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Ruth 4

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-22

CHAPTER 4 The Redemption and Marriage

1. The other kinsman (Ruth 4:1-5 )

2. His refusal (Ruth 4:6-8 )

3. Boaz’s redemption (Ruth 4:9-10 )

4. The marriage (Ruth 4:11-13 )

5. Naomi’s happiness (Ruth 4:14-17 )

6. The ancestry of David (Ruth 4:18-22 )

And now the other redeemer, who cannot redeem, appears. Boaz sits in the gate and hails the one whom he knew as he passeth by. He calls him not by name but said, “Ho, such a one! turn aside, and sit down here.” If Boaz had not called him he would surely have passed by. Then ten men also sit down. The case is stated and the other redeemer is willing to redeem the land. But when he hears that he also must take Ruth the Moabitess, he declares his powerlessness to do it. “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance. Redeem thou my right to thyself, for I cannot redeem it.” Whom does this unnamed redeemer represent who can redeem the land but can do nothing for the poor stranger, the Moabitess? This powerless redeemer is the law. Ten witnesses are there confirming his inability to do it. These represent the Ten Commandments. The curse of the law rested upon the Moabitess for it is written, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD, even to the tenth generation forever” (Deuteronomy 23:3 ). Therefore the law could not bring in Ruth, but only keep her out. Her case is indeed hopeless from the point of the law. Grace alone can help her. And this grace is beautifully seen in Boaz. He acquires both the land and Ruth, the Moabitess. “And Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife.” It is a blessed type of Him who has paid the redemption price for the land and the people. The great day is coming after He had the fan in His hand, at the time of the harvest, when He will redeem both by His gracious power. Then all the blessings will follow--which are but faintly seen in Ruth’s union with Boaz. “For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not, thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded: for thou shalt not be put to shame. For thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called” (Isaiah 54:3-5 ). “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land be any more termed Desolate. But thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah; for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married” (Isaiah 62:4 ).

The conclusion of this precious little book is the generations of Pharez ending with David. Ruth became the great-grandmother of David.

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Ruth 4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/ruth-4.html. 1913-1922.
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