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Ruth 4
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4Boaz went straight to the public square and took his place there. Before long the "closer relative," the one mentioned earlier by Boaz, strolled by. "Step aside, old friend," said Boaz. "Take a seat." The man sat down.H5927H1162H5927H8179H3427H1350H1162H1696H5674H559H1945H6423H492H5493H3427H5493H3427 2Boaz then gathered ten of the town elders together and said, "Sit down here with us; we've got some business to take care of." And they sat down.H3947H6235H582H2205H5892H559H3427H3427 3Boaz then said to his relative, "The piece of property that belonged to our relative Elimelech is being sold by his widow Naomi, who has just returned from the country of Moab.H559H1350H5281H7725H7704H4124H4376H2513H7704H251H458 4I thought you ought to know about it. Buy it back if you want it—you can make it official in the presence of those sitting here and before the town elders. You have first redeemer rights. If you don't want it, tell me so I'll know where I stand. You're first in line to do this and I'm next after you." He said, "I'll buy it."H559H1540H241H559H7069H3427H2205H5971H1350H1350H1350H5046H3045H1350H2108H310H559H1350 5Then Boaz added, "You realize, don't you, that when you buy the field from Naomi, you also get Ruth the Moabite, the widow of our dead relative, along with the redeemer responsibility to have children with her to carry on the family inheritance."H559H1162H3117H7069H7704H3027H5281H7069H7327H4125H802H4191H6965H8034H4191H5159 6Then the relative said, "Oh, I can't do that—I'd jeopardize my own family's inheritance. You go ahead and buy it—you can have my rights—I can't do it."H1350H559H3201H1350H7843H5159H1350H1353H3201H1350 7In the olden times in Israel, this is how they handled official business regarding matters of property and inheritance: a man would take off his shoe and give it to the other person. This was the same as an official seal or personal signature in Israel.H6440H3478H1353H8545H6965H1697H376H8025H5275H5414H7453H8584H3478 8So when Boaz's "redeemer" relative said, "Go ahead and buy it," he signed the deal by pulling off his shoe.H1350H559H1162H7069H8025H5275 9Boaz then addressed the elders and all the people in the town square that day: "You are witnesses today that I have bought from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech and Kilion and Mahlon,H1162H559H2205H5971H5707H3117H7069H458H3630H4248H3027H5281 10including responsibility for Ruth the foreigner, the widow of Mahlon—I'll take her as my wife and keep the name of the deceased alive along with his inheritance. The memory and reputation of the deceased is not going to disappear out of this family or from his hometown. To all this you are witnesses this very day."H7327H4125H802H4248H7069H802H6965H8034H4191H5159H8034H4191H3772H5973H251H8179H4725H5707H3117 11All the people in the town square that day, backing up the elders, said, "Yes, we are witnesses. May GOD make this woman who is coming into your household like Rachel and Leah, the two women who built the family of Israel. May GOD make you a pillar in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem!H5971H8179H2205H559H5707H3068H5414H802H935H1004H7354H3812H8147H1129H1004H3478H6213H2428H672H7121H8034H1035 12With the children GOD gives you from this young woman, may your family rival the family of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah."H1004H1004H6557H8559H3205H3063H2233H3068H5414H5291 13Boaz married Ruth. She became his wife. Boaz slept with her. By GOD's gracious gift she conceived and had a son.H1162H3947H7327H802H935H3068H5414H2032H3205H1121 14The town women said to Naomi, "Blessed be GOD! He didn't leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel!H802H559H5281H1288H3068H7673H3117H1350H8034H7121H3478 15He'll make you young again! He'll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves you so much, why, she's worth more to you than seven sons!"H7725H5315H3557H7872H3618H157H2896H7651H1121H3205 16Naomi took the baby and held him in her arms, cuddling him, cooing over him, waiting on him hand and foot.H5281H3947H3206H7896H2436H539 17The neighborhood women started calling him "Naomi's baby boy!" But his real name was Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.H7934H7121H8034H559H1121H3205H5281H7121H8034H5744H1H3448H1H1732 18This is the family tree of Perez: Perez had Hezron,H8435H6557H6557H3205H2696 19Hezron had Ram, Ram had Amminadab,H2696H3205H7410H7410H3205H5992 20Amminadab had Nahshon, Nahshon had Salmon,H5992H3205H5177H5177H3205H8009 21Salmon had Boaz, Boaz had Obed,H8012H3205H1162H1162H3205H5744 22Obed had Jesse, and Jesse had David.H5744H3205H3448H3448H3205H1732


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