A Clear Trumpet

Daily Devotions

Scripture likens God’s voice to a trumpet, a clear and distinguishable sound. The message He intends is a clear trumpet. Our desire for the prophetic ministry of Shirley Weaver Ministries is to clearly speak the Lord’s message to our culture and world.

1 Corinthians 14:8, Acts 20:20-21

Daily Devotions

Personal Power

If people could see the benefit of giving their strength to God, they would. Instead, what they believe they see is the benefit to be derived from giving their personal strength in that which is earthly. This explains why many people heavily invest their time in earthly pursuits and pleasure, and why even those considered religious have creatively structured their own specialized relationship with God to include pet indulgences. It also explains why the power has gone out! Power is developed through strength and in the lives of many of God’s people, power in prayer and God’s supernatural power to prevail over things that are wrong has gone out like a light. Not there!

John, the Revelator prophetically exposed a warfare between true power and it’s counterfeit: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them – for he is Lord of lords and King of kings. And those with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful (Revelation 17:13, 14).”

Besides the warfare, John also saw the Creation as it will be seen ultimately aligned with the Creator: “These people say with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.’ And every creature in heaven, earth, under the earth, and in the sea…are heard saying, ‘Blessing, honor, glory, power, be to Him and to the Lamb (Revelation 5:12-14; 7:9-12).”

It is time to give God your strength and receive His power on the altar of exchange. Yield your strength over to Him ahead of anyone or anything else, honoring Him with that which was His from the beginning! Honor and worship Him with your strength and with the crowns He has given you, saying: “Now unto Him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with great joy, To the only wise God my Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever (Jude 1:24, 25).”

Amen.

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Daily Devotions

Up-Front: A Perspective for 2009


I thought it important to share concerning the presidential election season that just ended and wrote my impressions below on my last flight from Washington. I have compared my views with those of others –a  check for balance sake – and offer it to you as my perspective to begin 2009.

There are three foundational pillars to our ministry: 1) Prayer, 2) Discipleship & 3) the Nations. Realizing there are many ways in which we each extend ourselves into the places where the Lord sends us when I read our position with a critical eye it is the ‘big picture’ that concerns me. This month we begin our 20th year (1989-2009) and it is the overview—the composite image—that I question. As a group, much of what we do reminds me of baby steps—small, small, small—too little, too late; as a group we are sluggish, moving only as fast and as far as the least can move. We have GOT to “get it” – all of us!

Besides this ministry, I am amazed generally with the silly operation of faith in the church. Members operate as believers in the same way they might as astronauts—they do not operate. Instead, something else is going on.

First, faith has become another word for Christianity – or any other religion – as though by the term faith I describe religious preference. Of course that is not faith; faith is power—faith is power to establish what we have been sent to establish and it is not working well for us. I believe the reason is that the minds of people of faith and the words they speak contradict the very thing they say they mean to establish, a schizophrenic approach.

Secondly, Bible studies and group meetings are now so me-centered they blind the Body to what is at stake—there is no actionable result that impacts the lifestyle of the members, only short-term mission outreaches designed to add that part of the model to the resume. Worldview is not a dynamic for us, it is a topic of conversation; and if the ability to converse on just the obvious worldview issues is a measure, the score is painful, shallow to the point of boredom—the hearer is bored, not the one speaking; the one speaking is stimulated to the max to hear themselves carry on and on in terms gleaned from someone else, with opinions they have no historical basis or measure of well-rounded information.

Third – multiply the condition to include homes, congregations, places of power and we see the nation is in a soup of words and opinions that produce little in places of power where worldview is shaped. We are talking to hear ourselves talk and apparently do not intend to do the hard part – to step into the soup and speak up.

Thankfully, those who are serious understand that faith is power, that worldview is Jesus’ model to shift the individual, the home and the nations for the Gospel, and that our work has a window of time, after which the window closes. But not enough believers get it and it is shocking that today is another day in our future in which we fail to convey as one voice, with clear and impressive reality, that the Son of God is Lord – that besides Him there is no other lord, that we are ministers of, and ambassadors of His, that we are not whispers, heavy breathers, or empty-headed wanderers, but are strategic, focused and determined.

