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Ruth 4:1-8 (New American Standard)

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The Marriage of Ruth

1 Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, 1the aclose relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, "Turn aside, bfriend , sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down. 2 He took ten men of the 2elders of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the cclosest relative, "Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land 3which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 "So I thought to dinform you, saying, '4Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if enot, tell me that I may know; for 5there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.' " And he said, "I will redeem it." 5 Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order 6to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance." 6 7The fclosest relative said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would gjeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it." 7 Now this was 8the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. 8 So the hclosest relative said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." And he removed his sandal.
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