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Then Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here”; so they sat down. He then said to the next-of-kin,[a] “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it, and say: Buy it in the presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not, tell me, so that I may know; for there is no one prior to you to redeem it, and I come after you.” So he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “The day you acquire the field from the hand of Naomi, you are also acquiring Ruth[b] the Moabite, the widow of the dead man, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance.” At this, the next-of-kin[c] said, “I cannot redeem it for myself without damaging my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”

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  1. Ruth 4:3 Or one with the right to redeem
  2. Ruth 4:5 OL Vg: Heb from the hand of Naomi and from Ruth
  3. Ruth 4:6 Or one with the right to redeem

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