It fortuned, that when the Iudges iudged, there fell a darth in the lande, and a
certen man of Bethlehem Iuda went for to soiourne in the contreye of Moab: he
and hys wyfe, and hys two sonnes.
2 The name of the man was Elimelec, and the name of hys wyfe, Naomi: and the
names of hys two sonnes were, Mahlon and Chilion, and they were Ephraites, out
of Bethlehem Iuda. And when they came into the
, they contynued there.
3 And Elimilec Naomies husband dyed, and she remayned with her two sonnes,
4 which toke them wyues of the nacions of the Moabites: the ones name was Orpha,
and the others Ruth. And they dwelled there about a ten yere.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion dyed also euen both of them, and the woman was lefte
desolate of her two sonnes and of her husbande.
6 Then stode she vp with her daughters in lawe, and returned from the countrey
of Moab: for she had hearde saye in the countrey of Moab, how that the Lorde had
vysyted hys people, and geuen them bred.
7 Wherfore she departed out of the place where she was, and her two daughters
with her. And they went on theyr waye to returne vnto the lande of Iuda.
8 And Naomi sayde vnto her two daughters in lawe: go and returne eche of you
vnto your mothers house: and the Lord deale as kyndlye with you, as ye haue
dealt with the deed, and with me.
9 And the Lorde geue you, that you maye fynde rest, ether of you in the house of
her husbande. And whan she kyssed them, they lyft vp theyr voyce, and wepte,
10 and sayde vnto her: we wyll go with the vnto thy folke.
11 And Naomi sayde: turne agayne my daughters: for what cause wyll you go with
me? Are there any mo chyldren in my wombe, to be your husbandes?
12 Turne agayne my daughters, and go: for I am to olde to haue an husbande. And
yf I sayde, I haue hope, yf I toke a man also this nyght: yee and though I had
all readye borne sonnes,
13 wolde ye tarye after them, tyll they were of age? or wolde ye for them so
long refrayne from takynge of husbandes? Not so my daughters: for it greueth me
moch for youre sakes, that the hande of the Lorde is gone out agaynst me.
14 And they lyft vp their voyces, and wepte agayne, & Orpha kyssed her
mother in lawe, but Ruth aboade styll by her.
15 And Naomi sayde: se, thy syster in lawe is gone backe agayne vnto her people
and vnto her goddes: returne thou after her:
16 And Ruth answered: entreate me not to leaue the, and to returne from after
the: for whether thou goest, I will go also, & where thou dwellest, there I
wyll dwell: thy people shalbe my people, and thy God my God,
17 Where thou dyest, there wyll I dye, and there will I be buried. The Lord do
so and so to me, yf ought but death onelye departe the and me asondre.
18 When she sawe şt she was stedfastly mynded to go with her, she lefte
speakynge vnto her.
19 And so they went both, vntyll they came to Bethlehem. And when they were come
to Bethlehem, it was noysed of them thorow all the cytie, and the wemen sayd: is
not this Naomi?
20 And she answered them: call me not Naomi but call me Mara, for şe Allmyghtye
hath made me verye bytter.
21 I went out full: and şe Lorde hath brought me home agayne emptie. Why then
call ye me Naomi: seynge the Lord hath humbled me, and the allmightie hath
brought me vnto aduersyte?
22 And so Naomi with Ruth the Moabitesse her daughter in lawe returned out of
the countreye of Moab, and came to Bethlehem, in the begynninge of barley
And Naomis husband had a kinsman of strength, and myght, (which was of the
kynredd of Elimelec) named Booz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitesse sayd vnto Naomi: let me go to the felde, and geather
eares of corne after any man in whose syght, I fynde grace. And she sayde vnto
her: go my daughter.
3 And she went, and came to the felde, and geathered after the reapers, and her
chaunce was, that the same felde pertayned vnto Booz, which was of the kynred of
4 And behold, Booz came from Bethlehem, and sayd vnto the reapers: the Lorde be
with you. And they answered him: the Lorde blesse the.
5 Then sayd Booz vnto his younge man that stode by the reapers. Whose damosell
6 And the younge man that stode by the reapers, answered, and sayde: it is the
Moabityshe damosell, that came with Naomi out of the countrey of Moab,
7 and she sayde vnto vs: Oh, let me lease & geather after the reapers, the
eares that remayne: and so she came, and hath continued euen from the mornyng
vnto now, saue that she taried a litle in şe house.
