Ruth gleaneth in the fields of Boaz.
Ruth 2:1 And Noemi had a kynsman of her husbandes, a man of mighte, of the kynred of Elimelec, named Booz. Ruth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitesse sayd vnto Noemi, let me go to the felde and lease and gather eares, after whomsoeuer I fynde grace in his syghte. And she sayde vnto her: go my doughter. Ruth 2:3 And she wente and came and gathered after the harueste men, and her chaunse was that parte of the felde pertayned vnto Booz whyche was of the kynred of Elymelec.
Boaz taking knowledge of her,
Ruth 2:4 And beholde, Booz came from Bethlehem, and sayde vnto the harueste men: the Lorde be wyth you. And they answered him, the Lord blesse the. Ruth 2:5 Then sayde Booz vnto the younge man that had the ouersyghte of the herueste men. Whose damosel is this? Ruth 2:6 And the young man, that was set to ouer se the herueste men answered and sayde: it is the Moabitish damosel, that came wyth Noemi oute of the countreye of Moab, Ruth 2:7 and she sayde, let me I praye the, lease and gather after the heruest men, the eares that remayne, and so she came and hath continued euen from the morninge vnto now, and taryed not longe in the house.
sheweth her great favour.
Ruth 2:8 Then sayd Booz vnto Ruth: hearest thou my doughter, go to no nother felde together, neither go from hence: but abyde by my maidens. Ruth 2:9 Thyne eyes are on a felde that shalbe reped: go after þe maidens therfore, for I haue charged the young men, that they touche the not. Moreouer when thou arte a thryste, go vnto the vessels and dryncke of that whiche the laddes haue drawen. Ruth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed her selfe to the grounde and sayde vnto him: howe is it that I haue founde grace in thyne eyes, to know me, seyng: I am an alyaunt. Ruth 2:11 And Booz answered and sayd vnto her: al is tolde me, that thou hast done vnto thy mother in lawe sence the death of thine husband, howe thou haste lefte thy father and thy mother, and the lande where thou wast borne, & art come vnto a nacion, which thou kneweste not in time passed. Ruth 2:12 The Lord quite thy worck, & a full reward be geuen the of the Lord God of Israel vnto whom thou art come, to truste vnder hys winges. Ruth 2:13 Then she sayd vnto him: let me finde fauoure in thy sighte my Lorde, for thou hast comforted me, & hast spoken hertely vnto thy maide, which yet can not be like vnto one of thy maides. Ruth 2:14 And Booz when the tyme of refeccion was come, saide vnto her: come hether & eate of the bread, & dippe thy soppe in the vinagre. And she sat doune by þe repers, & he raught her parched corne. And so she did eate & was suffised & left part. Ruth 2:15 And when she was rysen vp together, Booz sayde to the younge men sayinge: let her gather the eares that remaine, & do her no despite. Ruth 2:16 And herto pul out of the sheues for her, & let it lie, that she maye gather it vp, & rebuke her not. Ruth 2:17 And so she gathered vntill euen & then thresshed that she had gathered, & it was vpon an Epha of barleye.
That which she got, she carrieth to Naomi.
Ruth 2:18 And she toke it vp & went to the city, & shewed her mother in law what she had gathered. And therto she plucked oute, & gaue to her that she had reserued when she had eaten ynough. Ruth 2:19 Then sayd her mother in lawe vnto her, where gatherest thou to daye? and where wroughteste thou? blessed be he that knewe the. And she shewed her mother in law wt whom she had wroughte & saide: the mannes name wt whom I wrought to day is Booz. Ruth 2:20 Then saide Noemi vnto her doughter in law: blessed be he for he ceaseth not to do þe same goodnesse to the dead, þt he did to the lyuynge. And Noemi said vnto her: þe man is nye vnto vs, euen of our next kinne. Ruth 2:21 And Ruth þe Moabite said: he bad me also, þt I should continew with his young men, vntil they had ended al þe heruest he hath. Ruth 2:22 Then said Noemi vnto Ruth her doughter in law, it is best my doughter that thou go oute wyth his maiden, and that no no man mete the in any other felde. Ruth 2:23 And so she kept her by the maydens of Booz, together vnto þe ende of barley haruest & of whete heruest also: and dwelt with her mother in law.