More Fish Than Love

Ruth 3-4 (Edited Steitz)

Naomi said to Ruth, “My daughter, shouldn’t I seek security for you, so that things might go well for you? It’s time for a plan. Tonight is the night of Boaz’s barley harvest at the threshing floor. You should bathe, put on some perfume, wear nice clothes, and then go down to the threshing floor. Don’t make yourself known until Boz has finished eating and drinking. Find where he lies down, and go there, uncover his feet, and lie down. And he will tell you what to do.”

Ruth replied to her, “I’ll do everything you are telling me.” So she went down to the threshing floor, and she did everything just as her mother-in-law had ordered. Boaz ate and drank, was in a good mood. He went over to lie down by the edge of the grain pile. Then she quietly approached, uncovered his feet, and lay down.

During the middle of the night, Boaz discovered a woman lying at his feet.

“Who are you?” he asked. She replied, “I’m Ruth your companion. Spread out your robe over me, because you are a redeemer.”

He said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter! You have acted even more faithfully than you did at first. Don’t be afraid. I’ll do for you everything you are asking. Now, although it’s certainly true that I’m a relative there is one who is a closer relative than I am. Stay the night. And in the morning, if he’ll redeem you—good, let him redeem. But if he doesn’t want to redeem you, then—as the Lord lives—I myself will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”

The next morning Ruth told Naomi everything the man had done for her. Meanwhile, Boaz went up to the gate and found the redeemer about whom he had spoken. Long story short….he gathered some elders to bear witness that the other man did not want to buy the land that belonged to the long-deceased Elimelech or marry Ruth. Boaz had the witnesses affirm the man’s decision and Boaz’s commitment to marry Ruth.

So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife and they had a son they named Obed. The town’s women celebrated that Ruth’s love for Naomi and for this special child who would be the grandfather of King David.

And that is the end of the story of Naomi and Ruth.