Ruth and Boaz Meet
1Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side named Boaz. He was a prominent man of noble character # Ru 1:2 from Elimelech’s family.
2Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, “Will you let me go into the fields and gather fallen grain # Lv 19:9-10; 23:22 behind someone who allows me to? ”
Naomi answered her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3So Ruth left and entered the field to gather grain behind the harvesters. She happened # Pr 16:33; 20:24 to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family.
4Later, when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he said to the harvesters, “The Lord be with you.” # 1Sm 20:13
“The Lord bless you,” # 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 land of Moab. 7She asked, ‘Will you let me gather fallen grain among the bundles behind the harvesters? ’ She came and has remained from early morning until now, except that she rested a little in the shelter.” # LXX reads until evening she has not stopped in the field ; Vg reads now and she did not return to the house ; Hb uncertain
8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. # 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? # Either sexual or physical harassment When you are thirsty, go and drink from the jars the young men have filled.”
10She bowed with her face to the ground # 1Sm 25:23,41 and said to him, “Why are you so kind to notice me, although I am a foreigner? ”
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 the land of your birth, and how you came to a people you didn’t previously know. 12May the Lord reward you for what you have done, # 1Sm 24:19 and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” # Ru 1:16; Ps 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 63:7
13“My lord,” she said, “you have been so kind to me, for you have comforted and encouraged # Lit and spoken to the heart of your slave, 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 26 quarts # 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. Then she brought out what she had left over from her meal and gave it to her.
19Then her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you gather barley today, and where did you work? May the Lord bless the man who noticed you.” # Ps 41:1
Ruth told her mother-in-law about the men she had worked with and said, “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz.”
20Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, # 2Sm 2:5 who has not forsaken his # Or His kindness to the living or the dead.” # Ru 1:8 Naomi continued, “The man is a close relative. He is one of our family redeemers.” # Lv 25:25-26; Ru 3:9,12; 4:1-8,14; Ps 19:14; Is 41:14
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 work # Lit go out with his female servants, so that nothing will happen to you in another field.” 23Ruth stayed close to Boaz’s female servants and gathered grain until the barley and the wheat harvests were finished. # Dt 16:9 And she lived with # Some Hb mss, Vg read she returned to her mother-in-law.