Ruth 4:1-5 NIV

Boaz Marries Ruth

1 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate1 and sat there. When the kinsman-redeemer2 he had mentioned3 came along, Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.

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2 Boaz took ten of the elders4 of the town and said, "Sit here," and they did so.5

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3 Then he said to the kinsman-redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our brother Elimelech.6

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4 I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if youa will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you,7 and I am next in line." "I will redeem it," he said.

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    • a 4:4 - Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts "he"
      5 Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the land from Naomi and from Ruth the Moabitess,8 you acquireb the dead man's widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property."9

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        • b 4:5 - Hebrew; Vulgate and Syriac "Naomi, you acquire Ruth the Moabitess,"