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Ruth 3 - NIV

Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

1 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home[a] for you, where you will be well provided for.

2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.

3 Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.

4 When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”

5 “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered.

6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

7 When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.

8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

9 “Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer[b] of our family.”

10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.

11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.

12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.

13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”

15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he[c] went back to town.

16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her

17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”

18 Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”


a. Ruth 3:1 Hebrew find rest (see 1:9).
b. Ruth 3:9 The Hebrew word for guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty (see Lev. 25:25-55); also in verses 12 and 13.
c. Ruth 3:15 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac she

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Manny Salva Cruz avatar
The Guardian Redeemer of the Family
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Jun, 2016
Summary: In this study, we will learn of the dream of Naomi for a home where Ruth will be properly provided for. In the same manner, we dream of a home where Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer shielding our home from the enemy attacks.
Series: Ruth
Russ Barksdale avatar
The Song of Trust
Shared by: Russ Barksdale on Mar, 2016
Summary: All relationships are risky, prompting believers to trust God for the outcomes.
Series: R&B
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 108
Ken Ritz avatar
God's Hand In Our Risk
Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Providence of God sometimes requires taking a risk in faith
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Man's Plans and God's Purposes
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2015
Summary: A man’s plans may be one thing (Proverbs 16:9), but it is God’s purposes that prevail (Proverbs 19:21).
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Shared by: Kim Oliver on Sep, 2015
Mike Fogerson avatar
The Threshing Before the Blessing
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Dec, 2014
Summary: Naomi, had lost everything... who had been broken, bitter... saw at last that she was on the verge of a breakthrough. She had began to think different, see her situation from her faith.
Scripture: Ruth 3:2-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,519
Davon Huss avatar
Twue Wove
Shared by: Davon Huss on Dec, 2014
Summary: See Ruth 3 through the eyes of 4 people: Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and Jesus Christ (Key thoughts from Sermon Central's Jim Erwin at: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/true-love-jim-erwin-sermon-on-christmas-advent-115564.asp)
Isaac Butterworth avatar
Wings of Mercy
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Dec, 2014
Summary: God takes us, sinners one and all – spiritual waifs, to be honest – and he “marries” himself to us. He redeems us from the estrangement sin has caused in our lives. He takes us under his wings; he covers us with his cloak. And we are restored.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-13
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 374
T.J. Conwell avatar
Boaz's Promise to Ruth
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Nov, 2014
Summary: There is a time for God’s people to wait for God to remove the obstacles in front of us; but there is also a time to confront the obstacles! Both are done in faith, because we live out our faith by acting as God prompts and leads us!
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 3:11-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 766
T.J. Conwell avatar
Boaz's Joy in Redeeming Ruth
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Nov, 2014
Summary: When you are willing to risk your preferences and follow what God is prompting, something incredible will always happen! Are we willing to follow God when He tasks us to move?
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 3:6-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 669
T.J. Conwell avatar
It is a Matter of Trust
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Nov, 2014
Summary: When we are given direction to move and follow God, are we willing to step out and trust even though we have NO IDEA of the future? Naomi asked Ruth to step out in faith, and her response demonstrates clearly for us how we should respond to God.
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 573
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Bold Steps
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Aug, 2014
Summary: Ruth moves boldly to establish a relationship with Boaz. Her boldness is rewarded.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 291
Paul Clemente avatar
Doing The Right Thing
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Aug, 2014
Summary: Do we know the rights things to do and are we really doing them?
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-4:12
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 790
Kim Oliver  avatar
Shared by: Kim Oliver on Jun, 2014
Summary: NAOIMI finds rest for Ruth in BOAZ ,God finds rest for us in Christ
Scripture: Ruth 2:20-3:11
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 869
Kim Oliver  avatar
Shared by: Kim Oliver on Jun, 2014
Scripture: Ruth 2:33-3:15
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 1,042
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
An Overview of the Book of Ruth
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2013
Summary: It all comes down to a moment at midnight on a particular threshing floor in the valley below Bethlehem.
Chuck Sligh avatar
A Rude Awakening
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Aug, 2013
Summary: Boaz had a "rude awakening" when he found Ruth at his feet on the winnowing floor. She had a need and Boaz was the answer to her need. In the same way, God meets our need for a redeemer.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 3:7-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,422
Chuck Sligh avatar
How To Put Your LIfe Back Together
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Aug, 2013
Summary: Following Naomi's advice, Ruth did 4 things to help put their lives back together. They are the same four things we must do to put our lives together after a major trial, struggle or catastrophe in our lives.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,881
Thomas Swope avatar
This Is My Land
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jun, 2013
Summary: A study of the book of Ruth chapter 3 verses 1 through 18
Series: Ruth
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 515
Jeff van Wyk avatar
A New Beginning
Shared by: Jeff van Wyk on May, 2013
Summary: Ruth was a widow who performed hard labor every day of her life in extremely hot weather conditions in order to survive. Her workplace was very hostile as she scraped food together which the reapers discarded on the ground. This must have been very humili
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Scripture: Ruth 3:3
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 2,416
Tim Diack avatar
A Greater Kindness
Shared by: Tim Diack on Mar, 2013
Summary: Sacrificial love is willing to lay down its life, and do the hard things that love demands, on behalf of another. This is the love that we experience in Christ and this is the love that we are challenged to live out with each other.
Scripture: Ruth 3:10-18
Denomination: *other
Views: 728
Tim Diack avatar
Hope on the Threshing Floor
Shared by: Tim Diack on Mar, 2013
Summary: Having found refuge under the wings of the God of Israel, Ruth is now hoping to find refuge under the wings of a godly man. She who was once far from God has now become a member of the family of God and becomes a picture for us of salvation and redemptio
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-9
Denomination: *other
Views: 2,271
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Mar, 2013
Summary: Boaz a type of our heavenly Kinsman Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ who is ours by blood, able to redeem and willing to redeem us!
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,980
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Mar, 2013
Summary: Ruth,the ancestor of Messiah demonstrates the God's grace, guidance, and goodness in taking bad situations and turning them into triumph radiating His Glory.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 700
Sean Harder avatar
Ruth Scene 3
Shared by: Sean Harder on Feb, 2013
Summary: This chapter in Ruth gives us a perfect example of how we need to recognize our need for a redeemer and claim the gift that Jesus gives. He doesn’t pour it out until we ask for it. We need to go and allow him to cover us with the corner of his cloak. Boaz
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: *other
Views: 567
Bobby Stults avatar
Acting On Faith
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Aug, 2012
Summary: Ruth acts on the faith she has in Naomi... Naomi instructs Ruth based on her faith in what God is doing!
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,038
Dave McFadden avatar
Ruth Chapter Three: "Open Your Heart"
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Feb, 2012
Summary: We need to open our hearts to the possibilities and opportunities God is orchestrating in our lives.
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Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5,500
Jon Miller avatar
The Characteristics of Love
Shared by: Jon Miller on Mar, 2011
Summary: This message is part of a sermon series on the book of Ruth. I also have bulletin inserts that I used in the message. Email me if you are interested in using these.
Series: Book of Ruth
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Behold, A Woman Lay At His Feet!
Shared by: Glenn Durham on Feb, 2011
Summary: God works through unexpected circumstances to protect and redeem his people.
Series: Ruth
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,816
Eric Lenhart avatar
Seizing Your Divine Moment
Shared by: Eric Lenhart on Aug, 2010
Summary: Taking a risk and stepping our of your comfort zone.
Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 3,952