Ruth 3:1

Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

1 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a homea for you, where you will be well provided for.

Read Ruth 3:1 Using Other Translations

Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?
One day Naomi said to Ruth, “My daughter, it’s time that I found a permanent home for you, so that you will be provided for.

What does Ruth 3:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ruth 3:1

Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her
After the harvests were over, and so gleaning likewise; when Naomi and Ruth were together alone in their apartment, the mother addressed the daughter after this manner:

my daughter, shall I not seek for thee, that it may be well with thee?
that is, in the house of an husband, as in ( Ruth 1:9 ) her meaning is, to seek out for an husband for her, that she might have an house of her own to rest in, and an husband to provide her; that so she might be free from such toil and labour she had been lately exercised in, and enjoy much ease and comfort, and all outward happiness and prosperity in a marriage state with a good husband. This interrogation carries in it the force of a strong affirmation, may suggest that she judged it to be her duty, and that she was determined to seek out such a rest for her; and the Targum makes her way of speaking stronger still, for that is,

``by an oath I will not rest, until the time that I have sought a rest for thee.''
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