8 Then sayde Booz vnto Ruth: hearest şu my daughter: go to no nother felde to
geather, nether go from hence: but abyde here by my maydens.
9 Let thine eyes be on the felde that they reape, and go thou after the maydens.
Haue I not charged the young men, that they shal do şe no hurt? Moreouer when
thou art a thyrst, go vnto the vessels, and drinck of that which the laddes haue
10 Then she fell on her face and bowed her selfe to şe grounde, and sayd vnto
him: how is it that I haue founde grace in thine eyes, and that thou shuldest
knowe me, seing I am an aliaunt?
11 And Booz answered and sayde vnto her: all is tolde and shewed me, that thou
hast done vnto thy mother in lawe, sence şe death of thyne husbande, how thou
hast lefte thy father and thy mother, and şe lande where thou wast borne, and
art come vnto a nacion which thou knewest not in tyme passed.
12 The Lord quyte thy worcke, and a full rewarde be geuen the of the Lorde God
of Israell, vnder whose wynges thou art come to abyde.
13 Then she sayde: let me fynde fauoure in thy syghte my Lorde, thou that hast
conforted me, and spoken hartely vnto thy mayde, which yet am not like vnto one
of thy maydens.
14 Booz sayde vnto her agayne: in tyme of refeccyon come thou hither, and eate
of the breed, and dypp thy soppe in the vinegre. And she sate downe by şe
reapers, & he reached her parched corne: of the which she dyd eate, and was
suffised, and lefte parte.
15 And when she was rysen vp to gather, Booz commaunded hys young men, saying:
let her gather euen amonge the heapes, and forbydde her not.
16 And leaue her some of the sheues for the nonce, and let it lye, şt she maye
gather it vp, and rebuke her not.
17 And so she geathered in the felde, vntyll euen, and thresshed that she had
geathered, and it was in measure vpon an Epha of barleye.
18 And she toke it vp, and went into the cytie: and whan her mother in lawe had
sene what she had gathered, she plucked out also, & gaue to her that she had
reserued, when she had eaten ynough.
19 And her mother in lawe sayd vnto her: where hast thou gathered to daye? and
where wroughtest thou? blessed be he, that knewe şt. And she shewed her mother
in lawe how she had wrought with him, and sayde: the mannes name with whom I
wrought to daye is Booz.
20 And Naomi sayd vnto her daughter in lawe: blessed be he of the Lorde, for he
ceasseth not to do good to the lyuing and to the deed. And Naomi sayde agayne
vnto her: the man is nye vnto vs, and of oure next kynne.
21 And Ruth the Moabite sayde: he sayde vnto me also. Thou shalt be wt my young
men, vntyll they haue ended all my haruest.
22 And Naomi answered vnto Ruth her daughter in lawe: it is best my daughter
that thou go out with hys maydens, that they fall not vpon the in any other
23 And so she kept her by the maydens of Booz, to gather, vnto the ende of
barley haruest and of whete heruest also: and dwelt with her mother in lawe.
Then Naomi her mother in lawe sayde vnto her: my daughter, shal I not seke reast
for the, that thou mayst prosper?
2 And is not Booz onre kynsman, with whose maydens thou wast? Beholde, he
wenoweth barleye to nyght in the thresshynge floure:
3 washe thy selfe therfore, and anoynt the, and put thy rayment vpon the, and
gett the downe to the barne. But let not a man knowe of the, vntyll he haue
leaft eatynge and drynckyng.
4 And when he goeth to slepe, marcke the place where he layeth hym downe, and
then go and lyfte vp the clothes, that are on his fete, and laye the downe
there, and so shall he tell the what thou shalt do.
5 And she answered her: all that thou byddyst me, I wyll do.
6 And so she went downe vnto the barne, and dyd accordynge to all that her
mother in lawe bade her.
7 And when Booz had eaten & droncken, and made him merye, and was gone in,
to lye downe besyde the heape of corne, she came softlye, and lifte vp the
clothes of his fete, and layde her downe.
8 And at mydnight the man was afrayde and groped. And beholde: a woman laye at
9 And he sayde: what art thou? she answered: I am Ruth thine hand mayde, sprede
thy wynge ouer thine hand mayde, for thou art the next of the kynne.
10 He sayd: blessed be şu in the Lorde my daughter, for thou hast shewed more
goodnesse in the later ende, then at the beginnynge, in as moche as thou
folowedest not younge men, whether they were poore or riche.
