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Ruth 2:23

Context
NETBible

So Ruth 1  worked beside 2  Boaz’s female servants, gathering grain until the end of the barley harvest as well as the wheat harvest. 3  After that she stayed home with her mother-in-law. 4 

XREF

Pr 6:6-8; Pr 13:1,20; 1Co 15:33; Eph 6:1-3

NET © Notes

tn Heb “she”; the referent (Ruth) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

tn Heb “and she stayed close with”; NIV, NRSV, CEV “stayed close to”; NCV “continued working closely with.”

sn Barley was harvested from late March through late April, wheat from late April to late May (O. Borowski, Agriculture in Ancient Israel, 88, 91).

tn Heb “and she lived with her mother-in-law” (so NASB). Some interpret this to mean that she lived with her mother-in-law while working in the harvest. In other words, she worked by day and then came home to Naomi each evening. Others understand this to mean that following the harvest she stayed at home each day with Naomi and no longer went out looking for work (see F. W. Bush, Ruth, Esther [WBC], 140). Others even propose that she lived away from home during this period, but this seems unlikely. A few Hebrew mss (so also Latin Vulgate) support this view by reading, “and she returned to her mother-in-law.”



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