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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Ruth 1:17

 

 

"Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me."

Adam Clarke Commentary

The Lord do so to me, and more - May he inflict any of those punishments on me, and any worse punishment, if I part from thee till death. And it appears that she was true to her engagement; for Naomi was nourished in the house of Boaz in her old age, and became the fosterer and nurse of their son Obed, Rth 4:15, Rth 4:16.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ruth-1.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Where thou diest will I die, and there will I be buried,.... She was determined to abide with her unto death, and not only was desirous to die as she did, but where she should die; in the same country, cottage, and bed, and be laid in the same grave, in hope of rising together at the resurrection of the just; having no regard at all to the sepulchres of her fathers, which people in all ages and countries have been fond of being laid in, as an honour and happiness. So with the Greeks and Romans, not only relations, but intimate friends, and such as had a strong affection for each other, were sometimes buried in the same grave, as Crates and PolemonF9LaYrt. in Vita Cratet. , Paris and OenomeF11Strabo. Geograph. l. 13. p. 410. , and othersF12Vid. Kirchman. de Funer. Roman. l. 3. c. 14. p. 433. ; see Galatians 2:20,

the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me; this is the form of oath she used for confirmation of what she had said, and to put an end to the debate on this subject; what she imprecates upon herself is not expressed, should she otherwise do than what she swears to; leaving Naomi to supply it in her own mind, and as being what was not fit to be named, and the greatest evil that could be thought to befall a perjured person.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ruth-1.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

There will I be buried — Not desiring to have so much as her dead body carried back into the land of Moab: but Naomi and she having joined souls, she desires they may mingle dust, in hopes of rising together, and remaining together for ever.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ruth-1.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ruth 1:17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, [if ought] but death part thee and me.

Ver. 17. Where thou diest, &c] That both she and her mother should once die, she doubted not. [Hebrews 9:27] This many seem to do, whilst they so live as if their lives were riveted upon eternity. See Psalms 49:10-11; Psalms 49:13.

There will I be buried.] Burial is one of the dues of the dead; and dear friends desire to be buried together. [2 Samuel 19:37] Mezentius in Virgil begs to be buried by his son Lausus. (a)

The Lord do so to me, and more also.] Let him double and treble the evil wished upon me, which is here not mentioned by a usual aposiopesis, not unlike that of the prophet Amos in Amos 4:12; "And because I will do thus unto thee," Ubi non nominat mala, ut omnia timeant, (b) he nameth not any, that they may fear all. This is an oath bound with a curse, which yet is not particularly named, but left unto God. Indeed, every oath is with an execration, either understood or expressed.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ruth-1.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

17. The Lord do so to me — Here is the first occurrence of that common formula of an oath by which the person swearing called down upon himself a stroke of Divine judgment in case he kept not his word, nor carried out his resolution. Compare marginal references.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ruth-1.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The Lord do so and so, &c. A form of swearing usual in the history of the Old Testament, by which the person wished such and such evils to fall upon them, if they did not do what they said. (Challoner) --- It is not certain that they expressed what particular evils. (Calmet) --- They might be willing to undergo any punishment, if they should transgress. (Haydock) --- The pagans used a similar form of imprecation, 3 Kings xix., and 4 Kings xx. 10. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ruth-1.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) The Lord do so to me.—Ruth clinches her resolutions with a solemn oath, in which, if we are to take the words literally, she swears by the name of the God of Israel. With this Naomi yields; after so solemn a protest she can urge no more.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ruth-1.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
the lord
1 Samuel 3:17; 25:22; 2 Samuel 3:9,35; 19:13; 1 Kings 2:23; 19:2; 20:10; 2 Kings 6:31
but death
Acts 11:23; 20:24

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ruth 1:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ruth-1.html.

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