So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.
1. Gleaners in gospel-fields should continue in their gleaning work from morning to evening. How many are but half Sabbath folk, that can spare to spend a morning in Sabbath service, but are for their pastimes after that! Ruth was none of those lazy gleaners.
2. Though God be very bountiful to us, yet will He have us to use all the means in a way of subserviency to His bounty. God will give us at the second-hand what He would not give us at first-hand; He will give us grace and knowledge by the use of the means, which He gives not immediately from Himself. "God sells all for labour," saith Hesiod.
Parallel VersesKJV: So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.