A Warning From Mr So-and-So
There are two potential redeemers: Boaz and the unnamed relative. There is a Jewish translation, "Mr. So and so". This redeemer could benefit from this land but with Ruth in the deal, it is no longer so attractive. Being a redeemer is too costly for him. Boaz would have had the same financial considerations but was willing to pay the cost economically and socially. Following Jesus is costly. Are we willing to pay the price? Those who are willing to deny themselves and take up their cross are those who have an inheritance.