Ruth and Boaz Meet
Naomi answered her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
“The Lord bless you,”2:4 Nm 6:24 they replied.
5Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, “Whose young woman is this?”
6The servant answered, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the territory of Moab.
7She asked, ‘Will you let me gather fallen grain among the bundles behind the harvesters? ’ She came and has been on her feet since early morning, except that she rested a little in the shelter.”2:7 LXX reads morning, and until evening she has not rested in the field a little; Vg reads morning until now and she did not return to the house; Hb uncertain
8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter.2:8 Lit “Haven’t you heard, my daughter? Don’t go and gather grain in another field, and don’t leave this one, but stay here close to my female servants.
9See which field they are harvesting, and follow them. Haven’t I ordered the young men not to touch you? When you are thirsty, go and drink from the jars the young men have filled.”
11Boaz answered her, “Everything you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband’s death has been fully reported to me: how you left your father and mother and your native land, and how you came to a people you didn’t previously know.
13“My lord,” she said, “I have found favor with you, for you have comforted and encouraged your servant, although I am not like one of your female servants.”
14At mealtime Boaz told her, “Come over here and have some bread and dip it in the vinegar sauce.” So she sat beside the harvesters, and he offered her roasted grain. She ate and was satisfied and had some left over.
15When she got up to gather grain, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her even gather grain among the bundles, and don’t humiliate her.
16Pull out some stalks from the bundles for her and leave them for her to gather. Don’t rebuke her.”
17So Ruth gathered grain in the field until evening. She beat out what she had gathered, and it was about twenty-six quarts2:17 Lit about an ephah of barley.
18She picked up the grain and went into the town, where her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She brought out what she had left over from her meal and gave it to her.
Ruth told her mother-in-law whom she had worked with and said, “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz.”
21Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also told me, ‘Stay with my young men until they have finished all of my harvest.’”
22So Naomi said to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “My daughter, it is good for you to work2:22 Lit go out with his female servants, so that nothing will happen to you in another field.”
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