Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, "Today you are witnesses1 that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon.
I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess,2 Mahlon's widow, as my wife,3 in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records.4 Today you are witnesses!5"
Then the elders and all those at the gate6 said, "We are witnesses.7 May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah,8 who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah9 and be famous in Bethlehem.10
Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez,11 whom Tamar12 bore to Judah."
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