This article is about harvest online pdf studies in esther chapter 3 ancient Hebrew religious text. The book tells of Ruth’s accepting the God of the Israelites as her God and the Israelite people as her own.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem. She told her daughters-in-law to return to their own mothers and remarry. Ruth told Naomi of Boaz’s kindness, and she gleaned in his field through the remainder of barley and wheat harvest.
Boaz was a close relative of Naomi’s husband’s family. Mahlon’s widow, Ruth, in order to carry on his family’s inheritance. He then acknowledged that he was a close relative, but that there was one who was closer, and she remained in submission at his feet until she returned into the city in the morning. Early that day, Boaz went to the city gate to meet with the other male relative before the town elders.
The Expanded Bible’s editors comment that “the man is not named, perhaps ironically because he refused to preserve Naomi’s family name”. The unnamed relative was unwilling to jeopardize the inheritance of his own estate by marrying Ruth, and so relinquished his right of redemption, thus allowing Boaz to marry Ruth. They transferred the property and redeemed it, ratified by the nearer kinsman taking off his shoe and handing it over to Boaz. This was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.