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.