THE BOOK OF
Next kinsman declining, Boaz takes Ruth to wife—Ruth bears Obed, through whom came David the king.
went Boaz up to the agate
, and sat him down there: and, behold, the bkinsman
of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, cHo
, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
And he took ten men of the aelders
of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
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 brother Elimelech’s:
And I thought to advertise thee, saying, aBuy it
before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt bredeem 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 it.
Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it
also of Ruth the Moabitess, the awife
of the dead, to raise up the bname
of the dead upon his inheritance.
¶ And the kinsman said, I cannot aredeem it
for myself, lest I bmar
mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Now this was the manner
in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning achanging
, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his bshoe
, and gave it
to his neighbour: and this was
a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
¶ 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.
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 aname
of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are
witnesses this day.
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 ado
thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lehem:
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 young woman.
¶ 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.
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.
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy
life, and a nourisher of thine aold
age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
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.
¶ Now these are
the generations of aPharez
: Pharez begat Hezron,
And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
And Salmon begat aBoaz
, and Boaz begat Obed,
And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.