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Ruth 3:11: Boaz's Answer to Ruth's Proposal, Part 2

Verse 11:[1] And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city (Heb. gate[2]) of my people doth know that thou art (Prov. 12:4) a virtuous woman.



Fear not; think not that I despise and reject thee, because I do not immediately comply with thy desire.


[What thou hast said to me] That is, I will spread my wing over thee (Drusius).


[I will do for thee] That is, I will do it to the best of my ability: that is, if it be permitted by the Law (Piscator).


I will do to thee all that thou requirest, that is, marry thee, upon the condition here following.


[For all the people know, etc., כָּל־שַׁ֣עַר עַמִּ֔י] All, or the whole, gate of my people (Vatablus, Drusius, Piscator, Montanus); the whole forum of my people (Tigurinus); the whole eldership of my fellow citizens (certain interpreters in Vatablus). For forums were in the gates, where trials happened (Vatablus). All that sit in the gate of the great sanhedrin know, etc. (Jonathan in Drusius). By the gate others understand the city (thus Junius, Piscator, Drusius, Bonfrerius, Pagnine). Everyone within the gates of my people (Junius and Tremellius). Hebrew: the gate of my people, etc. It is a Hypallage, for, all my people that are wont to be gathered in the gate of our city (Piscator). Gate in the place of city, as in Genesis 22:17; Deuteronomy 17:2; 28:57; Obadiah 11 (Drusius). The entire tribe (Septuagint); the family (Syriac, similarly the Arabic).


[Thee to be a woman of virtue, כִּ֛י אֵ֥שֶׁת חַ֖יִל אָֽתְּ׃] That thou art a woman of virtue (Montanus), or, of fortitude (Syriac); that thou art a woman honest (Pagnine), or, furnished with virtue (Tigurinus, Vatablus), vigorous, or, of vigor, as in Proverbs 31:10[3] (Piscator out of Junius, Vatablus, Drusius). It is to be noted that among ancient interpreters virtue is not opposed to vice, but to infirmity of body (Drusius). A woman that is industrious and diligent is called a woman of virtue. For חַיִל is indeed virtue, but not properly that which simply makes men good; but strength, fortitude, diligence, might, and power (Serarius). It is indeed true that חַיִל signifies all those things; but it also signifies a good habit of soul: neither is there any other Hebrew word that signifies that (Bonfrerius). A just woman (Jonathan), the best (Arabic). Boaz had observed that Ruth was confounded, and feared that this undertaking was going to be taken in a bad way; and so Boaz gently consoles her, saying, do not be afraid, etc.; that is, Be of good cheer; think not that I suspect any evil of thee, or despise thee because of thy poverty: what thou hast said I will do, that is, I will take thee to wife, if it be lawful (Osiander).

[1] Hebrew: וְעַתָּ֗ה בִּתִּי֙ אַל־תִּ֣ירְאִ֔י כֹּ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־תֹּאמְרִ֖י אֶֽעֱשֶׂה־לָּ֑ךְ כִּ֤י יוֹדֵ֙עַ֙ כָּל־שַׁ֣עַר עַמִּ֔י כִּ֛י אֵ֥שֶׁת חַ֖יִל אָֽתְּ׃


[2] Hebrew: שַׁעַר.


[3] Proverbs 31:10: “Who can find a virtuous woman (אֵשֶׁת־חַיִל)? for her price is far above rubies.”

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Oct 05, 2019

William Gouge's Domestical Duties: 'Husbands Must be Cheerful in Seeking Their Wife's GoodSuch an affection ought husbands to have to their wives: they ought more willingly and cheerfully to do any thing for their wives than for parents, children, friends or any other. Though this cheerfulness be an inward disposition of the heart, yet may it be manifested by a man's forwardness and readiness to do his wife good: when his wife shall no sooner desire a kindness, than he will be ready to grant it: as Boaz says to Ruth, I will do to thee all that thou requirest; [Ruth 3:11] yea, if by any means he may know that this or that will be behoveful to her, thoug…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Oct 05, 2019


Matthew Henry: He promised her marriage (Ruth 3:11): "Fear not that I will slight thee, or expose thee; no, I will do all that thou requirest, for it is the same that the law requires, from the next of kin, and I have no reason to decline it, for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman," Ruth 3:11. Note, [1.] Exemplary virtue ought to have its due praise (Philippians 4:8), and it will recommend both men and women to the esteem of the wisest and best. Ruth was a poor woman, and poverty often obscures the lustre of virtue; yet Ruth's virtues, even in a mean condition, were generally taken notice of an…


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