Dwindling in Unbelief
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(3:3-4) Naomi (Ruth's mother-in-law) advises Ruth as to how to best seduce Boaz. She tells her to wait until he is a bit drunk and has
fallen asleep. Then "go in and uncover his feet [a biblical euphemism for
male genitals], and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what to do."
(3:3) "Make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking."
(3:4) "When he lieth down ... uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do."
(3:7-9) Ruth does as Naomi says, and then at midnight
Boaz wakes up and finds Ruth "at his feet." He asks who she is, and
she says, "I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore your skirt over thine
handmaid." ("Spreading one's skirt" is a biblical euphemism for sexual intercourse.)
(3:7) "And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, ... she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid
(3:8) "And it came to pass at midnight ... behold, a woman lay at his feet.
(3:9) "And he said,
Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid."
(3:11-14) Boaz seems agreeable to the suggestion and
says, "I will do thee all that thou requirest." Next he asks her to
"Tarry this night ... lie down until the morning." so Ruth "lay
at his feet until morning."
(3:11) "And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest,"
(3:13) "Tarry this night ... lie down until the morning."
(3:14) "And she lay at his feet until the morning."
Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek
rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold,
he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee,
and get thee down to the
floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done
eating and drinking.
And it shall be, when he
lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou
shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee
what thou shalt do.
And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother
in law bade her.
And when Boaz had eaten
and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of
the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned
himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth
thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine
handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.
And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast
shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as
thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
And now, my daughter,
fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the
city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman
nearer than I.
Tarry this night,
and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part
of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the
part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as
the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know
another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And
when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her:
and she went into the city.
And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my
daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.||
And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me,
Go not empty unto thy mother in law.||
Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will
fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this
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