Ruth 2: Ruth Meets Boaz

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 89


President Spencer W. Kimball said, “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs” (“The Abundant Life,” Ensign, July 1978, 4). Look for this idea as you continue reading the story of Ruth.
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Understanding the Scriptures

Ruth 2

Kinsman (vv. 1, 20)Relative 
Glean, gleaned (vv. 2–3, 7–8, 15–19, 23)Pick up grain left over after the harvest 
Reapers (vv. 3–7, 9, 14)People who harvest crops 
Light on (v. 3)Go to 
Kindred (v. 3)Family 
Sheaves (vv. 7, 15)Stalks and ears of grain 
Hence (v. 8)Here 
Abide (v. 8)Stay 
Vessels (v. 9)Containers 
Drawn (v. 9)Pulled up from a well 
Nativity (v. 11)Birth 
Recompense (v. 12)Reward 
Wings (v. 12)Protection 
Hither (v. 14)Here, to this place 
Reached (v. 14)Gave 
Sufficed (vv. 14, 18)Full 
Reproach (v. 15)Shame 
Of purpose (v. 16)On purpose 
Rebuke (v. 16)Stop or reprimand 
Even (v. 17)Sundown 
Beat out (v. 17)To separate the grain from the chaff 
Ephah (v. 17)A little over a bushel (see Bible Dictionary, “weights and measures,” p. 789) 
Reserved (v. 18)Kept apart from, saved 
Wrought, wroughtest (v. 19)Produced 
Near of kin (v. 20)Closely related 

Ruth 2—“Gleaning” the Fields of Boaz

According to the law of Moses, farmers were not to harvest all their crops, but they were to leave some in the field so that the poor could go through and harvest some food (see Leviticus 19:9–10).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Ruth 2.

Activity A iconWhat Do You Think?

Explain why you think Boaz was so kind to Ruth.