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Ruth 4:1-22

4  And Boʽaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there; and along came the next of kin of whom Boʽaz had spoken, and he said “Come over and sit down here, So-and-so!” and he came over and sat down. 2  And he took ten men, elders of the city, and said “Sit down here,” and they did. 3  And he said to the next of kin “Naʽomi, the one that has come back from Moab, has sold out brother Elimelec’s share of the field; 4  and I thought I would give you notice to buy in the presence of those who are sitting here and of the elders of my people. If you will redeem, do so; and if you will not, tell me so that I may know, because there is you to redeem, and I come after you.” And he said “I will redeem”; 5  and Boʽaz said “On the day that you get the land out of Naʽomi’s hands you also get Moabite Ruth, the dead man’s widow, to set up the dead man’s name over his estate.” 6  And the next of kin said “I shall not be able to redeem personally, for fear of impairing my estate; do the redeeming for me yourself, because I shall not be able to redeem.” 7  And there was formerly this in Israel for redemption and for substitution, to validate every transaction: a man took off his sandal and gave it to the other party, and this was the attestation in Israel; 8  and the next of kin said to Boʽaz “Buy for yourself” and took off his sandal. 9  And Boʽaz said to the elders’ and all the people “You are witnesses today that I buy out of Naʽomi’s hands everything that belonged to Elimelec and everything that belonged to Kiljon and Mahlon, 10  and I also buy Mahlon’s widow Moabite Ruth for my wife, to set up the dead man’s name over his estate and not have the dead man’s name disappear from among his brothers and from the gate of his people; you are witnesses today.” 11*  And all the people in the gate and the elders said “We are: Jehovah grant the woman who is coming into your house to be like Rachel and Leah, the two that built up the house of Israel; may you earn high standing in Ephrathah and make a name in Bethlehem, 12  and your family be like the family of Peres whom Tamar bore to Judah, by the issue which Jehovah shall give you out of this girl.” 13  And Boʽaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and he went in to her and Jehovah gave her motherhood, and she had a son; 14  and the women said to Naʽomi “Blessed be Jehovah, who has not deprived you today of a next of kin whose name may be called in Israel, 15  and whom you will have as a lifesaver to provide for your old age, because your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” 16  And Naʽomi took the child and laid him in her lap and became caretaker to him. 17  And the neighbor women called him by a name, saying “Naʽomi has had a son born to her,” and named him ʽObed; he was the father of Jesse the father of David. 18  And this is Peres’s line. Peres begot Hesron, 19  and Hesron begot Ram, and Ram begot ʽAmminadab, 20  and ʽAmminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon, 21  and Salmon begot Boʽaz, and Boʽaz begot ʽObed, 22  and ʽObed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.

Footnotes

4:11 Lit. call a name