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Ruth 4 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Then went Boaz up to the gate and sat himself down there; and behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by, unto whom he said, “Ho, such a one! Turn aside, sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.

And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit ye down here.” And they sat down.

And he said unto the kinsman, “Naomi, who hath come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land which was our brother Elimelech’s.

And I thought to advise 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 besides thee, and I am after thee.’” And he said, “I will redeem it.”

Then said Boaz, “What day thou buyest the field from the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also from 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 mar mine own inheritance. Redeem thou my right for thyself, for I cannot redeem it.”

Now this was the manner in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was a testimony in Israel.

Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, “Buy it for thyself.” So he drew off his shoe.

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 from 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 who were at the gate and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who hath come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two built the house of Israel; and do thou worthily in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.

12 And let thy house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee by 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 bore a son.

14 And the women said unto Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who 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 who loveth thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.”

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

17 And the women, her neighbors, 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 Perez: Perez begot Hezron,

19 and Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab;

20 and Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;

21 and Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed;

22 and Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.


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