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And Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? Bible

“should I not seek rest for you.” A polite way of saying, “Shouldn’t I be trying to arrange a marriage for you?” In the biblical culture, it was the role of the parents to find a spouse for a daughter or son. Since Ruth had no parents in a position to do that for her, it fell upon Naomi to try to see that Ruth would marry and be an accepted part of a family clan. Here again we have evidence of the shift going on in Naomi’s heart and her being healed of her bitterness. Here she is interested in Ruth’s welfare and not solely focused on her own, even though she would have known that if Ruth was taken care of, she would also almost certainly be as well.

The Book of Ruth has many wonderful lessons embedded in the text that show that if a person is going to do well in life, they need to get busy and start doing what they can, and this is one of those lessons. Naomi does not just sit back and tell Ruth that they should pray for a husband for Ruth; she takes the initiative and puts together a bold plan for Ruth to get married.


Commentary for: Ruth 3:1