Thus far Ruth has been a pleasant read as there is no mass killing and raping of women. Yes, the Bible has set the bar extremely low. Chapter 3 begins with Naomi telling Ruth to dress nicely and lay down in Boaz’s bed without him knowing. Yes, because that’s a good idea!
“In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!” – Ruth 3:8
I’m sure this would startle Boaz. Boaz says to Ruth:
“Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 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.” – Ruth 3:12-13
This is getting a bit weird and sounding a bit like an incestual B-rated porn movie.
And that’s it for this chapter. Boaz did not sleep with Ruth during this encounter, which is a huge change from the story of Samson. Samson would have raped her again, passed her around to his buddies to be gang-raped, and then killed her. Again, the Bible has set a very low bar to morality.
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 4: Boaz Marries Ruth