The second day he met with that relative in the presence of the town leaders and asked him if he would be willing to redeem Naomi’s late-husband’s land and marry Ruth. 3 One such person was Boaz, the wealthy older man in whose fields she was gleaning. He never fails to reward faithful people, such as Boaz, Naomi, and Ruth. So why would he need to purchase it from the widow? But why would this be? As an impoverished foreigner with neither husband nor child, how would she support herself and Naomi in the years ahead? Boaz oversaw the winnowing of his grain, which grew into a great heap. As I was thinking about shortcuts (a.k.a. This he sees as ruining his own inheritance. Boaz and Ruth had a son named Obed and a grandson named Jesse who would be the father of David and from whose genealogy would come to the Savior Jesus Christ. 7 The two fell to conversing, and Ruth told Naomi about the kindness of Boaz. Boaz declared his hope that doing so would “cause the name of the dead man to rise upon his inheritance.” (Ruth 4:1-10) Boaz truly was an upright and unselfish man. Boaz declares his intention to marry Ruth and all is approved. Some believe the fact that the near relative's name is not mentioned in the story connotes a blotting out of his name for refusing his obligation. She hoisted it, perhaps bundling it in a cloth and carrying it on her head, and then made her way to Bethlehem in the gathering darkness.​—Ruth 2:17. However, after the barley harvest ends, after around three months, Boaz made Ruth no offer of marriage. Boaz explains to her that he can’t say whether or not he can marry her until he finds out from the closer relative, who has to be given the opportunity first, whether that man is willing and able to marry Ruth. The examples of Ruth and Naomi remind us to appreciate what family we have. Elimelech sold his land in time of hardship. "No doubt the latter was the rule established by custom, so that the widow remained in possession of the property as long as she lived; and for that length of time she had the right to sell the property in case of need, since the sale of a field was not an actual transfer of title but simply the sale of the yearly produce until the year of jubilee. She also “kept on dwelling with her  mother-in-law.” (Ruth 2:22, 23) In those words we see once more her hallmark quality​—loyal love. After eating heartily, he lay down at one end of the heap. (Matt. (a) Describe the scene at the threshing floor as Boaz finished working for the evening. (a) Why did Boaz not marry Ruth right away? Ruth replied, perhaps with a tremor in her voice: “I am Ruth your slave girl, and you must spread out your skirt over your slave girl, for you are a repurchaser.” (Ruth 3:9) Some modern interpreters have sought to imply that there were some sexual undertones in Ruth’s actions and words, but they ignore two simple facts. cutting corners), I decided to do a search on the Internet to see what kind of shortcuts I could find. 13 Sometimes it is difficult for young people to listen to the advice of those who are older and more experienced. All that you say I shall do for you, for everyone in the gate of my people is aware that you are an excellent woman.” (Ruth 3:11) He was pleased at the prospect of marrying Ruth; perhaps he  was not completely surprised to be asked to be her repurchaser. Read the full Bible story account of Ruth and Naomi's special relationship in the Scripture below. Another one is Rahab, who was the mother of Boaz. So it would be a mistake to view her actions through the warped lens of today’s debased moral standards. Ruth took that advice. Naomi had lost her husband and both sons. 20 Boaz urged Ruth to lie down again and rest until morning was near; then she could slip away unnoticed. Boaz filled her cloak with a generous gift of barley, and she made her way back into Bethlehem.​—Read Ruth 3:13-15. Ruth 3:5 She went to the threshing floor, not to find 'security' for herself, but rather to obey her mother-in-law, Naomi. But what was Naomi’s advice, and was Ruth really rewarded for heeding it? Ruth also brought some food left over from the meal that Boaz had provided for the workers, and the two thus shared a simple meal. 26 Ruth was blessed indeed, as was Naomi, who helped to raise the child as if he were her own. Because the nearest kinsman was not financially able to assume this responsibility (Ruth 4:6), he relinquished his right and responsibility to redeem Naomi and … 2 Were things finally starting to look up for this young widow? "Now, in case a widow sold the field of her deceased husband for the time that it was in her possession, on account of poverty, and a relation of her husband redeemed it, it was evidently his duty not only to care for the maintenance of the impoverished widow, but if she were still young, to marry her, and to let the first son born of such a marriage enter into the family of the deceased husband of his wife, so as to inherit the redeemed property, and perpetuate the name and possession of the deceased in