2. He knew her demand was just and honourable, and treated her accordingly, and did not deal with his sister as with a harlot, Genesis 34:31. 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. Ruth 3:15 - Again he said, 'Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.' In the original it is "the places of his feet" (see Ruth 3:4). 6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. Scripture: Ruth 3. This could only happen through Boaz marrying Ruth, and providing children to carry on the name of Elimelech. The book of Ruth is a beautiful story. 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. To understand our text, you must know the story. Many expositors think it unjustifiable, particularly the excellent Mr. Poole. And he did not go to bed without prayer. Reread verses 3-4. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. That, if the other kinsman refused to do the kinsman's part, he would do it, would marry the widow, redeem the land, and so repair the family. " This was the greater kindness to Naomi than the other wonderful things she had done for her mother-in-law. "Lord Jesus, take me into thy covenant and under thy care. When Providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. Ruth's good assurance in the management of her affair. (1-3) The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. Art thou a bride or no? Ruth 4 Commentary: Verses 3 – 4. You can find the best commentary on Ruth for you using the tools on the right side. He commended her, spoke kindly to her, called her his daughter, and spoke honourably of her, as a woman of eminent virtue. II. She received not the addresses of young men (much less did she seek them) whether poor or rich, but was willing to marry as the divine law directed, though it was to an old man, because it was for the honour and interest of the family into which she had matched, and for which she had an entire kindness. (See my introduction.). From Isaiah 41:14-16, we learn that the harvest season usually ended with a celebration including the equivalent of a banquet. Verse 4 Ruth 4:10 tells us that Mahlon married Ruth. 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. He gave it to her in her veil, or apron, or mantle, gave it to her by measure. Ruth 3:3. Then he said, "Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." The book of Ruth is a story. Note, (1.) ", "Six measures" (Ruth 3:15). 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. 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 … IV. 3Wash 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. 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. So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. "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. Moab (1:1-18) 2. Ruth 4. Moab (1:1-18) 2. 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. (4-16) Ruth returns to her mother-in-law. 3. “It happened in the days when the judges judged“ (v. 1a). [2.] So then we know that Kilion married Orpah. on StudyLight.org Posted on Oct 14, 2002 by Beyond Today Editor Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Sometimes that proves best done for us that is least our own doing. "My daughter" (said she, looking upon her in all respects as her own), "shall I not seek rest for thee," that is, a settlement in the married state "shall I not get thee a good husband, that it may be well with thee," that is, "that thou mayest live plentifully and pleasantly, and not spend all thy days in the mean and melancholy condition we now live in?" The book of Ruth is short, so you should read it. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. Barnes believed the particular measure here was the seah, said to be about one-third of an ephah. (17-23) Commentary on Ruth 2:1-3 (Read Ruth 2:1-3) Observe Ruth's humility. Add to my study list. In this post, we will work our way through Ruth 3:10-18. "Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible". Make not thyself known — In so familiar a way as thou mayest do hereafter. John Piper Jul 15, 1984 150 Shares Conference Message. 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 goodness of those times was such as saved … And she said unto her, All that thou sayest I will do.". The Interpreters' Bible gives the following outline of the book of Ruth: 1. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the BibleRuth 3. But hope, based on the confidence that a sovereign God is for us, gives us a thrilling impulse which I call strategic righteousness. Nay, it is her own proposal. Turn to the opening part of chapter four and you will see how he demonstrated his interest and how he removed the obstacle. 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. Her wisdom projected that for her daughter which her daughter's modesty forbade her to project for herself, Ruth 3:1. 9 And he said, Who art thou? Here is, I. Boaz's good management of his common affairs. We may be sure, if Ruth had apprehended any evil in that which her mother advised her to, she was a woman of too much virtue and too much sense to promise as she did (Ruth 3:5): All that thou sayest unto me I will do. Preaching Series on Ruth (Week 3 of 4) Week 3: August 5, 2018 Preaching text: Ruth 3:1-18; accompanying text: Matthew 7:7-8 Ruth 3: Daring to Act Sometime later, Naomi takes matters into her own hands. Ruth: Strategic Righteousness. 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. 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.] He made his promise conditional, and could not do otherwise, for it seems there was a kinsman that was nearer than he, to whom the right of redemption did belong, Ruth 3:12. Our story thus far – our Heroines Naomi and Ruth have returned to Israel from the distant land of Moab. Deuteronomy 25:5-10 says nothing about "a near kinsman," but emphasizes that it is the deceased husband's brother who is to marry the bereaved widow. Because it is about ordinary people, this story can helpus today. (10-13) Naomi pleads with her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab. Bibliography InformationHenry, Matthew. Boaz knew it was not any sinful lust that brought her thither, and therefore bravely maintained both his own honour and hers. 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. 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. 