Originally Posted by Steven E. Webster
I think the parallelism is a good argument.
Do you think the two men in the bed were also "grinding"? (Scholars do point out that the Ruth and Boaz storyteller may have intended a double meaning in the image of "threshing" as Ruth goes to seduce Boaz at the threshing floor.)
Or did the author intend some humor about men lying about sleeping while the women folk are busy grinding flour?
Well I don't think the men were doing anything exciting nor were the women. But that is must my opinion. Just because the translators were squeamish about the two men in the bed does not mean there was anything going on with the men.