He will tell you what to do.” Ruth obeys, and in verse 9 she tells Boaz, “I am your servant Ruth. [Personal aside: when I was a little girl, my grandmother taught a Sunday school class at our church called “The Gleaners.” Since most of the members were, in fact, widows, the name must have seemed appropriate.] Lesson 6 - Chapter 3. Especially because she tells Ruth to uncover Boaz’s feet, which sounds innocent enough until we recall that “feet” is at least sometimes a Biblical euphemism for male genitalia. The name Boaz seems to mean something like “in him is strength.” One of the massive bronze pillars of Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:21) is later given the same name. Ruth 3-4 New International Version (NIV) Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor. 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. Boaz, having undertaken this matter, would be sure to manage it well. On the other hand, because the harvest season is ending and Boaz is “on the threshing floor” winnowing barley, the stage is set for Naomi’s plan. 'Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a … . ... Salmon, Elimelech, and Tov were brothers. Bible Study: Book of Ruth Chapter 4. Naomi’s instructions to Ruth are to, as we might say, “clean up”. The Book of Ruth. Ruth, in chapter 2, gleans right up among the newly-harvested grain, with the permission of the harvesters. Exploring the Passage. And, from what has transpired already in chapter 1, it is clear that is exactly what Naomi needs. After the events of chapter 3, Boaz will make the necessary administrative arrangements to follow through on acting as Naomi and Ruth’s redeemer (Hebrew goel), Ruth will give birth to Obed, and king David’s ability to be born will be secured. 3) Uzzah died near the threshing-floor of Nacon for touching the ark (2Sa 6:6). Change ). 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Wash thyself therefore.] He obviously was not her relative by descent, but Elimelech’s heir, Mahlon, was Ruth’s husband. Ruth is in it for the long haul. Things might have ended differently, and that would not have been good. He shares food with Ruth on the first day of the harvest, and he sees to it that his reapers treat her with generosity and respect throughout the harvest time. 2. […] If a man dies without offspring, the man’s brother should marry the man’s widow and beget a child with her. 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"). Ruth Chapter 4: Fruits of Freedom. He spoke honourably of her as a virtuous woman, made her a promise, and as soon as the morning arrived, sent her away with a present to her mother-in-law. And why not? Gleaning means picking up the stray bits and pieces of the crop that have been missed or overlooked by the harvesters. Verse 3. He will never blame us as doing this unseasonably. Now what is the meaning of “that belonged to our brother, to Elimelech” ? This episode in the story begins with Naomi’s announcement of her concern for Ruth’s “rest”—which NRSV translates “security.” Naomi may especially express this concern now because the harvest season is ending, and there won’t be anything more for Ruth to glean. Ruth chapter 1 KJV (King James Version) 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. In v9, in keeping with the story’s play of covering and uncovering, Ruth literally asks Boaz to “spread your wing over your maidservant”, or “take me under your wing,” although in some contexts a “wing” can be a corner of a garment. Let us seek to receive from him his directions: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Restore means to bring something back to its original condition. Concealment comes into play in this text, as well as unconcealment: Ruth in verse 7 comes in “secretly”, a Bible word that we otherwise know from the “secret arts” of Pharaoh’s magicians. Yet, Naomi in verse two of this chapter refers to Boaz as being both her kinsman and Ruth’s. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. Maybe that’s their only conversational alternative, but I doubt it. The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. Ruth 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ruth 3:9, NIV: "Who are you?' She gave Ruth instructions on how to get close with Boaz, really close. Ruth does all the going into in this text, interestingly. It’s a knowing plan, devised by a knowing woman, we might say. Both Naomi and Boaz refer to Ruth as “my daughter.” (See vv1, 10, 11, 16, 19.) If anyone is going to have children, so that the name of the deceased is not blotted out in Israel, it will have to be Ruth. Here are my notes on the text: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: After the opening of the story, which we looked at last week, Ruth goes to glean barley in a field that, as it happens, belongs to a prominent and wealthy man—Boaz—who has some kinship responsibilities vis-à-vis Naomi. he asked. What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. He obviously was not her relative by descent, but Elimelech’s heir, Mahlon, was Ruth’s husband. It is like the looking-glass which my lady holds up to her face, that she may see if there be any spot on it. Perhaps Naomi realizes she has been defeated in the quest to be alone. Ruth also waits for Boaz to tell her what to do. Despite the repetitive use of the verbs “to know” (which we noted above), “to lie down,” and “to come/go into,” which is an