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Ruths Bog 2:1-23

Boaz’ venlighed imod Ruth

1Der var en velstående mand i Betlehem, som hed Boaz. Han var af samme slægt som Elimelek og derfor i familie med No’omi.

2En dag sagde Ruth til No’omi: „Lad mig gå hen og samle nogle af de aks op, som høstfolkene efterlader på marken. Måske er der en venlig landmand, som vil hjælpe os.”

„Det er en god idé, min datter!” svarede No’omi.

3Så gik Ruth ud på en mark, der viste sig at tilhøre Boaz. 4Mens hun opholdt sig på marken, kom Boaz derud fra Betlehem. „Gud velsigne jer!” sagde han til høstfolkene, og de svarede: „Gud velsigne dig, herre.” 5Så spurgte han formanden: „Hvem er den unge pige derovre?”

6„Det er den pige fra Moab, som No’omi bragte med hertil,” lød svaret. 7„I morges bad hun om tilladelse til at følge efter høstfolkene og samle aks op. Hun har samlet ihærdigt siden da, lige bortset fra en kort hvilepause i skyggen.”

8Derefter gik Boaz over til Ruth. „Hør, min pige,” sagde han, „du er velkommen til at samle alle de aks, du har brug for, her på min mark, så du ikke behøver gå andre steder hen. Følg bare efter de piger, der binder neg på min mark. 9Jeg skal nok sige til de unge mænd, at de ikke må genere dig. Når du er tørstig, skal du bare gå hen og drikke af det vand, de øser op fra brønden.”

10Ruth faldt på knæ, bøjede ansigtet mod jorden foran Boaz og sagde: „Hvorfor er De så god mod mig? Ved De ikke, at jeg er en fremmed her?” 11„Jo,” svarede Boaz, „og jeg ved også, at du har forladt din far og mor i dit hjemland for at slutte dig til et fremmed folk. Jeg har hørt om den trofasthed, du har vist din svigermor, siden din mand døde. 12Må Herren, Israels Gud, under hvis vinger du har søgt ly, belønne dig for det.”

13„Tak for Deres godhed, herre,” udbrød Ruth. „De har talt venligt til mig og opmuntret mig, selv om jeg ikke har krav på noget fra Deres side.”

14Da frokostpausen kom, kaldte Boaz på Ruth: „Kom herhen og spis sammen med os. Du kan dyppe brødet i vinen, hvis du vil!” Så satte hun sig sammen med høstfolkene og spiste. Boaz rakte hende noget ristet korn, så hun fik alt det, hun kunne spise og havde mad til overs.

15Da hun var gået tilbage til arbejdet, sagde Boaz til sine unge mænd: „I må ikke hindre hende i at samle aks mellem negene. 16Tværtimod, når I skærer en håndfuld korn af med seglen, skal I lade nogle af stråene falde til jorden, så hun kan samle aks fra dem. Og lad være at genere hende!” 17Så samlede Ruth aks resten af dagen. Da hun om aftenen slog kernerne fra aksene, var der en hel sæk2,17 På hebraisk: „omtrent en efa”, et rummål mellem 18 og 36 liter (den nøjagtige størrelse kendes ikke, men 22 liter er den mest almindelige antagelse). byg. 18Hun bar kornet ind til byen og gav det til sin svigermor, som også fik det, hun havde levnet af sin frokost.

19„Det var dog utroligt!” udbrød No’omi. „Hvor har du samlet alt det korn? Hvor har du været i dag? Må Herren velsigne den mand, som viste dig en sådan venlighed!” Derefter fortalte Ruth sin svigermor, hvordan det var gået. „Den mand, som ejer marken, hvor jeg samlede aks i dag, hedder Boaz,” sagde hun.

20„Gud velsigne ham!” udbrød No’omi begejstret. „Herren har virkelig bevist sin trofasthed både imod os og din afdøde mand! Boaz er en af vores nærmeste slægtninge. Han vil helt sikkert hjælpe os.”

21„Han opfordrede mig faktisk til at komme tilbage og holde mig til hans høstfolk, indtil hele marken er høstet!” tilføjede Ruth.

22„Vidunderligt!” jublede No’omi. „Gør endelig, som han har sagt! Hold dig hele tiden til hans høstpiger! Man ved aldrig, hvad du kunne komme ud for, hvis du gik andre steder hen.”

23Så holdt Ruth sig til Boaz’ høstfolk resten af byghøsten—og hele hvedehøsten med.

King James Version

Ruth 2:1-23

1And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.2.1 Boaz: Gr. Booz 2And 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. 3And 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.2.3 hap…: Heb. hap happened

4¶ And, behold, Boaz came from Beth-lehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee. 5Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 6And 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: 7And 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. 8Then 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: 9Let 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. 10Then 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? 11And 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. 12The 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. 13Then 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.2.13 Let me…: or, I find2.13 friendly: Heb. to the heart 14And 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. 15And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:2.15 reproach…: Heb. shame her not 16And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

17So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

18¶ 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. 19And 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. 20And 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.2.20 one of…: or, one that hath right to redeem 21And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. 22And 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.2.22 meet…: or, fall upon thee 23So 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.