~ Chapter Two ~
- Red text - from the Holy Bible.
- Black text - from "Scriptural Poems; Being Several Portions of Scripture
Digested Into English Verse," by John Bunyan.
"Observe Ruth's humility. When Providence had made her poor,
she cheerfully stoops to her lot. High spirits will rather starve than stoop; not
so with Ruth. Nay, it is her own proposal. She speaks humbly in her expectation of
leave to glean. Ruth kept at home, and helped to maintain her mother, and went out
on no other errand than to get provision for her; her humility and industry ended
in preferment." - from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole
||And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty
man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
||There was a man of kin to Naomi,
One that was of her husband's family,
His name was Boaz, and his wealth was great.
||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 Ruth, the Moabitess, did intreat
Her Mother's leave, that she might go, and gather
Some ears of corn, where she should most find favour:
Go, daughter, go, said she.
||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.
||... She went and came
Near to the reapers, to glean after them:
And lo, it was her hap to light among
The reapers, which to Boaz did belong.
||And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto
the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.
||Behold, now Boaz came from Bethlehem
Unto his reapers, and saluted them,
And they bless'd him again:
||Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over
the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
||... and he enquired
Of him that was set over them he hired,
From whence the damsel was, and was inform'd
||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
||She was the Moabitess that return'd
||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.
||... and she did ask, said he,
That here amongst the reapers she might be,
And that she might have liberty to glean
Among the sheaves. And she all day hath been,
Ev'n from the morning until now, with us,
That she hath stay'd 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
||Then Boaz said to Ruth, observe, my daughter,
That thou go not from hence, or follow after
The reapers of another field, but where
My maidens are, see that thou tarry there:
||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 have drawn.
||Observe what field they reap, and go thou there,
Have I not charged the young men to forbear
To touch thee? And when thou dost thirst, approach
And drink of what the youths have set abroach[opened or positioned so that a liquid...
can be let out].
||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?
||Then she fell on her face, and to the ground
She bow'd herself, and said, Why have I found
Such favour in thine eyes; that thou, to me
Who am a stranger, should so courteous be?
||And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully
been showed 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.
||And Boaz said, it hath been fully shewn
To me, what to thy mother-in-law thou'st done,
Since of thine husband thou hast been bereft:
How thou thy father and thy mother left,
And thine own native land; to come unto
A land which thou before didst never know:
||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.
||The Lord, the God of Israel, the defence
Whom now thou'st chosen, be thy recompence.
||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.
||Then said she, let me in thy sight, my lord,
Find favour in that thou dost thus afford
Me comfort, and since thou so kind to me
Dost speak, though I thereof unworthy be.
||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 left.
||And Boaz said, at meal time come thou near,
Eat of the bread, and dip i' th' vinegar.
And by the reapers she sat down to meat,
He gave her parched corn, and she did eat,
And was suffic'd; and left,
||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 rose to glean:
And Boaz gave command to the young men,
Let her come in among the sheaves, said he,
To glean, and let her not reproached be.
||And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose
for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
||Let fall some handfuls also purposely,
And let her take them without injury.
||So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out
that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
||So she till even glean'd , and then beat out
Her barley, being an ephah[35 liters] or thereabout.
||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.
||She took it up, and to the city went,
And to her mother-in-law did it present:
And what she had reserv'd to her she gave,
When she had took what she design'd to have.
||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 showed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The
man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
||Then unto her, her mother-in-law did say,
In what field hast thou been to glean to-day?
And where hast thou been working? Blest be he,
That thus hath taken cognizance of thee.
She told with whom, and furthermore did say,
The man's name's Boaz, where I wrought to-day.
||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 Naomi replied, may he be blest,
Even of the Lord, whose kindness manifest
Unto the living and the dead hath been:
The man's our kinsman, yea, the next of kin.
||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 Ruth, the Moabitess, said, he gave
Me likewise a commandment not to leave,
Or to depart from following his young men,
Until they had brought all his harvest in.
||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 field.
||And Naomi said unto Ruth, my daughter,
'Tis good that thou observe to follow after
His maidens, that they meet thee not elsewhere.
||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.
||So she to Boaz's maidens still kept near,
Till barley and wheat harvest both, she saw
Were done, and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.