ordinary verb, but which also gets a lot of use in Biblical sexual contexts. Ruth Chapter 3 + Text Size ... Commentary for Ruth 3 . See Deuteronomy 25:5-10. He has the right to redeem. Ruth /. A sudore et sordibus, ne male oleres, from wet and filth, that thou smell not amiss, as slothful sluts use to do. 3. Ruth 1 Commentary: Verses 1 and 2 KJV Ruth 1:1 ¶ Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. In answer to his inquiry, “ Who art thou? 1 One day Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi said to her, 'My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. One of the massive bronze pillars of Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 7:21) is later given the same name. 2 The man was named Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and his sons Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. If the proposed measure had borne the appearance of evil, Naomi would not have advised it. Ruth 3:1-13. Preaching for People You Can’t See – or, a Message in a Bottle, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Follow Matters of Interpretation on WordPress.com, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. She could demand his protection under the law, but instead comes in … Look at this silver spoon. . Study Notes for Ruth Chapter 3 If you have read the passage from Ezekiel 16:1‐14 which I suggested you might want to study in preparation for this particular lesson, you will have discovered that there are several parallels with Ruth 3:2‐3. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Yet, Naomi in verse two of this chapter refers to Boaz as being both her kinsman and Ruth’s. Encouraged by Ruth’s day in Boaz’s field, Naomi instructed Ruth in the way she should go to insure a brighter future. 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. Ruth 3:3 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament "Wash and anoint thyself (סכתּ, from סוּך equals נסך), and put on thy clothes (thy best clothes), and go down (from Bethlehem, which stood upon the ridge of a hill) to the threshing-floor; let not thyself be noticed by the man (Boaz) till he has finished eating and drinking. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Ruth 4. I think there’s at least a hint of bringing Ruth into the family of Israel, in contrast to her other repeated epithet, “the woman from Moab,” which is never used in this part of the story. Not exactly a coincidence, we will likely think, but rather the unseen hand of God setting things up to work out. (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. 1. Boaz twice refers to Ruth as “my daughter” and blesses her for not choosing to marry a young man. What does this chapter show you about Ruth’s obedience and boldness? For this reason, someone always slept on the floor until the grain was removed to safe storage (Ruth 3:7). 1. Who was the wealthy kinsman of Naomi's husband? The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. (14-18). We come to the end of chapter 3 with a sigh of relief. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Rth 3:8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Lesson 7 - Chapters 3 and 4. All Rights Reserved. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. 5. 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. Ruth Chapter 3. The law is also very useful, because it shows us our defections and stains. ( Log Out /  She certainly seems to mean it that way, however. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. Law and custom gave Ruth, who was now proselyted to the true religion, a legal claim upon Boaz. Ruth chapter 1 KJV (King James Version) 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. We see it in Naomi in 3:1–5, in Ruth in 3:6–9, and in Boaz in 3:10–15. Bible Study: Book of Ruth Chapter 4. (1-2a) Security for Ruth through a kinsman. 3 “Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 6. Who was allowed to glean? Acts 9:6. Ruth 2:3 "And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to … The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. [Personal aside: when I was a little girl, my grandmother taught a Sunday school class at our church called “The Gleaners.” Since most of the members were, in fact, widows, the name must have seemed appropriate. 4. Our culture uses “down there” for that purpose, don’t forget. Ruth 3:4. 3 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home [] for you, where you will be well provided for. 3 Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Anticipation of a king. 2. To lie down at someone’s feet would be to take the position of a servant, waiting for the command of the master (something Ruth references later). Chapter 3 starts then with the next step in drawing closer to the Lord. We are studying Ruth 3 for Sunday, August 18. A Place at His Feet Ruth 3: 7-18 It is impossible to fully understand the emotion and anxiety Ruth must’ve felt at this moment in her life. Ruth is to bathe, put on perfume and a dress (presumably the best one she has), and then present herse… BKD Ruth Lesson 3 Page 1 of 3 The Study of Ruth 3:1-18 It may be hard to understand the details of this chapter without considering the cultures of ancient Israel especially considering God’s provision for widows in Israel. Ruth 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Ruth 3:9, NIV: "Who are you?' Threshing-floors were always in danger of being robbed (1Sa 23:1). 25:5-10). Very little research has focused on concepts such 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. And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens thou wast? Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. In essence, she told her to let him know you’re interested (eyebrows flaring up and down). 3) Uzzah died near the threshing-floor of Nacon for touching the ark (2Sa 6:6). Rut - Ruth - Chapter 3 ... "I am Ruth, your handmaid, and you shall spread your skirt over your handmaid, for you are a near kinsman." And they said to her, “Surely we will … Maybe a little too far. 18. He attempted not to take advantage of Ruth; he did not disdain her as a poor, destitute stranger, nor suspect her of any ill intentions. by I Gordon. 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. Ruth, in chapter 2, gleans right up among the newly-harvested grain, with the permission of the harvesters. We ended last week in Ruth chapter 3 with the startled (but pleasantly surprised) Boaz awaking in the middle of the night to find the find the lovely and perfumed form of Ruth lying beside his legs. Many people have different views as to what Ruth and Boaz did on the threshing floor during the night that the two were together. And if there had been any evil in it, Ruth was a woman of too much virtue and too much sense to have listened to it. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. 1 Once back in the time of the judges * there was a famine in the land; so a man from Bethlehem of Judah left home with his wife and two sons to reside on the plateau of Moab. (10-13) Naomi pleads with her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab. Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The Hebrews had reason to believe that they would have a king all the way back in the Law. And the chapter closes again with Naomi full of confidence in … Verse 21 of the previous chapter emphasized Ruth’s foreign birth, calling her Ruth the Moabitess. These two issues are addressed in the book of Ruth. 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"). Why does Boaz give Ruth six ephahs of barley? Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. The plan is really simple. Two, the text itself has consistently stressed the righteous character of Ruth and of Boaz, and in v11 Boaz emphasizes Ruth’s reputation as an eshet chayil, a worthy woman. Boaz is introduced in the narrative as an esh gibor hayil (a powerful man of integrity) in 2:1, and he pronounces the community’s opinion of Ruth as an eshat hayil (a woman of integrity, a worthy woman) in 3:11. Behold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor. Notes: 1 Note that both Ruth and Boaz are referred to as people of integrity. 4) Ruth reveals herself to Boaz on his threshing-floor (Ru 3:6,7-see notes, Ru 3:8, 9-notes). Parents should carefully advise their children in this important concern, that it may be well with them as to their souls. We might want to notice that both Boaz (v9) and Naomi (v16) ask Ruth “Who are you?” at key points in the text. Midnight is a very specific hour. It may not be a coincidence that God, on occasion, has been known to shelter Israel under God’s wings, as in Psalm 91. 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. When we talk about “knowing—in the Biblical sense”, we are talking about the verb that Naomi uses twice in these instructions, even though she doesn’t use it that way. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We saw some of the vehicles that God used to renew that hope – His law, individual initiative, and the kindness of others. Reread verses 3-4. And this expectation of a king over Israel wasn’t new to the book of Judges or the book of Ruth. Verses 1-5 And Naomi her mother-in-law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? (Read Ruth 3:6-13) What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. BKD Ruth Lesson 3 Page 1 of 3 The Study of Ruth 3:1-18 It may be hard to understand the details of this chapter without considering the cultures of ancient Israel especially considering God’s provision for widows in Israel. Therefore it should be engaged in with great seriousness, with earnest prayers for direction, for the blessing of God, and with regard to his precepts. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ruth >> Ruth 3 These small group studies of Ruth contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. But, despite Ruth’s statement, verse 18 is enigmatic at best. Answer: In Ruth 3:4, Naomi encouraged Ruth to go to Boaz at night, saying, “When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Boaz made his promise conditional, for there was a kinsman nearer than he, to whom the right of redemption belonged. Its original condition was shiny and beautiful. Ruth chapter 3 summary began as Naomi coached Ruth on how she should find more favor with Boaz (their close kinsman). Be it always remembered, That is best for us which is best for our souls. But … Widows could become destitute quickly after their husbands died so the Lord may provision for them. 'Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a … So, let’s start reading Ruth 1:1. 3 And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. It was customary for widows to assert this claim, Deuteronomy 25:5-10. Threshing-floors were always in danger of being robbed (1Sa 23:1). (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. 3. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is … In chapter two, we learn … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17" We found it very easy, in the former chapter, to applaud the decency of Ruth’s behaviour, and to show what good use we may make of the account given us of it; but in this chapter we shall have much ado to vindicate it from the imputation of indecency, and to save it from having an ill use made of it; but the … Midnight is a very specific hour. Theme: God Provides Redemption for those who trust Him in hard times. "ESV Intro See Deuteronomy 25:5-10. Uncover his feet — Remove the clothes which are upon his feet; thereby to awake him; and lay thee down — She was not to lie down by his side, for that would have been immodest, but at his feet, in the posture of an humble supplicant. 'I am your servant Ruth,' she said. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. CHAPTER 3. After the events of chapter 3, Boaz will make the necessary administrative arrangements to follow through on acting as Naomi and Ruth’s redeemer (Hebrew goel), Ruth will give birth to Obed, and king David’s ability to be born will be secured. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. 4) Ruth reveals herself to Boaz on his threshing-floor (Ru 3:6,7-see notes, Ru 3:8, 9-notes). Ruth 3:18 Then 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.. Ver. Much has taken place in the pages of Ruth during this one week of liturgical time. Now what is the meaning of “that belonged to our brother, to Elimelech” ? We have also seen her working in Boaz' field and seen his gracious commitment to her in return. 'I am your servant Ruth,' she said. Ruth 3:5 "It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do." The Torah commands making provision for gleaners in Leviticus 19:9-10, Leviticus 23:22, and Deuteronomy 24:19-22, where the Israelites are instructed not to reap the corners of their fields or to go over the harvest twice, but to leave something for the widows and orphans and aliens. But … On the other hand … I wonder whether this plan is a lot less sexy than we think. Before we do I’d like to review a bit and get our bearings because we’re about to enter into the 2nd great theological principle demonstrated by Ruth, the principle of the role of the Kinsman Redeemer in God’s plan of redemption for the world. Ruth 1 Commentary: Hope for Bethlehem. Much has taken place in the pages of Ruth during this one week of liturgical time. Ruth Chapter 3 + Text Size ... Commentary for Ruth 3 . Ruth must have went to sleep also at the feet of Boaz waiting for him to wakeup. What is Ruth called in verse 2? And let us earnestly desire and seek the same rest for our children and friends, that it may be well with them also. Ruth went alone at night to the threshing floor, a place where women would not be. Ruth 3. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This strikes me as unnecessarily austere, though it’s not my place to question the rabbis. So surely we contemporary readers ought not expect anything improper to occur, despite the highly suggestive circumstances and despite the fact that in our culture’s stories people plop into bed together at the first opportunity all the time, so that Boaz and Ruth seem to be taking a long time already. © 2020 Christianity.com. ], Naomi’s plan—which she doesn’t describe, but which we don’t have much difficulty figuring out as the chapter unfolds—depends on the institutions of “family redeemer” or “kinsman-redeemer” and of “yibbum” or “levirate marriage”, Torah also prescribes the practice of redemption, which Naomi alludes to at the beginning of our passage, in Leviticus 25. 3 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home [] for you, where you will be well provided for. Widows could become destitute quickly after their husbands died so the Lord may provision for them. 4 “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do” (Ruth 3:3-4, NASB95). Perhaps because all is not yet complete. In chapter two, we learn … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17" As illustrated in Chapter 2, most studies concerning dual-career and dual-earner marriages have focused on concepts such as labour division, gender identity, sex, and power. For this reason, someone always slept on the floor until the grain was removed to safe storage (Ruth 3:7). The Book of Ruth. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I wonder for two reasons. Verse 21 of the previous chapter emphasized Ruth’s foreign birth, calling her Ruth the Moabitess. Ruth 3:4 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament "Wash and anoint thyself (סכתּ, from סוּך equals נסך), and put on thy clothes (thy best clothes), and go down (from Bethlehem, which stood upon the ridge of a hill) to the threshing-floor; let not thyself be noticed by the man (Boaz) till he has finished eating and drinking. Completion has to wait at least for the next chapter. But Ruth’s Boaz is kind and righteous as well as strong and well-to-do. ( Log Out /  New International Version. The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. This narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet of Christ: He is our near Kinsman; having taken our nature upon him. CHAPTER 1. RUTH 3. ” she said, “ I am Ruth, thine handmaid; spread thy wing over thine handmaid, for thou art a redeemer. . How do you think she was feeling when she did this? (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. NAOMI'S CLEVER PLAN FOR THE PROPOSAL. We finished up Ruth chapter 2 last week and we’ll study chapter 3 this week. 