The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleRuth 1:11
And Naomi said, turn again, my daughters…
resolution of theirs only arose from a natural affection, and not from
any love to the God or people of Israel; at least doubting whether it
was so or not, and willing to try whether anyone, or both of them, were
really from a principle of religion inclined to go with her; and
desirous that they would thoroughly consider what they did, lest they
should repent and apostatize, and bring a reproach upon the true
why will ye go with me?
what reason can you give? this she said in
order to get out of them if there was any real inclination in them to
the true worship and service of God; though she keeps out that from her
own questions put to them as follows, that it might come purely from
are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
is there any likelihood that I should ever have any sons to be instead
of husbands, or really husbands to you? can it be thought that at my
age, supposing I had an husband, or an husband's brother to marry me,
that there is in me a natural power of conceiving and bearing children?
this therefore can surely be no inducement to you to go along with me;
for some, as Jarchi, think she refers to the law of a husband's brother
marrying his widow, and raising up seed to him, which was known among
the Gentiles before it was given to Israel; see (Genesis 38:8) (Deuteronomy 25:5) , to
which Aben Ezra rightly objects, that that law respects a brother by
the father's side, and not by the mother's only; to which may be added,
that this law was not binding on a brother unborn, but on one that was
living before the death of his brother; besides if this law had been in
her mind, it would rather have furnished out an encouraging reason them
to go with her, since there were kinsmen of her sons, to whom they
might be married, as one of them afterwards was.