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Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there:
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
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit
down here. And they sat down.
And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out
the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother
And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before
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.
Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand
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.
And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I
mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot
Now this was the manner in former time in Israel
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.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So
drew off his shoe.
And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye
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.
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.
And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders,
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:
And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar
unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young
So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went
unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which
not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous
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.
And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and
nurse unto it.
And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There
son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of
Jesse, the father of David.
Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat
And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
Orthodox Library, Advent, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the ever-memorable Ruth,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!