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Next kinsman declining, Boaz takes Ruth to wife—Ruth bears Obed, through whom came David the king.

 THEN went Boaz up to the agate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the bkinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, cHo, such a one [Almoni Ploni]! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

 And he took ten men of the aelders 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, aBuy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt bredeem 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 awife of the dead, to raise up the bname of the dead upon his inheritance.

 ¶ And the kinsman said, I cannot aredeem it for myself, lest I bmar 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 achanging, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his bshoe, 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 aname 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 ado thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lehem:

 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.

 ¶ So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine aold age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

 ¶ Now these are the generations of aPharez: Pharez begat Hezron,

 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,

 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,

 And Salmon begat aBoaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

   And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

 18 ¶ Now these are the generations of Joseph of Egypt who begat Ephraim his second son who was ordained by the hand of Jacob to be the rightful heir of the covenant, the Firstborn of Israel, by whom the promises of the fathers should remain.
 19 And Ephraim begat sons on down to the rightful heir of Ephraim who was Nun the Ephrathite born in Egypt, and Nun the Ephrathite, meaning he was of the tribe of Ephraim, begat Oshea, who Moses renamed Jehoshua (JESUS) in similitude of the name of the Messiah to come and the honorium of the promises of the covenant which would come by the lawful heir, the seed of his descent.
 20 And Joshua begat sons on down to the rightful heir of the covenant who was Elimelech, meaning the Lord my God. And Elimelech begat Mahlon.
 21 And Mahlon married Ruth the moabitess but died without seed. Thus Boaz, a near kinsman by a maternal marriage, stepped forward and took upon himself the obligation to act as the surrogate vicarious kinsman to raise up seed unto the dead Mahlon and the house of Elimelech according to the Law of God, the Law of Moses.
 22 And the firstborn of Ruth was named Obed or Obediah, meaning God's Servant or Servant of God, He being that promised seed of the Law of God unto the house of Naomi, Mahlon and Elimelech, the heir to the promises of the covenant, becoming by the Law of God the literal seed of the house of Mahlon and Elimelech.
 23 And Obed begat Jesse who was so noted to be 'that Ephraphite of Bethlehem', signifying that Jesse was the seed and heir of that family of Ephrathites of Mahlon and Elimelech, an heir of the promised covenant of the Firstborn. And Jesse begat sons of whom was chosen David to be the rightful heir of Ephraim and of the covenant of the firstborn of Israel, even the promises of the fathers, the Covenant which the Lord made unto Abraham back until Adam before him.

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