Then Naomi her mother in lawsaid unto her, My daughter, shall I not seekrest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnowethbarley to night in the threshingfloor.3Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have doneeating and drinking .
And it shall be, when he lieth down , that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie , and thou shalt go in , and uncovera his feet, and lay thee down ; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do .
And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do .
And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in lawbade her.
And when Boaz had eaten and drunk , and his heart was merry , he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she camesoftly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down .
And it came to pass at midnight , that the man was afraid , and turnedb himself: and, behold, a womanlay at his feet.9
And he said , Who art thou? And she answered , I am Ruth thine handmaid:spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman .
And he said , Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedstnot young men, whether poor or rich.11
And now, my daughter,fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest : for all the cityc of my people doth know that thou art a virtuouswoman.12
And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman : howbeit there is a kinsmannearer than I.
13Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman , well; let him do the kinsman's part : but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORDliveth: lie down until the morning.14
And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose upbeforeone could knowanother. And he said , Let it not be known that a womancame into the floor.15
Also he said , Bring the vaild that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measuredsix measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.16
And when she came to her mother in law, she said , Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.
And she said , These six measures of barleygave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.18
Then said she, Sit still , my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall : for the man will not be in rest , until he have finished the thing this day.