The Book of Ruth
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there
was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to
sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of
his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion,
Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and
3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left,
and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name
of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled
there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the
woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might
return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab
how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was,
and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return
unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return
each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have
dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in
the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their
voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee
unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye
go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old
to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an
husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye
stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me
much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and
Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back
unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to
return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and
where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy
God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be
buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with
her, then she left speaking unto her.
19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it
came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was
moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me
Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full and the LORD hath brought me home again
empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against
me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter
in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came
to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man
of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to
the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find
grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after
the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging
unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the
reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the
reapers, Whose damsel is this?
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered
and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the
country of Moab:
7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after
the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from
the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter?
Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here
fast by my maidens:
9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go
thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not
touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of
that which the young men have drawn.
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the
ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou
shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been
shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death
of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and
the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest
12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be
given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to
13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my
lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken
friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine
14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither,
and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat
beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and
was sufficed, and left.
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his
young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her
16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for
her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out
that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her
mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to
her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
19 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou
gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take
knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had
wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is
20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he
of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the
dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our
21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou
shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is
good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee
not in any other field.
23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto
the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother
1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter,
shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens
thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the
3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy
raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself
known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt
mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his
feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I
6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to
all that her mother in law bade her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was
merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came
softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was
afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth
thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou
art a near kinsman.
10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter:
for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the
beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or
11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all
that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art
a virtuous woman.
12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit
there is a kinsman nearer than I.
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that
if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the
kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then
will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down
until the morning.
14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose
up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a
woman came into the floor.
15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee,
and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and
laid it on her: and she went into the city.
16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who
art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to
17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me;
for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.
18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know
how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have
finished the thing this day.
1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there:
and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said,
Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat
2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said,
Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again
out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our
4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before
the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem
it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may
know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And
he said, I will redeem it.
5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the
hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of
the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself,
lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I
cannot redeem it.
7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel
concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a
man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a
testimony in Israel.
8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee.
So he drew off his shoe.
9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people,
Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's,
and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I
purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his
inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his
brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the
elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into
thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of
Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom
Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he
went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD,
which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be
famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a
nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee,
which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and
became nurse unto it.
17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying,
There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the
father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat
19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat
21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.