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Leviticus 25:25-26 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

25 If your brother becomes destitute and sells part of his property, his nearest relative may come and redeem what his brother has sold. 26 If a man has no family redeemer, but he prospers[a] and obtains enough to redeem his land,


  1. Leviticus 25:26 Lit but his hand reaches

Ruth 3:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

So he asked, “Who are you?”

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


  1. Ruth 3:9 Or Spread the edge of your garment; lit Spread the wing of your garment; Ru 2:12

Ruth 3:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am.

Ruth 4:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Ruth and Boaz Marry

Boaz went to the gate of the town and sat down there. Soon the family redeemer Boaz had spoken about came by. Boaz called him by name and said, “Come[a] over here and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Then Boaz took 10 men of the town’s elders 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. I thought I should inform you:[b] 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[c] 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[d] Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the deceased man, to perpetuate the man’s name on his property.”

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 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.”


  1. Ruth 4:1 Lit Boaz said so-and-so come
  2. Ruth 4:4 Lit should uncover your ear, saying
  3. Ruth 4:4 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read if he does
  4. Ruth 4:5 Vg; MT reads Naomi and from

Ruth 4:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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.

Psalm 19:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to You,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Isaiah 41:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 Do not fear, you worm Jacob,
you men[a] of Israel:
I will help you—
this is the Lord’s declaration.
Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.


  1. Isaiah 41:14 LXX reads small number; DSS read dead ones

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