Then wentBoazup to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boazspakecame by; unto whom he said , Ho,such a one! turn aside , sit down here. And he turned aside , and sat down .
And he tooktenmen of the elders of the city, and said , Sit ye down here. And they sat down .
And he said unto the kinsman , Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab,selleth a parcel of land, which was our brotherElimelech's:4
And I thoughta to advertise thee, saying , Buy it before the inhabitants , and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know : for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said , I will redeem it.
Then saidBoaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead , to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.6
And the kinsmansaid , I cannotredeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance:redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannotredeem it.
Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.8
Therefore the kinsmansaid unto Boaz,Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.9
And Boazsaid unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.10
Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.11
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders,said , We are witnesses. The LORDmake the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:12
And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamarbare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.13
So BoaztookRuth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORDgave her conception, and she bare a son.14
And the womensaid unto Naomi,Blessed be the LORD, which hath not leftb thee this day without a kinsman , that his name may be famous in Israel.15
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than sevensons, hath born him.
And Naomitook the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
And the women her neighboursgave it a name,saying , There is a sonborn to Naomi; and they called his nameObed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.18
Now these are the generations of Pharez:PharezbegatHezron,19
And HezronbegatRam, and RambegatAmminadab,20
And AmminadabbegatNahshon, and NahshonbegatSalmon,c21
And SalmonbegatBoaz, and BoazbegatObed,22
And ObedbegatJesse, and JessebegatDavid.