commentary on ruth 3

Her wisdom projected that for her daughter which her daughter's modesty forbade her to project for herself, Ruth 3:1. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. She assured her that Boaz, having undertaken this matter, would approve himself a faithful careful friend: He will not be at rest till he have finished the matter. Put on thy raiment — Thy best raiment. (17-23) Commentary on Ruth 2:1-3 (Read Ruth 2:1-3) Observe Ruth's humility. 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. Age must not make itself a standard to youth. Leon Morris pointed out that, "`His feet,' as used here is possibly a euphemism[5] for pudendum (the external genitals) as in Exodus 4:25." 7 And 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. Ruth 3:10-18, “10 He said, 'May ADONAI bless you, my daughter. Reread verses 3-4. We are not told just how Naomi knew exactly what was going on and that the very night had come for that crucial occasion. Boaz knew it was not any sinful lust that brought her thither, and therefore bravely maintained both his own honour and hers. Moab (1:1-18) 2. John Piper Jul 15, 1984 150 Shares Conference Message. (1.) 3 And 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: 4 And I thought to advertise thee [Or “alert you”], saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. (Rth 3:10-11) Boaz's response. 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. Yet he does not bid her go herself to this other kinsman this would have been to put too great a hardship upon her: but he promises, [1.] 2. Ruth 3:14. 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 Desiring God. The course she took in order to her daughter's preferment was very extraordinary and looks suspicious. Ruth 3 Commentary; LANGE'S COMMENTARY. 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. 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. Ruth 3:3. Anyway, she knew what she was doing. 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? And he did not go to bed without prayer. 11 And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. 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. Good people would have been troubled, and bad people would have triumphed, and therefore let it not be known. 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? Turn to the opening part of chapter four and you will see how he demonstrated his interest and how he removed the obstacle. She had done all that was fit for her to do, and now she must patiently wait the issue and not be perplexed about it. But there was sweet providence as well. In justice to the dead, to raise up seed to those that were gone, and so to preserve the family from being extinct. Verse 4 Ruth 4:10 tells us that Mahlon married Ruth. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. High spirits will rather starve than stoop; not so Ruth. 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. Here is, I. But on the contrary. Ruth 4. The wisdom of Naomi appears in the last two verses of this chapter in which she advised Ruth to "Sit still" until the matter was resolved. Barnes believed the particular measure here was the seah, said to be about one-third of an ephah. And 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 softly and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. First, Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, just in time for the barley harvest (1:19-22). But, 4. The final words of the book link Ruth with her great-grandson, David (Ruth 4:17–22), so we know it was written after his anointing. "Skirt" (Ruth 3:9). Then he said, "Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! 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. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 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. And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. Boaz, having undertaken this matter, would be sure to manage it well. A bushel of barley weighs 50 pounds; and one and one half bushels (the six seahs) would have weighed about 75 pounds, quite a heavy load. I will, however, give a brief 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. By Naomi's Instructions, Ruth Lies at Boaz's Feet, Who Acknowledges the Duty of a Kinsman.By Naomi’s advice, Ruth lieth at Boaz’s feet, Ruth 3:1-7.He awaking commendeth what she had done, and acknowledgeth the right of a kinsman; tells her there was a nearer kinsman, to whom he would offer her, who refusing, he would redeem her, Ruth 3:8-13. (1-3) The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. She knew Ruth to be a modest woman, chaste, and a keeper at home, Titus 2:5. The book of Ruth is a beautiful story. Ruth 3:6-7 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. And she answered, I am Ruth, thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 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. Posted on Oct 14, 2002 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. 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. Ruth 3:17 - She said, 'These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'' The reading in the Cross-Reference Bible has: "My daughter, how hast thou wrought"? 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. