Now Naomi had aa kinsman of her husband, a bman of greatwealth, of the family of 1Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.
And Ruth the Moabitesssaid to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field and 2glean among the ears of grainafter one in whosesight I may findfavor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."
So she departed and went and gleaned in the fieldafter the reapers; and cshe happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
Now behold, Boazcame from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, "3May the LORD be with you." And they said to him, "May the LORDbless you."
Then Boazsaid to his servant who was din charge of the reapers, "Whoseyoungwoman is this?"
The servantein charge of the reapersreplied, "She is the youngMoabitewoman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab.
"And she said, 'Please let me glean and gatherafter the reapers among the sheaves.' Thus she came and has remained from the morninguntilnow; she has been sitting in the house for a littlewhile."
Then Boazsaid to Ruth, "fListencarefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in anotherfield; furthermore, do not go on from thisone, but stayhere with my maids.
"Let your eyes be on the fieldwhich they reap, and goafter them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the gwaterjars and drink from what the servantsdraw."
Then she 4fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, "Why have I foundfavor in your sight that you should takenotice of me, since I am a foreigner?"
11Boazreplied to her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-lawafter the death of your husband has been fullyreported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previouslyknow.
"5May the LORDreward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, 6underwhosewings you have come to seekrefuge."
Then she said, "I have foundfavor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spokenhkindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants."
At mealtimeBoazsaid to her, "iComehere, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar." So she satbeside the reapers; and he jserved her roastedgrain, and she ate and was satisfied7and had some left.
When she rose to glean, Boazcommanded his servants, saying, "Let her gleanevenamong the sheaves, and do not insult her.
16"Also you shall purposelypull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her."
So she gleaned in the fielduntilevening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
She took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-lawsawwhat she had gleaned. She also took it out and 8gavekNaomi what she hadleftafterlshe was satisfied.
Her mother-in-law then said to her, "Where did you gleantoday and where did you work? May he who 9tooknotice of you be blessed." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, "The name of the man with whom I workedtoday is Boaz."
20Naomisaid to her daughter-in-law, "10May he be blessed of the LORDwho has not withdrawn his kindness to the living and to the dead." Again Naomisaid to her, "The man is mour relative, he is one of our nclosestrelatives."
Then Ruth the Moabitesssaid, "oFurthermore, he said to me, 'You should stayclose to my servantsuntil they have finishedall my harvest.' "
22Naomisaid to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maids, so that others do not fall upon you in anotherfield."
So she stayedclose by the maids of Boaz in order to gleanuntil11the end of the barleyharvest and the wheatharvest. And she lived with her mother-in-law.