Ruth as the Bride of Christ (Article Two):

Boaz to the Harvest of God
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BY LEVI
In all of human life is the essence of the Spirit of God- the spirit within to survive, to live, to thrive, to explore, to invent, to create and to make, to love, to shine, to learn to be like the One from whom we came. Hence, we, in cultures and nations around the world, are fighters and always have been, and we fight against the forces of nature and obstacles that emerge to prevent us from reaching the higher things in which our souls desire and our minds aspire. And, unlike others creatures of the wild that share the spirit of life to survive, we seek to transcend the confines of our mere mortal life, to comprehend the awesome mind of God.
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Rambo the Rabbit, PDI
Rambo the Rabbit, PDI

So we dance; so we sing; we share our thoughts and the crafts of our hands. We stare into the vastness of space, pondering upon the twinkling stars- not because we wish to exercise our minds or train our eyes or work our vocal chords, and not because we have a genetic disposition to stare thoughtlessly at the lights that shine so far beyond, but because we sense that there is indeed an unseen world that causes our souls to cry out and reach beyond our mortal afflictions, to be reconciled with eternity, as the call of earthbound souls that cannot find lasting peace without Him.

So here we are in time, with time created in the midst of timelessness and mortality created in the midst of the infinite Life of the Spirit. Therefore, because we are not yet what we deeply aspire to be within our spirits, teaching the carnally-minded the value of eternal life through Christ is quite difficult. Somewhere along the way and trials of life, people fall asleep within, and the inner little child of wonder dies. And though most people sense that which lies beyond the confines of our corporeal minds and physical eyes, we take comfort in the certainty of things in which we now know, and the unknown things of millions of worlds and infinite ages of creations escape us. Can we explain to a little boy, who awaits the discovery of girls, what his life will be like when he falls in love with his wife? Somewhere, perhaps deep inside, that fate may be sensed, but as a child his mind is millions of miles away from that which he has not experienced.
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The glory of God can be found in the fruits of His creations, and the essence of His Spirit can be found in all life, but the presence of God can only be found in the holiness of His love and grace- not as mortal love which is often perverted, but in the love that wants nothing in return. And who can step into His love when empirical reality is filled with bloodshed, injustices, and sorrows that find each of us in due time? Spirits are crushed on Earth, and hearts are broken as dreams are shattered and thoughts are scattered with confusion. Hence, the heart cries out during times of testing and the trials of life, ‘Where is God, and why has this happened to me? Where is justice? And how can I continue to believe?’
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Nonetheless, all this shall pass. People, prospects, pains, ponderings, politics, prosperity, poverty, and all the pleasures and problems of life come and go, but the Word of God endures forever. It outlasts all of His enemies and the weak worldly wisdom of blasphemers. They return to dust in the earth, and who knows if the Lord YHVH will find value in them and sustain their spirits? But His Word lives century after century, spread the world over, with all of His marvelous mysteries and the glory of His righteousness and wisdom.
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And now I, the scribe, will offer my secret to the greatest peace and joy I have ever known: When I had the least and endured my most difficult of trials, I lost myself in the Spirit of God and His Word, where the world falls away. Often it is a walk through hell to get to heaven, but the Spirit strengthens the broken and the meek, and at that particular moment nothing can touch the elect, for God walks them, and the snares of humanity scatter at His approach. It is not a place, rather it is a state of mind free of resentment and bitterness, a state of spirit where love and grace abounds with the Holy Spirit of God. At that moment, the child of God knows trust once again as a child, no matter present problems.
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As we consider more messianic correlations in the story of Ruth and Boaz, we continue where Naomi was in bitterness of heart and soul. She had lost her husband and sons in the pagan land of Moab, and only one of her daughter-in-laws remained with her as she returned broken to the land of her people- to the Hebrews of Israel. “Call me Bitter, and call me not Delight,” she said, for the Lord YHVH had treated her bitterly; she left full and returned empty and joyless. God, however, was not finished with her and her daughter-in-law. She would rise back up in the midst of her people, set in a prominent place full of love and friends, family and hope. God is a fighter, even as light slices through darkness, and He watches His people in the midst of their trials. He teaches them to fight for life and truth, beyond despair and hopelessness. Then He teaches them to surrender to Him in trust. He sees the end of today’s challenges for what lies beyond. So this is not but the story of Ruth and Boaz, it is also the story of the restoration of Naomi. Joy, peace, trust in God will find her once again. And this is not just a foreshadowing similitude of Christians entering the family of God, it is a story of Jews entering the covenant with us.
