Ruth 3:2 - 7
NKJV - 2 Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
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The threshing floor was a flat, hard, smooth surface on which sheaves of grain were spread out after being harvested. Oxen and cattle would then walk repeatedly over the grain, or the grain would be beaten with flails or sticks, in order to separate the edible portion of the grain from the inedible chaff that surrounded it. Winnowing forks were then used to toss the separated components of the grain into the air, so that the lighter chaff would be blown away by the wind, leaving only edible grain on the threshing floor, to be gathered and stored. The Old Testament used the threshing floor (in passages such as in Hosea 13:3 and Jeremiah 51:33) as a metaphor for God's judgment, in which believers (as symbolized by the grain) and unbelievers (as symbolized by the chaff) are separated and judged. In the New Testament, John the Baptist also likened Christ's forthcoming mission to that of a thresher (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17).
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