him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a
 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast
done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy
mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under
whose wings thou art come to trust.
 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that
thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not
like unto one of thine handmaidens.
 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat
of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her
parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
 And when she was risen up to glean,
Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her
 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean
them, and rebuke her not.
 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and
it was about an ephah of barley.
 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law
saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was
 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest
thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom
she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
 And Naomi said
unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living
and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they
have ended all my harvest.
 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter,
that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.
 So she kept fast by
the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her
mother in law.
 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may
be well with thee?
 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he
winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy
raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he
shall have done eating and drinking.
 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the
place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell
thee what thou shalt do.
 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
 And she
went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
 And when Boaz
had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and
she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
 And it came to pass at midnight, that
the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
 And he said, Who art
thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for
thou art a near kinsman.
 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast
shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young
men, whether poor or rich.
 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for
all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
 And now it is true that I am thy
near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning,
that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will
not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie
down until the morning.
 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could
know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
 Also he said,
Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures
of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
 And when she came to her mother in law, she
said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.
 And she said,
These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.