Ruth Meets Boaz
1Now Naomi had #ch. 3:2, 12 a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was #ch. 4:21; Matt. 1:5Boaz. 2And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and #[Deut. 24:19] glean among the ears of grain after him #ver. 10, 13in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. 4And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, #Ps. 129:7, 8“The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” 5Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, #ch. 1:22who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”#2:7 Compare Septuagint, Vulgate; the meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” 10Then #[1 Sam. 25:23, 41] she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should #ver. 19take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11But Boaz answered her, #ch. 1:14, 16, 17“All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to 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#[1 Sam. 24:19]The Lord repay 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!” 13Then she said, #ver. 2, 10; Gen. 33:15; 1 Sam. 1:18“I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
14And at mealtime Boaz 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 roasted grain. And she ate until #ver. 18she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”
17So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah#2:17 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters of barley. 18And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over #ver. 14after being satisfied. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man #ver. 10who 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 Boaz.” 20And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, #ch. 3:10; Judg. 17:2; 1 Sam. 15:13; 23:21; 2 Sam. 2:5 “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken #ch. 1:8 the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of #ch. 3:9; 4:14our redeemers.” 21And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.