Chapter 1

In this chapter we have Naomi’s afflictions. I. As a distressed housekeeper, forced by famine to remove into the land of Moab, Ruth 1:1, 2. II. As a mournful widow and mother, bewailing the death of her husband and her two sons, Ruth 1:3-5. III. As a careful mother-in-law, desirous to be kind to her two daughters, but at a loss how to be so when she returns to her own country, Ruth 1:6-13. Orpah she parts with in sorrow, Ruth 1:14. Ruth she takes with her in fear, Ruth 1:15-18. IV. As a poor woman sent back to the place of her first settlement, to be supported by the kindness of her friends, Ruth 1:19-22. All these things were melancholy and seemed against her, and yet all were working for good.