Ruth, the young Moabite woman, had real affection for Boaz, the wealthy, elderly Israelite grain grower. She hoped that Boaz would marry her. Boaz, who himself was probably a widower, hoped that it would be that way, too. But there was another man in Bethlehem who was more closely related to Ruth's dead husband. He had more claim to Ruth as a wife than did Boaz, (Deuteronomy 25:5-6.) However, this other man had given the matter no real thought. (Ruth 3:10-18.) Boaz Plans Wisely. During the weeks Ruth had gleaned in his fields, Boaz had come to love the Moabitess, and he was determined not to lose her. The morning after he found that Ruth cared deeply for him, he went early to the main gate of Bethlehem, the place where most business was conducted in that area.
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