The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 6, 2017 (NIV)

Ruth 2-4

Ruth and Boaz Meet

Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side named Boaz. He was a prominent man of noble character(A) from Elimelech’s family.

Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, “Will you let me go into the fields and gather fallen grain(B) behind someone who allows me to?”

Naomi answered her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So Ruth left and entered the field to gather grain behind the harvesters. She happened(C) to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family.

Later, when Boaz arrived from Bethlehem, he said to the harvesters, “The Lord be with you.”(D)

“The Lord bless you,”(E) they replied.

Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, “Whose young woman is this?”

The servant answered, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab. She asked, ‘Will you let me gather fallen grain among the bundles behind the harvesters?’ She came and has remained from early morning until now, except that she rested a little in the shelter.”[a]

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter.[b] Don’t go and gather grain in another field, and don’t leave this one, but stay here close to my female servants. See which field they are harvesting, and follow them. Haven’t I ordered the young men not to touch you?[c] When you are thirsty, go and drink from the jars the young men have filled.”

10 She bowed with her face to the ground(F) and said to him, “Why are you so kind to notice me, although I am a foreigner?”

11 Boaz answered her, “Everything you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband’s death has been fully reported to me: how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and how you came to a people you didn’t previously know. 12 May the Lord reward you for what you have done,(G) and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”(H)

13 “My lord,” she said, “you have been so kind to me, for you have comforted and encouraged[d] your slave, although I am not like one of your female servants.”

14 At mealtime Boaz told her, “Come over here and have some bread and dip it in the vinegar sauce.” So she sat beside the harvesters, and he offered her roasted grain. She ate and was satisfied and had some left over.

15 When she got up to gather grain, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her even gather grain among the bundles, and don’t humiliate her. 16 Pull out some stalks from the bundles for her and leave them for her to gather. Don’t rebuke her.” 17 So Ruth gathered grain in the field until evening. She beat out what she had gathered, and it was about 26 quarts[e] of barley. 18 She picked up the grain and went into the town, where her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. Then she brought out what she had left over from her meal and gave it to her.

19 Then her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you gather barley today, and where did you work? May the Lord bless the man who noticed you.”(I)

Ruth told her mother-in-law about the men she had worked with and said, “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz.”

20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord,(J) who has not forsaken his[f] kindness to the living or the dead.”(K) Naomi continued, “The man is a close relative. He is one of our family redeemers.”(L)

21 Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also told me, ‘Stay with my young men until they have finished all of my harvest.’”

22 So Naomi said to her daughter-in-law Ruth, “My daughter, it is good for you to work[g] with his female servants, so that nothing will happen to you in another field.” 23 Ruth stayed close to Boaz’s female servants and gathered grain until the barley and the wheat harvests were finished.(M) And she lived with[h] her mother-in-law.

Ruth’s Appeal to Boaz

Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, shouldn’t I find security for you, so that you will be taken care of? Now isn’t Boaz our relative?(N) Haven’t you been working with his female servants? This evening he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfumed oil, and wear your best clothes. Go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let the man know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, notice the place where he’s lying, go in and uncover his feet, and lie down. Then he will explain to you what you should do.”

So Ruth said to her, “I will do everything you say.”[i] She went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law had instructed her. After Boaz ate, drank, and was in good spirits,[j] he went to lie down at the end of the pile of barley. Then she went in secretly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.

At midnight, Boaz was startled, turned over, and there lying at his feet was a woman! So he asked, “Who are you?”

“I am Ruth, your slave,” she replied. “Spread your cloak[k] over me,(O) for you are a family redeemer.”(P)

10 Then he said, “May the Lord bless you,(Q) my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before,[l] because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 Now don’t be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you say,[m] since all the people in my town[n] know that you are a woman of noble character.(R) 12 Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am. 13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, that’s good.(S) Let him redeem you. But if he doesn’t want to redeem you, as the Lord lives,(T) I will. Now lie down until morning.”

14 So she lay down at his feet until morning but got up while it was still dark.[o] Then Boaz said, “Don’t let it be known that a[p] woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 And he told Ruth, “Bring the shawl you’re wearing and hold it out.” When she held it out, he shoveled six measures of barley into her shawl, and she[q] went into the town.

16 She went to her mother-in-law, Naomi, who asked her, “How did it go,[r] my daughter?”

Then Ruth told her everything the man had done for her. 17 She said, “He gave me these six measures of barley, because he said,[s] ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”

18 Naomi said, “My daughter, wait until you find out how things go, for he won’t rest unless he resolves this today.”

Ruth and Boaz Marry

Boaz went to the gate of the town(U) and sat down there. Soon the family redeemer Boaz had spoken about came by. Boaz called him by name and said, “Come[t] over here and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Then Boaz took 10 men of the town’s elders(V) and said, “Sit here.” And they sat down. He said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has returned from the land of Moab, is selling a piece of land that belonged to our brother Elimelech.(W) I thought I should inform you:[u] Buy it back in the presence of those seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you want to redeem it, do so. But if you do[v] not want to redeem it, tell me so that I will know, because there isn’t anyone other than you to redeem it, and I am next after you.”

“I want to redeem it,” he answered.

Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you will also acquire[w] Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the deceased man, to perpetuate the man’s name on his property.”(X)

The redeemer replied, “I can’t redeem it myself, or I will ruin my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption, because I can’t redeem it.”

At an earlier period in Israel, a man removed his sandal(Y) and gave it to the other party in order to make any matter legally binding concerning the right of redemption or the exchange of property. This was the method of legally binding a transaction in Israel.

