THE BOOK OF RUTH
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Intelligent Design or Divine Design in the scriptures.
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1 NOW it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a
famine in the land,
And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the
country of Moab,
He, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi,
the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah.
they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 But Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died,
And she was left, and with her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab;
The name of the one was Orpah,
and the other Ruth;
And they dwelt there in the land of Moab about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion, Naomi's sons, died also, both of them;
And the woman Naomi was left alone of her
two sons and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from
For she had heard in Moab how that the LORD had
visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her;
And they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 But Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law,
Go, return each to her mother's house;
The LORD deal kindly with you,
As ye dealt with the dead, and me.
9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest,
Each of you in the house of your own goodly husband.
Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn back, my daughters, go your way; why would ye go with me?
For, are there
yet any more sons in my womb that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way; I am too old to have an husband.
If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband,
Also this night, and
should bear sons,
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown?
And would ye tarry for them from
Nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes,
the hand of the LORD is gone forth against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again;
And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people,
unto her gods; return thou also after thy sister-in-law.
16 And Ruth said unto her, Entreat me not to leave thee,
Or to return back from following after thee;
For whither thou goest, I will go;
And where thou lodgest, I will also
Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;
17 And where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried;
The LORD do so to
me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her,
Then she left off speaking unto her.
19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem.
And it came to pass, when
they were come to Bethlehem,
That all the city was moved about them, and they
said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara;
For the Almighty
hath dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home empty;
call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me,
And the Almighty
hath afflicted me? So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess,
Her daughter-in-law, with her, which returned out of the country of
And they came to Bethlehem in the
beginning of barley harvest.
1 AND Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's side, a mighty man of wealth,
family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi,
Let me now go to the field, and glean
ears of grain,
After him in whose sight I shall find grace.
And she said unto
her, Go, my daughter.
3 And she went, and came,
And gleaned in the field after the reapers;
And she happened to light on part of the field belonging to Boaz,
Who was of the
kindred of Elimelech; and, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem,
And said unto the reapers, The LORD
be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said,
It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the
country of Moab;
7 And she said, I pray thee, let me glean and gather after the reapers
among the sheaves;
So she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now,
she tarried a little in the shelter.
8 And then said Boaz unto Ruth,
Hearest thou, my daughter;
Go not to glean in
Neither go from hence, but abide here close by my maidens.
9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after
Have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee?
And when thou
art athirst, go ye also unto the vessels,
And drink of that which the young men have
10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground,
And said unto
him, Why have I found favor in thine eyes,
That thou shouldest take notice of
me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed unto me,
All that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of
how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and thy native land,
And art now come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee,
Of the LORD, the God
of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
13 Then she said, Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord; for thou hast
And thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though
I be not like unto thine handmaidens.
14 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 passed her the parched grain and she did eat,
And was sufficed, and had some left over.
15 And when she was risen up to glean,
Boaz commanded his young men reapers, saying,
her glean even among the sheaves; reproach her not;
16 And let fall some of the handfuls of grain on purpose for her,
And leave them there, that she may glean them also, and rebuke her not.
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and then beat out what she had
And it was about an ephah of barley; and she took it and went into
And her mother-in-law saw what
she had gleaned; and she brought forth,
And gave to her what she had reserved
after she was sufficed.
19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned today?
where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee.
And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had wrought, and said,
The man's name
with whom I wrought today is Boaz.
20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law,
Blessed be he of the LORD,
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.
21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast,
young men until they have ended all my harvest.
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in-law,
It is good, my daughter,
thou go out with his maidens,
That they meet thee not in any other field.
23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean,
Unto the end of the barley
harvest, and of the wheat harvest;
And dwelt with her mother-in-law.
1 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?
2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast?
Behold, he winnoweth barley tonight in the threshing floor.
3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee,
And put thy best raiment on, and
get thee down to the floor;
But make not thyself known unto the man until he
is done eating and drinking.
4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he
Aand thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down;
will tell thee what thou shalt do.
5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all her mother-in-law bade her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry,
He went to lie
down at the end of the heap of grain;
And she came softly and uncovered his
And laid her down.
8 And it came to pass at midnight,
The man was startled 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.
10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter;
For thou hast showed more kindness,
In this latter time than at the beginning,
Inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest;
For all the city of my people doth know thou art a virtuous woman.
12 And now while it is true that I am thy near kinsman,
Yet there is a kinsman
nearer than I.
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning,
That if he will perform
unto thee the part of a kinsman, well enough;
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.
14 And she lay at his feet until the morning; and she rose up before anyone could
And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the
15 Also he said, Bring the shawl that thou hast upon thee, and hold it.
when she held it, he measured six measures of barley,
And laid it upon her;
and she went into the city.
16 And when she came to her mother-in-law,
She said, Who art thou, my
And she told her all that the man had done.
And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me;
For he said unto me,
Go thou not empty handed unto thy mother-in-law.
18 Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will
For the man will not be in rest until he have finished the thing this
1 THEN went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there;
And, behold, the
kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said,
Ho, such a one! turn
aside, sit down here; and he turned aside, and sat down.
2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here;
they sat down.
3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of
Selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's;
4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying,
Buy it before the people, and
before the elders.
If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it; but if
thou wilt not redeem it,
Then tell me that I may know; for there is none with the right to
Besides thee; and I come after thee; and he said, but I will redeem it.
5 Then said Boaz, The day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi,
buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, wife of the dead,
To raise up the name
of the dead upon his inheritance.
6 The kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself,
Lest I mar mine own
Redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming,
concerning changing, for to confirm all things: a man plucked off his shoe,
gave it to his neighbour; and this was a testimony in Israel.
8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee.
So he drew off his
9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people,
Ye are witnesses
this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's,
And all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi and
10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my
To raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of
Be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place;
Ye are all witnesses this day.
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said,
witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house,
Like Rachel and
like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel;
And do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem;
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez,
Whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of
Which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife; and when he went in unto her,
LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son; and the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD,
Which hath not left
thee this day alone without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thee in thine
For thy daughter-in-law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons,
Hath given him birth; and Naomi took the child, and laid it to her bosom,
And became its nurse; and the women, her neighbors, named it, saying,
There is a son born to
Naomi; and they called his name Obed;
He is the father of Jesse, who is the father of
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez;
Pharez begat Hezron,
19 And Hezron begat Ram,
And Ram begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon,
And Nahshon was the father of Salmon,
21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David.