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
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
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