At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground.1 She exclaimed, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me2--a foreigner?3"
Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law4 since the death of your husband5--how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know6 before.7
May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD,8 the God of Israel,9 under whose wings10 you have come to take refuge.11"
"May I continue to find favor in your eyes,12 my lord," she said. "You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant--though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls."
At mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come over here. Have some bread13 and dip it in the wine vinegar." When she sat down with the harvesters,14 he offered her some roasted grain.15 She ate all she wanted and had some left over.16
As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, "Even if she gathers among the sheaves,17 don't embarrass her.
Rather, pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don't rebuke18 her."
So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed19 the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.20
She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over21 after she had eaten enough.
Her mother-in-law asked her, "Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!22" Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. "The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz," she said.
"The LORD bless him!23" Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.24 "He has not stopped showing his kindness25 to the living and the dead." She added, "That man is our close relative;26 he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.27"
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