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Ruth 2:1-7 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Ruth and Boaz Meet

1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband's side named Boaz.a He was a prominent man of noble characterb from Elimelech's family. 2 Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, "Will you let me go into the fields and gather fallen grain behind someone who allows me to?" Naomi answered her, "Go ahead, my daughter." 3 So Ruth left and entered the field to gather [grain] behind the harvesters. She happenedc to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech's family. 4 Later, when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he said to the harvesters, "The Lord be with you." "The Lord bless you," they replied. 5 Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, "Whose young woman is this?" 6 The servant answered, "She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab. 7 She asked, 'Will you let me gather fallen grain among the bundles behind the harvesters?' She came and has remained from early morning until now, except that she rested a little in the shelter."d
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