NASB — Ruth 3 — KJV

Boaz Will Redeem Ruth

1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek Isecurity for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now is not Boaz aour Ikinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. 3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your [best] clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; [but] do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 It shall be when he lies down, that you shall Inotice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.” 5 She said to her, “aAll that you say I will do.”

[1] ILit rest
[2] IOr acquaintance aDt 25:5-10
[4] ILit know
[5] aEp 6:1; Col 3:20

6 ¶ So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and ahis heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and Ibent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a Iclose relative.” 10 Then he said, “aMay you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you Iask, for all my people in the IIcity know that you are aa woman of excellence. 12 Now it is true I am a Iclose relative; however, there is a Irelative closer than I. 13 Remain this night, and when morning comes, aif he will Iredeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to Iredeem you, then I will redeem you, bas the LORD lives. Lie down until morning.”

[7] aJg 19:6, 9; 2S 13:28; 1K 21:7; Es 1:10
[8] ILit twisted himself
[9] IOr redeemer
[10] aRu 2:20
[11] ILit say IILit gate aPv 12:4; 31:10
[12] IOr redeemer
[13] IOr act as close relative to aDt 25:5; Mt 22:24 bJg 8:19; Jr 4:2; 12:16

14 ¶ So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, “aLet it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Again he said, “Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.” So she held it, and he measured six [measures] of barley and laid [it] on her. Then Ishe went into the city. 16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “IHow did it go, my daughter?” And she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 She said, “These six [measures] of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” 18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter Iturns out; for the man will not rest until he has IIsettled it today.”

[14] aRo 14:16; 2Co 8:21
[15] ISo with many mss; M.T. he
[16] ILit Who are you?
[18] ILit falls IILit finished the matter


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By Naomi's instruction,

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 threshingfloor. 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.

[1] Gn 40:14; Dt 4:40; Ru 1:9; Ps 128:2; Jr 22:15; 1Co 7:36; 1Ti 5:8, 14.
[2] Dt 25:5; Ru 2:8, 20, 23; He 2:11.
[3] 2S 14:2; Es 5:1; Ps 104:15; Ec 9:8; Mt 6:17; 1Ti 2:9.
[4] 1Th 5:22.

Ruth lieth at Boaz's feet.

5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

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.

[6] Ex 20:12; Pv 1:8; Jn 2:5; 15:14.
[7] Gn 43:34; Jg 16:25; 19:6, 9, 22; 2S 13:28; Es 1:10; Ps 104:15; Ec 2:24; 3:12; 8:15; 9:7; 10:19; 1Co 10:31; Ep 5:18.

Boaz acknowledgeth the right of a kinsman.

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 rich. 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.

[9] Ru 2:10, 20; 3:12; 1S 25:41; Ezk 16:8; Lk 14:11.
[10] Ru 1:8; 2:4, 20; 1Co 13:4.
[11] Pv 12:4; 31:10, 29.
[12] Ru 4:1; Mt 7:12; 1Th 4:6.
[13] Dt 25:5; Jg 8:19; Ru 2:20; 4:5; Jr 4:2; Mt 22:24; 2Co 1:23; He 6:16.

He sendeth her away with six measures of barley.

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 her. 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.

[14] Ec 7:1; Ro 12:17; 14:16; 1Co 10:32; 2Co 8:21; 1Th 5:22; 1P 2:12.
[15] Is 32:8; Ga 6:10.
[16] Ru 3:16.
[18] Ps 37:3; Is 28:16; 30:7.


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