Ruth 1:6: God's Gracious Return; Naomi's Return

[circa 1312 BC] Verse 6:[1] Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had (Ex. 4:31; Luke 1:68) visited his people in (Ps. 132:15; Matt. 6:11) giving them bread.



[And she arose] As to sit is used by the Hebrews for one that remains in a place, so to arise for one that departs from there, Jonah 1:3 (Drusius).


[That she might proceed to her country] Hebrew: and she returned.[2] She arose and returned means she arose that she might return (Drusius). She returned, that is, she began to return (Piscator); or, she thought to return. Of which sort is that, Israel fought with Balak, in the place of, he decided to fight; and, he found a ship going, Jonah 1:3 (Drusius).


[That He regarded] Hebrew: He visited,[3] namely, in grace. A Synecdoche of genus: for God sometimes visits men in anger (Piscator).


[Food] Hebrew: bread,[4] that is, grain/crops, or, things necessary for life (Drusius).


Bread: that is, Food; so she staid no longer than necessity forced her.

[1] Hebrew: וַתָּ֤קָם הִיא֙ וְכַלֹּתֶ֔יהָ וַתָּ֖שָׁב מִשְּׂדֵ֣י מוֹאָ֑ב כִּ֤י שָֽׁמְעָה֙ בִּשְׂדֵ֣ה מוֹאָ֔ב כִּֽי־פָקַ֤ד יְהוָה֙ אֶת־עַמּ֔וֹ לָתֵ֥ת לָהֶ֖ם לָֽחֶם׃


[2] Hebrew: וַתָּשָׁב.


[3] Hebrew: פָקַד.


[4] Hebrew: לָחֶם.

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