Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spoke came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
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went to the gate: In former times judgments were held at the gate of the city, so that the place of justice might be open to everyone, quickly and easily. (Nicholas of Lyra Com Ruth) It was the custom of the ancients, as some commentators claim, to hold assemblies and meetings at the gates. So since they assembled there, the prophets also delivered their reproofs there as well. (Theodoret of Cyrus Com Amos 5:10)