Ruth Chapter 4

Boaz went to sit by the town gate and wait for the guardian-redeemer he and Ruth had talked about. When the guardian-redeemer came along, Boaz asked him to sit down.

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Selling Some Property

He told him that Naomi had recently returned from Moab and was selling some property that had once belonged to some of their relatives. He said that he thought it would be a good idea to buy it, and he wanted to discuss it now with all of their relatives present.

Discussing the Sale of the Land

The guardian-redeemer said that he thought that was a good idea. Boaz told him that when he bought the land, Ruth would come along with it. The redeemer said that Boaz should buy the land because owning Ruth would cause too many complications for the redeemer’s estate. As was the custom, the redeemer took off one of his sandals and handed it to Boaz, indicating that the transaction was formal and legal.

Boaz Purchases the Land

Boaz then announced that he had purchased the property from Naomi and that he had also purchased Ruth. He explained that Ruth was a widow and that this transaction would save her dead husband’s name from vanishing. Boaz’ elders and the other people gathered by the gate acknowledged that they were witnesses to the transaction and blessed the upcoming union. They hoped that the children to come from the union would strengthen Boaz’s family.

Naomi Cares for the Baby

Boaz and Ruth married quickly because Ruth was pregnant. When her son was born, the people rejoiced. Naomi took the baby to care for it, and the women who lived around her thought the baby was her own. He was called Obed, and he grew up to become the grandfather of David, whose father was Jesse. David’s complete genealogy is as follows: From the family line of Perez was born Hezron, then Ram, then Amminadab, then Nahshon, then Salmon, then Boaz, then Obed, then Jesse and finally David.

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Ruth 4 (King James Version)

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. And they sat down.

3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:

4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. 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 to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.

5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and 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 shoe.

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.

10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are 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 the seed 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, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day 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 thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

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 begat Salmon,

21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

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