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Ruth 3:14

 

 

So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, "Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor."

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And she lay at his feet until the morning,.... In the same place where she first lay herself down:

and she rose up before one could know another, because of the darkness, as the Targum, it not being yet break of day:

and he said, let it not be known that a woman came into the floor, to whom he spoke these words is not said, perhaps to Ruth, whom he might call to arise so early as she did, before one could know another, and distinguish a man from a woman; and so sent her away, and bid her be cautious, as much as in her lay, that it might not be known she had been there; for though they were both conscious of their purity and chastity, yet it became them to be careful of their good name, and to prevent scandal upon them, or hinder the nearer kinsman from doing his part, who might refuse upon hearing that Boaz and Ruth had been together; or this was said to his young men, as the Targum adds, charging them to let no one know of it; which is not so likely: it is the sense of some Jewish writersF1Midrash Ruth, fol. 34. 14. so some in Abendana in Miclol Yophi in loc. , that Boaz said this in his heart, in an ejaculatory prayer to God, entreating that affair might be a secret, that it might not be known that a woman had been in the floor that night, lest the name of God should be blasphemed, and he and Ruth be wrongfully reproached.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ruth-3.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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.

Let it not, … — He takes care to preserve not only his conscience towards God, but his reputation, and hers also, among men.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/ruth-3.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ruth 3:14 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.

Ver. 14. And she lay at his feet until the morning.] A rare example of chaste and continent behaviour! O quam hoc non est omnium! Joseph denied his wanton mistress, but Judah solicited Tamar on the first sight of her: and Lot, alone with his daughters, committed incest. Uncleanness is, as Reuben, the eldest child of old Adam’s strength, bearing name of the mother, which is called in general lust or concupiscence. The devil also findeth men weakest in resisting temptations to these sensual sins. Shun therefore the occasions, as much as may be. It is not safe being at Satan’s mess, though our spoon be never so long. They that venture upon the occasion, do as it were tempt the devil to tempt them, which needs not.

And she rose up before one could know another.] Either out of joy of heart, or to prevent obloquy: which also was Boaz’s care. For,

He said, Let it not be known, &c.] Et caste et caute. Men must look to their credit as well as to their conscience, and "abstain from all appearances of evil," all shows and shadows of sin, quicquid fuerit male coloratum, whatsoever looketh but ill-favouredly: because men are generally suspicious, and apt to speak the worst. (a)

“ Tu id quod boniest excerpis: dicis quod mali est. ” - Terent.

Some make this to be Boaz’s saying within himself; and that therefore he made Ruth rise before it was day.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ruth-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Before one could know another, i.e. while it was yet so dark that one person could not discern another. Or, before one did know the other, i.e. before they were carnally known to one another.

Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor; he takes care to preserve not only his conscience towards God, but his reputation, and hers also, among men.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/ruth-3.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14. Let it not be known — Thus Boaz charged Ruth and whoever else might have known that she had been there, for both his reputation and hers would suffer if that fact at once became known.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "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 she lay at his feet until the morning. And she rose up before one was able to discern another. For he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor.”

However, in view of the fact that she might be offered to another he clearly felt that it was necessary to be discreet. Nothing wrong had been done, but he would not want it known that she had offered herself to him when matters were not yet settled. And as always, there would be those who would try to make something out of an innocent situation, interpreting her presence in the wrong way. So no doubt following his advice, Ruth, having laid at his feet until morning, arose before it was yet quite light in order to make her way home. Meanwhile Boaz instructed any who may have observed Ruth’s presence not to let it be known that she had been there. He did not want her compromised in any way.


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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/ruth-3.html. 2013.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Ruth 3:14. She lay at his feet till the morning — Having no other design but only to implore his justice and kindness unto her deceased husband. He said, Let it not be known — He takes care to preserve not only his conscience toward God, but his reputation and hers also among men.


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". Joseph Benson's Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/ruth-3.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Hither. The next kinsman might otherwise allege this as a pretext for not marrying her, (Salien) as people are but too apt to suspect the worst, though nothing amiss had passed between them. (Haydock) --- Booz consulted his own as well as Ruth's reputation: for the apostle admonishes us to abstain from every appearance of evil, 1 Thessalonians v. 22. (Menochius)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ruth-3.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

one = a man. Hebrew "ish. App-14.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/ruth-3.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) One could know another.—Literally, a man could recognise his friend; i.e., before daylight, in the early dusk.

A woman.—Literally, the woman—i.e., this woman. Thus it is of Ruth, not of himself, that Boaz is here thinking. A sensible man like Boaz knows “that we must not only keep a good conscience, but keep a good name; we must avoid not only sin but scandal.” (Henry.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/ruth-3.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.
Let it not
Ecclesiastes 7:1; Romans 12:17; 14:16; 1 Corinthians 10:32; 2 Corinthians 8:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 2:12

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Ruth 3:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/ruth-3.html.

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