In my view…

I explained in last month’s letter that I believe we have squandered a critically historical season in which the United States was given a two-term leader whose relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob guided him. Among other things, President George W. Bush boldly put his foot on the head—one head, many expressions—of partial birth abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and a heaven-earth alignment of spiritual forces against our national future—our children. There are many serious issues our government faces but only a few of those pivot us toward blessing or curse. For example, despite the fact that for decades no one could slow the momentum of a literal culture of death—its guns aimed squarely at changing America’s future as a Christian nation once and for all—President Bush’s unpopular leadership in other policy areas provoked a surge of words of doubt, impatience, contempt, despising. Even from the church, those with God-given power of the spoken word to advance the Kingdom utilized that same power against God’s man. The spiritual battle that ensued, I believe, made confusion the rule: north appeared to be south, up to be down, and wrong received the nod to be right; confusion ruled sufficiently to overwhelm and outclass righteous effort. Though many were praying it is obvious that a contradiction of prayer emerged: How it is that something so certain in the excitement of the prayer meeting is – possibly by morning—questioned, doubted and all but counted down, and out without so much as a fight. How can we be so glad one minute and so sad the next? Perhaps the equilibrium thing is the problem – no wonder many are so medicated.

Question: Do we have the spiritual guts to stay the course with guarded hearts and words? Armies in battle and under command do not shift and twist with the battle—they stay in the battle, “keep the faith”; lives are laid down in the process because the object of the battle is worth the battle. If we cannot decide what we believe, or how to proceed, we are not sufficiently spiritual to be in uniform– much less in the battle.

Conclusion
So, if we were given a godly man to stand spiritually against the spirit-battle, and against terrorism in the natural—forces most of us can only imagine—why did WE step back; or should I say backward? The tendency is that we do not know what we are talking about, but present our opinions as those who know a great deal. Our knowledge of history is pitiful, and our knowledge of current events often from sources whose agenda is devastating to everything we value; we are narrow-minded, uninformed and silly—we do not study, do not grow, and are content to settle for what we can get instead of the vast territory believers were meant to occupy. Our prayers are nullified by doubt and speculation, sometimes before the amen is said. More and more, I carefully choose who to join in prayer since often it is religious, repetitious, simple-minded, uninformed and worst of all, without faith—meaning without power. Too many  pray with out-dated mindsets and prayers often are little more than a report to God of imaginary facts with suggested ways in which He should handle the situation. If it does not happen the way we prescribe and preferably immediately, we change out of our giant suits and into something else—discouraged, oppressed, needing prayer, cannot go on, do not know what to think, guess I missed it—blah, blah, blah.
To balance this I must say that some do step up—single-minded, steady, articulate, confident, clear about prayer, not fainting; others do not.

Reposition…
We have been sidelined to some extent since, as has been said, often we simply do not know what we are talking about and are shallow in our understanding; we have been dull spiritually and have not realized the full weight and gravity of the main issue – that death is a spirit and once the door is opened, everyone is game—even you.

 #1 – We must speak to the misinformation but also we have to do it better than we have so far–wiser, sharper, and in terms the non-believing world can understand. If those who ridicule our values throw a fit, throw one back—tell them the truth but tell them in words they understand.

#2 – We need to change our approach—less willing to wait and more exacting. For starters, we should not be patient with absurd misinformation like the mark placed on our president—that our strongly Christian president is “that way” because he is unlearned, not savvy. The protest was difficult to hear.

#3 – How will we respond as the same mocking and perception are applied more and more to you and me—that an intelligent, educated, experienced person would never think like we do; that we are too simple and unsophisticated to compete in the American newly-being-created-culture that craves religion with a European flair and a renaissance mindset concerning which god. 

#4 – We can reposition. Each person needs to gather ten others to disciple and help them understand that we can change the momentum of the problems we are faced with, many of which are foreign and domestic doors that have been opened by abortion, the taking of innocent life. We need to speak clearly and often but our increase of influence comes with increase of those who have been discipled and trained.

#5 – What we do we must do quickly.

