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Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Ruth 3:3-5

(3-5) The plan suggested by Naomi seems peculiar, yet some thoughts may give a certain colouring to it. (1) Naomi seems to have believed that Boaz was the nearest kinsman, being ignorant of the yet nearer one (Ruth 3:12). Consequently, according to Israelite law (Deuteronomy 25:5 sqq.), it would be the duty of Boaz to marry Ruth to raise up seed to the dead. (2) The general tone of Naomi’s character is clearly shown in this book to be that of a God-fearing woman, so that it is certain that,... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Ruth 3:5

(5) I will do.—Ruth’s obedience here is an intelligent obedience. She knew in what relation Boaz stood for her family, and the duties attaching to the relationship (Ruth 2:20; Ruth 3:9). Thus with obedient trust, implicitly but not blindly, she follows her mother-in-law’s orders; strong in conscious innocence she risks the obloquy that may attend her duty. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Ruth 3:1-18

The Message of the Book of Ruth Ruth 3:9 In speaking of the message which this little book has for us, we shall treat it as conveying to us a message of redemption. Looked at in this light the book has, I think, these things to tell us: I. It tells us that the range of God's grace is ever wider than our conception of it. The book of Ruth shows us how one who was a member of an idolatrous people, one who was a Gentile, an alien from the commonwealth of Israel, a stranger from the covenant of... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Ruth 3:1-18

THE HAZARDOUS PLANRuth 3:1-18HOPE came to Naomi when Ruth returned with the ephah of barley and her story of the rich man’s hearty greeting. God was remembering His handmaiden; He had not shut up His tender mercies. Through His favour Boaz had been moved to kindness, and the house of Elimelech would yet be raised from the dust. The woman’s heart, clinging to its last hope, was encouraged. Naomi was loud in her praises of Jehovah and of the man who had with such pious readiness befriended Ruth.... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Ruth 3:1-18

CHAPTER 3 At the Feet of Boaz 1. Naomi instructs Ruth (Ruth 3:1-5 ) 2. At his feet (Ruth 3:6-7 ) 3. The discovery (Ruth 3:8-13 ) 4. The six measures of barley (Ruth 3:14-17 ) 5. He will not rest until he have finished the thing (Ruth 3:18 ) What follows in the realization of redemption must be connected with Leviticus 25:0 , the law concerning the redemption of an inheritance and the other law about the marriage of a brother-in-law as given in Deuteronomy 25:5-12 . See the... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Ruth 3:1-18

RUTH CLAIMING THE PROTECTION OFBOAZ (vv. 1-18) The time had now come for Naomi to give pertinent advice to Ruth.She seeks security (or "rest") for her daughter-in-law, reminding her that Boaz is their relative (vv. 1-2).She knew that Boaz was winnowing barley in his threshing floor, and would be sleeping that night at the floor.Therefore she told Ruth to wash and anoint herself, be clothed in her best garment and go down to the threshing floor, but wait until Boaz had laid down to sleep... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Ruth 3:1-18

A BLESSED BRIDE Ruth 3:1 The rest Naomi would secure for Ruth is that of a husband and a home. Threshing-floors were commonly on the field where the grain was reaped, the process consisting in throwing it against the evening wind, the farmer remaining all night on the field for that purpose as well as to protect his property. Ruth 3:3-6 The indelicacy of these verses is removed by the fact that it was the custom thus to remind a kinsman of his duty in such a case. The openness of the... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Ruth 3:1-18

Ruth 3:0 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? 2. And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley [though a mighty man of wealth, still a workman] to night [for the sake of the breeze] 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... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Ruth 3:1-5

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 thy self 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... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Ruth 3:1-5

1-5 The married state should be a rest, as much as any thing upon earth can be so, as it ought to fix the affections and form a connexion for life. Therefore it should be engaged in with great seriousness, with earnest prayers for direction, for the blessing of God, and with regard to his precepts. Parents should carefully advise their children in this important concern, that it may be well with them as to their souls. Be it always remembered, That is best for us which is best for our souls.... read more

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