Ruth 4

  1. What example are we given in chapter 4 on matters affecting the rights of others?

Note. 3:12. ‘Near of kin’. The Hebrew word (goel, meaning ‘next of kin’) has a technical meaning in Hebrew law. The next of kin had certain duties and privileges, among them being that of redeeming the land or person of a kinsman who had been compelled to sell his land or himself through poverty (cf. Lev. 25:25, 47-49). To draw a portion of a kinsman’s mantle over oneself (3:9) was the legal way of claiming protection and redemption price in full. Cf. 4:4-6; Gal. 3:13, 14.