VanGemeren, Willem. (Read Ruth 3:6-13) What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. The K does not make logical sense in context since it would imply Naomi as the active subject in the encounter with Boaz instead of Ruth. This nobility, though, is not a product of power and prowess but rather due to submissive, humble hearts which have sought to be obedient to the Lord. He died. It could also be justly rendered as “so.” Also, this clause has a chain of weqatal verbs in the second, feminine, singular. One commentator suggested that Naomi is asking something akin to “Whose wife are you?”] And she told her all that the man had done to her. I’ll just remind us of an example of this. Keep reading.] Verse 10.] The phrase (וגלית מרגלתיו) can be understood either as Ruth uncovering Boaz’s feet or his genitals, Ruth uncovering herself at his feet, or as Ruth making herself known at Boaz’s feet. Boaz and Ruth do not engage in sexual acts but maintain purity and withhold, at least according to the story, to engage in sex until after the redemption and marriage recorded in 4:13. [Which is a great segue into the next scene. However, upon entry, Israel never seems to really find much rest. Ruth 3 Commentary: Verses 1 – 5. Ruth 3:1–6 Boaz Will Redeem Ruth. The author was anonymous but some believe it was perhaps written by Samuel the prophet; however, it is unlikely that he was alive when this book was written. Garden City: Doubleday, 1975. Poor Ruth: a destitute, forlorn, bereaved, homeless, portionless widow. Though not in the imperative form, they hold a similar weight for Ruth. 3:1-5 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. But, the distribution of the variant amongst mss and other ancient forms makes it nearly impossible to determine whether it is original in either or neither verse. She’s forsaken her false gods, shown flawless loyalty to her mother-in-law – AND SHE DIDN’T NEED TO! Ruth 1:6. On top of that – you might also wonder why Naomi would think that Boaz would marry Ruth in the first place. So, secondly, when we enter Ruth 3 we enter into the midst of the days during which the form of Israelite government was this system of tribal rulers whom we know as “judges”. Also, it serves to clearly show it was an act of Ruth’s obedience. While on the other, the story of Ruth is an amazing breath of fresh air amidst the insane turmoil happening in both Judges and Kingdoms. For the Israelite though, especially with a clear knowledge of the Hebrew and Jewish backgrounds, it is far more relevant and meaningful. It was just a little vineyard. But he has some news for her. So, Ruth was probably still wearing clothing that indicated her sorrow over these events. This inclusion would complete the thought being conveyed, making Ruth the explicit indirect object of Naomi’s instructions. The Q is preferable and the alteration is likely due to either scribal error or an archaism for linguistic flare. Here, the message through several allusions, points the reader toward hope in a redeemer and a reminder or conviction about disobedience to the Law. True obedience is also followed by actions in line with the instruction and affirmation. The predominant use is either for Israel to have refuge or peace in the Land or for a person to have inner peace. This particular passage has drawn a great deal of controversy over the potential sexual and immodest behavior instructed by Naomi. ], 14 ¶ And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. Since the terminology is vague it may mean that it was intended to allow the reader to understand that there was both relationality and familiarity with Boaz unlike the redeemer closer than Boaz (3:12). But rather I think she may have still had her mourning garments on her. [Now, let’s think about this. Nashville: Nelson, 2007. 6 She and her daughters-in-law then prepared to go back from the plateau of Moab because word had reached her there that the LORD had seen to his people’s needs * and given them food. And if that’s all that you knew, you might be a little confused. The timeline of this book is intertwined during the period of the Judges. Jenni, Ernst, and Claus Westermann. But if that is indeed what’s happening, it would be astounding. To wake him up eventually, but not right away. Ruth and Boaz are not considered noble (חיל) simply for treating others properly but also in their obedience and loving kindness (חסד). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999. ———. From this immoral and strange occurrence, the line of Judah is maintained through Tamar in Perez. Yes. [Obviously Naomi knows Ruth’s identity. A few manu[iv]scripts use the Q which would imply the plural form of garments or cloaks. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. He probably went to sleep. Finally, in Ezek 16:8-9, the prophet conveys the Lord speaking of Israel, specifically Jerusalem, as an unfaithful bride. Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor. Ruth’s rest and Naomi’s blessing for her that “it may be well with you” are seemingly nice gestures on the surface. ruth's obedience and boaz' favorable response (ruth 3:6-13) "And she went down unto the threshing-floor, and did according to all her mother-in-law bade her. After all, Israelites weren’t supposed to let Moabites into their assembly. Naomi tells her to put on some perfume, put on some clothing and go to the threshing floor and meet Boaz. Naomi has this in her heart for Ruth. Create a free website or blog at From what he says it sounds like he’d be very happy to do that. However, just as God had been faithful to Israel during the time of the Judges, there was hope that God would be faithful to his promises and covenant love during the reign of questionable and at times wicked Israelite kings. It didn’t seem to be a big deal. Ruth, humbly refers to herself as his maidservant and makes her plea. Here’s my reconstruction of what’s happening. They were not immoral but upright. This construction is only found in chapter 3 in three occurrences (vv. This would be translated “she acted according to all which her mother-in-law instructed.” Whether the variant is original or not, the sense of the verse is not altered. So, we’ve explained what this gesture of Ruth’s wasn’t intended to do. If all the subtleties in this story were caught, it would both convict the reader and spur them onto a hope found in returning to the instruction of the Lord. Julia Garner in ‘Ozark’ season 1 episode 6 (Photo by Jackson Davis/Netflix) Ruth’s messing with the electrical by the docks. Holmstedt, Robert D. Ruth: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text. New York: Judaica Press, 1992. Now it … There are some who actually think that Naomi is counseling Ruth to be immoral – or at least to act like an immoral woman. Here in Ruth, the author makes a seemingly simple, straight forward statement of compliance. In essence, she told her to let him know you’re interested (eyebrows flaring up and down). [Which indicates that Boaz was likely an older man.] Though Judah and Tamar were wicked and yet the Lord blessed them with a child and maintained Judah’s lineage, how much more will God bless Boaz and Ruth who acted nobly and righteously even in a precarious situation. Being a judge of Israel, Boaz would tell Ruth what she should do; also whether he had the right of redemption, and what methods must be taken, and what rites used, in order to accomplishing her marriage with him or another person. 3 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home [] for you, where you will be well provided for. After the exclamation, Naomi uses a participle instead of a finite verb. The statement starts with the direct object (כל) followed by the nominalizing relative pronoun (אשׁר) which is functioning epexegetically to its head noun. 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 [or grain]: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. Now, all of these events happened when? And some commentators think that this is a reference to something sexual. The likely sense of the word for the sentence is not simply just interrogative but rather “to have the force of an impassioned or indignant affirmation” which portrays an undeniable reality. Well, you might think it’s a little strange that Naomi is advising Ruth to approach Boaz and basically propose to him. Fortunately though, for the original audience, this story of a disaffected, afflicted, and sojourning woman and her foreigner daughter-in-law would speak of hope. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: [Again, Boaz’s lavish kindness.]