Ruth Chapter 3 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 By Naomi her instruction, 5 Ruth lieth at Boaz his feete. 8 Boaz acknowledgeth the right of a kinseman. 14 He sendeth her away with sixe measures of barley.
3 Wash thy selfe therefore, and annoint thee, and put thy raiment vpon thee, and get thee downe to the floore: but make not thy selfe knowen vnto the man, vntill hee shall haue done eating and drinking.
4 And it shall be when hee lieth downe, that thou shalt marke the place where hee shall lie, and thou shalt goe in, and vncouer his feete, and lay thee downe, and he will tell thee what thou shalt doe.4
10 And hee said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindnesse in the latter ende, then at the beginning, in as much as thou followedst not yong men, whether poore, or rich.
13 Tary this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if hee will performe vnto thee the part of a kinseman, well, let him doe the kinsemans part; but if hee will not doe the part of a kinseman to thee, then will I doe the part of a kinseman to thee, as the Lord liueth: lie downe vntill the morning.
View Wesley's Notes for Ruth Chapter 3
3:1 Rest - A life of rest, and comfort, and safety, under the care of a good husband.
3:2 Threshing - floor - Which was in a place covered at the top, but open elsewhere, whither Ruth might easily come. And this work of winnowing corn was usually ended with a feast.
3:3 Raiment - Thy best raiment. Known - In so familiar a way, as thou mayest do hereafter.
3:4 Uncover his feet - Remove the clothes that were upon his feet; thereby to awaken him. Will tell thee - What course thou shalt take to obtain that marriage which belongs unto thee.
3:8 At midnight - He did not discover her sooner.
3:9 Spread thy Skirt - That is, take me to be thy wife, and perform the duty of an husband to me.
3:10 Shewed kindness - Both to thy deceased husband, the continuance of whose name and memory thou seekest; and to thy mother - in - law, whose commands thou hast punctually obeyed. Followedst not - To seek thy marriage here, or in thy own country, as thou wouldst have done if thou hadst not preferred obedience to God's command, before pleasing thyself.
3:13 Perform, &c. - Take thee to wife, to raise up seed to his brother. Bishop Hall sums up the matter thus. Boaz, instead of touching her as a wanton, blesseth her as a father, encourages her as a friend, promises her as a kinsman, rewards her as a patron, and sends her away laden with hopes and gifts, no less chast, but more happy than she came. O admirable temperance, worthy the progenitor of him, in whose lips and heart there was no guile!
3:14 Let it not, &c. - He takes care to preserve not only his conscience towards God, but his reputation, and hers also, among men.
3:15 Veil - Or, the apron.
3:16 Who art thou? - This is not a question of doubting, but of wonder, as if she had said, Art thou in very deed my daughter? I can hardly believe it. How camest thou hither in this manner, and thus early?
Ruth Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Or, lift vp the clothes that are on his feete.
8 Or, tooke holde on.
9 Or, one that hath right to redeeme.
11 Heb. gate.
15 Or, sheete, or, apron.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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