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Ruth 1

Naomi Widowed

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. ...

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  1. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves
  2. and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
  3. You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God.
  4. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly.
  5. He shall treat him as a worker hired year by year. He shall not rule ruthlessly over him in your sight.
  6. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years,
  7. Ruth's Loyalty to Naomi

    Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food.
  8. Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
  9. But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
  10. Naomi and Ruth Return

    So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?”
  11. So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
  12. Ruth Meets Boaz

    Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.
  13. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”
  14. Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women.
  15. And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’”
  16. And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.”
  17. Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

    Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?
  18. He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.”
  19. Boaz Redeems Ruth

    Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.
  20. Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.”
  21. Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”
  22. Ruth and Boaz Marry

    So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.
  23. Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary's hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
  24. The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
  25. I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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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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