Israel. An Ancient Love Story: Boaz and Ruth. Obed brought joy to the family, including Naomi, who helped to raise him. Boaz immediately picked up the covenantal responsibility and announced his commitment to marry Ruth. To release the grain from the chaff and straw, workers used big forks or shovels to toss the mixture into the wind, which carried off the lighter chaff and allowed the heavier grains to fall back to the floor. Although Boaz treated her kindly when they first met, she knew that what she was going to do was wrong and there was no guarantee that Boaz would marry her. And who would take care of her when she grew old? Ruth had lost her husband. However, God’s Law allowed the man’s brother to marry the widow so that she could give birth to an heir who might carry on her deceased husband’s name and care for the family property. Ruth told Naomi everything that Boaz did for her. So, Boaz needed to first ask that relative for his permission. *​—Read Proverbs 19:17. The nearest kinsman would thus seem to automatically become the new owner of the property. (See also footnote.) Because Boaz was not the nearest kinsman, he had to give the choice to the nearer kinsman of whether to redeem Naomi's land and marry Ruth or not. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the barley harvest was just beginning. Matthew 1:5–6 says, “Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was … This was a serious choice because it was not just about inheriting land or marrying a widow, it was about continuing a family line. The true explanation is no doubt the following: The law relating to the inheritance of the landed property of Israelites who died childless did not determine the time when such a possession should pass to the relatives of the deceased, whether immediately after the death of the owner, or not until after the death of the widow who was left behind. She could not help but smile inwardly when she thought of his kind words praising her for caring for Naomi and for choosing to seek refuge under the wings of the true God, Jehovah.​—Read Ruth 2:11-14. First, Ruth was acting according to the customs of the day, many of which are long lost to us. Would you like to read this article in %%? 9. Knowing Boaz as she did – "For the man will not rest, but will settle the matter today" (3:18) – Naomi was convinced that Boaz would not allow his encounter with Ruth to remain an illicit relationship. Nay, it is her own proposal. 22 Boaz gave Ruth six measures of unspecified weight​—perhaps to suggest that just as six work days were followed by a Sabbath rest, Ruth’s own days of toil as a widow were soon to be followed by the “rest” that a secure home and a husband could provide. Ruth Works in the Field of Boaz. The book finishes with a review of the genealogy that is very interesting because the genealogy has changed, with Boaz taking the place of Elimelech. (See also Job 12:12.). There is, it should be noted, a problem with Moabite wives in Ezra and Nehemiah's time—but these women are pagan, not courageous women of faith who committed their lives to the true God. She wanted to find Ruth “a resting-place”​—referring to the security and protection that a home and a husband might provide. When the relative declined, Boaz then made a public announcement that he would redeem the land and marry Ruth. Naomi and her husband were considerably older than Ruth so we could draw a conclusion that Boaz was closer to the age of Naomi than Ruth, however, this does not conclude a specific age difference. 6 Naomi was pleased to see her beloved daughter-in-law, and perhaps she gasped in surprise as she saw Ruth’s heavy load of barley. (Boaz had an older brother who should have done this but he backed out.) Lest I mar mine own inheritance — It seems he had a wife and children already, which made him afraid to marry a poor woman with a small parcel of land, which would not provide for the children he might have by her, lest he should thereby diminish the inheritance of which he was already possessed. The other kinsman was willing to redeem Naomi’s lands, but he had no desire to marry Ruth. 7, 8. Then she waited. Naomi’s misfortune had turned to joy as she became a grandmother. 22 “Who are you, my daughter?” Naomi said when Ruth arrived home. 28-31. Then, before the witnesses there at the city gate, Boaz stated that he would act as the repurchaser, buying up the estate of Naomi’s dead husband, Elimelech, and marrying Ruth, the widow of Elimelech’s son Mahlon. Ruth lay near the man’s feet again, perhaps with a mind more at ease after he had responded to her petition so kindly. But as Elimelech had not only emigrated with his wife and children and died abroad, but his sons had also been with him in the foreign land, and had married and died there, the landed property of their father had not descended to them, but had remained the property of Naomi, Elimelech's widow, in which Ruth, as the widow of Mahlon, also had a share. 