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Ruth Poem

This is the entire book of Ruth, put into a poem format. The divisions correspond to the sermons I preached on the Book of Ruth and each poem was given at the end of those particular verses. The small dash in the middle of each poem is where the Bible text ends and my own ending poetry begins. I hope you will enjoy this poetic journey through Ruth.

Be advised, this is NOT to be considered for doctrine and is not an attempt to change the word of God from its intent and meaning. Rather, it is a poem based on Ruth, nothing more.

Ruth 1:1-5

 

A Famine in the Land

 

Now it came to pass, as we understand

In the days when ruled the judges

That there was a famine in the land

Which brought about difficulties, toils, and trudges

 

And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah

To dwell in the country of Moab went

He and his wife and his two sons

Until the time of the famine was spent

 

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, their place of residency

 

And to the country of Moab they went

And remained there in a new emplacement

 

Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died

And she was left, and her two sons

A husband and a father, they were denied

 

Now they took wives of the women of Moab

Orpah was the name of the one

And the name of the other Ruth

And they dwelt there about ten years under Moab's sun

 

Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died

So the woman survived her two sons and her husband

Surely at this time, God's plans had her mystified

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We too live in a world of troubles, trials, and woes

And often things occur which make us question God

We shake our heads and take the path where it goes

And each step can be a painful, heartbreaking trod

 

But at the end of the miserable, weary path

We find that God was there all along guiding us

We thought that we were the objects of His wrath

But instead we were being molded to be like Jesus

 

His ways are far above ours, so let us in Him trust

Let us never let our faith fail as each day we live

He is tending to us, and all His ways are just

And so let us to Him all our praises give

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 1:6-14

 

One Choice, Two Paths

 

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law

That she might from the country of Moab return

For she had heard in the country of Moab

Words which made her heart churn

 

That the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread

And so she prepared to move from Moab to Israel instead

 

Therefore she went out

From the place where she was on that day

And her two daughters-in-law with her

And off they went on the way

 

To the land of Judah to return

For her home her soul did yearn

 

And Naomi to her two daughters-in-law said

“Go, return each to her mother’s house I say affectionately

The Lord deal kindly with you my beloved

As you have dealt with the dead and with me

 

The Lord grant that you may find rest

Each in the house of her husband, may you be kept

So she kissed them, after them she blessed

And they lifted up their voices and wept

 

And they said to her through the streaming waters

“We will return with you to your people, surely

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?

Save yourself from this gloom

 

Turn back, my daughters, go—

For I am too old to have a husband as you know

 

If I should say I have hope this day

If I should have a husband tonight, no longer alone

And should also bear sons, I pray

Would you wait for them till they were grown?

 

Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands too?

No, my daughters; this I cannot ask of you

 

For it grieves me very much for your sakes as you can see

That the hand of the Lord has gone out against me

 

Then they lifted up their voices

And wept again as if a dirge was sung

And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law

But Ruth to her tightly clung

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In reality there was but one choice to make

Though down different paths it will lead

Will one cling to the God of Israel for heaven's sake

Will they to His word pay heed?

 

If the answer is yes, the destiny is bright and sure

If the answer is no, there is no true hope at all

One must look to Jesus with a heart tender and pure

And on His glorious name each must call

 

Lord God, thank You for Jesus our Lord

Thank You for the chance to walk in His light

Help us all our days to hold to Your word

Until You bring us home to the land of delight

 

Until that day we will praise our Lord Jesus

Who has done such marvelous things for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 1:15-22

 

Your People, My People; Your God, My God

 

And she said, “Look, as you can see

Your sister-in-law Orpah has gone back

To her people and to her gods

Return after your sister-in-law, don't be slack

 

But Ruth said in words heartfelt and true

“Entreat me not to leave, please don't do so
Or to turn back from following after you
For wherever you go, I too will go

And wherever you lodge, I will lodge too
Your people shall my people be

And your God, my God, it is true

I shall not ever leave you, this you shall see

Where you die, I will die, may it be so
And there will I be buried, I speak plainly
The Lord do so to me, and more also
If anything but death parts you and me

 

When she saw that she was determined to go along

She stopped speaking; her determination strong

 

Now the two of them went

Until they came to Bethlehem

When finally the miles were spent

 

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?”

