Naomi tells Ruth to approach Boaz 1
She lays down at his feet at night 7
He promises be her kinsman redeemer if another does not 10
¶ 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?
.2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
.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.
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.
5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
6 ¶ And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
| 1 -
Rest Or marriage ru0109. God gave
two important institutions or plans for rest in the Garden of Eden.
2 - Winnoweth This is a process of separating the straw-like shells from around the kernels after loosening the shells by rubbing. To accomplish this, grain and straw where tossed into the air. Wind would carry the straw away and the grain would fall down to the gathering place.
3 - Raiment Or "best clothes."
4 - Uncover his feet "Singular as these directions may appear to us, there was no impropriety in them, according to the simplicity of rural manners in Beth-lehem. In ordinary circumstances these would have seemed indecorous to the world; but in the case of Ruth, it was a method, doubtless conformable to prevailing usage, of reminding Boaz of the duty which devolved on him as the kinsman of her deceased husband." He would have been in the clothes worn during the day except for his feet (JFB).
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.
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 thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
| 7 -
Boaz ... eaten ... Merry This does not mean he was intoxicated.
The word indicates happiness.
9 - Skirt Literally, "wing." According to the Jewish Talmud, this was a proposal for marriage. For more, see on de2230.
And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed
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 requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
.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 the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
|13 - Part of a kinsman The action would be similar to what Christ does for us.|
| 14 ¶ And she lay at his
feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another.
And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
15 Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into 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 to me, 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 be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.
- Rose up before This clarifies the situation. Compare ge0401.
15 - Vail Should read "mantle." The word does not indicate a covering of the face. See on de2217.
15 - Six measures
16 - She That is, Naomi said.