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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

1And Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?
  2Now is not Boaz, whose young women you were with, our relative? Look, he is winnowing barley tonight on the threshing floor.
  3So wash yourself, anoint yourself, put on your nice garment, and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
  4Then, when he lies down you are to note the place where he is lying, and you are to go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you are to do.”
 

5And she said to her, “All that you say I will do.”
  6So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law commanded her.
  7When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the edge of the heap of grain. Then she came silently, uncovered his feet and laid down.
 

8And it came to pass at midnight that the man trembled and turned himself, and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.
  9So he said, “Who are you?”

And she answered, “I am Ruth your servant. Please spread the wing of your cloak over your servant, because you are a kinsman-redeemer.”
 

10Then he said, “May you be blessed by Yahweh, my daughter! You have shown more devotion at the end than at the beginning in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.
  11Now, my daughter, do not be afraid. I will do for you all that you say, for all the gate of my peoplea knows that you are a woman of noble character.
  12Now it is true that I am a kinsman-redeemer, but there also is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I.
  13Stay here tonight, and in the morning if he will be for you a kinsman-redeemer, good, let him redeem you. But if he will not redeem you, then as Yahweh lives, I will be a kinsman-redeemer for you. Lie down until the morning.”
 

14So she lay at his feet until the morning. She rose up before one could recognize another. And he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”
  15And he said, “Bring the cloak that you are wearing and hold it tightly.” She held it and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her, and he went into the city.
 

16When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did it go, my daughter?”

And she told her all that the man had done for her.
  17And she said, “He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’”
 

18Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest until he has settled the matter today.”
 


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“gate” is a metonymy for the people at the gate

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