Ruth 2:8-13 (NLT)
8 Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. 9 See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”
10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”
11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. 12 May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”
13 “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible text. The foreman refers to Ruth’s request to glean in the morning, so I have set this scene just before mid-day.
Strong sunlight from the sun overhead illuminates this scene.
Ruth in Yellow and blue robes, kneeling down. Boaz, in blue outer robe, standing.
Verse 10 informs us that, “Ruth fell at his (Boaz’s) feet and thanked him warmly.” This is why I have drawn her on her knees, with Boaz holding her hand.
I established Ruth’s clothing design and colour in a previous scene (Ruth 01 – In Moab – Scene 05 – Ruth determined) which I drew in July 2012 and so have illustrated her in similar clothes, to aid continuity between the scenes.
I first drew Boaz in April 2017 (see the previous scene, Ruth 02 – Harvesting – Scene 02 – Boaz arrives), and established the design and colouring of his particular clothing then.
On the right you can see the shelter mentioned by the foreman (see verse 6) as a simple tent canopy, which would provide shade for the workers at meal times, and would be easy to move between fields as the harvest progressed.
The trees behind the limestone wall of the field are olive trees (Olea europaea).
“The olive tree can attain a height of about 20 feet (7 m) and typically grows to a ripe old age. Some olive trees in Israel are estimated to be around a thousand years old. The rocky soil in Israel is conducive to the drainage necessary for the olive tree to prosper, and they thrive in the Mediterranean climate. Though the olive tree’s gnarled trunk becomes hollow with age, the tree still continues to bear fruit.”