17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed(A) the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.[a](B) 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over(C) after she had eaten enough.

19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!(D)

Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.

20 “The Lord bless him!(E)” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.(F) “He has not stopped showing his kindness(G) to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative;(H) he is one of our guardian-redeemers.[b](I)

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  1. Ruth 2:17 That is, probably about 30 pounds or about 13 kilograms
  2. Ruth 2:20 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).

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