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Reformation Study Bible – Ruth 4:1–17
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Ruth 4:1–17

4:1–17 The fourth chapter brings out the divine purpose behind Ruth’s original decision to follow Naomi and Naomi’s God. The necessary arrangements seem to turn on a combination of levirate marriage (Deut. 25:5–10) and the laws for a redeeming relative (Lev. 25). Ruth is taken as a wife, and ancient blessings for fruitfulness are invoked. Naomi’s bitterness turns to joy, and her grandson is to become the grandfather of King David. In these events the Lord’s hidden providence is revealed.