R U T H
In this chapter we have the wedding between Boaz
and Ruth, in the circumstances of which there was something
uncommon, which is kept upon record for the illustration, not only
of the law concerning the marrying of a brother's widow (Deut. xxv. 5, &c.), for cases
help to expound laws, but of the gospel too, for from this marriage
descended David, and the Son of David, whose espousals to the
Gentile church were hereby typified. We are here told, I. How Boaz
got clear of his rival, and fairly shook him off, ver. 1-8. II. How his marriage with
Ruth was publicly solemnized, and attended with the good wishes of
his neighbours, ver. 9-12.
III. The happy issue that descended from this marriage, Obed, the
grandfather of David, ver.
13-17. And so the book concludes with the pedigree of
David, ver. 18-22.
Perhaps it was to oblige him that the blessed Spirit directed the
inserting of this story in the sacred canon, he being desirous that
the virtues of his great-grandmother Ruth, together with her
Gentile extraction and the singular providences that attended her,
should be transmitted to posterity.