This Kindness Is Greater Than That Which You Showed Earlier
Ruth 3:1-18, (K. V. 3:10)
“‘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.’”
1. Read verses 1-4. What plan did Naomi have in mind for Ruth (1)? For that, what did Naomi ask her daughter-in-law to do (2-4)? What kind of risk would there be for Ruth in carrying out such a task?
2. Read verses 5-9. How did Ruth respond to her mother-in-law (5,6)? What was Boaz’s response to Ruth (7,8)? What was the reason that Ruth explained to him about her action (9)?
3. Read verses 10-15. How did Boaz respond to Ruth’s words (10)? What pledge did he make for her (11)? What obstacle would there be if he wanted to keep his promise (12,13)? How did Boaz protect and help Ruth (14,15)?
4. Read verses 16-18. What question did Naomi have upon Ruth’s return (16a)? How did Ruth answer to her mother-in-law (16b,17)? What expectation did Naomi possibly have for herself and her daughter-in-law (18)?