1 No sooner had BoazI gone upII to the gateIII and sat downIV there
thanV the next-of-kinVI of whom Boaz had spokenVII came passing by.VIII
So Boaz said, “Come over;IX sit down here.”X And he went overXI and sat down.
2 Then Boaz tookXII tenXIII menXIV of the eldersXV of the townXVI and said, “Sit down here,” so they sat down.
3 He then said to the next-of-kin, “Naomi,XVII who has come backXVIII from the countryXIX of Moab,XX
is sellingXXI the parcelXXII of landXXIII that belonged to our kinsmanXXIV Elimelech.XXV
4 So I thought I would tell youXXVI of it and say: BuyXXVII it in the presenceXXVIII of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.XXIX
If you will redeemXXX it, redeem it; but if you will not,XXXI tellXXXII me, so that I may know;XXXIII for there is no one priorXXXIV to you to redeem it, and I come afterXXXV you.”
So he said, “I will redeem it.”
5 Then Boaz said, “The dayXXXVI you acquireXXXVII the fieldXXXVIII from the handXXXIX of Naomi,
you are also acquiring RuthXL the Moabite,XLI the widowXLII of the deadXLIII man,
to maintainXLIV the dead man’s nameXLV on his inheritance.”XLVI
6 At this, the next-of-kin said, “I cannotXLVII redeem it for myself withoutXLVIII damagingXLIX my own inheritance. TakeL my right of redemptionLI yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
7 Now this was the custom in former timesLII in IsraelLIII concerning redeeming and exchangingLIV to confirmLV a transaction:LVI
the oneLVII took offLVIII a sandalLIX and gaveLX it to the other;LXI this was the manner of attestingLXII in Israel.
8 So when the next-of-kin said to Boaz, “Acquire it for yourself,” he took off his sandal.
9 Then Boaz said to the elders and allLXIII the people, “You are witnessesLXIV todayLXV that I have acquired from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to ChilionLXVI and Mahlon.LXVII
10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, the wifeLXVIII of Mahlon, to be my wife, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance, in order that the name of the dead may not be cut offLXIX from his kindredLXX and from the gate of his native place;LXXI today you are witnesses.”
11 Then all the people who were at the gate, along with the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the LordLXXII makeLXXIII the womanLXXIV who is comingLXXV into your houseLXXVI
like RachelLXXVII and Leah,LXXVIII who togetherLXXIX builtLXXX up the house of Israel.
May you produce childrenLXXXI in EphrathahLXXXII and bestowLXXXIII a name in Bethlehem;LXXXIV
12 and, through the childrenLXXXV that the Lord will give you by this young woman,LXXXVI may your house beLXXXVII like the house of Perez,LXXXVIII whom TamarLXXXIX boreXC to Judah.”XCI
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she becameXCII his wife. When they came together,XCIII the Lord made her conceive,XCIV and she bore a son.XCV
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed beXCVI the Lord, who has not leftXCVII you this day without next-of-kin, and may his name be renownedXCVIII in Israel!
15 He shall be to you a restorerXCIX of lifeC and a nourisherCI of your old age,CII
for your daughter-in-lawCIII who lovesCIV you, who is moreCV to you than sevenCVI sons, has borne him.”
16 Then Naomi took the childCVII and laidCVIII him in her bosomCIX and became his nurse.CX
17 The women of the neighborhoodCXI gaveCXII him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They namedCXIII him Obed;CXIV
he became the fatherCXV of Jesse,CXVI the father of David.CXVII
18 Now these are the descendantsCXVIII ofCXIX Perez: Perez became the father ofCXX Hezron,CXXI
19 Hezron of Ram,CXXII Ram of Amminadab,CXXIII 20 Amminadab of Nahshon,CXXIV Nahshon of Salmon,CXXV 21 SalmonCXXVI of Boaz, Boaz of Obed, 22 Obed of Jesse, and Jesse of David.
Image credit: “Birth of Mary” by Guido Reni from the entrance wall fresco at the Palazzo Quirinale, Cappella dell’Annunciata, 1609-1611.