|Ruth 3 |
1 Then Naomi her mother in law said to Ruth, "My daughter, shall I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you?
2 And now is not Boaz, whose maidens you were with, our kindred? Behold, he winnows barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3 Wash and anoint yourself therefore, and put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
4 But when he lies down, you shall notice the place where he lies; then go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what you shall do."
5 And Ruth said to her, "All that you say to me I will do."
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything that her mother-in-law told her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then Ruth came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 Now at midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet.
9 And he said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your handmaid. Spread the corner of your garment [wing of protection] over your handmaid, for you are a near kinsman."
10 And he said, "May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. For you have shown your last kindness to be more than the first, in that you did not go after younger men, whether poor or rich.
11 Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you require, for all the people of my city know that you are a virtuous woman.
12 It is true that I am your near kinsman; however, there is a kinsman nearer than I.
13 Stay this night, and in the morning if he will perform for you the part of a kinsman, good; let him do the kinsman's part. But if he will not do the part of a kinsman for you, then, as the LORD lives, I will do the part of a kinsman for you. Lie down until morning."
14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but she rose before anyone could be recognized. And he said, "Do not let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor."
15 Also he said, "Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it out." And when she held it, he measured out six measures of barley and laid it on her; and she went into the city.
16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How did it go, my daughter?" And she told her all that Boaz had done for her.
17 She said, " He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said to me, 'Do not go empty handed to your mother-in-law.'"
18 Then Naomi said, "Sit still, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he settles the matter today."
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