I will also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, to perpetuate the deceased man's name on his property,a so that his name will not disappear among his relatives or from the gate of his home. You are witnesses today."
The elders and all the people who were at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem.
May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah,b because of the offspring the Lord will give you by this young woman."
Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
Then the women said to Naomi, "Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name be famous in Israel.
He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him."
Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and took care of him.
The neighbor women said, "A son has been born to Naomi," and they named him Obed.c He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.