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! Ruth's good assurance in the management of her affair. Behold, he winnoweth barley tonight in the threshing-floor. "According to our customs, this action on the part of Naomi and Ruth appears very objectionable from the moral standpoint, but it was not so when judged by the customs of the people of Israel at that time. Whatever Ruth did, it was indeed a daring and dangerous maneuver on her part. 3. Her coming to lie down at his feet, when he was asleep in his bed, had such an appearance of evil, was such an approach towards it, and might have been such an occasion of it, that we know not well how to justify it. Ruth had been remarkable for her humility, which paved the way to this honour. By this statement Boaz recognized the attractiveness of Ruth and the possibility that she might have sought marriage among the personable young men of Bethlehem. The Harvest (2:1-23) 4. "Inasmuch as thou followedst not young men whether rich or poor" (Ruth 3:10). 2. Ruth's punctual observance of those directions, Ruth 3:6,7. (2.) This paragraph reveals the absolute determination and promise of Boaz to accept Ruth's proposal of marriage, provided only that the nearer kinsman does not preempt the privilege. III. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. Commentaries on Ruth. 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). He did not offer to violate her chastity, though he had all the opportunity that could be. “The Bible Project” has made a very interesting video exploring the book of Ruth. (17-23) Commentary on Ruth 2:1-3 (Read Ruth 2:1-3) Observe Ruth's humility. Ruth 4 Commentary: Verses 3 – 4. 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? Perhaps it was a familiar storythat a *scribe wrote down after King David’s death. However, Ruth had chosen to do the thing that would preserve the family into which she came when she married the son of Elimelech. 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 commentary 1. 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 3 Commentary - Ruth Seeks for Marriage with Boaz; JOHN KITTO Studies on Ruth. 3:9. "Lord Jesus, take me into thy covenant and under thy care. Bethlehem (1:19 -22) 3. The UNSELFISHNESS of that choice is emphasized by the fact that Boaz, at that time, might have been a very old man. The Israelites had indeed been once debauched by the daughters of Moab (Numbers 25:1), but this Moabitess was none of those daughters. 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. 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. This narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet … Let religion determine the choice, and it will certainly crown the choice and make it comfortable. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the BibleRuth 3. 1706. David Guzik commentary on Ruth 3, where Ruth makes an appeal to Boaz for his continued protection and provision, with Naomi helping her. From Isaiah 41:14-16, we learn that the harvest season usually ended with a celebration including the equivalent of a banquet. Your strength is to sit still, Isaiah 30:7. 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. The events in it happenedover 3000 years ago. It is dangerous to bring the spark and the tinder together for how great a matter may a little fire kindle! As Nabal and Absalom had feasts at their sheep-shearing, so Boaz at his winnowing. This she did 1. We are here told, I. When Providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! All other rights reserved. So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. 3. Because it is about ordinary people, this story can helpus today. Acts 9:6. 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?" When he awaked in the night, and perceived there was somebody at his feet, and enquired who it was, she told him her name and then her errand (Ruth 3:9), that she came to put herself under his protection, as the person appointed by the divine law to be her protector: "Thou art he that has a right to redeem a family and an estate from perishing, and therefore let this ruin be under thy hand: and spread thy skirt over me--be pleased to espouse me and my cause." Conclusion (4:13 -22) This outline is about the only conservative part of the commentary on this book. In the original it is "the places of his feet" (see Ruth 3:4). 9 And he said, Who art thou? 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. Ruth 3 Devotionals (Multiple) PAUL KRETZMANN. Scripture: Ruth 3. 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. And he said, Who art thou? This was called *gleaning. (4-16) Ruth returns to her mother-in-law. Chapter 3. Verse 5 We do not know why the 3 men in the family all died. Wandering affections are then fixed, and the heart must be at rest. 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. And she told her all that the man had done to her. 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. 14And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. (3.) The good acceptance Ruth gained with Boaz. Ruth 3:14. On the contrary, she is full of contrivance how to get her well married. The Gate (4:1-12) 6. https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-historical-books/ruth She sends Ruth to Boaz’s threshing floor in the middle of the night to “uncover his feet and lie down” (Ruth 3:4). 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