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Gaining Good Reputation Effortlessly

The book of Ruth concludes with Boaz taking in Ruth as his wife. He also cares for Naomi, as she is Ruth’s mother-in-law. Boaz tells Ruth in the passage below that he will claim her as his wife, and that she is known to be a noble woman by the community. Ruth 3:11-13 reads:

“Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence… then I will redeem you, as the LORD lives”

As seen in the passage, Ruth has gained a good reputation for herself, despite being a foreigner in a country where no one knew of her prior to her arrival. Do you think that Ruth boasted of her good deeds? Or that she persuaded others to think of her highly? It is actually quite the opposite.

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