1:1. (b) In what ways did Boaz show kindness and sensitivity toward Ruth and her reputation? If a woman was widowed while still childless, she was especially devastated because her husband’s name, his posterity, would be cut off, lost to future generations. In direct descent from Obed is Jesse, the father of David, from whom descended Jesus Christ. 3, 4. Ruth was a Moabitess — a foreigner who did not follow the Hebrew God. 9 Were Ruth and Naomi somehow less than a family? 21 How satisfying it must have been for Ruth to contemplate what Boaz had said​—that she was known among all the people as “an excellent woman”! Some assume that there must be someone to fill each role​—husband, wife, son, daughter, grandparent, and so forth—​for a family to be “real.” But the examples of Ruth and Naomi remind us that servants of Jehovah can open their hearts and make even the smallest of families glow with warmth, kindness, and love. Necessarily, then, Naomi figured that an intimate relationship at the threshing floor would lead to marriage. 26. Ruth saw Boaz settling down for the night. One can be an American, a Cuban, a Frenchman, etc and still be a Jew. Those who use Yibum to explain Ruth’s marriage to Boaz, even propose that Oved was a reincarnation of Naomi’s younger son, Ruth’s partner. Would gleaning suffice? Second, Boaz responded in a way that clearly shows that he saw Ruth’s conduct as morally chaste and highly commendable. When it was discovered that Boaz was a near relative of Mahlon, Naomi rejoiced that God had provided a potential husband for Ruth (2:20). RUTH knelt by the pile of barley stalks she had gathered during the day. After her husband’s death, she chose to continue living with her former mother-in-law, Naomi, also widowed, who believed in the God of Israel. And now she found that some of Jehovah’s people, who lived under the Law and were trained by it, showed a degree of spirituality and kindness that touched her wounded heart. Here are my notes on the text: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: After the opening of… This is summarized in the declaration Boaz made in Ruth 4:9. No doubt her eagerness to get to know Jehovah and to serve him had much to do with that reputation. "Upon this right, which was founded upon traditional custom, Boaz based this condition, which he set before the nearer redeemer, that if he redeemed the field of Naomi he must also take Ruth, with the obligation to marry her, and through this marriage to set up the name of the deceased upon his inheritance.". Ruth’s muscles surely protested the long day’s labor, for she had been working steadily since the morning. The spot chosen was usually on a hillside or hilltop, where the breezes were strong in the late afternoon and early evening. In front of witnesses, Boaz offered the man the opportunity to act as repurchaser by marrying Ruth. (Read Psalm 71:17, 18.) Naomi suggests to Ruth that they need to … We cannot, of course, know for certain. The time passed. 27:5-11. Title would have passed to Elimelech's sons and on down to the nearest of kin. 15 Ruth watched discreetly as the work wound down in the evening. But he sensed that someone was there. Trembling from the cold, he stretched forward, likely to cover his feet up again. Although she was a Moabite, Ruth insisted on doing all of the things that would have been expected of a Jewish girl. 17 “Who are you?” he asked. “An Excellent Woman”, Publication download options Together the two bereaved women had come to Bethlehem from Moab, and Ruth the Moabitess soon learned that Jehovah’s Law made practical, dignified provisions for the poor in Israel, including foreigners. (b) How did Ruth further show her loyal love toward her mother-in-law? She meekly said: “All that you say to me I shall do.”​—Ruth 3:5. Ruth 4:6. Surely all three men had meant a great deal to both women. 24, 25. The two of them are not married until after the scene at the city gate where this closer relative relinquishes his opportunity to marry Ruth (removing his sandal according to the custom of the … *​—Deut. Bible Commentary on Ruth and Boaz. And why does the land have to be bought from Naomi? 15, 16. (b) How did Boaz discover that Ruth was lying at his feet? Of what do the examples of Ruth and Naomi remind us? However, it did give Ruth the opportunity to ask Boaz to become her husband so as to provide protection and security for her (and for Naomi), as well as to produce a child who would carry on the family line. In today’s hard economic times, many struggle with similar anxieties. 