Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

Ruth 3

1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, a shall I not seek b security 1 for you, that it may be well with you? 2 "Now Boaz, c whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 "Therefore wash yourself and d anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 "Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do." 5 And she said to her, "All that you say to me I will do."

6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. 7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and e his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. 8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 And he said, "Who are you?" So she answered, "I am Ruth, your maidservant. f Take 2 your maidservant under your wing, for you are g a 3 close relative." 10 Then he said, h "Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than i at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 "And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. 12 "Now it is true that I am a j close relative; however, k there is a relative closer than I. 13 "Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will l perform the duty of a close relative for you - good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, m as the LORD lives! Lie down until morning."

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, n "Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." 15 Also he said, "Bring the 4 shawl that is on you and hold it." And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then 5 she went into the city. 16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, 6 "Is that you, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 And she said, "These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, 'Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.' " 18 Then she said, o "Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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