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Ruth 4:2

2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.

Read Ruth 4:2 Using Other Translations

And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down.
Then Boaz called ten leaders from the town and asked them to sit as witnesses.

What does Ruth 4:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ruth 4:2

And he took ten men of the elders of the city
Who were such, not merely in age but in office, who were the heads of thousands, fifties, and tens; ten of whom were a quorum to do business in judiciary affairs, to determine such matters as Boaz had propose, as to whom the right of redemption of a brother and kinsman's widow, and her estate, belonged, and who were the proper witnesses of the refusal of the one to do it, and of the other's doing it and from hence the Jews


FOOTNOTES:

F5 gather, that the blessing of the bride and bridegroom at their marriage is not to be done by less than ten persons:

and said, sit down here, and they sat down;
and so made a full court.


F5 Misnah Megillah, c. 4. sect. 3. T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 7. 1. Midrash Ruth, fol. 35. 1.

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