24 Naomi was quite right about Boaz. It is likely that the marriage of Ruth and Boaz was not technically a Levirate marriage as outlined in Deuteronomy 25. Ruth is one of four women specifically named in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus. 19, 20. On the other hand, the six measures​—perhaps shovelfuls—​may simply have been all that Ruth could carry. What Naomi advised her to do might have seemed awkward or embarrassing​—even potentially humiliating—​yet Ruth agreed. One did. Soon Naomi will be restored to the family she has known previously. Israel’s Law was still new to Ruth, and many of its customs were still quite foreign to her. Thus reassured, Naomi gave consent. What did Boaz say to comfort Ruth, and to what two instances of her loving-kindness did he refer? This is the part of the book of Ruth where Naomi devises a plan for Ruth’s future, and Ruth and Boaz go along with it. What can we learn from Ruth and Naomi about family? Finally, around midnight, Boaz began to stir. But Naomi wisely counseled Ruth to not come as a victim demanding her rights, but as a humble servant, trusting in … It is easy to assume that older ones do not really understand the challenges and problems the young face. 4 Still, Ruth may have wondered about the life ahead of her. Imitate Their Faith. In addressing his relative before the quorum, Boaz informs him that with the land comes the obligation to marry Ruth (verse 5). Because Ruth treated others with kindness and respect, she earned an excellent reputation. He was paying Naomi for the land, she did not inherit it, but legally possessed it and could sell portions of it. “The last instance” was the present one. 7 As Naomi noted, Jehovah’s kindness is not restricted to the living; it even extends to the dead. We might wonder how, a few generations later, the descendant of a Moabitess becomes the king of Israel, when Deuteronomy 23:3 prohibited the descendants of Moabites from entering the congregation of the Lord for ten generations. PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/1102013251/univ/art/1102013251_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/ia/E/wpub/ia_E_lg.jpg, Share Yibum could not have been Naomi’s motivation, for a number of reasons: Ruth was not actually married to Naomi’s son and she only converted after his death. (Ruth 4:11-22) David, in turn, was an ancestor of Jesus Christ.​—Matt. 13. This was a serious choice because it was not just about inheriting land or marrying a widow, it was about continuing a family line. May the one who took notice of you become blessed.” (Ruth 2:19) Naomi was attentive; she saw proof in Ruth’s heavy load of provisions that someone had taken notice of the young widow and had treated her kindly. You have expressed your loving-kindness better in the last instance than in the first instance, in not going after the young fellows whether lowly or rich.” (Ruth 3:10) “The first instance” referred to Ruth’s loyal love in accompanying Naomi back to Israel and caring for her. Show activity on this post. Several interesting things take place in this story. He figured, if he should marry Ruth, the first child he might have with her would be counted as the child of Ruth’s deceased son. Isn't the whole problem that someone else now possessed the land? What lesson can we learn from Ruth about accepting advice from older ones? Then, before the witnesses there at the city gate, Boaz stated that he would act as the repurchaser, buying up the estate of Naomi’s dead husband, Elimelech, and marrying Ruth, the widow of Elimelech’s son Mahlon. Obed would later become the grandfather of King David, who would also serve as an ancestor of Jesus Christ. She could tell that the man was sound asleep.  |  17 She said, “Boaz gave me these six portions of barley, saying, ‘You must not go home without a gift for your mother-in-law.’” 18 Naomi answered, “Ruth, my daughter, wait here until you see what happens. 10 From the barley harvest in April until the wheat harvest in June, Ruth kept gleaning in the fields of Boaz. Why does Jehovah treasure such servants as Boaz, Naomi, and Ruth? 14 That evening, Ruth made her way to the threshing floor​—a flat, hard-packed area where a number of farmers would take their grain for threshing and winnowing. Ruth’s example may move us to ask ourselves whether we honor the bonds of family, loyally supporting our loved ones and offering them help as needed. (Ruth 1:11-13) Now, though, she was beginning to think differently. [Some questions on the text are here.] Boaz did fulfill his commitment to marry Ruth ( Ruth 4:13) and later had a son by her named Obed. (b) What did Naomi urge Ruth to do? A blessing is even pronounced, invoking the example of Tamar, a former levirate marriage from whom most of the tribe of Judah had descended (Ruth 4:12). Rather, she wanted to do good not only to Naomi but also to Naomi’s deceased husband, to carry on the dead man’s name in his homeland. 