The Book Of Ruth
Chapter 4:1-12
"Gate Conference"

 

Chapter 4:1-12
"Gate Conference"

J. Deering, AncientPath.net

 


RUTH 4:1-12

1. Master Study

2. Visualized Text

3. Outline With Text

4. Reference Materials

5. Questions


 

Visualized Text and Questions Only
(Answers are in the Master Study section)

 


 

THE VISUALIZED TEXT (NASB)  (conjunctions & prepositions (and other important words) underlined, words not in original text in italics)  (alternate text in purple)

 

(4:1)

Now

          Boaz

                   went up to the gate and

                   sat down there,

                             and behold,

                                      the close relative of whom Boaz spoke

                                                was passing by,

                             so

                                      he said,

                                                "Turn aside, friend, sit down here."

And

          He (Boaz)

                   turned aside and

                   sat down.

  1. What does the word "Now" indicate here?
     

  2. Who went up to the gate?
     

  3. Why did Boaz go "Up" to the gate?
     

  4. Why does Boaz "sit down"?
     

  5. Who is this close relative?
     

  6. When did Boaz speak of this man?
     

  7. What was the closer relative doing?
     

  8. Who spoke to the closer relative?
     

  9. What did he say to the closer relative?
     

  10. Why did Boaz address him as "friend"?
     

  11. What did the close relative do in response to Boa's greeting?


 

(4:2)

And

          He (Boaz)

                   took ten men of the elders of the city and

                   said,

                             "Sit down here."

                                      So

                                                they sat down.

  1. What does the word "And" indicate here?
     

  2. What does it mean that Boaz "Took" ten men?
     

  3. What did Boaz ask them?
     

  4. What does the word "So" indicate here.



(4:3)

Then

          He (Boaz)

                   said to the closest relative,

                             "Naomi,

                                      who has come back from the land of Moab,

                                      has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.

  1. What does the word "Then" indicate?
     

  2. Who does this next thing?
     

  3. What does Boaz do next?
     

  4. Why is Naomi's name brought up here?
     

  5. Why bring the "land of Moab" up here?
     

  6. What was Naomi's need?
     

  7. What does Boaz mean by calling Elimelech "Our Brother"?
     

  8. Why use the past tense of the word "Belong"?


 

(4:4)

                   "So

                             I thought to inform you, saying,

                                      'Buy it

                                                before those who are sitting here, and

                                                before the elders of my people.

                                      If you will redeem it, redeem it;

                             But

                                      if not,

                                                tell me

                                                          that I may know;

                                                for there is no one but you to redeem it,

                             and

                                      I am after you.'"

                   And

                             He (closest relative)

                                      said,

                                                "I will redeem it."

  1. What does the word "So" mean here?
     

  2. Why does Boaz mention the word "Redeem" so many times in this verse?
     

  3. The word "Before" can mean a lot of things. What does it mean here?
     

  4. Why is Boaz making a point of doing this offer "In front of" the elders and "others sitting here"?
     

  5. What is the immediate content of the offer?
     

  6. What does Boaz mean when he says, "there is no one but you to redeem it"
     

  7. Why does Boaz say "I am after you"?
     

  8. What is the closest relative's reply?



(4:5)

                   Then

                             Boaz said,

                                      "On the day

                                                you buy the field from the hand of Naomi,

                                                you must also acquire Ruth

                                                          the Moabitess,

                                                          the widow of the deceased,

                                                                   in order to raise up the name

                                                                             of the deceased

                                                                             on his inheritance."

  1. What does Boaz do next?
     

  2. What is this new information?


 

(4:6)

                   And

                             the closest relative said,

                                      "I cannot redeem it for myself,

                                                lest I jeopardize my own inheritance.

                                      Redeem it for yourself;

                                      you may have my right of redemption,

                                                for I cannot redeem it."

  1. And the closest relative said?
     

  2. Why the sudden change of mind of the closest relative?
     

  3. What is the resolve of the other relative?


 

(4:7a)

Now

          this was the custom

                   in former times

                   in Israel

                             concerning the redemption and

                             the exchange of land

(4:7b)

                                      to confirm any matter:

          a man

                   removed his sandal and

                    gave it to another;

and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.)

  1. What does the word "Now" mean here?
     

  2. What does the narrator tell us?


 

(4:8)

                   So

                   the closest relative

                             said to Boaz,

                                      "Buy it for yourself."

                   And

                   He (closest relative)

                             removed his sandal.

  1. What is the usage of the word "So" here?
     

  2. What does the closest relative say to Boaz?
     

  3. What does the closest relative do then?
     

  4. Go to Deuteronomy 25:9 and see where what was done here agrees or disagrees with The Law on this subject.


 

(4:9)

                   Then

                             Boaz said

                                                To

                                                          the elders and

                                                          all the people,

                                      "You are witnesses today

                             that

                                      I have bought

                                                from the hand of Naomi

                                                all that belonged to Elimelech and

                                                all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon.

  1. What does Boaz do next?



(4:10)

                             "Moreover,

                                      I have acquired

                                                Ruth the Moabitess,

                                                the widow of Mahlon,

                                                          to be my wife

                                                          in order to

                                                                   raise up the name of the deceased

                                                                             on his inheritance,

                                                          so that

                                                                   the name of the deceased

                                                                             may not be cut off

                                                                                      from his brothers or

                                                                                      from the court of his birth place;

                                      you are witnesses today."

  1. What does Boaz do next"
     

  2. What does Boaz state as the reason for doing that?
     

  3. What will that accomplish?
     

  4. What will that accomplish?
     

  5. Who does Boaz call to be witnesses to this transaction?



(4:11)

And

                   all the people who were in the court, and

                   the elders,

          said,

                   "We are witnesses.

                   May the LORD make the woman

                             who is coming into your home

                                      like

                                                Rachel and

                                                Leah,

                                                          both of whom built the house of Israel;

          and

                   may you

                             achieve wealth in Ephrathah and

                             become famous in Bethlehem.

  1. How did they respond to Boaz's announcement and transaction?
     

  2. What was the content of the blessing?
     

  3. Who is Rachel?
     

  4. Who is Leah?
     

  5. What makes these two women of such importance?


 

(4:12)

          "Moreover,

                   may your house

                             be like the house of

                                      Perez whom

                                      Tamar bore

                                                to Judah,

                                                through the offspring

                                                          which the LORD shall give you

                                                by this young woman."

  1. What else did they bless Boaz with?
     

  2. Who are these characters?


RUTH 4:1-12

1. Master Study

2. Visualized Text

3. Outline With Text

4. Reference Materials

5. Questions


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