King James Version
Ruth Meets Boaz in the
1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth,
of the 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 corn 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 her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging
unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
4 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 is this?
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 you, let me glean and gather after the
reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from
the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to
glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast
by my maidens:
9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou
after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not
touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and
drink of that which the young men have drawn. 10 Then she fell on
her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why
have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge
of me, seeing I am a stranger?
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
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 reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was
sufficed, and left.
15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men,
saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and
leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had
gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
18 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 sufficed.
19 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
20 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.
21 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.
22 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.
23 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
References and notes
1. King James Authorized
John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
3. John Wesley's
Notes on the Bible
4. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary