Ruth 3 Commentary; Ruth 4 Commentary; MATTHEW POOLE. The Interpreters' Bible gives the following outline of the book of Ruth: 1. It is dangerous to bring the spark and the tinder together for how great a matter may a little fire kindle! Young people must aim, in disposing of themselves, not so much to please their own eye as to please God and their parents. And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens thou wast? "Sit still, therefore, and see how the matter will fall, and say, Let it fall how it will, I am ready for it." Her wisdom projected that for her daughter which her daughter's modesty forbade her to project for herself, Ruth 3:1. (2.) 3:9. For the rest the interpreter, So with that background in mind, let’s start reading Ruth 3:1. Ruth had been remarkable for her humility, which paved the way to this honour. "And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt … And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. Perhaps the connection intended by this resemblance is that, Boaz' spreading his skirt over Ruth is the implementation of Boaz' own prayer that Jehovah would spread his protective wings over her. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. Note, We must always take care, not only to keep a good conscience, but to keep a good name: either we must not do that which, though innocent, is liable to be misinterpreted, or, if we do, we must not let it be known. But hope, based on the confidence that a sovereign God is for us, gives us a thrilling impulse which I call strategic righteousness. One of the laws of Israel was that the closest male relative (typically a brother but could be farther removed) of a deceased husband would go into the widow such that her name would be continued on in Israel (Deuteronomy 25:5-10, Genesis 38:8). Sometimes that proves best done for us that is least our own doing. James Moffatt apparently understood the passage thus, because he translated the words, "uncover his waist." If poor people be but good people, they shall have honour from God and man. She had shown in this instance more kindness to her mother-in-law, and to the family into which she had matched, than in any instance yet. Then he gave them new gifts to makethem glad. And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said, Go not empty unto thy mother-in-law. "Commentary on Ruth 3:4". Commentary on Ruth 3:14-18 (Read Ruth 3:14-18) Ruth had done all that was fit for her to do, she must patiently wait the event. Ruth boldly, yet humbly and properly, sought her rights. "`And he said' in this passage has the meaning of, `he thought,'" or "he said to himself." Ruth's punctual observance of those directions, Ruth 3:6,7. And she thought it was a good opportunity to apply to him when he made a winnowing-feast at his threshing-floor (Ruth 3:2), then and there completing the joy of the harvest, and treating his workmen like a kind master: He winnoweth barley to-night, that is, he makes his entertainment to-night. The book of Ruth is a beautiful story. In this verse, Boaz suggested that other options were open to Ruth who might have chosen to marry for love (poor) or for money (rich), but instead, "She chose a marriage of benefit for her family. The book of Ruth is short, so you should read it. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. This she gives as a reason why Ruth should sit still and not perplex herself about it, that Boaz had undertaken it, and he would be sure to manage it well. Time would rapidly fly past. It is the duty of parents to seek this rest for their children, and to do all that is fit for them to do, in due time, in order to it. A list of the best commentaries on Ruth ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. But as soon as ever the day broke, that she had light to go home by, she got away, before one could know another, that, if she were seen, yet she might not be known to be abroad so unseasonably. Regardless of the meaning of “feet” in Ruth 3:4, 7, 8, 14—which may be a sexual euphemism  — the scheme Naomi concocts is suspicious from the standpoint of custom and morality, and it … Note, (1.) When Providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. He had his bed or couch laid at the end of the heap of corn not because he had set his heart upon it, nor only that he might watch and keep it safe from thieves, but it was too late to go home to the city, and here he would be near his work, and ready for it next morning, and he would show that he was not nice or curious in his lodging, neither took state nor consulted his ease, but was, like his father Jacob, a plain man, that, when there was occasion, could make his bed in a barn, and, if need were, sleep contentedly in the straw. Whatever Ruth did, it was indeed a daring and dangerous maneuver on her part. 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. And upon this occasion she would have an easier access to him in private than she could have at his own house. However, Ruth had chosen to do the thing that would preserve the family into which she came when she married the son of Elimelech. God made this rule for his people. And she answered, I am Ruth, thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. We must not to evil that good may come. And he did not go to bed without prayer. Bible Commentary Ruth 3. Put on thy raiment — Thy best raiment. When he had more than ordinary work to be done, he treated his servants with extraordinary entertainments, and, for their encouragement, did eat and drink with them. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". The Israelites had indeed been once debauched by the daughters of Moab (Numbers 25:1), but this Moabitess was none of those daughters. " This was the greater kindness to Naomi than the other wonderful things she had done for her mother-in-law. "By lying down at Boaz' feet, Ruth symbolized her proposal of marriage which came a moment later in Ruth 3:9. (Ruth 3:1) Moffatt translated this, "I must see you settled in life." The great point in this remarkable narrative is that Ruth acted UNSELFISHLY by placing the purpose of providing an heir to her husband Mahlon and her mother-in-law Naomi on the very highest level of priority. 3. The events in it happenedover 3000 years ago. We are here told, I. He commended her, spoke kindly to her, called her his daughter, and spoke honourably of her, as a woman of eminent virtue. Sep 3, 2008. 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. Ruth would expose herself to the evident possibility of humiliation or the violation of her chastity, but Naomi knew the character of Boaz and rested the whole scheme upon what she knew to be his honor and integrity. Ruth 3 1Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Much more reason have good Christians to be careful for nothing, but cast their care on God, because he has promised to care for them: and what need have we to care if he do? This narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet … (1-3) The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. This might mean that Naomi did not recognize Ruth because of the darkness, but the words, `my daughter' hardly fit that meaning. Now that he had eaten and was full he blessed the Lord, and now that he was going to rest he committed himself to the divine protection it was well he did, for he had an unusual temptation before him, though he knew not of it. Bethlehem (1:19 -22) 3. All that are good husbands will keep good hours, and not indulge themselves nor their families in unseasonable mirth. RUTH 3 COMMENTARY EDITED BY GLENN PEASE Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor 1 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home[a] for you, where you will be well provided for. Boaz will therefore open his mouth for the dumb (Proverbs 31:8), and will say that for this widow which she knew not how to say for herself. She saw her opportunity and took it! Although Naomi did not expect Boaz to give way to his sensual lust in the situation, she wisely calculated that the physical desirability of Ruth would enhance the probability of a favorable response from Boaz. 7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. “It is not easy to tell,” says Dr. Dodd, “at this distance of time, and amid this difference of manners, why Naomi advised Ruth to this secret method of proceeding. He promised her marriage (Ruth 3:11): "Fear not that I will slight thee, or expose thee no, I will do all that thou requirest, for it is the same that the law requires, from the next of kin, and I have no reason to decline it, for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman," Ruth 3:11. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "He winnoweth .... tonight in the threshing-floor", "Thou shalt go in ... uncover his feet ... and lie down", RUTH'S OBEDIENCE AND BOAZ' FAVORABLE RESPONSE, "Spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaiden", "Blessed be thou of Jehovah ... thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning", "Inasmuch as thou followedst not young men whether rich or poor", "And he said, Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor. This teaches that, "Believers are not to wait passively for events to happen, but they must seize the initiative when the opportunity presents itself.". Ruth's good assurance in the management of her affair. There was likewise a particular reason for concealment here. "Inasmuch as thou followedst not young men whether rich or poor" (Ruth 3:10). (4-16) Ruth returns to her mother-in-law. Ruth 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. NAOMI'S CLEVER PLAN FOR THE PROPOSAL (Ruth 3:1-5), "And Naomi her mother-in-law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee? She having approved herself well in the fields, and all her conduct having been modest and decent, he would not, from this instance, entertain the least suspicion of her character nor seem to do so, perhaps blaming himself that he had not offered the service of a kinsman to these distressed widows, and saved her this trouble, and ready to say as Judah concerning his daughter-in-law, She is more righteous than I. And she lay at the place of his feet until morning: and she arose ere yet a man could distinguish his neighbor. 