1Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat him down there: and behold,
the near kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; to whom he said, Ho, such a one!
turn aside, sit down here. He turned aside, and sat down.
2He took ten
men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit you down here. They sat
3He said to the near kinsman, Naomi, who has come back out of the
country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land, which was our brother
4I thought to disclose it to you, saying, Buy it before
those who sit here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem
it, redeem it: but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know;
for there is none to redeem it besides you; and I am after you. He said, I
will redeem it.
5Then said Boaz, What day you buy the field of the hand
of Naomi, you must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead,
to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance.
6The near kinsman
said, I can’t redeem it for myself, lest I mar my own inheritance: take my
right of redemption on you; for I can’t redeem it.
7Now this was the
custom in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning
exchanging, to confirm all things: a man drew off his shoe, and gave it to
his neighbor; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.
8So the near kinsman said to Boaz, Buy it for yourself. He drew off his
9Boaz said to the elders, and to all the people, You 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.
10Moreover Ruth the
Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up
the name of the dead on his inheritance, that the name of the dead not be cut
off from among his brothers, and from the gate of his place: you are
witnesses this day.
11All the people who were in the gate, and the
elders, said, We are witnesses. Yahweh make the woman who has come into your
house like Rachel and like Leah, which two built the house of Israel: and do
you worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
12and let your
house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, of the seed which
Yahweh shall give you of this young woman.
13So Boaz took Ruth, and she
became his wife; and he went in to her, and Yahweh gave her conception, and
she bore a son.
14The women said to Naomi, Blessed be Yahweh, who has not
left you this day without a near kinsman; and let his name be famous in
15He shall be to you a restorer of life, and sustain you in your
old age, for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than
seven sons, has borne him.
16Naomi took the child, and laid it in her
bosom, and became nurse to it.
17The women her neighbors gave it a name,
saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they named him Obed: he is the
father of Jesse, the father of David.
18Now this is the history of the
generations of Perez: Perez became the father of Hezron,
became the father of Ram, and Ram became the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon became the father of
21and Salmon became the father of Boaz, and Boaz became the
father of Obed,
22and Obed became the father of Jesse, and Jesse became
the father of David.