Ruth 3:12
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New International Version
Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I.

New American Standard Bible
"Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.

King James Bible
And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am.

International Standard Version
It's true that I'm your related redeemer, but there is another related redeemer even closer than I.

NET Bible
Now yes, it is true that I am a guardian, but there is another guardian who is a closer relative than I am.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is true that I am a close relative of yours, but there is a relative closer than I.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now it is true that I am thy redeemer; however, there is another redeemer nearer than I (in kinship).

King James 2000 Bible
And now it is true that I am your near kinsman: however there is a kinsman nearer than I.

American King James Version
And now it is true that I am your near kinsman: however, there is a kinsman nearer than I.

American Standard Version
And now it is true that I am a near kinsman; howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither do I deny myself to be near of kin, but there is another nearer than I.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, truly I am one that has the right of redemption, yet there is one that has the right of redemption who is nearer than I.

English Revised Version
And now it is true that I am a near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: yet there is a kinsman nearer than I.

World English Bible
Now it is true that I am a near kinsman; however there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, surely, true, that I am a redeemer, but also there is a redeemer nearer than I.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:6-13 What in one age or nation would be improper, is not always so in another age or another nation. Being a judge of Israel, Boaz would tell Ruth what she should do; also whether he had the right of redemption, and what methods must be taken, and what rites used, in order to accomplishing her marriage with him or another person. The conduct of Boaz calls for the highest praise. He attempted not to take advantage of Ruth; he did not disdain her as a poor, destitute stranger, nor suspect her of any ill intentions. He spoke honourably of her as a virtuous woman, made her a promise, and as soon as the morning arrived, sent her away with a present to her mother-in-law. Boaz made his promise conditional, for there was a kinsman nearer than he, to whom the right of redemption belonged.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - And now it is the case of a truth that while I am a kinsman, there is yet a kinsman nearer than I. Or the rendering might with greater brevity be given thus: And now of a truth I am a kinsman; and yet there is a kinsman nearer than I. The survivals of a very ancient style of elaborately-detailed composition are here preserved. The archaism, however, was not quite appreciated by the Mazorites, who, in accordance with the spirit of the age in which they flourished, took but little note of the philological development, historical and prehistorical, of the language they were handling. Hence they suppressed the אִם in K'ri, though faithfully preserving it in C'tib. The particles, standing up and semi-isolated, palaeolithic-wise, might be accounted for in some such way as is shown in the following paraphrase: "And now (I declare) 'that' of a truth (it is the case) 'that if (I declare the whole truth) I (am) a kinsman, and also there is a kinsman nearer than I." Boas was of that strictly honorable cast of mind that he could not for a moment entertain any project that might amount to a disregard of the rights of others, even although these rights should fly violently in the teeth own personal desires.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now it is true, that I am thy near kinsman,.... Her husband and he being brothers' sons, so own cousins:

howbeit, there is a kinsman nearer than I, who was, the Jews say (w), the brother of her husband's father, and so his uncle, which was a nearer relation than an own cousin.

(w) Midrash Ruth, ut supra. (31. 4. & 34. 2) Jarchi in loc.



Ruth 3:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ruth Claims Boaz as Kinsman
11"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. 12"Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. 13"Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the LORD lives. Lie down until morning."…
Cross References
Ruth 3:11
And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.

Ruth 3:13
Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Lie here until morning."

Ruth 4:1
Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.
Treasury of Scripture

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