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)
Gate, where justice was administered.
Calling. Hebrew Ploni Almoni. (Calmet)
Protestants, "Ho! such a one. "(Haydock)
This form of speech is used concerning a person whose name we know not, or will not mention, 1 Kings xxi. 2. (Calmet)
The name of this man is buried in eternal oblivion, perhaps because he was so much concerned about the splendour of his family, that he would not marry the widow of his deceased relation. (Tirinus) Ver. 2. Here, as witnesses, not as judges, ver. 9. (Calmet)
This number was requisite in matters of consequence. (Grotius) Ver. 3. Will sell. Some Latin copies read, "sells, or has sold. "But the sequel shows that she was only now disposed to do it. But what right had Noemi or Ruth to the land, since women could not inherit? The latter might indeed retain her title, as long as she continued unmarried. But Noemi only acted in her behalf. Selden thinks that their respective husbands had made them a present of some land. Josephus (ver. 11) asserts, that the...