Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

路得记 4


1波阿斯来到城门口,坐在那里,恰巧看见他所说的那位至亲经过,便招呼他说:“某人啊,请过来坐一坐。”那人便走过来坐下。 波阿斯又邀请了城里的十位长老,对他们说:“请过来坐一坐。”他们都坐下以后, 波阿斯便对那位至亲说:“拿俄米从摩押回来了,现在要卖我们族兄以利米勒的那块地, 我想应该让你知道这件事。你最有权赎那块地,其次才是我,此外再没有别人了。如果你愿意赎回那块地,希望你当着在座各位长老的面表明。如果不愿意,请你让我知道。”那人说:“我愿意赎。” 波阿斯说:“那么,你从拿俄米手中买地的那天,也要娶已死之人的妻子摩押女子路得,好让死者继续在产业上留名。” 那位至亲说:“那我就不能赎了,免得损害到我的产业。你来赎吧,我不能赎。”

从前在以色列,买赎或交易有这样的规矩:一旦成交,一方要把鞋脱下来交给另一方,以色列人以此为成交的凭据。 那位至亲对波阿斯说:“你自己买吧!”他就把鞋子脱了下来。 波阿斯向长老和所有在场的人说:“请各位今天为我作证,所有属于以利米勒、基连和玛伦的产业,我都从拿俄米手上买了。 10 同时,我要娶玛伦的遗孀摩押女子路得为妻,好使死者继续在产业上留名,免得他的名在本族本乡中消失。今天,请各位作证。” 11 聚集在城门口的众人和长老都说:“我们愿意作证。愿耶和华使要进你家门的这女子,像建立以色列家的拉结和利亚一样。愿你在以法他家业兴隆,在伯利恒声名远播。 12 愿耶和华借着这年轻女子赐你后裔,使你家像先祖犹大和她玛的儿子法勒斯家一样。”

13 这样,波阿斯便娶了路得为妻,与她同房。耶和华使她怀孕生了一个儿子。 14 妇女们对拿俄米说:“耶和华当受称颂!因为今日祂赐给你一位至亲,使你后继有人,愿这孩子在以色列得享盛名! 15 他必让你的生命重新得力,奉养你,使你安度晚年,因为他是爱你的儿媳妇所生的。有这儿媳妇比有七个儿子还要好!” 16 拿俄米接过婴孩抱在怀中,照顾他。 17 邻居的妇女们喊着说:“拿俄米有孩子了!”她们给孩子取名叫俄备得,这俄备得就是耶西的父亲,耶西是大卫的父亲。

18 以下是法勒斯的家谱:法勒斯生希斯仑, 19 希斯仑生兰,兰生亚米拿达, 20 亚米拿达生拿顺,拿顺生撒门, 21 撒门生波阿斯,波阿斯生俄备得, 22 俄备得生耶西,耶西生大卫。

The Message

Ruth 4

1Boaz went straight to the public square and took his place there. Before long the “closer relative,” the one mentioned earlier by Boaz, strolled by.

“Step aside, old friend,” said Boaz. “Take a seat.” The man sat down.

Boaz then gathered ten of the town elders together and said, “Sit down here with us; we’ve got some business to take care of.” And they sat down.

3-4 Boaz then said to his relative, “The piece of property that belonged to our relative Elimelech is being sold by his widow Naomi, who has just returned from the country of Moab. I thought you ought to know about it. Buy it back if you want it—you can make it official in the presence of those sitting here and before the town elders. You have first redeemer rights. If you don’t want it, tell me so I’ll know where I stand. You’re first in line to do this and I’m next after you.”

He said, “I’ll buy it.”

Then Boaz added, “You realize, don’t you, that when you buy the field from Naomi, you also get Ruth the Moabite, the widow of our dead relative, along with the redeemer responsibility to have children with her to carry on the family inheritance.”

Then the relative said, “Oh, I can’t do that—I’d jeopardize my own family’s inheritance. You go ahead and buy it—you can have my rights—I can’t do it.”

In the olden times in Israel, this is how they handled official business regarding matters of property and inheritance: a man would take off his shoe and give it to the other person. This was the same as an official seal or personal signature in Israel.

So when Boaz’s “redeemer” relative said, “Go ahead and buy it,” he signed the deal by pulling off his shoe.

9-10 Boaz then addressed the elders and all the people in the town square that day: “You are witnesses today that I have bought from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech and Kilion and Mahlon, including responsibility for Ruth the foreigner, the widow of Mahlon—I’ll take her as my wife and keep the name of the deceased alive along with his inheritance. The memory and reputation of the deceased is not going to disappear out of this family or from his hometown. To all this you are witnesses this very day.”

11-12 All the people in the town square that day, backing up the elders, said, “Yes, we are witnesses. May God make this woman who is coming into your household like Rachel and Leah, the two women who built the family of Israel. May God make you a pillar in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem! With the children God gives you from this young woman, may your family rival the family of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah.”

13 Boaz married Ruth. She became his wife. Boaz slept with her. By God’s gracious gift she conceived and had a son.

14-15 The town women said to Naomi, “Blessed be God! He didn’t leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel! He’ll make you young again! He’ll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves you so much, why, she’s worth more to you than seven sons!”

16 Naomi took the baby and held him in her arms, cuddling him, cooing over him, waiting on him hand and foot.

17 The neighborhood women started calling him “Naomi’s baby boy!” But his real name was Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.

18-22 This is the family tree of Perez:

Perez had Hezron,
Hezron had Ram,
Ram had Amminadab,
Amminadab had Nahshon,
Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz,
Boaz had Obed,
Obed had Jesse,
and Jesse had David.