She was a different woman, they could plainly see

 

But she said to them just the same

“Do not call me anymore Naomi

Instead now Mara is my name

For the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me

 

I went out full many years before

And emptily has the Lord has returned me to my door

 

Why do you call me Naomi

Since the Lord has testified against me

 

And the Almighty me He has afflicted

I have been tried by His trial and convicted

 

So Naomi returned along with Ruth

The Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her

Who returned from the country of Moab

Their future unknown and unsure

 

Now they came to Bethlehem the town

At the beginning of the barley harvest

There they together settled down

As the Bible story does attest

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Lord, help us to see Your hand in all things

As directing our lives not for evil, but for good

Help us to accept everything that our life brings

And to honor you at all times as we should

 

Yes, troubles come our way, but there are always blessings too

And both the troubles and the blessings are being used by You

 

For our good and for Your glory

Everything comes as a part of Your plan for us

This is the message we find in Your gospel story

And it is all because of our Lord Jesus

 

Yes, thank You Lord for such kind and attentive care for us

And thank You for our blessed Redeemer, our Lord Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 2:1-7

 

The Lord be With You and the Lord Bless You

 

There was a relative of the husband of Naomi

A man of great wealth and fame

Of Elimelech's family

Boaz was his name

 

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; who grace to me will yield

 

And she said to her, “Go, my daughter

It's hot out there; please take plenty of water

 

Then she left, and went and gleaned

After the reapers, in the field

And she happened to come, it seemed

To a place where grace to her one would yield

 

To the part of the field belonging to Boaz, came she

To the field of Boaz who was of Elimelech's family

 

Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem

And said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!”

“The Lord bless you!” they answered him

Yes, the Lord bless you too!

 

Then Boaz said to his servant

Who was in charge of those who reaped

“Whose young woman is this?”

When he saw her, maybe his heart leaped

 

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

Now she lives here instead

 

‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers, she said

Among the sheaves, was her request, to me this she pled

 

So she came and has continued

From morning until now

Though she rested a little in the house

She has worked steadily as her strength does allow
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Though a foreigner to the land of Israel

Ruth has proven to be a humble, diligent soul

And though her state is lowly as the words do tell

It is apparent that she knows the Lord is in control

 

Oh if we could learn from her such a lesson!

To be faithful and diligent in our duties whatever they may be

Then we wouldn't spend our time fretting and a'guessin'

What God has in store for us, instead we'd trust implicitly

 

We'd trust that He has every step of our life

Properly planned and carefully selected

Even the times of trials and strife

Can be times which are used to get our walk corrected

 

So let's be like Ruth and hand our fate to the Lord

Trusting that He has it all under control

And let us continue to read, and love, and cherish His word

Let it nourish us and feed our hungry soul

 

For in this there is a great reward indeed

As we cling to Him and wait upon His return

May that day come soon and come with lightning speed

For this is what our longing hearts should yearn

 

Thank You O God for the hope which is instilled in us

Thank You O God for our Lord and Savior, our precious Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 2:8-16

 

Bread and Grace in the Field of Boaz

 

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, not from this spot

 

But stay close by my young women here

You will be safe and shall have no fear

 

Let your eyes be on the field which they reap

And go after them, this you shall do

Have I not commanded

The young men not to touch you?

 

And when you are thirsty

Go to the vessels and drink the water

From what the young men have drawn

Do this too, won't you my daughter?

 

So she fell on her face

Bowed down to the ground, and to him said

“Why have I found in your eyes this grace?

Such wondrous favor and not sternness instead?

 

 That you should take notice of me

Since I am a foreigner, and thus unworthy

 

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, that calamity

 

And how you have left your father and your mother

And the land of your birth also

And have come to a people, yes another

Whom you did not before know

 

The Lord repay your work

And a full reward be given you too

By the Lord God of Israel

Under whose wings for refuge have come you

 

Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight my lord

For you have comforted me

And have spoken to your maidservant a kindly word

Though I am not like one of your maidservants, but unworthy

 

Now Boaz said to her at mealtime

“Come here, and eat of the bread

 

And dip your piece of bread in the vinegar

Come, and feel free as I have said

 

So she sat beside the reapers

And parched grain to her he passed

And she ate and was satisfied

And kept some back, feeling full at last

 

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, this to you I am relaying

 

Also let grain from the bundles

Fall purposely for her from your hand

Leave it that she may glean

And do not rebuke her, this please understand

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Boaz' care for Ruth is but a mere reflection

Of Jesus' care for us, gentiles by birth

In Him there is a spiritual reconnection

So that now we have new and eternal worth

 

Thank You O God for the wondrous love You have lavished up us

And for the surety of life for eternal days

For You have sent us Your Son, our Lord Jesus

And so to You we extend all of our praise!

