3 At that time, 1 Naomi, her mother-in-law, said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you so you will be secure. 2 2 Now Boaz, with whose female servants you worked, is our close relative. 3 Look, tonight he is winnowing barley at the threshing floor. 4 3 So bathe yourself, 5 rub on some perfumed oil, 6 and get dressed up. 7 Then go down 8 to the threshing floor. But don’t let the man know you’re there until he finishes his meal. 9 4 When he gets ready to go to sleep, 10 take careful notice of the place where he lies down. Then go, uncover his legs, 11 and lie down 12 beside him. 13 He will tell 14 you what you should do.” 5 Ruth replied to Naomi, 15 “I will do everything you have told 16 me 17 to do.” 18
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law had instructed her to do. 19 7 When Boaz had finished his meal and was feeling satisfied, he lay down to sleep at the far end of the grain heap. 20 Then Ruth 21 crept up quietly, 22 uncovered his legs, 23 and lay down beside him. 24 8 In the middle of the night he was startled 25 and turned over. 26 Now 27 he saw a woman 28 lying beside him! 29 9 He said, “Who are you?” 30 She replied, “I am Ruth, your servant. 31 Marry your servant, 32 for you are a guardian of the family interests.” 33 10 He said, “May you be rewarded 34 by the Lord, my dear! 35 This act of devotion 36 is greater than what you did before. 37 For you have not sought to marry 38 one of the young men, whether rich or poor. 39 11 Now, my dear, don’t worry! 40 I intend to do for you everything you propose, 41 for everyone in the village 42 knows that you are a worthy woman. 43 12 Now yes, it is true that 44 I am a guardian, 45 but there is another guardian who is a closer relative than I am. 13 Remain here tonight. Then in the morning, if he agrees to marry you, 46 fine, 47 let him do so. 48 But if he does not want to do so, I promise, as surely as the Lord lives, to marry you. 49 Sleep here until morning.” 50 14 So she slept beside him 51 until morning. She woke up while it was still dark. 52 Boaz thought, 53 “No one must know that a woman visited the threshing floor.” 54 15 Then he said, “Hold out the shawl 55 you are wearing 56 and grip it tightly.” As she held it tightly, he measured out about sixty pounds 57 of barley into the shawl and put it on her shoulders. Then he 58 went into town, 16 and she returned to her mother-in-law.
When Ruth returned to her mother-in-law, Naomi 59 asked, 60 “How did things turn out for you, 61 my daughter?” Ruth 62 told her about all the man had done for her. 63 17 She said, “He gave me these sixty pounds of barley, for he said to me, 64 ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” 65 18 Then Naomi 66 said, “Stay put, 67 my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out. For the man will not rest until he has taken care of the matter today.”
4 Now Boaz went up 1 to the village gate and sat there. Then along came the guardian 2 whom Boaz had mentioned to Ruth! 3 Boaz said, “Come 4 here and sit down, ‘John Doe’!” 5 So he came 6 and sat down. 2 Boaz chose ten of the village leaders 7 and said, “Sit down here!” So they sat down. 3 Then Boaz said to the guardian, 8 “Naomi, who has returned from the region of Moab, is selling 9 the portion of land that belongs to our relative Elimelech. 4 So I am legally informing you: 10 Acquire it before those sitting here and before the leaders of my people! 11 If you want to exercise your right to redeem it, then do so. 12 But if not, then tell me 13 so I will know. 14 For you possess the first option to redeem it; I am next in line after you.” 15 He replied, “I will redeem it.” 5 Then Boaz said, “When 16 you acquire the field 17 from Naomi, 18 you must also 19 acquire Ruth the Moabite, 20 the wife of our deceased relative, 21 in order to preserve his family name by raising up a descendant who will inherit his property.” 22 6 The guardian said, “Then I am unable to redeem it, for I would ruin my own inheritance 23 in that case. You may exercise my redemption option, for I am unable to redeem it.” 24 7 (Now this used to be the customary way to finalize a transaction involving redemption in Israel: 25 A man would remove his sandal and give it to the other party. 26 This was a legally binding act 27 in Israel.) 8 So the guardian said to Boaz, “You may acquire it,” and he removed his sandal. 28 9 Then Boaz said to the leaders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have acquired from Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, the wife of Mahlon, as my wife to raise up a descendant who will inherit his property 29 so the name of the deceased might not disappear 30 from among his relatives and from his village. 31 You are witnesses today.” 11 All the people who were at the gate and the elders replied, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built up the house of Israel! May 32 you prosper 33 in Ephrathah and become famous 34 in Bethlehem. 35 12 May your family 36 become like the family of Perez 37 – whom Tamar bore to Judah – through the descendants 38 the Lord gives you by this young woman.”
13 So Boaz married Ruth and had sexual relations with her. 39 The Lord enabled her to conceive 40 and she gave birth to a son. 14 The village women said to Naomi, “May the Lord be praised because he has not left you without a guardian 41 today! May he 42 become famous in Israel! 43 15 He will encourage you and provide for you when you are old, 44 for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, has given him birth. She 45 is better to you than seven sons!” 16 Naomi took the child and placed him on her lap; 46 she became his caregiver. 47 17 The neighbor women named him, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. 48 Now he became the father of Jesse – David’s father!
18 These are the descendants 49 of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, 19 Hezron was the father of Ram, Ram was the father of Amminadab, 20 Amminadab was the father of Nachshon, Nachshon was the father of Salmah, 21 Salmon 50 was the father of Boaz, Boaz was the father of Obed, 22 Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David. 51
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.