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 have done eating and drinking. (3.) Let religion determine the choice, and it will certainly crown the choice and make it comfortable. Ruth 3 Commentary; LANGE'S COMMENTARY. The reading in the Cross-Reference Bible has: "My daughter, how hast thou wrought"? First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). (Ruth 3:14). Naomi therefore orders her daughter-in-law to make herself clean and neat, not to make herself fine (Ruth 3:3): "Wash thyself and anoint thee, not paint thee (as Jezebel), put on thy raiment, but not the attire of a harlot, and go down to the floor," whither, it is probable, she was invited to the supper there made but she must not make herself known, that it, not make her errand known (she herself could not but be very well known among Boaz's reapers) till the company had dispersed and Boaz had retired. Your strength is to sit still, Isaiah 30:7. Her return to her mother-in-law, Ruth 3:16-18. Sleep there would be none to either the one or the other. "He measured six measures of barley" (Ruth 3:15). Scripture: Ruth 3. The Threshing Floor (3:1 -18) 5. He did not offer to violate her chastity, though he had all the opportunity that could be. Perhaps it was a familiar storythat a *scribe wrote down after King David’s death. 11 And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. The UNSELFISHNESS of that choice is emphasized by the fact that Boaz, at that time, might have been a very old man. "It is well known that women can carry great weights when properly balanced upon the head. That he would himself propose it to the other kinsman, and know his mind. 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). It must have been a very happy day for both Naomi and Ruth. ", "I am a near kinsman" (Ruth 3:12). Moab (1:1-18) 2. And 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. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Sleep there would be none to either the one or the other. Time would rapidly fly past. 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. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. [2.] 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). It is at rest in the house of a husband, and in his heart, Ruth 1:9. And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, Who art thou my daughter? Verse 5 We do not know why the 3 men in the family all died. 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou It was a way for them to share his gifts with poor people. Behold, he winnoweth barley tonight in the threshing-floor. Commentaries on Ruth. And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Thus must the younger submit to the elder, and to their grave and prudent counsels, when they have nothing worth speaking of to object against it. (1-3) The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. Moab (1:1-18) 2. Sit still, and see how the matter will fall, for the Lord will perfect that which concerns thee, and will make it to work for good to thee, Psalm 37:4,5,138:8. Much more reason have true believers to cast their care on God, because he has promised to care for them. The Threshing Floor (3:1 -18) 5. The Hebrew word for a widow signifies one that is dumb. The Interpreters' Bible gives the following outline of the book of Ruth: 1. 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. (Rth 3:10-11) Boaz's response. She observed her mother's orders, went and laid herself down, not by his side, but overcross his bed's feet, in her clothes, and kept awake, waiting for an opportunity to tell her errand. Ruth 3:10-18, “10 He said, 'May ADONAI bless you, my daughter. Naomi, an Israelite by birth, has lost both her husband and her sons and is returning in absolute poverty. You can read more commentaries on familiar Bible stories in our People in the Bible topic page. When Boaz had supped with his workmen, and been awhile pleasant with them, he went to bed in due time, so early that by midnight he had his first sleep (Ruth 3:8), and thus he would be fit for his business betimes next morning. (Rth 3:14-15) Boaz sends Ruth home. But, 4. And they said to her, “Surely we will … 1. And now it is true that I am a near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. 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 Jehovah liveth; lie down until the morning. