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Ruth 2

1 - Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name was Boaz.

2 - Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Let me now go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I find favor."She said to her, "Go, my daughter."

3 - She went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

4 - Behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, "May the LORD be with you."They answered him, "May the LORD bless you."

5 - Then Boaz said to his servant who was set over the reapers, "Whose young lady is this?"

6 - The servant who was set over the reapers answered, "It is the Moabite lady who came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab.

7 - She said, 'Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.' So she came, and has continued even from the morning until now, except that she rested a little in the house."

8 - Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my daughter. Don't go to glean in another field, and don't go from here, but stay here close to my maidens.

9 - Let your eyes be on the field that they reap, and go after them. Haven't I commanded the young men not to touch you? When you are thirsty, go to the vessels, and drink from that which the young men have drawn."

10 - Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take knowledge of me, since I am a foreigner?"

11 - Boaz answered her, "I have been fully told about all that you have done to your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother, and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you didn't know before.

12 - May the LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given to you from The LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."

13 - Then she said, "Let me find favor in your sight, my lord, because you have comforted me, and because you have spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not as one of your servants."

14 - At meal time Boaz said to her, "Come here, and eat some bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar."She sat beside the reapers, and they passed her parched grain, and she ate, and was satisfied, and left some of it.

15 - When she had risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and don't reproach her.

16 - Also pull out some for her from the bundles, and leave it. Let her glean, and don't rebuke her."

17 - So she gleaned in the field until evening; and she beat out that which she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

18 - She took it up, and went into the city. Then her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned; and she brought out and gave to her that which she had left after she had enough.

19 - Her mother-in-law said to her, "Where have you gleaned today? Where have you worked? Blessed be he who noticed you."She told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz."

20 - Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by The LORD, who has not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead." Naomi said to her, "The man is a close relative to us, one of our near kinsmen."

21 - Ruth the Moabitess said, "Yes, he said to me, 'You shall stay close to my young men, until they have finished all my harvest.'"

22 - Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maidens, and that they not meet you in any other field."

23 - So she stayed close to the maidens of Boaz, to glean to the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and she lived with her mother-in-law.

Ruth 2 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: There is scarcely any chapter in all the sacred history that stoops so low as this to take cognizance of so mean a person as Ruth, a poor Moabitish widow, so mean an action as her gleaning corn in a neighbour's field, and the minute circumstances thereof. But all this was in order to her being grafted into the line of Christ and taken in among his ancestors, that she might be a figure of the espousals of the Gentile church to Christ, Isa. 54:1 . This makes the story remarkable; and many of the passages of it are instructive and very improvable. Here we have, I. Ruth's humility and industry in gleaming corn, Providence directing her to Boaz's field (v. 1-3). II. The great favour which Boaz showed to her in many instances (v. 4-16). III. The return of Ruth to her mother-in-law (v. 18-23).

Outline
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)

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Women Gleaning at Harvest

Women Gleaning from Tomb of Ramose

This colorful painting from the tomb of Ramose at the site of ancient Thebes reveals women gleaning at harvest time. In biblical times when barley fields or wheatfields were ready for harvest the reapers were hired to cut down the large stocks of grain and make bundles. According to the customs of the Israelites if a loose stock should fall to the ground they were to be left alone for the gleaners. The gleaning was performed by the poorest and most helpless of the land, the widows who were going to die of starvation. During harvest time in the ancient world you would clearly see a poor woman like Ruth walking through the fields and gleaning behind men picking up any loose stalks that might've fallen. Ruth was a widow and she was gleaning any field when she met Boaz the owner of the field.

Ruth 2:2 - And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after [him] in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

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