I) NAOMI PLOTTED FOR REDEMPTION (vv. 1-5)
II) RUTH PLEAD FOR REDEMPTION (vv. 6-9)
III) BOAZ PROMISED REDEMPTION (vv. 10-18)
1. Read verses 1-5. What stands out to you and why? How has Naomi’s attitude changed from what we read of her in chapter 1? What exactly seems to be Naomi’s strategy? What does this teach us concerning godly risks? How does Ruth respond?
2. Read verses 6-13. What did Ruth do? What did she say and what did she mean? How did Boaz respond? What does he mean by “worthy woman” and how does Proverbs 31:10 help clarify?
*note that what is translated “worthy woman” in Ruth and “excellent wife” in Proverbs are the same Hebrew phrases
3. Read verses 14-18. What did Ruth do in response to Boaz’s exhortation? Why did Boaz say, “Let it be known…” in verse 14 and what does this teach us about his godliness? How does Boaz prefigure Jesus here? Why did Boaz give Ruth “six measures of barley”? How did Naomi respond to Ruth’s news and what do we further learn concerning Boaz here?