 

Yes! Now and forever hear our praise, O God

From our hearts and souls as in Your presence we trod

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 2:17-23

 

Gleaning Through the Harvest Season

 

So she gleaned until evening

Out there in the field

And beat out what she had gleaned

And about an ephah of barley her effort did yield

 

Then she took it up and into the city she went

And her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned

The effort for which her day was spent

 

So she brought out and gave to her from her pack

After she had been satisfied what she had kept back

 

And her mother-in-law said to her

“Where have you gleaned today?

And where did you work?

The one who took notice of you, blessed be he I say

 

So she told her mother-in-law, probably elated

With these words she did say

With whom she had worked, and she stated

The man’s name is Boaz with whom I worked today

                            

Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law

“Blessed be he of the Lord, yes a blessing upon his head

Who has not forsaken His kindness

Both to the living and the dead!

 

And Naomi said to her as she spoke

“This man is a relation of ours

One of our close relatives is this bloke

 

Ruth the Moabitess said then

"He also said to me, I do attest

'You shall stay close by my young men

Until they have finished all my harvest

 

And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law then

“It is good, my daughter, as he revealed

That you go out with his young women

And that people do not meet you in any other field

 

So close by the young women of Boaz she did stay

To glean, until the end of barley harvest did draw

And the wheat harvest too, yes all the way

And she dwelt with her mother-in-law

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Though the work was hard, hot, and tiring

Ruth continued with it day by day

Her example to us should be all the more inspiring

Knowing that God used her efforts in such a wondrous way

 

In the end her deeds and life have been given

As sure examples to follow for each one of us

To be humble, dedicated, and loyal in this life we are livin'

And as we anticipate the coming of our Lord Jesus

 

As surely as Ruth will receive her just due

So the same is true for us as we bring glory to God

In Christ there is the certainty of reward for me and you

For all we do in His name while on this path we trod

 

Thank You heavenly Father for your kind hand upon each of us

Thank You for the greatest gift of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 3:1-5

 

Go Down to the Threshing Floor

 

Then Naomi, her mother-in-law, to her said

“My daughter, shall I not seek security for you

That it may be well with you and not difficult instead?

I will give instruction on what you are to do

Now Boaz, whose young women you were with

Is he not our relative whom we know?

In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight

At the threshing floor. Yes! It is so

 

Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself also

Put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor

But do not make the man yourself to know

Until he has finished eating and drinking, and is ready to snore

 

Then it shall be, when he lies down for his rest so sweet

That you shall notice the place where he lies too

And you shall go in, uncover his feet

And lie down; and he will tell you what you should do

 

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

Ruth's actions showed a daughter-in-law both faithful and true

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Like Ruth we are to submit ourselves to the Lord

And to walk before Him in the Spirit and in righteousness

To learn how we can, we should attend to His word

And in doing so, our souls He will bless

 

Yes, God has given this wondrous treasure to us

In hopes that we will daily seek His face

And to fellowship with Him through our Lord Jesus

Living in His blessings and showered with His grace

 

Thank You, O God, for all You have done for us

Yes, heavenly Father, we thank You through Your Son

Our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 3:6-13

 

Midnight at the Threshing Floor

 

So she went down to the threshing floor

And did according to all

That her mother-in-law instructed her

At the time of nightfall

 

And after Boaz had eaten and drunk

And his heart was cheerful as well

He went to lie down at the end

Of the heap of grain to sleep for a spell

 

And she came softly, uncovered his feet

And lay down under the corner of his sheet

 

Now it happened at midnight

That the man was startled, to be sure

And turned himself; and there, ending his fright

A woman was lying at his feet; hard to figure

 

