3One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for?H5281H2545H559H1323H1245H4494H3190 2Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours? Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.H1162H4130H5291H2219H8184H3915H1637 3Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.H7364H5480H7760H8071H3381H1637H3045H376H3615H398H8354 4When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do."H7901H3045H4725H7901H935H1540H4772H7901H5046H6213 5"I will do whatever you say," Ruth answered.H559H559H6213 6So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.H3381H1637H6213H2545H6680 7When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.H1162H398H8354H3820H3190H935H7901H7097H6194H935H3909H1540H4772H7901 8In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet.H2677H3915H376H2729H3943H802H7901H4772 9"Who are you?" he asked. "I am your servant Ruth," she said. "Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer."H559H559H7327H519H6566H3671H519H1350 10"The LORD bless you, my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.H559H1288H3068H1323H3190H2617H314H7223H3212H310H1115H970H1800H6223 11And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.H1323H3372H6213H559H8179H5971H3045H2428H802 12Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I.H551H1350H3426H1350H7138 13Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Lie here until morning."H3885H3915H1242H1350H2896H1350H2654H1350H1350H3068H2416H7901H1242 14So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, "Don't let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor."H7901H4772H1242H6965H2958H376H5234H7453H559H3045H802H935H1637 15He also said, "Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out." When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and put it on her. Then he went back to town.H559H3051H4304H270H270H4058H8337H8184H7896H935H5892 16When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, "How did it go, my daughter?" Then she told her everything Boaz had done for herH935H2545H559H1323H5046H376H6213 17and added, "He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, 'Don't go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'"H559H8337H8184H5414H559H935H7387H2545 18Then Naomi said, "Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today."H559H3427H1323H3045H1697H5307H376H8252H518H3615H1697H3117
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