1 NaomiI her mother-in-lawII said to her, “My daughter,III
I need to seekIV some securityV for you, so that it may be wellVI with you.
2 Now here is our kinsmanVII Boaz,VIII with whose young womenIX you have beenX working.
See,XI he is winnowingXII barleyXIII tonightXIV at the threshing floor.XV
3 Now washXVI and anointXVII yourself, and putXVIII on your best clothesXIX and go downXX to the threshing floor,
but do not make yourself knownXXI to the manXXII until he has finishedXXIII eatingXXIV and drinking.XXV
4 XXVIWhen he lies down,XXVII observeXXVIII the placeXXIX where he lies;
then goXXX and uncoverXXXI his feetXXXII and lie down, and he will tellXXXIII you what to do.”XXXIV
5 She said to her, “AllXXXV that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did just asXXXVI her mother-in-law had instructedXXXVII her.
7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and was in a contented mood,XXXVIII he went to lie down at the endXXXIX of the heap of grain.XL Then she cameXLI stealthilyXLII and uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 XLIIIAt midnightXLIV the man was startledXLV and turned over,XLVI and there,XLVII lying at his feet, was a woman!XLVIII
9 He said, “Who are you?”
And she answered, “I am Ruth,XLIX your servant;L spreadLI your cloakLII over your servant, for you are next-of-kin.”LIII
10 He said, “May you be blessedLIV by the Lord,LV my daughter; this lastLVI instance
of your loyaltyLVII is betterLVIII than the first;LIX
you have notLX goneLXI afterLXII young men,LXIII whether poorLXIV or rich.LXV
11 And now, my daughter, do not be afraid,LXVI I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assemblyLXVII of my peopleLXVIII know that you are a worthyLXIX woman.
12 But now, though it is trueLXX that I am a near kinsman,LXXI there is another kinsmanLXXII more closely relatedLXXIII than I.
13 RemainLXXIV this night,LXXV andLXXVI in the morning,LXXVII
if he will act as next-of-kinLXXVIII for you, good;LXXIX let him doLXXX it. But if he is not willingLXXXI to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the LordLXXXII lives,LXXXIII I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning but got upLXXXIV before one personLXXXV could recognizeLXXXVI another,LXXXVII for he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”
15 Then he said, “BringLXXXVIII the cloakLXXXIX you are wearingXC and hold it out.”XCI
So she held it, and he measured outXCII sixXCIII measures of barley and putXCIV it on her back; then he went into the town.XCV
16 She came to her mother-in-law, who said, “How did things go with you, my daughter?”
Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17 saying, “He gaveXCVI me these six measures of barley, for he said, ‘Do not go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”XCVII
18 She replied, “Wait,XCVIII my daughter, until you learnXCIX how the matterC
turns out,CI for the man will not restCII but will settleCIII the matter today.”CIV
Image credit: “Ruth & Boaz” by Rachel Levi. Photo by zeevveez, 2011.