Ruth 3:8
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New International Version
In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned--and there was a woman lying at his feet!

New Living Translation
Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet!

English Standard Version
At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet!

New American Standard Bible
It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.

King James Bible
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At midnight, Boaz was startled, turned over, and there lying at his feet was a woman!

International Standard Version
In the middle of the night, Boaz was startled awake and turned over in surprise to see a woman lying at his feet.

NET Bible
In the middle of the night he was startled and turned over. Now he saw a woman lying beside him!

New Heart English Bible
It happened at midnight, that the man was startled and turned over; and look, a woman lay at his feet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At midnight the man was shivering. When he turned over, he was surprised to see a woman lying at his feet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was startled, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

New American Standard 1977
And it happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass at midnight that the man was startled and took hold, and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was startled, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

American King James Version
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself; and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold, when it was now midnight the man was afraid, and troubled: and he saw a woman lying at his feet,

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was startled, and turned himself; and behold, a woman lay at his feet.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and behold, a woman lay at his feet.

World English Bible
It happened at midnight, that the man was startled and turned himself; and behold, a woman lay at his feet.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, at the middle of the night, that the man trembleth, and turneth himself, and lo, a woman is lying at his feet.
Study Bible
Ruth Claims Boaz as Kinsman
7When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. 9He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative."…
Cross References
Ruth 3:7
When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down.

Ruth 3:9
He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative."
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

turned. or, took hold on.

(8) Was afraid.--Was startled. See the use of the word in Genesis 27:33.

Turned.--Literally, bent himself. (Comp. Judges 16:29.) He wakes with a start, and in turning sees a woman at his feet.

Verse 8. - And it came to pass at midnight that the man started in a fright; and he bent himself over, and lo, a woman was lying at his feet. He had awaked, and, feeling something soft and warm at his feet, he was startled and affrighted. What could it be? In a moment or two he recovered his self-possession, and bending himself up and over, or "crooking himself, to see and to feel, lo, a woman was lying at his feet. The Chaldee Targumist tumbles into a ludicrous bathos of taste when endeavoring to emphasize the startle and shiver which Boas experienced. He says, "He trembled, and his flesh, became soft as a turnip from the agitation. How could the most peddling and paltering of Rabbis succeed in betraying himself into such a laughable puerility and absurdity? The explanation, though of course it is not the least atom of justification, lies in the fact that the Chaldee word for "turnip" is לֶפֶת while the verb that de notes "he bent himself" is the niphal of לָפַת. The use of the expression "the man," in this and several of the adjoining verses, is apt to grate a little upon English ears. Let us explain and vindicate the term as we may, the grating is still felt. No matter though we know that "the rank is but the guinea stamp," the grating is felt inevitably. It is a result of that peculiar growth in living language that splits generic terms into such as are specific or semi-specific. We have gentleman as well as man, and embarrassment is not infrequently the result of our linguistic wealth. In the verse before us, and in some of those that go before, we should be disposed, in our English idiom, to employ the proper name: "And it came to pass at midnight that ' Boaz' started in a fright." And it came to pass at midnight,.... So long Boaz slept without knowledge of any person being at his feet, and so long Ruth had lain there; but awaking, and perceiving something at his feet, which pressed them, it made him look about and feel, and so affected him:

that the man was afraid; though a man, and a man of spirit, he was afraid, a panic seized him, not knowing but it might be a spectre, a spirit, or a demon, as Jarchi; and such an instance we have in history (s) of an apparition, which seemed to put off clothes, and place itself in a bed where a man lay, &c.

and turned himself; to see who it was:

and, behold, a woman lay at his feet; which he knew by putting his hand upon her head, as Jarchi thinks, and so knew her by her headdress, or vail; or rather by her voice, as Aben Ezra, and who supposes the moon might shine, and he might be able to discern she had no beard, as well as also discover her by her clothes.

(s) Alex. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 2. c. 9. 3:6-13 What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. Being a judge of Israel, Boaz would tell Ruth what she should do; also whether he had the right of redemption, and what methods must be taken, and what rites used, in order to accomplishing her marriage with him or another person. The conduct of Boaz calls for the highest praise. He attempted not to take advantage of Ruth; he did not disdain her as a poor, destitute stranger, nor suspect her of any ill intentions. He spoke honourably of her as a virtuous woman, made her a promise, and as soon as the morning arrived, sent her away with a present to her mother-in-law. Boaz made his promise conditional, for there was a kinsman nearer than he, to whom the right of redemption belonged.
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