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BOAZ AND THE BRIDE-TO-BE
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And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a night man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn [harvest] after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go my daughter. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap [job] was to light [work] on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. (Ruth 2:1-3) KJV; intrpl. mine
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For those who did not read Article One on the Book of Ruth, Naomi, meaning delight, was an Israelite who foreshadowed the Jewish people returning to the Holy Land after their Diaspora in pagan lands. Ruth, meaning beauty, symbolizes Christians (Gentile believers) and lost Israelites who rejoin the family of God and have a covenant with the Bridegroom, Christ, even as Ruth was united in a marriage covenant, but her husband died among Gentiles before she returned to the Holy Land with Naomi. Hence, the story is a prophetic parable, with their lives orchestrated by God to foreshadow the Feats of Ingathering (Sukkot), when Gentiles fruits of the faith are united with the harvest of Jewish Firstfruits.
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The mighty man of wealth, Boaz, meaning lovely in strength (in strength of love), foreshadowed Christ returning to harvest in Israel and the world at the end of the age, with a new and beloved name (cf. Rev. 3:12; 19:12), as a Husband to the Jerusalem Bride (citizenry in covenant). Messiah is the wealthy inheritor of God (see Deut. 32:9; Dan. 7:13-14, 27), and His dominion will be an everlasting dominion over all nations. Boaz, the Bethlehemite, was a great grandfather of King David- a name meaning beloved. He looked to the Mashiach ben David, the beloved of God, as witnessed when Elohim YHVH said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (see Matt. 17:5). Simply put, Boaz foreshadowed the second coming of Christ, even as the Temple in Jerusalem had two great pillars, and the second was named Boaz (see I Kin. 7:21; 2 Chron. 3:17). Christ established the covenant at His first coming like the pillar of the Temple named Yachin, but it is at the second coming, when He comes in strength to deliver Israel, that He will be called beloved by the nation and the world.
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As for Ruth, there is a prophetic reason why God chose a woman named beauty to represent the ingathering of Christian believers (lost Israelites) in the last days of this age. Her name points to the restoration of all twelve tribes of Israel, with believers who are considered Gentiles brought back into the family of God. To comprehend this, we must first know that God gave the ancient nation of Israel a divorce, and He scattered them throughout the nations, separating them from the nation composed of Jews (Judah, Levi, Benjamin) in the southern nation called Judah (Judea in the first century). Through the sacrifice of Christ we are brought back in, just as Ruth received an inheritance in Israel because she first made a covenant with a son of Bethlehem.
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And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took my two staves [staffs]; the one I called Beauty [graced], and the other I called Bands [unity]; and I fed the flock [Israelite people]. Three shepherds [leaders] also I cut off [ejected, destroyed] in one month; and my soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred [hated] me. Then said I [YHVH], I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another. And I took my staff, even Beauty, and I cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I made with all the people. And it was broken in that day: and so the poor [rejected Israelites, Gentiles, Canaanites] of the flock that waited upon me [waited for Messiah] knew that it was the word of the LORD [prophesied Word of YHVH, the Messiah, see Rev. 19:13]. And I said, If you think it good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at [valued] of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house [Temple] of the LORD. Then I cut asunder [broke] mine other staff, even Bands [unity], that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. (Zech. 14:7-14) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The Book of Zechariah, the prophet whose names means memory of YHVH, was written centuries after God divided the nations of Israel and Judah, which occurred under King Solomon’s sons, and the book was written centuries after the northern nation of Israel went into Assyrian Captivity, c. 722 B.C. Zechariah was born in Babylon during the Jewish captivity, and he prophesied c. 520 B.C. So what does the passage mean? Simply put, it reveals both (1) a memory of when Israel was carried out of the Holy Land by Assyria and scattered among the nations, separated from remaining Jews (see Isa. 7:12-17), and (2) it shows a severing of Gentiles (the poor in Israel), which came when Christ was crucified and Jews- collectively- rejected Him as Messiah. In other words, God’s grace and the covenant would be broken, and the people would be divided in faith rather than united. The shepherds of Israel were wicked, so God took away His protection and allowed a great slaughter by the Romans, the new Assyrians. In fact, many starving Jews resorted to cannibalism when the 10th Legion surrounded Jerusalem and the Temple. According to Josephus, some mothers ate their own dead babies, even fighting with others over the food. Hence, when Judas cast down the 30 pieces of silver, it established that a price was paid, but the people- House of Judah and House of Israel- would be divided over Christ. Some Jews carried forward with Christianity, such as the apostles, and the rest of the nation continued with rabbinical Judaism. For God, the split in the faith was like the original split of Israel into two nations.
