Then went Boaz up to
the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of
whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn
aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down. And
he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down
here. And they sat down. And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi,
that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel
of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
And I thought to advertise
thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders
of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou
wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there
is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he
said, I will redeem it.
Then said Boaz, What
day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy
it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise
up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman
said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance:
redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Now this was the manner
in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning
changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe,
and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he
drew off his shoe.
And Boaz said unto the
elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that
I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's
and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
Moreover Ruth the Moabitess,
the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise
up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of
the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the
gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. And all the people
that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses.
The LORD make the woman
that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which
two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah,
and be famous in Bethlehem: And let thy house be like the house
of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the
LORD shall give thee of this young woman. (Ruth 4:1-12)