NASB — Ruth 4 — KJV

The Marriage of Ruth

1 Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, athe Iclose relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, “Turn aside, IIfriend, sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. 2 He took ten men of the aelders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the Iclosest relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land awhich belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 So I thought to Iinform you, saying, ‘aBuy [it] before those who are sitting [here], and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem [it], redeem [it]; but if IInot, tell me that I may know; for bthere is no one but you to redeem [it], and I am after you.’” And he said, “I will redeem [it].” 5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order ato raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.” 6 aThe Iclosest relative said, “I cannot redeem [it] for myself, because I would IIjeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem [it] for yourself; you [may have] my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem [it].”

[1] IOr redeemer IILit a certain one aRu 3:12
[2] a1K 21:8; Pv 31:23
[3] ILit redeemer aLv 25:25
[4] ILit uncover your ear IILit no one will redeem aJr 32:7f bLv 25:25
[5] aGn 38:8; Dt 25:5f; Mt 22:24
[6] ILit redeemer IILit ruin aLv 25:25

7 ¶ Now this was a[the custom] in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange [of land] to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the [manner of] attestation in Israel. 8 So the Iclosest relative said to Boaz, “Buy [it] for yourself.” And he removed his sandal. 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. 10 Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so athat the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the Icourt of his [birth] place; you are witnesses today.” 11 All the people who were in the Icourt, and the elders, said, “[We are] witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home alike Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve IIwealth in Ephrathah and IIIbecome famous in Bethlehem. 12 Moreover, may your house be like the house of aPerez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the Ioffspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman.”

[7] aDt 25:8-10
[8] ILit redeemer
[10] ILit gate aDt 25:6
[11] ILit gate IIOr power IIILit call the name in aGn 29:25-30
[12] ILit seed aGn 38:29; 46:12; Ru 4:18

13 ¶ So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And athe LORD Ienabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the awomen said to Naomi, “Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a Iredeemer today, and may his name IIbecome famous in Israel. 15 May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you Iaand is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”

[13] ILit gave her conception aGn 29:31; 33:5
[14] IOr closest relative IILit be called in aLk 1:58
[15] ILit who aRu 1:16, 17; 2:11, 12

The Line of David Began Here

16 Then Naomi took the child Iand laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. 17 The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

[16] II.e. as her own

18 ¶ Now these are the generations of Perez: ato Perez Iwas born Hezron, 19 and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, 20 and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, 21 and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, 22 and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

[18] ILit begot, and so through v 22 aMt 1:3-6


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Boaz calleth into judgment the next kinsman.

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 down.¬ 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 brother Elimelech's: 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.

[1] Dt 16:18; 17:5; 21:19; 25:7; Ru 3:12; Jb 29:7; 31:21; Is 55:1; Am 5:10, 15; Zc 2:6.
[2] Ex 18:21; 21:8; Dt 29:10; 31:28; 1K 21:8; Pv 31:23; Lm 5:14; Ac 6:12.
[3] Ps 112:5; Pv 13:10.
[4] Gn 23:18; Lv 25:25; Jr 32:7, 10, 25; Ro 12:17; 2Co 8:21; Php 4:8.
[5] Gn 38:8; Dt 25:5; Ru 3:12; Mt 22:24; Lk 20:28.

He refuseth the redemption according to the manner in Israel.

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.

[6] Ru 4:6.
[7] Dt 25:7.

Boaz buyeth the inheritance.

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.

[9] Gn 23:16; Jr 32:10.

He marrieth Ruth.

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 day. 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 Bethlehem: 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 young woman.

[10] Gn 29:18, 27; Dt 25:6; Jsh 7:9; Ps 34:16; 109:15; Pv 18:22; 19:14; 31:10; Is 8:2; 48:19; Ho 3:2; 12:12; Zc 13:2; Mal 2:14; Ep 5:25; He 13:4.
[11] Gn 24:60; 29:32; 30:1; 35:16, 19; 46:8; Nu 26:1; Dt 25:9; Ru 1:2; Ps 127:3; 128:3; 132:6; Pv 14:1; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:6.
[12] Gn 38:29; 46:12; Nu 26:20; 1S 2:20; 1Ch 2:4; Mt 1:3.

She beareth Obed the grandfather of David.

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.

[13] Gn 20:17; 21:1; 25:21; 29:31; 30:2, 22; 33:5; Ru 2:5; 3:11; 4:12; 1S 1:27; Ps 113:9; 127:3.
[14] Gn 12:2; 24:27; 29:35; Ru 4:21; Ps 34:1; 103:1; Is 11:1; Mt 1:5; Lk 1:58; Ro 12:15; 1Co 12:26; 1Th 5:18; 2Th 1:3.
[15] Gn 45:11; 47:12; Ru 1:16; 1S 1:8; Ps 55:22; Pv 18:24; Is 46:4.
[17] Ru 4:15; Lk 1:58.

The generation of Pharez.

18 ¶ Now these [are] the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat¬ Hezron, 19 And Hezron begat¬ Ram, and Ram begat¬ Amminadab, 20 And Amminadab begat¬ Nahshon, and Nahshon begat¬ Salmon, 21 And Salmon begat¬ Boaz, and Boaz begat¬ Obed, 22 And Obed begat¬ Jesse, and Jesse begat¬ David.

[18] 1Ch 2:4; 4:1; Mt 1:3; Lk 3:33.
[19] 1Ch 2:9; Mt 1:4; Lk 3:33.
[20] Nu 1:7; Mt 1:4; Lk 3:32.
[21] 1Ch 2:11, 12; Mt 1:5; Lk 3:32.
[22] 1S 16:1; 1Ch 2:15; Is 11:1; Mt 1:6; Lk 3:31.


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