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? What was gleaning? John Trapp Complete Commentary. Technically, it seems, Naomi ought to be the beneficiary of this particular bit of social legislation, but we’ve already heard from Naomi herself that she’s too old to have children. Ruth had done all that was fit for her to do, she must patiently wait the event. As in “You clean up all right.” Then, to go to the threshing floor and not “make yourself known” to Boaz until … he’s eaten and drunk. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. But there was sweet providence as well. 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. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. You are cordially invited to follow Matters of Interpretation, along with a few others. [Some questions on the text are here.] Chapter Contents. So, we enter the book of Ruth and the 3 rd chapter looking for a king. That Reba McEntire song, “Fancy,” seems to have taken a leaf from Naomi’s playbook. Ruth, also knowledgeable, and we might reckon, willing to do anything for Naomi’s sake, agrees. Ruth had known the provision of Boaz, and had 'sought refuge under the wings of the God of Israel' as Boaz himself had earlier stated. After her conversation with Boaz, after he recovers from his surprise at finding a woman in his bed, and they work out the administrative arrangements of this plan, she leaves “before one could recognize another”. Ruth 3 – Ruth Makes an Appeal A. Naomi’s instructions to Ruth. It is like the looking-glass which my lady holds up to her face, that she may see if there be any spot on it. Ruth 3-4 New International Version (NIV) Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. The practice of yibbum or levirate marriage comes up in our passage as well, and that, too, has its roots in Torah, this time Deuteronomy 25:5-10. The threshing-floor, which was commonly on the harvest-field, was carefully leveled with … CLOSER READING: Throughout this story, there are three main characters, Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz, and the plot concerns their relationship with one another. 2. he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor--The winnowing process is performed by throwing up the grain, after being trodden down, against the wind with a shovel. The reason for the practice given in Deuteronomy is to keep the man’s name alive; but in effect, it also provides for the widow in the context of Israelite patriarchal society: it provides her with a husband and a husband’s support now, and with another opportunity to have a child or children who will support her in future. Read Ruth 3. Naomi in Moab. Ruth 2. What does "Boaz" mean? Now midnight comes around and we can assume it has been at least a couple of hours. Much more reason have true believers to cast their care on God, because he has promised to care for them. But this is not recorded for imitation in other times, and is not to be judged by modern rules. Sit still, my daughter.] "Ruth shows how God’s people can experience his sovereignty, wisdom, and covenant kindness. he asked. 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.” Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. 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.. Ver. meaning to the topic of dual-career marriage amongst Black professionals within the South African context. Rut - Ruth - Chapter 3 ... "I am Ruth, your handmaid, and you shall spread your skirt over your handmaid, for you are a near kinsman." A Place at His Feet Ruth 3: 7-18 It is impossible to fully understand the emotion and anxiety Ruth must’ve felt at this moment in her life. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ruth >> Ruth 3 These small group studies of Ruth contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. Now midnight comes around and we can assume it has been at least a couple of hours. Being a judge of Israel, Boaz would tell Ruth what she should do; also whether he had the right of redemption, and what methods must be taken, and what rites used, in order to accomplishing her marriage with him or another person. Then notice—in Hebrew, it’s know again—the place Boaz lies down; and then go over and “uncover his feet” and lie down and “he’ll tell you what to do”. A sermon on Ruth 3:1-18 ... We saw in last week’s review of Chapter 2 that God had worked to raise Naomi up from despair to renewed hope. Ruth chapter 3. Boaz seems to take an interest in Ruth, although the midrash assures us this interest springs from his appreciation of her pious character and her loyalty to Naomi, not from any personal motives, especially not romantic ones. RUTH PROPOSES MARRIAGE TO BOAZ. These often come in hard circumstances and are expressed through the kindness of others. (2-3) Ruth happens upon Boaz’s field. Chapter 3. When the silver company made it, it was perfectly clean and bright. by I Gordon. ( Log Out /  Our strength is to sit still, Isaiah 30:7. Ruth Chapter 4: Fruits of Freedom. The course Naomi advised appears strange to us; but it was according to the laws and usages of Israel. Chapter 1 hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law.
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