Bible: Ruth 2:1-23

Ruth Works in the Field of Boaz

2:1 Now Naomi 1  had a relative 2  on her husband’s side of the family named Boaz. He was a wealthy, prominent man from the clan of Elimelech. 3  2:2 One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go 4  to the fields so I can gather 5  grain behind whoever permits me to do so.” 6  Naomi 7  replied, “You may go, my daughter.” 2:3 So Ruth 8  went and gathered grain in the fields 9  behind the harvesters. Now she just happened to end up 10  in the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech.

Boaz and Ruth Meet

2:4 Now at that very moment, 11  Boaz arrived from Bethlehem 12  and greeted 13  the harvesters, “May the Lord be with you!” They replied, 14 May the Lord bless you! 2:5 Boaz asked 15  his servant 16  in charge of the harvesters, “To whom does this young woman belong? 17  2:6 The servant in charge of the harvesters replied, “She’s the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the region of Moab. 2:7 She asked, 18 May I follow the harvesters and gather 19  grain among the bundles?’ 20  Since she arrived she has been working hard 21  from this morning until now 22 except for 23  sitting 24  in the resting hut 25  a short time.” 26 

2:8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, 27  my dear! 28  Do not leave to gather grain in another field. You need not 29  go beyond the limits of this field. You may go along beside 30  my female workers. 31  2:9 Take note of 32  the field where the men 33  are harvesting and follow behind with the female workers. 34  I will tell the men 35  to leave you alone. 36  When you are thirsty, you may go to 37  the water jars 38  and drink some of the water 39  the servants draw.” 40 

2:10 Ruth 41  knelt before him with her forehead to the ground 42  and said to him, “Why are you so kind 43  and so attentive to me, 44  even though 45  I am a foreigner? 46  2:11 Boaz replied to her, 47  “I have been given a full report of 48  all that you have done for your mother-in-law following the death of your husband – how you left 49  your father and your mother, as well as your homeland, and came to live among people you did not know previously. 50  2:12 May the Lord reward your efforts! 51  May your acts of kindness be repaid fully 52  by the Lord God of Israel, from whom you have sought protection! 53  2:13 She said, “You really are being kind to me, 54  sir, 55  for you have reassured 56  and encouraged 57  me, your servant, 58  even though I am 59  not one of your servants! 60 

2:14 Later during the mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and have 61  some food! Dip your bread 62  in the vinegar!” So she sat down beside the harvesters. Then he handed 63  her some roasted grain. She ate until she was full and saved the rest. 64  2:15 When she got up to gather grain, Boaz told 65  his male servants, “Let her gather grain even among 66  the bundles! Don’t chase her off! 67  2:16 Make sure you pull out 68  ears of grain for her and drop them so she can gather them up. Don’t tell her not to! 69  2:17 So she gathered grain in the field until evening. When she threshed 70  what she had gathered, it came to about thirty pounds 71  of barley!

Ruth Returns to Naomi

2:18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw 72  how much grain 73  she had gathered. Then Ruth 74  gave her the roasted grain she had saved from mealtime. 75  2:19 Her mother-in-law asked her, 76  “Where did you gather grain today? Where did you work? May the one who took notice of you be rewarded!” 77  So Ruth 78  told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked. She said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 2:20 Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be rewarded by the Lord because he 79  has shown loyalty to the living on behalf of the dead!” 80  Then Naomi said to her, “This man is a close relative of ours; he is our guardian.” 81  2:21 Ruth the Moabite replied, “He even 82  told me, ‘You may go along beside my servants 83  until they have finished gathering all my harvest!’ 84  2:22 Naomi then said to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “It is good, my daughter, that you should go out to work with his female servants. 85  That way you will not be harmed, which could happen in another field.” 86  2:23 So Ruth 87  worked beside 88  Boaz’s female servants, gathering grain until the end of the barley harvest as well as the wheat harvest. 89  After that she stayed home with her mother-in-law. 90 

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