"Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I
not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? And now is
not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows
barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash yourself therefore, and
anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the
threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he
has finished eating and drinking. And it shall be when he lies down,
that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and
uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall
"And she said to her, "All that you say I will do."
"So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to
all that her mother-in-law had commanded her."
"When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went
to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly,
and uncovered his feet and lay down."
"And it happened in the middle of the night that the man was
startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his
9 And he said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth"
"Then he said, "May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. You
have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not
going after young men, whether poor or rich."
"And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever
you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of
"And now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a
relative closer than I. Remain this night, and when morning comes,
if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not
wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the LORD lives. Lie
down until morning." So she lay at his feet until morning and rose
before one could recognize another; and he said, "Let it not be
known that the woman came to the threshing floor."
Again he said, "Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it."
So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it
on her. Then she went into the city."
"And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How did it
go, my daughter?" And she told her all that the man had done for
her. And she said, "These six measures of barley he gave to me, for
he said, 'Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.' Then she
said, "Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out;
for the man will not rest until he has settled it today."