Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

In the days when the judges ruled,[a](A) there was a famine in the land.(B) So a man from Bethlehem in Judah,(C) together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while(D) in the country of Moab.(E) The man’s name was Elimelek,(F) his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion.(G) They were Ephrathites(H) from Bethlehem,(I) Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women,(J) one named Orpah and the other Ruth.(K) After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion(L) also died,(M) and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

When Naomi heard in Moab(N) that the Lord had come to the aid of his people(O) by providing food(P) for them, she and her daughters-in-law(Q) prepared to return home from there.

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  1. Ruth 1:1 Traditionally judged

14 For he himself is our peace,(A) who has made the two groups one(B) and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh(C) the law with its commands and regulations.(D) His purpose was to create in himself one(E) new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross,(F) by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace(G) to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.(H) 18 For through him we both have access(I) to the Father(J) by one Spirit.(K)

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,(L) but fellow citizens(M) with God’s people and also members of his household,(N) 20 built(O) on the foundation(P) of the apostles and prophets,(Q) with Christ Jesus himself(R) as the chief cornerstone.(S) 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple(T) in the Lord.

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