And he said, “Who are you? Tell me this thing

So she answered, “I am your maidservant Ruth

Take your maidservant under your wing

For you are a close relative, this is the truth

 

"Blessed are you of the Lord, My daughter!, he said

For you have shown more kindness at the end

Than at the beginning, instead

 

In that after young men you did not go

Whether poor or rich, you did not do so

 

And now, my daughter, do not fear

I will do for you all that was requested by you

For all the people of my town here

Know that you are a woman of virtue

 

Now it is true that I am a close relative, one cannot deny

However, there is a relative closer than I

 

Stay this night, and in the morning light

It shall be that if he will perform the task

Of a close relative for you, as is right

Good; let him do it, for this is what you ask

 

But if he does not want to perform the duty for you

Then I will perform the duty for you, it is true

As the Lord lives! Lie down until morning

Until the day dawns anew

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Ruth has sought a kinsman to redeem

And she has found a man willing to do so

Whether it will be Boaz or another it would seem

That the new day the truth will show

 

We too have a Kinsman willing to redeem each of us

He is near to us because He is also a Man

And yet none other than the Lord God, Jesus

Such is the wisdom of God's glorious plan

 

Let us come to Him and let Him His garment spread

Willingly over each one of us

For He is Christ the Lord, our Savior and our Head

He is the Incarnate Word - our glorious Jesus

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 3:14-18

 

Shesh Seorim - Six Measures of Barley

 

So she lay at his feet until morning

And she arose before one could tell another by name

Then he said, “Do not let it be known, as a gentle warning

That the woman to the threshing floor came

 

Also he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it

And when she held it, he measured six of barley

And laid it on her, this gift he did submit

Then she went into the city at that hour so early

 

When she came to her mother-in-law at the dawning of the sun

She said, “Is that you, my daughter?”

Then she told her all that the man for her had done

And she showed what she had brought her

 

And she said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me

For he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law with hands that are empty

 

Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter

Until you know how the matter will turn out, I pray

For the man will not rest

Until he has concluded the matter this day

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Like Ruth whose time for rest will come soon

We have a time of rest from our labors as well

Which is graciously granted to us by an act of faith

And with that we enter our rest as the Bible does tell

 

In Christ the hope of the seventh day is here

His victory over the devil ensures that we may so partake

Of this marvelous gift so precious and dear

Granted to us through a decision we make

 

Call on Christ Jesus and your labors will end

In Him there is an eternal blessing marvelous and grand

In His presence eternal life we will spend

As He sits on the throne at His Father's right hand

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 4:1-6

 

To Perpetuate the Name of Elimelech

 

Now Boaz up to the gate went

And there he sat down

And behold, the close relative, the gent

Of whom Boaz had spoken came by the gate of Bethlehem town

 

So Boaz said, “Come aside, friend, sit down here.”

So he came aside and sat down kind of near

 

And he took ten men there

Of the elders of the town

And said, “Sit down here.”

And so they also sat down

 

Then he said to the close relative, there at hand

“Naomi, who has come back to Israel

From the country of Moab, sold the piece of land

Which belonged to our brother Elimelech who in death fell

 

And I thought to inform you, saying

‘Buy it back, for such is your right

In the presence of the inhabitants, I am praying

And the elders of my people, yes in their sight

 

If you will redeem it, redeem it

But if you will not redeem it, then tell me

That I may know, for I admit

There is no one but you to redeem it, as you can see

 

And I am next after you

And he said, “I will redeem it

This I will do

 

Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field

From the hand of Naomi, as you have said

You must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess

Yes, from the wife of the dead

 

That the name of the dead through his inheritance will be perpetuated

This is what the law requires, just as I have stated

 

And the close relative said

“I cannot for myself it redeem

Lest I ruin my own inheritance

This won't work out, it would seem

 

You redeem for yourself my right of redemption

For I cannot redeem it, I appeal to the law's exemption

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In the requirements of the law there is no hope

No man can meet its demands perfectly

It reflects God's standards, far beyond the scope

Of our hopeless state, beyond all our ability

 

And yet for God all things are possible, we know

And so He stepped out of heaven's glory

And united with human flesh in order to bestow

The good news found in the gospel story

 

