Ruth 3:15-17 – Ruth’s Second Gift of Grain to Naomi


Ruth 3:15-17


Ruth brings home a lot of grain to Naomi from the threshing floor and tells her what happened.


The encounter between Ruth and Boaz once again involves an outpouring of grain to Naomi. Boaz and Naomi never actually speak to each other in person, though they do both speak Hebrew like old people. Ruth always acts as the go-between. And once again, she brings grain.

The grain might be symbolic of many things, a seal of the relationship, a concrete sign of generosity overflowing, an inclusion of Naomi into the joy that belongs to Ruth and Boaz.  Some have suggested that the 6 measures of barley can be seen as sealing the marriage contract, a proleptic bridal price.