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Ruth 2:8–12

2:8–12 Events unfold quickly as Boaz accedes to the request and offers his protection and provision (vv. 8–9). Ruth acknowledges his favor to her, an undeserving “foreigner” (v. 10). Only then (vv. 11–12) does the narrative give some inkling of God’s providential working. Boaz has known already that Ruth is no ordinary foreigner. She has taken “refuge” under the “wings” of the Lord, and she will receive “a full reward” from Him (v. 12). Though a foreigner, Ruth’s loyalty to God will become a key element in God’s great plan of redemption. The plan will be worked out through David, the covenant king, and through Christ, David’s greater Son. The reward of Ruth’s faith far transcends local time and circumstances.