11 And now my daughter feare not, I will do to the all şt thou requirest, for
all the cytie of my people doth knowe, that thou art a woman of vertue.
12 And it is true that I am of thy next kynne: howbe it, there is one nyer then
13 Tary this night. And when mornyng is come, yf he will marye the, it is good,
so let him do. But and yf he will not haue the, as sure as the Lorde lyueth I
will haue the: lye styll vntil şe morning.
14 And so she laye at his fete vntill the morninge. And she arose vp before one
coulde knowe another. And he sayde: let no man knowe, that there came any woman
into the barne.
15 And he sayde agayne: bringe thy mantell that thou hast vpon the, and holde it
vp. And whan she helde it vp, he mette in sixe measures of Barleye, and layed it
on her. And she gatt her into the cytie:
16 and whan she came into her mother in lawe, she sayde: how is it with şe my
daughter? And she tolde her all that the man had done to her.
17 And sayde also: these sixe measures of barlye gaue he me, and sayd: thou
shalt not come emptie vnto thy mother in lawe.
18 Then sayd she, my daughter, syt still, vntill şu knowe how the matter will
chaunce. For the man wyll not be in reast, vntill he haue fynysshed the thinge
this same day.
Then went Booz vnto the gate and satt him downe there: and beholde, the kynsman
of which Booz spake, cam by. Unto whom, he sayde: come and sytte downe here, and
called him by his name. And he turned in, and sate downe.
2 And he toke ten men of the elders of the citie, and sayd: sytye downe here.
And they sat downe.
3 And he sayde vnto the kynsman: Naomi that is come agayne out of the contreye
of Moab will sell a parcell of lande, which was oure brother Elimelecs.
4 And I thought to do the to wete, and bid the bye it before the enhabitoures
and elders of my people. Yf thou be disposed to redeme it, do: but and yf thou
wilt not pourchase it, then tell me, şt I maye knowe. For there is none to
calenge it, saue thou, and I nexte the. And the other answered: I will pourchase
5 Then sayde Booz, what daye thou biest the felde of the hand of Naomi, thou
must take also Ruth the Moabite the wyfe of the deed, to stere vp the name of
the deed vpon his enheritaunce.
6 The kinsman answered: I cannot purchase it, for marringe of myne awne
enheritaunce: take thou my right to the, for I cannot purchase it.
7 Now, this was the maner of olde tyme in Israell concerninge purches and
chaunging, for to stablishe all thinge: that a man must plucke of his showe, and
geue it his neyghboure, and this was a sure witnesse in Israell.
8 Therfore the kinsman saide to Booz: Bye it thou: and so drue of his showe.
9 And Booz sayde vnto the elders and vnto all the people: ye are witnesses this
daye, that I haue bought all that was Elimelecs, and all that was Chilions and
Mahlons, of the hand of Naomi.
10 And moreouer, Ruth the Moabite the wyfe of Mahlon, haue I purchased to be my
wyfe, to stere vp the name of the deed vpon his enheritaunce, and that his name
be not put out from amonge his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are
witnesses this daye.
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders sayde: we are
wytnesses: the Lord make the woman that is come into thyne house, lyke Rahel and
Lea, which twayne dyd builde the house of Israell: do thou also valeauntly in
Ephrata, and be famouse in Bethlehem.
12 Thy house be like şe house of Pharez whom Thamar bare vnto Iuda, euen of the
sede which the Lorde shall geue the of this younge woman.
13 And so Booz toke Ruth, and she was his wyfe. And whan he went in vnto her,
the Lorde gaue, that she conceaued, and bare a sonne.
14 And the wemen sayde vnto Naomi: blessed be the Lorde, the which hath not left
şe without a kinsman, to haue a name in Israell,
15 and that shall bring thy life agayne, and cherishe thine olde age. For thy
daughter in lawe which loueth the, hath borne vnto him: and she is better to the
then seuen sonnes.
16 And Naomi toke the childe, and layed it in her lappe, and became nourse vnto
17 And her neybours gaue it a name, saying: there is a childe borne to Naomi,
and called it, Obed. The same is the father of Isai, the father of Dauid.
18 These are the generacions of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron:
19 Hezron begat Ram, Ram begat Aminadab,
20 Aminadab begat Nahson, Nahson begat Salmon,
21 Salmon begat Booz. Booz begat Obed,
22 Obed begat Isai, Isai begat Dauid.