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.

References for Ruth 2:1

    • a 2:1 - Quickness
    • b 2:1 - Ru 3:11; Pr 31:10
      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.

      References for Ruth 2:3

        • c 2:3 - Pr 16:33; 20:24
          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

          References for Ruth 2:7

            • d 2:7 - LXX reads until evening she has not stopped in the field; Vg reads now and she did not return to the house; Hb uncertain