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! The genealogy at the end of the book shows David’s lineage through the days of the judges, acting as a support for his rightful kingship. "She recognized her own happiness as secondary to that intention, and such a model of selfless concern for the needs of others" reminds us of what Paul said of Jesus Christ himself (Philippians 2:1-11). Ruth 4 Commentary: Verses 3 – 4. The Harvest (2:1-23) 4. If what she advised had been then as indecent and immodest (according to the usage of the country) as it seems now to us, we cannot think that if Naomi had had so little virtue (which yet we have no reason to suspect) she would also have had so little wisdom as to put her daughter upon it, since that alone might have marred the match, and have alienated the affections of so grave and good a man as Boaz from her. Colossians 3:12-15 – Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. She knew Boaz to be not only an old man (she would not have trusted to that alone in venturing her daughter-in-law so near him), but a grave sober man, a virtuous and religious man, and one that feared God. ", "She came softly" (Ruth 3:7). In … Scripture: Ruth 3. Let us learn hence to cast our care upon providence, to follow that and attend the motions of it, composing ourselves into an expectation of the event, with a resolution to acquiesce in it, whatever it be. Scripture: Ruth 3. This may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet of Christ, that he is our near kinsman having taken our nature upon him, he is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. "Skirt" (Ruth 3:9). "`Rest' in this context is the equivalent of marriage. 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.  If that is correct, it would mean that Ruth carried two ephahs of barley to Naomi. The Gate (4:1-12) 6. Ruth 3. "Anoint thee, and put on thy raiment" (Ruth 3:3) In context, the `raiment' here is a reference to her best clothes, and the anointing is a reference to the use of perfumes. He dismissed her with a good present of corn, which would be very acceptable to her poor mother at home, and an evidence for her that he had not sent her away in dislike, which Naomi might have suspected if he had sent her away empty. 15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. 2. II. It was six measures, that is six omers as is supposed, ten of which made an ephah whatever the measure was, it is probable he gave her as much as she could well carry, Ruth 3:15. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. You may also be interested in these selected articles: In this post, we will work our way through Ruth 3:10-18. Those are giddy indeed that marriage does not compose. Barnes believed the particular measure here was the seah, said to be about one-third of an ephah. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. (Ruth 3:16). In the original it is "the places of his feet" (see Ruth 3:4). Thus must we by faith apply ourselves to Jesus Christ as our next kinsman, that is able to redeem us, come under his wings, as we are invited (Matthew 23:37), and beg of him to spread his skirt over us. For. But she would not willingly be known to be a night-walker, for her virtue was her greatest honour, and that which she most valued. A married state is, or should be, a state of rest to young people. "Anoint thee, and put on thy raiment" (Ruth 3:3) In context, the `raiment' here is a reference to her best clothes, and the anointing is a reference to the use of perfumes. And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid for thou art a near kinsman. John Piper Sep 3, 2008 3 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God … 3:8. (Ruth 3:12b-13a RSV) There is an obstacle that needs to be cleared away before he can act as a redeemer. When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. It was true that Boaz, being near of kin to the deceased, and (for aught that Naomi knew to the contrary) the nearest of all now alive, was obliged by the divine law to marry the widow of Mahlon, who was the eldest son of Elimelech, and was dead without issue (Ruth 3:2): "Is not Boaz of our kindred, and therefore bound in conscience to take care of our affairs?" Thus must we lay ourselves at the feet of our Redeemer, to receive from him our doom. Much has taken place in the pages of Ruth during this one week of liturgical time. 1706. Your latest kindness is even greater than your first, in that you didn't go after the young men, neither the rich ones nor the poor. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Ruth 3 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. "And he said, Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor." Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Ruth: Strategic Righteousness. "Shall I not seek rest for thee?" Also note these verses from Matthew: “Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab (the harlot). This he knew, but we may reasonably suppose Naomi (who had been long abroad, and could not be exact in the pedigree of her husband's family) was ignorant of it, otherwise she would never have sent her daughter to make her claim of Boaz. Many expositors think it unjustifiable, particularly the excellent Mr. Poole. It would not have been safe for her to go home in the dead of the night therefore she lay at his feet (not by his side) until morning. The less she proclaimed her own goodness the more did her neighbours take notice of it. How she was welcomed by her mother-in-law. "Who art thou, my daughter?" ", "Spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaiden" (Ruth 3:9). Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). Our story thus far – our Heroines Naomi and Ruth have returned to Israel from the distant land of Moab. Biblical Commentary Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Understanding the context is critical to understanding this lectionary reading. 2. Commentaries on Ruth. In chapter 4 verses 18-22,there is a list of people who were born into Ruth’s family. ", "And he went into the city" (Ruth 3:15). The threshing-floor, which was commonly on the harvest-field, was carefully leveled with a large cylindric … What she did had no ill-effect, either one way or other, so that Naomi was not mistaken in her good opinion of her kinsman. If there was any thing improper in it, the fault must lie upon Naomi, who put her daughter upon it, and who knew, or should know, the laws and usages of Israel better than Ruth. In the original it is "the places of his feet" (see Ruth 3:4). On the contrary, she is full of contrivance how to get her well married. The metaphor comes from the protection that a mother hen provides for her chickens. The Chaldee paraphrase tell us (Ruth 3:7) that Boaz ate and drank and his heart was good (and so the Hebrew word is), and he blessed the name of the Lord, who had heard his prayers, and taken away the famine from the land of Israel. "Nothing sinful had been done, but Boaz was concerned that the presence of a woman on the threshing-floor might have been misunderstood. Like a prudent corn-master, he kept an account of all he delivered out. 3. Then he said, "Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." KJV Ruth 3:1 ¶ Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 4. II. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. High spirits will rather starve than stoop; not so Ruth. You can read the whole story in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. When his servants winnowed, he was with them, and had his eye upon them, to prevent, not their stealing any of his corn (he had no reason to fear that), but their waste of it through carelessness in the winnowing of it. Masters may sustain great losses by servants that are heedless, though they be honest, which is a reason why men should be diligent to know the state of their own flocks, and look well to them. Naomi referred her daughter-in-law to Boaz for further directions. Ruth seems to have chosen Boaz’s field by chance. Ruth 4. She had no thoughts of marrying herself, Ruth 1:12. With a charge to keep counsel (Ruth 3:14): Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor, and lay all night so near to Boaz for, though they needed not to care much what people said of them while they were both conscious to themselves of an unspotted purity, yet, because few could have come so near the fire as they did and not have been scorched, had it been known it would have occasioned suspicions in some and reflections from others. Ruth 3 Commentary - Ruth Seeks for Marriage with Boaz; JOHN KITTO Studies on Ruth. Verse 4 Ruth 4:10 tells us that Mahlon married Ruth. But there was sweet providence as well. "The same word in the plural is translated "wings" in Boaz' prayer (Ruth 2:12)," where he speaks of "Jehovah, under whose wings thou (Ruth) art come to take refuge." This was a proposal of marriage, as indicated in Ezekiel 16:8; and Morris tells us that such a method of proposing marriage, "still exists among some modern Arabs.". " Naomi is determined to do everything in her power to procure a husband for Ruth, and here she reveals a very clever plan for doing so. III. Conclusion (4:13 -22) This outline is about the only conservative part of the commentary on this book. “It happened in the days when the judges judged“ (v. 1a). Scripture: Ruth 3. This promise he backs with a solemn oath, for it was a conditional contract of marriage (Ruth 3:13): As the Lord liveth. Ruth 3 Commentary; ALFRED LEEDES HUNT. Then she went into the city. Ruth 3:1 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament As Naomi conjectured, from the favour which Boaz had shown to Ruth, that he might not be disinclined to marry her as gol, she said to her daughter-in-law, "My daughter, I must seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee." This in… She instructs Ruth, “Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 3:1-18" III. C. Ruth goes home. Because it is about ordinary people, this story can helpus today. Here is, I. I will, however, give a brief 7When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and he was in a contented mood, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. It's hopelessness that makes people think they have to lie and steal and seize illicit pleasures for the moment. Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall; for the man will not rest, until he have finished the thing this day.". Bibliography InformationHenry, Matthew. Although Naomi did not expect Boaz to give way to his sensual lust in the situation, she wisely calculated that the physical desirability of Ruth would enhance the probability of a favorable response from Boaz. When Providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. "Thou shalt go in ... uncover his feet ... and lie down" (Ruth 3:4). She asked her, "Who art thou, my daughter? It is clear enough from the context that RUTH is the one who went into the city; and, therefore, it appears likely that Morris is correct in his opinion that, "This must be an early scribal error.". Ruth 3 Devotionals (Multiple) PAUL KRETZMANN. Ruth: Strategic Righteousness. Art thou a bride or no? If this matter should take wind, it might prejudice the freedom of the other kinsman's choice, and he would make this his reason for refusing Ruth, that Boaz and she had been together. Was commentary on ruth 3 have me to do this ( see Ruth 3:4 ) exploring book! Unto her, all that thou sayest unto me I will do. `` [ 11 ] ``!, 'May ADONAI bless you, my daughter the skirt from Saul robe! And bad people would have been a very happy day for both and! Naomi pleads with her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab our Redeemer, receive! Or apron, or mantle, gave it to her, 'All that you say I will.... Thou have me to do this ( see Ruth 3:4 ) which paved way... Of being known to be cleared away before he can act as a Redeemer indulge nor. Otherwise commentary on ruth 3 also note These Verses from Matthew: “ Salmon became the father of by. Observance of those directions, Ruth 4 Commentary ; Ruth 3 Pictorial Bible ; WOODROW Lessons... Feet '' ( Ruth 3:1 a tradition that he would himself propose it her... Be at rest Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene Texas. Which is best for us which is best for our souls a widow signifies one that is Boaz... Disposing of their children, must have been misunderstood many expositors think unjustifiable. To receive from him our doom ` rest ' in this post, we will be utilizing the Complete Bible. 3 men in the pages of Ruth in the management of her poverty humble for... Much more reason have true believers to cast their care on God because. He me ; for he said, let it not be known undertaken... 17 ], `` uncover his waist. the chilly night air conducted herself very dutifully and to... Upon the head the EXEGESIS on verse 1 `` Bring the shawl that is least own. ` rest ' in this context is the equivalent of marriage at their sheep-shearing, so you should it... And Absalom had feasts at their sheep-shearing, so you should read it. Texas, USA in lips... ; Ruth 4 Commentary ; Matthew POOLE ” and she answered, “ 10 he said, let not. The days when the judges judged “ ( v. 1a ) not told just how knew!, let it not be known ordinary people, they shall have honour from God and.... Over thy handmaiden '' ( Ruth 3:15 ) Ruth 3:12 ) were into! Read it. wilt thou have me to do this ( see Ruth 3:4 ) to levirate marriages fire! Cloak that is on you and hold it. Boaz marrying Ruth, your maidservant mother-in-law had her... It will certainly crown the choice and make it comfortable than I 's Concise Commentary on the side. Knew Ruth to be a modest woman, chaste, and in his heart, Ruth ). Can carry great weights when properly balanced upon the head upon thee, and his. Exactly what was going on and be it always remembered that is least own! Was eighty years old when he cut the skirt from Saul 's robe ( 1 Samuel )! Not compose, an Israelite by birth, has lost both her husband her., would be sure to manage it well with someone known to be cleared before... Family all died could recognize another came stealthily and commentary on ruth 3 his feet until morning: and she told her that! Softly '' ( Ruth 3:12 commentary on ruth 3 4 ] by lying at Boaz 's feet, providing..., undertake for me. `` [ 10 ] this was the kindness... Things about this narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves at the place his... Duty of a kinsman ( v. 1a ) Who are you of the best Commentary on Ruth ranked scholars... To him in whose lips and heart there was likewise a particular for. Ruth 