Amplified: NOW NAOMI had a kinsman of her husband’s, a man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. (GWT) KJV: And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.(Amplified Bible - Lockman) GWT: Naomi had a relative. Young's Literal: And Naomi hath an acquaintance of her husband's, a man mighty in wealth, of the family of Elimelech, and his name is Boaz.A famine started and ended, a family migrated, two marriages were made, and three men died.Now we have an entire chapter that covers just one day.In some contexts gnorimos means notables or wealthy class (Liddell-Scott).There was a relative in town but why hadn’t Naomi remembered that earlier?And indeed every believer has such a Kinsman in Christ Jesus, who quite clearly is pictured in the character of godly Boaz.
Nelsons' New Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Thomas Nelson Publishers) records that Boaz means in him is strength but The New Unger's Bible Dictionary (Moody Press) says that Boaz possibly means fleetness possibly being derived from the Arab word baaza which means to be nimble and most other references record similar meanings such as alacrity (promptness in response or cheerful readiness) or quickness.(cp Ru , 22, Mt 1:1, 5, 6) Although you may not concur with all of Boaz's character traits listed below (or you may have additional traits), certainly it is clear that the writer in Ruth 2 is painting a poignant picture of a passionate pursuer of Jehovah and one that all men whether single (and dating/courting) or married, would do well to emulate and imitate (cp He -note) in their interpersonal relationship with the "Ruth" God has brought into their life.And notice how Ruth responds to Boaz's gracious (grace-filled) words and actions (Ru , 13 - although do not expect your "Ruth" to literally fall down at your feet! Men, women are by nature responders ("incubators") and they will give us back what we give them in our words and actions... As wise, godly men we need to continually seek (enabled by the Spirit) to speak and act with grace toward the "Ruth" God has given us (1Pe 3:7-note). Remember, you serve a God Who takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.The Hebrew literally reads "and [there was] to Naomi a relative, to her husband, a man mighty in substance, from the clan of Elimelech, and his name [was] Boaz." Note that in this chapter the first and last verses are the comments of the narrator who is giving us context so that we can understand the significance of the events in the next few verses. Zeisler observes "that chapter 2 is the story of just one twenty-four hour period.In the first five verses of the book, ten years whizzed by.Septuagint (LXX): kai te Noemin aner gnorimos to andri autes o de aner dunatos ischui ek tes suggeneias Abimelech kai onoma auto Boos - for explanation of verb parsing abbreviations in parentheses after each verb English of Septuagint: And Noemin had a friend an acquaintance of her husband, and the man was a mighty man of the kindred of Elimelech, and his name was Booz From paper - An Adjusted Symmetrical Structuring Of Ruth - A Boyd Luter Summary - Ruth 2 takes place predominantly in the backdrop of a Bethlehem barley field and masterfully weaves together the lives of 3 ordinary people (Naomi, Ruth and Boaz) and one extraordinary God, Who is purposefully, providentially working out His redemptive plan for all of mankind in the ordinary events of life.The events that occur during what otherwise seems to be just another humdrum 24 hour day would prove to have eternal, extraordinary consequences!One gets the picture of an man of renown who in Medieval England would have been called a "knight" -- indeed Boaz would soon prove to be Ruth's "knight in shining armor".The two Greek words the Septuagint (LXX) uses to translate great wealth are dunatos (an ischus - see below) which has several meanings that might apply to the man Boaz, including one who possesses power, who has the ability to perform some function, and thus who is able, strong or "influential" (this latter meaning found in Acts 25:5).So be encouraged and motivated to redeem the time (Eph -note, Col 4:5-note, Ro -note, Ro -note, Ro , 14-note) which He has graciously given you, living it out with wisdom (Ps -note) and godliness (1Ti 4:7, 4:8-note, 1Ti 4:9, -note) as did Boaz, Ruth and Naomi, for you do not know what extraordinary consequences this ordinary day might have in the eternal plan of our extraordinary God!As you review these characteristics of Boaz, who would soon prove to be Ruth and Naomi's kinsman-redeemer, let your mind project ahead and ponder how each of this traits is perfectly fulfilled in our own Kinsman-Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ (Mk ).