2014-05-11 - Traits of the Virtuous Wife
Ruth ~ Part 36 ~ Discretion
Trait 7: The virtuous wife is discreet with men. In many cultures, including among orthodox Jews, men generally keep separate from women. Even today, an Orthodox woman would never be alone with a man other than her husband or family member. Granted, that is pretty unrealistic in our society, but the underlying attitude of total commitment to her husband isnt.
So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. 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. In the middle of the night, something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet. Who are you? he asked. I am your servant Ruth, she said. Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer. 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. And now, my daughter, dont be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.
To be continued.
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