Book of Ruth
Book of Ruth — Occurring during the time of the judges, this book tells the story of a foreigner called Ruth, who becomes part of God’s people through marriage.
001:001 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that
there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of
Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and
his wife, and his two sons.
001:002 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his
wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion,
Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country
of Moab, and continued there.
001:003 And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her
001:004 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the
one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they
dwelled there about ten years.
001:005 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman
was left of her two sons and her husband.
001:006 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might
return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the
country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in
giving them bread.
001:007 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and
her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to
return unto the land of Judah.
001:008 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each
to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye
have dealt with the dead, and with me.
001:009 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the
house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up
their voice, and wept.
001:010 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto
001:011 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with
me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be
001:012 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to
have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should
have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
001:013 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay
for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it
grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is
gone out against me.
001:014 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah
kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
001:015 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her
people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in
001:016 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from
following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and
where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my
people, and thy God my God:
001:017 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the
LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee
001:018 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her,
then she left speaking unto her.
001:019 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to
pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was
moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
001:020 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for
the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
001:021 I went out full and the LORD hath brought me home again empty:
why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified
against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
001:022 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in
law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and
they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
002:001 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of
wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
002:002 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the
field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall
find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
002:003 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the
reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field
belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
002:004 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the
reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD
002:005 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers,
Whose damsel is this?
002:006 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and
said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out
of the country of Moab:
002:007 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the
reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued
even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in
002:008 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go
not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but
abide here fast by my maidens:
002:009 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou
after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall
not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the
vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
002:010 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that
thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
002:011 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed
me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the
death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and
thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a
people which thou knewest not heretofore.
002:012 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee
of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to
002:013 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for
that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken
friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of
002:014 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat
of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat
beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she
did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
002:015 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young
men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and
reproach her not:
002:016 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and
leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
002:017 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she
had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
002:018 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in
law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave
to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
002:019 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned
to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take
knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom
she had wrought, and said, The man’s name with whom I wrought
to day is Boaz.
002:020 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the
LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to
the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto
us, one of our next kinsmen.
002:021 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt
keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my
002:022 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my
daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet
thee not in any other field.
002:023 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end
of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her
mother in law.
003:001 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall
I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
003:002 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou
wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the
003:003 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment
upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not
thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating
003:004 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the
place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover
his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou
003:005 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
003:006 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all
that her mother in law bade her.
003:007 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he
went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came
softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
003:008 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and
turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
003:009 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine
handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for
thou art a near kinsman.
003:010 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for
thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the
beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether
poor or rich.
003:011 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that
thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that
thou art a virtuous woman.
003:012 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there
is a kinsman nearer than I.
003:013 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he
will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do
the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a
kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee,
as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
003:014 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up
before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be
known that a woman came into the floor.
003:015 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and
hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of
barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
003:016 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art
thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done
003:017 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he
said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.
003:018 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the
matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he
have finished the thing this day.
004:001 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.
004:002 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit
ye down here. And they sat down.
004:003 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
004:004 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
004:005 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
004:006 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.
004:007 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.
004:008 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he
drew off his shoe.
004:009 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.
004:010 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.
004:011 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:
004:012 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
004:013 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.
004:014 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.
004:015 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
004:016 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became
nurse unto it.
004:017 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.
004:018 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
004:019 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
004:020 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
004:021 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
004:022 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.