Ruth 4

1Boaz went to the place where people gather near the city gates. Boaz sat there until the close relative Boaz had mentioned passed by. Boaz called to him, “Come here, friend! Sit here!” 2˻Then Boaz gathered some witnesses.˼ Boaz gathered ten of the elders of the city. He told them, “Sit here!” So they sat down. 3Then Boaz spoke to the close relative. He said, “Naomi came back from the hill country of Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. 4I decided to tell you about this in front of the people living here and in front of the elders of my people. If you want to buy back the land, then buy it! If you don’t want to redeem the land, then tell me. I know that I am the next person after you that can redeem the land. If you don’t buy the land back, then I will.” 5Then Boaz said, “If you buy the land from Naomi, you also get the dead man’s wife, Ruth the Moabite woman. ˻When Ruth has a child, the child will get the land.˼ That way, the land will stay in the dead man’s family.” 6The close relative answered, “I cannot buy back the land. That land should belong to me. But I cannot buy it. If I do, I might lose my own land. So you can buy the land.” 7(Long ago in Israel, when people bought or redeemed property, one person took off his shoe and gave it to the other person. This was their proof of purchase.) 8So the close relative said, “Buy the land.” And then the close relative took off his shoe ˻and gave it to Boaz˼. 9Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I am buying from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. 10I am also buying Ruth to be my wife. I am doing this so the dead man’s property will stay with his family. This way, the dead man’s name will not be separated from his family and his land. You are witnesses this day.” 11So all the people and elders that were near the city gates were witnesses. They said, “May the Lord make this woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah who built the house of Israel. Become powerful in Ephrathah! Be famous in Bethlehem! 12Tamar gave birth to Judah’s son Perez. And his family became great. In the same way, may the Lord give you many children through Ruth. And may your family be great like his.” 13So Boaz married Ruth. The Lord allowed Ruth to become pregnant, and she had a son. 14The women ˻of the town˼ told Naomi, “Bless the Lord who gave you this child. He will become famous in Israel. 15He will make you alive again, and care for you in your old age. Your daughter-in-law made it happen. She bore this child for you. She loves you. And she is better for you than seven sons.” 16Naomi took the boy, held him in her arms, and cared for him. 17The neighbors gave the boy his name. These women said, “Naomi has a son now!” And they named him Obed. Obed was Jesse’s father. And Jesse was the father of ˻King˼ David. 18This is the family history of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron. 19Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. 20Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 21Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed. 22Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.

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