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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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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Jul 23, 2019

Matthew Henry: 'See here...The good affection Naomi bore to the land of Israel, Ruth 1:6. Though she could not stay in it while the famine lasted, she would not stay out of it when the famine ceased. Though the country of Moab had afforded her shelter and supply in a time of need, yet she did not intend it should be her rest for ever; no land should be that but the holy land, in which the sanctuary of God was, of which he had said, This is my rest for ever. Observe,

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