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Nonetheless, God promised to bring back both houses, Judah and Israel, for the coming Kingdom of Messiah- Jews first as firstfruits then Gentiles ingathered at the harvest. All tribes of Israel will be restored under the New Covenant that God promised to all of Israel (see Jer. 31:31-33; Ezek. 37:11-17). According to Scripture, a prophet is supposed to turn hearts back together: hearts of the fathers of the faith and their offspring (see Mal. 4:4-6). Hence, it should now be clear that Ruth and Naomi returning together to the Holy Land was symbolic of Jewish and Gentile believers being united in grace under one household of faith. Ruth (Beauty) would participate in the harvest of Israel and find grace in the eyes of her Groom, and Naomi (Delight) will bless Him that comes in the name of YHVH (see Luke 13:34-35).
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And, behold, Boaz [in Strength of Love] came from Bethlehem [House of Bread], and said unto the reapers, The LORD with you [united with God, Emmanuel]. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee. Then Boaz said unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel [young maiden] is this? And the servant who was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab [lit., of His Father]. And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from this morning until now, that she tarry a little in the house. Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast with my maidens. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. (Ruth 2:4-9) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The grandfather of David and Yeshua from Bethlehem is a type of Christ the Deliverer, and the prophetic theme is Messiah coming to the spiritual harvest of souls at the end of the age. At that time, all those who are joined in His work will call Him “blessed,” and the Bride-to-be, of His Father, will be united with Israel, even as Ruth was known by Naomi. She joined in the reaping of Israelites, even as Christians join in the work of God’s harvest that was began by Jews. Ruth worked hard in the field since early morning, but the field for Christians has been the world (see Matt. 13:38), from Israel to every corner of the earth.
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Nonetheless, when Christ comes, His people will reign in Israel with Him, and Jerusalem will be as His Bride. Ruth was treated with respect, even as a virgin among the reaping maidens of Boaz, so that he charged the men not to touch her (like God’s anointed ones, Christians). And he told them to let her drink freely from the water (i.e., the refreshing Word) in which they drew from the well (see 1 Chron. 16:17-24; Ps. 50:4-6; 105:13-15). Christ would not turn away anyone who thirsted after the things of God, just as Boaz did not turn Ruth away because she was a Gentile (cf. Isa. 55:1; John 4:14; 6:35; 7:37).
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Then she [Ruth] fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger [foreigner]? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto [for] thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust [take refuge, lit. flee to for protection]. (Ruth 2:10-12) KJV; intrpl. mine
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As written, every knee shall bow both to the Father and the Messiah at the revelation of Jesus Christ (see Ps. 95:6; Mark 10:17; Rom. 11:14; Eph. 3:14; Phil. 2:10). Those who are obedient find grace, among Jews and Gentiles, and they will not be turned away or forsaken (see Deut. 31:6-8; Ps. 9:10; Isa. 41:17; John 10:25-29; Heb. 13:5), for they have put their trust in Him. Just as Boaz knew of Ruth’s deeds, the Lord knows all of our works, and He will reward His servants with justice and an inheritance in His coming Kingdom. Those who have blessed Israel and the work of God will indeed be blessed, but cursed are those who curse His people and forsake His works.
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Moreover, in the story of Ruth and Boaz we find an often discarded truth of prophetic Scriptures: that the Lord will make Gentile and Jewish believers into one people during the harvest and Kingdom reign of Messiah. Christians and Jews will become one for restoring all the tribes of Israel and expanding the borders of the land to the prophesied boundaries. Like Ruth and Naomi, they will both be blessed, but all Jews and Christians who continue to buck against this will be cast down and cut off. As Ruth trusted God and came “under His wings,” so shall the Ingathered trust in their inheritance, with Divine protection as they obey and escape into the wilderness during the Apocalypse (see Rev. 12:14-17). Ruth literarily fled to the God of Israel for protection, under His wings, and this look to the harvest of Sukkot. 
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“Thus you shall divide this land [borders of the coming kingdom of Israel] among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers [foreigners, Gentile believers] who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger [foreign believer] dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord GOD [Elohim YHVH]. (Ezek. 48:21-23) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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In the Book of Isaiah, we find that Prophet Elijah is commanded to comfort Jerusalem during the time of Jacob’s troubles, when nations fight against Israel for Muslims, knowing that God will save the city through Messiah (see Isa. 40:1-3). Additionally, in the similitude of Ruth it is clear that true Jerusalem- the citizenry Bride- includes comforted Christian/Gentile believers, for they are valued as much as messianic believers among Jews:
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Then she said, let me find favour in thy sight, my Lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly [lit. to heart] unto thine handmaiden, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens. And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel into the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat meal, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up [from lunch/dinner] to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach [shame] her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. (Ruth 2:13-16) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Dipping the bread in the vinegar during harvest is reminiscent of the Passover of Christ, when He gave his apostles unleavened bread to dip and wine to drink, symbolic of the New Covenant of His body and blood sacrifice. Vinegar (vine-gar) is basically sour wine used for savory meals, fermented and bitter. In the New Covenant, vinegar marks the suffering of Christ on the cross (cf. Matt. 27:34-48; Luke 23:36; John 19:29-30), which fulfilled the prophecy: “And for My thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Ps. 69:21). This seems to point to the fact that Christians must take up their crosses for the work of Christ during the final harvest of the Apocalypse.