Shirley Weaver
A Clear Trumpet
January 1, 2009

Daily Devotions

Name Change

His mother called his name Jabez, saying,
“Because I bore him in pain.”
1Chronicles 4:9

Names are important

Jabez was marked, literally. The meaning of his name “he will cause pain” marked him each time his name was spoken: Jabez, you are one who will (always) cause pain!” But Jabez didn’t follow his birth name prediction; instead, he called upon the Lord asking that the negative pronouncement over his life and the nature predicted by a parent’s careless prophecy be changed. In asking, Jabez was bold, asking for the opposite—for his life to be marked by blessing, enlarged influence and the Lord’s hand upon his life:

Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying
“Oh, that you would bless me indeed,
And enlarge my territory,
That your hand would be with me,
And that You would keep me from evil,
That I may not cause pain!” v.10

In the Bible names have meaning

In the Bible, names link individuals to their destiny. The name change Jabez requested included a transfusion of God’s plan into his nature; a sovereign replacement of his mother’s choice in naming him. God’s answer meant the opposite of the mother’s words granting Jabez’ request.

Unlimited possibilities

Concerning a life that’s on a wrong course for any reason – because of a parent’s careless words, surrounding conditions, whatever — if asked, God will do the work. The possibilities are unlimited. Actually, no limits whatsoever! All things are possible!

Amen.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Daily Devotions

Barzillai’s Company & Cyrus Positioning

Barzillai the Jew

Barzillai is the wealthy man positioned inside the Lord’s camp, the man who sees to it that David and his men have full supply at all times, receiving in return a blessing for himself and for his descendants. Barzillai the Jew possessed exemplary vision for personal wealth.

Barzillai, pronounced bar-zil’-la-i (Heb. bar-zil-lah-ee), means, “iron hearted” and is the name of three Israelites; Barzillai the Gileadite is our subject. This man saw to it that David’s army was supplied. The record doesn’t indicate David asked Barzillai for help, only that Barzillai supplied.  And when read that way–that without being asked Barzillai supplied David and David’s men from his own personal wealth–the account is consistent with the biblical purpose for wealth creation, to bankroll (underwrite the expense of) God’s purposes. (2 Samuel 17:27)

“And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim and went across the Jordon with the king, to escort him across the Jordan. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. And he had provided the king with supplies while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very rich man. And the king said to Barzillai, “Come across with me, and I will provide for you while you are with me in Jerusalem.” Barzillai answered… Why then should your servant be a further burden to my lord the king? Your servant will go a little way across the Jordan with the king. And why should the king repay me with such a reward? Please let your servant turn back again… (to) my own city… and the king answered, “… Now whatever you request of me I will do for you.” Then all the people went over Jordan. And when the king had crossed over, the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own place.” (2 Samuel 19:31-39, NKJV)

When the ordeal with Absalom was over, David made the return journey to Jerusalem and to the throne as King.  Barzillai left his home and also journeyed, meeting the king’s entourage as they crossed the Jordan River. Can you imagine what it must have been like as the people crossed Jordan that day? Can you imagine the tears as seasoned Barzillai witnesses fulfillment of the promise God had him finance? Imagine the mutual respect as David sees Barzillai, approaches and invites him to Jerusalem, to the palace to eat at the king’s table. Barzillai declines, opting to return to his hometown, his mission complete. The king kissed, then blessed him and they part. Later, as David lies dying he insures the reality and momentum of the benefactor’s blessing will continue as an inheritance for generations that follow; he instructs his own son Solomon who will become king after him—concerning provision for Barzillai’s sons, they will be among those who continue to eat at the king’s table. (1 Kings 2:7)

Barzillai the benefactor possessed personal wealth in biblical proportion. Biblical wealth begins with money, increases to riches and then advances to the creation of wealth. Money’s third and highest level is wealth, a power cordoned off for God, and then given by God to men in such a way that sorrow is locked out and Kingdom-minded men are empowered to invest in brilliant enterprise, establishing God’s Kingdom-covenant. The blessing of the Lord makes rich and there is no sorrow in the wealth-factor when it’s operation is according to the Lord’s blessing. (Proverbs 10:22Deut. 8:18-20)

There is a modern Barzillai-company; many in this company, though religious mentally as yet are unaware concerning their true investment potential.  Markets are in flux but God’s Kingdom dynamic is an eternal continuum. Barzillai is our in-house model, his money the power to create wealth, his wealth the power to affect change for God’s Kingdom.

