1 Now NaomiI had a kinsmanII on her husband’sIII side,
a prominentIV richV manVI of the familyVII
of ElimelechVIII whose nameIX was Boaz.X
2 And RuthXI the MoabiteXII said to Naomi, “Let me goXIII, XIV
to the fieldXV and gleanXVI among the ears of grainXVII behindXVIII someone
in whose sightXIX I may findXX favor.”XXI
She said to her, “Go, my daughter.”XXII
3 So she went. She cameXXIII and gleaned in the field behind the reapers.XXIV As it happened,XXV she cameXXVI to the partXXVII of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
4 Just thenXXVIII Boaz cameXXIX from Bethlehem.XXX He said to the reapers, “The LordXXXI be with you.”
They answered, “The Lord blessXXXII you.”
5 Then Boaz said to his young manXXXIII who was in chargeXXXIV of the reapers, “To whom does this young womanXXXV belong?”
6 The young man who was in charge of the reapers answered,XXXVI “She is the young Moabite woman who came backXXXVII with Naomi from the countryXXXVIII of Moab.XXXIX
7 She said, ‘Please,XL let me glean and gatherXLI among the sheavesXLII behind the reapers.’
So she came,XLIII and she has been on her feetXLIV
from early this morningXLV until nowXLVI without restingXLVII even for a moment.”XLVIII
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen,XLIX my daughter, do not go to glean in anotherL field or leaveLI this one, but keep closeLII to my young women.
9 Keep your eyesLIII on the field that is being reaped and followLIV behind them. I have orderedLV the young men notLVI to botherLVII you.
If you get thirsty,LVIII go to the vesselsLIX and drinkLX from what the young men have drawn.”
10 Then she fellLXI prostrate,LXII with her faceLXIII to the ground,LXIV
and said to him, “WhyLXV have I found favor in your sight, that you should take noticeLXVI of me, when I am a foreigner?”LXVII
11 But Boaz answered her, “AllLXVIII that you have doneLXIX for your mother-in-lawLXX since the deathLXXI of your husband has been fully toldLXXII me,
how you leftLXXIII your fatherLXXIV and motherLXXV and your nativeLXXVI landLXXVII
and cameLXXVIII to a peopleLXXIX that you did not knowLXXX before.LXXXI
12 May the Lord rewardLXXXII you for your deeds,LXXXIII and may you haveLXXXIV a fullLXXXV rewardLXXXVI from the Lord,
the GodLXXXVII of Israel,LXXXVIII underLXXXIX whose wingsXC you have comeXCI for refuge!”XCII
13 Then she said, “May I continue to find favor in your sight, my lord,XCIII for you have comfortedXCIV me and spokenXCV kindlyXCVI
to your servant,XCVII even though I amXCVIII not oneXCIX of your servants.”
14 At mealtimeC Boaz said to her, “ComeCI here and eatCII
some of this breadCIII and dipCIV your morselCV in the sour wine.”CVI
So she satCVII besideCVIII the reapers, and he heaped upCIX for her some parchedCX grain. She ate until she was satisfied,CXI and she had some left over.CXII
15 When she got upCXIII to glean, Boaz instructedCXIV his young men, “Let her glean even amongCXV the standing sheaves, and do not reproachCXVI her.
16 You must also pull outCXVII some handfuls for her from the bundlesCXVIII and leave them for her to glean, and do not rebukeCXIX her.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening.CXX Then she beat outCXXI what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephahCXXII of barley.CXXIII
18 She picked it upCXXIV and cameCXXV into the town,CXXVI and her mother-in-law sawCXXVII how much she had gleaned.
Then she took outCXXVIII and gaveCXXIX her what was left overCXXX after she herself had been satisfied.CXXXI
19 Her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today?CXXXII And where have you worked?CXXXIII Blessed be the man who took notice of you.”
So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, saying, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law,CXXXIV “Blessed be he by the Lord, whose kindnessCXXXV has not forsakenCXXXVI the livingCXXXVII or the dead!”CXXXVIII
Naomi also said to her, “The man is a relativeCXXXIX of ours, one of our nearest kin.”CXL
21 Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay closeCXLI by my young men until they have finishedCXLII all my harvest.’”CXLIII
22 Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is better,CXLIV my daughter, that you go outCXLV with his young women, otherwise someone might bother[CXLVI] you in another field.”
23 So she stayed close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the endCXLVII of the barley and wheatCXLVIII harvests, and she livedCXLIX with her mother-in-law.
Image credit: Study for “Ruth Gathering Wheat” by Edwin Long.