Bible Reading For Friday, April 18, 2014:  Ruth 3-4, Luke 14

 Ruth 3
1Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
2And now [is] not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
3Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
4And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
5And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
6And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
7And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
8And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
9And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.
10And he said, Blessed [be] thou of the LORD, my daughter: [for] thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
11And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou [art] a virtuous woman.
12And now it is true that I [am thy] near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
13Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, [that] if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, [as] the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
14And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
15Also he said, Bring the vail that [thou hast] upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six [measures] of barley, and laid [it] on her: and she went into the city.
16And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who [art] thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.
17And she said, These six [measures] of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.
18Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.
 Ruth 4
1Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
2And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which [was] our brother Elimelech's:
4And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy [it] before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem [it], redeem [it]: but if thou wilt not redeem [it, then] tell me, that I may know: for [there is] none to redeem [it] beside thee; and I [am] after thee. And he said, I will redeem [it].
5Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy [it] also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
6And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem [it] for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem [it].
7Now this [was the manner] in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave [it] to his neighbour: and this [was] a testimony in Israel.
8Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy [it] for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
9And Boaz said unto the elders, and [unto] all the people, Ye [are] witnesses this day, that I have bought all that [was] Elimelech's, and all that [was] Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
10Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye [are] witnesses this day.
11And all the people that [were] in the gate, and the elders, said, [We are] witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
12And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
13So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
14And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed [be] the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of [thy] life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17And the women her neighbours gave it 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.
18Now these [are] the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
19And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
 Luke 14
1And it came to pass as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him .
2And , behold there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy .
3And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees , saying Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day ?
4And they held their peace And he took [him], and healed him , and let him go
5And answered them saying Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit , and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day ?
6And they could not answer him again to these things .
7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms ; saying unto them ,
8When thou art bidden of any [man] to a wedding , sit not down in the highest room ; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him ;
9And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee , Give this man place ; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room .
10But when thou art bidden go and sit down in the lowest room ; that when he that bade thee cometh he may say unto thee , Friend , go up higher : then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee .
11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted
12Then said he also to him that bade him , When thou makest a dinner or a supper , call not thy friends , nor thy brethren , neither thy kinsmen , nor [thy] rich neighbours ; lest they also bid thee again and a recompence be made thee .
13But when thou makest a feast , call the poor , the maimed , the lame , the blind :
14And thou shalt be blessed ; for they cannot recompense thee : for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just .
15And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things , he said unto him , Blessed [is] he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God .
16Then said he unto him , A certain man made a great supper , and bade many :
17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden Come for all things are now ready .
18And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse The first said unto him , I have bought a piece of ground , and I must needs go and see it : I pray thee have me excused
19And another said I have bought five yoke of oxen , and I go to prove them : I pray thee have me excused
20And another said I have married a wife , and therefore I cannot come
21So that servant came and shewed his lord these things . Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant , Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city , and bring in hither the poor , and the maimed , and the halt , and the blind .
22And the servant said Lord , it is done as thou hast commanded and yet there is room .
23And the lord said unto the servant , Go out into the highways and hedges , and compel [them] to come in that my house may be filled
24For I say unto you , That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper .
25And there went great multitudes with him : and he turned and said unto them ,
26If any [man] come to me , and hate not his father , and mother , and wife , and children , and brethren , and sisters , yea , and his own life also , he cannot be my disciple .
27And whosoever doth not bear his cross , and come after me , cannot be my disciple .
28For which of you , intending to build a tower , sitteth not down first , and counteth the cost , whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?
29Lest haply , after he hath laid the foundation , and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him ,
30Saying This man began to build and was not able to finish
31Or what king , going to make war against another king , sitteth not down first , and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand ?
32Or else , while the other is yet a great way off , he sendeth an ambassage , and desireth conditions of peace .
33So likewise , whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath he cannot be my disciple .
34Salt [is] good : but if the salt have lost his savour wherewith shall it be seasoned
35It is neither fit for the land , nor yet for the dunghill ; [but] men cast it out . He that hath ears to hear let him hear