And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the
family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and
glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said
unto her, Go, my daughter.
And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and
her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of
the kindred of Elimelech.
(2:1-3) When Naomi and Ruth arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth decided (with Naomi's encouragement)
to glean some "corn" (barley) from the field of Boaz,
a wealthy relative of Naomi's dead husband -- hoping she'd find some grace in his eyes.
And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD
be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.
Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose
damsel is this?
And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the
Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
(2:4-6) And it worked. Boaz asked his servant, "Who owns the damsel who is picking my barley" The servant
told him it was a damsel who came with Naomi from Moab.
And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among
the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until
now, that she tarried a little in the house.
Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean
in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them:
have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when
thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men
Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto
him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take
knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
(2:7-9) Moab told Ruth to stay and glean all the barley she wants.
And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all
that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband:
and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy
nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
(2:11) Boaz said that he knew all about her; how her husband had died and she left her country to come to
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD
God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou
hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine
handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the
bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers:
and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and
And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying,
Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them,
that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned:
and it was about an ephah of barley.
(2:12-17) Ruth and Boaz continued to get to know each other. Ruth ate with Boaz's servants and gleaned
some more in his field. Boaz told his servants to let her glean all she wants and to let some fall
to the ground so Ruth could pick it up.
So Ruth gleaned about an ephah of barley that day.
(An ephah is about a
bushel or 35 liters.)
And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what
she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had
reserved after she was sufficed.
And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and
where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And
she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's
name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who
hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said
unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by
my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter,
that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other
So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley
harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.
(2:18-23) Ruth went home that evening and showed Naomi her gleanings. Naomi was pleased with what she saw.