1 Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the
near 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 near kinsman, Naomi, that is come again
out of the country of Moab, selleth the parcel of land, which was our brother
Elimelech's: 4 And I thought to disclose it unto thee, saying, Buy it
before them that sit here, 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 besides 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.
6 And the near kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar
mine own inheritance: take thou my right of redemption on thee; for I cannot
7 Now this was the custom in former time in Israel concerning
redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man drew off
his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the manner of
attestation in Israel. 8 So the near kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for
thyself. And he drew off his shoe. 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. 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. Jehovah make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and
like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in
Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem: 12 and let thy house be like the
house of Perez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Jehovah shall
give thee of this young woman.
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her,
and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said
unto Naomi, Blessed be Jehovah, who hath not left thee this day without a
near kinsman; and let his name be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be
unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age, for thy
daughter-in-law, who loveth thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, hath
borne him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and
became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbors 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.
18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez 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.
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