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."a8
Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my daughter.b Don't go and gather [grain] in another field, and don't leave this one, but stay here close to my young women.
See which field they are harvesting, and follow [them]. Haven't I ordered the young men not to touch you?c When you are thirsty, go and drink from the jars the young men have filled."
She bowed with her face to the ground and said to him, "Why are you so kind to notice me, although I am a foreigner?"
Boaz answered her, "Everything you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband's death has been fully reported to me: [how] you left your father and mother, and the land of your birth, and [how] you came to a people you didn't previously know.
May the Lord reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge."
"My lord," she said, "you have been so kind to me, for you have comforted and encouragedd your slave, although I am not like one of your female servants."
At mealtime Boaz told her, "Come over here and have some bread and dip it in the vinegar sauce." So she sat beside the harvesters, and he offered her roasted grain. She ate and was satisfied and had [some] left over.
When she got up to gather [grain], Boaz ordered his young men, "Be sure to let her gather [grain] among the bundles, and don't humiliate her.
Pull out [some] stalks from the bundles for her and leave [them] for her to gather. Don't rebuke her."
So Ruth gathered [grain] in the field until evening. She beat out what she had gathered, and it was about 26 quartse of barley.