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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor 3:1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?
2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.”
5 And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her.
7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.
8 At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet!
9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.”
10 And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich.
11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman.
12 And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I.
13 Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until the morning, but arose before one could recognize another. And he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”
15 And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city.
16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her,
17 saying, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said to me, ‘You must not go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’”
18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”
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Boaz Redeems Ruth 4:1 Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; 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 down here.” So they sat down.
3 Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech.
4 So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.”
5 Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.”
6 Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel.
8 So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal.
9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon.
10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”
11 Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem,
12 and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.”
Ruth and Boaz Marry13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!
15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.
17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Genealogy of David18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron,
19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab,
20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon,
21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed,
22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.
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29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 By justice a king builds up the land,but he who exacts gifts tears it down.
5 A man who flatters his neighborspreads a net for his feet.
6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
8 Scoffers set a city aflame,but the wise turn away wrath.
9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool,the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blamelessand seek the life of the upright.
11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit,but a wise man quietly holds it back.
12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,all his officials will be wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together;the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king faithfully judges the poor,his throne will be established forever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;he will give delight to your heart.
18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,but blessed is he who keeps the law.
19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined,for though he understands, he will not respond.
20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhoodwill in the end find him his heir.
22 A man of wrath stirs up strife,and one given to anger causes much transgression.
23 One’s pride will bring him low,but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24 The partner of a thief hates his own life;he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
25 The fear of man lays a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
26 Many seek the face of a ruler,but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
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God Himself Is JudgeA Psalm of Asaph.50:1 The Mighty One, God the Lord,speaks and summons the earthfrom the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,God shines forth.
3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;before him is a devouring fire,around him a mighty tempest.
4 He calls to the heavens aboveand to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6 The heavens declare his righteousness,for God himself is judge! Selah
7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;O Israel, I will testify against you.I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your houseor goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,and all that moves in the field is mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,for the world and its fullness are mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bullsor drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,and perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
16 But to the wicked God says:“What right have you to recite my statutesor take my covenant on your lips?
17 For you hate discipline,and you cast my words behind you.
18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,and you keep company with adulterers.
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;you slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;you thought that I was one like yourself.But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;to one who orders his way rightlyI will show the salvation of God!”
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Create in Me a Clean Heart, O GodTo the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,according to your steadfast love;according to your abundant mercyblot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinnedand done what is evil in your sight,so that you may be justified in your wordsand blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,O God of my salvation,and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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