Ruth 4:7-8 King James Version (KJV) 7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. Ruth 4:7-8 The Voice (VOICE) 7 Now in the old days of Israel when this story was playing out, land was redeemed and property was transferred legally when a man involved in the sale removed one of his sandals and gave it to the other. This was how contracts were sealed in Israel. 8 So the kinsman-redeemer took off his sandal and handed it to Boaz. Kinsman-Redeemer: It’s now your responsibility. The Voice (VOICE) The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved. These are my thoughts, please share yours. 7 So they sealed the oath based on the tradition it seems that for this to be mentioned in the scripture that by David’s time when this was most likely no longer a tradition. Traditions go away but we can’t let our focus and devotion towards the Lord go away. 8 So Boaz now could buy the land but more important to him this could mean he could now marry Ruth which would make both of them very happy.