field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I
shall find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my
3: So she set forth and went and gleaned in the field after the
reapers; and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to
Bo'az, who was of the family of Elim'elech.
4: And behold, Bo'az came from Bethlehem; and he said to the
reapers, "The Lord be with you!" And they answered, "The
Lord bless you."
5: Then Bo'az said to his servant who was in charge of the
reapers, "Whose maiden is this?"
6: And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered,
"It is the Moabite maiden, who came back with Na'omi from the
country of Moab.
7: She said, `Pray, let me glean and gather among the sheaves
after the reapers.' So she came, and she has continued from early
morning until now, without resting even for a moment."
8: Then Bo'az said to Ruth, "Now, listen, my daughter, do
not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my
9: Let your eyes be upon the field which they are reaping, and go
after them. Have I not charged the young men not to molest you? And when
you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have
10: Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to
him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take
notice of me, when I am a foreigner?"
11: But Bo'az answered her, "All that you have done for your
mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me,
and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to
a people that you did not know before.
12: The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full
reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings
you have come to take refuge!"
13: Then she said, "You are most gracious to me, my lord,
for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your maidservant, though
I am not one of your maidservants."
14: And at mealtime Bo'az said to her, "Come here, and eat
some bread, and dip your morsel in the wine." So she sat beside the
reapers, and he passed to her parched grain; and she ate until she was
satisfied, and she had some left over.
15: When she rose to glean, Bo'az instructed his young men,
saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach
16: And also pull out some from the bundles for her, and leave it
for her to glean, and do not rebuke her."
17: So she gleaned in the field until evening; then she beat out
what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
18: And she took it up and went into the city; she showed her
mother-in-law what she had gleaned, and she also brought out and gave
her what food she had left over after being satisfied.
19: And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean
today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of
you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and
said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Bo'az."
20: And Na'omi said to her daughter-in-law, "Blessed be he
by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the
dead!" Na'omi also said to her, "The man is a relative of
ours, one of our nearest kin."
21: And Ruth the Moabitess said, "Besides, he said to me,
`You shall keep close by my servants, till they have finished all my
22: And Na'omi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, "It is
well, my daughter, that you go out with his maidens, lest in another
field you be molested."
23: So she kept close to the maidens of Bo'az, gleaning until the
end of the barley and wheat harvests; and she lived with her
Ruth, chapter 3
1: Then Na'omi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter,
should I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you?
2: Now is not Bo'az our kinsman, with whose maidens you were?
See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3: Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your best
clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself
known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
4: But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then,
go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to
5: And she replied, "All that you say I will do."
6: So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her
mother-in-law had told her.
7: And when Bo'az had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry,
he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came
softly, and uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8: At midnight the man was startled, and turned over, and behold,
a woman lay at his feet!
9: He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am
Ruth, your maidservant; spread your skirt over your maidservant, for you
are next of kin."
10: And he said, "May you be blessed by the Lord, my
daughter; you have made this last kindness greater than the first, in
that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich.
11: And now, my daughter, do not fear, I will do for you all that
you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of worth.
12: And now it is true that I am a near kinsman, yet there is a
kinsman nearer than I.
13: Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will do the part
of the next of kin for you, well; let him do it; but if he is not
willing to do the part of the next of kin for you, then, as the Lord
lives, I will do the part of the next of kin for you. Lie down until the
14: So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before
one could recognize another; and he said, "Let it not be known that
the woman came to the threshing floor."
15: And he said, "Bring the mantle you are wearing and hold
it out." So she held it, and he measured out six measures of
barley, and laid it upon her; then she went into the city.
16: And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How
did you fare, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had
done for her,
17: saying, "These six measures of barley he gave to me, for
he said, `You must not go back empty-handed to your
18: She replied, "Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the
matter turns out, for the man will not rest, but will settle the matter
Ruth, chapter 4
1: And Bo'az went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold,
the next of kin, of whom Bo'az had spoken, came by. So Bo'az said,
"Turn aside, friend; sit down here"; and he turned aside and
2: And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said,
"Sit down here"; so they sat down.
3: Then he said to the next of kin, "Na'omi, who has come
back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land which
belonged to our kinsman Elim'elech.
4: So I thought I would tell you of it, and say, Buy it in the
presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my
people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not, tell me,
that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I
come after you." And he said, "I will redeem it."
5: Then Bo'az said, "The day you buy the field from the hand
of Na'omi, you are also buying Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the
dead, in order to restore the name of the dead to his inheritance."
6: Then the next of kin said, "I cannot redeem it for
myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption
yourself, for I cannot redeem it."
7: Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning
redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his
sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in
8: So when the next of kin said to Bo'az, "Buy it for
yourself," he drew off his sandal.
9: Then Bo'az said to the elders and all the people, "You
are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Na'omi all
that belonged to Elim'elech and all that belonged to Chil'ion and to
10: Also Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought
to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance,
that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and
from the gate of his native place; you are witnesses this day."
11: Then all the people who were at the gate, and the elders,
said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming
into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house
of Israel. May you prosper in Eph'rathah and be renowned in Bethlehem;
12: and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar
bore to Judah, because of the children that the Lord will give you by
this young woman."
13: So Bo'az took Ruth and she became his wife; and he went in to
her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.
14: Then the women said to Na'omi, "Blessed be the Lord, who
has not left you this day without next of kin; and may his name be
renowned in Israel!
15: He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your
old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than
seven sons, has borne him."
16: Then Na'omi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and
became his nurse.
17: And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying,
"A son has been born to Na'omi." They named him Obed; he was
the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18: Now these are the descendants of Perez: Perez was the father
19: Hezron of Ram, Ram of Ammin'adab,
20: Ammin'adab of Nahshon, Nahshon of Salmon,
21: Salmon of Bo'az, Bo'az of Obed,
22: Obed of Jesse, and Jesse of David.