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Ruth 3:1-13 (New International Version)

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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

1 One day Naomi her mother-in-law1 said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a homea2 for you, where you will be well provided for? 2 Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman3 of ours? Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.4 3 Wash5 and perfume yourself,6 and put on your best clothes.7 Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.8 4 When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do." 5 "I will do whatever you say,"9 Ruth answered. 6 So she went down to the threshing floor10 and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. 7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits,11 he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile.12 Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet. 9 "Who are you?" he asked. "I am your servant Ruth," she said. "Spread the corner of your garment13 over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.14" 10 "The LORD bless you,15 my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier:16 You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.17 12 Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer18 nearer than19 I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem,20 good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives21 I will do it.22 Lie here until morning."
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