The great-grandmother of David More and Husband of Ruth and great-grandfather of David. More meet on the A threshing floor is a location where farmers thresh grain. Threshing is the process of beating grain, such as wheat and oats, to separate out the chaff. Some of the action in the book of Ruth takes place on a threshing floor. More and Ruth proposes marriage while Boaz responds with Blessing is the asking for or the giving of God's favor. Isaac was tricked into blessing Jacob instead of his firstborn Esau. At the Last Supper Jesus offered a blessing over bread and wine. To be blessed is to be favored by God. More and praise.
Not surprisingly the encounter between Boaz and Ruth on the threshing floor begins at midnight. Boaz asks Ruth, “Who are you?” (mi ‘at in Hebrew) exactly the same phrase used by The mother-in-law of Ruth More to Ruth in 3:16, there translated, “How did things go?” Ruth responds,
“I am Ruth, your servant; spread your cloak (kenaph)
over your servant, for you are next-of-kin (go’el). “
The word for cloak is the same word as the word for the Lord’s wing in 2:12.
And then Ruth goes beyond Naomi’s instruction. Although Naomi had told Ruth that Boaz would tell her what to do, it turns out that Ruth takes the lead in this encounter. Ruth basically proposes to Boaz. Ruth emphasizes to Boaz that he is go’el—the next-of-kin—a less than subtle reminder that she is aware of his responsibilities toward her and Naomi. She is telling him that this is far more than a casual encounter.
Boaz then commends Ruth for her “loyalty,” her ḥesed, the all important Hebrew word for covenantal love, kindness, and commitment, used twice before in Ruth 1:8 and 2:20.
Boaz’ response is breath-taking! He not only accepts his responsibility, he meets her request with blessing, affection, and, as is soon seen, adds his own dose of scheming that matches Naomi’s one for one. But before that, Boaz makes another remarkable claim that all the people of the community see Ruth as he does. They see her as a worthy woman (‘isshah hayil, in Hebrew). They see her as a woman of worth, of value, just as he is identified as a man of value when the same word is translated in 2:1. They might be said to be Mr. and Mrs. Hayil.
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