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The Marriage of Ruth

1 Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the R36 close F39 relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, "Turn aside, friend, F40 sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down. 2 He took ten men of the elders R37 of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the closest F41 relative, "Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which R38 belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 "So I thought to inform F42 you, saying, `Buy R39 it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if not, F43 tell me that I may know; for there R40 is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.' " And he said, "I will redeem it." 5 Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to R41 raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance." 6 The R42 closest F44 relative said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize F45 my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it."

7 Now this was the R43 custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. 8 So the closest F46 relative said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." And he removed his sandal. 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. 10 "Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that R44 the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court F47 of his birth place; you are witnesses today." 11 All the people who were in the court, F48 and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like R45 Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth F49 in Ephrathah and become F50 famous in Bethlehem. 12 "Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez R46 whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring F51 which the LORD will give you by this young woman."

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the R47 LORD enabled F52 her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women R48 said to Naomi, "Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer F53 today, and may his name become F54 famous in Israel. 15 "May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and R49 F55 is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him."

The Line of David Began Here

16 Then Naomi took the child and F56 laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. 17 The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi!" So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

18 Now these are the generations of Perez: to R50 Perez was F57 born Hezron, 19 and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, 20 and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, 21 and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, 22 and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

F39: Or redeemer
F40: Lit a certain one
F41: Lit redeemer
F42: Lit uncover your ear
F43: Lit no one will redeem
F44: Lit redeemer
F45: Lit ruin
F46: Lit redeemer
F47: Lit gate
F48: Lit gate
F49: Or power
F50: Lit call the name in
F51: Lit seed
F52: Lit gave her conception
F53: Or closest relative
F54: Lit be called in
F55: Lit who
F56: I.e. as her own
F57: Lit begot, and so through v 22

R36: Ruth 3:12
R37: 1 Kings 21:8; Proverbs 31:23
R38: Leviticus 25:25
R39: Jeremiah 32:7f
R40: Leviticus 25:25
R41: Genesis 38:8; Deuteronomy 25:5f; Matthew 22:24
R42: Leviticus 25:25
R43: Deuteronomy 25:8-10
R44: Deuteronomy 25:6
R45: Genesis 29:25-30
R46: Genesis 38:29; 46:12; Ruth 4:18
R47: Genesis 29:31; 33:5
R48: Luke 1:58
R49: Ruth 1:16,17; 2:11,12
R50: Matthew 1:3-6


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