Chapter 2

Ruth gleans in Boaz's field

2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman on her husbandís side, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2:2 Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, I would like to go into the field, and glean ears of grain behind someone in who may show me kindness. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.
2:3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and as luck would have it was the a part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of Elimelech's family.

2:4 ∂ Presently, Boaz arrived from Beth-lehem. He greeted the reapers, The Lord bless you! And they answered him, The Lord bless you.
2:5 Then said Boaz to his servant that was in charge of the reapers, Whose girl is that?
2:6 And the servant that was in charge of the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish girl that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab.
2:7 She said, Please let me, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. She has on even her feet ever since she came this morning. She rested but a little in the house.

Boaz favors Ruth

2:8 Boaz said to Ruth, Listen to me, daughter, Don't go to glean in another field. Don't go elsewhere, but stay here close to my girls.
2:9 Keep your eyes be on the field they are reaping, and follow them. I have ordered the young men that they shall not touch you. And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said to him, Why are you so kind as to single me out, seeing I am a foreigner?
2:11 And Boaz answered her said, I havefully been told of all that you have done for your mother in law since the death of your husband, how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth and came to a people had not you known before.
2:12 May the Lord reward your deeds. May you have full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have sought refuge!
2:13 She answered, you are most kind, my lord, to comfort me and for that you have spoken kindly to your maidservent, though I am not so much as one of your maidservents.
2:14 And Boaz said to her, At meal time come over here, and partake of the meal, and dip your morsel in the vinegar. So she sat down beside the reapers. He reached her roasted grain, and she did eat, and ate her fill and had some left over.
2:15 When she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his workers, saying, You are not only to let her glean among the sheaves, without interference,
2:16 but you must also put some of the [stalks] out of the heaps and leave them for her to glean, and not scold her.
2:17 She gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

2:18 ∂ And she carried it back, with her into the city. When her mother in law saw what she had gleaned, and when she also took out and gave her what she had left over after eating her fill.
2:19 her mother in law asked her, Where did you gleaned today? and where where did you work? Blessed be he who take such generous knowledge of you! So she told her mother in law whom she had worked with , and said, The manís name with whom I worked today is Boaz.
2:20 Naomi said to her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not failed His kindness to the living and to the dead! For Naomi explained to her, The man is related nto us, one of our redeeming kinsmen.
2:21 Ruth the Moabitess said, He even told me, stay close by my workers, until all my harvest is finished.
2:22 And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter in law, It is best, daughter, that you go out with his girls, not be annoyed in some other field.
2:23 So she stayed close to the maidservents of Boaz, and gleaned until the barley harvest and of wheat harvest were finished. Then she stayed at home with her mother in law.


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