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  • Ruth 2:1 name was Boaz
  • Ruth 2:3 gleaned. The custom of gleaning (collecting what had been missed by the officially employed reapers) was a divinely ordained provision for the poor of the land (see Leviticus 19:9, 10; Deuteronomy 24:19).
  • hap. To outward appearances, Ruth just "happened" to glean in the field of Boaz, but the entire context makes it clear that this was God's providential leading. God is altogether sovereign; He is not a God of chance. A faithful believer, seeking honestly to know and do the will of God, especially in relation to His already revealed will in Scripture, can be confident that the circumstances around him are not dictated by the laws of probability but by the will and purpose of God (Romans 8:28).
  • Boaz. Boaz was considered a relative of Elimelech, the father of Ruth's first husband. This suggests that Boaz was old enough to be Ruth's father (see also Ruth 3:10). Both, however, were more concerned with having a God-honoring marriage than one based on physical considerations, so age was secondary.
  • Ruth 2:16 handfuls of purpose. The same Hebrew word, basically meaning "take a spoil," is used twice in this verse, once translated "let fall" and once as "of purpose." The word for "handfuls," used only this once in the Bible, evidently refers to a hand's grip. Boaz is saying in effect to his servants, "Grab from the bundles of sheaves as though you were taking a spoil for her, from the bundles of sheaves, but then leave them as a spoil for her." Ruth was not to know that this was Boaz' gift to her, so she could assume she was gleaning it all on her own.
  • she may glean them. Ruth, in gleaning the sheaves deliberately left by Boaz, becomes a type of the believer gleaning food for the soul in the fruitful field of Scripture. Our heavenly "Boaz" has paid the price to take the spoil for us. As we kneel down to glean each morsel, we "rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil" (Psalm 119:162).
  • Ruth 2:17 ephah. Compare Exodus 16:16, 36. An ephah was ten omers, and an omer of manna was adequate for the daily needs of one man. Boaz' generosity is measured by the fact that the "handfuls of purpose" he had left for Ruth were ten times her daily need.

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A Kind Kinsman C. Ness. Ruth 2:1
Boaz a Yeoman W. M. Taylor, D. D. Ruth 2:1
The Rich Kinsman S. H. Tyng, D. D. Ruth 2:1
A Dutiful Daughter C. Ness. Ruth 2:2-4
Motive for Permitting the Poor to Glean T. Fuller, B. D. Ruth 2:2-4
The Gleaner S. H. Tyng, D. D. Ruth 2:2-4
The Young to Work for Their Parents G. Lawson. Ruth 2:2-4
Gleanings in the Field of Boaz T. De Witt Talmage. Ruth 2:3
Great Issues Out of Little Things A. Thomson, D. D. Ruth 2:3
Her Hap J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:3
The Stranger in the Harvest Field Bp. Oxenden. Ruth 2:3
A Good Master C. Ness. Ruth 2:4
Boaz the Farmer T. Guthrie, D. D. Ruth 2:4
Business to be Sanctified by Religion Aubrey C. Price, B. A. Ruth 2:4
Friendly Co-Operation Between Masters and Men T. De Witt Talmage. Ruth 2:4
On the Relations that Subsist Amongst the Different Classes of Society in General W. Arnot. Ruth 2:4
Piety with Courtesy J. Trapp. Ruth 2:4
Relations Between Employers and Employed R. A. Watson, M. A. Ruth 2:4
Religion in the Harvest Field E. Monro, M. A. Ruth 2:4
Salutation and Prayer R. Bernard. Ruth 2:4
Salutations J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:4
The Living Presence W.M. Statham Ruth 2:4
Ruth's Industry Prompted by Love G. Lawson. Ruth 2:5-7
The Welcome Reception S. H. Tyng, D. D. Ruth 2:5-7
Filial, Piety and Fidelity Recognized and Recompensed J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:5-14
There is Work for the Humblest to Do W.M. Statham Ruth 2:7
Harvest Lessons Urijah R. Thomas. Ruth 2:8-9
Loving-Kindness C. Ness. Ruth 2:8-9
Masters and Servants T. Fuller, B. D. Ruth 2:8-9
Ruth's Humility and Gratitude G. Lawson. Ruth 2:10
The Hebrews Were Kind to Strangers W.M. Statham Ruth 2:10
The Lowly Attitude of a Grateful Heart W. Baxendale. Ruth 2:10
A Full Reward J. Hudson Taylor Ruth 2:11
The Gracious Approbation S. H. Tyng, D. D. Ruth 2:11
The Praise of Virtue R. Bernard. Ruth 2:11
God's Reward   Ruth 2:12
Jehovah's Wings A. Thomson, D. D. Ruth 2:12
Ruth's Reward; Or, Cheer for Converts Spurgeon, Charles Haddon Ruth 2:12
The Wings of God T. De Witt Talmage. Ruth 2:12
The Lord Recompense Thy Work W.M. Statham Ruth 2:12, 13
Good from Encouraging Words A. Thomson, D. D. Ruth 2:13
Mealtime in the Cornfields Spurgeon, Charles Haddon Ruth 2:14
The Common Meal E. Price. Ruth 2:14
Combination of Strength and Gentleness in Boaz A. Thomson. D. D. Ruth 2:15-16
Spiritual Gleaning Spurgeon, Charles Haddon Ruth 2:15-16
The Benevolence of Boaz Lyman Abbott, D. D. Ruth 2:15-16
The Refining Art of Doing Good C. C. McCabe, D. D. Ruth 2:15-16
Liberality to the Poor J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:15-17
Labour S. B. Rees. Ruth 2:17
Persevering Labour C. Ness. Ruth 2:17
The Successful Gleaner Bp. Oxenden. Ruth 2:17
Careful of the Fruit of Labour G. Lawson. Ruth 2:18
Carry Home the Wheat H. Moorhouse. Ruth 2:18
A Charity Sermon R. Coleire, M. A. Ruth 2:19
A Good Day's Gleaning J. McNeill. Ruth 2:19
Confidence Between Kindred A. Thomson, D. D. Ruth 2:19
Gleaners in God's Harvest Field J. Spencer Kennard. Ruth 2:19
Gleaning T. Champness. Ruth 2:19
Where Hast Thou Gleaned To-Day? J. P. Allen, M. A. Ruth 2:19
Christ Typified by the Goel Under the Law H. Melvill, B. D. Ruth 2:20
God's Blessing E. Price. Ruth 2:20
Kindness to the Dead Wm. Braden. Ruth 2:20
Kindred and Kindness J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:20
Who Hath not Left Off His Kindness to the Living and the Dead J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:20
Gadding to be Discouraged A. Thomson, D. D. Ruth 2:22
Instruction from Elders G. Lawson. Ruth 2:22
The Acceptance of Favours G. Lawson. Ruth 2:22
Harvest-Time J.R. Thomson Ruth 2:23

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