Day 77: Ruth

(The Book of Ruth was the third of the twelve books that made up the historical section of the Old Testament. This book documented the events of David's great-grandmother, Ruth. The events of this book took place during the time Israel was led by Judges. It was believed the author of this book was either Samuel or Isaiah. It was written to show David's ancestry.)

Ruth 1
1 And it came to pass in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

(In the days of Judges, a man from Bethlehem went to Moab with his wife and two sons. This book recorded events that took place sometime during the Book of Judges. Basically, the Book of Judges was a big picture perspective on this time in Israel's history. This book was a small picture perspective of events that occurred within the big picture.)

2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.

(Elimelech, the man from Bethlehem, died.)

4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelt there about ten years.

(Elimelech’s two sons took wives from Moab: Orpah and Ruth. Moab was from Lot.)

5 And Mahlon and Chilion died both of them; and the woman was left of her two children and of her husband.

(The two sons died.)

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that Jehovah had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 And she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

(Naomi took her two daughters-in-law and began returning to Judah. Remember, the lineage of Christ came through Judah.)

8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each of you to her mother's house: Jehovah deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

(Naomi told her two daughters-in-law to return to Moab.)

9 Jehovah grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Nay, but we will return with thee unto thy people.

(Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they would go with her.)

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should even have a husband to-night, and should also bear sons;
13 would ye therefore tarry till they were grown? would ye therefore stay from having husbands? nay, my daughters, for it grieveth me much for your sakes, for the hand of Jehovah is gone forth against me.

(Naomi tried to convince them to leave. She emphasized the importance of having a "husband." A husband wasn't merely a man in the marriage covenant, a husband was a "worker of the land." It was a husband's job to nourish and cherish the woman (Ephesians 5:25-30), to develop her into the woman God created her to be.)

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her.

(Orpah agreed to leave, but Ruth "clave" to Naomi. Notice, Ruth would be the eighth example of a woman bearing pain during the time of the Book of Judges, this time it was for another woman.)

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her god: return thou after thy sister-in-law.
16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return from following after thee, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;
17 where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
18 And when she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, she left off speaking unto her.

(Ruth pleaded her case and convinced Naomi to let her stay with her.)

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and the women said, Is this Naomi?

(The two of them went to Bethlehem and the people recognized Naomi.)

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara; for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

(Naomi meant "pleasant." Mara meant "bitter.")

21 I went out full, and Jehovah hath brought me home again empty; why call ye me Naomi, seeing Jehovah hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her, who returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

Ruth 2
1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz.

(Boaz was Naomi's kinsman/relative.)

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

(Ruth asked if she could glean (to pick up, gather) the corn like was stated in Leviticus 19:10 and Deuteronomy 24:21.)

3 And she went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on the portion of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

(Ruth happened upon Boaz's field.)

4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, Jehovah be with you. And they answered him, Jehovah bless thee.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

(Boaz wanted to know who Ruth was.)

6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
7 And she said, Let me glean, I pray you, and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, save that she tarried a little in the house.
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither pass from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens.

(Boaz told Ruth to glean his field and to not go to another field, to stay near the other young women. Boaz took an emotional risk by recognizing her and requesting she not leave his field.)

9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found favor in thy sight, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a foreigner?

(Boaz did an excellent job "cherishing" her by providing a safe environment for her to glean from his field. Ruth asked Boaz why he had favor on her since she was a stranger. That was quite a response to an emotional risk. Ruth affirmed Boaz.)

11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of thy husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people that thou knewest not heretofore.

(Boaz’s answer was that he had seen what she was doing for her mother-in-law. He looked up to Ruth for how she treated her mother-in-law. Boaz took another risk and admitted he was aware of her.)

12 Jehovah recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of Jehovah, the God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to take refuge.

(More "cherishing" by pointing out the "refuge" she would experience from God, through Boaz.)

13 Then she said, Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord, for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken kindly unto thy handmaid, though I be not as one of thy handmaidens.

(Again, Ruth affirmed Boaz.)

14 And at meal-time Boaz said unto her, Come hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers, and they reached her parched grain, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left thereof.

(Here, Boaz fed her. Boaz was providing her with physical food for her physical health. This was a physical representation of "nourishing" Ruth. A husband nourishes by providing spiritual food for the woman's spiritual health.)

15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not.
16 And also pull out some for her from the bundles, and leave it, and let her glean, and rebuke her not.

(Boaz commanded his young men to let Ruth glean and to drop handfuls on purpose so she could have them. Boaz consistently showed that, although Ruth and he were not married, he was an excellent man who knew how to care for people the right way.)

17 So she gleaned in the field until even; and she beat out that which she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

(An ephah would have been about a bushel’s worth.)

18 And she took it up, and went into the city; and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth and gave to her that which she had left after she was sufficed.
19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to-day? and where hast thou wrought? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to-day is Boaz.
20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of Jehovah, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is nigh of kin unto us, one of our near kinsmen.

(Naomi recognized Boaz's emotional risk because he gave to Ruth more than she would have normally got. It seemed Ruth was not aware of this. Naomi blessed God to Ruth because of the kindness shown to them by God, through Boaz.)

