Ruth Chapter 2
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.
Fred J. Dehfer's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 5/09/2014, 2:55pm...
Ruth story show to us as christian to be commented to God word. Meaning to move to another level you most work and truth in God.
Loubob's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 4/30/2014, 9:25pm...
What I find most beautiful, is how Ruth left the security of her family, and her people 's gods, for Ruth, to help her, but also because Ruth was a follower of the one true God, and Ruth inspired true love, which is what God teaches and nurtures in His followers. Ruth followed Naomi, for true love, for God, and abandoned everything else. People who don 't believe in God, who worship idles, LACK real spiritual depth and the divine things that are of God, and Ruth saw this and abandoned those ways. She would rather have perished with her mother in law than live w a better chance at having a new husband w her polytheist family. Ruth is a true hero, and she was very bright too. What I don 't understand, is why in one place, she says she is going to get Boaz favor work in his field, then, when she comes home, the conversation with Ruth implies that Ruth has no idea who she went worked for. This mystery will require some serious contemplation, cause it 's certainly not apparent on first mental glance. There are so many hidden mysteries in stories like this. I love you Christians!
George oyugi's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 4/12/2014, 4:37am...
Ruth was very loyal to the mother in law and should be crowned queen of the bible
Winston johnson's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 4/09/2014, 8:10pm...
when I look at Ruth life we many live in our own birth land and seem to be okay but in a moment thing change and it look like we or at the of world but God is only setting us up for greater blessing
CARMEN's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 10/06/2013, 11:04am...
I LIKE HER HUMBLENISS AND HER LOYALITY TO HER MOTHER IN LAW I AM ASKING GOD TO MAKE ME HUMBLE AND LOYAL TO MY MOTHER IN LAW LIKE RUTH
BSP's Ruth Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 10/04/2013, 10:03am...
Ruth had proved to be truly loyal to Naomi and that did not go unnoticed. She had left the land of her family and her gods to stick with her mother-in-law. She didn't know alot about where she was going or how things would be there, but she showed true faith and trust in God to take care of her and Naomi. Ruth showed her deep love for Naomi. We need more of this type of loyal love in our relationships and families today.
Blessing mashipe's Ruth Chapter 2 comment on 9/07/2013, 1:18am...
I like the fact that Ruth,she never pretend upon her situation,she have to come out in the open if she needs help.sometimes people pretend,hiding their situation.if you hide your situation,you are hiding your self from God's blessings.Be your self,don't live someone else's life.live your life because God will never leave you like that.He'll set you up with your Boaz if you don't hide your situation.
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