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Ruth 3:12

 

 

"Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.

Adam Clarke Commentary

There is a kinsman nearer than I - It is very likely that Naomi was not acquainted with this circumstance. Some have supposed that there was a brother of Elimelech remaining, who was nearer than Boaz, who is supposed to have been only a nephew; the former, therefore, must have a prior right.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ruth-3.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And now it is true, that I am thy near kinsman,.... Her husband and he being brothers' sons, so own cousins:

howbeit, there is a kinsman nearer than I, who was, the Jews sayF23Midrash Ruth, ut supra. (31. 4. & 34. 2) Jarchi in loc. , the brother of her husband's father, and so his uncle, which was a nearer relation than an own cousin.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ruth-3.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ruth 3:12 And now it is true that I [am thy] near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Ver. 12. And now it is true.] He easily yieldeth to the truth of her allegation, as being φιλαληθης, a lover of truth - a title given to Arrian the historian - and a promoter of it, as it is said of Vespasian.

Howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.] Whose first right unto thee I freely acknowledge, and to whom thou shouldst first have addressed thyself. This was justice, - to give to every one his own.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ruth-3.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ruth 3:12. Howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I He does not reject her petition; but, actuated by a strict regard to the law of Moses, informs her, that he could not properly take her to wife, as there was a person nearer to her than himself: till, therefore, that person could be consulted, it was their duty to wait. He assures her, that there shall be no longer delay than is absolutely requisite; that he will immediately take all necessary steps; and, in the mean time, advises her in quietness and security to remain there that night, under the protection of a man, whom inclination as well as religion led to preserve her virtue, reputation, and happiness. See Ruth 3:14 and Pfeiffer's Dubia Vexata, p. 360.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/ruth-3.html. 1801-1803.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12. There is a kinsman nearer than I — From this it appears that Naomi had laboured under some mistake. Probably she was ignorant of the existence of a nearer kinsman than Boaz; or she may have known that nearer kinsman, and also that it would have marred his inheritance to have redeemed that of her husband, Elimelech. Compare Ruth 4:6.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ruth-3.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And now it is true that I am a near kinsman. However, there is a kinsman nearer than I.”

Boaz, however, now drew attention to a problem There was a nearer kinsman than himself. In view of the fact that Ruth was seeking to produce children on behalf of her dead husband it had to be through the nearest kinsman who was willing. Furthermore, rights to property were involved, and that also gave precedence to the nearest kinsman.


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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/ruth-3.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Than I. The Jews think that he was brother of Elimelech, while Booz was only his nephew. But they might be in the same degree; the other being only older. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ruth-3.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
there is
4:1; Matthew 7:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:6

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ruth 3:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ruth-3.html.

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