King Cyrus of Persia

Another wealthy man, Cyrus king of Persia, was also a supplier. His position as king gave him control of resources and power over regions. This pagan leader shepherded the Jews rather than oppressing them as had his predecessors and His edict to rebuild Jerusalem maintains for him  a unique role in Jewish history. (2 Chronicles 36:22 – Ezra 1:4)

Concerning Cyrus, one who was outside the Lord’s camp, we read: “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “you shall be built,” And to the temple, “your foundation shall be laid.” Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held – To subdue nations before him, And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: I will go before you, And make the crooked places straight;…I will give you… hidden riches in secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel, My elect. I have called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. (Isaiah 44:28–45:4, NKJV)

Fortunately for Israel, the heart of this pagan king was in the hands of the Lord. Fortunately for them, as they emerged from Babylonian exile without means of any kind, supplies were provided by this unlikely man who should have had no heart whatsoever for them. But God stirred his heart and Cyrus arranged supplies for the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem “with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, besides the freewill offering for the house of God.” (Ezra 1:7)

As Cyrus was instrumental in rebuilding Jerusalem, modern Cyrus’s are being called by the Lord, though they have not known Him. With hearts stirred to help and empowered by God to get wealth, they join in the building of His Kingdom, seeing to provision and arranging for supply. For such a time as this God’s command to visionaries and laborers is to build, His command to those empowered with wealth is provide the supplies needed to do so.

These two, Barzillai the Jew and Cyrus the Persian, like others in biblical history – men like Abraham, women like Deborah – were instrumental in the supply chain and therefore in fulfillment of destinies. The one, Barzillai possessed power because of his wealth; the other, Cyrus possessed great wealth because of his power.

Declaration Prayer:

Father, I pray for Your Kingdom to come, and your will to be done, on earth just like it is in heaven; for that which is established in heaven to be established in the earth, the two realms moving toward a merger! I agree with it, I see it more clearly now and I therefore line up with it and declare: Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Wealth of heaven overflow into the earth realm; wealth of the earth overflow into the Kingdom of heaven on earth! I pray for the example of Barzillai to instruct me concerning riches and wealth. I am the Lord’s inheritance, the wealthy man inside the Lord’s camp who sees to provision for David and his army, and who therefore receives blessing from the Lord for my descendants. Father, I pray for those like King Cyrus whose hearts are stirred though they may not know You. I pray for them as You give them understanding of the eternal, what’s truly important. I pray for the many like Cyrus whom you have already tapped for mutual blessing, increase for their lives and families. I pray that the example of Cyrus on the world scene will increase in our day; as the choice is made to favor Your righteous cause through the position and power You have given them, I pray for their salvation and the salvation of their entire house through Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Devotions

Journey to Boaz

Our story begins at the time of harvest in Israel when the journey of a noble woman was rewarded by the faithfulness of her kinsman redeemer.

Ruth 1 – Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab

1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

Naomi Returns with Ruth

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread. 7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”

So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me!”

14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”

16 But Ruth said:

“ Entreat me not to leave you,

Or to turn back from following after you;

For wherever you go, I will go;

And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;

Your people shall be my people,

And your God, my God.

17 Where you die, I will die,

And there will I be buried.

The LORD do so to me, and more also,

If anything but death parts you and me.”

18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.

19 Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”

20 But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;[a] call me Mara,[b] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

Ruth 2 – Ruth Meets Boaz

1 There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. 2 So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”

And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”

3 Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

4 Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!”

And they answered him, “The LORD bless you!”

5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”

6 So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.”

8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”

10 So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

11 And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12 The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”

13 Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”

14 Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. 15 And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”

17 So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied.

19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.”

So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”

20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”

21 Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also said to me, ‘You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’”

22 And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.” 23 So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

Ruth 3 – Ruth’s Redemption Assured

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

5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”

6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. 7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.

8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 And he said, “Who are you?”

So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing,[a] for you are a close relative.”

10 Then he said, “Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. 12 Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. 13 Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you—good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, as the LORD lives! Lie down until morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Also he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she[b] went into the city.

16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Is that you, my daughter?”

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

18 Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

Ruth 4 – Boaz Redeems Ruth

1 Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, friend,[a] sit down here.” So he came aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 And I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you[b] will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.’”

And he said, “I will redeem it.”

5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate[c] the name of the dead through his inheritance.”

6 And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”

7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.

8 Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. 9 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate.[d] You are witnesses this day.”

11 And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the LORD will give you from this young woman.”

Descendants of Boaz and Ruth

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him 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.

18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;[e] 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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