14. Ruth quickly told her mother-in-law of all that had passed between her and Boaz. High spirits will rather starve than stoop; not so Ruth. Moved, Naomi replied: “Blessed be he of Jehovah, who has not left off his loving-kindness toward the living and the dead.” (Ruth 2:20) She saw the kindness of Boaz as coming from Jehovah, who moves his servants to be generous and promises to reward his people for the kindness they show. (a) How did Boaz show that he was an upright and unselfish man? Pay off the debt on Naomi’s behalf and redeem it, and 2. marry Ruth and produce a son to preserve the chain of inheritance for Ruth’s dead husband Mahlon. Widows, however, were not listed in the line of inheritance (see Numbers 27:8-11). When Naomi learned of Boaz's behavior, she encouraged Ruth to continue to work in Boaz's fields and Ruth obliged her mother-in-law. In verse 6, the near kinsman realizes that in buying the land he would be eventually giving it to heirs of Elimelech, thereby losing not only the land but also the money used to buy the land and provide for Ruth and Naomi. Naomi asked: “Where did you glean today, and where did you work? 5, 6. ^ par. The other, Ruth, refused; she insisted on staying with her mother-in-law. ^ par. There is no Yibum in such situations. Then both the land that he might buy from Naomi, and also the kinsman’s own property, would go to Ruth’s children. In the redemption Boaz brought to Ruth and Naomi, we see the merciful and protective love of God revealed in Christ. (a) When Naomi called Boaz a “repurchaser,” to what loving provision of God’s Law was she referring? Since the first son of Ruth and a kinsman of her late husband would be deemed the legal offspring of the decedent and heir to Elimelech, the other kinsman defers to Boaz. As a near relative Naomi had been aware of Boaz's capacity not only to marry Ruth but to also regain the lands of Naomi's husband according to the Law. 11, 12. 25 Boaz married Ruth. Boaz found his potential rival and assembled ten elders at the city-gate, the ancient equivalent of city hall. The time had come to put Naomi’s plan into action. So Boaz accepted a double duty to preserve the land. Naomi’s scheme did not produce a “romantic evening,” nor did it result in a sexual union or a midnight marriage. Then there was a young man who took a shortcut when hiking in the mountains of Alaska and had to be rescued from a precarious position on the side of a mountain. Though according to Boaz the marriage will “maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance” (Ruth 4:10), the marriage of Ruth and Boaz does not seem mandated by the law in Deuteronomy, given that Boaz is not Ruth’s brother-in-law, nor does the genealogy in Ruth 4 credit Ruth… Boaz will not rest until he has finished doing what he should do today.” He said: “Blessed may you be of Jehovah, my daughter. TERMS OF USE She also presented the generous gift of barley that Boaz had told her to give to Naomi. The rest of the story showed how Ruth looked after Naomi, and God looked after Ruth. I read about an older (well, 69, which isn’t that much older than me) man in Europe, who tried to take a shortcut home by cutting across an estuary and finding himself up to his knees in mud. Ruth’s motives in seeking out Boaz were pure and unselfish. 8 Naomi urged Ruth to accept Boaz’ offer to keep gleaning in his fields and to stay near the young women of his own household so that she would escape harassment from the reapers. What contributed to Ruth’s being known as “an excellent woman,” and how can we imitate her example? Any kindness shown to Naomi and Ruth was, in effect, kindness to the men who would have wanted those dear women to be cared for. Therefore, even in the midst of Ruth and Naomi ’s poor suffering, God still had a plan to take care of them. Ruth’s humble example reminds us that listening to the wisdom of older ones who love us  and have our best interests at heart can be very rewarding. That is why, on Naomi’s advice, she “washed, put on perfume, and got dressed in her best clothes.” He wanted to protect her reputation as well as his own, since people might wrongly assume that something immoral had taken place. She assured Ruth: “The man will have no rest unless he has brought the matter to an end today.”​—Ruth 3:18. 1:3, 5, 6, 16) Like Ruth, she was not an Israelite. As the weeks passed, Naomi no doubt thought more about what she could do for her beloved daughter-in-law. "The field of the deceased Elimelech would, strictly speaking, have belonged to his sons, and after their death to Mahlon's widow (Ruth), since Chilion's widow had remained behind in her own country Moab. 25:5-7. Interestingly, the concluding scenes are of Naomi. Boaz was now able to marry Ruth. "The Jewish Midrash implies that this prohibition related only to the women who wed Moabite males" (Bible Reader's Companion, note on Ruth 1:4). *​—Ruth 3:16, 17. 22, 23. God’s Law to Israel included loving provisions for families who as a result of poverty or bereavement fell on  hard times. Whatever the case, he defers the right of redemption to Boaz in verse 7 and gives Boaz his shoe as a witness to make it official (see Deuteronomy 25:5-10). 17. Ruth was a Moabite Israelite, which like many had done in Israel, may have worshiped the local deities but after her husband died chose to do teshuva returning to Judah’s territory with Naomi. As we saw in the preceding chapter, she had attached herself to her mother-in-law, Naomi, vowing to stick with her and to make Naomi’s God, Jehovah, her own God. Jehovah never fails to notice such loyal love. Evening was descending on the fields around Bethlehem, and many workers were already wending their way up to the gate of the little city perched atop a nearby ridge. 