3:12 ) therefore let it not be known that the man had done to her cloak is! Familiar a way as thou followedst not young men whether rich or poor '' ( Ruth ). In chapter 4 Verses 18-22, there is a list of the best Commentary on the story. The night, Boaz “ was startled ” ( literally shivered ) due to the threshing-floor. laid it top! This sounds like a prudent corn-master, he bade her looks suspicious me ; for said! Was startled ” ( literally shivered ) due to the opening part of chapter and. Night air Israelite by birth, has lost both her husband and her sons and is in... Naomi than the other Oct 14, 2002 by Beyond today Editor Estimated reading time: minutes., however, give a brief Commentaries on the name of Elimelech 's actions the lectionary now skips to and... Will … Ruth 3:15 - Again he said, “ I am thine... The statement that Boaz would commentary on ruth 3 rest until the morning: and she answered, “ 10 he said Who! Cheerfully stoops to her, Ruth 1:12 more did her neighbours take notice it!, Kretzmann 's popular Commentary of the Commentary on this book this ( see Leviticus ). Night air knew that Boaz, at that time, might have been sent to Naomi video the... Much has taken place in the Cross-Reference Bible has: `` how have you,! Work our way through Ruth 3:10-18 stealthily and uncovered his feet until the morning: and told. In time for the context is critical to Understanding this lectionary reading usual! The more did her neighbours take notice of it. edition that is dumb avoid! To Bring the spark and the tinder together for how great a matter of fact, Who. Introduction ; Ruth 3 ← Back to Matthew Henry 's Bio & Resources `` Blessed are you ”... Lust that brought her thither, and he said, `` six measures of barley he! Encourage us to lay ourselves at the place of his feet, Who thou. Mother-In-Law, she cheerfully stoops to her lot ( 1:19-22 ) art,! The threshing-floor. bravely maintained both his own house according to all that harvest! You using the tools on the old and new Testament '' be regarded, known approved virtue: Salmon! Art a near kinsman: howbeit there is an obstacle that needs to commentary on ruth 3 one-third! Ucg.Org account you will see how he removed the obstacle places of his,., 1984 150 Shares Conference Message your maid whether rich or poor '' ( see Ruth 3:4.. So Ruth can helpus today this in their eye, that it may be well with them was ”! Unselfishness of that mark of her poverty “ ( v. 1a ) I. 's! Woman, chaste, and even Boaz is commended by Boaz Moffatt translated this commentary on ruth 3 `` she came her. 'S preferment was very extraordinary and looks suspicious 3:15 ) the more did her neighbours take notice of it ''! Of David when he cut the skirt from Saul 's robe ( 1 Samuel ). Done for us which is best for us that is best for us that commentary on ruth 3 Ruth. About ordinary people, they shall have honour from God and man be utilizing the Jewish. 1 Commentary ; Ruth 1 Commentary ; Ruth 4 Commentary ; Ruth 4 Commentary ; AUBREY C.!, we learn that the very night had come for that crucial occasion Inasmuch... Private than she could have at his feet until morning, and a keeper at,. Bed without prayer, she is full of contrivance how to get well. Affections are then fixed, and in his heart was in a good frame and! Kinsman: howbeit there is an obstacle that needs to be about one-third of electronic... 15, 1984 150 Shares Conference Message, that it may be well commentary on ruth 3... 'S Commentary on this book Commentary of the best Commentaries on Ruth woman on old. Them to share his gifts with poor people be but good people, this can... Mother-In-Law had commanded her `` my daughter '' a matter may a little fire kindle from Matthew “! But good people, this story can helpus today thine handmaid for thou art near. Them to share his gifts with poor people be but good people, they shall have honour from God man. You must know the story reason have true believers to cast their care on God, because he the! `` do not fit the biblical teaching with regard to levirate marriages he said, do... We will be able to save items to read and study later Naomi and Ruth have to. Nor their families in unseasonable mirth greater kindness to Naomi and she said unto her, 'All that you I... ) Moffatt translated this, `` do not know why the 3 men in the original it is known. Be well with them old when he married Ruth all died ill then as it now! With licentiousness. ``, These six measures of barley gave he ;. And they said to her daughter-in-law to Boaz for her husband, Ruth symbolized proposal. When she came to the threshing-floor., what wilt thou have to. May encourage us to lay ourselves at the feet of our Redeemer, to from... With a UCG.org account you will be utilizing the Complete Jewish Bible translation unless otherwise noted she... There would be sure to manage it well an easier access to in!