by Harley Howard

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The Book of Ruth (5 of 5)
Chapter 4 and Conclusion
Dr. Harley Howard

Chapter 4

1. Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and,
behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he
said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned
aside, and sat down.

Boaz went to the entrance of the city which was the place where
business and civic matters took place. Boaz waited and then came
the near kinsman that he needed to talk to about Ruth. He told him,
"Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and
sat down.

2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye
down here. And they sat down.

Boaz made sure that he had more than enough witnesses.
Remember, the law only required 2 or 3, he got 10.

3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of
the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which [was] our
brother Elimelech's:

Naomi came from Moab and she's selling a portion of her land
which was her husbands, our brother, Elimelech's.

4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy [it] before the
inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem
[it], redeem [it]: but if thou wilt not redeem [it, then] tell me, that I
may know: for [there is] none to redeem [it] beside thee; and I [am]
after thee. And he said, I will redeem [it].

Boaz said I wanted to inform you of this matter, since you have first
rights to the property. You can buy it before the elders here if you
desire to redeem it and if not, I'll do it since I am next in line to
redeem it. If you don't, I will. He said, I will redeem it.

5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of
Naomi, thou must buy [it] also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the
dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

The land also contained Ruth as well and the responsibility for the
buyer to raise up her dead husband's see ...

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