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Ruth 3:9

    Ruth 3:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he said, Who are you? And she answered, I am Ruth your handmaid: spread therefore your skirt over your handmaid; for you are a near kinsman.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he said, Who are you? And she answering said, I am your servant Ruth: take your servant as wife, for you are a near relation.

    Webster's Revision

    And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thy handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

    World English Bible

    He said, "Who are you?" She answered, "I am Ruth your handmaid. Therefore spread your skirt over your handmaid; for you are a near kinsman."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.

    Definitions for Ruth 3:9

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ruth 3:9

    Spread therefore thy skirt over thine hand maid - Hebrew, Spread thy wing. The wing is the emblem of protection, and is a metaphor taken from the young of fowls, which run under the wings of their mothers, that they may be saved from birds of prey. The meaning here is, Take me to thee for wife; and so the Targum has translated it, Let thy name be called on thy handmaid to take me for wife, because thou art the redeemer; i.e., thou art the גאל goel, the kinsman, to whom the right of redemption belongs. See on Ruth 2:20 (note). Even to the present day, when a Jew marries a woman, he throws the skirt or end of his talith over her, to signify that he has taken her under his protection.

    Barnes' Notes on Ruth 3:9

    Spread thy skirt ... - The phrase indicates receiving and acknowledging her as a wife.

    Wesley's Notes on Ruth 3:9

    3:9 Spread thy Skirt - That is, take me to be thy wife, and perform the duty of an husband to me.
    Book: Ruth