Ruth 3:8-13 (NLT)
8 Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet!
9 “Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”
10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. 11 Now don’t worry about a thing, my daughter. I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman. 12 But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. 13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well. Let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.”
TIME OF DAY:
Verse 9 tells us it was around midnight.
There are two sources of light that illuminate this scene (just as in the previous). The first is the unseen moon, above the scene, which casts a cool blue/white light upon the figures and objects below. The second light source is a lamp beside Boaz, which casts a warmer, yellow light into the scene. I imagine that Boaz has somehow increased the light level from the previous scene.
On the left is Ruth, who is “dressed in her nicest clothes”, which was Naomi’s advice to her (see Ruth 3:3).
Boaz (with a slightly surprised expression on his face) is on the right.
This is a straight forward scene, showing the quiet discussions between Ruth and Boaz, that happened at about midnight. Both were sleeping on the threshing floor, a prepared surface in one of Boaz’s fields. Behind the figures you can see part of a circle of rocks, which mark the outer edge of the threshing circle, and which helped to keep the grain within the boundaries of the threshing area.
You can see some of the barley grain pile in the left foreground of this scene.