Then said Boaz to his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?…
Ruth had spent no more time under covert than was absolutely necessary for enabling her to return to her labours. "It is vain to rise up early and sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows." We ought to consult our health in carrying on our labours, and not to make them a burden too heavy for us to bear. When covetous desires of gain induce men to overwork their powers, they sacrifice their health to Mammon, whom they have chosen for their God. But Ruth was labouring for her mother as well as herself. Her love to Naomi would give her spirits and strength to endure the heat of the climate.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?