Ruth Chapter 3
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
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Matthew Henry's Ruth Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. (14-18)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. The course Naomi advised appears strange to us; but it was according to the laws and usages of Israel. If the proposed measure had borne the appearance of evil, Naomi would not have advised it. Law and custom gave Ruth, who was now proselyted to the true religion, a legal claim upon Boaz. It was customary for widows to assert this claim, #De 25:5-10|. But this is not recorded for imitation in other times, and is not to be judged by modern rules. And if there had been any evil in it, Ruth was a woman of too much virtue and too much sense to have listened to it.
6-13 What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. 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. The conduct of Boaz calls for the highest praise. He attempted not to take advantage of Ruth; he did not disdain her as a poor, destitute stranger, nor suspect her of any ill intentions. He spoke honourably of her as a virtuous woman, made her a promise, and as soon as the morning arrived, sent her away with a present to her mother-in-law. Boaz made his promise conditional, for there was a kinsman nearer than he, to whom the right of redemption belonged.
14-18 Ruth had done all that was fit for her to do, she must patiently wait the event. Boaz, having undertaken this matter, would be sure to manage it well. Much more reason have true believers to cast their care on God, because he has promised to care for them. Our strength is to sit still, #Isa 30:7|. This narrative may encourage us to lay ourselves by faith at the feet of Christ: He is our near Kinsman; having taken our nature upon him. He has the right to redeem. Let us seek to receive from him his directions: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? #Ac 9:6|. He will never blame us as doing this unseasonably. And let us earnestly desire and seek the same rest for our children and friends, that it may be well with them also.
Charles Mumo's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 7/28/2014, 5:26am...
Its awesome to see how God works with hearts of men! The heart of Ruth and Boaz was realy directed by God like a stream of water.
Leslie's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 4/22/2014, 7:01am...
Where do you guys get that Ruth had to sleep with Boaz? Did you not read the book? She gets up and leaves before anyone sees her. It was a proposal.
Effie Griffin's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 8/31/2013, 3:00pm...
I love this verse Naomi said "Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day". Boaz is a representation of Jesus Christ in this story. When we are in need or trouble we should bring it to the Lord Jesus and then "Sit Still" until we hear from the Lord Jesus, enter His rest while Himself fight our battles and work things out for us. The battle is not ours but the Lord Jesus. Find Rest and Peace in Him alone.
Candi's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 8/06/2013, 11:46pm...
i admire Ruth for her obedience she had for her mother in law. she put her feelings aside for her mother in law but in return was blessed unknowingly with her own family.
Keith's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 2/27/2013, 9:31am...
How old was Ruth when she had her baby? Thanks.
Miriam's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 1/22/2013, 6:39pm...
Ruth was a wise woman.
Bill's Ruth Chapter 3 comment on 11/11/2012, 8:13am...
Mindy, yes she sleeps with him, but not to have sex but to make it LOOK like they did. (As you imply, there's already quid pro quo, ie she's been presented a generous gift of grain). She's humbly putting herself in the position of a prostitute for the good of her mother-in-law, trusting that the goodness of Boaz will result in their full redemption. Even more, she's making HIM choose between marrying her or having a reputation of one who buys sex. Like Abraham "bargaining" with God over the number of righteous in Sodom, you can never go wrong "forcing" God to His promises of grace, mercy, and rescue. This is a "type" of Christ taking on the sin of the world to "force" God to forgive mankind, the ultimate "trick" that defeats Satan.
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