Ruth, Chapter 4

4:1 Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat down there: and, look, the near kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; to whom he said, Ho, such a one! Turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
4:2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit+ down here. And they sat down.
4:3 And he said to the near kinsman, Naomi, who has come again out of the country of Moab, sells the parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
4:4 And I thought to disclose it to you, saying, Buy it before those who sit here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it: but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is none to redeem it besides you; and I am after you. And he said, I will redeem it.
4:5 Then Boaz said, The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you buy from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance.
4:6 And the near kinsman said, I can't redeem it for myself, or else I will mar my own inheritance: you take my right of redemption for yourself; for I can't redeem it.
4:7 Now this was [the custom] in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man drew off his sandal, and gave it to his fellow man; and this was the [manner of] attestation in Israel.
4:8 So the near kinsman said to Boaz, Buy it for yourself. And he drew off his sandal.
4:9 And Boaz said to the elders, and to all the people, You+ are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, I have purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance, that the name of the dead will not be cut off from among his brothers, and from the gate of his place: you+ are witnesses this day.
4:11 And all the people who were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Yahweh make the woman who has come into your house like Rachel and like Leah, who both built the house of Israel: and do worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
4:12 and let your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, of the seed which Yahweh will give you of this young woman.
4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in to her, and Yahweh gave her conception, and she bore a son.
4:14 And the women said to Naomi, Blessed be Yahweh, who has not left you this day without a near kinsman; and let his name be famous in Israel.
4:15 And he will be to you a restorer of soul, and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.
4:16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and was its nurse.
4:17 And her women neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they named him Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
4:18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez begot Hezron,
4:19 and Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab,
4:20 and Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmah,
4:21 and Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed,
4:22 and Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.

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