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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 2

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The Meeting. 1Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz, b Ru 3, 2. 12; 4, 21; Mt 1, 5 . of the clan of her husband Elimelech. 2Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go and glean ears of grain* in the field of anyone who will allow me that favor.” c Dt 24, 19 . Naomi said to her, “Go, my daughter,” 3and she went. The field she entered to glean after the harvesters happened to be the section belonging to Boaz of the clan of Elimelech. 4Boaz himself came from Bethlehem and said to the harvesters, “Thes LORD be with you!”* and they replied, “The LORD bless you!” 5Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Whose girl is this?” 6The overseer of the harvesters answered, “She is the Moabite girl who returned from the plateau of Moab with Naomi. d Ru 1, 22 . 7She asked leave to gather the gleanings into sheaves after the harvesters; and ever since she came this morning she has remained here until now, with scarcely a moment's rest.”

8Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter! Do not go to glean in anyone else's field; you are not to leave here. Stay here with my women servants. 9Watch to see which field is to be harvested, and follow them; I have commanded the young men to do you no harm. When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the vessels the young men have filled.” 10Casting herself prostrate upon the ground, she said to him, “Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with your notice?” 11 e Ru 1, 14–17 . Boaz answered her: “I have had a complete account of what you have done for your mother‐in‐law after your husband's death; you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know previously. 12May the LORD reward what you have done! May you receive a full reward from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” 13She said, “May I prove worthy of your kindness, my lord: you have comforted me, your servant, with your consoling words; would indeed that I were a servant of yours!” 14At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and have some food; dip your bread in the sauce.” Then as she sat near the reapers, he handed her some roasted grain and she ate her fill and had some left over. 15She rose to glean, and Boaz instructed his servants to let her glean among the sheaves themselves without scolding her, 16and even to let drop some handfuls and leave them for her to glean without being rebuked.

17She gleaned in the field until evening, and when she beat out what she had gleaned it came to about an ephah of barley, 18which she took into the city and showed to her mother‐in‐law. Next she brought out and gave her what she had left over from lunch. 19So her mother‐in‐law said to her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you go to work? May he who took notice of you be blessed!” Then she told her mother‐in‐law with whom she had worked. “The man at whose place I worked today is named Boaz,” she said. 20 f Ru 3, 9 . “May he be blessed by the LORD, who is ever merciful to the living and to the dead,” Naomi exclaimed to her daughter‐in‐law; and she continued, “He is a relative of ours, one of our next of kin.”* 21“He even told me,” added Ruth the Moabite, “that I should stay with his servants until they complete his entire harvest.” 22“You would do well, my dear,” Naomi rejoined, “to go out with his servants; for in someone else's field you might be insulted.” 23So she stayed gleaning with the servants of Boaz until the end of the barley and wheat harvests.

Notes:

b: Ru 3, 2. 12; 4, 21; Mt 1, 5 .

c: Dt 24, 19 .

d: Ru 1, 22 .

e: Ru 1, 14–17 .

f: Ru 3, 9 .

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