1. Perhaps it was the darkness that prompted the question, but Naomi also wanted to know whether Ruth was still the same unattached widow or one with prospects of marriage before her. That appears to be left out here—perhaps indicating some mitigating circumstances in favor of the relative, such as the children he was already providing for. 18 Boaz spoke, and no doubt his gentle, soothing tone comforted Ruth. As the account reads, “Look! This was evidently a common practice, perhaps designed to protect the precious harvest from thieves and marauders. Boaz would approach that man first and give him the opportunity to become Ruth’s husband. The original owner and his family still possessed title to the land. a woman lying at his feet!”​—Ruth 3:8. 1, 2. (b) How did Ruth respond to her mother-in-law’s advice? As we learn how Ruth’s faith helped her through such challenges, we will find much to imitate. First of all, we should understand that when land was sold in Israel, it was more like a lease or rental agreement since all land reverted to the original owner at the Jubilee, every 50th year. Ruth became "better to you than seven sons" (verse 15). The women of the community recognize that in the face of all of the difficulty Naomi had experienced, the conclusion of the matter was far better than anything that could have been anticipated. Her load may have weighed some 30 pounds (14 kg)! Instead of losing everything, as his relative feared, Boaz gained a preeminent place in the history of Israel. Obed would eventually become the grandfather of King David and an ancestor of Jesus ( Matthew 1:5–6 ). (a) Naomi saw the kindness of Boaz as coming from whom, and why? 11 When Ruth first mentioned Boaz, Naomi said: “The man is related to us. 18. This "custom itself, which existed among the Indians and the ancient Germans, arose from the fact that fixed property was taken possession of by treading upon the soil, and hence taking off the shoe and handing it to another was a symbol of the transfer of a possession or right of ownership" (Keil and Delitzsh). In marrying Ruth, Boaz revives Elimelech's lineage, and the patrimony is secured to Naomi's family. She approached Ruth and said: “My daughter, ought I not to look for a resting-place for you?” (Ruth 3:1) It was customary in those days for parents to find mates for their children, and Ruth had become a true daughter to Naomi. Thereafter, we read: “Jehovah granted her conception and she bore a son.” The women of Bethlehem blessed Naomi and praised Ruth for being better to Naomi than seven sons would have been. 5 By the time Ruth finished beating out the grain and collecting it all together, she found that she had gleaned about an ephah measure, or 20 dry quarts (22 L), of barley. 25 Ruth is one of five women whom the Bible lists in the ancestry of Jesus. She had also shown great kindness and sensitivity toward Naomi and her people, willingly adapting to ways and customs that were surely unfamiliar to her. 16 Ruth crept closer, her heart racing. Ruth’s supreme desire to be among God’s people was honored by God greatly. According to the Interpreters One Volume Commentary, this incident provided a precedent for the later view that 10 men formed a quorum. So just as Naomi had said, she went over to his feet, uncovered them, and lay down by them. 21. All in all, it had been a good day​—better than she could ever have hoped for. But what could Naomi do? Perhaps he already has children from a previous marriage who, he feels, would be left insufficiently provided for in such a circumstance. (b) In what ways was Ruth blessed? 23 Wisely, Naomi urged Ruth to sit at home quietly that day instead of going out to glean in the fields. If we imitate Ruth’s faith, we will seek to treat others and their ways and customs with deep respect. 10. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him." Because Boaz was not the nearest kinsman, he had to give the choice to the nearer kinsman of whether to redeem Naomi's land and marry Ruth or not. Do you appreciate what family you have? ‘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.’ (a) What kind of work was Ruth doing? 19 Boaz continued: “And now, my daughter, do not be afraid. The story comes to a close with Boaz marrying Ruth, and it seems that God blessed them right away with children (verse 13). Then, while it was still dark, she rose. Hooking Ruth up with Boaz was Naomi's way of rewarding her for her devotion and kindness. Supplementary Reading:"Ruth: An Example of Love and Devotion," The Good News, May-June 1996, pp. Several interesting things take place in this story. 12 Naomi related to Ruth a plan of action. Jesus reminded his followers that the Christian congregation can provide family even for those who have none.​—Mark 10:29, 30. Fields of Boaz at one end of the Messiah then made a public announcement he. 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