Ruth 2:20-23

Feb 12, 2013
Ruth 2:20-23 King James Version (KJV)
20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.
23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

Ruth 2:20-23 The Voice (VOICE)

Naomi: 20 May the Eternal bless this man. He has not given up showing His covenant love toward the living and the dead.
This man is closely related to us—he is a kinsman-redeemer of our family.
The kinsman-redeemer is the closest relative and has the responsibility to save his family members from any evil or hardship.
Ruth[a]: 21 That is not all he did. Boaz also instructed me to stay with his young workers for the remainder of his grain harvesting season.
Naomi: 22 It is best that you do as he says. Stay with his young women who bind the sheaves. They will keep you safe from the hostility and danger of working in another’s field.
23 So that is what Ruth did. She kept close to Boaz’s young female servants and picked up everything they dropped. She worked hard throughout the seven weeks of the wheat and barley seasons until the harvest was complete in early summer. And this whole time she lived at her mother-in-law’s home.

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20 Naomi spoke to Ruth, she is giving a blessing to Boaz because of what he has done, this is also showing Ruth her change of attitude that this has given Naomi hope. Naomi knew he was family Ruth wouldn’t have known this Boaz was also aware of this.

21 This allowed Ruth to gather much more grain and also allowed her to be protected from anyone harming her.

22 Naomi realized what Boaz was doing.

23 This verse covers a period of time that is not mentioned most likely a great part of the harvest season.