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They [James and John] said unto him [Yeshua], “Grant unto us that we may sit, one on the right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory [Kingdom].” But Jesus said unto them, “Ye know not what you ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of [martyred in Jerusalem before the world]? and be baptized [immersed] with the baptism that I am baptized with?” And they said unto him, “We can.” And Jesus said unto them, “Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared [see Zech. 4:12-14; Rev. 11:3-4].” (Mark. 37-40) KJV; intrpl., emp. & quo. mine
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When the Israelites dwelled in the wilderness for 40 years (symbolic of 40 Jubilee Years after the fulfilling Passover of Christ), Levite priests placed some of the manna- the mysterious bread from Heaven- in the Ark of the Covenant as a memorial, and two angels were given a special place- one on the right side and the other left- over the Mercy Seat of God, like guards over the things hidden within the ark. In the fulfillment of these things, the Lord promises in the Book of Revelation to give of the hidden manner to those who overcome (see Rev. 2:17). Hence, the hidden bread is symbolic of the mysteries of the Scriptures that the Lord unveils to His elect- the hidden things of His sacrificial covenant.
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So she [Ruth] gleaned in the field until even [evening], and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that [which] she had reserved after she was sufficed [had eaten]. And her mother in law said unto her, “Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee.” And she shewed her mother in law [Torah] with whom she had wrought [worked to bring forth], and said, “The man’s name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.” (Ruth 2:17-19) KJV; intrpl. & quo. mine
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This is a beautiful illustration of the mind of God- how greatly his thoughts transcend the minds of men, correlating every detail of their orchestrated lives for messianic prophecy. The barley that Ruth reaped and showed her mother-in-law is symbolic of the Omer Wave Offering of barley- the first of the produce of the field that is waved before God in thanksgiving. It symbolizes Christ as the Firstfruit of the Spiritual harvest of God, into whom the rest of the harvest is gathered in. Before the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Ingathered Fruits, first the barley was waved in a cross pattern before God: up down, left and right. As for it being an ephah of barley, this points us to Gentiles believers- the Bride- leaving the wicked Christian base at Babylon and returning to the city of Jerusalem (see Zech. 5:5-11), just as Ruth went into the city with the ephah of the harvest.
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Interestingly, Naomi did not know who it was that Ruth worked for, just as most Jews do not know Christ, but Naomi knew Boaz before Ruth met him, just as Jews knew Yeshua haMashiach before Gentile believers, for He first came preaching of the harvest of God and Kingdom in Judea- a Jew among Jews. Ruth had to reveal Boaz to her mother-in-law, like a revelation to the Israelites of Torah- those who gave birth to Christianity. Naomi had to be reminded of Boaz, just as Jews who look for salvation must be reminded of the true Savior. And once the blessing is realized, they will accept the New Covenant (see Jer. 31:31-33) and say, “Blessed is He who comes in HaShem of Elohim.”
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And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. (Ruth 2:20) KJV
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What does this mean other than the fact that Christ also showed mercy to the dead, preaching the Gospel of salvation and life (see 2 Pet. 3:19-20; 4:6)? Not only that, but dead bones shall live again, for the restoration of all of Israel, and the Jewish people will have an awakening to Christ that is likened to life from the dead:
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For if their [Jews] being cast away is the reconciling of the world [Gentiles receiving the Gospel], what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit [first of the harvest] is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root [of the faith] is holy, so are the branches…For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant [state of ignoring] of this mystery, lest you should be wise in you own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in [ingathering]. And so it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away the ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins.” (Rom. 11:15-16, 25-27) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Naomi also explained that Boaz was a near kinsman, and this correlation to Christ’s work will be explained in the next and last article on Ruth, which will cover chapters 3 and 4.
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And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good [appropriate], my daughter, that thou goest with his handmaidens, that they [young men] meet thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law. (Ruth 2:21-23) KJV; intrpl. mine
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