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Lesson 671: Book of Ruth, Chapter 3


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1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 3 Wash thy self therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do. Ruth approaches Boaz at the threshing floor 6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. 9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. 12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. 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. 14 And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor. 15 Also he said, Bring the veil that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. 16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. 17 And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. 18 Then said she, 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.


Book of Ruth, Chapter 3 05/21/2022

1) Naomi has a plan, or is it God’s plan? What does Naomi want for Ruth? (verse 1-2) What does she tell her to do to prepare herself? (verse 3) Is this a ‘go to town’ party preparation or is it more?

2) What is going on in verse 4-5? Is this an ambush or foreplay with Ruth ‘going after’ Boaz? Or is it a traditional protocol having to do with the rights of a kinsman and orphans.

3) So the plot thickens! In verses 6-7 she activates her/their/God’s plan. What does she do? Why uncover the feet of a man and lay at his feet? This is a marriage proposal by Jewish law for a kinsman redeemer!

4) So what happens when Boaz wakes up from his eating, drinking, and going to bed ‘merry’? (verse 8-9) Why was he afraid? It’s dark and he doesn’t know who is asking him to marry him. What does he say? (verse 9) What does she ask him to do with his ‘skirt? What does this symbolize?

5) What is Boaz’s response? (verse 10-11) Why? What kind of woman is she known as by Boaz and the towns’ people. But there is a hitch in the ‘getty-up’? What is it? (verse 12-13)

6) They get pretty cautious about the whole deal verse 14 (people talk) then what does Boaz do in verse 15? What does this symbolize? Naomi’s question to Ruth is strange in verse 16?

7) Naomi seems to be ‘up’ on all her Jewish redeemer-type laws. What does she tell Ruth to do for the balance of the day?

8) Adam and Eve sinned, were afraid because they were ‘uncovered’. Boaz was afraid because he was uncovered. God made a ‘covering’ of animal skins covering them. Ruth asked Boaz to cover her with his skirt. God by the law ‘uncovered’ our sins and when we realized we were sinners and naked before God, then God could save us by forgiving our sins. Ruth was seeking to be redeemed (uncovered Boaz then asked him to cover her). We were forgiven and redeemed by our kinsman redeemer. Wow! God wants to redeem and marry us!


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