So the redeemer removed his sandal and said to Boaz, “Buy back the property yourself.”

Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I am buying from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech, Chilion, and Mahlon. 10 I will also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, to perpetuate the deceased man’s name on his property, so that his name will not disappear among his relatives or from the gate of his home. You are witnesses today.”

11 The elders and all the people who were at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah,(Z) who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem. 12 May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah,(AA) because of the offspring the Lord will give you by this young woman.”

13 Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons,(AB) has given birth to him.” 16 Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and took care of him. 17 The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed.[x] He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

David’s Genealogy from Judah’s Son

18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez:

Perez fathered Hezron.
19 Hezron fathered Ram,[y]
who fathered Amminadab.
20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon,
who fathered Salmon.
21 Salmon fathered Boaz,
who fathered Obed.
22 And Obed fathered Jesse,
who fathered David.(AC)


  1. Ruth 2:7 LXX reads until evening she has not stopped in the field; Vg reads now and she did not return to the house; Hb uncertain
  2. Ruth 2:8 Lit Haven’t you heard, my daughter?
  3. Ruth 2:9 Either sexual or physical harassment
  4. Ruth 2:13 Lit and spoken to the heart of
  5. Ruth 2:17 Lit about an ephah
  6. Ruth 2:20 Or His
  7. Ruth 2:22 Lit go out
  8. Ruth 2:23 Some Hb mss, Vg read she returned to
  9. Ruth 3:5 Alt Hb tradition reads say to me
  10. Ruth 3:7 Lit and his heart was glad
  11. Ruth 3:9 Or Spread the edge of your garment; lit Spread the wing of your garment; Ru 2:12
  12. Ruth 3:10 Lit kindness at the last than at the first
  13. Ruth 3:11 Some Hb mss, Orig, Syr, Tg, Vg read say to me
  14. Ruth 3:11 Lit all the gate of my people
  15. Ruth 3:14 Lit up before a man could recognize his companion
  16. Ruth 3:14 LXX; MT reads the
  17. Ruth 3:15 Some Hb mss, Aram, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read he
  18. Ruth 3:16 Lit Who are you
  19. Ruth 3:17 Alt Hb tradition, LXX, Syr, Tg read said to me
  20. Ruth 4:1 Lit Boaz said so-and-so come
  21. Ruth 4:4 Lit should uncover your ear, saying
  22. Ruth 4:4 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read if he does
  23. Ruth 4:5 Vg; MT reads Naomi and from
  24. Ruth 4:17 = Servant
  25. Ruth 4:19 LXX reads Aram; Mt 1:3-4

John 4:43-54

A Galilean Welcome

43 After two days He left there for Galilee.(A) 44 Jesus Himself testified(B) that a prophet has no honor in his own country.(C) 45 When(D) they entered Galilee, the Galileans(E) welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem(F) during the festival.(G) For they also had gone to the festival.

The Second Sign: Healing an Official’s Son

46 Then He went again to Cana(H) of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum.(I) 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea(J) into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders,(K) you will not believe.”(L)

49 “Sir,”(M) the official said to Him, “come down before my boy dies!”

50 “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what[a] Jesus said to him and departed.

51 While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive. 52 He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at seven in the morning[b] the fever left him,” they answered. 53 The father(N) realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” Then he himself believed, along with his whole household.

54 This, therefore, was the second sign(O) Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee.(P)


  1. John 4:50 Lit the word
  2. John 4:52 Or seven in the evening; lit at the seventh hour; see note at Jn 1:39; an alt time reckoning would be at one in the afternoon

Psalm 105:16-36

16 He called down famine against the land
and destroyed the entire food supply.(A)
17 He had sent a man ahead of them—
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.(B)
18 They hurt his feet with shackles;
his neck was put in an iron collar.(C)
19 Until the time his prediction came true,
the word of the Lord tested him.(D)
20 The king sent for him and released him;
the ruler of peoples set him free.(E)
21 He made him master of his household,
ruler over all his possessions(F)
22 binding[a] his officials at will
and instructing his elders.(G)

23 Then Israel went to Egypt;
Jacob lived as a foreigner in the land of Ham.[b](H)
24 The Lord[c] made His people very fruitful;
He made them more numerous than their foes,(I)
25 whose hearts He turned to hate His people
and to deal deceptively with His servants.(J)
26 He sent Moses His servant,
and Aaron, whom He had chosen.(K)
27 They performed His miraculous signs among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham.[d](L)
28 He sent darkness, and it became dark—
for did they not defy[e] His commands?(M)
29 He turned their water into blood
and caused their fish to die.(N)
30 Their land was overrun with frogs,
even in their royal chambers.(O)
31 He spoke, and insects came(P)
gnats throughout their country.(Q)
32 He gave them hail for rain,
and lightning throughout their land.(R)
33 He struck their vines and fig trees
and shattered the trees of their territory.(S)
34 He spoke, and locusts came—
young locusts without number.
35 They devoured all the vegetation in their land
and consumed the produce of their land.(T)
36 He struck all the firstborn in their land,
all their first progeny.(U)


  1. Psalm 105:22 LXX, Syr, Vg read teaching
  2. Psalm 105:23 = Egypt
  3. Psalm 105:24 Lit He
  4. Psalm 105:27 = Egypt
  5. Psalm 105:28 LXX, Syr read for they did defy

Proverbs 14:26-27

26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence
and his children have a refuge.(A)

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people away from the snares of death.(B)

Cross references:

  1. 14:26 : Pr 29:25
  2. 14:27 : Pr 13:14; 16:22; 19:23