Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer. (Ruth 3:9b)
Under cover of darkness, Ruth makes her way to the threshing floor where she’s been told, by her mother-in-law Naomi, that Boaz will be spending the night. After waiting for the man to fall asleep, she approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. Startled awake in the middle of the night, Boaz discovers a woman at his feet, Ruth. Her request: “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsmen-redeemer.”
Have you ever wondered what’s really going on here? Why the corner of his garment? Is this a marriage proposal? In our Western understanding this may not seem as important as it would have been to Boaz. The corner of a Jewish man’s garment held much significance to him. God gave the Israelites specific instructions about the corner of their garments.
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