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Ruth Chapter 4

Ruth 4:1
4:1 Then went Boaz up to the {a} gate, and sat him down there:
    and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto
    whom he said, {b} Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here.
    And he turned aside, and sat down.

    (a) Which was the place of judgment.
    (b) The Hebrews here use two words which have no proper
        meaning, but serve to denote a certain person, as we
        would say, "Ho, so-and-so".

Ruth 4:4
4:4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy [it] before the
    inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou
    wilt redeem [it], redeem [it]: but if thou wilt not redeem
    [it, then] tell me, that I may know: for [there is] none to
    redeem [it] {c} beside thee; and I [am] after thee. And he
    said, I will redeem [it].

    (c) For you are the next of kin.

Ruth 4:5
4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand
    of Naomi, thou must buy [it] also of Ruth the Moabitess, the
    wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his
    {d} inheritance.

    (d) That his inheritance might bear his name that is dead.

Ruth 4:7
4:7 Now this [was the manner] in former time in Israel
    concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm
    all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave [it] to his
    neighbour: and this [was] a {e} testimony in Israel.

    (e) That he had resigned his right, Deuteronomy 25:9.

Ruth 4:10
4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I
     purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead
     upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut
     off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his {f}
     place: ye [are] witnesses this day.

     (f) Or, of the city where he remained.

Ruth 4:11
4:11 And all the people that [were] in the gate, and the elders,
     said, [We are] witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is
     come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two
     did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in {g}
     Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

     (g) Ephratah and Bethlehem are both one.

Ruth 4:14
4:14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed [be] the LORD, which
     hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that {h} his
     name may be famous in Israel.

     (h) He shall leave continual posterity.

Ruth 4:15
4:15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of [thy] life, and a
     nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which
     loveth thee, which is better to thee than {i} seven sons,
     hath born him.

     (i) Meaning, many sons.

Ruth 4:18
4:18 Now these [are] the generations of {k} Pharez: Pharez begat
     Hezron,

     (k) This genealogy is brought in to prove that David by
         succession came from the house of Judah.



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