Boaz with the kinsman and the men at the gate (Ruth 4:1–4:6)

“No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next of kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said. ‘Come over, friend. Sit down here.’ He went over and sat down. Then Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said. ‘Sit down here.’ So they sat down. Then he said to the next of kin. ‘Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it, and say. ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, so that I may know. For there is no one prior to you to redeem it. I come after you.’ So he said. ‘I will redeem it.’ Then Boaz said. ‘The day you acquire the field from the hand of Naomi, you are also acquiring Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead man, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance.’ At this, the next of kin said. ‘I cannot redeem it for myself, without damaging my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.’”

Boaz confronted the next of kin who was ahead of him at the gate with the elders present so that this could be a legal action. Finally, the next of kin refuses his right and duty because it might do harm to his own inheritance. This unnamed next of kin was interested in the land, but the not the Moabite woman Ruth


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