1一天，路得的婆婆拿俄米對她說：「我的女兒啊，我實在應該為你找個好歸宿，使你生活幸福。 2波阿斯不是我們的親戚嗎？而且你又常與他的女工在一起。今天晚上他會在麥場簸大麥。 3你要梳洗打扮、抹上香膏、換件衣服，然後去麥場，但不要讓他認出你是誰。等他吃飽喝足， 4躺下睡覺的時候，你看準他躺臥的地方，去掀開蓋在他腳上的被，躺在那裡，到時他必定會告訴你該怎樣做。」 5路得說：「好，我一定照你的吩咐去做。」
6於是，路得就到麥場去，照她婆婆吩咐的去做。 7波阿斯吃過晚飯，心裡舒暢，便躺在麥堆旁邊睡著了。路得悄悄過去掀起蓋在他腳上的被，躺在他腳旁。 8到了半夜，波阿斯忽然驚醒，翻過身來，發現一個女子躺在他的腳旁， 9便問道：「你是誰？」她答道：「我是你的婢女路得，請用你的衣襟遮蓋我，因為你是我的近親。」 10波阿斯說：「姑娘，願耶和華賜福給你，因為你一直對婆家情深義重，現在更是如此。你本來可以找一個或窮或富的年輕丈夫，然而你卻沒有這樣做。 11姑娘，不要怕，你所說的一切，我都會去為你安排，城裡所有的人都知道你是個賢德的女子。 12不錯，我是你的近親，可是有一個人比我更近。 13你今晚就留在這裡，明天早上，如果他答應盡親屬的義務，就由他照顧你；如果他不肯，我憑永活的耶和華起誓，我會盡我的本分。現在你只管安心睡覺吧。」
14路得就躺在波阿斯的腳旁。天未亮，還看不清人的時候，路得就起來了。因為波阿斯曾對她說：「不可讓別人知道有女人來過這裡。」 15離開的時候，波阿斯對她說：「把你的外衣拿來鋪開。」路得就照做了。他用路得的外衣包了六簸箕大麥，幫她扛在肩上，她便回城了。 16回到家中，婆婆問她：「女兒啊，怎麼樣了？」路得便將事情的經過都告訴了婆婆。 17她又說：「那個人給了我六簸箕大麥，對我說，『不要空手回去見你婆婆。』」 18拿俄米說：「女兒啊！你只管安靜等候，看這事怎樣發展，因為那人今天不把事情辦妥，是絕不會休息的。」
Ruth and Boaz at the threshing-floor
1One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, ‘My daughter, I must find a home3:1 Hebrew find rest (see 1:9) for you, where you will be well provided for. 2Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing-floor. 3Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing-floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.’
5‘I will do whatever you say,’ Ruth answered. 6So she went down to the threshing-floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
7When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned – and there was a woman lying at his feet!
9‘Who are you?’ he asked.
‘I am your servant Ruth,’ she said. ‘Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer3:9 The Hebrew word for guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty (see Lev. 25:25-55); also in verses 12 and 13. of our family.’
10‘The Lord bless you, my daughter,’ he replied. ‘This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: you have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.’
14So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognised; and he said, ‘No-one must know that a woman came to the threshing-floor.’
15He also said, ‘Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.’ When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he3:15 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac she went back to town.
16When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, ‘How did it go, my daughter?’
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her 17and added, ‘He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, “Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.” ’
18Then Naomi said, ‘Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.’