21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, Yea, he said unto me, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, and that they meet thee not in any other field.
23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz, to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

(Ruth was aware of the gesture from Boaz. Naomi concurred that Boaz had shown Ruth favor. Ruth, with Naomi’s blessing, would continue to glean from Boaz’s field.)

Ruth 3
1 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?
2 And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor.
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.
4 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.

(Naomi recognized that Boaz wanted Ruth. Naomi told Ruth to uncover Boaz's feet and lay down. This was a symbol of Ruth giving herself to Boaz in covenant. Ruth would have been showing Boaz that she was in agreement were him "husbanding" her.)

5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest I will do.
6 And she went down unto the threshing-floor, and did according to all that her mother-in-law bade her.
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 grain: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

(Ruth now told Boaz to cover her with his skirt (probably his blanket). When Boaz did this, it was a symbol of his protection over her. This would be considered their proposal. Today, some writers attempt to interpret this passage as Boaz and Ruth consummating the Marriage covenant. Notice, nothing occurred before he discovered her at his feet.)

10 And he said, Blessed be thou of Jehovah, my daughter: thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou sayest; for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a worthy woman.

(Boaz stated that he would do all that she asked because all the city knew that she was a worthy (virtuous) woman. This meant Boaz did not do anything that would remove her virtue after he discovered her at his feet.)

12 And now it is true that I am a near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

(There was a kinsman nearer than Boaz. This proved Boaz's virtue.)

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 Jehovah liveth: lie down until the morning.

(Boaz would find out if the other kinsman wanted Ruth or not according to Deuteronomy 25:5.)

14 And she lay at his feet until the morning. And she rose up before one could discern another. For he said, Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor.

(Ruth laid at his feet until she left. The KJV stated "...she rose up before one could know another." They did not consummate the Marriage covenant.)

15 And he said, Bring the mantle that is upon thee, and hold it; and she held it; and he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and he went into the city.

(Boaz gave Ruth six measures of barley (the Hebrew stated "six seahs," a seah contained about two and a half gallons) before he left to the city.)

16 And 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.
17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said, Go not empty unto thy mother-in-law.
18 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.

(Naomi believed that Boaz would settle this matter before the end of the day.)

Ruth 4
1 Now Boaz went up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the near 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.

(Boaz went to the gate of the city. This was where the elders would meet.)

2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3 And he said unto the near kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth the parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
4 And I thought to disclose it unto thee, saying, Buy it before them that sit here, 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 besides thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
5 Then 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.

(Boaz told the other kinsman what would all be included in redeeming Naomi's field. Although there would be a benefit to this "inheritance," there would also be a great amount of responsibility.)

6 And the near kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: take thou my right of redemption on thee; for I cannot redeem it.

(The kinsman gave Boaz the right to redeem.)

7 Now this was the custom in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning exchanging, to confirm all things: a man drew off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.

(The removal of a sandal was a symbol of an agreement (covenant) or transaction.)

8 So the near kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thyself. And he drew off his shoe.
9 And 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.

(Boaz told the elders that they were all witnesses.)

10 Moreover 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.

(Again, Boaz showed how he was a virtuous man. This "redeeming" of Ruth was not only for Boaz's benefit but would also benefit her former husband's family.)

11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Jehovah make the woman that is come into thy house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephrathah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
12 and let thy house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Jehovah shall give thee of this young woman.
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her, and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bare a son.

(Boaz "went in unto" Ruth. Marriage is consensual sexual intercourse. A blessing that referenced Tamar was pronounced over Ruth. Ruth had a son.)

14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be Jehovah, who hath not left thee this day without a near kinsman; and let his name be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age, for thy daughter-in-law, who loveth thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17 And the women her neighbors 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.

(Ruth's son was named Obed. The name Obed meant "serving." He was the father of Jesse who was the father of David. Ruth, a Moabitess, was in the lineage of Christ and mentioned in Matthew 1:5. Ruth was David's great-grandmother.)

18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez begat Hezron,

(This genealogy began with Perez. Perez was the bastard son of Judah and Tamar: Genesis 38.)

19 and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20 and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21 and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

(This genealogy only recorded the ten generations from Perez to David. Deuteronomy 23:2 was the reason David could not build the temple. He was the tenth generation from a bastard.)

(Notice, there were four generations from Abraham to Judah (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah). This made David the 14th generation of God's chosen people.)

(The Book of Ruth documented the story of a specific woman during the events documented in the Book of Judges. This book showed a man, Boaz, who acted as a godly husband to a woman: he nourished and cherished her. Boaz was a servant to his bride. This book also gave the circumstances surrounding the lineage of Israel's second king (David). The next book of the Old Testament presented the circumstances surrounding the first king of Israel. We will see this book gave the details of events that occurred prior to the events of the next book.)

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  1. The book of Ruth has so many great themes such as love, faithfulness, loyalty, redemption etc.

    A few years ago I realized a fact that I found so interesting - Boaz' mother was Rahab. Boaz was raised by a woman who was a foreigner to Israel. She experienced God's hand in a miraculous way and was brought into the life of God's chosen people.

    I imagine that Boaz had a heart for the foreigner from his mother. Just fun to think about how God weaves the details of life experiences in His plan.

  2. Thank you so much JoAnne. Again, your perspective brings a huge benefit to the rest of us readers. Thank you for your comments.