Bible: Ruth 3:6-15

Ruth Visits Boaz

3:6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law had instructed her to do. 1  3:7 When Boaz had finished his meal and was feeling satisfied, he lay down to sleep at the far end of the grain heap. 2  Then Ruth 3  crept up quietly, 4  uncovered his legs, 5  and lay down beside him. 6  3:8 In the middle of the night he was startled 7  and turned over. 8  Now 9  he saw a woman 10  lying beside him! 11  3:9 He said, “Who are you?” 12  She replied, “I am Ruth, your servant. 13  Marry your servant, 14  for you are a guardian of the family interests.” 15  3:10 He said, “May you be rewarded 16  by the Lord, my dear! 17  This act of devotion 18  is greater than what you did before. 19  For you have not sought to marry 20  one of the young men, whether rich or poor. 21  3:11 Now, my dear, don’t worry! 22  I intend to do for you everything you propose, 23  for everyone in the village 24  knows that you are a worthy woman. 25  3:12 Now yes, it is true that 26  I am a guardian, 27  but there is another guardian who is a closer relative than I am. 3:13 Remain here tonight. Then in the morning, if he agrees to marry you, 28  fine, 29  let him do so. 30  But if he does not want to do so, I promise, as surely as the Lord lives, to marry you. 31  Sleep here until morning.” 32  3:14 So she slept beside him 33  until morning. She woke up while it was still dark. 34  Boaz thought, 35 No one must know that a woman visited the threshing floor.” 36  3:15 Then he said, “Hold out the shawl 37  you are wearing 38  and grip it tightly.” As she held it tightly, he measured out about sixty pounds 39  of barley into the shawl and put it on her shoulders. Then he 40  went into town,

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