Ruth Chapter 2
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9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.
13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
19 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.
20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
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Matthew Henry's Ruth Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Ruth gleans in the field of Boaz. (1-3) The kindness of Boaz to Ruth. (4-16) Ruth returns to her mother-in-law. (17-23)1-3 Observe Ruth's humility. When Providence had made her poor, she cheerfully stoops to her lot. High spirits will rather starve than stoop; not so Ruth. Nay, it is her own proposal. She speaks humbly in her expectation of leave to glean. We may not demand kindness as a debt, but ask, and take it as a favour, though in a small matter. Ruth also was an example of industry. She loved not to eat the bread of idleness. This is an example to young people. Diligence promises well, both for this world and the other. We must not be shy of any honest employment. No labour is a reproach. Sin is a thing below us, but we must not think any thing else so, to which Providence call us. She was an example of regard to her mother, and of trust in Providence. God wisely orders what seem to us small events; and those that appear altogether uncertain, still are directed to serve his own glory, and the good of his people.
4-16 The pious and kind language between Boaz and his reapers shows that there were godly persons in Israel. Such language as this is seldom heard in our field; too often, on the contrary, what is immoral and corrupt. A stranger would form a very different opinion of our land, from that which Ruth would form of Israel from the converse and conduct of Boaz and his reapers. But true religion will teach a man to behave aright in all states and conditions; it will form kind masters and faithful servants, and cause harmony in families. True religion will cause mutual love and kindness among persons of different ranks. It had these effects on Boaz and his men. When he came to them he prayed for them. They did not, as soon as he was out of hearing curse him, as some ill-natured servants that hate their master's eye, but they returned his courtesy. Things are likely to go on well where there is such good-will as this between masters and servants. They expressed their kindness to each other by praying one for another. Boaz inquired concerning the stranger he saw, and ordered her to be well treated. Masters must take care, not only that they do no hurt themselves, but that they suffer not their servants and those under them to do wrong. Ruth humbly owned herself unworthy of favours, seeing she was born and brought up a heathen. It well becomes us all to think humbly of ourselves, esteeming others better than ourselves. And let us, in the kindness of Boaz to Ruth, note the kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ to poor sinners.
17-23 It encourages industry, that in all labour, even that of gleaning, there is profit. Ruth was pleased with what she gained by her own industry, and was careful to secure it. Let us thus take care that we lose not those things which we have wrought, which we have gained for our souls' good, #2Jo 1:8|. Parents should examine their children, as Naomi did, not to frighten or discourage them, so as to make them hate home, or tempt them to tell a lie; but to commend them if they have done well, and with mildness to reprove and caution them if they have done otherwise. It is a good question for us to ask ourselves every night, Where have I gleaned to-day? What improvement have I made in knowledge and grace? What have I done that will turn to a good account? When the Lord deals bountifully with us, let us not be found in any other field, nor seeking for happiness and satisfaction in the creature. We lose Divine favours, if we slight them. Ruth dutifully observed her mother's directions. And when the harvest was ended, she kept her aged mother company at home. Dinah went out to see the daughters of the land; her vanity ended in disgrace, #Ge 34|. Ruth kept at home, and helped to maintain her mother, and went out on no other errand than to get provision for her; her humility and industry ended in preferment.
Zelda's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 5/21/2013, 10:19am...
I like the fact that good things comes ti those who wait on the lord! Ruth was steadfast and unmovable. Staying with her mother inlaw causeed them both to be blessed! God's favor will show up and show out" PRAISE GOD.......
Carolyn's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 5/01/2013, 2:59am...
liked the fact that Ruth loved Naomi and trusted her enough to never leave her, and look what happened to her life because she wanted to work and take care of her mother- in- law.
Martha's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 4/19/2013, 12:24am...
humility is the key to success ruth was humle enough to take the what left in order to survive how many times we miss our blessing because of pride GODs plan sometimes look foolish but if we develope a relation with him we'ill understand his working.
Margaret Holt's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 11/19/2012, 5:44am...
What I see is a lost soul coming back to the Lord. And Boaz, like God took her under his wing and helped to provide her and Naomi. She was very humble to follow Naomi and to listen to Boaz and do has she was told.
Immaculate's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 9/10/2012, 4:55am...
Ruth was hard working
Delores's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 8/08/2012, 7:06am...
Ruth was not a selfish person and shared what she had with her mother-in-law. Boaz took notice because Ruth could have returned to her own family, but instead chose to stay with Naomi. What I see here it that this was God's plans for their lives.
If you give unto others it will come back to you after many days.
Delores's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 8/08/2012, 7:05am...
Ruth was not a selfish person and shared what she had with her mother-in-law. Boaz took notice because Ruth could have returned to her own family, but instead chose to stay with Ruth. What I see here it that this was God's plans for their lives.
If you give unto others it will come back to you after many days.
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