1:6, 7 These verses set the stage for vv. 8–18. The women must decide what factors will determine their paths: finding a husband and having children, living in one’s own country, being close to one’s family, or finally, for Ruth, trusting in the Lord as sovereign God. Naomi’s love for her daughters-in-law, and her reaction to bitter experiences at God’s hand, dominate this scene. Ruth’s decision, and her irrevocable vow of fidelity to Naomi’s people and her God, says much about the impact of Naomi’s character and faith on her daughter-in-law.