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Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. ...

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  1. and worked them ruthlessly.
  2. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
  3. Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.
  4. You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
  5. They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.
  6. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,
  7. Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

    When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.
  8. At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.
  9. But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
  10. When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
  11. So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.
  12. Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field

    Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.
  13. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
  14. So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me.
  15. So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.
  16. She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.
  17. Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
  18. Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’”
  19. Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”
  20. So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
  21. Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

    One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for.
  22. “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered.
  23. When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.
  24. “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
  25. When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?” Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her
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23 topical index results for “Ruth”

NAOMI : The mother-in-law of Ruth (Ruth 1;;;)
BENEDICTIONS » INSTANCES OF » By Naomi, upon Ruth and Orpah (Ruth 1:8,9)
BENEDICTIONS » INSTANCES OF » By the people, upon Ruth (Ruth 4:11,12)
GLEANING » INSTANCES OF » Ruth in the field of Boaz (Ruth 2:2,3)
IMPRECATION » INSTANCES OF » Ruth (Ruth 1:17)
JOY » INSTANCES OF » Of Naomi, when Boaz showed kindness to Ruth (Ruth 2:20;4:14)
LOVE » INSTANCES OF » Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz (Ruth 1;;)
LOVERS » INSTANCES OF » Boaz for Ruth (Ruth 2;;)

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