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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

09 Aug

He said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter; this last instance of your loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman. But now, though it is true that I am a near kinsman, there is another kinsman more closely related than I.Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will act as next-of-kin for you, good; let him do it. If he is not willing to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the Lord lives, I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning.” (Ruth 3:10-13, NRSV)

This act of loyalty is better than the first, for you have not gone after young men, either rich or poor but have come to a kinsman.

Ruth has been loyal to Naomi, going with her where she goes and worshipping her God and following after her kinsmen.

And Boaz sees this and honors that. He holds ruth up as a worthy woman and promises to make sure she is cared for. Meaning if the nearest kinsman will not fulfill his duty, Boaz will.

Boaz is an honorable man.

Do we live with honor?

 
 

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