Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Naomi tells Ruth that they need to find “rest” for her, meaning “security,” and security at that time was achieved for women by marriage. When the silver company made it, it was perfectly clean and bright. Do you remember where Naomi tells Ruth to put on clothes in verse 3? There was a famine in the land of Israel and they decided to go to godless Moab. Now what is the meaning of “that belonged to our brother, to Elimelech” ? 25:5-10). 11 And 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. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. So his brother Chilion would be next in line to marry Ruth and raise up a boy to inherit the land. Naomi tells her to put on some perfume, put on some clothing and go to the threshing floor and meet Boaz. OK, so the question is – is there some cultural obligation that Boaz might have to marry Ruth? Verses 1-13: Because widows were usually destitute in biblical times, God provided for their well-being through Levirate law, in which the nearest relative would marry and care for a widow (Deut. After taking up Ruth 1:1-18 in the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, the lectionary now skips to 3:1-5 and 4:13-17. (NASB: Lockman)Amplified: At midnight the man was startled, and he turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! Ruth 3 is the third chapter of the Book of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, part of the Ketuvim ("Writings"). 17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. Keep reading.] Look at this silver spoon. But positively, what was it meant to accomplish? א ... 3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the threshing-floor; but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. “Is not Boaz our kinsman?” Our next of kin? I thought he was godly. 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: [Notice that he doesn’t rebuke her for any supposed immoral intentions. And this expectation of a king over Israel wasn’t new to the book of Judges or the book of Ruth. The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. 13 Tarry 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. Boaz twice refers to Ruth as “my daughter” and blesses her for not choosing to marry a young man. Ruth 3:1-13 . How did Ruth hear about this God of Israel? Study Ruth 3 using Wesley’s Explanatory Notes to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Its original condition was shiny and beautiful. A king who would lead the people to do right – not in their own eyes – but in the eyes of the Lord. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. We could expect this kind of behavior in the book of Judges. Ruth 3 Commentary: When we open to the 3rd chapter of the book of Ruth we’re coming into the middle of several story lines in the Bible. Remember wicked king Ahab and Naboth? Instead, the people intermarried with the idolaters and even worshiped their false deities. Ruth 3:3 Wash 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. And if Boaz is so godly and would know about this cultural expectation that he’d marry Ruth, why does she need to go to him? The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. That’s – I believe – why Ruth uncovered his feet. In our culture it’s pretty typical that men approach women when proposing marriage – and probably not very often the other way around – the woman proposing to the man. In ordinary circumstances these would have seemed indecorous to the world; but in the case of Ruth, it was a method, doubtless conformable to prevailing usage, of reminding Boaz of the duty which devolved on him as the kinsman of her deceased husband. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). [So, basically, there’s the proposal. And – whether it was a punishment from God or not –the father of that family died in Moab. How many songs did Solomon compose. Ruth’s preparations and the choice of location for the encounter suggest the actions of … Boaz Marries Ruth (Ruth 3 - 4) Let’s take a moment to talk about the word restore because it has to do with the next part of our story. [Again, I’m impressed with Boaz’s selflessness. [Some questions on the text are here.] Ruth 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ruth 3:10, NIV: "The LORD bless you, my daughter,' he replied. Neither do we witness them involved in any form of immorality. Is there some sort of cultural expectation that would strongly influence Boaz in that direction? . Here, he tells the reader that when Ruth went down to the threshing floor, she did all that her mother-in-law had “commanded” her. Look at this silver spoon. That she’d find rest in the house of – in this case – Boaz. She knew in what relation Boaz stood for her family, and the duties attaching to the relationship (Ruth 2:20; Ruth 3:9). She tells Ruth to go to him. (14-18) Commentary on Ruth 3:1-5 (Read Ruth 3:1-5) The married state should be a rest, as much as any thing upon earth can be so, as it ought to fix the affections and form a connexion for life.

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