3:1–18 Now the narrative moves toward resolution. In a midnight visit, Ruth carries out and expands Naomi’s plan, putting her own reputation and all her expectations at risk. She claims the protection of Boaz as a “redeemer” (v. 9). Her trust in his character is vindicated, and she is unharmed. God’s activity behind the scenes continues without a break. But even at this moment, the engagement must be delayed; there is a closer relative (3:12), and Boaz, a man of outstanding honor, will not rest until this obstacle is removed.