Ruth 4:2
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English Standard Version
And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.

King James Bible
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

American Standard Version
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Booz taking ten men of the ancients of the city, said to them: Sit ye down here.

English Revised Version
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

Ruth 4:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Boaz praised her conduct: "Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter (see Ruth 2:20); thou hast made thy later love better than the earlier, that thou hast not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. " Ruth's earlier or first love was the love she had shown to her deceased husband and her mother-in-law (comp. Ruth 2:11, where Boaz praises this love); the later love she had shown in the fact, that as a young widow she had not sought to win the affections of young men, as young women generally do, that she might have a youthful husband, but had turned trustfully to the older man, that he might find a successor to her deceased husband, through a marriage with him, in accordance with family custom (vid., Ruth 4:10). "And now," added Boaz (Ruth 3:11), "my daughter, fear not; for all that thou sayest I will do to thee: for the whole gate of my people (i.e., all my city, the whole population of Bethlehem, who go in and out at the gate: see Genesis 34:24; Deuteronomy 17:2) knoweth that thou art a virtuous woman." Consequently Boaz saw nothing wrong in the fact that Ruth had come to him, but regarded her request that he would marry her as redeemer as perfectly natural and right, and was ready to carry out her wish as soon as the circumstances would legally allow it. He promised her this (vv. 12, 13), saying, "And now truly I am a redeemer; but there is a nearer redeemer than I. Stay here this night (or as it reads at the end of v. 13, 'lie till the morning'), and in the morning, if he will redeem thee, well, let him redeem; but if it does not please him to redeem thee, I will redeem thee, as truly as Jehovah liveth." אם כּי (Kethibh, v. 12), after a strong assurance, as after the formula used in an oath, "God do so to me," etc., 2 Samuel 3:35; 2 Samuel 15:21 (Kethibh), and 2 Kings 5:20, is to be explained from the use of this particle in the sense of nisi, except that, equals only: "only I am redeemer," equivalent to, assuredly I am redeemer (cf. Ewald, 356, b.). Consequently there is no reason whatever for removing the אם from the text, as the Masorites have done (in the Keri).

(Note: What the ל maju sc., in ליני signifies, is uncertain. According to the smaller Masora, it was only found among the eastern (i.e., Palestinian) Jews. Consequently Hiller (in his Arcanum Keri et Ctibh, p. 163) conjectures that they used it to point out a various reading, viz., that לנּי should be the reading here. But this is hardly correct.)

Ruth was to lie till morning, because she could not easily return to the city in the dark at midnight; but, as is shown in Ruth 3:14, she did not stay till actual daybreak, but "before one could know another, she rose up, and he said (i.e., as Boaz had said), It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor." For this would have injured the reputation not only of Ruth, but also of Boaz himself.

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the elders

Exodus 18:21,22 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness...

Exodus 21:8 If she please not her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed...

Deuteronomy 29:10 You stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers...

Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears...

1 Kings 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal...

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Lamentations 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.

Acts 6:12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came on him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

Cross References
1 Kings 21:8
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent the letters to the elders and the leaders who lived with Naboth in his city.

Proverbs 31:23
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

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