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. If Boaz was, as they presumed, the next kinsman, she was his wife before God (as we say), and there needed but little ceremony to complete the nuptials and Naomi did not intend that Ruth should approach to him any otherwise than as his wife. That which should be desired and designed by those that enter into the married state is that it may be well with them, in order to which it is necessary that they choose well otherwise, instead of being a rest to them, it may prove the greatest uneasiness. But, 4. Ruth 3. Chapter 3. And the Chaldee says, Strength was given her from the Lord to carry it and adds that now it was told her by the spirit of prophecy that from her should descend six of the most righteous men of their age, namely, David, Daniel, his three companions, and the king Messiah. Wisdom is better than gold, and, when it is said to be good with an inheritance, the meaning is that an inheritance is worth little without it. 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. (1.) Verse 3 Elimelech died before his sons married Ruth and Orpah. All that are good husbands will keep good hours, and not indulge themselves nor their families in unseasonable mirth. 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? Ruth 3 Commentary; LANGE'S COMMENTARY. And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. Ruth was a poor woman, and poverty often obscures the lustre of virtue; yet Ruth's virtues, even in a mean condition, were generally taken notice of and could not be hid; nay, her virtues took away the reproach of her poverty. 1983-1999. For the rest the interpreter, However, Ruth had chosen to do the thing that would preserve the family into which she came when she married the son of Elimelech. II. You can find the best commentary on Ruth for you using the tools on the right side. III. 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.'' We are not told just how Naomi knew exactly what was going on and that the very night had come for that crucial occasion. And now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maidens thou wast? 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. The book of Ruth is a story. 2. 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. For the rest the interpreter, I will, however, give a brief (3.) This narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet … Also note these verses from Matthew: “Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab (the harlot). 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. Ruth 3:14. " By lying at Boaz' feet, Ruth perhaps intended to present herself as a humble petitioner for his protection. This promise he backs with a solemn oath, for it was a conditional contract of marriage (Ruth 3:13): As the Lord liveth. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? It well becomes those that are rich and great to be generous to, and also to be familiar with, those that are under them, and employed for them. (Rth 3:14-15) Boaz sends Ruth home. 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. Ruth boldly, yet humbly and properly, sought her rights. Ruth 3 Commentary; ALFRED LEEDES HUNT. For. BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. But, though she that was old had resolved upon a perpetual widowhood, yet she was far from the thoughts of confining her daughter-in-law to it, that was young. Wandering affections are then fixed, and the heart must be at rest. O admirable temperance, worthy the progenitor of him in whose lips and heart there was no guile!". Conclusion (4:13 -22) This outline is about the only conservative part of the commentary on this book. 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. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/ruth-3.html. 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. And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Must I give thee joy?" Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. In justice to the dead, to raise up seed to those that were gone, and so to preserve the family from being extinct. The Gate (4:1-12) 6. The Gate (4:1-12) 6. This she did 1. “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. A list of the best commentaries on Ruth ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Ruth had been remarkable for her humility, which paved the way to this honour. That he would himself propose it to the other kinsman, and know his mind. 1. A sermon on Ruth 3:1-18 by Russell Smith. Ruth /. All other rights reserved. Also he said, "Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it." Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. 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. (Ruth 3:16). Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 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. The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. Acts 9:6. "It is well known that women can carry great weights when properly balanced upon the head. This story is about an ordinary family whose members suffered manylosses but God went on looking after them. CHAPTER 3 Ru 3:1-13.BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN.. 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 threshing-floor, which was commonly on the harvest-field, was carefully leveled with a large … And they said to her, “Surely we will … Bishop Hall thus sums up this matter in his contemplations:--"Boaz, instead of touching her as a wanton, blesseth her as a father, encourageth her as a friend, promiseth her as a kinsman, rewards her as a patron, and sends her away laden with hopes and gifts, no less chaste, more happy, than she came. You can read the whole story in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. Much more reason have true believers to cast their care on God, because he has promised to care for them. 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.". This teaches that, "Believers are not to wait passively for events to happen, but they must seize the initiative when the opportunity presents itself.". Benson Commentary. 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. Scripture: Ruth 3. 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. He did not offer to violate her chastity, though he had all the opportunity that could be. The Israelites had indeed been once debauched by the daughters of Moab (Numbers 25:1), but this Moabitess was none of those daughters. Biblical Commentary Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: For the context for this passage, see the exegesis on verse 1. Your strength is to sit still, Isaiah 30:7. Perhaps it was a familiar storythat a *scribe wrote down after King David’s death. "Shall I not seek rest for thee?" It was a way for them to share his gifts with poor people. 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. "Who art thou, my daughter?" 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