Ruth 2:5

5 Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”

Read Ruth 2:5 Using Other Translations

Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose young woman is this?"
Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”

What does Ruth 2:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ruth 2:5

Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers,
&c.] To direct them their work, what part each was to do, and to see that they did it well; to take care for provisions for them, and to pay them their wages when their work was done. Josephus F20 calls him (agrokomov) , that had the care of the field, and all things relative to it; the Jews F21 say, he was set over two and forty persons, whom he had the command of:

whose damsel is this?
to whom does she belong? of what family is she? whose daughter is she? or whose wife? for he thought, as Aben Ezra notes, that she was another man's wife; the Targum is, of what nation is she? perhaps her dress might be somewhat different from that of the Israelitish women.


F20 Antiqu. l. 5. c. 9. sect. 2.
F21 Midrash Ruth, fol. 32. 1.
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