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Ruth 2:8-18

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8-9 Boaz went over and talked to her. “Listen, my child,” he said to her. “Stay right here with us to glean; don’t think of going to any other fields. Stay right behind my women workers; I have warned the young men not to bother you; when you are thirsty, go and help yourself to the water.”

10-11 She thanked him warmly. “How can you be so kind to me?” she asked. “You must know I am only a foreigner.”

“Yes, I know,” Boaz replied, “and I also know about all the love and kindness you have shown your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you left your father and mother in your own land and have come here to live among strangers. 12 May the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, bless you for it.”

13 “Oh, thank you, sir,” she replied. “You are so good to me, and I’m not even one of your workers!”

14 At lunchtime Boaz called to her, “Come and eat with us.”

So she sat with his reapers and he gave her food,[a] more than she could eat. 15 And when she went back to work again, Boaz told his young men to let her glean right among the sheaves without stopping her, 16 and to snap off some heads of barley and drop them on purpose for her to glean, and not to make any remarks. 17 So she worked there all day, and in the evening when she had beaten out the barley she had gleaned, it came to a whole bushel! 18 She carried it back into the city and gave it to her mother-in-law, with what was left of her lunch.

Shirley Dixon
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