Yes, Christ took on the likeness of a man

And in this appearance to the cross He went

Being obedient to the law to fulfill the plan

From heaven to earth on this mission He was sent

 

He alone can redeem man who fell so long ago

In His grace and mercy, He came to dwell among us

Fulfilling the plan when to the cross He did go

All hail the Lamb of God, our precious Lord, Jesus

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 4:7-12

 

I Eschew This Shoe

 

Now this was the custom in former times

In Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging

To confirm anything in those climes

Including even a marriage arranging

 

One man took off his sandal

And gave it to the other

And this was a confirmation in Israel

Of a matter between one another

 

Therefore the close relative to Boaz said

“Buy it for yourself.”

So he took off his sandal and gave it to Boaz instead

 

And Boaz said to the elders and all the people

“You are witnesses that I have bought this day

All that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s From the hand of Naomi it has now come my way

 

Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon

As my wife, I have acquired

To perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance

Today this has transpired

 

That the name of the dead may not be cut off

From among his brethren in any such way

And from his position at the gate

You are witnesses this day

 

And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said

“We are witnesses here in Bethlehem, the House of Bread

 

The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house

Like Rachel and Leah, the two of them

Who built the house of Israel

And may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem

 

May your house be like the house of Perez

Whom Tamar bore to Judah in days gone by

Because of the offspring which the Lord will give you

From this young woman, now apple of your eye

There in that same town of Bethlehem as we know

Came the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus

He came without pomp or a flashy show

Instead He came and looked like any of us

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The stories that we see in the Bible's pages

Are given to show us hints of Him

God has marked out His plan for the ages

And done it in places like the town of Bethlehem

 

In these stories we can relate so well

Because they can fit the lives of any of us

Such is the masterful way the Bible does tell

Of the marvelous workings of God in Jesus

 

And so we thank You O God as we live out our days

Reading Your word and giving You all of our praise

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 4:13-17

 

And They Called His Name Obed

 

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife

And when into her he went

The Lord gave her conception, a new life

And she bore a son when her months were spent

 

Then the women said to Naomi

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not this day left you

Without a close relative

And may in Israel his name be famous too

 

And may he be to you of life a restorer

And of your old age a nourisher

 

For your daughter-in-law, who loves you

Who has borne him, she is better than seven sons, it's true

 

Then Naomi took the child

Who seemed the lifting of her curse

And laid him on her bosom in a manner mild

And to him she became a nurse

 

Also the neighbor women to him a name they gave

Saying, “There is born to Naomi a son

And they called his name Obed, meaning a servant or a slave

He is the father of Jesse, the father of David

In Israel, he became a very great one

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From sadness and heartache too great to be measured

Came joy and blessing more than could be thought

In Naomi's lap was placed a son that she treasured

A son through whom her redemption was bought

 

In the marvelous way God directs our lives' events

Even the worst of times will be forgotten memories

Some day the difficulties that we face will all make sense

We'll understand why we faced such great adversities

 

Until then we need to trust God, giving to Him our cares

And hold fast to the promises of His word

In that treasure to us He gladly shares

The story of redemption centered on our Lord


Yes, it is all about our Lord Jesus

He who has done all things wondrously

And has promised to always care for us

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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Ruth 4:18-22

 

The Generations of Perez

 

Now this is the genealogy of Perez:

It is listed as follows, just as the Bible sez

 

Perez begot Hezron; Hezron begot Ram next

And Ram begot Amminadab, so says the text

 

After that Amminadab begot Nahshon, as the Bible so relates

And Nahshon begot Salmon, telling us names but no dates

 

Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed 

Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David

 

These are the generations which are found in Ruth

And they are carefully placed here for us to learn

They show us glorious things and reveal deep truth

And knowing their meaning should make our hearts yearn

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Some glorious day, we will be raptured out of here

We will be in the presence of our wondrous Lord

And shortly afterward purified Israel will shout and cheer

When Christ returns to them, so says the Word

 

And we have it all laid out before us

Here in detail in the Bible's pages

All of it pointing to our Lord Jesus

The plan of redemption for all peoples and all ages

 

Hallelujah to our great Lord and our King!

Hallelujah, let us rejoice and to Him make noise and sing!

 

Hallelujah and Amen...

 

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